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La Route Des Indes - AMB - Maître Brasseur

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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AMB - Maître Brasseur
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 08-02-2006)
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Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep murky copper with a whopping sticky tan cap.

Aromas: musty honey,figs and wet hay..excellent!...but not what you expect in an IPA.

Flavor continues to break the style parameters with good malt tone but some char from black patent malts...good balance with long boil bitter goldings...clean finish...metallic after taste.

Hoppy, fruity with a caramel discernment and a light toasty-char...A good ale but it’s not an IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy medium orangish copper hue, with a few fingers of foamy white head, that leaves a bit of lace as it recedes. It smells of muted, grassy hops, and bready malt. The taste is biscuity, bready caramel malt, and bitter, piney, vegetal hops. The carbonation is a bit high, the body fairly heavy, creamy, and sticky, and it finishes dry and clean.

Not a kind of American IPA which which I am familiar, but somewhat interesting, in a restrained way.

Photo of eat
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright dark-orange with a pink tinge. Solid frothy head settles down into a decent layer of foam. An odd colour for a pale ale, but not bad looking at all.

Musty hops, caramel, grapefruit, grain. Nice, present smell.

Tangy grapefruit-hops, pine, sweet roasted malt, wheat. Bitter green vegetables on the finish (broccoli). The fridge I had this in doesn't seem to have been cold enough; I think it would taste better if it was cold. Very different IPA, but I'm into it.

Not quite as carbonated as I'd like (medium-low). Medium, creamy body.

I've drank this one on a few occasions and it's pretty drinkable. This could be a good session beer in my opinion. One of the better Quebec IPAs I've had. I'd like to review a colder bottle...

Photo of Goldorak
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque caramel colored, with a thin white head, definately unfiltered, it really looked rich. Not too sure if this style is supposed to be this way, but it was nice.

Smell: Herbal, and somewhat flowery hop profile, with a few wooden notes.

Taste: Creamy smooth, so much so I almost thought there was rye in there (talked to the brewer, there is not). Cookie malt middle, the hop finish starts a little green, then a very poignant astringeny that almost felt acidic after a few sips. Maybe he should have put more hops towards the end of the boil rather than at first. I had this on the brewery's opening day, so maybe it needed to age a bit more. Still a decent start.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy medium brown color ale with a average size head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry hops with light caramel malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some light caramel malt with a dry hoppy ending. Medium full body with good carbonation. Not the best mix of hops for an IPA but still very good and probably one of the best from this brewery.

Photo of ZorPrime
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer color is copper. It is veiled. The head has a nice creamy looking.
S: The aroma is citrusy (hops) with some malty notes (caramel). A little bit simplistic aroma but not a downside.
T: I get some metallic notes and very little hops too. However, it is bitter. I would say a light bitterness. A little bit average on the taste side. The aroma made me think this would be something above average, but it is not.
M: Way too much carbonation in my opinion.
D: Easy to drink... but not interesting in the taste to make me wants to drink more.

Some might like, I don't. This beer needs more taste...

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice toasted malt and a fruity hop.

The taste consisted of a slightly sweet toasted malt with an estery yeast and light fruity and herbal hop notes. slick sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA, just not an AIPA.

Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-Pours a hazy ogangey amber with an average sized , off white cap. Nose of candied fruit, citrus, pine needle, and there's a weird earthiness going on as well. Tastes of candied fruit as well, with a nice middle ground of piney, grapefruity hops. It is also quite doughy, and has a cookie like sweetness towards the finish. Not too bad. Better than most of the ass juice I picked up in Gatineau.

Photo of Quej
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear dark orange colour with some visible carbonation and little head. Leaves a nice lace.
S - Lots of hop smell and a nice zing of citrus, quite floral and even a little malty.
T - Very bitter with lots of hop tastes and a nice citrus, grapefruit taste. Some bready malts accompany the hops and hemp flavours, but do not match it. A long drying aftertaste begs for more.
M - So drying and refreshing, quite rough and even leafy.
D - I could drink this all day.

