Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by tnlandsailor:
1.48/5 rDev -64.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
In keeping with the double IPA moniker, the 9.1% ABV is substantial. The color is unusually light considering the style, but pours beautifully and is very clear. That's where the kind words stop.
I put my nose over the glass and was aromatically assaulted. Huge amounts of resiny, piney hops lept out of the glass and ripped out my nose hairs. The descriptor that I cannot overstate is "grapefruit". I have smelled grapefruity beers before, but this is the most intense of any that I have ever encountered - homebrewed or commercial. It is sour, slightly fruity, and nauseatingly intense. It's hard to dig through all that aroma and pick out any malt to speak of, so I'll just say that picking out malt aroma in this beer is akin to finding redeeming value in child porn.
The taste is simply a tactical nuclear grapefruit bomb. Acidic, and resiny to the point of wanting to scrape my tongue after the first sip. The flavor was neither enjoyable nor worthy of a courtesy second sip. But considering the price I paid for the 4 pack, I grimaced and finished the glass. Again, I tried to find malt among the lupulin jungle, but was having a hard time. The bitterness was intense and clean, but even that was dwarfed by the sour grapefruit of the hop flavor. After a couple of sips, between all of the alcohol and the hops, my tongue felt like it had been mugged in a back alley and left for dead. Sadly, my malt flavor report came up empty on this beer. Now, the owner of a 3 pack, I found others in my circle of friends that were more receptive to the "gifts" that this beer has to offer. I don't recall anyone thanking me.
I like a good hoppy beer. I think the Founder's Cenntennial is a fine IPA. The problem is, more is not better. Just because you can pour an obscene amount of hops in a beer does not make it enjoyable. I realize that double IPA is a bit a of a daredevil beer by definition, but this beer misses the mark on hop character by a wide margin. It is not done artfully or well, just brash and decadent. The intensity is not fresh or floral, but resiny and overpoweringly grapefruit. I think even the most extreme beers need just a modicum of balance. There was none. Just grapefruit, grapefruit, and yes, more grapefruit.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2010 19:07:57 | More by tnlandsailor
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4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Tasted July 25th 2011 (from review)
Poured into a la Chouffe tulip
A - pale straw, half finger white head and some lacing
S - very sweet, tons of citrus, lots of tropical fruits and flowers, very sweet, lots of malt, slight pungent yeast and all around awesomeness
T - super hoppy, lots of sugar, tons of fruit, grass, yeast, wheat, nice sweet malt, boozey but not to boozey, very slight MJ note. Very simple but tons of flavor
M - Full bodied, excellent balance, simple complexity, medium acidity and a very nice almost perfect hop, malt and sugary booze finish
D/O - This is the kind of beer that makes me want all beers to be readily available all over the America's! One of the better DIPA's I have had and most definitely makes founders worth the "hype"
Final Thoughts - at 9+ ABV this beer kicks it into gear and is one of the better DIPA's. Still, not being easy to obtain, make this beer obnoxiously awesome!
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 19:39:18 | More by whatthehull
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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