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Hoppelganger IPA - R & B Brewing Co.

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Hoppelganger IPAHoppelganger IPA

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
R & B Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
R&B’s Hoppelganger IPA is a Northwest style India Pale Ale, created for the true beer connoisseur. An assertive blend of Crystal, Columbus, Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Cascade Hops, is added to premium English, French-Belgian, and Canadian malts to create a fresh floral aroma and generous malt flavour, so emblematic of true Northwest-style I.P.A.s. Hoppelganger’s clean and slightly sweet finish is followed by an aggressive hop bitterness. At 45 IBU’s, this beer is definitely…NOT FOR THE FAINT OF TONGUE!!!

45 IBU

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 11-02-2009)
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Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy copper. Finger of white head, but fades quickly.

S - Strong grassy and pine hops with citrus backing. Not as hoppy in the aroma as expected.

T - Taste follows with grassy and pine hops up front with citrus backing. Quite good.. Light biscuit malt backbone.

M - Smooth and quite bitter as well.

D - Decent.

From notes taken a few weeks ago.

IllNate, Feb 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

FadetoBock, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, procured in some place or another on a recent trip to the Okanagan. This actually evokes memories of Van City, where I first encountered it a few years ago - and it provides pleasant anticipation for my b-day indulgence now.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly, and foamy ecru head, which renders some layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it evenly falls away.

It smells of bready, somewhat grainy pale and caramel malt, herbal spruce pine resin, musty orange and grapefruit citrus flesh, and further grassy, leafy hops. The taste is pleasantly bittersweet generic citrus pith, semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, an ethereal black pepper spiciness, and more earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average in intensity, and mostly just agreeably frothy, the body a goodly medium weight, and relatively smooth, the hops keeping their hands to themselves here. It finishes mostly dry, and clean, the lingering hops doing well to quell the burgeoning English-friendly malt sweetness.

A nice, hoppy, but restrained (it is indeed the Canadian way) IPA, the bitterness kept very much in check. I liked this better than what I remember of their Hop Goblin, and bombers of domestic IPA are always a welcome sight to me on store shelves. Too bad this is only available to we Albertans who journey to the far and near West of British Columbia.

biboergosum, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of distantmantra
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass. August 17th, 2011.

A: The beer poured clear copper color with a small head of white foam that quickly dissipated down to a thin cap. Appears very fizzy with numerous strands of bubbles rising to the surface.

S: The beer has a strong malt profile with a light hint of pine and grass. There is a faint sweet orange smell, but I'm not sure if that's the malt or the hops.

T: The beer initially has a sweet malt taste, with a slight hint of pine, grass and orange peel. Almost no bitterness. As there is no production date on the bottle, I'm not sure if this is an old bottle or truly reflective of the beer.

M: Very thin mouth feel. Goes down smooth with almost no bitterness.

O: I'd like to try this on tap as a comparison, but as of now this is a below average IPA. There are much better Canadian examples of this style.

distantmantra, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the more enjoyable beers I had in my B.C. trip. Only 45 BU but a nice bitterness, like a 1.5X IPa, and very smooth. Golden copper with a nice head, and good lacing. Orange aroma. Orange taste,and some peach,a little spruce (I like spruce) with understated carbonation it yield good drinkability.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Danomeister
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while listening to some.blues in a small Vancouver bar.
A- a fine looking beer, clear and light copper hued. Definitely been filtered.
S - not picking anything up here, no no humulene, no mrycene, no nothing. I detect more malt on the nose than hops. The most disappointing part of this beer, but it might just be an old keg
T - if IPAs were super smash bros characters, this beer would be Mario. Its well-rounded with a crisp delicious bitterness and a subtle sweetness, it nails the style, but fails to distinguish itself as anything more than middle-of-the-pack.
M - solid, slightly chewy

Hoppelgangers a pretty decent beer. Its nothing to lust after, but its definitely better than a GIB winter ale and I'll sure as hell be drinking more of it tonight.

Danomeister, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new offering at Zyn in Calgary
A - a clear bronze, tall off white head left random sticky lacing with decent retention
S - strong earthy and leafy hops dominate with light lemon citrus and sublte grains
T - hop mix of earthy, leafy, and spicy, with a cracker-light grainy malt, along with some grapefruit zest
M - lower carbonation, somewhat thin, finishing with a pleasant dry
D - a new IPA bomber on the shelf in Calgary peaked my interest, and I have to say that I am generally impressed, hop flavour mix is enjoyable with a nice malt support and goes down easy, worth a purchase

joemcgrath27, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of souvenirs
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle bought for $5.25 + deposit at the BCLS.

A: Dark amber, visible carbonation, fairly clear but not 100%.

S: A bit malty, a bit sweet, a hint of citrus but no more than a hint.

T: A little weak. Finish is slightly piney.

F: A little watery.

O: An enjoyable IPA, but certainly nothing special.

souvenirs, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of elricorico
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear orange colour with a firm finger of off white head. Lots of visible rising carbonation. Plenty of lacing as head recedes.

First impression of the aroma is that it leans towards the piney side, but subsequent smells are much more citric, with the classic grapefruit stealing the show. There is a bit of bready malt buried in the aroma as well.

Taste is quite balanced, much more so than I expected from the nose. Bready malt and mandarin orange sweetness carry a good half of the flavours. Pine hop flavour make a return in the taste, with a lingering bitterness. I'm feeling that there is something missing in the hop flavours, it is a little too tame for the style.

Mouthfeel comes across a bit thin and the carbonation falls somewhat flat. Not what I was hoping for in this style of beer.

