Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale - Brasseurs Illimités
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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).
12-21-2009 16:55:25 | More by MasterSki
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
12-08-2009 02:02:27 | More by brandonc
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.
12-05-2009 02:59:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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!
11-19-2009 01:45:50 | More by papat444
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
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...
10-29-2009 00:48:42 | More by ZorPrime
Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale from Brasseurs Illimités
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