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Simple Malt IPA - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt IPASimple Malt IPA

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: timtim on 09-11-2009

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.09/5  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.

Photo of kwjd
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Good beer!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very brown, ruddy color. Very clear. Respectable head.

Does this ever smell malty. And like pumpernickel bread. There's buttloads of caramel. Almost like a caramel donut . Mildly citrusy and a little Earthy. Unlike most IPAs that rely on dry hopping to create an inviting aroma, it's interesting to find an IPA that relies on malt aromas to draw you in. And boy does it.

This is a very malty and bitter IPA, quite unusual for the style, but honestly quite delicious. For my palate the bitterness could be dialed back a notch, but as it is it's still quite good and probably without the bitterness the malt might go overboard. The bitterness is piney and more of a grapefruit rind than anything. There's an underlying chalkiness to it. It's the sort of beer that grows on you and really gets better as it goes along and you acclimate to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick.

I don't really know if this if an English IPA as it's listed here, but neither is it an American IPA...really it's just off doing it's own malty thing. Call it what you want, it's an interesting beer. It's good. But if I wanted a malty beer I'd probably opt for a Scottish ale, and if I wanted an IPA I'd probably go for a more hopcentric IPA. So this beer, while quite good and delicious, kind of lands in that middle ground somewhere that might make me overlook it, despite the fact that it's really quite good. It's definitely worth trying at least once.

Thanks to papat444 for hooking me up.

Photo of callmemickey
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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'.

Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of timtim
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really exciting to see these beers outside of quebec. Very dark burnt orange, almost bronze, with an off-white head that. Nose is baked caramel pastry and lemony, orange blossomy, minty, spicy hop. Almost reminds me of a caramel coated sticky bun fresh from the oven and stuffed with hops. Taste is balanced. Medium body. kind of have to dig for the flavors in this beer and i am wondering how old these are, or maybe it's just my American palate is not in tune with the flavors here. overpriced in the us and not fresh, i would recommend avoiding it unless you visit quebec.

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Simple Malt IPA from Brasseurs Illimités
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