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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,317
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,042 | FT: 10
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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 tnlandsailor
1.53/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

In keeping with the double IPA moniker, the 9.1% ABV is substantial. The color is unusually light considering the style, but pours beautifully and is very clear. That's where the kind words stop.

I put my nose over the glass and was aromatically assaulted. Huge amounts of resiny, piney hops lept out of the glass and ripped out my nose hairs. The descriptor that I cannot overstate is "grapefruit". I have smelled grapefruity beers before, but this is the most intense of any that I have ever encountered - homebrewed or commercial. It is sour, slightly fruity, and nauseatingly intense. It's hard to dig through all that aroma and pick out any malt to speak of, so I'll just say that picking out malt aroma in this beer is akin to finding redeeming value in child porn.

The taste is simply a tactical nuclear grapefruit bomb. Acidic, and resiny to the point of wanting to scrape my tongue after the first sip. The flavor was neither enjoyable nor worthy of a courtesy second sip. But considering the price I paid for the 4 pack, I grimaced and finished the glass. Again, I tried to find malt among the lupulin jungle, but was having a hard time. The bitterness was intense and clean, but even that was dwarfed by the sour grapefruit of the hop flavor. After a couple of sips, between all of the alcohol and the hops, my tongue felt like it had been mugged in a back alley and left for dead. Sadly, my malt flavor report came up empty on this beer. Now, the owner of a 3 pack, I found others in my circle of friends that were more receptive to the "gifts" that this beer has to offer. I don't recall anyone thanking me.

I like a good hoppy beer. I think the Founder's Cenntennial is a fine IPA. The problem is, more is not better. Just because you can pour an obscene amount of hops in a beer does not make it enjoyable. I realize that double IPA is a bit a of a daredevil beer by definition, but this beer misses the mark on hop character by a wide margin. It is not done artfully or well, just brash and decadent. The intensity is not fresh or floral, but resiny and overpoweringly grapefruit. I think even the most extreme beers need just a modicum of balance. There was none. Just grapefruit, grapefruit, and yes, more grapefruit.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
1.75/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Group tasting notes from 2-18-11
Poured out of a bottle.
Served in oversize wine glass.

A- DT pours a light gold color. Not too much head or lacing at all.

S- One taster said it best: "it smells like citrus-scented pine solve". That's it, you get a little citrus, then an entire forest of pine. It's aggressive, it attacks the nose.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, but it definitely coats the mouth, dries the mouth out.

T- Tastes like pine solve. There was a little citrus taste at the beginning, but middle and end tastes are all pine. Not balanced at all, or maybe balanced perfectly for pine lovers.

Food: We paired the DIPAs with spicy pork tacos and spicy chicken wings. This actually overpowered the pork and made it taste bad. The spicy and sweetness of the wings actually brought out the citrus a bit more.

Overall: This didn't win over our non-ipa testers, everyone finished their glass but didn't want to kill our test bottle.

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Photo of jfmorey
2.28/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice pale orange with a spicy/tart aroma.

Taste was more than disappointing, the alcohol obliterating all the potential flavors (I could make out grapefruit and spice/floral hops) leaving a metallic aftertaste.

Given the other ratings, I gave this a second chance a few hours later. What to do with the other two?

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Photo of wcintula
2.47/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I'm sad to give this a low score after hearing so many good things about it. Poured from a keg tapped just 4 days prior, it looked very promising with it's staying head, and deep body. The nose brought a strong hop smell but a predominant smell of body odor. The taste is the same with some sweet malt flavors and hop bitterness and pine resinous feelings/flavors. I say this from a very objective standpoint as I was looking forward to trying this beer for the first time, but I must say, a disappointment.

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Photo of Buebie
2.66/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12oz twist off into an oversized snifter. A rigerous pour produces a smallish half inch white head.
The look is an unfiltered hazyness with a glowing darker golden color. Retention is nice at a cap, with sticky lace drapeage.

Aroma is average, its malty and bread filled, but hops are really subdued. fruity with banana, some mild spicie hops, just a distant wiff of grapefruit.

