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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
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 09-11-2009)
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Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

hopsolutely, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Sammy, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Digimaika2, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of zachariaIPA
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

zachariaIPA, May 26, 2011
Photo of TomStew
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint (Just bought a nice St-Ambroise pint yea!)
I like this beer! Very malty and moderately bitter, I find that it is well balanced in terms of bitter-sweetness. The appearance is really great, halfway between pale and amber I would say. Great head, and the carbonation is good.

Tastes of sweet caramel and hops.

I am fairly new to this style and I really enjoyed my first English IPA. It makes me want to try more beers of this style to compare and see where this one stands (if there is better then it must be very yummy). I would definitely recommend trying this beer.

TomStew, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Viggo, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  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.

Huhzubendah, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Daniellobo, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

kingcrowing, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Jaynuze
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Jaynuze, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

mountsnow1010, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium orange-amber color with decent clarity and a smallish but tight head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malt and floral hops. In the mouth, the malts win over with the hops taking a bit of the back seat. The malt sweetness is prominent and gives the impression of a fairly full body. Hops sneak in again in a pleasantly bitter finish.

A decent IPA that I would try again, especially if I could get it on tap or know that it was fresh.

CliffBrake, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

spinrsx, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Swedes21, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

rarbring, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

tbeckett, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3.3/5  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.

Ralphus, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of flipper2gv
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

flipper2gv, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  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.

kjyost, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Proteus93, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Long813, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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

blackie, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Yoonisaykul, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

kwjd, Mar 11, 2010
Simple Malt IPA from Brasseurs Illimités
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.