Back in January I did a comparison of the first and second batch of the British Columbia Versions of Hops and Robbers Extra Delicious IPA that is contract brewed by Dead Frog Brewing in Aldergrove. Click here to read. Now I have been able to get ahold of not only a 473ml can of the Ontario version of the beer but also a 650ml bomber of the newest batch of the BC version. Following will be my review on both versions and which one is my personal favourite.
Double Trouble Brewing (Ontario Batch)
The IPA pours a slightly cloudy orange/copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of sweet malts, citrus, clove and an overall fruitiness. The flavour is of sweet malts, citrus, fruit and a mild hops bitterness.
Dead Frog Brewing (British Columbia Batch)
This version of the IPA poured a clear orange/copper colour with a white head. The aroma was of sweet malts, fruit and citrus. The flavour consisted of sweet malts, fruit, citrus, pine and a mild to medium hops bitterness. There is a lingering hops bitterness to this version of the beer.
After trying both of these brews side by side I would have to say that they are both pretty darn good beer. To my palate the version from Ontario is a nice Pale Ale not an India Pale Ale to the standards out West. Dead Frogs version may not be a Northwestern IPA but it does have more IPA characteristics for sure. I would have to say that my personal preference is the BC batch. This decision is only true for batch three though. Compared to batch 1 and 2 from BC the Ontario version is Superior for sure. Don’t hold it against me Claude and Nathan both are great beer.
Commercial Description: Five ingredients instead of four: Water, Yeast, Malt, Hops and Robbers. Don’t ask us how, but there are robbers in there who have absconded with the flavour of hops for the benefit of Hops and Robbers. The amazing flavour of hops is back in beer! Double Trouble Brewing is proud to present Hops and Robbers, Extra Delicious IPA.