Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale - Brasseurs Illimités
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4.55/5 rDev +22.6%
Brewmaster was formerly brewing for Bièropholie, was looking for this one...
The color is caramel. The head is nicely formed, very sticky. The foam is creamy looking. The aroma is mainly hops! Cascade hops! The nice citrusy and piny aromas. Wow, I like this! On the taste side, it is grapefruit. The bitterness is awesome and provide joy in my mouth! This is a typical american IPA, very well balanced.
Cascade hops are some good...
10-29-2009 00:48:42 | More by ZorPrime
4.43/5 rDev +19.4%
IMHO this is a great session IPA.
It has an attractive orange bronze colour that's clear with golden highlights. The head recedes to a small cap of foam but leaves lacing down the side of the glass.
The smell is citrus.. pineapple and oranges with a hint of pine. Very nice.
The taste is a good mix of caramel malt and assertive hops and the volume levels are just right so that this one doesn't become overpowering.
Mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp without any stickiness at all. All of this adds up to a great session IPA.
09-21-2010 01:59:31 | More by Ralphus
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
Pours an orange, almost verging on copper colour. About one finger of head foamy head on the pour that leaves nice lacing and retention. Smells of floral hops. The taste has less of the hops than I expected. I am a complete hop head, but I'm still loving the taste! It has quite a huge malt backbone to it that is pleasantly delicious. Not overly carbonated for a very smooth mouthfeel. I would typically want more hop flavour in an IPA, but I'm making an exception here. I found myself reaching for the glass for sips at a much faster pace than I usually do. This was my first beer from the brewery and I'm looking forward to trying more.
03-09-2010 22:36:38 | More by kwjd
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
At last! As an American banished to these norther climes these past two years I've been waiting for a beer like this to come to town. Local IPAs tend to be a bit dark and a bit muddled, but this brilliant offering is reminiscent of the best bottled IPAs from the West coast. I met the brewer at an "Oktoberfest" style beer tasting at Atwater Market a few weeks ago and finally got a chance to grab some bottles. If you're looking for a bit of the American West coast in Quebec (and in December who isn't!?) this is the one for you.
12-08-2009 02:02:27 | More by brandonc
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: Pours an orange, amber body with a thick head. Looks just a tad tan. Honestly looks like a lot of IPAs but still looks good.
Smell: Sticky & resin-like hops though a little on the down low. Floral & some citrus action.
Taste: Big citrus fruit that paves the way for a very nice hop presence that doesn't overdo it. Has a certain dryness to it. A bit of malt or even caramel if that's possible? As it warms, shows a little sweetness to it. Astringent yet yummy all at the same time. Develops a sugary, candy-like aspect in the finish as it nears room temp.
Mouthfeel: Quite full-bodied with a nice edge. Smooth and bitter all at the same time. Incredible balance and nearly perfect in the palate IMO.
Drinkability: All the way. Love the balance on this brew. Kept sipping this one quite easily.
Overall: Nothing beats a fresh IPA. So very good yet very balanced. Love it and hope it makes it to the U.S. for others to enjoy it. Pick this one up!
11-19-2009 01:45:50 | More by papat444
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
341ml poured into a nonic pint glass...
A - Clear copper body, with a white foamy head. Some moderate carbonation.
S - Hops, hops, hops. That nice juicy citrus-like cascade hoppiness. Quite floral, with a good caramel maltness in the background.
T - Starts with a solid hop bite, with some pepperness and loads of grapefruit and orange notes. Quite sweet, with a strong caramel taste to it. The aftertaste is bittersweet, pretty well-balanced. Tastes like a very proper and balanced American IPA, I'm genuinely impressed with it, good job, Brasseurs Illimites!
M - Light-to-medium body, with some moderate carbonation. The alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.
D - Good. This can be considered a good session IPA for any hop-head or just a beer lover who enjoys a hoppy beer every once in a while.
03-07-2010 03:10:42 | More by NightINgale
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from a 341ml into my Duvel tulip, bottle tanks to freud! Deep translucent red, ruby colour, with a thin off white head and insignificant lacing. What head was there faded quickly Nice aroma, slightly hoppy but mostly sweet malt. Taste is pretty malty too, but the hops (Cascade from what I understand? I'm learning!) come through too. Not bitter really, and quite balanced. I could compare this to the Granite's Hopping Mad, quite similar in my eyes. Not sure how fresh the bottle was, as the hops seem to be diminished. Quite drinkable, my first from this brewery and hopefully many more to come from Illimites.
05-11-2010 20:31:12 | More by liamt07
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pale red with some haze, but I served it a little colder than requested on the bottle. No head to speak of even after an aggressive pour.
Pineapple and grass in the nose. Sparks the tip of the tongue with a super sweet malt start before you are lavished in Cascade brilliance. The hops fill the mouth quickly and beat away the sweeter malty start. Lingering aftertaste is of lemon rind, flower petals, or another bitter citrus zest.
So smooth over the tongue! And just the wint of alcohol in the mouth after every swallow.
This is one excellent APA!
06-13-2010 00:00:12 | More by Eastman2009
4.08/5 rDev +10%
A - Bright with medium carbonation. Nice soft one finger white head that holds together. Golden to copper in colour. Head fades toward the end and leaves just a spec of lacing.
S - Citrusy nose with a nice hint of pine. I can sense the matls there too.
T - Good malts there. With the same character from the hops; citrusy with some pine. Nice balance. Nice bitterness to finish but not overpowering.
M - Really smooth feeling. Refreshing.
D - Pretty good here. Not too far out of balance like some IPAs. Nice stuff.
10-12-2010 02:10:01 | More by tbeckett
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
A- A beautiful amber/copper. Thin head is still lovely. Lots of bubbles and lacing.
