Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale - Brasseurs Illimités

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ZorPrime on 10-29-2009

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.89/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle purchased on a recent trip to Montreal. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

No freshness information was evident.

A - Poured a medium amber colour, very slightly translucent with two fingers of bubbly, white head.

S - Very noticeable sweet caramel malts hit the nose initially with some pine and very muted citrus notes evident from the hops. The citrus is so muted that I wonder if I would have even detected it had I not known that this was a Cascade hop IPA. Smells like a bottle that is far from fresh.

T - Some bitterness up front with a very heavy sweet caramel malt presence. Virtually no flavour contribution form the hops at all. None of the great citrus flavours of the cascade hop are evident here, which is disappointing. Clearly a bottle that was no fresh.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - This bottle was clearly past it prime. If a brewery chooses not to put freshness info on their bottles, they are fair game for reviews to be posted IMO. I would not have wasted my money on this bottle had I known that this was an old bottle.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up in Montreal. Pours a clear light amber with an inch of off-white head, spots of lacing.

Understated aromas of caramel malts and hops. Detecting some diacetyl.

Taste is a little disappointing. Malt and mild bitter hops..not particularly flavorful. Though malty, the bitterness lingers in the aftertaste..a tad astringent..The label made me think this would be a little more extreme! Though I like some other beers from this brewery, I wouldn’t recommend this one. Not the best example of a Cascade IPA.

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Photo of kjyost
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in Quebec City a month ago. No date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich deep orange-red that is cloudy. Clearly this is going to be a very malty IPA... The aroma is dominated by caramel and sweet crystal malt aromas. The body is thick and sweet and malty, almost too much so as the bitterness is so completely balanced I don't notice it at all. There were no major hop aromas nor flavours evident in any amount which is disappointing. Well carbed, but too sweet to drink regularly.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a tumble.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a really nice one finger slightly orange head thats really fluffy. Nose is quite malty with a small grassy hop note.

Very malty and grainy rather than hoppy and fresh like I'd expect from an IPA. There is a lot of caramel flavors as well. It's a bit odd, I'm not totally sure why though.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to freud for bringing this one down! Rated with sleepnbballrlife.

Appearance: Super clear amber orange with thin foam-y off-white head.

Nose: Some toffee right at the bat makes me think it's a bit faded. Smells like hop pellets muddled with dried or flaked grains. Biscuit malt comes out to play too.

Palate: Bitterness is faded into the grassy/herbal area, not the big citrus I was expecting. Caramel malt and hay flavors.

Notes: I'm afraid this is not as "American" in style as I was hoping. A malt driven IPA, or maybe a bit faded.

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Photo of bobsy
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Peluso in Montreal.

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger of off-white head that put down a few spots of lace as it dropped to a film. On the nose there's the expected grapefruit notes, but also a significant amount of floral hopping, and a decent dose of caramel. Perhaps the nose is almost too malt-heavy, and it doesn't really pack the expected hop punch.

In some respects, the same can be said of the flavour, which isn't nearly as hop-forward as many IPAs, but has great balance to make up for that. Grapefruit and flowers provide the main thrust, with more than ample countering from honey and caramel malt. A decent bite turns up in the tail. The body is slightly heavy, and there's something abrasive about the carbonation that makes me drink this one at a very slow rate.

Its an interesting beer, and a decent IPA for Quebec, but compared to the style as a whole its only middle of the pack. Obviously its based off the old Bieropholie recipe, so here's hoping they decide to resurrect Cascade Plus

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with lots of carbonation but a light head. Almost no hop is detectable in the nose I only smell lots of malt. Smells of black licorice too. Weird for an IPA. Better in the taste, but it feels more like an Extra Special Bitter than an IPA. Taste like a classic red ale too. I feel like it's getting better as I'm drinking it, but definitely not an impressive IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to papat444 for this one. Served in a pint glass. No discernible freshness date.

A - A finger of orange-tan foam with good retention that settles to a cap, but leaves no lace. Lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass and streaming upwards. Transparent golden-copper color.

S - Initial impression is orange zest dish soap - pretty unsurprising considering this is a Cascade beer. Multi-grain bread with a touch of caramel malt backbone. Cascade is one of my less favorite hop varieties, but this is still not bad. As this warms the soap smell dissipates a little and makes it a little more enjoyable.

T - Taste is aggressively bitter, far more than the Humulus Ludicrous or Vache Folle - Simcoe. There's also a healthy dose of pine and citrus zest, and thankfully minimal soapiness. The malt bill is also far more understated. This is a little too unbalanced for me - the bitterness comes too early and isn't offset by a strong initial opposing flavor.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body that is a little grainy at times. Nice residual stickiness and resin character.

D - Even with the slight overcarbonation and strong bitterness this is still pretty enjoyable. I'd drink a bottle or two of this one, but it's not something I'd seek out again (although to be fair, I don't generally seek out strong Cascade IPAs to begin with).

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Lubiere. Not a bad bitter, but overated nevertheless. Overcarbonated is an obstacle to drinkability, there is cascade orange taste there, hop aroma.A little astringent in the finish, not bad as some sweetness.I have had lots of better examples of cascade IPA.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing really outstanding about how this beer looks. Its quite average for an American IPA actually. It had a nice head initially with OK retention.

Smell? What smell? Way too weak. A faint aroma of hops but nothing to prepare you for what's about to come when you take a sip.

The taste, however, is a notch above - although I admit to being quite fond of cascade hops so its a no-brainer for me. At first the sweet malty characters are what's easiest to notice, but man does that aftertaste kick you in the ass! True to the beer's name, Cascade IPA is full of that bitter hoppy flavour that so many of us love. The balance is almost perfect, and the citrus notes keep me interested through the whole sip.

There isn't too much carbonation here, and the beer ends up sitting in my stomach quite comfortably. Cascade IPA is well worth a try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fostachild
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

have tried this beer a fair amount of times before.

this bottle poured a nice, very clear amber/bronze color. good amount of foamy white head which turned into lace that stuck around for the entire beer. fruit, malt, and a bit of hops create a pleasant smell.

had a nice bitter taste, with sweet critusy/fruity notes. a bit too malty on the finish for me though... could be a little more hoppy and better balanced but a decent ipa nonetheless.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber colour with a very large fluffy/foamy off white head. Lots of carbonation is showing and there is some really nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, malts, citrus zest, pine

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation, the bubbles are fairly large. The beer has a little bit of a creamy feel to it as well. The most noticeable flavour is potent hops. It could almost be described a sharp or crisp hop flavour. There is also some caramel and malts mixed with citrus zest and pine. The beer finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Another solid beer from this brewery. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BarrelSelect
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass.

This beer reminds me of a more traditional IPA from 5 years ago or more, with a cascade hop base bringing a pleasant, subtle floral hop aroma while a substantial malt backbone provides a very noticeable sweetness.

In addition, the appearance is a much deeper amber than what is typically found in most of today's IPAs.

Overall: This is a decent IPA, and a very satisfying break from the hop bombs that are more common these days.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich copper color and clear. Moderate head, but it leaves a blanket of lace after each sip.

Lots of caramel malt aroma. Almost no hop bitterness to the nose--unusual for the style. Attractive, but not expected.

The flavor is far more malty than most IPAs. While I like this beer, it does not have the IPA elements I'd expect--not very bitter. Matches the British profile more than the American one. I'd describe this beer more as an amber or a pale ale. I like it but it's no IPA.

Rich body, low carbonation.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Peluso in Montreal, as I did a pile of beers from this awesome brewery.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 66

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.

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