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% abv.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, slight retention.

S: Resiny, piny hops, cotton-candy, toffee & a little citrus. Good aroma, but it's not huge... could use some more dry hops.

T: Pine & citrus, plenty of bitterness, good malt balance. With a little more dry hopping, I think this would be a 4.5.

M: Moderate body has plenty of hop acidity.

D: Good drinker.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Mondial de la Biere 2007. This version is 6.5%.

Pours a hazy amber, huge off white head, nice lacing, solid retention, thin layer, but sticks for the whole glass. Smell is sweet, caramel and honey, citrus and floral hops, grapefruit, normal fruit, very solid. Taste is grapefruity, caramel, some floral, strawberries, very fruity, spicy bitterness, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, I enjoyed this one. Seems like it has improved from earlier comments, I thought this was a pretty solid IPA.

Photo of MMansfield
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me as part of CanBif. Thanks Papat!

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper/brown. Moderate white head, diminishes quickly to small layer covering the top for the duration of the drink. Leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Strong caramel nose with a an herbal quality. A little malt heavy, but the spicy floral hops do come through a lot.

Taste: Strong malt body, sweet, roasted nuttines, an nice herbal spice to the hops, some pine and citrus in there too. Quite nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, nice level of carbonation, pretty high drinkability.

Final Statement: Thought we may have lost this bottle as it appear to leak inside the bubble wrap, but alas, its okay! In actuality, this beer is better than okay. I quite enjoy this one. Seek this one out.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice light rust color with a small head, and below average lacing. Average carbonation with a bitter sour smell. Tastes less bitter than the aroma would indicate. Has a light malt backbone. Too sour and not hoppy enough to be called an IPA.

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of LeTonneau
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Nice dark color. Smells of caramel and sweet flavors are percieved. Bitterness is very pronouced. May be too much for its own good. 10 minutes afterward, bitterness is still present in my mouth (I can call that an assault ;-)). Overall, disapointed by this beer. Not recommended unless you appreciate the over the top bitterness.

Photo of oakbluff
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via papat444
Murky tangerine with minimal head. faint wiff of fruity hops in the nose. Taste- same fruity flavour hops. Not overly bitter, but is nice middle of the road IPA. Grainy toasty hops along a metallic finish. Little bit of aspirin in there. Carbonation is medium/low. Drinkability is solid.

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from JA Moisan in Quebec City.

Poured a hazy copper with a good creamy head, that had decent retention and laced well. Attractive sweet smell of honey and grapefruit mixed in with caramel. The taste is thick and very satisfying. Again the grapefruit comes out, and mixes pleasantly with the caramel. There's a nice toffee-biscuit backbone, but the malt sweetness is nicely balanced by an assertive bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation works well for an IPA.

I found this Quebec offering to be a really solid west coast style IPA. I think the bottle I had was nice and fresh, so that helps a lot, and I'd love to have this more readily available for the occasional purchase.

Photo of Tim2000
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL brown bottle, undated.

Dark copper brown with a slight haze. Thin white head that leaves a nice collar.

Aroma is spicy and resinous with some bitter grapefruit.

Starts off sweet with caramel and molasses flavours as well as some faint roasted, nutty notes. Hops are piney and resinous with hints of citrus. Aftertaste is sugary as well as bitter. Alcohol gives a slight bite. Mouthfeel is silky and carbonation is low.

It used to be hard to get a good IPA in Québec, but now it seems that they're popping up everywhere. La Route des Indes has a bit too much hops for it to be balanced in my opinion but is definitely above average.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an orangey-amber body with a medium-sized, frothy, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Gentle wafts of perfume and a bit citric-smelling, but beyond that it's kinda mild.

Taste: Slight butterscotch taste with a mild sweetness. Lightly citric lemon candy taste. Mild hop bitterness. Spray of flowery perfume near the otherwise clean, mild finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A little different and certainly lacks the 'punch' of standard American IPA's, but it's alright for being a reasonably tasty, well-balanced ale.

La Route Des Indes from AMB - Maître Brasseur
81 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.