Double Citra SMaSH | Hart & Thistle

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Brewed by:
Hart & Thistle
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by papat444 on 06-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had poured on-tap at McMenamins Imbrie Roadhouse in Hillsboro, OR. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger white head, blonde-orange color. Minimal carbonation. Sticky thin lacing.

S- Wheat and grapefruit, citrusy and hoppy.

T- Hoppy, citrusy and light flavor. Floral hops.

M- Medium carbonation, light body.

O- Ok beer, might get again if I saw this retired beer anywhere.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NASH for bottling this and to cjbmcdon for sending it my way. Shared with my wife with our supper: chicken quesadillas, refried beans, mexican rice and avocado salad with blue cheese dressing.

Poured from a label-less swingtop bottle (500ml.?) that is almost identical to the generic bottle image provided by BA.

Appearance: Deep and hazy orange body with a thick foamy head and lots of flecks of sediment floating around.

Smell: Tangerine & clementines hit me first. Not much hops come through as it's more of a fresh citrus aroma. Very nice smell.

Taste: Juicy & fresh. Pulpy a little bit with some tangerine mixed with a bit of sweet orange. Lots of hops & bitterness but it's not overdone at all. Love the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a thick body though i did find it a tad fleeting. Carbonation is average which is perfect. Very pleasing.

Drinkability: Lots of flavor and hoppiness to keep me satisfied. Not a chore at all to drink. Could have a few of these in the fridge.

Overall: A solid DIPA that has packs a lot of flavor. Love it very much and would seek out this beer again.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one, courtesy of NASH. thanks eric and greg!

1 liter flip-top growler. sampled july 1/2010.

pours hazy reddish amber with a big light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace. a bit chunky at the bottom of the glass.

aroma is great. hops! i feel like i have my nose in a bag of hops. grapefruit, pine, orange. resiny and powdery. whole wheat bread. biscuit and a bit of cracker. hint of alcohol. caramel.

taste is good. big juicy hops. grapefruit and pine. orange and tangerine. whole wheat bread. biscuit. light alcohol. caramel and a bit of toffee, but with almost no lingering sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. great hop profile with a nice malt body to back it up.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great IIPA from Canada's master of the style, Greg Nash. In interest of full and complete disclosure, yes he did send me the bottle. However, this in no way influenced my rating. At tonight's IPA/IIPA tasting i heard the remark that NASH is my favorite Canadian brewer from one in our company. Have to say from what Ive had the pleasure of ecperiencing in this coutnry that i would have to agree!

Needless to say this was a good looking amber hued brew. Not quite clear as it was obviously unfiltered. Nice finger worth of head that wanted to stick around. Imagine there were some lacings, but this review is from memory and after a few well... ;-)

Wonderful citrus aroma, nice grapefruit notes, and decent, clean bready pale malt profile with some caramel accents. Is this from the boil? Anyways it had a solid, appealing IIPA aroma.

Taste was pretty much bang on for the style. Favored aroma over bittlerness which suits me just fine. Nice clean malt profile that was haoppy playing second fiddle to a wonderfully aromatic hop blast. Yum.

Excellent hope forward IIPA with great drinkability. Almost medium bodied. Suppose its somewhere between an IPA and IIPA, but regardless its a great hop forward brew with tonnes of citrus character that goes down oh so nice.... Another excellent hoppy brew from NASH. Not surprised, this was the first brew of the night at tonight's tasting, and the highlight of the night as far as i was concerned. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Viggo
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 liter swingtop courtesy of my man NASH!

Pours a hazy/kind of chunky looking reddish orange, lots of floaties, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, drops a shit ton of lacing, can tell this will be epic.

Smell is fantastic, huge grapefruit and pine, just a massive resiny hoppiness, big floral, fruit juice, light honey and caramel maltiness, a touch of biscuit, malty but with a very intense hoppy nose.

Taste is just as good, huge grapefruit and pine up front, floral, resiny, fruit juice, caramel, biscuit, just a shit ton of citrus going on in this but with just enough malt to back it up, perfect bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Super drinkable stuff and a great hop character. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of markaberrant
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very murky orange with lots of suspended particles, nice off-white cap, no doubt this baby is unfiltered, though could be a turnoff to newbies, leaves some sticky lace.

S - fresh, juicy nose, orange/mango/grapefruit, just a real nice blast

T - same grapfruit/tropical notes, but also a lot of lemon which is typical of citra, caramel sweetness upfront is quickly washed away by the lemon, bitterness is firm and drying, lingering juicy hops in the aftertaste

M - light body really helps with the drinkability, med carbonation is smooth, dry finish with no astringency, alcohol is well hidden

D - I'm still not sold on citra, but this is certainly the best I've tasted of a citra heavy beer

The aroma on this beer absolutely rocks (as good as any west coast version), malt character is subdued, and the bitterness is firm without being rough or astringent. However, I really don't care for that lemon character that citra lends - I think this hop is best suited for dry hopping as part of a blend. As it warms, the lemon character diminishes, and becomes more grapefruit. My burps were really tasty too!

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one generously shared by Viggo. Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of yellow-tinged foam. Good retention here, before it settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. Coppery amber hazed body.

S - Juicy citrus, with tons of sugared grapefruit and orange, and a slightly burnt sugar malt backbone. The nose actually reminds me a little of the canned Abrasive Ale.

T - The taste is just as citrus-heavy, if not more so. Really tastes like I'm drinking ripe grapefruit juice, with lots of residual bitterness. Not as malt-forward as the nose, which is a surprise.

M - Nice soft carbonation, with a dry finish, and a touch of oily hop resin. Body is lighter than I expected, although it makes sense given the borderline ABV - more of an IPA-plus here.

D - This was really quite excellent. I actually think I liked it more than Hop Mess Monster. Greg Nash at Hart & Thistle really gets what American IPAs and DIPAs are all about - hopefully his influence will spread to the hop wastelands of Ontario.

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Double Citra SMaSH from Hart & Thistle
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 7 ratings