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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,724 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,724
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 308
Gots: 398 | FT: 5
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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deliu

Illinois

1/5  rDev -76.3%

02-12-2012 04:06:55 | More by deliu
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Luckyclv3r

Michigan

1/5  rDev -76.3%

02-04-2012 22:29:34 | More by Luckyclv3r
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jraras

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -76.3%

01-11-2012 04:04:21 | More by jraras
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mwar

Kentucky

1.25/5  rDev -70.4%

11-30-2012 18:08:51 | More by mwar
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tnlandsailor

Tennessee

1.48/5  rDev -64.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 19:07:57 | More by tnlandsailor
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nicholas527

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -64.5%

03-04-2012 20:02:30 | More by nicholas527
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Gunslinger711

Indiana

1.73/5  rDev -59%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 05:23:20 | More by Gunslinger711
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Dracarys

Alabama

2/5  rDev -52.6%

06-28-2013 01:02:27 | More by Dracarys
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Monnie

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -52.6%

11-20-2012 02:30:51 | More by Monnie
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2/5  rDev -52.6%

06-20-2012 16:12:57 | More by carteravebrew
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NinjaPenguin

Ohio

2/5  rDev -52.6%

01-13-2014 14:31:30 | More by NinjaPenguin
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2Shaws

Virginia

2/5  rDev -52.6%

11-21-2011 16:26:22 | More by 2Shaws
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mattyrubes

New York

2/5  rDev -52.6%

01-10-2012 04:26:45 | More by mattyrubes
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jfmorey

Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -48.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:20:32 | More by jfmorey
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

01-29-2013 22:26:09 | More by cofeeguru
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beerist

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

07-14-2013 14:27:03 | More by beerist
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wcintula

New York

2.48/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 22:59:27 | More by wcintula
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hiphopj5

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

06-21-2012 19:35:14 | More by hiphopj5
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Linda081

New York

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

08-25-2013 20:55:26 | More by Linda081
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

04-29-2012 20:52:36 | More by VikeMan
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

05-29-2012 14:12:22 | More by TheBigBoy
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Psychobabbler

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

07-01-2014 23:02:01 | More by Psychobabbler
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ivorycannon

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

10-25-2013 03:27:22 | More by ivorycannon
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -38.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:09:06 | More by Buebie
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 18:46:52 | More by Minkybut
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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,724 ratings.