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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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1,643 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,320
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,047 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 1,643 | Hads: 6,320
Photo of enfield249
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden-yellow color, with a white head of 2 fingers that fades to a thin layer.

S - Hops yes, but what kind? Not altogether pine, not altogether citrus or flower. Maybe a delicious mix?

T - Very strong hop forward flavor, spicy. This is more resin/pine then the smell, as I don't taste much citrus/floral.

M - Full, clings to my tongue. Hot on the tail end of the swallow from the alcohol.

D - This is a really good IIPA that I recommend. Cheers!

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick gold amber brew with lacing on top.

Smell: A floral bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus. It's nice and crisp.

Taste: Thick malt character with a nice assortment of hops. Ends with a lingering bitterness. Very smooth flavor overall. 9.40% ABV doesn't have much of a presence until the end.

Drinkability: Incredible mouthfeel and easy to drink. This is a good DIPA, but not a real standout; which isn't a bad thing, it just doesn't have the wow factors some of the other "great" DIPAs have. This is a well done basic DIPA. One issue that needs to be fixed is the foam head left after a pour: the head quickly dissipates into lacing.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear straw colour with a hint of orange. Decent size head that fades.
S: Tons of grapefruit, citrus and pine.
T: Same as the smell. Kind of honey like sweetness. Awesome hop flavour with not too much bitterness.
M: Nice carb. Sweetish finish (like hop syrup)
O: Great Double IPA

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bottle Caps in Watertown NY for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also some apricots, hops and a grassy herbal flavour.

Overall - Lots of hop bitterness and the booze is really well hidden. Tastes a lot like a hopped up version of their Centennial IPA. An above average DIPA.

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Photo of sjverla
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Briefly yeasty and bready, but quickly overpowered by sweet, crisp citric hops. Lightly caramelly malt mingles with blueberry and blackberry esters that are mild, but present. Very crisp and fresh.

Appearance: Hazy blonde-gold with no head, just a ring of bubbles around the edge.

Taste: Very bitter and deep. Dank and woody - slight grapefruit dryness, but the taste is largely chlorophyllic and dark green. Alcohol bite and some minor berry characteristics provide some balance and the mild sugaryness of the malts is briefly, vaguely caramelly. Mildly astringent and semi-dry.

Overall: A heavy-handed dose of hops in this. Big and bitter, but some balance would have been nice - though maybe that's just my mood.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw edges with bubbly orange center, frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Light sweet floral aroma. Strong alpha hop lightly sweet citrus/floral quickly gives way to resinous hop then melding to a light barley and yeasty finish. Moderately high hop linger nicely settles to an unusually, precariously balanced position. Slick and syrupy with no stickiness.

Not a whole lot of clear flavors but well-crafted and interesting display of ingredients. Strong but never overbearing, it’s particularly interesting without a big malt backbone. It may be as much as 6 months old (the dates were smudged) but it still has an interesting quality, possibly because of the yeast strain. At any rate, I easily downed 2 and would hope to try on tap at some point.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/30/14

Light golden orange and a bit cloudy. Minimal head.

Smell is tangerine, orange, and a little bit of alcohol. Nothing overpowering.

Taste up front is bitter bite and acidic orange. A bit of fruit-like sweetness and and then almost a little sour grapejuice. Some alcohol burn going down but it's hidden pretty good.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Long finish. A little syrupy.

Pretty good offering. It hits the DIPA category well but lacks in aroma which follows into a moderate blend of citrus and bitter hops. Nothing in it really stands out but what is in unit blends together well. Last years batch wasn't so memorable either but I'm sure I'll be grabbing some again a year from now.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; gold colored; 1 finger pillowy off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: ripe peaches and apricots;

T: tropical fruit up front with a little bitterness; pine at mid-palate with tropical fruit in the background and bitterness building; finish is moderately bitter with piney undertones;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really like the aroma The taste, while not as good, is still very nice;

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Photo of vdoz3
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an arrogant bastard pintglass. Last of my fourpack from my trip to OH earlier this year.

A - extremely pale...no noticeable head or lacing except for the tiny ring that stays with the beer on its journey down the glass

S: sweet fruity hops with a bit of the malt ((carmel ~?) in the background

T: An intial malt blast with some more sweet, fruity hops belies the sharp, bright, fruity/citrusy hops that dominate, leaving a bit of a hop drymouth and a citrus afterbite. Not the most balanced DIPA, but certainly tasty.

M: sweet and smooth. Nicely carbonated.

D: Good...but I guess there's a reason I didn't polish off my entire fourpack in one sitting.

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

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color leaving a little head that went away quickly. Lacing around the sides of the glass from swirling of the beer.

S- Fruity hop smell (pineapple) with a very faint malty background. I only caught a whiff of it come one or two smells.

T- Crisp hop bite from the start to finish. Pineapple and citrus overtones come through very nicely as it lingers after you swallow it.

M- Little heavy the whole way through. that's not a bad thing though. Oily resin covering over the tongue which locks in the hops flavor after swallow.

D- Overall, pretty good Founder's product like usual. Since Hopslam is around 7 or 8 dollars more I would rather drink this and have a good DIPA.

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Photo of nc41
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is a re edit.

I guess my taste buds have changed significantly since I first tried this one, but I had it on tap the last week or so at the Pub. Still a great looking Double, great head retention. A big malt backbone to carry the hops and nicely balanced, Also not leaning towards sweet which in a Double i don't really care for. Drinks more like a juiced up bitter IPA, if fact it kinda reminds me of Smuttynose, but obviously a little more boozy. Decent finish. Overall a pretty good Double, but I really like my citrus monsters, and I don't get even a hint of Grapefruit with this one which knocks the taste back a notch. I can appreciate an earthy piney brew, and this one is more so than I remember. I also knocked down the drinkability a bit because it is a little hot, and good for one pint, two would be too much.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased in Warwick, RI.

A- Pours a hazy, dull honey-mustard colored body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to some frothy foam and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells like it has a heavy malt backbone - sweet caramel and bread. The hops are more on the piney, resinous, floral side with some citrus hiding in there.

T- Pretty much matches the nose.. big pine and resin notes sitting on a heavy malt backbone. Some soapy notes in there. Aftertaste is hugely bitter and somewhat off balance. Some booze.

M- Medium body, medium high carbonation.

This is a mini version of Founder's Devil dancer, which I wasn't a huge fan of. Pretty drinkable but the hops were a little off balance in my opinion. I could put down two before becoming sick of it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.