Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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 Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?)

Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
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 wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -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

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Liamt07!

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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jeffo
2.29/5  rDev -33.6%
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 peensteen
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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 joemcgrath27
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SebD
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer leaves a nice lacing after large head recedes. Colour is of a yellow tinged gold, seems slightly cloudy, with good carbonation.

Aroma has a strong hoppiness initially. Also a complex nuttiness, sort of baking christmas cookies. Hops are the strong star here, and its quite balanced and intriguing.

Taste is initially bready, with a fruitiness. Then hops come in with a bitterness and a sharpness from the carbonation. The sharpness is strong and lingering through to the finish. These is also a nice toasty nutty overall flavour, the hops never get too strong to overwhelm the beer itself, in that respect its a bit mellower than the extreme hopped beers.

Mouthfeel is quite medium-full, with a moderately strong presence for this style. Doesn't get overwhelming, and is actually quite smooth despite the strong hop presence.

This is quite enjoyable, definitely drinkable. Description claims to be "Canada's most sessionable IPA" and could certainly see myself doing that if I had a few more of these. The flavour is only slightly nuanced beyond the hops, but it is balanced quite well in most of its character.

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; best before November 9th, 2012. I consider myself happy to support an upstart operation in the increasingly crowded category of Guelph-made beer. Wish I had known about some of these places back when I lived there; Sleeman and Wellington were the only ones I was aware of at the time.

The pour reveals a bright, clear amber-honey-coloured brew, with two fingers of dense, pillowy white head erupting at the surface. Retention isn't great for the style, as it dissipates over the next few minutes into a rocky, uneven cap - but the intricate smattering of lacing on the sides of the glass sure looks nice. The aroma is fresh and clean, with enticing, hoppy notes taking center stage. Tropical fruit is prominent, with hints of lemon zest. The malts are hard to make out (unusual for an EIPA), but they are of a sweet, bready nature. Nice aroma, but could be a bit stronger.

This is pretty tasty stuff, but fairly mild for an IPA. The hops are the more dominant facet of the flavour, and they seem to be of a North American (West Coast, specifically) bent rather than an English one. Some subdued grapefruit citrus rind and juicy pineapple notes blend nicely with the bready, caramel malt sweetness. Beautifully balanced; the hops are strong and fairly dry, but are well countered by the malts. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a very smooth mouthfeel from the (relatively) mild carbonation.

The labeling on the can puffs it up a bit, but the brew inside does not fall too short of its claims. Hops and Robbers is a rather tasty IPA, and one of the most sessionable ones I've had in quite a while. I would have no trouble throwing back 3 or 4 of these in a night - a task I would probably opt to avoid if supplied with a different IPA. Its drinkable, relatively straightforward nature means it probably won't be a hit with serious hop heads - but the rest of us can hopefully enjoy this for what it is: a well-balanced, supremely drinkable ale.

[Updated Sept. 30 2013]
Picked up another can, best before Feb 16 2014. Tried this again and wasn't nearly as impressed with it - I don't know if the quality has deteriorated or if I was just in a really good/drunk mood when I first reviewed this, but it really isn't anything more than a run-of-the-mill APA. Given these facts, I am changing the final grade to 3.54, a B - it's still a good beer, but there is nothing about this pale ale that makes me want to select it over the avalanche of other great OCB pale ales out there right now.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kjyost
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated pint can, though freshly received at the MLCC, poured into a nonic fridge cold.

A: Pours a very beautiful sunset orange with a touch of haze and a giant fluffy white head that drops to a cap and laces most wonderfully.
S: The nose is a nice mix of orange and lemon zest with some sweet and grainy malts and a bit or earthy pine. Not as hoppy as I hoped for an IPA but a fairly complex nose
T: Some grainy / toasty notes in the body with a decent bitterness. Light hop flavours, mainly towards the earthy side of things. A nice beer, just not exactly what I was expecting
M: Bitterness builds but is never bracing. At moments the body feels a bit watery.
O: A solid beer, just not a great example of an IPA. Good flavours, but needs more of a hop hit to be an IPA. And calling a beer "sessionable" at 5.7%, I know a few brits that would tune you up for saying that.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an amber colour with a finger width of bubbly creamy head.

Smell- Earthy hops, caramel, citrus, grass

Taste- Earthy hops upfront then followed nicely by the caramel malts then citrus. This is nicely balanced between hops and malts. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Is a little sticky.

Overall- A enjoyable English IPA by Double Trouble. This brew is sessionable as its nicely balanced between earthy hops and caramel malts. Its good to see more Ontario craft options in Calgary!

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.