Hoppelganger IPA
R & B Brewing Co.

Hoppelganger IPAHoppelganger IPA
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American IPA
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3.56 | pDev: 13.2%
R & B Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
Hoppelganger IPAHoppelganger IPA
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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Reviews by KStark:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of timtwoface
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of souvenirs
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.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulietheBrit
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.

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Photo of MAB
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of ericj551
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Danomeister
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of IllNate
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of bearhugger
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

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Hoppelganger IPA from R & B Brewing Co.
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