Hops and Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario pours a beautiful golden colour with amber tinges. Its large and frothy white head gets retained as a foamy collar and leaves minor lacing. The beer doesn’t smell like a typical Ontario brewed American IPA. It has more of a toasted grain character with citrus and berry tones in the background as well as hints of pineapple and banana after warming.
The taste of Hops and Robbers has a slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt character with subtle berry, grape and citrus notes, along with a nicely-balanced bitterness from dry-hopping. The beer is crisp on the front of the tongue then gives way to a sturdy bread-like sensation with a nice oiliness before finishing dry. The oily character remains in the aftertaste and the toasted character really lingers.
Hops and Robbers is housed in a bright green and black can that features the images of two cat burglars, as well as a night skyline and a police chopper. White hop vine and barley accents fill space and create a sense of movement. You will find a description of the beer on the side of the can and a best before date is stamped near the top.
The inaugural effort from Double Trouble Brewing Company, which is currently contract brewed out of the Wellington County Brewery, is extremely drinkable and refreshing. It is rather unique among Ontario offerings, harnessing the best characteristics of both West Coast style and English IPAs and it pairs well with salty, spicy and fried foods.
You can find Hops and Robbers listed at many LCBO stores and will be able to enjoy it in other provinces in the coming months as well.
Type: American IPA
Region: Ontario, Guelph
Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.7%