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Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
103 IBU

Added by ddarden on 05-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
519
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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190
Gots:
138
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 519
Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Mildly cloudy light copper in color. Forms a very large, fluffy, tannish, yellowish colored head. Great retention and excellent lacing.

S: Aroma is a strong blend of malts and hops. The hops are fairly pungent. Pine, grapefruit, and a strong dose of fusel spice.

T: Taste is strong and not at all nuanced. There is a pretty good malt backbone. Some caramel malt. Then there is a lot of hops. Orange, grapefruit, herbal spice. But the hops are overextracted and there is a borderline soapiness. Finishes with a tannic astringency that leaves the beer with a bit of a dirty quality.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong, astringent bitterness. Slight soapy quality.

O: I have mixed feelings about this beer. I enjoy it for it's in-your-face hoppiness and alcohol levels, but at the same time, there is no nuance to this beer. It's just full of malt, hops, and bitterness, with little restraint.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Clear dark copper and amber. Fairly large near-white head. Fairly sticky.

Some tropical and pine notes in the aroma along with some sweet malt caramel as well.

Sweet IPA, with decent amount of hop bitterness, and a little bit of sticky pine. A touch of alcohol presence. A hint of citrus character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Big and sticky.

Decent, but nothing to seek out again.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden color with a thin white head and decent retention. Very deep golden yellow hue on this. Looks beautiful. Smells of piney hops and bitter esters, but with a malty profile as well. Taste follows the nose as you get the astringent hops at the front but it fades into the malty backbone in the finish. Thick, chewy body. Very well balanced beer. The hop profile balance perfectly with the malty sweetness and the body is almost as thick as a stout. I love it. It's a very smooth DIPA. By far Good People's best brew. Snake Handler is up there with some of the best DIPAs in the world.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice looking orange color with a white head on top. The lacing is pretty sticky with a thin retention over the beer. The smell of the beer is has a sweet citrusy aroma, really nice balance of malt and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer has a big citrus pop upfront that fades into a pine-like bitterness. The malts give off a subtle sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer is oily, medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall this is a pretty damn good brew, found it to be really enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of maleman
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Tervis tumbler (only thing that was clean!).
A - poured dark, opaque amber with an off-white two-finger head that laced well.
S - pine resin, grass, pepper, some grapefruit.
T - nice bite. really floral finish with a tinge of phenol right at the last.
M - taste in the very back of my mouth. a little past medium-bodied. oily.
O - a really good DIPA. it's got the kick you expect from the genre but not so overpowering that you have to force yourself to drink it. it's even better on tap at good people's taproom. the guys that work there are aptly named!

RB

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Photo of sommersb
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-03-2013
Freshness: Canned on 12-05-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: 4-pack from Great Spirits, Huntsville AL

A: The beer is a bright, hazy orange color with a cream-colored small head. Head retention isn't much but I do get a nice amount of lace.

S: Aromas are first of big and assertive citrus hops, then followed by a malty sweetness and fruity quality. I really like the smell on this beer.

T: The taste begins with some sweet caramel malts which quickly give way to a punch in the face of bold grapefruit hops. Alcohol warmth is noted.

M: Highly carbonated and full-bodied. Finishes with lots of hop bitterness with enough malts to keep them honest.

O: Overall I enjoyed this potent DIPA. It's not a style I usually like, but the balance in this one makes it a real treat.

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Photo of nedvalton
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very good iipa. not astingently bitter very well balanced. hops are in your face but has the malt to back it up. alcohol is very well hidden and not hot for 9%. on the top of my iipa list for sure. i see it making its home in my fridge. higly recomend trying if able to find

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Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can -> Dogfish Head Glass

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It pours up a hazy golden orange, almost the same shade as honey with a nice one finger head, good retention, and lots of residual lacing. The nose is notes of pine, citrus, oranges, malt, and biscuit. Taste is an initial citrus sweetness followed by a powerful and massive hop bitterness. Even though there is a fair amount of alcohol it is well hidden; there is a barely perceptible warming at the very end. Mouthfeel is nice with a big hoppy aftertaste. Not for the faint of heart as I stated before, but it you like massive bitterness, you will love this.

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Photo of Ell
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is fantastic DIPA. Huge hop character balanced well with nice, beefy malt backbone.

Big, citrus blast followed with a great bitterness. This is not a beer to be taken lightly. It's got a ton of alcohol (10.2ish), so while it's drinkability is awesome, it's not to be trifled with.

It's also available (and fantastic) in the can. Great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in pint glass
no date

A: Hazy copper/orange color with a not quite white head that refuses to completely disappear and leaves lots of lace.
S: Caramel sweetness and piney bitterness
T: A fruity bitterness, lots of pine and citrus with a little something hidden in between. A definite shot of caramel malt with what seems to be some biscuit as well. No hint of alcohol.
M: Enough carbonation to keep from being cloying, but there is a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The load of hops linger on the tongue.
O: An excellent example of a DIPA, lots going on, but very easy to drink. Very glad I got to try this (thanks JC). Highly recommended for any hophead.

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Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can shared by Ravot.

