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Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 28.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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 Dogzbone
1.65/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Had this from the can at a tasting. Appearance was fine but that was about the only thing right with this beer. I couldn't find any hop aroma at all and the beer wasn't bitter by any means. It was also slightly under carbonated and a bit watery. The brewery claimed that they were trying to make a not so hoppy in your face IPA but if you're going to call a beer an IPA you at least need some kind of hop presence to shine through. This beer didn't. Hopefully I just had a taste from an old can.

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Photo of box299
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.11/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.29/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the LCBO this past summer.

From a can into a snifter

Note: Tested this one as part of the Great Ontarian IPA Showdown against Railway City's Dead Elephant, Muskoka Mad Tom IPA, and Nickel Brook's Headstock IPA.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A light film remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Could be a touch darker for the style, but looks nice.

SMELL: Pale malts, grainy notes and a light touch of floral hops. Grainy pilsner style malts jumped out all over the place. Not my cup of IPA.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel malts, and good grainy burst. The pilsner malts are just all over the place. Some citrus lemon and a hint of pine, but this is quite grainy for the style. Bold and lingering aftertaste of grainy pilsner malts, some bitter pine, and some malty sweetness. This is too grainy for the style for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Fine here.

OVERALL: The malt bill on this one it too pilsner forward for my tastes. The hop presence was alright, but that grainy pilsner malt just dominated the whole experience for me. Change the malt bill, and you might have something here. As it stands now, this is one to avoid. Dead last in the Ontario Showdown.

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Photo of Angling_and_brewing
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
2.77/5  rDev -19%
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

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok first of all I shouldn't be reviewing this right after drinking a full bottle of Stone Vertical Epic of 09/09/09 but what the heck. I expect to be very underwhelmed...

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head, underwhelmed already.

Ok now we get to the "smell". This beer smells weird. Period. Smells like sugar poured into a vat of beer or something, almost doesn't even smell like beer, let alone an IPA. I can't even come up with a description for the aroma. I'll leave it at that.

To my overwhelming satisfaction, it tastes better than it smells! Tastes of some light fruity malts mixed with bitter hops. But they are almost too bitter, and there is a very metallic taste, not sure if this is derived from the can?

Overall I'm underwhelmed, perhaps the stone beer had something to do with it, or perhaps I was expecting too much based on the name this beer so arrogantly wears, "Hops & Robbers". It get's one point just for the name.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hops and Robbers IPA pours a nice light copper with a thin head. The aroma is subdued, some floral, herbal hops and hint of malt. The flavor leans just a bit to hoppy, with more mild to moderate floral and earthy hops. There is a decent malt backbone, slightly nutty.

Overall it seems to be a bit lacking hop wise. I like that they're going for a sessionable IPA, but they could definitely squeeze in more hops without raising the abv.

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Photo of Serge
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours golden yellow, with a thick white head. The nose is dough, grainy, light toast, tinned pineapple and weak citrus. The taste is citrus pith, lots of lemon, light tangerine, salt, toasted malt, slight astringency and metal, with a bitter finish. Thin-medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. A bit weak and boring.

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Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange under a moderate head that settles to a partial film, some spotty lace. Hoppy nose, a hint of lemon and alcohol. Gently bitter to drink, generic citrus fruit pithiness, no shout out to any particular fruit. Maybe grapefruit? Moderate body, a little sparkle.

Really just a very common, generic IPA.

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of SSS
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

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Photo of Kremlock
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange/copper in colour, clear, frothy 1/2 inch head that keeps very well during most of the drink. Head is off white with hints of orange in it.

S: Citrus, pineapple, hints of caramel with a light nutty smell in the background.

T: Citrus hops, hint of alcohol, caramel is in the background, hops take it over. Lack of malt backbone.

M: A bit thin for my liking, watery, bitter, has a dry finish.

O: I find this IPA to be unbalanced. The hops come through but there is missing some malt and body IMO.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a Deep Golden, slightly Amber colour topped with a 2 finger foamy, white head. Awesome retention, really nice doming. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Hoppy but very mild. Light orange citrusness with a little maltiness.

T- Once again, everything is mild. Light orange, a little pineapple, and bready notes.

M- Very creamy body. Slightly chewy. Low-Medium Carbonation.

O- While I can't agree with Double Trouble Brewing Co. that Hops and Robbers is "Canada's Most Sessionable IPA" because frankly, there are many Session IPA's that are much better, but they do have a pretty good beer here. It's a great looking and feeling beer but it seriously lacks some punch in the aroma and flavour department. The flavours are pretty good but they are way too mild for my taste. From other examples of the style that I've had, I can confidently say that it is possible to make a Sessionable IPA that is just as tasty as a regular strength IPA but unfortunately, Hops and Robbers isn't that beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy light golden colour. Fairly strong carbonation. One finger of soapy white head on top. Decent lace rings and a good half finger of retention.

S - Somewhat earthy with some pineapple and citrus.

T - Peach, earthy, mango and some breadiness. Fairly soapy, grainy, and floral too.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and not a whole heap of bitterness for an IPA.

O/D - A bit of an odd IPA. Fairly sweet fruit flavours and lacking significant bitterness. Definitely not, as the can describes, "Ontario's most sessionable IPA." Not a bad beer, just nowhere near what it claims to be and not exactly a hop bomb as they make the branding out to be. Good effort but falls short.

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Photo of ssmack
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of seand
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light amber with lots of foamy white head. It actually overflowed a bit when I opened the can (which had been sitting still for a week), so have a glass ready. The head dissipates to a thick blanket and leaves walls of lacing.

S: Dominated by a very sweet, almost icing-like note. There are some grassy hops in the background as well.

T: Starts with the icing-ish sweet note, which drops off to make room for mildly bitter hops. Aftertaste is hoppy too. It's not terrible, but it does taste a bit "empty"; there's a sweet note and a hoppy note but no body.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, OK. I wouldn't look for it again, but I wouldn't throw it on the ground if offered one.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into pint glass 11/24/12 from notes

A slight haze in a golden orange body, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a well sustained thumbs width of off white foam that leaves lots of random lace

S some citrus and candied pineapple but more butterscotch and caramel then I'm used to in an IPA, even for an EIPA the caramel malts pretty strong

T the malts are in charge in the mouth, a little rind but I'm getting dry cereals, butterscotch, caramel, and some bready notes with a metallic flavor I can't place

M medium bodied but a nice creamy feel from the bubbles, its like I've had a nitro tap installed in my can, herbal rind lingers on the finish

O pretty mellow IPA no matter what side of the pond you on, easy enough to drink but I doubt I'd look for this one again

I was stoked to see a new can of IPA on the shelf but it didn't do much for me after I opened it, its OK but a little boring

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of 473ml from LCBO for $2.80 CDN can into Pint Glass

Appearance- Rich dark golden color pours out. 1 Finger of head, dissipates at a middling rate. Excellent lace retention.

Smell- Quite piny with significant hop presence. Diluted by some sweet presence which seems vaguely like honey.

Taste-Fairly Hoppy flavor but does not linger for terribly long. Slightly bitter aftertaste and the lasting taste in your mouth is bitteerness rather than hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - a little bit thin feeling and quite low on the carbonation side.

Overall- A beer that looks and smells better than in tastes. By no means a poor beer, rather enjoyed it, however didn’t quite meet expectations given the appearance and aroma.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.