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Simple Malt IPA - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt IPASimple Malt IPA

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:22:01 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 02:40:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-24-2012 07:33:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 00:17:16 | More by MasterSki
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:24:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:33:19 | More by Viggo
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:36:41 | More by spinrsx
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 03:05:10 | More by tbeckett
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blackie

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 02:58:30 | More by blackie
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Pencible

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-11-2012 19:36:17 | More by Pencible
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 15:10:08 | More by Deuane
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 16:31:31 | More by bobsy
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-10-2012 19:17:11 | More by oldp0rt
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rarbring

Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 19:25:21 | More by rarbring
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rich take on an English IPA with a shiny caramel malty side and hops supporting it, and not the other way around (aged version...)

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist capped bottle. Simple label design centered on contemporary and informal typography with a minimal green element in the background. Front narrative includes a short description (in French), the back elaborates on the context and careful craft of the brew. Lacks evident date of bottling, shows IBUs (62), and 6.4% Alc. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber to amber brown pour, medium foamy head. Nice surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee, hops pushing it up with a rich fruity sense, sugar coated orange peel...

T - Taste follows with dexterity, expanding the malty side, which is rich, long and pleasing: caramel, toffee, sugar, candied fruit... Minimal bitterness, the hoppy edge is there as a nice undercurrent complementing the malt.

M - Medium body, medium/light carbonation with a smooth and creamy finish.

D - Whoa, very nice actually, but if one is expecting a hoppy IPA this is not the brew... Now, as a malty long and softly hopped English IPA this is a charm.

Notes: Quite a surprise, revisiting this brew slightly a year after the first time and it feels entirely different. This time it is better, although it strays more from what would be typically expected of an IPA. If this is an aged IPA (and I believe it is) it has aged graciously and it is well worth the experience.

01-12-2010 Review
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 19:29:40 | More by Daniellobo
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Quebec at Peluso in Montreal this past summer. Awesome shop for sure.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 62

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. Color is an opaque burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Looks pretty solid.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee and some faint melon notes. Pineapple and cantaloupe as well. Pretty nice, though could be a touch more forthcoming.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and some light melon sweetness, then some nice floral bitterness and toffee sweetness at the finish. Aftertaste is mild but persistent, including some piney hops, floral bitterness and caramel and toffee sweet notes. Very nice and well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes with a touch of dryness. Pretty nice as well.

OVERALL: This is a solid English IPA by a more than solid Quebec brewery. Very tasty with plenty of complexity, this is well worth checking out if you get the chance. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 18:39:11 | More by Jeffo
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

09-20-2012 22:35:28 | More by Molson2000
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper colour. Bubbly white head at first that dissipates quickly leaving just a trace of white head along the top of the beer. Aroma of mildly floral hops and caramel malts, which is quite pleasing. I was expecting a bigger taste after being so impressed with the smell. The flavours aren't coming through as much. Still some sweetness from the malt and floral hop bitterness. Carbonation on this is a bit high, but still quite nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 22:39:48 | More by kwjd
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-06-2012 16:21:06 | More by cfalovo97
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:54:54 | More by papat444
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:31:44 | More by kingcrowing
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Proteus93

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:52:28 | More by Proteus93
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:30:26 | More by hopsolutely
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 21:44:46 | More by callmemickey
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:13:10 | More by kjyost
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Simple Malt IPA from Brasseurs Illimités
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.