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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1586) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
On tap @ Milos’ - taps a hazed bright gold with a sticky. rich white cap that lasts the drink. Aroma is gorgeous - big citrus rush with a bready sweet undertone and light fruitiness. Rich silky mouth feel, bight citrusy sharp character. Flavour has the big citra rush at the front but the bready sweet maltiness balances mid palate - clean bright finish with a hop kiss in the finish. Probably one of the best IPAs I’ve sampled. It takes skill to brew with citras to get what I tasted here, but the star of this brew is the singular use of golden promise malt - its depth of flavor makes it the ideal malt for new world IPAs - artfully crafted brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2323) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
Tap in a tulip at wvrst, the citrus comes out really nice and it was very tasty lots of citrus and zesty really nice offering

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4261) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
on tap. hazy pale golden with a tall frothy white hea, excellent retention and lacing. decent malts, biscuity and velvet honey. nose is loads of cones, citrusy and piney - medium finish. hint of honey sweetness. average carbonation, light to medium body. very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
On tap at le mondiale 2011. Reminds me very much of the dubai just a little dialed back. Good citrus hops and a good maltiness that doesnt take away from the wonderful hoppiness. Very dry bitter finish, a good ipa.

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 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9866) - 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.


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