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Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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 -52.4%
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.

Photo of dipso123
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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 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 Stephie71
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of McBastard
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Jeffo
2.29/5  rDev -34%
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.

Photo of MayonakaStout
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I was expecting more hops from this IPA but was disappointed. A good beer nonetheless.

Photo of juliendesrochers
2.5/5  rDev -28%

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 RyGlas
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of kevinlater
2.5/5  rDev -28%

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 djcreepshow
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Jotora
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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 GodOfBeer
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer promises a lot of deliciousness on the label, but disappoints in the end. Not extra-delicious.

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 ericj551
2.99/5  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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of esto
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Roasted malts and sweet hops. Not bad but it looks like an american barley wine.

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
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