Double Simcoe SMaSH | Hart & Thistle

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Brewed by:
Hart & Thistle
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gravity - 18.5P/1.076
IBU's - 100+ (250 Calculated)
Hop Rate - 5.25 lbs/bbl
ABV - 8.3%
Colour - ~ 8.0 SRM
Malts - Canadian Pale Ale
Hops - Simcoe flowers & pellets

Added by bobsy on 10-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Long813
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Flute

A: Orange-pinkish body resembling grapefruit. Two fingers of white head that retained throughout the drink. Leaves stellar lacing.

S: Grapefruits, other citrus fruits and strong pine hops

T: Strong hops upfront with a just as apparent grapefruit flavour. Citruits fruits and pine hops are well blended and strong.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Very pleasant fruity finish and a strong pine hoppy bitterness.

D: Amazing beer. I haven't had an IIPA quite like this. The alcohol is well hidden and no flavours are off putting. Two of my 'non beer' drinkers also had this and loved it. Typically people who aren't introduced to IIPA's are out off by a strong one. This is brewed well enough for everyone to enjoy.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swing top hand bottle shared with Bobsy - thanks man! From notes.

Pours a slightly hazed burnt orange with a build-up of light bone white head which throws down some light lacing.

Nose is tangerine, lemons (almost soapy), grapefruit, pine and leafy hops - hint of the hefty malt base that this brew carries with it.

The hops in this one are anything but subtle and attack full out - as they well should in a DIPA! Leafy, citrus, grapefruit rind, pine resin hops bash your tastebuds silly. All of this is on top of a hefty malt bill that carries some caramel notes along with some bold roasted malt characteristics - unusual for a DIPA. Long bitter oily finish that just keeps going! Nice carbonation, it floats through the mouth.

This is a true hop attack which is unfortunately a rare occurrence once you cross north of the 49th parallel. Not overly sweet or sticky malt profile allows this to be quite drinkable for its weight. I generally prefer a more balanced, layered hop attack but this is a brew I would gladly drink on a regular basis if only someone here in Ontario had the balls to brew something like this.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper with an off-white/light-tan head, ring of retention leaves a nice lace.

S: Very peachy, pine, melon, mango, toffee, cotton-candy with hints of nuts & biscuit.

T: Very hop-forward, but surprisingly held in check by the pale malt (with a seriously extended boil). Peach, nectarine, resiny pine, mango, pepper, toffee, cotton-candy, nutty biscuit. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. Truly great stuff.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a good hop acidity & a drying finish.

D: WAY too drinkable for a brew of this size!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had managed to have a glass or two of the original Simcoe Smash when Nash originally brewed it, and thought it was amongst the best stuff offered at the Hart and Thistle. I was originally sad when it was all gone, until Nash announced the Double Simcoe Smash.

Arrived at the table in a semi-clear, dark amber color with a finger of head, which leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

A very hoppy scent issues from this one, which is to be expected from Nash's brews. Also available is the scent of various citrus fruits and some caramel malts.

Caramel malt flavor comes through initially, but is quickly followed by bursts of hops and citrus. Little flavor explosions all over the place. Fantastic hop bite and citrus zing. Nice bitter finish. You wouldn't really guess this weighs in at 8.3% ABV from the taste.

Almost too drinkable, given the ABV. Easy to tuck a few of these under your belt, but be careful when trying to stand up. I would say it is a "Smash" hit for me.

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three bottles courtesy of Mr. Nash himself. Awesome fella!

Pours a clear amber with orange highlights at the edges and a generous off-white head that leaves some nice sticky patches of lace as it recedes. Retention is great and never dips below an uneven cap of foam.

The aroma is phenomenal from the moment I pop the lid. Its so full of tangerine, candied grapefruit and pine that its hard not to take a sip straight away. The malt provides light biscuit and caramel notes, but there's no doubting that the hops are in charge of this baby.

There's a nice balance struck in the flavour. At first the malts dominate with biscuit and sweet caramel, but they're soon replaced by huge citrus (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) and pine notes. There's a touch of alcohol in the middle, but its generally well-hidden and dangerously drinkable for its weight. That's a damn good bitter finish! Long after the last sip is gone the hop oils leave a resin aftertaste and don't let you forget what you're dealing with. This is certainly one of the best Canadian imperials out there, and could definitely hold its own south of the border.

The body and carbonation err towards medium, but the definining characteristic is certainly the oily aftertaste, which helps to emphasise the bitterness of this imperial IPA.

So Greg... when can we convince you to move to Ontario?

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to NASH for the hookup on a bunch of these.

Pours a clear dark amber, almost brown, some mahogany highlights, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is very nice, really hoppy, tons of grapefruit and citrus, pine, floral, malts in the background, lightly biscuity and some caramel sweetness, alcohol is well hidden, more pungent pine notes, good stuff.

Taste is similar, malts come through at first, caramel, biscuit, a bit sugary, pine, some alcohol but really well hidden, grapefruit, more pine, lots of complex hop character, intensely bitter finish but still very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Definitely way too easy to put down, this could be dangerous. Very drinkable. Simcoe rules. Thanks Greg!

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Double Simcoe SMaSH from Hart & Thistle
4.36 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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