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Simple Malt IPASimple Malt IPA

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by timtim on 09-11-2009

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer color is copper, a little on the darker side... could be there is some red in it. The head is quite nice, very sticky... and beige. The aroma is hop up front with the presence of caramel malts. Typical English IPA I would say. Nothing close to the American IPA. Nice for a change! On the taste, I get some bittering hops with a malty finale. The malts are caramel. Nice. The taste is so good... way better than the aroma which it isn't bad too. The taste lingers in the mouth, very nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is high too.

Good beer!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rich take on an English IPA with a shiny caramel malty side and hops supporting it, and not the other way around (aged version...)

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist capped bottle. Simple label design centered on contemporary and informal typography with a minimal green element in the background. Front narrative includes a short description (in French), the back elaborates on the context and careful craft of the brew. Lacks evident date of bottling, shows IBUs (62), and 6.4% Alc. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber to amber brown pour, medium foamy head. Nice surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee, hops pushing it up with a rich fruity sense, sugar coated orange peel...

T - Taste follows with dexterity, expanding the malty side, which is rich, long and pleasing: caramel, toffee, sugar, candied fruit... Minimal bitterness, the hoppy edge is there as a nice undercurrent complementing the malt.

M - Medium body, medium/light carbonation with a smooth and creamy finish.

D - Whoa, very nice actually, but if one is expecting a hoppy IPA this is not the brew... Now, as a malty long and softly hopped English IPA this is a charm.

Notes: Quite a surprise, revisiting this brew slightly a year after the first time and it feels entirely different. This time it is better, although it strays more from what would be typically expected of an IPA. If this is an aged IPA (and I believe it is) it has aged graciously and it is well worth the experience.

01-12-2010 Review
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very brown, ruddy color. Very clear. Respectable head.

Does this ever smell malty. And like pumpernickel bread. There's buttloads of caramel. Almost like a caramel donut . Mildly citrusy and a little Earthy. Unlike most IPAs that rely on dry hopping to create an inviting aroma, it's interesting to find an IPA that relies on malt aromas to draw you in. And boy does it.

This is a very malty and bitter IPA, quite unusual for the style, but honestly quite delicious. For my palate the bitterness could be dialed back a notch, but as it is it's still quite good and probably without the bitterness the malt might go overboard. The bitterness is piney and more of a grapefruit rind than anything. There's an underlying chalkiness to it. It's the sort of beer that grows on you and really gets better as it goes along and you acclimate to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick.

I don't really know if this if an English IPA as it's listed here, but neither is it an American IPA...really it's just off doing it's own malty thing. Call it what you want, it's an interesting beer. It's good. But if I wanted a malty beer I'd probably opt for a Scottish ale, and if I wanted an IPA I'd probably go for a more hopcentric IPA. So this beer, while quite good and delicious, kind of lands in that middle ground somewhere that might make me overlook it, despite the fact that it's really quite good. It's definitely worth trying at least once.

Thanks to papat444 for hooking me up.

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Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A reddish, copper body appears which is a little hazy but mostly clear. Atop of that rests comfortably a nice thick 2-3 finger head.

Smell: Floral hops mixed with malt and a zesty citrus splash. Quite refreshing.

Taste: Good hop presence set against a good malt backbone. Grapefruit is fairly dominant but it also has a mineral feel to it. For some reason, the taste reminds me of spring and flowers.

Mouthfeel: Though this style is not my favorite, i cannot ignore the incredible balance of this beer. Smooth with a nice dose of bitterness without going overboard. Certainly not as rough as i would have thought. It does have a certain dryness that coats the mouth but there are very few weaknesses here.

Drinkability: At first, i found it a little difficult but i finished this brew enjoying it quite well.

Overall: Do not expect a typical American IPA as this falls squarely in the English category. For the style, top marks go to it. This is definitely a variation of the Golding. Better than i would have expected and i would seek it out again.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Dark Ruby-ish Amber Colour, brown in lower light setting, but very clear, not much haziness (is this filtered?). One finger head with little to no retention, a bit of spotty lacing.