A bit hot upfront, with a lingering solvent flavor, somwhat masked by mild hops. More spicieness, somthing peppery, dry pine, aspirin chalky tones.
Finishing pretty dry with aspirin and bitter hops. More solvent lingering into the finish.

Mouthfeel is tacky and slick, with carbonation abundance.

I'm dissapointed by this one, after reading some of the reviews on here I had high hopes.
This is the first Founder's beer I've had that I disliked. Its no biggie, this one is just not for my. Luckily they have a bunch of other kick ass brews out there to drink.

Thanks for finally coming to Minnesota!

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Photo of capeannbass36
2.68/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden yellow. 1/2 inch white head that disappeared quickly.

S- I am smelling grapefruit and skunk. Nothing else. YUCK.

T- Citrus, pine, very bitter.

M- ehhh. Damn near flat, almost no carbonation.

O- Over priced, over rated. Need to do my homework a bit better. 20 bucks for a 4 pack of this swill?! Does pack a punch.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.68/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy golden color and poured a white foamy head. The smell of this beer was hoppy like a Christmas tree. The taste was the same, WAY hoppy. It was like putting a handful of spruce in your mouth. Too much of that I will not buy again.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a beer that I bought in April of 2009 and drank July of 2009. It's appearance in my sniffer glass was a brilliantly clear gold color. The head and lacing was white and minimal. The aroma was mainly dominated by hops. There was a pleasant hop-candy note and the typical citrus. Higher alcohol was also present in the aroma but not overly assertive. The flavor was dominated by an extremely assertive hop bitterness, which I expected. What I did not expect was the beer to be "hot", an out-of-balance alcohol flavor. This high phenolic character distracts from any subtle hop or yeast notes that are most likely there. Overall, this is a big beer in every department. Unfortunately, a possible oversight during fermentation caused it to be a little too big.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nearly crystal clear golden amber. About a half-inch white head that lingers quite a while, leaving a fair amount of lace in its wake.

S - Citrusy and grassy. There is almost no malt to speak of in the nose, just hops.

T - Pure hops. Grass and citrus with very little malt to speak of considering the amount of hop bitterness. The bitterness of the hops encompasses the entirety of the finish.

M - Medium bodied, nothing really worthy of note.

D - A little below average for the style. I would expect a bit more character from the malts to even out the hops a bit.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
2.87/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had one of these with dinner, and I must say, I was somewhat disappointed. Most of the brews I've had from Founders have been excellent, but this one was just above average in my book. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Is a hazy orange color. Kind of looks like a peach iced tea. No head at all on the pour. Leaves no lacing in the glass. The smell is somewhat nice, but not anything spectacular. Lots of pine and citrus, but nothing all that over whelming. A good smelling beer, but nothing that makes it overly memorable.

Taste is good, a little bit of an alcohol burn upfront. That's somewhat surprising for being under 10% and an IPA. Usually, you get smacked with hops on the first sip, but the Hops come through on the finish with the one. That citrus, piney taste is there, but there is a weird bitterness that just doesn't seem to belong. It's almost like an added, fake bitterness. Just feels OK in the mouth. Little carbonation, and the lack of complexity leads to a lot of alcohol taste that you wouldn't expect from a high class IPA.

This one is definitely not a sipper. Get one, try it, drink it down, and move onto something better. If you have access to founders, you have access to stuff better than Double Trouble.

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Photo of Swift989
2.88/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a red wine glass

A: Barely any head at all and it did not retain. after a few sips was totally gone with only minuscule wisps of white on the top. mainly just color of the beer. A amber gold, a color slightly darker than apple juice from concentrate. tiny bubbles few and far between for carbonation.

Smell: Uninspiring. Maybe something is wrong with this batch compared to other reviews. I can barely smell it. And I have been working in the beer industry the last 6 months and smelled a lot of great hops. A little bit of a whiff of a dessert wine, like a Bordeaux style sauterne.

Taste: Also surprisingly weak for 9%. I mean its hoppy, but nothing compared to some Double/Imperial IPAs. Certainly a smooth finish as they claim, but the bitterness is about equal to the uninspiring Port City Monumental IPA. Seriously.

