Simple Malt IPA - Brasseurs Illimités
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.3/5 rDev -7%
This one has a dark copper / light mahogany color depending the background. It's cloudy and the offwhite head settles to a small ring of foam. Some lacing.
The smell is spicy toffee malts with floral notes as well. Just ok.. not terribly interesting.
The taste is full of rich cocoa and chocolate malts with a significantly bitter english finish. It's probably a bit full on for the style but it's not bad.
Mouthfeel is light with prickly carbonation. Drinkability is average.
09-28-2010 21:23:57 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
341 ml served in a chilled glass..
Appearance - beer pours a hazy auburn colour with almost no head. There is no lacing and its tough to tell the carbonation levels.
Smell - The smell of hops is what hits me first then the citrus. Some pine is also present, very complete smelling beer.
Taste - Hops bring the taste to the front. I found the pine comes fwd with a bitterness at the end. The beer is full tasting from the tip of the tongue to the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel - the mouthfeel adds a tremendous amount of bitterness to this beer. I can really taste the pine come fwd in the mouthfeel.
Drinkability - I would have to say i am glad i tried this beer but it is not for me. I did not find it offered a full pallet of taste and was not as complete as expected.
11-06-2010 00:55:33 | More by Swedes21
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
341ml bottle poured into a water glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber/brown with a small light white head. Nose is very malty and sweet, a bit hoppy but not overtly so.
Fairly well done for an English IPA, it's quite malty as to be expected, lots of british hop flavors as well. Somehow the alcohol comes through even at such a low level, there's a bit of a grainy finish as well. That being said the mouthfeel is smooth and mellow with out too much of that sharp bmc carbonation.
01-30-2011 02:31:44 | More by kingcrowing
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
A nice serviceable IPA. Pleasant mid-brown coloured body with lots of off-white lace. Very faint hop aroma. Lots of caramel sweetness and British hops. Very drinkable, a bit above average mouthfeel and on the dry side. Pretty hoppy for an english IPA.
06-29-2011 02:22:01 | More by Sammy
3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
A- Ruby-amber is still and beautiful. Nice full lacing. Yellowish head didn't last too long.
S- Wood and grape candy. A little pine sap and tiger balm. Alcohol once it gets warm enough.
T- Sweet but tastes so much like wood. Tastes old.
M- Full with medium carbonation.
D- Feels good but doesn't taste that good.
This should be fresh since a brewery representative that was there told me it was delivered the day before but the hops in this are kind of dull.
03-15-2010 21:19:29 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Pretty dark for an IPA: dark reddish-brown. Head fades down to a thin beige blanket. Small amount of lacing.
Earthy hops, caramel malt and some astringency. Decent smell, a little weak though.
This is very much a British-style IPA, of which I'm not the biggest fan. For my taste it's quite weak on the hops, which are overbalanced by malt. To be fair, the bottle does state that it's an English IPA so I suppose the weak hops are appropriate for the style. I'm not sure what to say since this tastes very much like an English IPA, I'm just not a fan of the style. For my taste I would rate this as a 3; weak in flavour and too thin. As far as English IPAs go, this one is very good, maybe a 4.
Thin bodied, though I suppose it does fit well with the thin taste. It actually doesn't feel too bad in the mouth. Average carbonation.
Pretty drinkable but not something I would care if I ever drank again. Compared to all the great IPAs I've had the chance to sample, this one doesn't cut it. It's definitely better than Alexander Keith's but that isn't saying much. The name is a play on the French 'simplement', meaning 'simply'.
10-02-2009 21:28:40 | More by eat
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops with deep rich caramel malt is quite pleasing. Taste is also more oriented towards caramel malt and floral hops then most other IPA out there. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one is a lot more geared toward floral notes then an actual hops bomb I usually taste - well done and definitively something I could drink a couple in a sitting.
11-01-2009 02:40:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
The beer color is copper, a little on the darker side... could be there is some red in it. The head is quite nice, very sticky... and beige. The aroma is hop up front with the presence of caramel malts. Typical English IPA I would say. Nothing close to the American IPA. Nice for a change! On the taste, I get some bittering hops with a malty finale. The malts are caramel. Nice. The taste is so good... way better than the aroma which it isn't bad too. The taste lingers in the mouth, very nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is high too.
11-07-2009 01:52:33 | More by ZorPrime
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
a: dark amber in color, low head recedes to only a thin ring
s: heavy caramel body with a good deal of toasted toffee as revealed by the dark color, maybe some butterscotch, hops of average strength for the style - sweet citrus juices and a little minty
m: medium body, lighter carbonation
t: malt body heavy on the toffee and a little buttery, sweet malt syrups, hop flavor citrusy and minty, dig the malt profile, finishes with a crisp, earthy bitterness and lingering toffee and nutshell
d: a little sweet, but not bad - a little off style but an interesting beer regardless
single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA
03-30-2010 02:58:30 | More by blackie
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
A: Darker than I was expecting... almost bronze. A modest, 3/4 of a finger sized golden head.
