Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,023
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 404
Gots: 862 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of Dpelst11
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-25. Drank 7/7 from IPA glass

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It just wasn't a very good DIPA

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big DIPA there's no doubt about it. Lots of booze, lots of hops, pretty substantial malt backbone to back it up. Has a west coast vibe to it, I'm actually a little surprised to see this coming out of Founders, I guess between their standard IPAs and dark beers this caught me a little off guard.

Pours a mostly clear gold in color, like a darker lager. Head is in the two finger category and laces minimally at least in the glass I was served this in. The cap can be easily resuscitated with a few swirls.

Citrus on the nose, a combination of pineapple and orange mostly with perhaps a melon quality as well. Got a lot of grapefruit in the flavor, more peel than pulp. Fairly sweet in the mid palate but the hops crush that after the swallow. Blissfully carbonated to lighten up the mouthfeel. Letting this warm up slightly and agitating to recreate head improves the drinking experience.

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Favorite double IPA. Founders brews outstanding beer. Never had a bad one.

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid DIPA, stands up to the much harder to find Pliny the younger, 90 min and enjoy by series

Photo of ThaddeusLamar
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a hoppy, but not too bitter, taste

Photo of do_ob
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Clear golden in color with some cloudiness. Low carbonation. An aggressive pour yielded a 3 finger head of sticky, white foam. Doesn't have a strong aroma, but I get dank pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of toasty malt. Medium weight, and smooth enough on the mouthfeel. Initially, there's a boozy sweetness with tropical fruit in the background. Hoppy bitterness and pine resin set in middleways and remain until the aftertaste.

Good balance between alcohol and flavor. It's there but it's not overpowering. Decent taste, but a little sweet for my liking. Overall, not bad but not one of my favorites from Founders.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very light orange body. Little lacing. Thinner than average white head.

Smell - Malt but when swirled Pineapple and grapefruit. I'm glad to see citrus come through on this imperial.

Taste - Smell translates to taste. Stronger citrus flavor than DD.

Feel - Not a carb bomb. Heavy. Alcohol doesn't stick to tongue.

Overall - Better than devil dancer. I like the characteristics of a lighter beer with this heavy.

Photo of K-Dog
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good double ipa, worth picking up a couple 4 packs every year.

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong DIPA. Yet great feel.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

64 oz growler poured into snifter glass purchased on 7/3

A: light orange color perfect clarity soapy head that sits down to a film

S: lots of melon almost a slight bubble gum candy smell

T: very fruity cantaloupe taste the booze is well hidden lots of juiciness

M: very light and clean not a lot of aftertaste or lingering flavors

O: Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink with a nice fruity melon taste fantastic beer for my money the best Hoppy beer Founders mass produces

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good beer like a sweeter stone ruination 2.0 kind of tutty frutty flavor

Photo of Jge301985
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite brewery and beer

Photo of Jeffdude
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome. Hard to find but worth it.

Photo of tkolterman
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting, hoppy. Must buy if you see it. Top 5 for me

Photo of CNP
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The amber color and the fruity taste of the beer got me so into it.

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber, 2” finely bubbled white foam collar,
S: Citrus and resin.
T: A mouthful of frothy cream with light fruits sweetened by malt condenses into an assertive grapefruit rind bitter elixir.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation
O: Big alcohol and malt balance assertive hops for an outstanding imperial IPA.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Night cap. Poured into a tulip. Everything I remembered from the first time I had this one. Great double IPA, as to be expected from Founders. Three more waiting for me in the fridge.

Photo of montesown
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This was a version that had been aged for 6 months - not good idea

Photo of tekstr1der
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with thin, clingy white top. Grapefruit nose with fresh bread too . Citrus hops in flavor, perfectly balanced with malt in the end. Smoothest finish is remarkable. No trace of alcohol in such a big brew. Wish it was slightly more aromatic.

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oasis. Served in a pint glass.

A- Light yellow-orange body, nice one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Looks clean and refreshing.

S- Nice citrus, grapefruit aromas with a bit of grainy pale malt sweetness. It otherwise smells like grapefruit. Very nice smelling beer.

F- Juicy grapefruit, citrus peel, a nice caramel malt backbone that balances out the grapefruit. For the most part, this is a very tasty grapefruit-forward IPA.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Bitter zest but not too bitter. Reasonably drinkable.

O- This is a very tasty IPA on tap. Plenty of grapefruit to satisfy the die-hard west coast IPA fans.

Photo of dukeandduke
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/16/15 (Bottle) - Strong blonde pour with minimal head. Aroma was distinctly orange and lemon, two favorite flavors. Beer somewhat bitter, tastes strong going down and I enjoyed the taste. Texture is lighter and smooth, carbonation minimal. Overall, it's a very good beer and I look forward to future bottles and other Founders offerings.

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-A lavish amber, blonde appearance

S-A rush of hop aroma delivers grapefruit, orange, lemon character

T-One of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. The fine malt character becomes evident first, caramel notes and a sweetness. A wonderfully brilliant citrus taste lights up the taste buds. For an 86 IBU beer, it maintains a wonderful taste profile that's eminently citrusy and somewhat piney but it's not over the top bitter.

M-Mildly carbonated and with a feel that's not too bright or hot.

O-The magnificent intensity of the hops delivers such an excellent tasting beer. However, while the hop intensity is something you'd expect from an Imperial IPA, it does not lose its balance.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, deep amber/orangeish color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very nice aromas of toasted malt, which imparted notes of French baguettes, English muffins and whole wheat crackers, followed by lots of orange-like citrus, honey and caramel, and lots of floral, aromas of honeysuckle, clover, wildflowers and piney, grassy, hops.

Taste: Delicious, actually! There’s a ton of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, finished by lots of piney, slightly bitter hops. Being a bottle that has a year’s aging on it, I can only assume that the hops has mellowed some, especially, since this is a double IPA, with IBUs of 86, and I actually find it to be really well balanced, with the hoppy bitterness really well muted.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and slighty carbonated. With an ABV of 9.4%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol there is on the palate, like none! The alcohol is really well masked, which can make this beer very dangerous as you want to drink more than one or two in a sitting…you could easily end up falling on your ass!

Overall: Wow! Being a double IPA, and being that I overall really don’t like IPAs much less double IPAs, this is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be! I’m amazed at how much I like it actually! It has to be because this bottle has a year’s age on it, which must have really toned down the hops. It actually tastes much more like an American barleywine rather than a double IPA. It’s fucking delicious!

Photo of uawildcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is nice light colored DIPA. Poured it a little too cold. The head was smallish (perhaps due to temperature) and went away quickly. I kind of hate the look section of reviewing. As long as its not flat, has weird chunks it shouldn't, or an odd color, it doesn't impact my rating much. 4.5 for the short-lasting head.

Smell: I poured it too cold so I had to wait before I could give it a proper review. Even warmed up over 10 minutes it still doesn't have strong hop smell I would expect. Pine hops with a lot of light malty sweetness. And I mean a lot of malty sweetness.

Taste: Tastes like a solid DIPA. Mostly piney hops with a touch citrus/floral hops. That sweetness is a nice compliment. Personally I much prefer the in your face hops flavor like with Myrcennary or Hop Stoopid when I have a big, boozy beer like this.

Feel: A little hot, but deceiving for 9.4% ABV. Goes down smooth. Thought it might be sticky, but it wasn't.

Overall: For somebody who likes IPAs, but not insane IPAs, this would be a good intro to the double IPA. It is accessible. It is a solid IPA that I would recommend any hop-head, like myself, to try.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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