Snake Pro Double IPA | Figure 8 Brewing

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Snake Pro Double IPASnake Pro Double IPA

Brewed by:
Figure 8 Brewing
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cnally on 09-06-2010

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 68
Photo of ModemMisuser
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a firkin @ Black Sparrow in Lafayette.

Wow. Not usually an IPA fan, and especially not usually doubles, but this one... yeah, wow.

As other reviewers have said - lots of very lush, fruity hops in this one. Good complexity, good balance, just a good beer all around.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a firkin at The Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN.

Appearance: medium cloudy amber

Scent: Bitter grain, pleasant - very earthy smelling

Taste: Bitter musky malt, goes from grainy to lemon citrus to a dry taste, to a medium grainy finish.

Excellent with steak frites... ;)

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap...

A- Poured a amber color with a light coppery off tone. One and a half finger white head shows great retention. Lots of streaky and web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel bready malts comes into play with a ton of earthy hops. Piney and light grassy hops in this one as well. There is a light citrus hop with clove like undertone as well.

T- There is a big citrus blast from the hops in the front end of this one. Some sweet caramel malts in the middle of the beer make this a little more balanced. Piney hops with a hint of spicey hops in the tail end of the beer. This gives the beer a ton of hop flavor which is amazing!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of hops destroy the palate and well as you guessed it long into the aftertaste. This beer is a hop forward beer which is expected. Clean flavors and most hop style can be tasted. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was a wonderful surprise from a brewery who I am enjoying a lot. A nice hop bomb that I would gladly have a couple pints of. Figure 8 is going to be something big here in the next couple of years. This beer just goes to show that.

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Photo of CCalvert
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this brew at the Great Taste Of The Midwest in Madison....that being said this was one of my favorites of the day, the color was a nice amber/red. The taste and mouth feel were , at least to me very good, and I didn't notice the alcohol kick very much. Overall ,to me , at least a very desireable DIPA. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Indiana brew muled back by ChrisD....thanks brother!

A-Bright copper with a large off-white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left a fair amount of lacing.

S-Bright pop of hop fruitiness with notes of mango and papaya. Backing caramel malt sweetness and a flourish of floralness in the background.

T-A nicely balanced DIPA with sweet caramel malt evenly matched up with fruity overtones. Malt component doesn't become too rich and the hops never overwhelm, nicely done.

M-Medium bodied and almost creamy. Nice lingering hop fruitiness.

D-Solid, interesting and different but good. I liked this one. Well balanced and easy to drink. A nice effort with this brew.

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Photo of Malty_Matty
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- somewhat clear amber color with a white quickly dissipating head.

S- caramel and grassy, spicy, hop aromas.

T- intense grassy flavors with a healthy malt backbone to support this unusual flavor profile.

Mf- medium bodied with a slightly sticky residual presence.

Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy aged copper body with a thick creamy tan head and a gentle matrix of tiny bubbles working their way to the surface.

S- The fruity orange hops are juicy with a woody green hops finish.

T- The green cinnamon and sweet juicy orange flavor to the hops are full with a finish of pungent green hops and a soft dandelion bitterness hits the back of the throat after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight cleaning fizz in the finish.

O- The nice hop depth is overpowered by the larger bitterness and pungent finish that dominates and sticks in the back of the throat.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-10-11

Pours a cloudy red/orange color, with almost no head. The thin white film on top gives way to a single ring of white lacing.

Smell is very sweet and sugary, with lots of watermelon hops. The sweetness is heavy, and builds as time goes on. A little one-dimensional, but not bad.

Taste is all strong bitterness, not much of the sweet smell is there to back it up. It mellows after awhile, leaving behind more earthy flavors and an enjoyable burnt sugar quality.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too thin, but with a nice thickness to complement the hop flavors.

Drinkability is very good, the bitterness grows on you, and also helps to cover the alcohol.

Overall, a simple, but very tasty beer, and worth picking up.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Another good looking beer from Figure Eight - pours a clear copper with a magnificent head; excellent retention leaving a few strands of lace behind

Smell: Sugary caramel tones joined by piney hops

Taste: A lot of sugary caramel flavors, up front, but the hops don't give an inch and join with a blast of piney bitterness; after the swallow, the malt and hops reach a crescendo and are joined by a bit of boozy alcohol; both the sweet and bitter flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: As I typically don't like really malty DIPAs, I wasn't expecting to like this very much but there was something about the hops they used that put me in the camp of the fans

Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange. Not too much head. Smell is unique to other DIPA's I've had. Alot of citrus, but there's something in there that I can't place (my wife thinks it smells like a dirty sock, i beg to differ). Tastes like....CANTALOPE! There's the smell I wasn't placing. I swear, this actually has a cantalope taste to it, remarkable! I also possibly get almost a clementine flavor as well. Definitely not an A beer, but still really good. Mouthfeel is nice. Pretty carbonated. Semi creamy. Medium bodied. Overall, I love this beer. I could drink it all the time. Different. Very impressed with my first experience from Figure 8 brewing.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snake Pro, filled on 8-3-11 and consumed on 8-11-11

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear amber with a modest white head that caves in quickly. Some lacing sticks to glass. Nice effervescence for a relatively big beer.

