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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
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11798) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
A blonde IPA with a thin white head. In aroma, a super fragrant floral hops, catnip, menthol, super american. In mouth, a super fragrant ale with biscuitty malt, very smooth, discreet catty hops, very nice. On tap at Mondial 2011, June 10, 2011.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
Tap at Wvrst. Very pale yellow-straw colour with a thick white head. Very green grassy aroma - fresh, juicy and citrusy. A sort of green/resiny aroma that I actually like. Very fresh and hoppy with a nice bright peppery character. Catty and pungent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
a hero and support of the citra hop, giving it an able defence of taste and malt backbone. Yet the cat p element arrives in the room warmed finish. On tap at WVRT tap takeover (served too cold initially). Light grapefruit coloured body and lacy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft musk and citrus. Gentle musk with more citrus. Nice musk and citrus hops on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Tap at Volo
Aroma frontal straight citra hop profile. Slight musky pungent character noted. Still quiet refreshing.7+
Appearance hazed golden look with amber hue. Large fine creamy top. Nice lase. Solid looking ale.
Flavor and Palate : thinner bodied. Some caramel, musky a bit soft for IPA. Slight chalkiness, tad astringent with hinted diacetyl (or is this byproduct of Citra?). Bitter side ends with alcohol. Dry hop profile grew as you drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
Cask Days, Benelux, Montreal, June 9. Pours a cloudy orange-copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy -- the hops being resiny, oily and catty. Flavour of citrus fruit and catty hops. Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Really good.


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