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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

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4,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 4451
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a yellow orange thats slightly hazy and has a nice white, soapy head that diminishes to a small ring. The smell is slightly sweet with a citrus front and some fresh cut grass and pine bringing up the rear. The taste is slightly bitter hops without much pine and grass and more sugary sweet with a hint of pineapple and other citrus juice. The mouthfeel is a little thin and lacks body. The carbonation could be kicked up a little as well. The drinkability is still good but this one could be better. I believe Hopslam outshines this midwest DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 06:05:25 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed peachy gold, with lots of stuff, tiny tiny stuff, in suspension. A thin head with some speckled and sheeted lacing styles.

Aroma - still working with an under-the-weather sniffer, I do get some good pine and grapefruit though.

Taste - a quick caramel base followed by a wave of very orangey citrus. Very syrupy and candylike is the orange flavor. Full on bitterness now, the grapefruit zest and pine hitting full force and prickly. The swallow is a quick drying, some abv heat, and intensifying bitterness, a touch medicinal but pulling back mercifully before going too far that way. The finish does have more of a mediciney aspect than anything else, but there is still some sharp citrus present.

Mouthfeel - good big body that can stand up to the carbonation level.

Drinkability - not my favorite DIPA, but I'll be interested to see how the other one cellars.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 15:53:00 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim, several clusters of ringlets and a thin band around the edges. Some spots and specks of grouped lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is grapefruit - some sweetness and some piny hops, as well as an earthy quality and a hint of booze in the mix. Taste follows nose, but somewhat muted - nothing really stands out on this one in terms of the grapefruit sweetness or the hops; somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and also slightly oily on the tongue. Decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away - nothing really popped on this; however, this feature does enhance drinkability - not to mention an extremely well-hidden abv at 9.4%.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:00:39 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Telix


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had a draft of this at Ashley's in Ann Arbor in a standard pint glass.

A: The pour was an absolutely crystal clear light copper ale with no head and nice levels of carbonation. A nice looking IPA that I want to dig into.

S: A huge floral honey hoppy sweetness jumped out of the glass. It's actually ridiculously close to Hop Slam, which was surprising -- I hadn't had Double Trouble for some time, but I didn't remember it smelling like this. As it warms a bit of soapiness emerges (somewhat like Pliny The Elder), along with a bit of pepperiness.

T: A big citrus bitterness hits your tongue, with a ton of grapefruit, a weird subtle mild sweet-tart cherry, and a futile attempt to balance things with any malt sweetness. It's fierce on the tongue, and the brew leaves it feeling overly dry and alkaline. Double Trouble is an example of why Hop Slam is as lauded as it is... this beer is just too sharp, too uncontrolled, and not sweet enough.

M: A nice chewy thickness that is great for the style.

D: Double Trouble is a beer you can drink as fast as you want, I suppose, but isn't a chugger. It's just far too harsh and strong, and a tongue bruiser. I love Founder's and want to like this more, but it's just a little extreme, even for the style. I think that they could dial down the IBUs a bit and bring in some more subtle maltiness and it would be equal to Hop Slam in many ways.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 03:29:43 | More by Telix
Photo of camp0474


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a white head with fine carbonation. Body is light orange with a little haze. Some light lacing.

S: HOPS!!! Grapefruit, a bit floral, and hint of skunky grassy smell.

T: Floral, grassy pine hops. Not as much fruit flavor as I expected with the strong grapefruit smell. The hop oils linger. Small traces of sweetness attempt to balance the bitter hops.

M: Medium body. Fine carbonation. Heavy hop oils stay on the tongue.

D: The bitterness and high ABV make this more of an occasional beer for my tastes. Very good beer when looking for a hoppy good time.

Very good hop forward beer. Would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 03:17:20 | More by camp0474
Photo of ABOWMan


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had this ale several times in the past and remember it fondly, so I though I'd do a review this time around. In doing so, I learned something about this brew that I hadn't realized before.

As usual this ale poured an ample three fingers of cream colored head which comprised both fine and medium sized bubbles. The head had descent staying power. There was a slight turbidity to the beer with an apparent yeast halo in the glass. There was nice lacing throughout my drinking occasion.

The aroma was of resinous hops, malt and ripe fruit (apricot?).

