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Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

peensteen, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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?)

biegaman, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Nov2012. 16oz can into tumbler.

A- Slightly chill hazed copper pour with a finger width off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Faint malts, strawberries, candy sugar and a very light citrus aroma of grapefruit and mandarin oranges. There is a bit of sweet biscuits in there as well.

T- Sweet malts that quickly make way for a bitter citrus presence. This is definitely English persuaded but still retains a touch of East coast style. It's very clean and simple, quite palatable. The can says "sessionable" and I tend to agree with that. It's very tame and safe compared to what's out there, but sometimes that is all anyone needs.

M- Light to medium bodied, nice chew with good carbonation and a lingering finish.

O- As an English IPA I think it's quite good. For a Canadian brewed again quite good. My mention of "safe" above is really a catch 22; Safe attracts new customers but might keep away hop heads. Regardless I believe this is a solid step in the right direction for Ontario and Canada in general.

korguy123, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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 3.55, 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.

thehyperduck, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.73/5  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.

Rutager, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold colour with a fluffy white head. Good retention and rings of lace. Mild toasty aroma with citric, floral, and earthy undertones. Starts off with a dry toasty malt flavour. Lemon, grassy, and faint pineapple notes come in just before the moderately bitter finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Feels light and refreshing. A good but lightly flavoured pale ale that would go well with a wide variety of foods without overpowering.

mintjellie, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Groulxsome
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can I have tells me (in small dark letters on a dark background - can't this be more legible?) that it's best before November 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a light coppery colour, almost amber, with a nice light, white head. The head has stuck around for a while too and with lots of little bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. It's a very inviting looking beer.

Aroma: They say it's fruity with a hint of pineapple and maybe it's the power of suggestion, but I'm definitely getting a pineapple note (have you ever had pineapple Crush? it's giving me a pineapple Crush vibe). It's got a very sweet malt hit with some strong grain smells (it almost has that brewery smell on mash day). Overall, the aroma is mildly hoppy, I can't pick up any noticeable pine or resinous notes or any really big tropical fruit flavours either.

Taste: Ok, first off, they call this "Canada's most sessionable IPA" so I'm not expecting to be hit over the head with lots of flavour. That being said, it does have that west coast hopping which is more than enough to count it as American for me (I don't know why it's listed on BA as British). The opening is mildly hoppy, with some notes of pineapple and slight tropical fruit and, as it transitions into the middle of the taste, I get a little mango-type sweetness when the hops and the malt meet. The malt is quite sweet. The finish is richly bitter, not quite grapefruit or resinous, but still hinting at that tropical note.

Mouthfeel: It's got a medium carbonation and fairly light weight, which is good for something you might want to drink a few cans of. It's real merit here is the very dry finish which makes it something that you will want to drink a few can of and ideal for pairing with food.

Overall: The fruity pineapple, sweet malt, generous bitter, and strong dry finish are a great combination. It's not a hop head's dream, it's not a British IPA, and it's too bitter to be an APA. Really, I'd call it an American Amber, but that's not either a very interesting or well-defined category. It's a very smooth, relaxed, and tasty IPA. I'll buy it again.

Groulxsome, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of PhunkyHops
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

PhunkyHops, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of MattPS
4/5  rDev +14.9%

MattPS, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

hopsolutely, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of bryehn
4/5  rDev +14.9%

bryehn, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of dipso123
2/5  rDev -42.5%

dipso123, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

ThinkAgain, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a two finger white head, decent retention as it ebbed to a fine collar of film. Orange amber in color. Lots of sticky lacing.

Scent is light malt, some citrus and floral hops.

Taste is somewhat subdued compared to the nose, malt,biscuit, faint citrus hops, some grapefruit and mango notes.

Bitter, dry, medium bodied, stale, some carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable IPA although nothing spectacular. Could use some more punch and is a little ho hum.

Stocean1, Feb 19, 2012
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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.