Nose: A bit of pumpkin spice?? Sweet Caramel Malt, Not a huge amount of hop aromas for a classic IPA, which at an ibu in the 60's is a little disappointing....

Taste: Very nice! The sweet caramel toasty malt flavors of a red/dark beer, combined with grassy bitter hops. A nice combination.

Mouth: Low to medium carbonation, regular body. not very sticky.

Overall: Really nice, not very typical for a classic IPA honestly. IPA hops, combined with the malt flavors of a typical brown/amber beer. I tried several pale ales from the "simple malt" collection by brasseurs illimites, im not impressed, but theyre very drinkable. However, this one was probably my favorite!! If you can get it its worth a shot

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, borderline brown. Crystal clear. Lumpy head that leaves a thin ring of lace.

Lots of caramel from a deeply roasted crystal malt. Plenty of perfume, although not much hop.

Dark malt start but the hop rounds off the flavor nicely. Rich body with a moderate carbonation. The aftertaste leans to the malt but it lasts a long time. This isn't for the hop lovers, but it is a well balanced beer.

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Photo of TomStew
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint (Just bought a nice St-Ambroise pint yea!)
I like this beer! Very malty and moderately bitter, I find that it is well balanced in terms of bitter-sweetness. The appearance is really great, halfway between pale and amber I would say. Great head, and the carbonation is good.

Tastes of sweet caramel and hops.

I am fairly new to this style and I really enjoyed my first English IPA. It makes me want to try more beers of this style to compare and see where this one stands (if there is better then it must be very yummy). I would definitely recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper colour. Bubbly white head at first that dissipates quickly leaving just a trace of white head along the top of the beer. Aroma of mildly floral hops and caramel malts, which is quite pleasing. I was expecting a bigger taste after being so impressed with the smell. The flavours aren't coming through as much. Still some sweetness from the malt and floral hop bitterness. Carbonation on this is a bit high, but still quite nice to drink.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark copper with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Light caramel and biscuit malt with a touch of earthy citrus hops.

T-Orange rind bitterness up front that is quickly replaced with from the notes of ruddy earth, semi-sweet biscuit and even a touch of roasted malt. An interesting flavour profile that while maybe not 100% true to form I enjoy.

M-Medium bodied, sharp with a drying toasted finish.

D-IMHO hard to call this a IPA...more of a hybrid brew, like a hoppy brown. Regardless it is interesting and well crafted with no off flavours. A nice brew I am glad to have the chance to try.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Quebec at Peluso in Montreal this past summer. Awesome shop for sure.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 62

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. Color is an opaque burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Looks pretty solid.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee and some faint melon notes. Pineapple and cantaloupe as well. Pretty nice, though could be a touch more forthcoming.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and some light melon sweetness, then some nice floral bitterness and toffee sweetness at the finish. Aftertaste is mild but persistent, including some piney hops, floral bitterness and caramel and toffee sweet notes. Very nice and well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes with a touch of dryness. Pretty nice as well.

OVERALL: This is a solid English IPA by a more than solid Quebec brewery. Very tasty with plenty of complexity, this is well worth checking out if you get the chance. Recommended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops with deep rich caramel malt is quite pleasing. Taste is also more oriented towards caramel malt and floral hops then most other IPA out there. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one is a lot more geared toward floral notes then an actual hops bomb I usually taste - well done and definitively something I could drink a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of blackie
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark amber in color, low head recedes to only a thin ring

s: heavy caramel body with a good deal of toasted toffee as revealed by the dark color, maybe some butterscotch, hops of average strength for the style - sweet citrus juices and a little minty

m: medium body, lighter carbonation

t: malt body heavy on the toffee and a little buttery, sweet malt syrups, hop flavor citrusy and minty, dig the malt profile, finishes with a crisp, earthy bitterness and lingering toffee and nutshell

d: a little sweet, but not bad - a little off style but an interesting beer regardless

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium orange-amber color with decent clarity and a smallish but tight head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malt and floral hops. In the mouth, the malts win over with the hops taking a bit of the back seat. The malt sweetness is prominent and gives the impression of a fairly full body. Hops sneak in again in a pleasantly bitter finish.

