Le Trou Du Diable Shawi Beach IPA

Reviewed by on August 14, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Le Trou Du Diable

  • Origin: Shawinigan, QC, CA

  • Rated On: August 14, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled July 1, 2015

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Shawi Beach (Shawinigan Beach?) is this brewer’s ode to west-coast American IPAs, and was possibly conceived on a summer Friday afternoon, while ‘listening’ – ya, right – to Baywatch, and Pamela Anderson’s, er, ‘running’.  Also, menthol is listed as an attribute on the label blurb – could this be more Québécois?

This 600ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and broadly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some thin, layered sudsy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, muddled citrus peel, grainy pale and caramel malt, those Halls lozenges that remind me a hell of lot more of winter, than summer, and prominent leafy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, more resinous than skanky pine needles and their forest floor friends, a still mixed and blended citrus rind and tropical fruit tartness, that cold weather ode to coughs and sniffy noses (menthol, for the folks reading at home), black and white pepper spice, and additional leafy, weedy, and lightly herbal hop bitters. The bubbles are fairly active in their fizzy and roughly frothy manifestations, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, the fruitiness of the hops obscuring any interfering bitterness here. It finishes off-dry, the domestic and south-seas fruitiness holding tight, while the various spicy and agreeably phenolic esters wax and wane according to their own schedules.

An interesting, and well-made estery version of the style, one that you might not suspect as being so, if you didn’t read the bottle label beforehand (who has two thumbs, and was just like that – THIS guy!). Yeah, the menthol and long pepper essences (wait, whut?) aren’t overly noticeable, but do add a certain je ne sais quoi to this otherwise stand-up IPA. Easy to drink and enjoy, especially as the mercury hovers near 30 degrees Celsius ’round these parts.

Brady White

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