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Great Lakes RoboHopGreat Lakes RoboHop

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
RoboHop Imperial IPA is not a beer to trifle with. The unfiltered beer pours with a deep orange hue with a bright white head. The aroma is fantastic. Tropical fruits abound from the glass, which consist of passion fruit, guava, lemon with notes of white grape and evergreen mingling together. Makes you think of cotton-candy. Traces of soft warming alcohol notes are also detected. The full-bodied 8.5% Imperial IPA is very gentle on the palate, making it one sneaky bugger. Many of the aromas come through in the taste, resulting in a very pleasant juicy finish that’s slightly dry, and, as stated in the description – bracingly bitter. An easy-drinking Imperial IPA.

100 IBU

Added by uno99 on 05-07-2011

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 76
Photo of Roby923
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Throughly enjoyed this Tank 10 series brew. Pours pure gold. Plenty of flavourful hops generating tropical fruit scents and must (citra, Amarillo, mosaic(?)). The higher ABV is deceiving. Bottled from LCBO.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, strong IPA. Not a standout and doesn't have a distinguishable taste and yet I would strongly recommend it to anyone who likes the style. A bit pricier than others in this class but still.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a Deep cloudy golden color, This beer also pours with 2 fingers of white head that fades leaving a nuce covering of bubbles over the beer, carbonation seems lively.

Aroma - This beer has a great mix of citrus and pine on the nose, Mostly Passion fruit and grapefruit, followed nicely by pine and all this is backed up by a very strong you noticably less strong than the hops, Pale malts, crackery bready the grainy the whole lot are there. Simple yet delicious!

Taste - Big resiny pine up front sappy just to the right point for my palate, wow. This is followed by grapefruit, some passion fruit sweetness , lemon, orange peel. This beer is a hop bomb, but it is also delicately balanced with tons of pale malts giving you everything from grainy to crackery to bready. again wow.

Feel - medium bodied and velvety, bitter but not overly bitter at 85 ibus.

Overall - What a beer, This is a really great double IPA Its very hoppy and malty offering a beautiful balance, I've stated before that beers that primarily use piney tasting hops dont appeal to me but some of them I've tried recently (this included) are changing my views :D

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Photo of dipso123
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starts nice but has a rough bitterness that scrubs the roof of your mouth and otherwise interferes with enjoying this beer. Clearly it has a lot of hops in it I wish I could taste more of them and not just the alpha.

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Photo of SSS
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Orange copper color with a slightly off white head that holds
S-Lots of pine in the aroma, with some Citrus. Tart orange
M-Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation
T-I get lots of bitter orange rind. Reminds me of Athanam hops. The sweetness is really balanced as I don't get 100IBU!
O-Nice beer, surprisingly not as bitter as advertised, good balance

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Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great alcohol/sweet/bitter balance. Big hop aroma. Lots of piny resin, though a bit dank for my taste. It's not Pliny, but it's really damn good. Pleasant drinker for the hop head.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery for a mighty steep $5.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that lasts for a minute before film out. Rather dark gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Good hop base. Lots of malt

T- Juicy good. Very similar to the Lake Effect brew with fruity goodness and hops abound. Has a lot sugar and malt but is rather well balanced. At the end it's bitter, very bitter so there must be a few different hops at work here.

M- Dry and tart after that initial creamy hit gets you

O- Very good brew. I like the additional complexity over some of their other good IPA's but had to knock the overall score down a touch due to the high cost. Would buy a flat in a second if it was $4.00 plus the small discount they offer when you buy a 24pk.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with...... A nice spicy blend of diced zucchini, onion, coriander, tomato, olive oil, salt, pepper and hot sauce on top of a bed of spinach and grilled polenta slices.


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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber served just above fridge temperature into a tulip glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $8.95 CDN.

Appearance - A rather clear golden orange colored beer is poured. Not much in visible carbonation a small finger of white head is poured and recedes quickly leaving a thin white film on top. Nominal lacing initially bt a couple of fine rings are create once consumption begins.

Smell - Slightly dank, but also some citrus and pine resin. Mango, passionfruit and grapefruit are most noticeable citrus smells. Rather pungent, inviting and tropical. I'm already expecting this to be the best part of the beer.

Taste - Pretty yummy, with good tropical flavors, a healthy dose of bitterness and a earthy grapefruit finish. The mango and passionfruit don't translate as well here, and the malt bill is quiet, but as with many of GLB's offerings, is sufficiently there to keep the whole beer glued together and create a satisfying product. Bitterness, might be a touch excessive for my tastes.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and initially with some spritzy carbonation. Body is full and the finish is very dry.

