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Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Cascade India Pale AleSimple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale

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83
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZorPrime on 10-29-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -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.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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).

MasterSki, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

liamt07, May 11, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.85/5  rDev -49.7%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

spinrsx, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

tbeckett, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of mattmarka1
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of bobsy
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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

bobsy, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -18.5%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of kwjd
4.38/5  rDev +19%

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.

kwjd, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Molson2000
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Jeffo, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

papat444, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.2/5  rDev -13%

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.

kingcrowing, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

hopsolutely, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

kjyost, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of SFLpunk
3.2/5  rDev -13%

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.

SFLpunk, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Whatup14, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

beerhunter13, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

NightINgale, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ThinkAgain, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale from Brasseurs Illimités
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.