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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,318
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 Dave128
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm excited for this one as many compare it to hopslam in terms of flavor.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, not really what I was expecting from an ale called "double trouble" Head is shortlived but I'm not too worried.

S - Fruity and Hoppy.

T - Not quite the amount of flavor that hopslam delivered, but still damn good. super citrusy and bitterness kicks in after. Alcohol pretty noticeable but not to bad.

M - good.

D - The bigness of this beer does not take away from its drinkability... Although 2 of these in one sitting would be enough, I could def drink them in a row.

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

Pours a golden honey color with fizzy off white head. Unexpected. Laced the bulk of the glass.

Subtle pine hops aromas paired with more noticeable malt sweetness to the nose.

Taste a boatload of piney bitter hops, with some spicy notes up front. This is balanced by malt sweetness. Not completely caramel, but sweet and somewhat tropical fruity. Fairly bitter finish.

Medium to light mouthfeel. More carbonation than expected.

This beer surprised me. From the appearance I thought this would be different. Superb DIPA. Good bitter hops here. I was gonna review another beer, but I think my palate is destroyed.

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

A pint at the brewpub. Arrives a slightly hazed golden color, a finger of head that sticks around for a minute or two - light lacing.

Smell is so fruity. Pineapple on the initial attack, oranges and lemons follow with a hints of pine in the background.

Taste is so citrusy with just the right amount of drying, bittering finish. Loads of pineapple which makes it light and buoyant on entry, a clean middle and a drying (but not a strong) finish. A well rounded DIPA that stands out as a little fresher as its competitors. Bold any yet light.

Light-ish carbonation for an IPA but it goes down smoothly - let's do this again!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Greenland Cafe, Salem MA

Arrived in a wee 11oz. glass sans head and only a tiny collar of foam clinging on for dear life. Bad pour.

The aroma of Double Trouble is akin to sticking a package of Starburst up one's nose. Taste follows up the Starburst theme, particularly the pink ones (grapefruit?) and is buoyed by an impressive malty backbone. Even without the hops the sweet, supple maltiness is pretty good in and of itself.

Founders rocks my socks.

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

Wow, this is one messed up label. My 11-year-old son doesn't want to even look at it.

The pour gave me a one finger, rocky head atop a hazy yellow body. Didn't expect the haze - but not put off by it either.

Aroma was of massive grapefruit, with hints of orange zest. Pretty nice combination. Makes me wonder what my taste buds are getting into.

Taste was a huge blast of intense bitter pine and citrus, with hop resins thrown in. IBU's are VERY apparent in this one. Good thing I'm a hophead. Throughout the consumption of this beer, the bitterness grew on me, until by the final swallow I was sorry to see it gone. The citrus had begun to bloom. The malt was a nice support, but the hops were definitely to the fore.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but a nice body.

Drinkability is deceptive for a brew with this high an ABV. It went down fast and easy, and I could easily have gone for another two or three. Makes me wish I'd bought more. Oh, the woes of one who wants to try as many different beers as possible. Oh well. I know that if I need to bring something to a housewarming or a party this summer, this is going to be it.

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

Freshness date was not legible but this was just released so I'm assuming it's very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a golden honey hue with great clarity and a one finger soapy off-white head. I wasn't sure what kind of DIPA this would be but it's looking like west coast.

Aroma: Sugar-crusted grapefruit and pineapple hop character. Not much malt in the aroma so expecting a good hop bomb.

Taste: Pretty close to what I was expecting based on the aroma. Nice strong bitterness with a piney/grapefruit/somewhat tropical hop character. There is an understated barley flavor to keep all that bitterness in line and provide something of a balance, but Double Trouble is very much hop dominated in flavor, which is great! At times the pine flavor sticks out more than the fruity flavors which makes it drink like a blend of east coast and west coast DIPAs (think 90 Minute mixed with Sucks). Don't taste any of the 9.3% ABV which is no surprise given that alcohol is usually undetectable in DIPAs. A finish that is both juicy and dry at times.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body and super smooth on the palate with easygoing carbonation. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Another great seasonal from Founders! On a personal level this beer delivers my favorite style with an ideal mix of flavors. It is probably best when fresh and is good on its own or would pair nicely with a spicy dish. Would I drink it again? Yes, in my immediate future.

