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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of Payso10
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smells of grapefruit and slightly citrus. has an opaque goldenrod color to it with almost no head. the taste is smooth for 9.40%ABV with no alcohol presence. there is a lot of citrus in the flavor and would be a great complement to any spicy dish. would have many more as long as it is available. (296 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear brassy color with small head that fades to a sticky ring. Aroma is a pungent combination of mango, pineapple, dank weed, and woodsy evergreen. A welcome change from the grapefruit/citrus bombs that seem to be ubiquitous. It's a little too sharp though.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but better and more complex. Tropical fruit dominates, with some resinous and herbal notes in the background. Pale malt is squashed. Ripe peach comes in on the very end as the pithy bitterness lingers.

The medium body has a nice stickiness, thanks to the hop oils. Carbonation is medium as well. Double Trouble is a very good beer by one of my top 5 breweries, but there's just too much of a flavor I can't pinpoint that comes a little close to oniony/chemical/medicinal. Overdone Simcoe or Summit? Don't get me wrong: If I brewed this I would be ecstatic. But there are more than a few IIPAs out there that are better (and cheaper) than this. (946 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a slight orange tint. Small white head that is somewhat sticky and leaves a decent lacing pattern on the glass.

S- Big smell of grapefruit and hops.

T- Hop bitterness takes over at first followed by grapefruit and then a quick, clean, dry finish.

M- Medium to light body with a fair amount of carbonation. No oily finish or the unpleasant residue of hop oil in this one, nice finish and aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable, hides the 9.4% ABV very well, a little on almost too bitter side since the hop bitterness carries through from the upfront taste to the finish.

Solid DIPA, just wish the was a little more complexity going on to break up the hop bitterness upfront and the dry citrus finish. (732 characters)

Photo of lbower860
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Ligher than I expected from for a 9 percent DIPA. Pretty light amber color that was fairly clear (also surprising) that turns more of light straw when held to the light. There was a really nice white head from the pour that lasted for quite a while and left some white specks down the glass.

S: Not overly powerful, does not smell like a 9 percent DIPA. Citrusy, piney and some sourness also.

T: Very, very drinkable for a DIPA. I had a real tough time tasting the 9 percent. Nice and sweet with some tasty pleasant malt on the back of the palate.

M: This felt more like a standard IPA than a DIPA. Crazy how drinkable and smooth this is.

O: Pretty surprising for me. Very drinkable for a 9 percent. I think it drank more like a 6.5 or 7. All around a really really good option and good tasting DIPA. Not quite at the top of my list my really good. (907 characters)

Photo of CWBlues
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich, reddish-tinged light gold, half a finger creamy head.

S: Caramel maltiness and cascade hops were most apparent in my nose.

T: Just GOOD. Strong hop aftertaste, which I love in a good IIPA. The caramel malts were there too, and a tinge of roastiness to round things out.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Hangs on the tongue just long enough, and fills the mouth with each drink.

O: Really enjoyed this one. I've had some really overpowering IIPAs, but this one settled in just right. I'd buy a full sixer of it. (525 characters)

Photo of victory4me
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless oversized wine glass.

Pours a tangerine color with a one finger head. No cloudiness. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, hop character is mellow with hints of bitterness, but I can smell a lot of the alcohol in the nose.

Alcohol is still there in the taste, but the hops are a bit more forward than with the aroma. Juicy flavorful hops with hints of peach, apricot, and citrus. Bitterness and alcohol are both dominant in the finish. Enjoyable and drinkable, but not particularly on the same level as some of the world class DIPAs.

Good beer, the mouthfeel was silky and smooth and my favorite aspect which added to the drinkability. (653 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this bottle in a trade from PDXhops... seriously some killer extras and am blessed.

- Nice slightly cloudy straw yellow.. rather bright brew... quick white foamy head down to some thin areas of spotting.

- Light biscuit malt notes, sweet grains, light blanket of hops... floral, and some citrus... light Belgian-like yeast notes... perhaps a blended yeast?..

- Almost a tea like presence in a light malted sweet brew... light caramel, grain, bready biscuit... huge pine, bitter hops.. loving the grassy floral character....

- Little sticky... slightly drying, medium bodied... touch of the parch..

- Overall another big hit for Founders. Really digging these folks. Solid brews all around, and this is a big drinker for sure.. hiding it's strength very well. Goes down well... even for such a big hop beast. (823 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with some orange highlights. About 1 cm of head and some nice lacing. Smell- lots of citrus, pine. Taste- Sweet malt in the very beginning and then a big blast of hops, pine, grapefruit. I think I am tasting resin as well. Medium on the mouthfeel, right on point for the style. Prickly carbonation. The alcohol gets a little hot as the beer warms and the bitterness wears on me a bit which doesn't help the drinkability. (439 characters)

Photo of Skitowneric
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Begian tulip glass.