M: Very little carbonation or bubbles. Again mouthfeel is like a dessert wine of about 14-18% Not even as much body as a port.

O: I really don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe its because I drank Weyerbacher Double Simcoe shortly before this, but I would much rather have that beer or He'Brew Hop Manna. This beer has a boring smell and just masks a ton of alcohol. Maybe if your trying to get drunk drink these beers at 9%. It is smooth. overall I'm on the east coast, this is from Michigan...PASS.

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Photo of MACrist
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 06/15/15, reviewing on 11/12/15.
Was really excited to see this come in and equally as disappointed to see the 4 cases we got are 5 months old. IMO, if they going to sell it that old it is fair to review it for what it is.
LOOKS: Orange-amber, aggressive pour into snifter with one finger of off white soapy head. Small bubbles.
AROMA: Floral, citrus, honey, mildly astringent quality. Some tropical and stone fruit qualities.
TASTE: Very mellow. No big hop punch which might be expected considering age. Sweet honey, mild citrus, mild bitterness more in back of sip. Some mild alcohol.
MOUTHFEEL: Creamy, low carbonation.
About what I expected, can't try a fresh one if they send old product. Of course the store should have asked for fresher product.

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Photo of bbarrows
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured to pint glass.
A: Light amber yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly
S: Resiny, grapefruit aroma
T: Grapefruit and lemony with boozy, alcoholic finish. A bit sweet
M: Dry
D: Due to the boozyness of this beer, I can't drink more than a few ounces.

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Photo of thequeen711
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders hopsey-piney, grapefruity,spicy, and flowery IPA isn't too bad for an IPA...maybe the Double IPA helps. Nose distinctly of grapefruit, brings to mind a fresh and quenching beer, just light enough for the summer heat. Not being one to appreciate a hoppy beew, I can tolerate this one, and may have a few more before the summer's over.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Bottled date of 02/09/12. Pours a vibrant amber with very little head. Some lacing. Aroma is musty with some pine, and earthiness. Taste is piney and earthy. Some hints of citrus and warming alcohol. Musty, earthy finish. Basement-like. Not really digging this all that much. Lightly carbonated. Im diasppointed with this one. Overall, the musty flavor is too much for me. There's a ton better double IPAs out there and many better Founders brews as well. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of samie85
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 12/31/09.

A- Pours a clear goldenrod color with a one finger head.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple and caramel malt are present aromas.

T- Bitter grapefruit, pine, and orange with a mild caramel malt backbone, and finishes with an unpleasantly dry bitterness. The pine comes across the most in this department.

M-The dryness extends to the mouthfeel and it's something I'm not a fan of. It's medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol is palpable on the way down.

D- Not very high, I was expecting something a little more complex. I let this warm quite a bit and I think the negative qualities (dryness, one note flavors) became even more obvious. I'm actually struggling to finish this one.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid $3.19 for a 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a snifter to review.

Not the thickest on the pour. White head of about 1/3" consistent of relatively small bubbles that dissipates somewhat quickly. Lighter in color than most DIPAs, it takes on a golden orange hue. No retention, but some decent lacing.

Nice, well balanced aroma of a lot of malt and even more hops. This has probably the best nose for a balanced IPA I've tried. So perfectly balanced it creates a unique hop profile that is somewhat reminiscent of the 90 Minute IPA. Slightly medicinal in character.

Taste is even more balanced than the nose suggested and I instantly am not as impressed as I thought I'd be. Hops seem to have no life in them yet you can tell there are a lot in there. Balanced yet misconstrued.

Medium to full body with a long finish and low carbonated mouth. Aftertaste of subdued hop bitterness.

Founders makes great malty stouts and that is what they are known for. Even their DIPA was quite malty; I guess that's not what I'm looking for in this style of beer.

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Photo of SassieCassie
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA Speigelau glass

Very little head retention about and 1/8 of an inch, poured golden, the color is a a good representation.