A: Murky orange with a nice white head.

S: Lots of citrus, caramel, and doughy malt in the nose.

T: Pleasantly assertive bitterness, orange and papaya, a bit of earthy tobacco, plenty of toffee and bready notes from the malt.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good DIPA.

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Photo of NicKentros
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers available in the south. If you can get it, its a must drink. It is a Double IPA, so bitter beer haters beware, but it's bitterness is not unreasonable or out of control like some IPAs. But what is really fantastic about this beer is that it's the easiest drinking 9.3% ABV beer I've ever had. Honestly I wouldn't think it was much higher gravity than about a 6% if I didn't know. It's just that smooth, doesn't have an overwhelming amount of body, and isn't too heavy. Quite simply the best beer you can buy that is brewed in Alabama.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks over the airwaves to pwnzilla once again for another brand-spanking-new brewery & beer. Hope it's as good as the last surprise that came out of that box. 12 oz. can with some cool graphics & what appears to be an arcane dating code in a small box. Huh.

Pour is a mix of orange & yellow with an antsy, jumpy head on it. Make sure you use a big glass, or prepare to wait on the decanting process. Nose is classic IPA, big citrus & pine with a side of sweet malt. Nice.

Snake Handler is one balanced IIPA, & that's not usually a complement coming from me. Way too much malt means a malty breadiness, gathered together with light caramel, dominates this beer. The nice hopping so evident in the nose steps back into the shadows, with gooey pine slipping out only after the malt has had its way with me (against my will, I might add). Bitterness does come along decently at the end, but it's mixed with an aspirin, close to metallic twang that really brings me down. Almost a gulper.

If this were a little cleaner & hoppier, it would be on the fast-track to win-dom. As it is, this is just a pretty good IIPA in a market overcrowded with excellent ones.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't quite decipher the dating code, so I'll skip that part. From can to tulip. It's still ice cold from the fridge, so I'll have to stretch the tasting out a bit.

Fit about three-quarters of the can into the tulip on a careful, but sharply-angled, pour. Bountiful haze in a tangerine brew. The head is still sitting at three-fingers height after deliberation time. Not sure what to do at this point; the retention is unreal. Everything touching the inner glass wall sticks like a boss.

Mild hoppy aroma. Soapy, floral, and herbal. Sparing citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. Faintly tropical.

Herbal and citrus hops infused with flower petals. Orange blossom, cilantro, cucumber, and edible flowers. Grapefruit and pine in the hop profile, too. Sizable maltiness with some honey breads and light caramel. Slanted just on the sweet side. Leafy bitterness.

Drinks a little boozy. Strong point is the carb. The body is a little weak and exposes the strength, and then some.

Enjoyable brew. Wouldn't have another in the same setting, and would only pick up another down-the-line for fun.

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Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly has a sharp resinous hoppy aroma to it from the instant the can is opened...later, the boozy, sweet malts do show through a bit but it's predominately a resiny, hoppy smell.

Pours dark golden in my glass with a very healthy, fluffy head.

Taste isn't much of a surprise from the aroma. Starts out with the pine resin bitterness found on the nose, but the hops seem to be more of the tropical variety than anything...and while they definitely pack a punch, it isn't overwhelming. There's a pretty fair sweet, candied malt sweetness there as well in the body which tempers the bitterness and creates a pretty good balance. Decent bitterness tingles the sides of the tongue on the finish. Subsequent belches come across with the aforementioned resin.

Pretty good, and balanced, DIPA. Not going to please those who want a DIPA that rips their tongue off or that is extremely thick...it's just down the middle and comes across as extremely quaffable for its 9.3% ABV.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one, direct from Alabama, pours a cloudy light orange color with 1.5 inches of thick head. The foam lasted a long time and left a light lacing on the glass. Smells lightly of citrus, and tastes of bitter grapefruit, a touch of sweet pineapple, with a bitter aspirin aftertaste. One of the best DIPA's I've had in quite awhile, a great beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the ever generous drabmuh for the gift.

The beer is pretty hazy and appears sunburst orange colored with a gargantuan crafted white head. Excellent head retention with ample lacing plastering the walls of the pint glass.

The aroma is a combo of sweet, fruity malts and resiny pine, with a slight leaning toward pine.

Good flavor. Balanced for sure. This is not a west coast hop bomb, but rather, a well crafted and balanced beer. Alcohol presence is well masked. The finish brings a touch of bitterness that is mitigated by caramel malts and a mild fruit character.

The feel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Not particularly aggressive in either the hop or malt domain, but again, a balance of the two. A blue collar DIPA.

Overall, a solid offering. While not among the greats of a highly competitive style, this is an enjoyable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for the can. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear copper color with a touch of an amber hue. Initial head is rocky and large with great retention and loads of lacing on the way down. Thin cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some nice initial tropical notes with plenty of backing malt. Light caramel and a fairly-heavy level of breadiness. The flavor pushes through a good dose of sweetness along with some light heat. Lots of bread and malt. CItrus and other fruit notes behind that. Medium body with chewiness. Moderate booze and a semi-dry finish.

