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SMaSH IPA - Le Trou Du Diable

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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 06-24-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a light, hazy gold...and at my DC Metro bar, the head was fairly thin and retained poorly without much lacing to speak of.
The nose is surprisingly bland. It has the sweet smell of bubble gum and some banana. And it's much more grainy than hoppy. There is some bland lemon and very mild clove in the bouquet that also is noticeable in tastes. This beer is rather light on hop character, overall. Even with big gulps it's hard to find much grapefruit, resin, or spice apart from white pepper. The malt is really the highlight here; with time in the mouth and even more with warmth, a dominant hazlenut flavor emerges.
This chewy brew coats teeth and lips, fills in buccal crevices, and slides thickly down the back. It's not the mouthfeel I want from beer, in general, but it's rather unique and does complement the Filbert flavor well.
My initial impressions were not good, likely due to the dearth of hoppiness that I expected, instead, to be showcased. But it grew on me. It still needs more bitterness and acid to balance the nutty sweetness.
I can't help but wonder if the keg for my pour had been sitting a while...

1sophrosyne1, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -21.5%

chippo33, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mule Bar. Served in a tulipy glass.

Appearance - Big white head. Sticky lacing. Medium retention. Hazy orange body.

Smell - Citrus hop. Grain. A bit of esters. Belgian yeastiness.

Taste - Bright citrus hop. Grain is less potent, but slightly sweeter. Belgian esters more prominent in the finish. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Very drinkable.

Overall - Pretty tasty. Well crafted and flavorful.

Alieniloquium, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Ajlvt, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Dreadnaught33, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

warnerry, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal:

Cloudy, gold color. Some lace. Nearly no head--settles to only rim lace.

Pleasant grapefruit rind hop aroma.

Plenty of white pepper to the finish. Little malt flavor. The carbonation is moderate; the body is similarly neutral.

smcolw, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is 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

Sammy, May 27, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Volo.

Beer is a very cloudy yellow colour. Very small white head- almost none.

Smell is strongly citra focused. Cat's pee, citrus scents. Sticky and weedy.

Taste is quite biiter. Citrus fruit (grapefruit sticks out), with a strong weedy component. Herbal. Surprising to me that it is an all-citra hopped beer.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, not bad but a bit disappointing in my view.

jrenihan, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Luk13, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BeerOps, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of duracell
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half a pint on tap at Vices & Versa, Montreal.

Relatively pale body with snow-white head and a beautiful lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very fruity (mango, tropical fruits) and floral. A lot of fresh hop in there! Taste is herbal, floral and features the same fruitiness as the smell. Very smooth on the palate with a good carbonation and a medium bitterness. Overall, another great success from Trou Du Diable, well balanced and delicious!

duracell, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AdamP, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with ok retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus is dominant and quite enjoyable with nice floral undertones. Taste is dominated by citrus notes with bitter finish offset by some floral notes. Dry caramel malt body is present though doesn’t interfere with the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting to taste the Citra hops directly.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2011
SMaSH IPA from Le Trou Du Diable
85 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.