S: A blend of citrusy hops, pitted fruits like peach or nectarine and strong herbs. Additional aromas include subtle pear, caramel and spices. 

T: A little malty sweetness up front. Taste is a significantly more intense realization of the pleasant but subdued characteristics of smell. More citrus, fruit and spice. In addition, some pine.  Medium-high bitterness and long herbal and bitter finish. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Mouthfeel is oily and relatively heavy. 

O: Snake Pro is an above-average DIPA that has benefitted significantly from Lahti's tweaking of the recipe. It is a big, tasty take on the style, third in Indiana to FFF Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. Other Hoosier BAs who rate this beer an F would be wise to go out of their way to acquire a bottle that is not obviously old. 

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Photo of jones140
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Rust haze appearance with a tall froth after pour-- Snake pro is an even 9.0% ABV DIPA (not 8% as seen above) and it tastes every bit of it! Deliciously complex caramel flavor is rudely interrupted by a dry bitter aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer... different.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpuia for sharing a growler at a recent tasting on 12/28/10.

A - Poured a hazy dark reddish bronze liquid with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and deposited some lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is kind of heavy on the malt with a grainy profile suggesting toasted oats and cereal grains. Hop character is perfumy with a hint of fresh herbs and mint. Sweet caramel rounds out the aroma profile.

T - DIPA...really?! Overall, this is quite a malty, grainy ale. Yeah, there are hops in there, but the dominant attribute of this DIPA is a toasted grainy malt presence and slight burnt caramel. I've had hoppier IPAs than this. Flavor is pretty solid, but it just doesn't seem to fit the DIPA bill.

M - Medium bodied and kind of syrupy with a hint of oily hop residue and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a muted hop bitterness and faint alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Snake Pro would make for a fine hopped up pale ale, or even an IPA... but a DIPA? Hmmmm... Still, this one wasn't too bad, though. Kick up the hops a few notches and this could be a solid DIPA.

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Photo of cnally
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pleasure, coming back up to my old stomping grounds and home, and enjoying a local brew with my dad.

The look is a really pale clear red, kind of weak. The head is quite nice, a towering off white head with lots of lacing.

Aroma is mild but standard floral hops.

Very sweet flavor. Its like letting a butterscotch chip melt on a hop flower. All things considered, very tasty and the hops don't slaughter you.

Impressed with the texture. A creamy, evenly carbonated drink. The type of feel you'd expect from a brewery that has been around for longer.

Pretty good effort. You go, Valpo.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Banter about 100 IBUs and a “venomous bite,” but the DIPA is a style that is getting harder and harder to master. Reddish brassy clarity, foamy topping stays for a while. First whiff is of vegetal hops with some spicy backing, ester alcohol with some vague fruitiness and a light sweetness of caramel. A smooth enough brew. 100 IBUs strong—yeah, they’re there, nearly hold- ing the palate hostage. Spice from the hops melds with the warmth from the alcohol. Malt character is a bit biscuity and very dry; yeasty tone resides in all of that. Walking the path of pushing the hops too far without much malt to back it up and the alcohol that fumes being too high. A middle-of-the-pack DIPA, worthy of a try for that hop fix you’ve been waiting for.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, brownish copper in the pint glass. Minimal head even with an aggressive pour; carb bubbles are few and far between, suggesting this may be a big bodied double. Head receded to a small band around the perimeter of the glass and left some thin lacing.

Nose is heavy on the citrus and sweet malts. I always hope to find some pine in my doubles, but not in this one.

First taste proves out the body is not as big as I thought it may be. Well balanced hop and malt presence in this one with an unusually dry finish for a 9% DIPA. Very drinkable, but overall pretty uninteresting. This one is much more like an above average APA than a DIPA.

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Photo of injuredreserve
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber hue with thin head and bubbles throughout.

S: Caramel malts, fresh bread and booze.

T: Unbalanced harshness at first, then mellows a little. Malty. Old? quite possible. Linger is mostly booze.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel that leaves a little stickiness.