Quite a bit too malty for my tastes, though I enjoy the hop notes that are present.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a tulip. Thanks to drabmuh for hooking this up.

Pours a chilled dark copper with a massive frothy cream head. Excellent retention and thick clumps of lace. Malt dominant nose, caramel and toasted with a sweet citrus hop balance and mild citrus pulp. Flavor follows the nose with a strong caramel malt body, chewy and sweet with a potent wallop of hop bitterness, more resiny and pulpy than the nose. A little too much booze is present in the finish but otherwise this is very nice for a large, malt forward DIPA. If this were a local DIPA I'd be very happy, but overall not worth seeking out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Bama beer. Thanks CliffBrake.
12oz can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a huge light tan head. Amazing retention and lacing.

S - Oranges mostly, some mango and pine as well.

T - Pine, herbal, oranges, grass.

D - Slightly bitter, great carbonation.

O - Bama! A solid IPA. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - an absolutely stunning head of thick, off-white foam sits atop this orange-yellow brew. It looks as though I could float a quarter on top of this. Just a great looking pour and it looks so innocent. But this snake is about to strike.

Aroma - dried pineapple, raw sugar, slight alcohol notes, mango and other tropical fruits. Aromatic with a lot of sweet fruits and also some of that piney resiny notes that accompany these big, sticky, double IPAs.

Taste - one sip and it hits your palate (and your brains) that this has some strength and this snake can bite. Big tropical fruit flavors up front such as mango and passionfruit along with grapefruit and pineapple. It sits heavy on the tongue and warms the throat going down. Plenty of hop bitterness lingers and you're definitely feeling those 103 IBUs as your tongue slowly dries out and your palate waves the white flag (which you'll ignore like you always do).

Overall - what's not to love? A big, strong, hopped-up beer that's befitting of its name and the can it's delivered in. You're not going to drink one of these by mistake. If you're looking for a stomach-warming, tongue numbing beer that satsifies your jonesing for hops than look no further. Also, if you're a lover of canned craft beer and aren't yet a collector of cans then this one might be a good start to a collection as its going to be really tough to recycle one of these and just keep it around.

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Photo of Treebs
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. Huge thanks to Holland (Eric) for hitting this obscure want!

A: Pours a solid amber color with a little chilled haze to the body. A mild yellow head roughly one finger in height forms on the pour and dissipates to a thin collar.

S: Smells of resin, mild pine and sweet vine fruits fill the glass. There is a subtle honey sweetness in there as well with light flowery notes. A sweet doughy malt smell is present as well.

T: The flavor resides on the maltier side of things with a bready and honey flavor, but the hops really pop up mid palate with a resin and bitter pine flavor. There is a slight alcohol twinge, but it is short lived. The finish is again sweet with a floral quality.

M: Medium bodied with a semi-sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium, but bordering on the lower end of that.

O: This was a very balanced and overall delicious DIPA. I feel like the nose was a little better and more complex than the taste, but it didn't stray to far from that. My first beer from this brewery and I'm excited to try more. Bring on the Fatso!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orangish color with good carbonation and a huge dirty white cap and great lacing

S: Grapefruit, caramel malt and light booze

T: Big body and boozey with a malt forward presence, hops present grapefruit, grass and orange peel with a light dash of pineapple. Finishes w/ a medium bitterness and booziness

M: Medium to big body on this, loads of flavor, malty

O: A cut above average and pretty darn tasty overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is #42 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com, also #2 on the "Top Beers - South" list. Served in a Good People pint glass, if you could you would too. Beer is orangish / clear with a huge off white head, moderate retention, moderate carbonation. Lots of lacing, looks like a good IPA.

Aroma is piny, sweet, a little resiny, and mild fruits, Smell fine, this one is going to be a little on the malty side I can tell.

It hides the alcohol well. Medium in body, very bitter finish, hops, very nice, it is a little sweet / malty, nice but not excellent. I could definitely drink a few of these and I'd be relatively happy if this were my local DIPA but there are definitely better IPAs out there. I might have this again.

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Photo of nhudson
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad this beer is now in can form. Good news is that it will be available once a quarter. This beer fresh is just amazing and can stand up with any DIPA in the country. Its malty, resiny, piny, hoppy and amazing...

A: Slight orange haze color, with a good white head with excellant lacing. Pour this in a pint glass and it will stick!

S: Amazing that this beer can produce such an aroma. When fresh its Resiny and Piney with Citrus notes. Not only do you get this but the smell of a faint maltiness is in there as well. I would also say that it might have a slight bready aroma that comes through in the finish.

T: Up front the hop bitterness takes over then the alcohol comes in which brings in a welcoming maltiness to this beer. Its citrus, melon, piney and the ever so longing of malt that rounds everything out. This is a big beer and it's very balanced among hops, malt and alcohol

M: Very nice mouthfeel, sticky and well carbonated for style.

O: I wish I could get this beer fresh on a weekly basis, but I can't and neither can anyone else. I know the amount of reviews are up there, but in all seriousness this is among some of the best DIPA's in the country.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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