Thursday, February 23rd 2012
Snake Handler Double IPA
(Good People Brewing Company)
First, I have to say that I absolutely love the name of this beer as well as the can design. Second, I love that the good people at Good People went all out and canned this huge, hop-centric beer. I'm sure the hopheads in Alabama are rejoicing now that this one is on shelves. A big thanks to Gabe Harris, who champions the good beer cause in Alabama as President of Free the Hops, for hooking us up with a couple of these beauties. If you missed it, Gabe also was on hand during the first canning of Snake Handler and took some great pictures. Cheers!
From the Good People site:
"A big, joyous celebration of all things hoppy (5 different varities). Large flavors and aroma of pine, citrus, flowers, spice, pineapple, and grassiness complimented with a touch of biscuit and caramel backbone. Our most requested beer.
Here we go...
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.
Note - not that long ago a can of craft beer was pretty much unheard of in the state of Alabama, not too mention that anything over 6% abv was illegal in the state, but Good People Brewing is doing a great job proving that great beer can indeed be canned and that is has its advantages. Well done, we look forward to whatever you guys decide to can next!
Posted by Russ
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