The flavor was piny hops, fruity yeast, alcohol, brown sugar and bourbon. There is a nice bitter/sweet balance with alcohol and malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The flavor is strong and robust. It is very appealing upfront ... but, there is a very strong bitter aftertaste to this ale which I had never noticed until now. Coming from a person who loves intense IPA's this is an unusual comment.

Drinkability is average to below average due to the aftertaste I previously mentioned. In addition, the ABV. would likely limit mass consumption of this ale at a single seating. Still, not a bad beer to enjoy from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 20:57:25 | More by ABOWMan
Photo of icetraxx


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange, almost a nuclear orange, with a single finger of creamy white head. The head dissipates to a cap. There is a moderate amount of lacing. 4.0

S: Smells like a centennial hop bomb, bring it on!. Tropical fruits and citrusy aromas dominate with a hint of crisp malt in the background. Nothing new or overly interesting here, but the aroma is quite nice. 4.0

T: Starts with a strong bitterness that eventually tones down and gives way to a strong, almost perfume-like, hop flavor. Malts are completely masked by hops. Hop flavors are tad resiny with quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some citrus. The finish has a bit of undesirable hop bitterness that lingers. There isn't too much that is new or interesting in this beer, but it is solid overall. Strong hop flavors don't muddle that well together and fall up flat in the end, other beers with 90+ IBUs can do a better job. 3.5

M: Luscious and creamy for a DIPA. Perfectly carbonated with a medium body. 4.5

D: Not complex enough to warrant a second serving. A lingering bitterness that makes this one not so refreshing and makes me not want to take another sip. 3.5

O: A decent DIPA that doesn't satisfy by high expectations from such a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 05:21:46 | More by icetraxx
Photo of InebriatedJoker


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip -

Poured a cloudy light orange with two finger head that formed into a thick webbing, decent carbonation.

Smell -Lots of hoppy citrus

Taste - Very hoppy upfront with decent malts ,plenty of graefruit and pine notes.

Drinkability - Not to impressed with the double trouble, for the price I was expecting a better balanced and blended beer, It wasn't awefull just not a world class beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 14:56:18 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of DaveHS


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazy blonde/light amber with 1/3 inch of creamy eggshell white head. Leaves rings of sticky lacing.

S-Piney with light pale malt sweetness. Aromas of grapefruit and Dole canned pear juice.

T/M-Muted citrus/tropical fruit hop flavors.The body is round and sweet. Never gets too malty, but not terribly hoppy either. Finish is dry with a warming quality.

O-Would prefer a more assertice hop profile. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:17:35 | More by DaveHS
Photo of Humulus85


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into my darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden rod with a, white, one finger head. Dissipated rather quickly, but left behind some decent lacing.

Nose is typical dipa, very fruity. Not as citrusy as some, more of a mango, apricot thing going on. There is that expected sweet malt backbone.

The taste follows the nose. Peaches, with some pine and grass, bit of candy malt, and a subtle touch of alcohol. Well balanced for the style.

Mouth feel is appropriate. Light, but assertive. Hop oils coat the mouth nicely, leaving a moderate bitterness. Clean on the finish.

Overall this a solid dipa and a pretty tasty beer. However this is nothing spectacular in a world with PtE, Abrasive, and Heady Topper. This is a more widely distributed brew than those others so it gets some points for accessibility. Worth a try if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:05:54 | More by Humulus85
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this bottle

Consumed 2/12/12

Appearance: Golden in color with a touch of orange, slightly hazy but mostly clear, whispy white head that fades quickly, spotty lacing

Smell: Citrus everywhere - tons of grapefruit, with some orange - pith, zest, and peel - some wet, sticky pine resin, too - floral, and a little herbal - tropical, too - malts are quite hidden, but they do smell biscuity and a bit toasted - smells great but it is a bit chaotic and harsh

Taste: Citrus, pine, and grassy/herbal hops - a number of flavors that seem like they should meld better - grapefruit pith, orange rind, lemon, light fruits, tropical fruits, resiny pine, grass, and a touch of aspirin - very bitter (in a pithy, grassy way), and the bitterness is cloying - malts are slightly biscuity and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, nice carbonation, but too sticky, resiny

Overall: Very good, but not the best

This is a no-holds-barred assault of hops, and I feel it could be a bit more balanced. The grapefruit, grass, and pine are nothing short of intense. This is definitely worth a try, even if it is not personally my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 06:43:28 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of AdamMY


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden but hazy, with a nice dense white head.

