Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.
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3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
10-28-2012 00:13:16 | More by Sammy
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-17-2012 19:40:06 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
07-07-2012 04:24:03 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev +5.7%
If it wasn't instantly apparent, Hops & Robbers is an awful pun. Or perhaps it isn't. Just 'cops and robbers' is the contrast of diametrically opposed elements, this beer, too, marries the contrary characteristics of sweet malt and bitter hops. And that much is evident in the appearance, which is part toffee and brown sugar, part tropical sunset golden.
This aroma ain't exactly the sunny beaches of San Diego... but it's definitely not the rocky shores of England either. The bouquet manages a serviceable amount of bitter citrus pith despite having a caramelly, almost nutty maltiness meddling in its affairs. But those scents of lime peel, lemon juice, and pineapple are hard to butt out.
A beer like this, which has the distinctly bitter, acidic dry taste of citrus pith, might be hard to swallow if not for also having the juicy, sweet of flavours of the fruit flesh as well. This beer tastes like a fresh-pressed juice (pineapple overwhelmingly, although papaya and lychee too) that was then lightly steeped with citrus peels and tropical oils.
Another factor attributing to the fact that this can was half gone before I could put many thoughts into words is the smoothing effect of a toasty, nutty, nearly caramelly malt profile. Those yet to be acclimatized to American IPAs should find this a good induction. It has some obnoxious qualities but an overall mild temperament.
Hops & Robbers is not an IPA that demands a calloused palate. Anyone expecting a drastically citric, overtly tropical IPA will be disappointed. I was, initially anyhow, the first time I ordered it. But these guys are no thieves and you won't feel robbed. I gladly forked over the money once they started canning (and at $2.75 who's really stealing from who?)
07-11-2012 23:17:35 | More by biegaman
3.16/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
12-25-2013 21:40:50 | More by smakawhat
3.65/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-17-2012 17:54:43 | More by liamt07
3.35/5 rDev -3.7%
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
12-03-2012 00:24:50 | More by wordemupg
2.98/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
06-27-2012 01:36:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
06-18-2012 13:13:23 | More by spinrsx
3.28/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
09-09-2012 22:33:29 | More by tbeckett
3.78/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
09-21-2012 19:09:26 | More by EgadBananas
British Columbia (Canada)
3.86/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
01-28-2013 01:01:52 | More by canucklehead
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
A pleasant surprise to see at the local LCBO...
A - Pours a nice clear golden colour, finger of big bubbled head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.
S - Nice sweet citrus hops, musty caramel, some earthy cedar notes and some burnt sugar.
T - Solid citrus hops off the top, the earthy bitterness comes through nicely with the musty caramel lingering on the finish.
M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.
O - Definitely a sessoionable IPA with a solid dose of citrus hops and a solid caramel backbone with an earthy finish. Glad to see this locally and would be pumped if this were regularly available.
07-14-2012 23:15:16 | More by andrenaline
2.28/5 rDev -34.5%
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.
08-28-2012 19:59:03 | More by Jeffo
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
06-19-2012 01:03:56 | More by Rutager
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Clear amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, decent amount of lace as well. Smell is quite malt heavy, some citrus in the form of pineapple and lemon there as well, more hop comes out secondary, citrus and a very faint pine. Taste is sweet and malty at first followed almost immediately by a dry bitterness, bread and caramel flavours, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, a bit of lemon as well that is fairly acidic as well. Medium dry carbonation making it fell a little more active, medium body, light oils. Not a bad beer for their first offering but certainly not something I will purchase a whole bunch of, nothing all that interesting but good for what it is.
07-12-2012 17:59:27 | More by peensteen
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
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
08-03-2012 02:46:15 | More by joemcgrath27
3.48/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-28-2012 20:16:28 | More by SebD
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
A beautiful bright copper colour, clear with limited white head. An almost European hop aroma, with faint American undertones. Hop forward taste with caramelized malt baseline. Finish does not linger...
Not as malty as a typical British IPA, yet lacking the west coast citrus & tropical fruit tones of an American version. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I am delighted to try a ~5% ABV with some flavour.
A well balanced mild ale that will be perfectly sessionable for a wide audience, but certainly not a "hop head's" dream.
03-31-2012 21:52:16 | More by hopsolutely
Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
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