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Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 28.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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 mylespetro
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden amber colour, one finger of off white head. Slightly hazy with good lacing. Very fine bubbles.
S - Citrus, bread, malts, hops.
T - Slight orange, malts and buttered bread, refreshing and palate cleansing hops.
M - Fairly thin, leaves mouth slightly dry.
O - A very sessionable IPA, ideal drink for a summer afternoon.

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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 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 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 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 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 RyanPollock
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

A very refreshing IPA! Mild hop flavour with a strong pineapple taste and hints of citrus, grapefruit, and orange. The fruity flavours make this a great session IPA and a perfect beer for those who are new to exploring the taste of craft beer. Not too overwhelming with a nice balance between hoppy and fruity.

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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 Tavares
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml can chilled in the fridge, with a finger width head that quickly dissipated, leaving a thin layer on top. Smells immediatelly of citrus fruits, as described on the can, definitely lemon, a bit of pine.

Taste follows up on the smell, a bit of citrus, some pine and later on the caramel flavor, also described on the can, started to come through; or perhaps I was just looking for it. There's the requisite hoppy bitterness at the end, but it's quite subdued. Mouthfeel is surprisingly delightful. Just light enough and with the right amount of carbonation.

The cheeky name enticed me. I'm not the biggest fan of IPAs but am trying to get more into them. I found this fairly enjoyable given the style, likely due to how bitter it wasn't. Understandably sessionable.

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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 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 IdeaSpeeder
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 355ml can poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-copper colour with 2 fingers of stringy white head which dissipates quickly, leaving behing some stringy white lacing and a bit of soapy residue on top.

Smell - Not your standard IPA smells. Picking up some light vanilla, toffee and caramel. Trying to pick up the lemon and pineapple but I'm jus not getting it.

Taste - Some 'bready' malts, vanilla, toffee and caramel dominate, which I find unusual for the style. Not necessarily a bad thing tho. Towards the finish some exceptionally light hop character in the form of citrus, possibly lemon, and a faint, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with low carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

Overall - 3.5/5

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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 jaz58
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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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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 CookstLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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 Digimaika2
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Clear straw copper colour with a generous creamy foam head. Long lasting retention with lacing evident.

(3.75) S: Dry pine, strong herbal/grassy notes, tropical fruits including pineapple and banana, and a rich bread-like malt aroma. A good mix of aromas that lean towards the earthy side with a herbal/grassy element.

(3.75) T: Pine, herbal hops, tart grapefruit, faint pineapple, and a bit of pepper and ginger in the finish. Crisp and clean with a refreshing and very drinkable taste. Herbal-like hop forward with a steady bitterness.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the thin side with a general dryness.

(3.75) D: This is good and a solid IPA with a pronounced herbal hop character. Personally I prefer thicker and fruitier IPA’s but this is very nice for a change and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Top_Jimmy
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just say this on the shelves at the local BC Liquor stores and it is confusing as the beer is brewed in Aldergrove BC when I thought they were from Ontario. Turns out they contract brew at Wellington in Guelph for east coast and Dead Frog in Aldergrove for the west. They only have one beer in their portfolio and it is really an OK take on an English IPA.

Quite a light colour for the style , the beer has an English hop nose and quite a nice hop flavour in the taste. It does taste quite British in its hops ( very true to the style ) and maintains a good balance and finish. I quite like this beer but wonder whether a one beer contract brewed company can be viable . I hope to see this on tap around Vancouver.

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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 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 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 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 funkengruven
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never saw this one before so picked up a couple cans. This poured a clear amber that more resembles a lager than an IPA, white foamy head with a touch of lace. Smell is a bit of weak hops, not much of anything else. Taste is actually quite good, starts with an aggressive bitterness and finishes with a light malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which is uncharacteristic of an IPA.

Personally I think IPAs should be a little hoppier with a more aggressive malt flavor. I would say this resembles an English Pale Ale moreso than an IPA. With that being said it's not perfect, but it tastes good and is drinkable.

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