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Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Stocean1 on 02-19-2012)
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Dogzbone

New York

1.61/5  rDev -53.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 16:56:01 | More by Dogzbone
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dipso123

California

2/5  rDev -42.5%

03-28-2012 00:00:24 | More by dipso123
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:24:33 | More by EspressoGuy
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box299

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 03:37:26 | More by box299
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Stephie71

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

03-20-2013 03:14:23 | More by Stephie71
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

06-30-2013 20:04:10 | More by McBastard
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 19:59:03 | More by Jeffo
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

04-11-2013 01:38:54 | More by juliendesrochers
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RyGlas


2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

12-25-2012 23:56:43 | More by RyGlas
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

08-09-2013 13:37:03 | More by kevinlater
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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 22:49:23 | More by JamesMN
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21%

11-08-2012 05:32:29 | More by djcreepshow
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21%

08-01-2012 18:42:29 | More by Caudalie
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Dna_Infinity

Ontario (Canada)

2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
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

Serving type: can

06-30-2014 17:18:16 | More by Dna_Infinity
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 01:36:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 03:13:43 | More by GodOfBeer
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

09-02-2012 04:31:41 | More by irishkyle21
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-06-2012 17:01:52 | More by cfalovo97
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esto

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-19-2014 23:19:13 | More by esto
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:15:25 | More by ericj551
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 09:43:32 | More by Serge
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:39:07 | More by TerryW
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davemathews68

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.8%

08-22-2013 16:47:07 | More by davemathews68
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MaxwellSchaefer

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 02:16:01 | More by MaxwellSchaefer
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SSS

Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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 smell, reminds me of dog fish head
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...

Serving type: can

06-02-2014 18:07:05 | More by SSS
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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.