Double IPA – 8.2% – De Montréal, Québec.
Double IPA – 8.2% – De Montréal, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.47/5
Deep hazy and murky dark amber color with no activity. Creamy and bubbly light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with average legs but a good swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, orange, grapefruits, lemon, sweet grains dominant barley, clove, toffee, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, citrusy and slightly tropical though more with a thick leafy and piney feel similar to tobacco. It’s resinous and a robust one indeed but still well balanced with lots of brown sugar and cinnamon. Okay freshness that takes a hit from an overly alcoholic feel. The maillard effect is excessive, also the body is a bit too dull and thin. With the yeast it gets even harsher but sharper from a dominant taste of lemon. A tad overly strong, yet really packed with flavors. Overall good quality craft.
Double IPA avec une touche Allemande de houblons secs floraux, 7.9%, de Brossard, Québec.
Double IPA with a German touch, 7.9%, from Brossard, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.38/5
Slightly hazy dark straw color with low activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Foamy and softly frothy white 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15 minutes, with okay legs and a good swirl effect. Flavors of mangos, pineapples, orange, grapefruits, pepper, soft clove, banana yeast, wheat and floral hops. Thick and smooth oily full body with sharp and extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, quite balanced and accessible at first while getting more tropical, citrusy and piney as the yeast is poured. The fruit flavors are deeply rich and the floral dry hops bouquet impressive. Great complexity and damn delicious. Very fresh yet filling. Solid double IPA with the intensity of a single, overall this is a superb quality craft. Highly recommended, almost as good as their Signature IPA.
Double IPA Tropicale et houblons secs avec levure Belge, 5.2%, pas trop intense. De Sainte-Hyacinthe.
Double IPA, 5.2%, from Sainte-Hyacinthe, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.76/5
Densely hazy and cloudy, almost opaque, dark gold color, with a fine mist of yeast. Creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with good legs and a high reaction to a swirl. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, pine, grass, caramel, butter, sweet grains and floral hops. Silky medium body with moderate crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, zesty tropical fruits, leafy and herbal, more towards dry hops, with some clovey and orange peels lingering on the tongue. Great freshness, must have some Belgian yeast in there. Well balanced and intensified for a double, yeah they upgraded keeping the same ABV. Solid flavors and body, very smooth and drinkable. Overall very good quality craft.
Double IPA fumée et très fruitée, 9%, de Shawinigan, Québec.
Smoked Double IPA, 9%, from Shawinigan, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.05/5
Deep hazy and veiled dark gold going for amber, with a thick haze of floating yeast, and low activity. Gets highly cloudy when you drop the yeast. Dense creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 20 minutes, with faint legs, but generous lacing. Responds well to the swirl. Flavors of butter, passion fruits, grapefruits, mangos, cherries, berries, roasted barley, peppercorn, toffee, soft oak, and dry leafy herbal hops. Silky and lightly creamy medium to full body with soft prickly carbonation, more with a long sharp crisp that lingers. Very strong finish, vinous dry and almost sour, astringent tongue coat moderately long though, leafy and almost earthy mixed with tasty bread. Great example of good balance; it’s powerful while still strangely refreshing. It’s harsh and coarse but I still enjoy it. It leaves an interesting smoky effect on the tongue, zesty tropical fruits with caramel barley. Probably too yeasty, and not much accessible. But it’s quite tasty with an inviting smell and lots of complexity. And the body is really pleasant. Kinda like a cross between a barley wine and a DIPA, not the usual kind but I think this is interesting. Overall excellent quality craft. Good stuff as usual from Trou du Diable thank you.