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Great Lakes RoboHop - Great Lakes Brewery

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86
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 05-09-2011)
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Reviews by Digimaika2:
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 01:35:35 | More by Digimaika2
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 19:57:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 22:33:16 | More by wordemupg
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-27-2014 01:04:27 | More by joemcgrath27
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-21-2014 00:46:04 | More by Rutager
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robo Hop is certainly not grey - quite the opposite, it's a radiant sun-orange tone. Though far from transparent, it is surely bright. What the beer's bubbles lack in foaminess they more than make up for in stickiness; lacing tags the glass like graffiti and seems every bit as permanent as spray-paint.

Glue an orange peel and/or grapefruit skin underneath your nose for a day and you can simulate this bouquet. Wine sommeliers that call Sauvingnon Blancs grassy and tropical have no idea what hops can offer: this is a punchbowl that includes pineapple, papaya, grapefruit, and lychee, all melded with a boldly herbaceous, weedy character.

Smelling this beer is akin to sticking your nose right into the severed half of a grapefruit. Or a piece of pine bark. Or both of those things rolled into one. It is intensely earthy and herbal but has a lifting rose-like perfume and chunks of dried papaya fruit. It would make a great iced herbal tea.

One sip of Robo Hop and I'm reaching for the floss to get the leaves and grass clippings out of my teeth. I'll repeat: this thing is intensely earthy and herbal, and even on the palate has a rose-like floral quality as well as candied citrus flavours.

100 IBUs is never anything to shake a stick at - even when there's enough toasty malt to help temper it. 8.5% alcohol is not negligible either (even if it can't really be tasted). This is a sizable DIPA any which way you measure it, but it's also reasonably approachable; there's enough peach, yellow plum, and (over-steeped) green tea notes to make it very agreeable.

Great Lakes has more than a few good hoppy offerings (see: Crazy Canuck, Lake Effect, My Bitter Wife, Thrust!) so it's hard to say where this one ranks. Either way, it's a solid IPA that more than delivers on the citric, herbal, bitter, pungent fix hopheads fiend for. The price may be a little steep, but I don't mind paying for quality (at least this once).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 02:33:12 | More by biegaman
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KrizzlyBear

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

05-16-2014 21:58:17 | More by KrizzlyBear
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2014 02:29:57 | More by FondueVoodoo
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +30.2%

05-12-2014 22:03:45 | More by stevergca
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-11-2014 21:51:30 | More by Boozecamel
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-11-2014 07:15:40 | More by bigox420
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 02:15:00 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-05-2014 11:44:02 | More by DaPan
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TheGreenBuddah

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +30.2%
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.'...................................................................... .......................


Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 02:32:36 | More by TheGreenBuddah
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-15-2014 01:30:43 | More by yancot
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Great Lakes RoboHop from Great Lakes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.