Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,268
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
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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 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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

A vigorous pour from the bottle brings up a fluffly white head on top of the hazy yellow body of the beer. There is an explosive floral bouquet as I bring the glass to my nose, with a rich malty sweetness lingering underneath.

The taste brings an assertive bitterness to the back of my tongue. I catch hints of juicy grapefruit. The bitterness nearly overpowers and threatens with an astringent dryness but fades with the aftertaste. The thick body holds up to the hop bitterness and smooths the mouthfeel out - this much bitterness in a thin beer may be too much to handle.

After the powerful floral aroma this beer brings the hop bitterness and doesn't let up. There was small moments of citrus hop flavor peeking through the bitterness and I would have liked the chance to experience them a little bit more. Overall all though this beer brings what the style promises - assertive hop bitterness and a smooth clean aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer and it never gets boring - but still would like to see a bit more complex flavor come through the bitterness.

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

It's yellow fizzy beer! Well more like straw gold and hazy, with a thing white head that produces some lacing. Piney and citrus on the nose. Really not much going on here. Flavors of pine, citrus and slight resinous hops. Not much if any malt presence with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Very bitter lingering aftertaste. Very hop forward, lacking balance. Tasty but lacking in the category of X2IPA.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was acquired in a beer trade with Pudge43. Thank you very much!

I have yet to have a Founders product that I didn't like. This is no exception. Poured into a Duvel glass the golden straw color and extremely white fluffy head are beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful double IPA's I've ever had.

The aroma is a little muted but the strong presence of intense fresh hops is present. There is a strong floral and grapefruit aroma.

The first taste is very intense. I thought from the nose that this would be a little lighter in hops but immediately you get a Simcoe hop flavor. The taste is a little harsh and biting but great nonetheless. Very hoppy with very little malt backbone. This is completely unbalanced in a good way.

The mouthfeel is light (much ligher than 9.4% it would seem but that appears to be the strength. The head does lend a rather creamy touch.

Although this is a great tasting beer I would not reach for another in one session. The hop flavor is a little harsh (but good) and the alcohol is a bit high if one were to have more than a couple. This is a great brew with a great character. A big beer from a big brewery. Thank you Founders!

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Photo of aforbes10
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of kkulacki. Pours a dusky brown to orange with a nice half inch head. Laces slowly and stickily. Smells of hops, sweet grapefruit, alcohol. Big lupulin oil blast right up front. Tingling bitterness. Grapefruit and pineapple on a caramel malt base with obvious but complementary alcohol mingling with the bitterness. Bitterness lingers and alcohol warms. Full bodied for the style. Not syrupy, but close. A good IIPA, but personally I like them to feature the hop flavors, not the bitterness. Still, very excited to have gotten to try this. thanks, Konrad.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. bottled on 4/2/13.

Pours an amber color with a very thin, bubbly, white head. Smell is a dry, hoppy scent with citrus being the dominating aroma. Taste is extremely bitter with dry hops overwhelming the citrus. ABV is very well hidden and undetectable. Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit too dry and bitter to be "easy drinking."

Overall an alright DIPA. I expected more from this considering Founders is top class, but this one fell short for me.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy golden hue, barely any head, constant bubbles rising from center of glass

S - bitterness, citrus, honey, smells of heavy booze.. grapefruit, caramel

T - slightly bitter initial with a very floral/fruity follow up.. very bitter after-taste. taste the hops with every burp. lingering bitterness turns very earthy and way more bitter. i am enjoying this bitterness way more than last year.

M - medium body with moderate carbonation. creamy mouthfeel..

O - this would be a good IPA if it didn't have such a distinct after-taste. it makes me want to just get the beer over with as fast as possible so i can try and get rid of the lingering bitterness.

Bottled on Jan 6 2012, drank on Feb 5 2012

edit: 2013 bottle drank fresh.. liking it way more. not sure if it's because my palate has developed or because it's just better this year. re-scored. went from a 3.25 to a 4.

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Photo of nbeattie
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottles to a snifter.

Appearance was a thin white head. Dissipated quickly. Color is a transparent yellow amber.

Smell was faint citrus and mellow malt.

Taste was hop forward, more more earthy than citrus. Left a lingering bitterness.

Feel was thin, dry.

