Simple Malt IPA - Brasseurs Illimités

Not Rated.
Simple Malt IPASimple Malt IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

39 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 39
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: timtim on 09-11-2009

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (43) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 39 | Hads: 63
Photo of zachariaIPA
2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (403 characters)

Photo of mountsnow1010
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (596 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Veiled dark amber, almost copper color, with subtle activity. Creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs.

Stout like aromas of biscuity caramel and roasted nuts. Flavors of toffee, molasses, nuts, apple, black pepper, herbal spices. Smoky woody feel with a strange stale bread taste having some sweetness but overwhelming bitterness.

Medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with an highly bitter roasted and smoky nuts feel coating the tongue.

Overall I don't like this craft being highly bitter in a harsh bad way with unpleasant unbalanced flavors and bad freshness. Doesn't really taste like an IPA, more like a mix of cream ale and red ale. (710 characters)

Photo of Jaynuze
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful amber with a nice lacy head
S: light nose with earthy notes and grain
T: malty, malty, malty. The light hops round out the flavor and the biscuity malt flavor works nicely
M: full flavored with a smooth finish
D: easy to drink. Very sessionable at 5%. Solid beer but definitely a whole lot more malty than I'd expect from an IPA. Interesting beer that I would try again. (383 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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. (466 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bright. Copper to red in colour. Nice three finger, creamy head. Medium carbonation and good lacing down the glass. Can't ask for more.

S - Hop wallop. Pine and citrus with citrus grapefruit dominating. No balance to speak of but not offensive.

T - Juiciness flows and moves to huge bitterness. Mild malt but straight up hop dominates. Citrus fades to a really bitter finish.

M - Medium body. Good enough carbonation for the style.

D - Decent for an IPA. Not a whole lot of balance there.

This wasn't a bad beer by any means but it needs work. It just seemed like a big hop mess lacking balance. (604 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle poured into a tulip at about 8C.

A: Pours cloudy deep red-brown. Really brown for an IPA. Almost opaque. Slight head. Light Lacing
S: Sweet caramel malt. Light hop. Earthy.
T/M: 62 claimed IBUs? Sure doesn't seem like it. Thick feeling with carbonation that is much too low. Sweetness dominates. Light hop flavours, but not sure which.
D: Nice, but not great. Many better IPAs out there IMHO. (408 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Simple Malt" is the perfect name for this beer.

A: Dark amber body. One finger head which quickly crashed. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Very little hop presence. Nearly all light caramel malts and bread.

T: While there is some bitterness from the hops in the flavoring, there real isn't much "character" in the way of flavor. Mildly earth and bready. More caramel malt highlights.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Somewhat dull finish that doesn't have much hop zip.

D: I probably won't revisit this one. It just doesn't do it for me, and there are plenty of more deserving IPAs out there. (603 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (479 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (473 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (774 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (481 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and dark amber in color, with a half inch of head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is of toasted bread, malt, toffee, candies, and lastly, hops. While the aroma offers some pleasantries to the olfactory senses, the low profile hop component is a bit of a disappointment.

T: The flavor is enjoyable, with malt being in the driver seat, while hops play a supporting role. The beer is slightly sweet, with hop bitterness making a showing near the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable and a decent beer, with nothing too exciting happening. Of course this is an English IPA and not a typical American hop bomb, but I generally prefer more hop forward offerings from beers of this ilk. (777 characters)

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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'. (1,134 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Great color, deep amber, fully translucent. Head is off white, very foamy but the retention is not very good and doesn't have a lot of volume. Lacing is good though.

S: Well there is a ton of biscuit malts in this. Very strong caramel smell too. Toasted multi grain bread comes to mind. Also, strong maple syrup and brown sugar. Light toffee and earthy/herbal hops.

T: Again, the smell describes it pretty well. Lots of biscuit malts, caramel, toasted multi grain bread and maple syrup. Brown sugar is still there too. Toffee is stronger than in the smell as the earthy hops (not much of herbal). Also, there is a light fruity maybe citrus taste in there. Lacks the hop punch needed for a good IPA.

M: Medium to light body with medium to high carbonation. Correct.

D: Real easy, well balanced with proper English IPA feel. (829 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (625 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

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. (722 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown amber with cream coloured head. Malt-forward aroma, with more caramel notes than the taste itself. Flavour is also very malt-forward with emphasis on toasted elements, followed by an abrupt bitterness. 6.4% ABV is evident in the finish which is otherwise pleasantly bitter. (284 characters)

Photo of 4ster
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a half tulip.