Smell is pronounced, with wildflowers, and fresh berries. Nice hint of sweetness too.

Taste is the IPA taste that makes me wonder why people drink IPAs on a regular basis. Laden with so much grapefruit its hard to distinguish anything else. That being said its an incredible grapefruit taste, and it is what most IPAs are known for so take my rating with a grain of salt. I personally find it overwhelmingly sour, though this one is somewhat decently balanced with a hint of sweetness, and other grains.

Mouthfeel is decent, not super creamy, but definitely has more substance to it than water.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:36:07 | More by AdamMY
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South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass. Great label!

A- Double Trouble pours a hazy golden amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, and leaves some good lacing on the sides. Rather light colored for style. Significant amount of sediment in bottle was added, for better or worse, about 3 sips in.

S- nice aroma featuring piney and floral hops with an underlying sweet caramel scent. Slightly earthy. High ABV apparent.

T- Good grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying caramel malt backbone. Rather earthy mid-palate onwards.

M- smooth; medium body; low/moderate carbonation.

O - Double Trouble is a respectable DIPA worth trying. I'd probably like this better with a lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 21:56:08 | More by chinchill
Photo of Auracom


3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Edit - I decided to completely re-review this one based on the release of Doom (which I ended up comparing side-by-side). It faired better than last year's batch.

Single picked up from MSCM. 12 oz. into a FFF Rastal May 1st, 2013.

A - Bright golden color with a white soapy foam that leaves little retention. Some legs and marginal lacing.

S - A pop of mandarin immediately coated with mint leaves, green tea, fresh car (almost leathery or shoe-like), appropriately dirty and danky, light alcohol, and a touch of further tropical fruit that can't quite pull through.

T -Much more condensed into pulpy grapefruit and sappy pine. Nutty with slight booze. Too unbalanced.

M - Long dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation. Plentiful backing heat for less than 10%.

D - I actually really enjoyed the nuances in the aroma but the flavors (while overt) are not complex enough to match some newer recipes.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:13:17 | More by Auracom
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This pours out a very pale color, like straw. There's a thin head with loose bubbles and decent lacing. The smell is really great. There's an amazing fruitiness in the hops. A bit different than the over-the-top citrusy kind of stuff. The hops are just pungent and wonderful, like fresh hops. After the head fades a bit, you get a bit more of the alcohol smell. The taste is far less hoppy. You get this resinous, sticky feel, with a kind of piny taste, and there's quite an alcohol taste. There's kind of a fake fruity taste in there, like candy fruit flavors without the sweetness. Very dry. The mouthfeel is actually very nice. It kind of warms you inside, and is quite smooth. The carbonation is not too sharp. The drinkability is about average. There's very little to pull you away, but this one catches you quick enough to prevent the desire for a second.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 04:53:33 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of DIM


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy, pale yellow color. It poured with a thin, short lived head.

s: Big fresh aromas of earthy grapefruit, and vanilla cookie dough.

t: Bit of a let down here. Starts well with toffee and vanilla flavors. Next up are some lemon zest with a little pine. The finish is abrasively bitter and a little solventy.

m: Decent body, but maybe a little undercarbonated.

d: I love Founder's, but this came up a little short.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 19:31:40 | More by DIM
Photo of scruffwhor


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukaski for the hook-up.

The color is a mix of straw and tea. Pretty clea and bright in color. The head starts at about one finger, and slowly recedes to nothing. Th aroma is a bitter orange zesty nectar with some gummi bear sweetness. The coarse, bitter hop citrus nectar hits the palate upfront. Some dry pilsner malts mix to cut some of the hop bitterness that evolves into somthing a little more resiny and smooth for the finish. This a a hop bomb sipper in my opinion. Well integrated 9.4% alcohol too.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 04:33:17 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of nsmartell


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit hoppy smell and citrusy.

Taste: Citrus hoppy flavor and bitter. Not the most balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. Would seek this out again and drink more.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 11:33:59 | More by nsmartell
Photo of ruckus232


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Medium dark golden color with about 2 fingers of head after a pretty strong pour

Smell: Strong hoppy smell with a slight earthy smell in the background

Taste: It has a bitterness to it that almost has a toasted grassy taste too it. Not as strong as I would expect but to me it is just the right amount of bitterness. Even with the high ABV the there is no alcohol taste to it which sometimes there is a hint of.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:21:36 | More by ruckus232
Photo of birchstick


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy light yellow with a patchy head that is typical of hoppy beers.