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Photo of adam42381
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on March 20, 2012 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy snow white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, pine, pineapple, candied fruits and sweet malt. Aroma reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Lucky 13.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine dominate throughout with a bit of sweet and lightly toasted malt in the background. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. The hop oils really coat the mouth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This one goes down very easily for a beer with 9.4% ABV. I could see myself drinking multiples before the alcohol told me to stop.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. While the bottle I had was over 4 months old, the hops really hadn't faded like I feared they would have. I'd love to try it fresh. I would highly recommend trying this one. I really wish I had more than just the one bottle. Too bad Founders doesn't distribute down here in southwest Florida.

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

A- Deep Dark golden with a slight thin head with minor lacing

S- Great Hop aroma, pine strong but not overpowering.

T- Tastes just like it smells, nice hop start with dry finish. Malt balances hop strength nicely, Hops very forward and rightly so.

M- Light to medium carbonation with a decent body. very well balanced hop to body. Very drinkable.

O- Very ncie beer, will probably try to find some bottles to stock up on. Hops strong but not overpowering for the style. Would rate close to Pliny the Younger but not as good as 3 Floyds Dreadnaught.

Served in half pint glass at New Albanian's Gravity Head.

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

Poured into my new DFH signature glass. It has a slightly hazy deep golden color with a little over a finger worth of head that is leaving some great lacing as it recedes. The smell is incredible. There are some great orange and grapefruit citrus notes coupled with the hint of pine. The taste has a nice bitter presence upfront. The citrus taste is much more subdued than I was expecting. The pine come to the fore front on this beer and in a great way. The bitterness doesn't linger too long which leaves a nice finish. Overall this is definitely one of the best DIPAs I have had. I am curious to see how I have ranked it compared to others I have had, but it should be up there if not at the top. It is another beer by Founders that has impressed the hell out of me. Thank God they have arrived in Georgia.

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Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (bottled 1/6/12) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. I've had this so many times in the past and never got around to reviewing it...so, here we go.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber tinted golden color with a finger of dense, foamy white head with good staying power. Nice medium intensity lacing left on the glass.

S - Piney hops up front, intense and sticky. Grapefruit, pineapples and oranges also make strong appearances in the aroma too. Bitter and slightly sweaty hop aromas too. Malt is subdued and lays under the intense hoppiness. Light sugary sweetness, a bit of biscuits...a subtle touch of alcohol as well.

T - Intensely hoppy...very solid hop bitterness with lots of tropical fruitiness - pineapples and mangoes especially. The citrusy and fresh grapefruit flavor comes in behind the tropical fruits and takes over almost completely in a welcome way. Hints of sugar comes in behind the citrus towards the finish and smooths things out on the swallow.

M - Medium bodied with a stronger level carbonation that is quite prickly. Tropical fruits and citrus abound in this one...really great hop flavors...turns almost completely to fresh grapefruit juice towards the finish...just the gentlest touch of sweetness really enhances this citrus aspect.

O - Definitely a great DIPA, especially when really fresh like this bottle. Really like how the citrusy aspects stand out here...been fortunate enough to be able to have fresh Heady Topper, Hopslam, and this in the last few days...have to say this really stands up favorable against those other two fine DIPA's.

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

Appearance -- Pours a hazy golden hue with a slim white head. Spotty lacing all the way down. Beautiful.

Smell -- Juicy citrus, peach and apricot, jasmine, pine resin, and caramel.

Taste -- Big, bold hop flavors from the onset evoking pink grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and pine resin. Hop bitterness is pronounced,Malting is exceptional with a base of caramel and freshly macerated drupes. Lingering flavors of grapefruit pith and peaches.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with nice carbonation - lively, but not at all harsh. Great stuff.

Drinkability -- Wow. This year's batch of Double Trouble is killing it! Having consumed fresh Hopslam for a week, this is definitely as good as its heralded Michiganian cousin, if not better. Lots of great juicy citrus, solid bitterness, and a caramel malt base that is really exceptional. Love it.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.