Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,617
Hads: 6,130
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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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 demcorhip
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent. Somewhat pale amber in colour, fairly clear, and mildly effervescent. Good head retention, although a fairly vigorous pout only gave one finger's worth of tight, white head. Excellent, sticky lacings gradually break down from sheets to leave an intricate web inside the glass.

A decent nose of tropical fruit greets the nose. Not overpowering, but papaya, apricot and citrus, nectarine and grapefruit are there in solid amounts. Not much coming from the malts, but a honeylike sweetness and hints of caramel and biscuit are present over the mainly bready malts.

Almost an aspirin type bitterness, the tropical aromas dont come through as strongly in the flavour, but elements of pine and grapefruit come through more cleanly, with a mildly resinous quality. The malts are more straightforward and as described above.

Almost medium bodied, and fairly balanced for a IIPA. Dont get me wrong, this is a hoppy brew that is almost resinous and mildly stripping.

Pretty drinkable considering the ABV. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but for its warming effect. This is a solid IIPA, but is not knocking my socks off either. It may serve as a good introduction to the style, as it isnt too extreme. But as far as looks go this one is top notch. Ill likely be drinking this one again, especially considering at roughly 10 bucks a four pack it is reasonably priced. (1,377 characters)

Photo of wchesak
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a great divide brewing snifter

A - not very much head on it at all, once formed, nice clean white, lots of lacing appears immediately, orangey amber color

S - citrus and pine hops, even lemony

T - follows the smell, with the pine showing up more in the aftertaste, leaves a good dry/bitter aftertaste

M - medium body, good effervescent carbonation, drops

D - alcohol gradually creeps into the aftertaste as the beer warms, however, it is never however overpowering or hot, really starting to enjoy these founders beers (536 characters)

Photo of JToad
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 Pack of this IIPA for $11.95, was excited to try something I had not seen before from Founders.

I poured this directly from the bottle, into my Michelob Celebrate goblet. It's an hazy amber, almost hefe like in color. Very little head, with minimal lacing on the sides.

Intial smell of hops right away. Grapefruit is very noticeable.

Bitterness attacks the side of your tongue. Notes of tobacco linger on the back end. Finishes crisp and clean. Nice mouthfeel, even maybe a little thin. For such high ABV at 9.4%, this isn't all that boozy. Many DIPA's tend to be a bit thick, this isn't, which Im not sure is a good thing or not. There's a little metallic taste present, but not overpowering.

All in all, another solid American Double IPA. Not sure it is in the league of 90 Min, Hop Slam or some of the west coast powerhouses, but it is a great DIPA, that I would gladly drink whenever found. Well done Founders. (933 characters)

Photo of MichaelJSmith
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this draft beer at the Bridge in downtown STL.

Appearance: nice clean light color. Little head.

Smell: Sweet smell, some citrus

Taste: Sweet. Overall good taste very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: good

Drinkability: Good beer. Not my favorite type or style, it was quite good and would easily drink again. (306 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, lower carbonation for a slaller white head that did fade abit quickly. No lace to be had.

Aroma of citric grapefruit.

Taste of citric grapefruit, hoppy citric with hop oil coat. Some maltyness with a sour bread-dough hint.

Mouth is smooth at first, but soon a hoppy sting lingers in the aftertaste.

Ok drinker, even at 9.2%. The hop burn lingers in the after-. Well worth a try. (403 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, 1/4 head, slighty cloudy

SMell - Hops, fruits, yeast, pineapple, oranges.

Taste - Pretty much what you'd expect, high hops, some malts and alcohol and more hops. I am surprized though how Smooth it is for as strong as it is. There is a nice grapefruit/hop oil taste.

Mouthfeel - Its not killing my mouth like i thought it would. Tounge gets the fruitty hops, palette gets the bitterness.One thing i kind of dont like is the bitter odd after taste, it reminds me of a old bitter pineapple.

Drinkabilty - Its alot smoother then i figured it would be. But at 9.4% that drops it down. If you love hops but devil dancer was to much for you, this may be the ticket. Also, i wonder how fresh this bottle is. It might be a little old so i take that into consideration about the taste. Another great beer from founders (873 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Good Ta Go. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow/orange. Rather dull color. One finger white head dissipates after only a couple of minutes. Although there is some nice sticky lacing going on here.

Aroma: Floral and citrus-y. Orange rind, grapefruit and pineapple come to mind. Alcohol is detectable. Hint of pine.

Taste: Same citrus flavors. Orange rind and pineapple really standing out here. Alcohol heat is a little more prominent than in the nose. Not really any malts to speak of. Straight up hop bomb and quite bitter at 86 IBUs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Long bitter finish. Pretty much the main defining quality here. Not overly thick which make it quites drinkable for the high bitterness.

