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Simple Malt IPA - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt IPASimple Malt IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: timtim on 09-11-2009)
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Photo of kabritz
2/5  rDev -43.8%

kabritz, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of zachariaIPA
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%

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.

zachariaIPA, May 26, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

mountsnow1010, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -15.7%

ThinkAgain, Mar 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

ctgui, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Jaynuze
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

Jaynuze, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

Yoonisaykul, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

tbeckett, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

kjyost, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

beerhunter13, Jul 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

edugasmtl, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

reizorc, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of fostachild
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of callmemickey
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

"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.

callmemickey, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Ralphus, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

kingcrowing, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Swedes21, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

rarbring, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Huhzubendah, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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'.

eat, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

andrenaline, Saturday at 11:06 PM
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Simple Malt IPA from Brasseurs Illimités
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