Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Trouble Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Stocean1 on 02-19-2012

Hops and Robbers was formulated with two great friends who share a passion for Craft beer, conversation, stealth missions (Finding great beer on tap) and travel. Nathan and Claude have always been looking for the next big score for IPA’s, so we decided to produce our own beer for the local market that had a great balance, aroma and 50 IBU’s!

This is golden IPA with an exceptionally rich and complex character. Fruity aromas of lemon with hints of pineapple combine crisply with toasty caramel flavours and a tasty malt backbone. Dry hopping with cascade hops ensures more hop aromatics are retained in the finished beer. Made with pride and panache, Double Trouble Brewing’s flagship brand Hops & Robbers is refreshingly delicious.
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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can, new to Alberta this week. And at just north of 3 bucks a pop, well, then.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with a teeming amount of puffy, cushioned foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decent array of layered cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, somewhat biscuity malt, some lemon-lime bitterness, slight tropical fruitiness, a mild pure table sugar sweetness, and soft herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more bready, somewhat caramelized malt, ethereal grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, and just tantalizing enough bitter noble hops, which exhibit mainly leafy and subdued fruity notes.

The bubbles are fairly laid back, yet undoubtedly fulfilling their prime directive, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt and Upper Canada hops dancing ably to the end.

An enjoyable IPA, old-world style, the hops always seeming to be poised to pounce, yet they never do, preferring a somewhat deflating detente, at least to this hophead. Anyways, worth a go, for the balance and overall flavour, at least.

Photo of mintjellie
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold colour with a fluffy white head. Good retention and rings of lace. Mild toasty aroma with citric, floral, and earthy undertones. Starts off with a dry toasty malt flavour. Lemon, grassy, and faint pineapple notes come in just before the moderately bitter finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Feels light and refreshing. A good but lightly flavoured pale ale that would go well with a wide variety of foods without overpowering.

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hops are here, but not greatly drinkable. What hops used? Orange citrus, just does;t hit the spot. Some hop aroma. Fast dissipating white head on light orange body. Tingling mouthfeel, a little astringent in the finish. More body, complexity needed.

Photo of Dna_Infinity
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can to Glass

Appearance - Poured a clear copper colour with a small white head

Smell - Does not smell like an IPA, no hop smell what so ever

Taste - This really isn't an IPA at all, very slight hop taste, tastes more like a lager

Overall - Where are the hops? Not a good IPA at all

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazy golden orange, two fingers of head dissipated fairly quickly but left loads of lacing as it did
S - toffee and earthy aromas dominate, slightly musty, not bad aromas but more akin to a malty pale ale than an IPA
T - earthy and peppery hop notes, strong caramel malt balance, subtle flavour late in the finish
M - medium body, light on the carbonation, full and even a little sticky, finishes mildly bitter
O - this is a very well balanced and easy drinking IPA, i tend to like a little more hop bite in flavour and feel but this is extremely balanced and could be sessionable

Photo of Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a two finger white head, decent retention as it ebbed to a fine collar of film. Orange amber in color. Lots of sticky lacing.

Scent is light malt, some citrus and floral hops.

Taste is somewhat subdued compared to the nose, malt,biscuit, faint citrus hops, some grapefruit and mango notes.

Bitter, dry, medium bodied, stale, some carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable IPA although nothing spectacular. Could use some more punch and is a little ho hum.

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a very clear gold with a little amber and 1.5 fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Citrus rinds and a little pine, some toasted light grains.

Taste. Toasty malts, some nice citrusy hops with a little pine and cedar, just a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A good ipa. This would be great for an afternoon bbq.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of floral citrus notes with light bitter touch. Taste is a mix between some citrus hops with medium bitter notes with some non-descript malt base that is mostly dry. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but really doesn’t stand out from the pack either.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh can B/B Nov 9/12. Poured in to Founders Tulip.

A - Light to medium gold/orange colour. One finger of off white head. Good lacing.

S - Very weak nose for an IPA. Some sweet bready malts and light English-style hopping with floral and herbal aromas.

T - Moderate bitterness up front that is much more potent than the nose suggested. Big floral and herbal notes with some lemon. Fairly balanced with a sweet beady/caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body with a decent chew. Light carbonation.

O - Easy drinking and good balance. A good starter IPA to introduce someone to craft beer but not exciting to me.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cattersley for the can!

Pours a transparent sunny pale colour, with a off-white 2 finger, fluffy head. Left lots of spongy lace. The aroma is earthy, herbal hop notes, touches of floral notes, crackers and nutty malts. Nice balanced taste. It has a fairly stark bitterness, with some flowery hop notes and bits of pale malt sweetness bringing the balance. The feel is slick, slightly oily, but creamy, with a lighter body. It's quite easy to drink, refreshing, and I think would be quite sessionable.

