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Double Trouble Brewing Company

Beer Name Rating
Hops & Robbers 8.00
Fire in the Rye 7.43

 

Double Trouble Brewing Company was launched in 2012 by Claude Lefebvre and Nathan Dunsmore. We understand that their flagship beer, Hops & Robbers IPA, is brewed on a contract basis by Guelph's Wellington Brewery. Paul Dickey, the founder of another Ontario contract brewery (Cheshire Valley) and brewer of Augusta Ale for the Kensington Brewing Co., is Double Trouble's brewer.

Continuing his quest for an IPA with those wonderful hop aromas, but not bitter enough to take the remaining enamel off his teeth, Bucky bought a 473 ml can of Hops & Robbers IPA ("H&R") from the LCBO. The can was stamped with a best before date of November 16, 2012, and H&R was 5.7% alcohol.

H&R poured a slightly hazed amber/copper colour with plenty of visible fast rising bubbles. Pouring produced about 1" of off white, slightly orange tinged, creamy head that lasted all the way down to the bottom of the glass. The head retention of this beer was phenomenal, leaving some very attractive sheets of lacing and some spotting down the glass. Its aroma was dominated by grapefruit with sweet malt undertones. H&R's taste started off with very sweet caramel malts...possibly with some sweet tropical fruits in the mix, but it's difficult to be certain with the malts being so dominant. After about 3 seconds, the sweetness gives way to a bitter grapefruit flavour, which lingers as an aftertaste. There's a good balance here in the interaction of the sweet and bitter...each one serving to prevent the other from getting out of hand. The mouthfeel is a bit of a contrast, too, with the creamy head balancing out the beer's fairly light weight, and H&R had a medium carbonation. At $2.75 per 473 ml can, H&R is fairly priced. Overall, H&R delivers on those wonderful hop aromas and tastes, and though distinctly bitter in the finish is not so bitter as to spoil the experience. I'll add this one to my list of favourite Canadian IPAs.

Rating 8.00/10

Purchased Fire in the Rye by Double Trouble Brewing in a 473 ml can from the LCBO, 6.1% alcohol by volume, no legible production or ‘best before' date. Selling for $2.95 per can at the time of writing.

Pours a surprisingly clear (though the can says that the beer is unfiltered) dark amber colour with 1” of off-white, orange-tinged head. The head has decent staying power and leaves some respectable lacing down the far side of the glass as the beer level drops. Aroma is an all-hop production, especially out of the can, with grapefruit and pine dominant. Its taste is a mild caramel sweetness up front, quickly giving way to a strong grapefruit bitterness with a bit of resinous pine. Rye presence is relatively subdued. The bitterness lingers long as an aftertaste. Light-to-medium bodied with a light carbonation and soft mouthfeel. All in all, a decent brew, but not my favourite offering from Double Trouble.

Rating: 7.43 / 10

 

 

 

 

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