A decent IPA that I would try again, especially if I could get it on tap or know that it was fresh.

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Photo of Long813
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated: NA
From: Zorprime, 341 ml

A: Dark hazy copper bodied with three fingers off off white head. Poor retention and leaves decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts, some biscuity notes and slight hops. Pretty weak aromas.

T: Much like the aromas, caramel malts and biscuits dominate with a slight hoppy finish. Not bad for a EIPA.

M: Light bodied and carbonation is on the low side. Sticky texture and leaves an interesting malty finish. No alcohol notes.

D: Thanks again Zorprime. This EIPA isn't all that bad. Not my styled, but not bad in any sense.

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Photo of timtim
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really exciting to see these beers outside of quebec. Very dark burnt orange, almost bronze, with an off-white head that. Nose is baked caramel pastry and lemony, orange blossomy, minty, spicy hop. Almost reminds me of a caramel coated sticky bun fresh from the oven and stuffed with hops. Taste is balanced. Medium body. kind of have to dig for the flavors in this beer and i am wondering how old these are, or maybe it's just my American palate is not in tune with the flavors here. overpriced in the us and not fresh, i would recommend avoiding it unless you visit quebec.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark amber, a few orange highlights in the corners, medium sized white head forms and settles to a medium ring around the glass, thin layer, some lace spots stick.

Smell is decent, very English, solid maltiness, a bit of caramel and biscuit, floral, noble hops, lightly fruity, very faint citrus, touch of corn syrup, not bad.

Taste is similar, simple and a bit plain but nice, caramel up front, lightly toasty, floral hopping, light citrus, lightly earthy, a touch of mint, bit of a strange background flavour I couldn't figure out, lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable IPA if nothing special.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer pours a dark amber red color with 2 fingers of off white head, The head stays and carbonation seems lively but There are chunks floating around in the beer and they dont look very nice. I get unfiltered but chunks like this are a no no regardless.

Aroma - Caramel, roasted nuts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, some dark fruits, lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops. Like an English IPA should the malts hold up the hops but the aroma's just don't mesh the way they should in my mind, Its a good smell but not spectacular.

Taste - Buscuity malts hit my tongue first followed by caramel, toffee, molasses, some brown sugar, this is followed by tons of earthy floral hops and some light citrusy flavors, again a hint of lemon some grapefruit. The taste is less Complex than the nose and comes together in a slightly better way but still seems to be close in rating to the taste.

Feel - Medium light body, refreshing carbonation, really mild bitterness overall.

Overall - This is an average English IPA, They definitely got the setup right and the malts are the main factor supported by the hops. The problem for me is the flavors down stand out, Its in the range of what your would expect from a basic English IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from papat444 - thanks man! Served in a pint glass.

A - Two fingers of soapy yellow-tinged foam. Chunky lacing and excellent retention. Hazed dark amber color with a nice glow and a few slow-moving bubbles.

S - This is faded and malt-forward but you can tell there was once a good amount of citrus and a touch of soapiness. Malt character is sugar cookie and light toffee.

T - This is quite bitter - well beyond what I'd expect from the listed 62 IBU. Flavor and aromatic hops are largely gone, so it's mostly bitterness and sugary malts.

M - Carbonation is higher than I prefer. Body is medium-light and fairly resinous, with a slightly dry bitter finish.

D - I'm glad this is called an English IPA. It was pretty decent and easy to finish. I'd like to try a fresh sample at some point and re-evaluate.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazel or burnt almond colour with a rich and creamy foam head. Milky blanket sticks around for a while.

S: Rich caramel/molasses-like malts, grapefruit aromas, earthy and nutty tones. Nice on the nose.

T: Caramel-tasting roasted malts, citrus tangyness, nutty flavours, and picking up some smoke. Quite a rich and full tasting IPA that leaves quite a lingering bitterness.

M: Light and creamy mouthfeel considering the rich taste, with about average carbonation.

