Hops & Robbers - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
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 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 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 mintjellie
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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 Groulxsome
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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 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 Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
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