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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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.99%
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 eat
3.78/5  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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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).

Photo of brandonc
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ZorPrime
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale from Brasseurs Illimités
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