I like it for its hops bitterness and surprising pineapple flavor. The high alcohol presence takes away from this one. And it's a bit one dimensional. (913 characters)

Photo of MillRat
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a well-crafted example of what is swiftly becoming a "standard" american DIPA. Orange body with a sticky white head, aroma of grapefruity citrus hops with some malt putting up a futile battle for recognition, taste bears out the promise of the aroma, with puckering hop bitterness and flavors smoothed out by a fairly heavy malt body and sweetness that get a word in edgewise on the palate if not in the nose. Pretty well balanced, which is no mean feat with this amount of hops. This ain't no session brew, both from an ABV standpoint and by how much sticky hop resin you can have on your teeth and still pry your mouth open for the next swig.

Nothing really new here, and there are some examples of the style that are at least marginally better, but this is no slouch, either. Worth an effort to sample. (814 characters)

Photo of rembrant
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour- Cloudy yellow,very little head and that soon vanished. Leaves some film on the glass and not much lacing. A rather unexpected look.

Aroma, Some orange zest,and woodypine hops. Not much at all from the malt side.

Taste- As with the aroma the malts are muted,just a momentary bit of sweetness breaks out,but mostly it's about the citrus hops vs the woodsy hops. i expected more complexity from a Founder's DIPA.. In the last week I'd had a Double Crooked Tree and a Lake Eire Monster and they were both more complex and multi-dimensional. This is tasty and above average but not a top contender

Mouth- Some body and the carbonation is just right. Good for the type.

Drinkable, yes although the alcohol is high to be just pounding these down (748 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottled 5/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity and flowery
Head small (1.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare strip of tiny bubbles
Body – light orange, hazy
Flavor begins with bitterness with some melony overtones, ends bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score 3.825.
A good IIPA – high IBU, good hop flavor. (510 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law while in Michigan this summer.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, darker golden color into a pint glass. About a finger of white head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, spices, slight bitter citrus notes, and a malty/caramel aroma.

Taste - First and foremost, sweet malts and caramel. This is a very malt forward beer which I was not expecting. Granted, there are definite hop, pine, and bitter citrus flavors, however, it is just too damn malty for me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice balance of carbonation, finishes a bit bitter/dry.

Drinkability - Ehh, for the ABV yes, but when I had Founders Centennial and Two Hearted in the refrigerator, I most defiantly went to grab those over this. Will not get this in the future. (811 characters)

Photo of AEK
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Bright gold coloured ale with a bubbly white head. Bubbles rising through the beer.

S. Hoppy, grapefruit, melon, champagne notes, lemon powder.

T. Citrus fruits, not too bitter.

M. Surprisingly medium given the %ABV.

D. Okay beer but there are much better Imperial IPA's out there that give more satisfaction. (376 characters)

Photo of goldbot
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a goblet at a local beer bar. A nice pale orange beer with thick foamy white head. Leave tons of lacing on the glass. Smells of hops lots of hops. Grapefruit and orange with a touch of planty aroma. Taste is not so hoppy, very smooth and mellow. Good grapefruit as well, but not nearly as much as the smell. Pretty sweet as well with a nice malty character.

This has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, balanced with nice airy carbonation. A great beer, smoother than many other DIPAs. Will definitely buy again. (515 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raul been seeing it and Raul been wanting it. And guess what? Raul had it!

Malty like your gramama while cooking breakfast and hoppy like, well, nothing. This thang is overly malty like a Prussian wedding. It's cool, and it's got the hype, but not everyone subscribes to US Weekly. (283 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is sweet, grapefruit and pine. Barely a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. $3.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (316 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

Time for another taste o' the Double Trouble. This time, it pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, leeks, light caramel, and light honey. The taste holds notes of pine, yellow grapefruit, light leek, and very light caramel. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a fine DIPA, but it's very one-sided in favor of dry hops. Generally speaking this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does get pretty tiresome and boring after a while. (682 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours hazy orange-goldenrod with a filmy white head. Literally smells like freshly poured grapefruit juice. I can't pick out any other notes, just Welch's grapefruit juice. Flavor is similar but with some orange juice notes too. Finish is slightly resinous and herbal, with only a modest tinge of bitterness. Dry on the palate with no trace of the big alcohol content. (398 characters)

Photo of FarmHouseJam
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges slightly hazy due to the beer being unfiltered. Bronze golden in color which tells me I am going to enjoy this one. The color shows a lack of caramel color, therefore, a lack of caramel flavor (which I like in DIAP). Small white head leaves minimal lacing.

Great flavor and exactly what a DIPA should be like. Slight sweetness immediately, then leaves immediately, with some more bitterness up front and more in the back. Loads of grapefruit with the grass being a little more subdued in flavor as compared to aroma. Bitter but in no way out of balance. Absolutely perfect.

Perhaps a touch thin for most but I really like the thinness. Without the chewy maltiness, this is one big light colored DIPA. (754 characters)

Photo of cradke
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange, gold. A thin head that dissolves quickly.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit and orange peel. A decent amount of bitterness. Not as much pine as I would have though. A decent amount of pine but not as strong as other DIPA's.