Overall - A very well crafted DIPA from GLB but as has been mentioned by other reviews, the gap between Robohop and other Ontario DIPA's is not nearly as big as the chasm between the likes of Lake Effect, Thrust! and other offerings and the competition. Given the relatively steep price, I think I will be satisfied with the lone two bottles that I bought.

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Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass, 8.5% ABV. A light yellow gold colour is great lacing and film, nice and bright.

S - rich lemon notes, blood orange, bright with citrus oils, spruce, lemon balm, really rich hoppy oils and a bright flavour.

T - bright, fruity with more tropical aspects than the aroma, pineapple, and papaya, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit. Clean malt body with a robust citrusy and floral flavour, Rich orange, bitter sprucy notes, nice resin. Altogether I think it is a nice full DIPA, quite fruity and citrus, I think the complexity isnt quite finetuned, it seems a bit mashed together. I like they kept the caramel out and allowed the hops to shine, giving them a clean platform, I think with some finetuning it could excel even more.

M - very nice, full body with a refreshing body, moderate carbonation, and a full hop feel with nice crisp finish. Rolling bitterness and some subtle malty sweetness. Balance is very nice.

A very tasty, but fairly middle of the road IPA definitely above average though, very fresh and tasty, but it doesn't all sync up to deliver a mindblowing IPA. Very tasty and I would certainly have this again. Although Ontario is in sore need of IIPAs, I think Bitter 10 and Fracture trump this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; listed at 8.5% and served slightly chilled. Given previous experience with this brewery's IPAs, I am pretty pumped to crack this one open.

Pours a hazy golden-amber hue, topped off with nearly two fingers of puffy, white-coloured foam. Retention is pretty good; it seeps away slowly over the next 5-10 minutes, leaving behind multiple rings of lacing as it settles into a dense, creamy cap. This is a beautiful-looking pale ale, and the nose is equally impressive - huge, juicy notes of citrusy grapefruit and lemon are immediately noticeable, as well as some hints of pineapple, mango and pine sap. Very fruity and floral, with an understated earthiness to the bouquet.

This is a well-made imperial IPA, but not an overtly remarkable one. Bready malts and caramel sweetness provide a stable presence in the backbone, with flavours of apricot, pineapple and lychee berry surfacing mid-sip. Grapefruit pith, orange zest and lemon rind also maintain a strong presence, with some floral bitterness and pine resin taking over in the finish. The aftertaste is a mixture of bitter citrus pith, butterscotch sweetness and a slight touch of alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied; this one makes its presence on the palate known, with mild carbonation levels and a smooth, somewhat oily feel in the mouth. Seems best-suited to sipping, with the flavour profile opening up nicely as it warms.

Final Grade: 4.11, a worthwhile A-. Robohop is a hophead's delight, there's no doubt of that fact - but I wouldn't place it miles ahead of the competition, as I'm inclined to do with most of this brewery's Tank Ten single-IPAs. The flavours are very citrus-and-tropical fruit-focused, so if that is your bag then you should consider this bomber to be a very safe purchase, indeed. This one isn't blowing me away, but I am still digging it - and would definitely consider purchasing another bottle at some point in the future.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into small snifter. no date code anywhere on the bottle

a: slightly opaque light orange, a really nice colour. topped with a finger of white-ish head

s: pineapple and grapefruit jumping out of the glass. underlying pine and floral notes. little malt, no alcohol

t: follows the nose. big pineapple up front, leading into a piney bitterness with grapefruit rind, mango, and floral notes. slight caramel/biscuit malt presence opens up mid-palate, but the hops are the clear champion here. subdued hoppy onion notes and a touch of alcohol on the finish

m: medium-bodied, medium carbonation, sticky, finishes dry

o: nothing extravagant here, but it's a good hoppy-fruity double IPA

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of TheGreenBuddah
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.'...................................................................... .......................

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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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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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange, decent white head with some nice lacing. Smell is malty initially, lots of hops in here as well, citrus, grapefruit and tangerine also some buttery notes here as well. Taste is hoppy, biter throughout, citrusy, light pine, notes of grapefruit in the finish. Med-high carb, medium body, oily and dry, quite slick as well. Very nice DIPA, got better as it warmed, easy drinking for ABV, quite good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of uno99
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Great Lakes RoboHop from Great Lakes Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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