It's not the most aggressive IPA, but it's solid and very drinkable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

A nice perfect copper amber colored body, and fairly clear with minimal rising carbonation. Head is slightly yellow and tan with creamy bubbles making about three to four fingers tall head. Some island and creamy dolloped top retention and ring like lacing.

Hop front has a little bit of sweet leafy herbal tea but quite subdued, some spicy qualities also but a dry grainy malt bill as well behind it.

Palate comes across a bit wet and grainy more than anything. Chalky biscuity malt bill and a weak grainy finish. Hop angle is virtually non existent, with some mild pine like bitterness that sort of lingers for a little bit. Palate is real fleeting on this one.

Overall, a drinkable beer, but a bit of an IPA dud.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml can. Pours a rich yellowish lager colour with orange tint. Nose has lots of lemon, banana and other fruit notes. Taste is similar with a nice sweetness and lots of citrus hop flavours. It's a little lean and light-bodied, but very crisp, hoppy and refreshing.

Photo of ssmack
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden apricot colour with half inch of white head that became a slick and then just a ring. Single-file streams of fine carbonation. Some lacing but only 2 dots left on empty glass.

A buttery aroma. Cakey malt with a faint whiff of orange.

There are the hops. Taste starts with white cake then lemon citrus then pine. You are left with a sharp biting bitterness on the tongue.

Medium feel.

Just OK. Weak aroma and malt taste.

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.11/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

NOT the can from Ontario. This is a review of the bottle brewed under contract by Dead Frog Brewing in Aldergrove.
A: clear orange jello. Head is small and dissipates quickly.
S: yeast, tin, caramel ... certainly not clean or citrus.
T: this is a pretty mild and inoffensive IPA ... and really not much of an IPA at all. More like a mainstream lager with some extra bittering hops. The finish is dry and bitter and funky. Not likeable at all.
M: medium to light body.
O: C'mon Legacy Liquor store in Vancouver -- this is really not a very good IPA like you said it was. And when I asked you if it was made by Dead Frog Brewing you said no ... well it's made right there under contract! Not an enjoyable beer at all.

Photo of Angling_and_brewing
2.5/5  rDev -28%

The real thief was the person who called this an ipa. I think there were more hops painted on the can than used in the beer inside it. Quite flavorless and disappointing.

Photo of Top_Jimmy
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice Amer colour from the can leaving a small amount of head that reduces rather quickly leaving oinly a slight foam on top of the beer. Nice lacing that remains after the first few mouthfulls.

A nice aroma of hops. As the beer warms you can then smell a hint of citrus, flowers and yeast.

A very nice and strong taste of hops. Those that dislike bitter beers should skip this one for sure. A background of malt

Average mouthfeel with a bitter finish

Overall an enjoyable beer for those that like hoppy, bitter beers. Pairs well with mexican foods, cilantro, cumin based dishes.

Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1st Review on BA
473ml can to bolleke globlet

Purchased at a downtown Toronto LCBO for $2.65 per can.

App- The Hops and Robbers has a nice pale amber color, on the lighter side of things for an IPA. The carbonation is muted but lively enough that I've just noticed a spec on the inside of my glass (it seems to be in the glass so I wouldn't worry about it affecting flavor!). The head has left nice white lace as I've worked my way through the beer. All in all looks wise it's pretty attractive for a self-labeled "sessionable beer."

Smell- The cascade hops come through like you would hope for a beer with "hops" in its name. Fresh from the fridge, the citrus is brightest but it fades to a more piney and grassy aroma as the beer warms; with the pine in front-- the lemon smell takes a back seat.

Taste-The double trouble brewery website boasts that the beer has an IBU of 50 and the bittering hops definitely speak the loudest on the first sip; the 5.7% alcohol is what sticks with you on the finish though. The weight of the bitterness seems to shift the balance of flavor to the hop side of things robbing the malt of most of it's character (maybe that's where the name comes from?)

Mouth-The mouth feel straight from the fridge is rather oily, but when it's brought up to proper temperature, the "oily-ness" get's much more subdued and the beer is much more to alluring as "sessionable" beer.

Drink- All in all when I'm searching for that super delicious IPA, out of the craft brews I've tried so far I'd probably reach for another over this one. Hops and Robbers won't bring my journey to discover my favorite IPA to a close; but it'll definitely stay in the back of my mind if I want a beer for a party or need a six pack for Sunday football.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall Can from the LCBO Ottawa for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a below average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, hay/straw/grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a tiny bit of grapefruit, and some herbal/hay/straw/grassy notes. It ends with a grassy caramel aftertaste with a medium amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I will say that it grew on me as I progressed through my glass, but I was still a little let down with this one. I didn't get very much of the fruity pineapple flavour that was advertised on the can. Still a decent beer that is head and shoulders above most of the junk at the lcbo/beer store.

Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at C'est What, listed at 5.6% ABV.