S - sweet juicy hops - grapefruit and a bit of pine. Smells delicious.

T - This is a pretty one-dimensional hop bomb. Starts off with some sweet citrus hops, blends with more hops, and finishes with some bitter, piney hops. Not the most balanced of beers, but the hops are delicious and pretty in your face.

M - smooth and full; goes down very well.

D - this was an okay DIPA. Not very well balanced, but the hops were quite delicious. I like Devil Dancer better from this brewery, but this was enjoyable none-the-less...

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 03:33:05 | More by birchstick
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single bottle purchased and poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark golden yellow color with some white head. Spiderweb lacing.

S- 100% hoppy nose. This is obviously the star of the beer. Grapefruit and grass. Strong and pungent at times. Lemony?

T- Hop Bomb. Straight up. As evident by the nose, the hops really stick out. There is hardly any malt to speak of. Medicinal and citrusy hops. Nothing too complex.

M- Too light for me. I wanted more of a creamy texture. This was somewhat thin.

D- Decent drinkability. It was easy going down and the booze was tempered. Very bitter. Wanted more balance.

This was good and should satisfy anyones craving for a mouthful of hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 01:19:03 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of TommyW


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, gold body with a very sticky, white head.

S- A fairly balanced aroma of bready malts with a herbal, slightly pine/citrus hop profile; kind of sweet, honey aroma is also mixed in there too.

T- Hops seem to dominate the front of the palate, but mostly through an herbal, resiny, tea-like hop profile (reminds me a lot of summit hops). A quick flash of bready malts comes in and then is overtaken by the bitter finish that lingers on for a bit.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a terrible IPA, but the hop profile is a little one-dimensional (sort of reminiscent of oskar blues gubna, but a bit sweeter and maltier); it was hard for me to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:12:51 | More by TommyW
Photo of NODAK


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is juicy. Really juicy. Grapefruit on top of tropical fruits. Very hoppy.

Pours a nice golden color with a fair head. It likely belies how intense the taste will be.

The citrus hop bitterness stings right away with a pretty good dose of grapefruit and perhaps tropical fruits (mango and peach come to mind). The 86 IBU's show. Then, through the body, some spiciness peeks through with a little malt. It's pushed back at the end by a hoppy finish lasting into the aftertaste.

Some DIPA's are very malty and some are basically hop juice. This is in the middle of that, leaning towards hoppy. I think this stays away from being so ridiculously hoppy that it detracts. That said, it's one of the more bitter ones I've had. Definitely need to be in the mood for a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:41:32 | More by NODAK
Photo of KFBR392


3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly burnt orange color. Above average carbonation. Two fingers of head on the pour. Sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Looks like a DIPA should.

Smell: Pine probably sticks out the most. Tangerines, oranges, lemon, with some light caramel, and buttered popcorn. A nice balanced aroma, nothing is too strong and nothing is seriously lacking. At the same time nothing blows me away, its just very solid all the way around.

Taste: A syrupy pine flavor hits right away. Saturated tangerines and some bright fruits like melon and pineapple. A slightly dry hop finish sticks on the palette. The high alcohol content adds to this dryness. Pretty solid hop action and nice fruity accents but again nothing is knocking me over.

Mouthfeel: Dry with some fruity hops lingering.

Overall: A solid DIPA. I've never been too impressed with Founder's IPAs but this one is better then the others. With how competitive the DIPA field is this day, this one falls short on being something truly memorable. A good easy drinker for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:02:36 | More by KFBR392
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3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Founders I'm pleased to drink and pours a pineapple hue with the fluffiest two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is a good combination of malts and hops with aromas of pineapple,boiled candy,lychee,caramel candy and torn orange leaves,the mouthfeel is over medium bodied with beautiful moderate carbonation and the taste starts off with pineapple,strong citrus,sweet caramel candy and finished with a passionfruit bittersweetness and overall it's very drinkable with its ABV not noticeable at all and yeah it's nice but there's better DIPA's out there cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:37:44 | More by ADZA
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,451 ratings.