Hoppelganger IPA
R & B Brewing Co.

Hoppelganger IPAHoppelganger IPA
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R & B Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
American IPA
Ranked #3,465
Ranked #25,603
3.56 | pDev: 13.2%
Jun 12, 2022
Nov 02, 2009
Notes: 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
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
R & B Brewing 'Hoppleganger IPA' @ 6.2% , served from a 4pack of 473 ml can's
A-pour is a light gold from the can to a dark gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the tulip
S-double dry-hopped (Citra , Galaxy & Lemondrop)
T-crisp & clean , well balanced IPA , good malt base , slight bitter swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-glad I tried this re-imagined version , 25th anniversary edition ,
prost LampertLand
Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by PaulietheBrit from Canada (BC)

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.
Sep 10, 2014
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Reviewed by souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Jun 10, 2014
Rated: 4.12 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

Dec 15, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Oct 03, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by KStark from Canada (BC)

May 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Danomeister from Canada (BC)

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.
Jan 27, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Jan 21, 2013
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Reviewed by rhiesa

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.
Jan 05, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by fizzyted from Canada (ON)

Oct 08, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 13, 2012
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.
Feb 16, 2012
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Reviewed by timtwoface from Canada (BC)

2.67/5  rDev -25%
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.
Jan 11, 2012
Rated: 3 by EskimoDave from Canada (BC)

Dec 01, 2011
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Reviewed by distantmantra from Washington

2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
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.
Aug 17, 2011
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.
Jul 31, 2011
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Reviewed by ericj551 from Canada (AB)

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.
May 29, 2011
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Reviewed by CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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.
Apr 20, 2011
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Reviewed by bearhugger from Canada (BC)

2.6/5  rDev -27%
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
Mar 07, 2011
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Reviewed by IllNate from Canada (BC)

3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.
Feb 22, 2011
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