Golden-orange in body, with a dense, creamy white head. An impressively solid cap of retention that sticks around for the duration of the pint, leaving a mass amount of lacing. Some citrus and pine on the nose, mostly orange-y. Some pale grain, perhaps a hint of caramel or breadiness - malting is subtle nonetheless. Taste has more hops, orange and clementine flavours emerge with some pine. Bitter and light grass in the finish. Medium light body with appropriate light carbonation. Somewhere between an EIPA, English Pale and American Pale - a nice pint, although a bit plain.

Photo of box299
2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer falls under the style of Canadian IPA that I don't think is official. I find, for the most part, CIPAs are to be avoided. There is no real sense that the bitterness actually comes from the Hops. The color is clear and looks more like a lager than an IPA. The head is thin and soapy with no lace. This one will not get another try. There are a number of other IPAs from Ontario that do not follow the Canadian style. If you like this style, stick with Keith's.

Photo of SebD
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains, some earthy/floral hops, citrus and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy malt character (almost pilsner like), with some caramel, earthy bitterness, piney/floral hops and some citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; best before November 9th, 2012. I consider myself happy to support an upstart operation in the increasingly crowded category of Guelph-made beer. Wish I had known about some of these places back when I lived there; Sleeman and Wellington were the only ones I was aware of at the time.

The pour reveals a bright, clear amber-honey-coloured brew, with two fingers of dense, pillowy white head erupting at the surface. Retention isn't great for the style, as it dissipates over the next few minutes into a rocky, uneven cap - but the intricate smattering of lacing on the sides of the glass sure looks nice. The aroma is fresh and clean, with enticing, hoppy notes taking center stage. Tropical fruit is prominent, with hints of lemon zest. The malts are hard to make out (unusual for an EIPA), but they are of a sweet, bready nature. Nice aroma, but could be a bit stronger.

This is pretty tasty stuff, but fairly mild for an IPA. The hops are the more dominant facet of the flavour, and they seem to be of a North American (West Coast, specifically) bent rather than an English one. Some subdued grapefruit citrus rind and juicy pineapple notes blend nicely with the bready, caramel malt sweetness. Beautifully balanced; the hops are strong and fairly dry, but are well countered by the malts. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a very smooth mouthfeel from the (relatively) mild carbonation.

The labeling on the can puffs it up a bit, but the brew inside does not fall too short of its claims. Hops and Robbers is a rather tasty IPA, and one of the most sessionable ones I've had in quite a while. I would have no trouble throwing back 3 or 4 of these in a night - a task I would probably opt to avoid if supplied with a different IPA. Its drinkable, relatively straightforward nature means it probably won't be a hit with serious hop heads - but the rest of us can hopefully enjoy this for what it is: a well-balanced, supremely drinkable ale.

[Updated Sept. 30 2013]
Picked up another can, best before Feb 16 2014. Tried this again and wasn't nearly as impressed with it - I don't know if the quality has deteriorated or if I was just in a really good/drunk mood when I first reviewed this, but it really isn't anything more than a run-of-the-mill APA. Given these facts, I am changing the final grade to 3.54, a B - it's still a good beer, but there is nothing about this pale ale that makes me want to select it over the avalanche of other great OCB pale ales out there right now.

Photo of SSS
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a whim hoping to discover something new and exciting...I come from a Heady Topper generation where IPA has a standard that is pretty tough to beat.

A - nice gold amber colour, with a white head
S - nice hop aroma, very subtle
T - clean bitterness, very subtle sweet, I was actually hoping for more...
M - carbonation is right on.
O - I wanted to like it more. It is drinkable and does grow on you as you sip away. The lingering bitterness is nice on my palate anyway...

Photo of JamesMN
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange/amber hue with a one finger foamy off-white head.

Aroma: A hint of lemon with some an echo of bready malt. Really not very aromatic.

Taste: It's hard to put my finger on what I'm tasting here. Bitterness for sure (50 IBUs or so), but no hop flavor. Some caramel and light amber malt but nothing to help balance out the raw bitterness. Hop bitterness through the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. I was hoping to taste some of the lemon and pineapple hop character that is described on the can.

Mouthfeel: At 5.7% ABV I expected a bit of a watery mess but it's actually almost medium in body which makes the idea of sessioning it less promising. Below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As a hophead I like to push my palate to the extreme with hoppy beers. Unfortunately, 50 IBUs don't taste good when they are not accompanied by fruit, pine, or earthy flavor. There is no date on the can so maybe it's old but if a brewery won't date their product then I can't take freshness into account when reviewing. Would I drink it again? No.

Photo of jaz58
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A middle of the road IPA in my opinion.

Served in a clear pint glass, the colour is rust orange.

Clear with a subtle effervecenes.

Thin head, no lace.

Fresh hop nose with a hint of lemon.

Robust bitters finish.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Small hints of soft toffee followed by the bitters.

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.