This beer is alright, but it certainly doesn't live up to its name. Came across to me as more of an APA than an IPA.

elricorico, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Slightly hazy, golden orange with a little brown.

Smell. Caramel malt and piney hops.

Taste. Thick malt, piney hops with some grapefruit and lemons.

Mouthfeel. Lower carbonation than I would like. A little thick, but not too shabby.

Drinkability. An okay drinker. Alcohol well hidden.

Rutager, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of bearhugger
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper beer with amber/brown hues. Has a nice white head, but fades over time. Has lots of grassy and piney notes with a background of citrus in the aroma and taste. Also has a slight metallic taste combined with caramel, chocolate flavours.

An easy drinker, with interesting flavour

bearhugger, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Deep hazy apricot hue, creamy off-white head that settles to a thick-ish cap.

Mild biscuit malt in the aroma along with some spicy and citrus hops.

The hops are most prominant in the flavour, although there is enought biscuity malt in there to keep it from being too lopsided. Clean dry biscuity malt up front, quickly replaced by spicy and citrus hops, which are dry themself on the finish as well. More quenching than mouth-puckering.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, low carbonation, not much really going on here to comment on.

Enjoyable for what it is, even if it doesn't etch itself into my memory for any particular reason. To be fair it works with balance between the malt and hops, and some depth to the hops beyond the normal grapefruit punch to the chops. In the end it just doesn't stand out amongst the plethora of hopbombs out there.

IronDjinn, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper appearance with thick, but minimal, head which disappears quickly. Has a caramel, maple syrup smell with a hint of citrus and pine. Very earthy.

Taste is malty and earthy with a hint of barley, citrus and hops. Taste is very smoky. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and smoky.

Overall, a different and enjoyable take on IPA's. Has a blend of tastes that seem to work, worth a try.

CrazyMike, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

bumchilly25, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of rhiesa
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've tried a few hundred different brews that call themselves indian pale ales, this is the first I would call an easy drinking brew of good quality.

A nice amber colour with a decently thin head, it poured well.

Honestly I can only smell a pine scent, but that is pleasant and not overwhelming.

I enjoy a hop taste without too much bitterness and this brew absolutely delivered on that front. It has a great malty taste, not too much bitterness, with some of the more complicated notes you would expect from an english ale but not quite approaching on that kind of sweetness and complexity.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to a person looking for the greatest IPA that they could find, but I would recommend it for a person that wants a good IPA at a fair price.

rhiesa, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

It smells good, although nothing complex or ravishing, a little malty, a little pine, really stretching it a bit.
tastes ok, its moderate carbonation and lack of hops leaves me not really wanting to try either.
its thin, lacks legs and cant keep up with its name.

PaulietheBrit, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

fizzyted, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a brownish/reddish hue, thumb of head (after an aggressive pour) with decent retention and leaves some sporadic thin bubbled lacing.

S - Citrus hops dominate with cedar and pine coming through and it finishes with a bit of a sour apple scent. The hops are very earthy and reminiscent of bark.

T - Not the hop bomb I was expecting but still very tasty. Though slightly metallic the cedar and pine hops come through nicely with that earthy flavour sticking around. The caramel malts linger on the tongue making for a nice balance.

M - Wasn't overly dry which was nice, a nice level of hop bitterness, medium carbonation and goes down smooth. No complaints here.

D - A very tasty offering from R&B and worthy of picking up if you see it. If you're expecting a hop bomb you might be disappointed, but still very drinkable and would be delicious as a 6-er. I would purchase again and boasts a decent hop flavour.

andrenaline, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of ericj551
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hoppelganger pours a slightly hazy orange with almost no head. The aroma is muddled herbal and citrusy hops, with some mild caramel. The flavor is balanced, with bready caramel malt and more herbal, slightly spicy and a bit grassy hops. The carbonation is on the light side. Overall a decent IPA, but on the tamer side for sure.

ericj551, May 29, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass nov1 2009

A not quite crystal clear golden orange with a decent two finger head with a few minutes of retention and some lace

S I get more malt then hops and there's a little citrus

T better then average but not by much, again malt and mild hops with a little bit of grapefruit and faint booze

M a little creamy with some bite not too bad

D easy enough too drink and overall its all right and worth trying but not worth traveling for

had this one at my moms house in Vernon BC on a weekend trip, a good beer buts its Red Racer that's going too be in my suitcase on the bus ride home. this is the only beer from this brewery I saw at the store I would like too try some more

wordemupg, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -15%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ZachT
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ZachT, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of MAB
4.48/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm very impressed.

Nice color, tending toward the amber. Mine had a big head, nicely white and frothy.
Good aroma of hops. I've been disappointed with other IPAs, lately. This one did not let me down.
A deep, hoppy flavor. Quite a bit of bitterness but with a slightly sweeter finish. True to the style.
The proper amount of carbonation helped to disguise some of the alcohol burn, and the "thickness" of the brew was just right. Not too watery.
Overall, this was an outstanding IPA. I can really find no faults with it, despite not rating it a 5 in any category.

MAB, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of timtwoface
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honestly, I can't say I'm a fan of this beer. I love a solid IPA, whether it's the standard kind or a super-steroid-induced hop-bomb of sorts, but this one, while OK, doesn't really cut it. In your mouth, there is a definite hop presence, but it's more malty than anything and it reminds me of English beers (which it actually suggests on the bottle); the aftertaste isn't bad though, nice and bitter, which I do like.

Average overall, but not one I'd come running to again. BC IPAs have better offerings than this, in my opinion.

timtwoface, Jan 11, 2012
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Hoppelganger IPA from R & B Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.