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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,212
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 418
Gots: 973 | FT: 11
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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 gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer-- I think that it's almost beyond the IPA style.
In someways w/o knowing that it's an IPA -- I wanted to call it a Bock but
then again it is an IPA.

It produced a flowery and fruity nose--

First sip added to the notion of the flower-shop nose.

Body galore!

Maybe there's no malt in the brew-- but I swear there's a sweetness- that loaf of bread.
The hops are there too in abundance.

Even with the 9.4% ABV I can put down the four pack in a sitting while in total beer ecstacy

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 02/23/11

Clear golden body, slightly lighter than what I expect from the style. Two finger fizzy white head sits atop. The head fades back quite quickly, a fair amount of broken lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

A healthy dose of resinous pine and dank hop aroma greets your nose. There is a fair amount of citrus aroma underneath though the greener aromas are definitely the focal point. Very subtle pale malt can be noted but it does require some searching to find it.

The flavor is rather similar to the nose. Highly resinous hop flavor lays on the tongue. Bittersweet grapefruit and some tropical fruit flavors lay beneath. The pine flavors are not really there as I expected from the aroma though the malt is still fairly lacking. I like the malt bill but wish the hop flavor came off a bit cleaner.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly dry but again the hop resin flavor just coats the tongue.

Decent DIPA, one worth checking out. Many people enjoy this beer but I have a couple issues with it. The hop flavor does not come off clean and that really effects the beer all the way through. The way the flavor just digs into and lays on the tongue really hurts the beer. One in my limit, after that I need to move to something a bit cleaner. (1,297 characters)

Photo of antoines15
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: i would say yellow-ish in color with good lacing on the glass

s: hops, pine, citrus, hops

t: bitterly hoppy and citrus

m: slightly sticky with medium carbonation

d: maybe too bitter to have more than two, but definitely easy to put down the first one.

on my fourth dipa of the night so the reviews have gotten shorter, and yet somehow sweeter. ha. (356 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. 86 IBU's and 9.4% ABV per the label. No info on the website as of now. Pours out to a slightly cloudy light amber/burnt orange with peach accents, forming a tall sticky white meringue head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lace. Thin layer of least in the bottom of the bottle. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is heavenlywith a boatload of skunky tropical fruit hops. There is skunkweed, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and pine in there...wonderfully full and fresh. Mouthfeel is smooth, sleek, with a dense body. The taste is as expected...boatloads of hops over a firm pale malt base, with a heavy accent on the grapefruit pith bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness and soft hint of vanilla which tries to regain balance to the very assertive bitterness. Alcohol adds a peppery flourish to the finish with a potent bitter aftertaste of pine sap. One bottle is gonna be hard to finish.

This is certainly well-crafted, but is honestly a bit much for my taste. I prefer my DIPA's a bit less bitter. I'd prefer HopSlam, Centennial, or even fresh Two-Hearted to this. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence - A finger and a half of whipped head is noticeable right away. The beer itself is a cloudy, murky amber orange. Looks very fresh. Slight caramel notes, but mostly amber-orange.

Smell - Reminiscent of Troeg's Nugget Nectar for some reason, except without all the caramely malt. Smells heavily of citrus and bitters. Strong hints of orange peel and slight malts.

Taste - Mmm. Hoppy and fresh. Strong bitter hops that smooth out to an orange peel and zesty finish. Very strong grapefruit and a pinch of lemon.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - You can definitely tell that this is a double IPA thanks to the hop profile. Extraordinarily hopped, tangy and bitter. Good to sip. (681 characters)

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

Pours a bright yellow color with little head from the keg... some sediment as well.

Smell is what the color looked like... lemon citrus. At 9.4% ABV, this beer comes across much lighter.

Taste is sweet with notes of honey and lemon. Easy drinking, but not exactly what I expected coming from a double IPA.

Overall, a little bit of a let down coming from Founds, but different. Sure some love it and that's what the beer world go 'round. (441 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a cloudy honey color with a very thick tiny bubbled white heading. Leaves some heavy soapy looking ring's.

Smell is all grapefruit at first but a nice maltiness takes over and seems kind of juicy.

Taste is well I was wrong a bit overly hoppy and very sweet light malts. To the point of were this turns into a hop juice.

Mouth is very syrupy light - medium bodied. Full of carbonation.Heavy lingering hoppiness sticks to the palate and holds on for a while.

Drink is good does not taste like a 9.4% ABV.More juicer than I expected. (562 characters)

Photo of BWH3
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA at 45F from a chalice

A: Golden yellow, white head single fingers height, recedes fast to a thick ring. Very clingy suds.

S/T: Strong pine and resin, floral notes as well. Citrus flavors seem down played. Malt is just enough to prevent bitterness from being overpowering but not truly rich or deep.

M: Medium bodied, nice viscosity, average retention.

D: An above average dIPA from Michigan, but not even the best IPA from Founders (473 characters)

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)

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