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Great Lakes RoboHop - Great Lakes Brewery

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: liamt07 on 05-09-2011

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Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Fairly clear copper hue with a tall and dense stark white head. Lasting retention and good lacing as this recedes.

(4.25) S: Mango, pineapple, wet pine, orange, toffee, honey, mint, bubblegum and richly buttered bread. Excellent diverse, robust and fresh aromas that focus on tropical fruits and a sweet malty backbone.

(4.0) T: Fresh tropical fruits (pineapple, mango), wet pine, toffee, hints of not tart but juicy citrus (orange), and buttery bread. Heavily hopped/bitter with a similarly intense malty/sweet backbone. The flavours are very fresh and bold with a solid variety.

(4.0) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick and oily with a welcoming resiny texture.

(4.0) D: This is a great imperial IPA that I will be seeking out again. This is both an incredibly hoppy and malty IPA that has great qualities across the board. Price may be a bit steep but I feel in this case it’s justified considering the quality of product.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Lakes tap takeover at Bryden's. A hop bomb. Lots of hops, 100 plus IBU. Funk ad mothballs aroma, a little more appealing as it warmed. Above average mouthfeel, very malted, but a plate shredder. Very bitter, not too drinkable. Unfiltered grapefruit colour.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grassy and citrusy floral hops is powerful but also very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by huge grassy, citrusy floral hops notes with lightly sweet malt backbone. Resinous hoppy notes are also noticeable and overall there is lots of hops oil flavours coming through. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Probably one of the best IIPA brewed in Ontario.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Replacing a review from 2-4-12 that was a project X bottle and was less than impressive (scored it a 2.85 overall then).

Can marked E2113 (canned on May 21, 2013?) poured in to tulip.

A - Poured a very cloudy golden orange with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - A huge fresh citrus aroma with grapefruit, orange rind and pine. A slight sweetness in the background.

T- A good sharp bitterness with fresh grapefruit, pine and orange zest. Some caramel malt sweetness but the hops are showcased in this DIPA.

M - Sticky and oily. Medium body with light carbonation.

O - Much more impressive this time around, which is why I took the time to replace my original review with this one. Well done!

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsolutely for including this in my Canbif box.

A: Pours a light amber with 2 fingers of white head which dissapates after a few minutes.

S: Tropical fruit and floral notes followed by subtle hints of pine.

T: Subtle hints of tropical fruit followed by pine resin.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation.

O: West coast inspired aroma that is unfortunately not present in the taste. Good IPA which could be great with more complex flavours.

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $8.95

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, resin

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and lemons. There is a sugary sweetness and a resiny astringent hop bite.

Overall - The typical west coast DIPA flavours are there.. but it's missing something to bring it all together. I had a Green Flash - Green Bullet the other day and it tasted kind of like this beer, only it was much better. Maybe a touch of malt would help? The mouthfeel seems off too - it seems kind of watery, which is odd since it's pretty sweet. All this to say, this is not as good as I was expecting and it is over priced in my opinion.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo, served in a tulip.

Pours an amber-orange, with a dense white head. Great lacing is left, and some mild retention. Nose has big citrus notes, orange, grapefruit and some cat pee. You get only a smidgen of the alcohol that's about to hit. Taste has a more tropical tone to it, picked up some pineapple and mango here with some pine lingering in the background; lots of alcohol is interwoven through this mix. Some milder orange and tangerine is present also, and there's a nice caramel base to support this; hops are clearly the focus of this however. Sticky and resinous feel, with a big body and an alcoholic burn. A lighter than medium carbonation. A solid DIPA overall, albeit quite alcoholic.

Photo of uno99
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo. $7.25/330ml

A: Quite an amber body. Not much head unsurprisingly. Laces pretty well though.

S: Lots of citrus here. Pine is also around but in a smaller dose. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are present in a big way.

T: Very juicy. Almost tastes like pure hop extract. Really overpowers the helpless malt backbone. I like it though! Suggestions of above sent profiles, plus rubber, leather, earth.

M: Quite sweet, full bodied, a little sticky but not too bad.

Overall: Drinkability is kind of out the window on this one, but it's a great sipper and quite refreshing. The hoppiest Canadian made beer I've ever had.

Hope to see more like this from our Ontario breweries. I hope they brew this one again.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of TheGreenBuddah
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

for a beer that's 8.5% you could question that it wasn't because its delicious and light. I wish this beer was sold at the beer store cause i would buy it by the case. definatetly recomended a must try beer if you like Ipa's.'...................................................................... .......................

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Volo.

Beer is murky brownish with some orange hues. Large off-white head, very good retention.

Citrus fruit and caramel malt dominate the nose. Lots of hops but the malt is quite prominent for the style.

Nicely bitter with a blend of citrus fruit and caramel malt. Orange and grapefruit. Bready finish. Fairly bitter.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit oily, chewy.

Overall, a pretty good DIPA.

Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jerboat
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 28/5/14 cheers liamt07 for sending the bottle

A hazy orange with enough clarity to see a couple streams of bubbles making their way to a two finger foam that quickly falls to a thick film that hangs around for a while leaving spiderweb lace deep down the glass

S lots of citrus, lemon, sweet orange, grapefruit, a little cantaloupe, pine, caramel, some floral notes, smells juicy

T more rind then fresh flesh, lots of pine compared to the nose, a little brown sugar, doesn't mimic the nose all that well but it works just as well

M leaning towards full, just a little heat, very bitter, fine grit, lots of lemon rind on the finish

O solid DIPA, no real complaints other then a little heat off of 8.5%, I'd work this into my rotation if I could get it locally

I'd like to try this on tap, not a bad beer for this rainy Spring day in Calgary, thanks again Liam

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing hazed orange with a big frothy off-white head. The aroma is of peach, orange and pineapple hops with a bit of alcohol heat. The taste is quite hoppy with a marmalade character. Tropical fruit, peach and citrus flavors also abound. With warmth, even some Summit-esque onion or garlic notes show. The malt profile is no slouch, providing a good amount of biscuity, cookie dough sweetness. Alcohol is too perceptible for the ABV, tending to distract from the hop onslaught. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a prickly, active carbonation and some numbing from the booze. The finish is highly bitter with a bit of astringency from booziness.

This is a good DIPA. Full of luscious fruit hop flavors, Im pretty sure some New Zealand or Australian hops are used here. The drawback is the alcohol presence. Tends to distract throughout, but not enough to make this undrinkable.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Great Lakes RoboHop from Great Lakes Brewery
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