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

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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La SMaSH tire son nom de l’expression anglaise « single malt, single hop ». Elle est donc constituée d’un seul malt, le Golden Promises, et d’un seul houblon, le Citra. L’appellation IPA, qui propose normalement une bière ambrée ou rousse, nous offre ici une bière blonde scintillante à la mousse blanche. Son nez révèle des aromes de malts sucrés et mielleux, terrés derrière une forte présence herbacée aux accents d’agrumes. La bouche fait figure de vague rafraîchissante sur laquelle surfent des houblons croquants au goût unique de Citra, véritable oasis pour les gorges arides.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 [4508-20120609] Cask. Mild cigarette smoky grains and some orange hints in the aroma. Slightly hazy, amber orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter light orange flavour with a slightly cloying pineapple-like aftertaste. Medium body seems almost dry at times. Nice to sample, seems well put together. (6/3/7/3+/14) 3.3
(Cask Days @ Benelux, Montreal, QC)

[5394B-20130526] Tap. Sweaty pine needle aroma. Hazy, light orange body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Bitter citrus peel flavour has a toasted plastic lemon peel aftertaste. Medium body is quite bitter. Interesting dry bitter bite. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
(@ Wvrst, Toronto, ON)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
Bright and light bronze. Very herbal nose, sage and rosemary. Sweetish - nice clean pale malts and some minty herbal hops overtop of that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 2013-05-26. Hazy pastel yellow body with a nice foamy white head and great lace. 3++ Aroma is quite yeasty and pithy, lemony, nice hop character. 7++ Flavour is relatively bitter up front, pithy grapefruit, lemon, yeasty undercurrents. 7++ Average plus bodied palate, nice carbonation. Quite nice, my notes are a bit brief but it was rather tasty. 7/4/8/3/16 - 3.8 On tap at Wvrst, Toronto

2012-06-09. Dark orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Mild aroma, light alcohol, hints at something sort of acetone like. Lemon notes in the background. Flavour has a good amount of bitterness, modest sweet orange, light resin. Average plus palate. Decent. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 #8, Tasted Blind at Benelux Cask Days Event, Montreal

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Fresh keg at Bateu de nuit, tons of aroma, very citrusy and tropical. Flavor was similar, but with a bit more of pine and very dry finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Delicate herbs and citrus fruit spice up a well defined base malt building a wonderful dry and hoppy quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam floats atop the nearly clear pale straw blond.
-The dry and crisp mouthfeel makes the entire package feel like a New World Pils. Very distinctive.
-The hop bitterness is sandy and resinous, leveled with the rest of the brew’s moderate intensity.
-This cask was impeccably tendered, which is rare in these parts.

On cask at Benelux.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Draft at brewpub. Bright gold. Aroma is rich citra, deep and resinous with that lovely cat pee. Nutty pale malts add a little sweetness to what is otherwise a resiny hoppy yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
In short: A refreshing fruity blonde IPA with a assertive bitterness
How: Draught at Mondial de la Bière 2011
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: The hoppy nose has a tropical fruits, some grass and some cat urine (I get that from Citra hops). Taste has a very nice crisp crackers-like pale malts body with a whole lot of refreshing tropical fruity and floral hops. Rather high bitterness level but it doesn’t detracts from the drinkability of the beer with most flavors being the of refreshing type. SMaSH stands for Single Malt and Single Hop, maybe they’ll get along and go out on a date together.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
Another great beer from an very exciting brewery. Loved this. Big hop start and great depth. Felt like the Flying Monkeys Smashbomb to me. Would love to get my hands on more to give it better feel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (927) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
On tap. Cloudy copper with a big white head that leaves a good lace. Spruce, citrus and spice on the nose. Fresh citrus fruit and a touch of spice on the palate with a good bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
Sample at Mondial 2011.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with a small head.
Aroma : Sharp herbal hops with crisp bready malts. Nice floral notes.
Taste : Leafy and citrusy hops. A bit herbal too. Great malt. Finish has notes of passion fruits and crisp leafy hops. Very hoppy.
Overall : Very hoppy for such a low abv beer. Sharp bitterness but lots of malt to balance it. Quite resinous. Very well made.


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