Great Lakes RoboHop | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes RoboHopGreat Lakes RoboHop

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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 thehyperduck
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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 taxandbeerguy
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Edit April 14, 2017- Had some more of this at just past two weeks and it is certainly impressive. Refreshing, deceiving yet bold. Great intense flavors and a really tasty beer overall. Needed a score bump since I think I have it rated too low and it stacks up very well with other DIPA's. Bumped taste up to 4 and overall to a 4.25.

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Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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 talbotjf99
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klunkerrider
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tmappin
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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 joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of LanceH
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 irishkyle21
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipso123
3.49/5  rDev -13%
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 patre_tim
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and slightly hazy with lots of carbonation and 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of peaches, pineapple and pine, with a solid dank quality.

The taste follows the nose, but is much deeper, sweeter, floral and danker, with a clean linen quality.

Medium body, lots of carbonation. The ABV is well hidden, but apparent and burning in the throat.

Got this in Orillia, drinking in Muskoka, Apil 20th, 2018. Great taste, unique feel.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
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 BobberDave21
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Great Lakes RoboHop from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 89 ratings