Nose: Fruity, pine, and cat-box (note: after about 10-20 minutes the "cat-box" aroma went away and the nose became very piney)

Taste: Wood chips, piney, hops

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Photo of bskrtz
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served cold from tap to beer challice, at "Revolution Brewing Co" in Chicago

A) Appearance is slightly cloudy but light easily passes through, golden, 1 inch white head that lasts several minutes

S) Strong, robust, spicey, alcohol is abundant

T) Bam! Strong bitter hoppy smack. Pungent, Pinesol, sour, grassy. Strong sweet malt as well.

M) Long lasting, ample carbonation. Stays consistent through the pour.

D) One was plenty for me. I acknowledge this style -- Imperial IPA -- is really not my favorite.

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Photo of kevanb
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6.13.2014, poured into a Founders KBS snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of gold and orange, very clear complexion with a soft, cloudy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is abrasive, big hoppy grapefruit peel, piney resin and sappiness with strong alcohol. It's pretty blunt and not very intriguing. The flavors are a bit better, strong piney hops, light wildflower, grapefruit peel, balanced well, but those enjoyable hops don't last long as fusel alcohol and light sticky malt takes over and punishes the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats the tongue well, carbonation is mild and feels nice, finishes easily and very dry.

Verdict: A less than impressive DIPA from Founders, just way too boozy and abusive. The hop profile is nice but just gets strongly overpowered by the alcohol character which overpowers the malt which could provide a much nicer counterbalance. Just too intense for me.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Light, clear golden color. Poured with a thin film of white, which died quickly to a thin lace. The second pour redeemed the first, achieving a head, which slowly died to a thin film.
S: Apple juice and some pineapple, but mostly just bright--not piney--hops. There is a very sweet, alcoholic golden raisin and faint bread aroma in the background.
T: Gin alcohol and apple juice, but with less of the citrus pineapple, which comes off like orange extract. It is mildly sweet, but the gin alcohol lingers harshly. The taste is overwhelmed by the biting hops... and not in a good, complex way. It reminds me of drinking tea that's been steeped for too long.
M: Very thin, with little carbonation. It has a nice crispness to it, but it is too light for the alcohol.
D: Very good for the high 9.4% ABV. That being said, I probably wouldn't order more than one in a row.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Packaged 4/11..looking forward to trying this with freshness upon it.
Light orange pour, light carbonation, a bit hazy but not murky, little bit of lace.
Aromas of faint citrus hops and slight sweetness. Not much here. Not unpleasant, just light and disappointing. Like finding out your son is ballerina. And he's a terrible ballerina.
Nice bitterness, good malt and hop balance, a little booze present. Grapefruit, floral, a little pine. Decent flavor but it's not outta control like I expect from these guys. A little light on body, and overall a bit of a disappointment.
Not bad, but not up to my Founders standards. Probably will try a bottle of the new batch when it comes out next, but I doubt I'll be excited about it.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy honey color, with hardly any head. Aroma is restrained hops. Taste is malty, boozy and balanced by hops. Mouthfeel feel oily for an ipa, but not bad. Overall and balanced dipa with a kick of booze.

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Photo of MBrausen
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. With an aggressive pour, it is a nice coda colored orange with a 2mm thick head, quickly drops to a thin ring of foam

S. Smells of sweet orange peel, slight pine and slight grapefruit

T. Tastes of lots and lots of orange peel, strong grapefruit bitterness and some tartness in the finish. Not a lot of depth. Just kind of a smack in the face.

M. Medium body, mild carbonation with a chewy wet finish.

O. A decent brew. Not anything overly amazing. It’s a very one sided DIPA compared to most of what I have had. Only semi-interesting. Would be okay to kill a fewe for a buzz, but not something I will likely buy in the future. There are a lot of readily available beers in-store I would grab first.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Balanced taste / palate until a real alcohol-fueled kick at the end. A very bitter finish - quite pleasant, if that's what you're looking for - but a much boozier taste than I'd expected. At 9.4%, alcohol flavour is to be expected, and without the (super) sweetness of many barley wines. Something to enjoy on occasion, but definitely not a session beer.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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