A: Pours a darker/burnt amber colour, quite dark for an IPA I'd say, some decent carbonation and off white head that as others mention disappears almost completely but with faint traces.

S: Light hop smell, but overwhelmed by a very heavy caramel malt smell, not what you'd first expect for this style.

T: First taste, leans pretty heavy on the malt flavours though not nearly as caramel as it smells. Malts are balanced quite nicely with the hops which are quite light on the palate at a mere IBU of 42(20 less than the Pale Ale!) This IPA is not overbearing on the hops but brings out the favour of each individual hops nicely, some flora, citrus and grassy flavours with a light bitterness ending

M: Decent carbonation, nice balance as mentioned reflecting the tastes, pretty easy drinking with the low IBU's..

O: On the lighter range of typical IPA's, which might not appeal to the hop heads out there. But overall a nice easy drinking beer and still worth a try as it is a decent IPA that these days is getting over shadowed by your big IPA's and DIPA's which have their place, but often one at a time..this beer plays up its classic IPA flavours and for a nice day on the patio this beer will go on a long way. Would drink on tap more than once but probably won't buy more singles. (1,318 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bieropholie closed earlier this year, but that was not the end of the esteemed Quebec brewery, as it rose like a phoenix from the ashes under the Brasseurs Illimités name.

Pours a deep mahogany with a good finger of cream coloured head straining at the limits of the glass before dropping some spotty lace and descending to a film. A balanced nose provides both strong hop and malt notes. On the hop side of the equation, flowers and candied citrus abound while the malts counter with a rich brown breadiness and ever so sweet caramel.

The flavour is extremely floral for an IPA - almost too floral. At times the flavour takes me back to being a toddler and chewing those soft rubbery toys that had their own unique perfumed flavour. Wave after wave of flowers washes over the palate leaving a lingering bitterness in its wake. There's certainly malt to back it up, and its strong caramel and bready presence balance the hops capably. The body is around par, with its medium slick feel and medium carbonation.

Floral is not my cup of tea, I leave that to the ikebana enthusiasts, but this is a decent enough IPA, and should perform decently as their flagship. I have a feeling their cascade will be better received, especially if its based on the old Bieropholie model.

Thanks to zorprime for the bottle.

This is certainly a hard beer to classify. It has a lot more hop flavour than an English IPA, but its emphasis on floral hopping eschews it from the American model (1,474 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (251 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazel or burnt almond colour with a rich and creamy foam head. Milky blanket sticks around for a while.

S: Rich caramel/molasses-like malts, grapefruit aromas, earthy and nutty tones. Nice on the nose.

T: Caramel-tasting roasted malts, citrus tangyness, nutty flavours, and picking up some smoke. Quite a rich and full tasting IPA that leaves quite a lingering bitterness.

M: Light and creamy mouthfeel considering the rich taste, with about average carbonation.

D: Not exactly feeling the caramel/nutty taste of this, but it still offers a satisfactory IPA taste. Still prefer the Cascade IPA offering by Illimites, but this is still a nice IPA that's worth a try. (674 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from papat444 - thanks man! Served in a pint glass.

A - Two fingers of soapy yellow-tinged foam. Chunky lacing and excellent retention. Hazed dark amber color with a nice glow and a few slow-moving bubbles.

S - This is faded and malt-forward but you can tell there was once a good amount of citrus and a touch of soapiness. Malt character is sugar cookie and light toffee.

T - This is quite bitter - well beyond what I'd expect from the listed 62 IBU. Flavor and aromatic hops are largely gone, so it's mostly bitterness and sugary malts.

M - Carbonation is higher than I prefer. Body is medium-light and fairly resinous, with a slightly dry bitter finish.

D - I'm glad this is called an English IPA. It was pretty decent and easy to finish. I'd like to try a fresh sample at some point and re-evaluate. (824 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark amber, a few orange highlights in the corners, medium sized white head forms and settles to a medium ring around the glass, thin layer, some lace spots stick.

Smell is decent, very English, solid maltiness, a bit of caramel and biscuit, floral, noble hops, lightly fruity, very faint citrus, touch of corn syrup, not bad.

Taste is similar, simple and a bit plain but nice, caramel up front, lightly toasty, floral hopping, light citrus, lightly earthy, a touch of mint, bit of a strange background flavour I couldn't figure out, lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable IPA if nothing special. (685 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated: NA
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. (552 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Simple Malt IPA from Brasseurs Illimités
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.