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Hops & Robbers | Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by Stocean1 on 02-19-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
191
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
28.41%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
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Reviews by GodOfBeer:
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2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok first of all I shouldn't be reviewing this right after drinking a full bottle of Stone Vertical Epic of 09/09/09 but what the heck. I expect to be very underwhelmed...

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head, underwhelmed already.

Ok now we get to the "smell". This beer smells weird. Period. Smells like sugar poured into a vat of beer or something, almost doesn't even smell like beer, let alone an IPA. I can't even come up with a description for the aroma. I'll leave it at that.

To my overwhelming satisfaction, it tastes better than it smells! Tastes of some light fruity malts mixed with bitter hops. But they are almost too bitter, and there is a very metallic taste, not sure if this is derived from the can?

Overall I'm underwhelmed, perhaps the stone beer had something to do with it, or perhaps I was expecting too much based on the name this beer so arrogantly wears, "Hops & Robbers". It get's one point just for the name.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange/amber hue with a one finger foamy off-white head.

Aroma: A hint of lemon with some an echo of bready malt. Really not very aromatic.

Taste: It's hard to put my finger on what I'm tasting here. Bitterness for sure (50 IBUs or so), but no hop flavor. Some caramel and light amber malt but nothing to help balance out the raw bitterness. Hop bitterness through the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. I was hoping to taste some of the lemon and pineapple hop character that is described on the can.

Mouthfeel: At 5.7% ABV I expected a bit of a watery mess but it's actually almost medium in body which makes the idea of sessioning it less promising. Below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As a hophead I like to push my palate to the extreme with hoppy beers. Unfortunately, 50 IBUs don't taste good when they are not accompanied by fruit, pine, or earthy flavor. There is no date on the can so maybe it's old but if a brewery won't date their product then I can't take freshness into account when reviewing. Would I drink it again? No.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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, and 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, a slight tropical fruitiness, a mild pure table sugar sweetness, and soft herbal and 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 middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt and Upper Canada hops dancing ably together 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 it appears so to this hophead. Anyways, worth a go, for the balance and overall flavour, at least.

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hops are here, but not greatly drinkable. What hops used? Orange citrus, just does;t hit the spot. Some hop aroma. Fast dissipating white head on light orange body. Tingling mouthfeel, a little astringent in the finish. More body, complexity needed.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can to Glass

Appearance - Poured a clear copper colour with a small white head

Smell - Does not smell like an IPA, no hop smell what so ever

Taste - This really isn't an IPA at all, very slight hop taste, tastes more like a lager

Overall - Where are the hops? Not a good IPA at all

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazy golden orange, two fingers of head dissipated fairly quickly but left loads of lacing as it did
S - toffee and earthy aromas dominate, slightly musty, not bad aromas but more akin to a malty pale ale than an IPA
T - earthy and peppery hop notes, strong caramel malt balance, subtle flavour late in the finish
M - medium body, light on the carbonation, full and even a little sticky, finishes mildly bitter
O - this is a very well balanced and easy drinking IPA, i tend to like a little more hop bite in flavour and feel but this is extremely balanced and could be sessionable

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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