Simple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale | Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Cascade India Pale AleSimple Malt Cascade India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada
brasseursillimites.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ZorPrime on 10-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
14.56%
 
 
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3
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7
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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a clear dark amber color with 2 fingers slightly off white head, the head fades leaving a thick layer of foam above the beer itself. There are some pretty big chunks in the beer.

Aroma - earthy hops, floral hops, some grapefruit and pine resin, The hop characther really seems to come out in this beer and its pitted up against a bready malt smell.

Taste - Way more earthy and Piney than Juicy I get, eathy tasting hops some floral hops, pine resin backbone. A light grapefruit and some crackery bread malts.

Feel - Medium body, refreshing carbonation on the front of the tongue and creamy in the back of the mouth.

Overall - This is definitely better than their english IPA The flavors mesh better. It still has a ton of floaters and the aroma could be nicer. I'm also slightly biased towards Juicy american IPA's so that could be affecting my judgement a bit. But all in all this seems quite average.

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Photo of BigBry
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, label as pictured.
Poured a deep copper color, clear with a good sized head to start. Good retention and some thin lacing lines. Aroma of citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit, a bit spicy.
Taste is as expected for an American IPA, dominated by citrus hops, and a nice bitter finish. Nicely balanced off by some caramel malt. Body is average, good carbonation.
A flavorful, easy to drink example.

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Photo of theDuck
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T-34-85
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass.

This beer reminds me of a more traditional IPA from 5 years ago or more, with a cascade hop base bringing a pleasant, subtle floral hop aroma while a substantial malt backbone provides a very noticeable sweetness.

In addition, the appearance is a much deeper amber than what is typically found in most of today's IPAs.

Overall: This is a decent IPA, and a very satisfying break from the hop bombs that are more common these days.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with lots of carbonation but a light head. Almost no hop is detectable in the nose I only smell lots of malt. Smells of black licorice too. Weird for an IPA. Better in the taste, but it feels more like an Extra Special Bitter than an IPA. Taste like a classic red ale too. I feel like it's getting better as I'm drinking it, but definitely not an impressive IPA.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich copper color and clear. Moderate head, but it leaves a blanket of lace after each sip.

Lots of caramel malt aroma. Almost no hop bitterness to the nose--unusual for the style. Attractive, but not expected.

The flavor is far more malty than most IPAs. While I like this beer, it does not have the IPA elements I'd expect--not very bitter. Matches the British profile more than the American one. I'd describe this beer more as an amber or a pale ale. I like it but it's no IPA.

Rich body, low carbonation.

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Photo of edugasmtl
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a clear ruddy amber with an ample tan head that settles with huge, foamy bubbles from two fingers to a relatively substantial film. Good retention; little bit of spotty lacing.

S:
Earthy and slightly spicy. Hay, some citrus, resinous hops, earth, an underlying bready malt flavor, baking spices in the background a bit.

T:
Slightly Belgian with a little medicinal hoppiness. Caramel, hay, pine, sap, dirt, burnt sugar, honey, tea.

M:
Medium bodied and slightly sticky with a lingering finish and decent carbonation.

O:
Pretty nice beer, nothing earth-shattering.
I am always excited to see single hop anything just for "education's" sake. This one isn't great but is definitely a solid, well-made beer. Pours lovely and maintains a nice head most of the time (just requiring a swirl if it fades). The smell is a bit hoppy and the taste is as well. The nose seemed more fruity than the taste, but unfortunately I suspect this beer was a little old, so who knows....
Anyway, a decent beer and fine for the price. Good beer to take to parties where you want good beer but one something "fancy" and accessible at the same time.

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Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of boszormeny
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoppy_tom
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kabritz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mspang
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 341ml bottle to a shaker

A: Slight copper appearance. Topped with a finger of white , fairly dense head. Clarity is good.

S: Hops are present. Fruity and citrusy.

T: Cascade hops make them self dominant as advertised. Fruity, citrusy, and perhaps a bit floral in character but backed nicely by a pale malt background. Bitterness is well done. Balance is accurate for the style. A very slight bit of displeasing graininess is detectable on the end of the sip but nothing too noticeable or distracting from the overall good character of the beer.

M: Medium to thinish body. Carbonation is well done and the beer is quite smooth.

O: A pretty decent beer. Nothing outstanding but its pretty flavorful and a nice brew in general. I could see myself maybe picking this up again if it was on special or something.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DaveR514
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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