O: Ok at best, happy to try but will not seek out.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= Kind of Hazy in color like a cooper color. Nice foamy head that sticks around for a little bit. Some decent lacing on this one.
S= Some hops but what I really pick up on is caramel malts and alcohol.

T= Taste for me was more of the caramel, a little bit more hops really wish there was more hop activity I just think that the backbone is a little bit to strong.

M= Medium bodied and kind of syrupy.

O= Overall, It kind of grows on you but I think the bomber prices are kind of high on this one. I just don't think this would be one I would seek out for the price.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At 7.99 per 22 ounce bottle I went in with high expectations. What I got was an amped up, one dimensional IPA. Reminded me of a Bells Two Hearted (one of my favs) but with way too many hops and an alcohol kick that left me one and done for the nite. I want to see Figure 8 succeed but they missed the boat with this one.

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Photo of fear025
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma:There's lots of sweet malt in the aroma, and just a hint of citrus.

Appearance:Deep amber in color, low head and poor retention.

Taste:On first sip, I get a some copper flavors. After a few sips, that goes away, but it was still a little unpleasant. Next, on the foretaste there is a decent amount of bitter hops, along with some sweet caramelized malt flavor. The hops are kind of leathery and spicy, and fade slowly through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:The body is medium thickness. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:It's an interesting beer, but I'm not sure I can really get behind the hop flavors. By reading the bottle, I can tell that they simply doubled the recipe for their "Where Lizards Dare" IPA. It's possible that I got an old bottle, but without any date stamps it's tough to tell. I would suggest they experiment with different hop flavors for their next DIPA.

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Photo of Casedogg43
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really enjoy some of Figure8's beers. They are getting better and better.
This one was too big for me. Poured ok, looked ok, smelled good.
Was ready for a double IPA and then I was walloped with this overpowering taste of hops and alcohol.
I had it a few months ago, so my review may not be as detailed as I'd like.
But overall, this one had too much alcohol taste and wasn't what I enjoy or hoped for.
I prefer the citrus, smoothly hopped IPA. 10% 12% it's all good. I just dont like having it overpower the taste.
I'll stick with figure 8, but will not return to this one anytime soon.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. Pours a hazy reddish-orange color with a small, foamy off-white head, fair lacing. Aroma is pale malts, bread, vinous fruits, peppery, pine and resiny. Flavor is dominated by various hop notes, pepper, citrus, resin, a little bit of bread flavor but doesn't even come close to putting this one in balance. Mouthfeel is medium, harshly astringent, bitterness lays on the tongue for a good while. Not a bad beer, but a little too harsh. There is a way to do 100 IBUs and not be this harsh.

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Photo of nhindian
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously provided as an extra by Billakowski, thanks!

A- Pours an exceptionally murky, sunburst orange with flecks of red and brown within. A 2-fingered head builds without much fanfare, but slowly rises from the middle. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing is very nice as well.

S - The nose is the first thing that takes me by surprise... although it is a DIPA, it smells very sweet, with a ton of caramel. Only near the finish do I get much hops, which are citrusy and spicy, but also quite soapy as well.

T - It's hard to describe the taste as anything more than interesting, but Ii can't say that's all-together a good thing. Again, the sticky sweetness leads the way, almost like a caramel toffee candy. The hops as well continue to being some tropical citrus, but for the most part they are soapy and astringent. There's like a weird, almost cotton candy-like flavor here, a bit strange.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Definitely a sweet finish that lingers on the palate and combined with the hops, makes the palate a bit messy.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. This may be one of the sweetest IPAs I've had and that's not a compliment. This one is all over the place and doesn't feel well-composed at all. Even the hops that are present are a disappointment. Pretty hard to get through the whole bomber of this and I had to drain pour the last quarter or so of it.

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Photo of aasher
1.56/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This bottle is fresh, some six days old or so. This one pours an orange, red, brownish color with an off white lacing. This beer smells like salt, sweaty gym socks, some sweet malt, and dust/must. This beer tastes even worse. It tastes like a sweaty, mouth open jaunt through my grandparents abandoned basement. The sweaty salt aspect is GROSS. The flavors are so, so awful that contemplating another taste is tough. What does that say about this product? A brewery sold this to be today, and they should be ashamed. It drinks like an IPA should, maybe, if you struggle to imagine it. What the fuck is this. This beer is deathly bad. This is an IPA, let alone an imperial? They should start back at zero, and press the reset button.

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Snake Pro Double IPA from Figure 8 Brewing
3.48 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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