S + T: Most definitely an English style IPA. Floral and leafy hops against a very robust malt backbone that provides a big caramel scent and flavour. There's a bit of a sweet and spicy note to it that does alright with the hop bitterness, but it does seem a little heavy on the malts for the style
M + D: Alcohol is not too intense, but robust flavour makes it a bit of a sipper. It's a pretty solid effort, though it could have more bitterness to it. Not among the better IPAs I have come across, but I'd give it another shot.
08-14-2010 19:52:28 | More by Proteus93
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: A reddish, copper body appears which is a little hazy but mostly clear. Atop of that rests comfortably a nice thick 2-3 finger head.
Smell: Floral hops mixed with malt and a zesty citrus splash. Quite refreshing.
Taste: Good hop presence set against a good malt backbone. Grapefruit is fairly dominant but it also has a mineral feel to it. For some reason, the taste reminds me of spring and flowers.
Mouthfeel: Though this style is not my favorite, i cannot ignore the incredible balance of this beer. Smooth with a nice dose of bitterness without going overboard. Certainly not as rough as i would have thought. It does have a certain dryness that coats the mouth but there are very few weaknesses here.
Drinkability: At first, i found it a little difficult but i finished this brew enjoying it quite well.
Overall: Do not expect a typical American IPA as this falls squarely in the English category. For the style, top marks go to it. This is definitely a variation of the Golding. Better than i would have expected and i would seek it out again.
09-20-2009 19:54:54 | More by papat444
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Appearance - The beer pours a murky orange/copper colour with a large beige frothy head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer. There is a ton of lacing on the sides of the glass and the head stuck around for quite a while.
Smell - hops, caramel, brown sugar, malts
Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation, but it works well with the full bodied taste of this beer. The most noticeable flavours are hops, caramel, cereals and a sugary sweetness. There is also a strong malt presence and the beer finishes with a lightly bittersweet hop/caramel aftertaste.
Drink - A pretty decent Canadian IPA that I would love to try really fresh - perhaps on tap.
11-17-2010 01:36:41 | More by spinrsx
2.08/5 rDev -41.4%
Picked up a bottle of this in Montreal about a month ago along with some other Simple Malts. No freshness date.
Pours a hazed-copper with an inch of lingering creamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation and thick concentric bands of lace.
Mild aroma and flavor of malts and citric hops. Unfortunately, I'm also getting wet cardboard- possible oxidization. Hopefully it's just a bad batch or something.
05-26-2011 03:57:00 | More by zachariaIPA
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
A clear orange amber brew, the off-white big airy head settles slowly and leaves lots of lacing.
The smell is somewhat malty but mostly stingy hop aromas, nettles and wet grass.
Some sweet bread notes, very little sourness, lots of hay, grass, resin and herbs in the dominant hop register.
Low carbonation, soft, full body, and dry, long lasting dryness.
Well, I get mixed feelings, I like the hops, but they are nearly too much, but rather balanced with the sweetness.
11-05-2010 19:25:21 | More by rarbring
3.99/5 rDev +12.4%
Deep amber color, borderline brown. Crystal clear. Lumpy head that leaves a thin ring of lace.
Lots of caramel from a deeply roasted crystal malt. Plenty of perfume, although not much hop.
Dark malt start but the hop rounds off the flavor nicely. Rich body with a moderate carbonation. The aftertaste leans to the malt but it lasts a long time. This isn't for the hop lovers, but it is a well balanced beer.
08-09-2014 23:08:06 | More by smcolw
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
From: Zorprime, 341 ml
A: Dark hazy copper bodied with three fingers off off white head. Poor retention and leaves decent lacing.
S: Caramel malts, some biscuity notes and slight hops. Pretty weak aromas.
T: Much like the aromas, caramel malts and biscuits dominate with a slight hoppy finish. Not bad for a EIPA.
M: Light bodied and carbonation is on the low side. Sticky texture and leaves an interesting malty finish. No alcohol notes.
D: Thanks again Zorprime. This EIPA isn't all that bad. Not my styled, but not bad in any sense.
06-17-2010 02:22:41 | More by Long813
2.65/5 rDev -25.4%
A - Amber with a white fluffy head and very nice lacing.
S - Grass and a bit of alcohol (surprisingly really) Some spicy odor as well...
T- Very malt heavy. A bit of a musty taste - unsure how to describe it. Was expecting citrus and pine but was sadly disappointed. A bit of bitterness but not much again. Bitterness overwhelms hop flavors unfortunately.
MF - clean and not bad. good carbonation.
D - Could drink a few, but wouldn't.
Would not seek this out again. Perhaps a freshness issue but there is no dating and was no dust on the bottle. Would try it again on tap, perhaps, to compare.
01-09-2011 02:42:13 | More by mountsnow1010
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
A-Deep, dark copper with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.
S-Light caramel and biscuit malt with a touch of earthy citrus hops.
T-Orange rind bitterness up front that is quickly replaced with from the notes of ruddy earth, semi-sweet biscuit and even a touch of roasted malt. An interesting flavour profile that while maybe not 100% true to form I enjoy.
M-Medium bodied, sharp with a drying toasted finish.
D-IMHO hard to call this a IPA...more of a hybrid brew, like a hoppy brown. Regardless it is interesting and well crafted with no off flavours. A nice brew I am glad to have the chance to try.
01-26-2010 15:10:08 | More by Deuane
Simple Malt IPA from Brasseurs Illimités
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.