D: Not exactly feeling the caramel/nutty taste of this, but it still offers a satisfactory IPA taste. Still prefer the Cascade IPA offering by Illimites, but this is still a nice IPA that's worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice serviceable IPA. Pleasant mid-brown coloured body with lots of off-white lace. Very faint hop aroma. Lots of caramel sweetness and British hops. Very drinkable, a bit above average mouthfeel and on the dry side. Pretty hoppy for an english IPA.

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Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bieropholie closed earlier this year, but that was not the end of the esteemed Quebec brewery, as it rose like a phoenix from the ashes under the Brasseurs Illimités name.

Pours a deep mahogany with a good finger of cream coloured head straining at the limits of the glass before dropping some spotty lace and descending to a film. A balanced nose provides both strong hop and malt notes. On the hop side of the equation, flowers and candied citrus abound while the malts counter with a rich brown breadiness and ever so sweet caramel.

The flavour is extremely floral for an IPA - almost too floral. At times the flavour takes me back to being a toddler and chewing those soft rubbery toys that had their own unique perfumed flavour. Wave after wave of flowers washes over the palate leaving a lingering bitterness in its wake. There's certainly malt to back it up, and its strong caramel and bready presence balance the hops capably. The body is around par, with its medium slick feel and medium carbonation.

Floral is not my cup of tea, I leave that to the ikebana enthusiasts, but this is a decent enough IPA, and should perform decently as their flagship. I have a feeling their cascade will be better received, especially if its based on the old Bieropholie model.

Thanks to zorprime for the bottle.

This is certainly a hard beer to classify. It has a lot more hop flavour than an English IPA, but its emphasis on floral hopping eschews it from the American model

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Photo of 4ster
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a half tulip.

A: Pours a darker/burnt amber colour, quite dark for an IPA I'd say, some decent carbonation and off white head that as others mention disappears almost completely but with faint traces.

S: Light hop smell, but overwhelmed by a very heavy caramel malt smell, not what you'd first expect for this style.

T: First taste, leans pretty heavy on the malt flavours though not nearly as caramel as it smells. Malts are balanced quite nicely with the hops which are quite light on the palate at a mere IBU of 42(20 less than the Pale Ale!) This IPA is not overbearing on the hops but brings out the favour of each individual hops nicely, some flora, citrus and grassy flavours with a light bitterness ending

M: Decent carbonation, nice balance as mentioned reflecting the tastes, pretty easy drinking with the low IBU's..

O: On the lighter range of typical IPA's, which might not appeal to the hop heads out there. But overall a nice easy drinking beer and still worth a try as it is a decent IPA that these days is getting over shadowed by your big IPA's and DIPA's which have their place, but often one at a time..this beer plays up its classic IPA flavours and for a nice day on the patio this beer will go on a long way. Would drink on tap more than once but probably won't buy more singles.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker than I was expecting... almost bronze. A modest, 3/4 of a finger sized golden head.

S + T: Most definitely an English style IPA. Floral and leafy hops against a very robust malt backbone that provides a big caramel scent and flavour. There's a bit of a sweet and spicy note to it that does alright with the hop bitterness, but it does seem a little heavy on the malts for the style

M + D: Alcohol is not too intense, but robust flavour makes it a bit of a sipper. It's a pretty solid effort, though it could have more bitterness to it. Not among the better IPAs I have come across, but I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky orange/copper colour with a large beige frothy head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer. There is a ton of lacing on the sides of the glass and the head stuck around for quite a while.

Smell - hops, caramel, brown sugar, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation, but it works well with the full bodied taste of this beer. The most noticeable flavours are hops, caramel, cereals and a sugary sweetness. There is also a strong malt presence and the beer finishes with a lightly bittersweet hop/caramel aftertaste.

Drink - A pretty decent Canadian IPA that I would love to try really fresh - perhaps on tap.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown amber with cream coloured head. Malt-forward aroma, with more caramel notes than the taste itself. Flavour is also very malt-forward with emphasis on toasted elements, followed by an abrupt bitterness. 6.4% ABV is evident in the finish which is otherwise pleasantly bitter.

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