Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale - Brasseurs Illimités
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3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a clear ruddy amber with an ample tan head that settles with huge, foamy bubbles from two fingers to a relatively substantial film. Good retention; little bit of spotty lacing.
Earthy and slightly spicy. Hay, some citrus, resinous hops, earth, an underlying bready malt flavor, baking spices in the background a bit.
Slightly Belgian with a little medicinal hoppiness. Caramel, hay, pine, sap, dirt, burnt sugar, honey, tea.
Medium bodied and slightly sticky with a lingering finish and decent carbonation.
Pretty nice beer, nothing earth-shattering.
I am always excited to see single hop anything just for "education's" sake. This one isn't great but is definitely a solid, well-made beer. Pours lovely and maintains a nice head most of the time (just requiring a swirl if it fades). The smell is a bit hoppy and the taste is as well. The nose seemed more fruity than the taste, but unfortunately I suspect this beer was a little old, so who knows....
Anyway, a decent beer and fine for the price. Good beer to take to parties where you want good beer but one something "fancy" and accessible at the same time.
07-16-2014 00:07:12 | More by TheDoctor
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Served from a 341ml bottle to a shaker
A: Slight copper appearance. Topped with a finger of white , fairly dense head. Clarity is good.
S: Hops are present. Fruity and citrusy.
T: Cascade hops make them self dominant as advertised. Fruity, citrusy, and perhaps a bit floral in character but backed nicely by a pale malt background. Bitterness is well done. Balance is accurate for the style. A very slight bit of displeasing graininess is detectable on the end of the sip but nothing too noticeable or distracting from the overall good character of the beer.
M: Medium to thinish body. Carbonation is well done and the beer is quite smooth.
O: A pretty decent beer. Nothing outstanding but its pretty flavorful and a nice brew in general. I could see myself maybe picking this up again if it was on special or something.
07-05-2013 01:55:11 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Picked up at a bottle shop last week-end in Montreal, so believe to be fresh despite not finding a date anywhere on the bottle. A strange mix of bitter and sweet that is not a "typical" American IPA...
Pours a beautiful dark copper colour with a white head that disappears quickly. Mouthfeel isn't as oily as it looks and is completely appropriate for the 6.4%ABV, despite the limited carbonation. Malt-forward aroma is caramel and barley focused with a hint of Cascade's tropical fruit. However the flavour transitions abruptly from barley treacle to bitter pineapple. It has a lot going on, but not in a manner that makes me want to sit down for a night of it – less “more-ish” than expected. The lingering finish has an impressive bitterness for the 66 IBU listed, but is lacking Cascade's full "west-coast spectrum".
Would definitely try again, but happy to have only picked up a couple of this particular batch.
06-14-2013 22:52:12 | More by hopsolutely
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Single bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, along with the rest of the Simple Malt Line.
Poured into a nonic. Clear caramel in colour, nice half inch of head that retains well, lots of lacing. Nice looking brew.
Nose is quite malty, but with a strong resin and floral kick, bit of citrus I suppose as well.
There's a lot going on here, and I'm not sure if it totally works together, but it's not bad. Again, very malty, with a bit of wine, fruit, sugar and resin hops. A bit out of balance, maybe a bit past its prime.
Good feel, nice and creamy. Mild carbonation.
Not quite sure how I feel about this one. Something feels a bit off, but it's certainly drinkable. I'll look to give it a go again.
06-04-2013 03:53:17 | More by JohnnyBarman
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
3.6/5 rDev -3%
Pours a cloudy burnt orange with an ample, though shortlived head. Citrusy and herbal hop notes mix with grainy malts and fruity yeast esters in the nose. Grapefruit hops are up front in the taste. Also grape skin, white wine, demerara sugar and christmas pudding make things interesting. The mouthfeel is full bodied and mouthcoating with both bitterness and an almost cloying sweetness. Its unusual and hard to describe. The finish is bitter and fruity and lasts a long time.
This is a good IPA, but I think it strays a little from the course for the style. There's too much other stuff going on my imo. The hops and bitterness are certainly there, but should be more the focus. Still worth a try for sure.
03-31-2012 01:43:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale from Brasseurs Illimités
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