Dark yellow to orange. Catches light for a very nice bright colorful look. Small white head. Not very good head retention.

Smells like tangerine to tropical fruit.

Big mouthfeel. Sweet and thick when it hits the tongue and then it finishes with a great bitter kick.

Super drinkable for a 9%+ abv beer. Very well balanced for its style.

This is normally the first beer that I order when I visit their taproom. (447 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Murky yellow orange in color with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention and some spotty lace

Smell: Citrus hops that remind me of grapefruit juice very pleasant

Taste: Muted citrus notes not nearly as crisp as I was looking for

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation a little dry and tart

Overall: A good but not great DIPA if I lived in the midwest I would probably drink this on quite a bit (408 characters)

Photo of Yesac
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy pale golden yellow. Small layer of head.

S- Pungent fresh hops. Hop bitterness.

T- Sharp hop bitterness. Overbearing hops. Salty and piney.

M- Thick, coats the palate well. Medium carbonation.

D- Sharp hop bitterness makes this not the smoothest DIPA however its a great representation of this style. Hop heads will love this. Could use a toning down on the bitterness. (387 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 25, 2010). "BOTTLED 12/31/09" is printed on the neck.

Eyes: Pours a slightly hazy, rich honey color with one finger of creamy head.

Nose: Strong pine hops and powerful grapefruit citrus character, a very interesting mix.

Tongue: A potent hop bomb, bitter citrus and and a good amount of sweet malt. There is almost enough malt to make this balanced, but it just falls short. Very tasty in any case, but not as interesting and complex as the aroma.

Mouth: Very smooth here, especially for the style. Nice crisp pop carbonation.

Libation: Quite a good hop bomb here, but it falls a bit short on the malt balance. Very nice overall, and I'll certainly try this again, but given the choice I might try some other options instead. (796 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders Double Trouble pours a slightly hazy gold color into the glass. A flurry of bubbles floats up to the surface. On top, a small white head forms on top and quickly dissolves to a ring around the surface of the beer. Some netted lace patterns cling to the glass.

The aroma is all hops. Lots of citrus with mainly grapefruit and orange notes. Hints of pine mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly hops. Grapefruit, lemon and orange citrus dominate. Lots of bitterness and hints of medicine. Towards the end some malt sweetness makes a feeble attempt at balancing out the flavor. It finishes somewhat hot with an mild alcohol burn. Once gone a citrus bitterness lingers on the palate.

If you like hops you'll love this beer. The alcohol notes brought the drinkablilty down a bit for me, but otherwise this is a tasty DIPA. (897 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of straw color with some orange highlights. Very little head, but I gave it a bit less than aggressive pour.

Aroma is very hoppy, sweet, and floral. A nasal attack. There are citrus hints, lime, rosemary, grapefruit, and pine.

The flavor is actually a bit dry on the tongue. It has the classic IPA elements of citrus and some floral notes, but the flavor is a bit more dry than other IPAs. The hops are there, and no doubt carrying this beer. But the bready undertones are quite present, as well...an interesting balance here. The alcohol is persistent, lingering for some time, but also helping to lift some of the more fruity and bittersweet flavors.

This is a fine example of the style. It has a unique dryness to it, lending to the astringent alcohol. But, through that, the flavors are strong, balanced, and quite delicious. (846 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with a frothy two finger head. 10 minutes later and there is still some head on the beer with a ton of lacing.

Smells of lots of citrus and some piney hop notes. It smells very pleasant and a noticeable amount of grapefruit notes are in the nose.

Lots of citrus notes in the taste with a significant amount of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness really lingers between drinks. This is very flavor forward but less balanced and more bitter than some of the other IIPAs I have had lately.The alcohol gives a nice warmth in the throat as well.

Overall this is lighter in color than most, tons of lingering lacing, profound grapefruit and bitterness, and overall a big beer. (748 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, very good aroma, appearance, and blend. (425 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber color with one fingered white head.

Smell is heavily citrus (grapefruit and lemon)

Taste follows the smell closely. Lots of hoppy grapefruit. Heavy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is dry with medium carbonation.

Overall this was good. Not my favorite style but good. (276 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The head is half a finger of white foamy goodness on top of a decently clear light copper body that has just a slight tinge of red. The head dissipated quickly, but a little bit of lacing was left.

S: The aroma is very citrusy, with a tony of straight forward grapefruit. Underneath the grapefruit there is a flowery aroma.

T: The taste starts out with a very forward bitterness that is actually present throughout. It really surprisingly dominates the flavor of the beer. The piney hops really enhance this bitter hop presence. It is backed with a tiny bit of a grassy flavor and the smallest hint of sweet malt flavor. Alcohol is present in a very small amount towards the finish of the beer.