Taste: Lots of bitter grapefruit. Grapefruit bomb. Bitter. Some pine and alcohol. Very little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A pretty decent amount of carbonation considering how little head came out when poured. Decent thickness.

Overall: This was a pretty big grapefruit bomb which isn't a preferred style of IPA for me. I know there are some people that love this stuff and I can appreciate it and how well the alchohol is hidden in there, but it's just not for me. (706 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from E, thank you. Poured into my Delirium Tremes snifter at 49 degrees.

Appearance: A nice frothy white two finger head that has okay retention. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a warm straw with light copper highlight. There are carbonation bubbles and the beer has a slight haziness.

Nose: A nice floral bouquet, pine, and grapefuit with a note of lemon. The malt is toasty, there a slight breadiness, phenols, and solvent. At the tail end of the nose there is a sublte sweetness.

Taste: A semi bright floral bouquet, grapefruit, pine and a subtle note of citrus. The malt is a little heavy and toasty. There are notes of phenols, yeast, solvents, and a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is astringent, carbonatede, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with almost a full finish. I am use to West Coast DIPA's, to me there is not enough umph in the hop department. I feel that it is just above an IPA but not a double. Good beer and a good malty backbone overall. (1,037 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dark yellow or pale orange- the liquid can't really decide. Some crazy walls of lacing covering the glass.

S- The aroma is less hoppy than the taste. There's some grassiness, and then a good deal of maltiness coming through. Also a touch of alcohol singing my nose.

T- This is quite delicious. The hops aren't overbearing in their flavor profile. The bitterness is prominent but also not overbearing. The malt sings through like graham crackers and hearty dinner rolls.

M- Quite the burn. Doesn't hide it's alcohol very well.

D- A beautiful beer and well balanced. I'm not sure I'm in love with the flavors that are presented but I'd give it another try if I had another to drink. Ah, for my next trip to Michigan... (730 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden with nice bubbles. Smallish, short-lived head and not much lacing.

S: Lots of sticky, resiny hops with tropical subnotes. A little bit of fresh hay and some biscuit malts backing it up.

T: More bitter up-front than I expected, and less malt sweetness. Hop character here is earthy and herbal, with slight onion. The malts are primarily dry cracker.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter, clean finish.

O: Personally, I'm more of a sucker for west-coast, citrusy, dank piney IPAs, but this is quite well made and tasty. I wouldn't mind a little more body / sweetness. (588 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another cool label by Founders. Thanks Tony for sending this and others from back east!

Poured a light orange copper with beige head. This one has a pretty mild aroma for an iipa with some green grassy and spicy hops. Had a NuggetNectar in the flight too and this one just smelled like cardboard when put next to the NN.

Despite the aromatic shortcoming, it made up with a nice medium mouthfeel and a balanced taste. The alcohol is noticable, and at 9.4% it does lose a couple points on the drinkability scale. It is a bit sugary sweet, but otherwise a great taster.

I guess this one just didn't hold up to my PacNW ipa palate, reminding me of just another iipa. (668 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Serving temperature approximately 40 degrees F.

Pours a slightly hazy deep burnished gold with a small cap of white foam roughly a half-finger in height. Head settles to a thin, patchy cap that leaves behind some delightful wispy broken legs of lace on the walls of the glass.

Not a lot going on in the nose, even as the temperature warms nearer to room temperature. A slight aroma of citrusy hops, lemongrass and a bit of grapefruit, with a faint alcoholic tinge. Nothing spectacular on that front.

The body is surprisingly light. Medium-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation, helping to lift things a bit; I suspect that without the carbonation, this brew would be a little heavy. Sweet malt up front, honeyish and a little fruity with a hint of apple and pineapple; the hops introduce themselves in the middle with a mildly citric note before delving straight into palate-obliterating bitterness. Bone-dry and powerfully bitter all the way into the finish, where a little alcohol shows up to dry things a little more before hitting an aftertaste that is parching a little off-putting, but one which certainly screams for another quaff.

Drinkability is fairly good for such a hefty beer, mostly due to the fairly light body and immense dryness in the finish. Difficult to determine whether to sip or slosh this one, which can be a good or a bad thing. Good, as it makes the beer more desirable, but once the alcohol kicks in, that certainly becomes a negative. Overall, though, a pretty well-put-together DIPA. (1,585 characters)

Photo of macher0
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip. Not sure of age, but certainly not fresh.

A: Copper to dark copper. Translucent. Very small head that quickly retreats to bubbly rim. Minimal lacing.

S: Not very fragrant. Yeast. Floral. Hops. A minor hint of citrus (likely because I was expecting it).

T: Floral on the front and hops at the end. No citrus. Mildly bitter and a hint of booze.

M: Moderate to full bodied. Fairly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

O: A nice DIPA. There are better ones and worse ones. Based on previous reviews, I was expecting a lot more citrus on the smell and taste, and since I really favor that in an IPA, I was disappointed. The age may have something to do with the lack of citrus, since this bottle was not fresh by any means. I would buy this again if fresh. (768 characters)

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