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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,628
Hads: 6,215
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 416
Gots: 977 | FT: 11
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,628 | Hads: 6,215
Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle thanks to R Moe Nay

Cloudy scarecrow yellow with a thin white head. Nice lacing throughout.

Earthy, grassy hops up front with some citrus hop goodness towards the end. Notes of alcohol and spice as well.

Very similar to the aroma. A Little added fruit in the background. Wonderful hop profile.

Nice level of bitterness with a dry ending

Founders really does some nice work and this a fine example (418 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on March 2, 2012. Bottled on January 1, 2012.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A-Poured a hazy orange-gold with a thin head, to be expected.

S-Wow! Tropical fruit and citrus salad here! Oranges, pineapple, mango; tons of fruity hoppy aromas!

T-Tastes just like it smells: Orange, pineapples, spicy. Nice amount of bitterness to malt sweetness.

M-Nice carbonation, coats the mouth with a great flavor.

O-Great DIPA! Easy drinking even with the high ABV, it's well hidden. Definitely at the top of my list. (531 characters)

Photo of prg1976
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, straw coloring.
1/2" head, dissipates quickly with good lacing.

Very pungent citrus aroma. Definitely grapefruit, pineapple.

Initial taste is hops....citrus. But fades pretty fast. Not overly bitter, just about right. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

Overall, pretty solid. Lots of hops, but not overwhelming. I'd buy it again, for sure. (364 characters)

Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks as good as the label! Pours a nice hazy yellow straw color with creamy carb bubbles and lots of lacing wrapping the sides of my delicious glass of goodness.
Taste is sooo damn good, obviously hoppy with a prominent Tangerine and grape fruit complex that hits your tongue with a suprisingly light aftertaste.
Even with the 9.4 abv and 86 ibus its still a mellow not too big, beer.
Overall if you like ipas you will def love this delicious hop dream pa (457 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap at the brewery.

Pours a lightly hazed copper, almost orange, medium sized white head forms, very thick and forms a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, nice retention. Smell is super hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit, alcohol and caramel, floral, more grapefruit, huge hops, but very alcoholic which creates a pinesol aroma, but still awesome. Taste is similar, tons of pine and grapefruit, lots of malt too, alcohol, caramel and floral, some fruitiness, very sweet and malty middle, more pine, intense bitter finish, pretty badass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth but goes down pretty smooth for the ABV, alcohol is present but works well with the hop oiliness, pretty great DIPA! (743 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, been meaning to try this since last year. Born in date is faded but I think it says 4/17 either way this is pretty fresh.

A: pours a bright brilliant copper with huge pillow of a head. Head resides quickly but leaves some legs. Slightly hazy.

S: blast of grapefruit and piney hops, really strong aroma, some herbal notes as well. Smells like an absolute hop bomb.

T: a big pineapple, mango, tropical citrus hop flavor with some grapefruit and pine mixed in. Much more citrus than aroma. Finishes with a bitter, juicy, resin /oil flavor. Malt profile is caramel all the way, doesn't get in the way of hops at all. This one's all hops.

M: low carbonation, quite syrupy and oily, coats the walls of my mouth. Finish is slightly hot, but based on flavor it's actually quite sessionable.

O: this is hop nirvana. A great mix of tropical, pine, herbal, bitter and sweet. Aroma was very impressive, taste even better. Definitely a must buy when fresh and in season. Might be the best highly produced dipas. (1,020 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, golden yellow in color and hazy. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Pungent citrus hop aromas, grapefruit, ripe pineapple, with an underlying malt sweetness and pine hop aromas at the back end. Aroma gets boozy as this warms. Medium bodied with rich carbonation. Slightly resinous up front and creamier through the middle. Pine hop flavors up front that allow a citrus hop blast thru the middle the rides all the way to the end as the pine hop flavor returns. Pine hop bookends with citrus in between. Finishes with tongue clenching hop bitterness that lingers. Easily one of my favorite doubles. (637 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 4-pack of bottles and poured one into a medium glass stein. A surprising head formed off of a regular pour.

The smell was wonderful: fruity, piney, and hoppy.

I really like the taste on this and feel my BA brethren were really accurate when discussing the high level of tropical fruitiness, especially the pineapple notes.

Mouthfeel was great. Just syrupy enough yet not cloying. A complex feel as well ranging from initial sweetness to a residual hop bitterness. A fun ride!

Overall a really mice beer and definitely one that I'd purchase again. Long live a quality and relatively affordable 2X IPA. (616 characters)

Photo of goldennectar
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a thin white head

Smell: Citrus, very much grapefruit and a slight bit of pine

Taste: Balanced malt and grapefruit & pine hops

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth

Overall: A awesome and thoroughly enjoyable DIPA. I wanted another so I drank one. I still wanted more and still do. Definitely a beer everyone should have at least once. (413 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold in color, yet not opaque. Stark white head isn't huge but substantial enough when poured aggressively.