M: Medium to full body with slightly lower than desired carbonation.

D: This is my fourth time having this beer and I have just had it back to back with a Bell's Hopslam. Honestly, it is more of a sipper and the bitterness is way more upfront. Also, the alcohol and just general size of the beer is a lot more apparent than in the Hopslam, which felt like it was almost half the size in abv as this beer. None the less, this beer was really enjoyable. (1,153 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the East v West Coast IPA Challenge, Rattle N Hum, NYC.

Pours cloudy lemon with a patchy pure white head that leaves windows of lace. Deep boiled lemon candy nose. Lemon cake malts and long sour lemon hops. Tangy leave. Crisp, sticky but clean, lighter than expected, slight burn.

Reminds me of Hop Wallop in being a double that's paler, hotter and lighter than the single. A bit one note. (402 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a very beautiful golden yellow with a slight hazy and a nice amount of carbonation bubbles present, pours with a thin finger of pure white head that dissipates rather rapidly, leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: a great scent which really hits on the notes i like to see in DIPAs, nice fresh floral hops with a good depth underlying from earthy tones
T: definitely bitter which is great, there are citrus hop notes present but not quite as fresh and clean as i had hoped for, still nice and has an interesting funkiness which lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: medium carbonation up front, drinks thin and leaves the mouth distinctly dry long long after the sip is taken
O: this is a great DIPA dont get me wrong but with all of he hype and stature that this beer has in the community i had expected more depth and complexity (869 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw gold with good clarity. Only a modest head that leaves a few wisps of lace in passing.

Smell: Firm, but not overwhelming hops. Lightly lemon citric west coast with some sugary base giving a bit of lemon drop.

Taste: Strong APA range of hop presence, maybe into the lower end of IPA, but DIPA? Lots of nice flavor but lacks the punch I'm expecting. Everything here is very nice, lemon rind, grapefruit, little earthy pine, just want more volume.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer, just a bit over-billed. Still, wouldn't mind working through a 6'er.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample! (663 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£3.79):
This one was a very strong and incredibly bitter double IPA, one that I was expecting to be as such but I still ended up surprised by the strength of it, it was absolutely loaded with hops. A very in your face beer and one that had to be sipped away at slowly rather than quaffed, perhaps the only thing that prevented me from rating it that little bit higher. (404 characters)

Photo of DangQuesadilla
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, has an overpowering honey taste and texture to it. The honey does seem to mellow out the bitterness of the hops. At 86 IBU, I wouldn't have believed it unless it said so on the bottle. I enjoyed this 4 pack, but don't think I would buy again for a IIPA. (261 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a year "aged" bottle (2010) I received in a recent trade (2011).

Golden honey body with almost no head formed upon pouring, although there was a transient and thin blanketing for half a minute max.
There is very little lacing, and it's definitely not sticky. Furthermore, there is no sediment or haziness. The beer doesn't appear watery, actually it seems slightly syrupy.

Strong notes of ethanol and sweetness from the malt. There are notes of a sticky, piney type of hop(s) as well as fruitier notes of pineapple, kumquat, and golden raisin.

Very sweet in the initial sip with loads of sticky, napalm bitterness that sits on the back of my palate. The fruitiness carries through the sip, however, I'm reminded of grapefruit rind when it's mixed with the lingering bitterness.
Breakdown: Honey sweetness mixed with tropical fruits, ending with a juicy and bitter aftertaste.

There is a light to medium body, which is substantially boosted by all the sugar and alcohol that went into making this 9.4% beast. The carbonation is relatively light, but it doesn't fizzle completely. By the end of drinking the beer is especially syrupy with loads of grapefruit rind bitterness sitting heavily on my palate.

This beer is drinking like a barley wine at this point (which I expected), and it would be interesting to try it fresh for comparison. I think it's lacking in some of the aromatic citrus notes I prefer in the nose of a hearty DIPA, but I understand that a lot of hops fade after a year of aging. Considering the IPAs I've had from Founders already, I'd say this one is pretty much on par with tho other ones I've had. (1,681 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is Sunday. I just bottles 10 gallons of IPA. What I am in the mood for?

A: A fairly clear golden color. Not the usual copper color you associate with a DIPA. Not that much head but some lacing.

S: A bitter hop nose balanced out with some malt. A little bit of booze as well. Not that impressed with the nose.

T: Actually tastes like an excellent pale ale. Some nice clear citrus notes in there. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Nothing to really stand out either way.

D: A decent DIPA. I expect more from Founders. A big part of that is that I either need to trade or travel to get their stuff. Glad this was a travel. A good beer but nothing amazing. (652 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.