Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale - Brasseurs Illimités
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3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-26-2012 22:32:44 | More by BarrelSelect
1.85/5 rDev -49.9%
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.
09-23-2011 12:53:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
2.3/5 rDev -37.7%
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.
05-25-2011 03:44:04 | More by zachariaIPA
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
02-11-2011 21:46:43 | More by Intrinsic
3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
02-05-2011 23:51:46 | More by kingcrowing
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
11-19-2010 03:11:53 | More by fostachild
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-24-2010 23:49:32 | More by spinrsx
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
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
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
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
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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
3.08/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
08-25-2010 01:04:35 | More by kjyost
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-08-2010 04:13:28 | More by Sammy
3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
07-17-2010 04:59:11 | More by SFLpunk
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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
06-16-2010 13:19:08 | More by bobsy
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
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
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
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
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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
4.38/5 rDev +18.7%
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
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
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
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-16-2010 03:49:51 | More by eat
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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).
12-21-2009 16:55:25 | More by MasterSki
Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale from Brasseurs Illimités
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.