Wow! - an explosion of pineapple, sugared grapefruit, peach, and pine. Tremendous.

The taste is sweet up front from sugared grapefruit notes and caramel apple-like malt. The malt lays a foundation for all the bright citrus flavors to dance on - and boy are they dancing. Finish has a soft, forgiving bitterness that's almore more bittersweet and also provides a faux crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerous. I do not taste 9.4%ABV.

SIDE NOTE:
I just had my first bottles of fresh Pliny the Elder not too long ago. And I have to say, as much as I liked Pliny, I prefer this one to Pliny because it offers more complexity as opposed to Pliney's one-note character. (784 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best on tap, but good in any form. Pours perfectly clear solid gold with a big one finger head, fluffy white, and lingering. The aroma exhibits heavy floral and citrus (especially grapefruit) notes, beautifully integrated with what seems to be a honey sweetness from the malt backing. Flavor is heavy citrus and floral with nice bite, big grapefruits, pineapples, honey. Finishes extremely smooth with mild bitterness and a sweetness lingering on the palate. Light and bubbly carbonation, easy drinking for the ABV. Great beer. (527 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this over a year ago and went through a little over a case, but never wrote a review. Pleased with the release this year.

Bottled 4/24/13, poured into a Founders snifter. Quasi hazy bright yellow/orange, holds light really well, about two fingers of white head at first. Head things out to almost nothing, leaving traces of lacing behind.

Smell is sweet and dry, with loads of hoppy citrus aromas with malt undertones.

Taste is really similar, but I'd say less malt is noticeable. There is a serious pulpy rind flavor on the end. It's sweet up front.

Does not feel smooth. It's dry and bitter, but not unpleasant. Total citrus aftertaste/feel. It's also a little dank/resinous.

Overall this is one of my favorite DIPAs, and one of my favorite Founders offerings. I toke a lot of heat for what I'm about to say, but Double Trouble "ages" exceptionally well for a DIPA. I'm not saying to throw it in the cellar, but the flavors do not diminish terribly over time. Probably wondering why I am mentioning aging this beer, but my first experience with it was aged for 6 months (not on purpose), and I thought it was exceptional then, and I think it's exceptional now with just about 3 weeks on it. Cheers. (1,221 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh sixtel tapped at home into my Maudite snifter glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a nice one finger white puffy head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Hops? Yes, hops. Big nose of grapefruit and citrus hops with a sugary sweetness.

T: Massive floral citrus hops flavors but not a ton of grapefruit like on the nose. The malt sweetness in the middle is strong and does not back off the hops. Finish is nice and smooth with a nice hoppy bitter kick. Alcohol can be tasted for sure, but it is very welcomed. Great beer.

M: Medium to full and very coating. Alcohol lingers but is enjoyable.

D: High for such a high abv beer. One can have a few of these for sure.

Overall another awesome beer from Founders. They continue to amaze me. Keep em coming Founders. (780 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a funky old-school label.

Appearance: pours a vibrant deep orange-gold, with a frothing head that settled to a one-finger with decent lacing. A good looking beer.

Aroma: a great aroma of multiple citrus hops (I can pick up tangerine, grapefruit and lemon) and pine hops also - plenty of them about!

Taste: a certain amount of pine resin with those citrus hops coming through for a complete whack against the palate. A decent amount of warming alcohol hangs about too. Great American IPA flavours.

Aftertaste: I'm not sure how they have done it, but the hop flavours have lingered through alongside hop bitterness generally found alone on the finish. Fantastic!

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a medium to high carbonation - plenty enough to get the flavours to come through strongly.

Overall: one of the best double AIPAs I have had to date. A good assortment of hops traditionally seen in an AIPA, but so clean and crisp that it simply has to be in my top 5. (1,008 characters)

Photo of vw73182
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is amazing and lets you know exactly what you are getting into. Nice hop profile with smooth clean citrus finish. Drinkablity is outstanding if you can get your hands on some of this fresh it is one of the best IMO. Comes in a 4 pack for around $10 well worth the price. (293 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Color is floggy/hazy gold with an off white head that lingers slightly.

Smell is citrus grapefruity

Taste is citrus with the pine taste of the hops in the background
Finish is smooth.

Pretty drinkable beer.

Discovering IPA's / DIPA's lately and was sad to see Hopslam leave. This could be a good fill-in during the off season. My first Founder's but definitely not my last. (411 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby with lots of sediment in the bottle - conditioned? 86 IBUs. It is a chill-hazed golden orange, with low carbonation and a half inch of whitish head that leaves some bits of lacing. Toast and fresh bread in the nose, with lots of piney, citric and tropical hops, and a breath of alcohol. The malts smell great and are well-integrated with the strong dose of hops. It has a delicious malt flavor as well, lightly sweet, with orange, pine, pineapple and tobacco-flavored hops that impart loads of bitterness. Medium body, with low carbonation and a nice long bitter finish. It's great to finally have a double IPA that isn't overloaded with crystal malts. Quite a dangerous brew - delicious, smooth and deceptively high in alcohol. (742 characters)

Photo of jgagne
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to 16oz Funky Buddha Snifter

A-shiny bright golden color, with thin lacey white head, probably because of aggressive pour.

