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Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Shawinigan, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Au commencement, tout nous semble paisible : se présente à nous une rousse au col blanc tenace, à l’apparence plutôt commune. Mais déjà, à l’approche du nez nous vient le pressentiment que la chute sera violente. En bouche, on se laisse d’abord berner par un léger sucre caramélisé rapidement envahi par une contre-attaque vive et rapide de houblon. Une amertume verte et intense nous envahit de toute part tandis que le petit goût de sucre caramélisé soutient un équilibre avec une délicieuse finale prenant l’allure de noisettes.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (112) - CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a cloudy straw with an enthusiastic persistent fluffy head and moderate sticky head. Nose is complex - citrus, pineapple, pine, biscuity malt, earthy herbal tones. Taste is similar, with grapefruit bitterness and pine resin, crackers, a slight herbal pepperiness, and an off-dry finish. Medium- to light-bodied, with low residual carbonation and a lingering bitterness. "Compulsive Strong Ale" indeed. It’s only 6.5%, so it’s hardly heavy-duty, but _la morsure_ ("the bite") comes from hops, not ABV - which is just the way I like it. Interestingly enough, the quote on the back of the bottle reads «Le bonheur est dans l’amertume» ("Happiness is in bitterness") which I think sums it up nicely. Got fairly thick with sediment towards the end of the bottle, but that’s hardly a negative for a bottle-conditioned ale. Pleasant and worth trying.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
guil0000 (245) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. Citrus (grapefruit mainly) and tropical fruit aroma (mango) some pine and you get some hops in there also. Sweet malt on the taste. Medium bitterness, light bodied. Not bad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Deep blond color with compact head. Very strong aroma, hoppy, fruity (tropical fruits and muscatel grape). Lean body, the mouthfeel is rather dry; the malt profile is quite crispy, some toffee and water crackers; expectedly strong bitterness with nice citrusy edge; light residual sweetness in the final. Overall, just the perfect balance for its kind, and highly drinkable, and fresh.
You don’t need to search another IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
600 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours clear golden with a tall, fluffy white head that remains and leaves a large amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of big notes of caramel, pine, grapefruit, mango and a peppery spiciness. The flavour is fairly well balanced between mildly sweet on the one hand with notes of caramel, tropical fruit and citrus on the one hand with medium bitter with notes of pine, citrus peel and resin on the other. Subtle spicy notes come through as well, along with nutty malts and a touch of earthiness. It finishes out with a drier finish, with bitter notes of resin and citrus. On the palate it is medium in body with a creamy texture and intense carbonation. Overall, a nice IPA with good balance and particularly nice malts. Complex and elegant. 2014-06-02

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1171) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
600 ml bottle. Clouded brown-ish orange, off-white foam mostly fades. Aroma of tropical fruity citrus hop. Sprucey fruit taste, citrus and weak c-malt, tasty but thin, becomes slightly grapefruity. Average carbonation, lighter bodied, moderately hopped. IPA Lite. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Haven’t had too many good IPAs in Montreal but this was great. Cloudy orange pour from draft at vice versa. Aroma is tropical citrus heaven. Tastes citrus orange grapefruity and happy

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle; Pours hazy gold, large puffy cap - Aromas of grapefruit, mango, fruits and sweet malts. Lush silky mouth feel, sturdy body. Flavour profile has big chewy malts and rich citrus hopping up front, gets intense mid palate and finishes out lightly dry and pleasantly bitter - world class IPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matbigrey (42) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
600 ml bottle.Very solid head, slight hazy golden color with copper into it.. Smell is very hoppy ( bitter hop and aroma hop) feels quite floral. Really feels IPA. Also has that yeasty aroma in background. The taste is quite soft actually from what I expected from the smell. But it still manages to be great! Hoppy yeasty floral taste. You can also feel a bit of the pine/spruce aroma they advertise but not by much... has it’s strenghts and weaknesses but really good in overall!!! Cheers

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
terrybail (555) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
600ml bottle from the LCBO very lite malt aroma no noticeable hops at all which is weird for an ipa looks good unfiltered hazy orange good head and lacing The taste is again sweet malt mild bitterness and no hops disappointing really

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (483) - - APR 30, 2014
Big bottle (suspect this one was slightly past its "best before" date). Still, strong booziness and big, bright aromas - grapefruit, pine, resins, florals, spicy yeast, toffee. Lots of hop (and several varieties). There’s some interesting complexity within the chaos.


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