S- Candied malt. Hops are great. Pretty much what I expected but less extreme. Burnt honey.
T- Pretty bitter. I get a little bit of water but still can't call this watery. Honey background. I'd like a little more raw hop taste.
M- Medium to full bodied and carbonated. Carbonation feels a bit crude and seltzer like.
D- Very good drinkablity. I'd easily go for this pint after pint.
Fun to drink but I wonder how fresh my bottle was. I wouldn't mind more hop smell and complexity in the taste.
03-11-2010 22:49:53 | More by Yoonisaykul
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Served in a chilled glass
Appearance - beer pours a hazy deep ale colour, there is some nice carbonation. the head is slightly off-white with a nice foamy appearance. there is some good lacing occurring.
Smell - i can smell pine right away, some sweetness and a very subtle hint of spices. sweetness would come from a caramel base.
Taste - nice tasting, easy beer. pine comes through with the caramel, then there is a slight bitterness near the end. nothing lasting, but the bitterness is there.
Mouthfeel - added carbonation creates a nice mouthfeel, very full actually. the bitterness is increased, along with the pine taste.
Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer, real simple and straight fwd with a nice balanced taste.
01-25-2011 23:36:42 | More by Swedes21
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
From what I've been told, this was a very very fresh bottle, they received the same day.
A: Translucent light amber color with off white creamy looking head. Good head volume, ok retention and good lacing.
S: Very juicy smell with tons of fruit. Odors of grapefruit, green grapes, orange and green bananas? Good malty smell also in there with quite good honey and brown sugar. Balanced.
T: Quite good bitterness up front. Mostly grapefruit and orange zest. Funky grapes and green bananas are still there. The malts are even stronger in the taste with some toasted bread, honey, brown sugar. Balanced.
M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Fits well.
D: Easy to drink. Very nice brew.
09-05-2010 20:44:10 | More by flipper2gv
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Beer is a copper/amber with a light head. Smell is nice and hoppy, with notes of citrus and pine. Taste is nice and bitter with an assertive hop blast. Some nice citrus and pine that fade and leave a slightly yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is good. Well carbonated and quite drinkable. All in all, a good IPA. It's nice and bitter, the hops are interesting, although not quite as floral as I had expected. Nevertheless, a very good to excellent IPA.
09-18-2010 04:30:11 | More by DoreenAndDave
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Got this one at Peluso in Montreal, as I did a pile of beers from this awesome brewery.
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades toa faint wisp and ring. Hazy safety orange in color with lower levels of carbonation. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer for sure.
SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, as well as some honeydew melon. Pineapple notes as well. Nice and fruity, and a touch bolder than their English IPA.
TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon and caramel sweetness. Some more fruity, sweet melon notes at the swallow, moving into a medium but very persistent aftertaste of bitter floral hops and plenty of piney flavors. Quite flavorful, and relatively bitter as well.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry on the palate. Pretty nice, and drier than their English IPA.
OVERALL: Another high quality IPA from Illimites. Their English IPA was quality, and this is an impressive stab at an American hop IPA. Quality beer from a quality brewery. Give it a shot if you see it.
09-06-2012 18:49:43 | More by Jeffo
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with some bitter hoppy notes is interesting. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with a bitter finish which leaves just a little room for the caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing to really complain about here expect that I must admit that I personally don't enjoy Cascade that much and find it better with part of a balanced mix of other hops.
12-05-2009 02:59:38 | More by Phyl21ca
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Failry dark for an IPA. Light shines through but you can`t see anything on the other side of the glass. Dark-amber in colour with a solid, frothy one-finger off-white head which recedes to a sparse covering and ring around the glass. Nice lacing.
Unique hop profile, I haven`t encountered an IPA quite like this one (I assume that`s the straight-up Cascade). (Pleasantly) soapy and floral hops are paired with candy-like malt. Smells great but presence could use a huge boost.
This is really malty for an IPA. Is this a Quebecois thing? It really reminds me of Maitre Brasseur`s La Maitresse; which happens to be one of my favorite session beers. I love malty IPAs. Huge sweet candy malt but not nearly enough hops (La Maitresse has the hops to back it up). Hard to tell how fresh this is, there`s no production date listed. The hops are subdued and floral, also presenting a drying on the finish, along with a little alcohol kick. I like the taste but have to subtract 0.5 for lack of hops.
Slightly syrupy medium body and lightly carbonated.
This is pretty drinkable. For me though, it`s too similar to La Maitresse, which I prefer. If I want a malty IPA, that`s the one I go to, so I don`t think I`ll be picking this up again. I would love to try this when I know it`s fresh, this could potentially be pretty old.
02-16-2010 03:49:51 | More by eat
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Pale orange or a light copper colour with a finger of thick creamy head.
S: Smell of piney hops along with a fruity and sweet orange aroma. Picking up a faint herbal/grass scent aswell that could be attributed to the hops.
T: Bitter cascade hops that are kept in-line with a sweet malty backbone. Picking up an orange tangy taste, with some other citrus notes. Nicely mellow and smooth with a lingering bitterness. Overall a good taste but feel this would be better with a stronger emphasis on these great hops.
M: Full mouthfeel, with a creaminess to it. Mildly carbonated.
D: Quite a good and easy-to-drink IPA, and would certainly seek this out again. Very sessionable.
04-22-2011 02:22:19 | More by Digimaika2
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Color gold orange. Cascade hop citrus aroma, bread. Good foam when pourred then becomes thin but persistant. Taste: hops, hops and hops, citrus and a touch of toasted caramel. Light to medium bodied. Long and bitter finish. Refreshing. Great beer. One of my favorite IPA.
02-26-2012 22:32:44 | More by BarrelSelect
Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale from Brasseurs Illimités
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