S- very citric, pineapple, grapefruit aromas. Great smell coming off this beer.

T- very smooth grapefruit flavor with a nice hoppy bite at the end. Does not attack your palate, easy drinking when compared to other DIPA'S.

M- nice weight with medium carbonation. Easy drinker for sure.

O-top five DIPA for me. Really smooth with a wonderful hop aroma and flavor. Great beer by Founders, of course. (536 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a good head. Amazing nose of tropical fruit, pine, citrus, honey, biscuit...you name it. And it only gets better with the taste. Tons of pine ala simcoe hops, tropical fruitiness, mango, grapefruit, biscuity malts, sweet and bitter, just all over the pallette in a fantastic way. Good body that tingles on the tongue...clean yet dry finish. Hops linger on the tastebuds with a deathgrip. Immensely drinkable for 9.4%..where is the alcohol presence? It isn't there! Unbelievable DIPA. This beer has renewed my love for beer, to be honest.

Update: Like all IPA's ...make sure this is FRESH!!!! I had a slightly older one after this and it totally disappointed. (690 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, clear, medium head, and high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and melon dominate

Taste: honey, melon, hops, and some florals

Mouthfeel: way smooth and sweet for most of it--then there is a bitter aftertaste which lingers in the mouth long after most aftertastes are gone.

Drinkability: Another win for Founders. I was blown away by this beer. The alcohol is excellently hidden...If not for the high ABV I would have several. An excellent beer for the style and for all beers. (496 characters)

Photo of uawildcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is nice light colored DIPA. Poured it a little too cold. The head was smallish (perhaps due to temperature) and went away quickly. I kind of hate the look section of reviewing. As long as its not flat, has weird chunks it shouldn't, or an odd color, it doesn't impact my rating much. 4.5 for the short-lasting head.

Smell: I poured it too cold so I had to wait before I could give it a proper review. Even warmed up over 10 minutes it still doesn't have strong hop smell I would expect. Pine hops with a lot of light malty sweetness. And I mean a lot of malty sweetness.

Taste: Tastes like a solid DIPA. Mostly piney hops with a touch citrus/floral hops. That sweetness is a nice compliment. Personally I much prefer the in your face hops flavor like with Myrcennary or Hop Stoopid when I have a big, boozy beer like this.

Feel: A little hot, but deceiving for 9.4% ABV. Goes down smooth. Thought it might be sticky, but it wasn't.

Overall: For somebody who likes IPAs, but not insane IPAs, this would be a good intro to the double IPA. It is accessible. It is a solid IPA that I would recommend any hop-head, like myself, to try. (1,143 characters)

Photo of paulozanello
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden color with a very very light haziness and lots of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom. The head is fluffy and white and it lasts for a long time leaving lots of lacing.

Aroma is citric hops and lots of fruits like grapefruit, mango, tangerine and apricot. Not quite as strong as say a Hopslam but pretty impressive.

Taste is very fruity and hoppy with grapefruit, oranges and mango. It also has a nice bitterness all over the sip, lasting well into the aftertaste. Malt sweetness is in the background and it fits perfectly with the bitterness.

Body is medium with moderate and perfect carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Great drinkability on this beer. Probably one of the best for this style. The sweetness and bitterness coexist in a perfect harmony. (817 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: rusty gold; 2-finger, white head leaves a fair amount of patchy lace.

S: bright citrus aroma; sweet; smells great!

T: citrusy, light resin hoppiness; bready / cracker malts in the back; nice.

M: medium-full; higher carbonation; as it warms, some heat shows up.

O: a superb double IPA; glad I tried it and I'll have it again! (354 characters)

Photo of dmbsteve
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy straw with a finger of white head. Dissipates to a thin layer. Not much lacing, spotty at best.

Smell is awesome. Grapefruit, florally, bitter rinds. Wow, intense! It doesn't get much better than this.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit dominates. Only thing that might improve it would be a stronger malt backbone, but the hops are displayed brilliantly.

Medium body. Drying finish leaving a pleasant bitterness on back of tongue.

Solid IIPA. My first brew from Founders. Was looking for KBS, but fell upon this and was pleasantly surprised. Worth a try for sure if you like this style. (616 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle obtained in a trade. pours light copper with light head. the smell is mind blowing. HUGE citrus notes. lots of grapefruit. this reminds me of a west coast DIPA, but from MI. giant hop bitterness up front with light malty finish. alcohol is very present as this sucker is 9.4%. it is noticeable from start to finish. hop flavors are citrus, very grapefruit with a bit of pine. if it had a smidge less alcohol, it would be a perfect score. mouthfeel is perfect in this one. founders tends to release some over carbonated beers here and then and this one is perfect. i would love to drink these more often if i could. search this out! (652 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.