Overall it's on the milder side as far as imperial IPAs go. Not quite the hop kick-in-the-mouth most of them end up being. I would drink it again but won't list it among my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of eagles22
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden raisin body with a nice 2 finger white head

Smell: pineapples hit my nose first than some apples, oranges, lemons and toffee

Taste: very good DIPA! Pineapples and toffee malts at first than a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: very oily mouthfeel which I like alot, to many DIPAs are way to dry this has some dryness to it, but its not going over board on the dryness.

Drinkability: very high for 9.4%

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Photo of gunnerman
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a yellow color with a not much head and a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is sweet malt, earth tones, no hop character in the nose. Taste is pretty explosive with a sweet taste of candy up front and a hop explosion towards the back end. this has a oily hop taste on the finish that sticks to your palate for hours. Overall the look and smell of this was a let down but the exlosive hop profile on the finish was a nice touch, more sweet on the front end. I want to be fair, I am not sure how old this bottle was and this could be better if it was fresh.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a golden peach color. There are quite a few particulates suspended within, which looks rather odd with the gentle streams of bubbles rising up. The head is an irregular film and collar that leaves a trace of lace.

Smells of red grapefruit and pine needles with a trace of powdered sugar followed by a papery dryness.

Tastes crisp and fruity with the pine and grapefruit, but it takes on a touch of doughnut, dinner roll and cardboard. Finishes with a piney tingle.

Feels a little heavy with a fine, raspy carbonation that keeps its distance.

A fine beer, but a bit too heavy and present for something of it's ABV.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, fresh keg, in a snifter.

A. Appears ruddy orangish with a decent foaming and stickage.

S. Smells strongly of hops. Grapefruit comes to mind.

T. At first, just stinging of hops. Grated orange zest. Some spice from the citrusy hop boquet. As it warms, a bit of clean alcohal cuts into the hop flavor. Malt is kind of overpowered here.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and zesty hops to the tongue.

D. This one drinks slow, and the alcohal is a bit hot. Still pretty good, but for some reason I liked the Centennial IPA more. True to the style though.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in color with a soapy white head...moderate haze. It's got a wonderfully fresh citric, fruit, and pale malt. It's a mildly sugary, very sweet taste, with a lot of bitterness for balance. Good fresh, fruity, lemon-orange hop flavor. Not overly bitter. Orange blossom. Mildly peppery. Overall, this is a hoppy, perfumy, and very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of manahansf
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy light copper color crowned with a thin and creamy, white head. The nose is sharp and bitter citrus hops and foreshadows the quick bitterness of the citrus hops in the flavor. A little bit overwhelming and is not quite in balance. The body however is very mild and viscous. Just my type, and makes the higher alcohol content comfortable and warming. The finish fades slowly and ends with a lingering tart and bitter flavor.

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Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-A hazy gold with a little bit of head and some stickiness. Some fine bubbled carbonation.

S-Lemony hops with a little bit of pine in the background. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt.

T-Unbalanced does not begin to describe the flavor here. Lemon hops turning in to grapefruit and piney bitterness in the finish. No malt of any kind to be tasted either.

M-Crisp and dry with lots of oily, almost charcoaly bitterness.

D-Well, much as I love hops, the lack of any kind of malt presence makes this beer a bit fatiguing. One is tasty...and enough.


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Photo of chaz410
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at Charlotte's Duckworths.

Appearance is unusually yellow for a DIPA. Very nice finger wideth foamy white head that stays for a while.
Smell is full of floral hops and notes of grapefruit. Pine and lemon round out the nose.
Taste is a little sweet malt, mostly tart and nearly sour. Blended together with lots of hops that are mostly piney and grapefruit in character. Little lemon hop end. Bitter up front and actually pretty mild in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and a little sharp.
Good beer for hop enthusiast, not for everyone though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, golden yellow with a half finger head that dissipates fast, leaving bubbles in its wake. Very little lacing.

S: Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit.

T: Follows nose with added lemons. Hops are smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium; kinda creamy carbonation. Dry.

O: Another winner from Founders. I'm not a hophead, but these imperial IPA's are really selling me.

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Photo of brendanbeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. nice yelow gold.

s. piny and citrus. the hops are strong and its appealing.

t. i cant help but compare to hopslam, just had recently, its ALMOST there, but not quite with the complexity. the pine and citrus and bitter-sweet is really nice. full and lovely.

m. carbonated, and strong.

d. pretty drinkable. id enjoy a few if i had the money. good work founders....

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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