Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,616
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rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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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 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, 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)

Photo of hailyeast
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- straw medium deep golden with very thin head. Poured into a shaker pint.
S-grape fruit, pine, fresh hops
T- orange and grapefruit, spicy, earthy.not an expert but imo it seems like chinook and columbus hops. Very dry. High ibus and or sugar addition.
M- dry, high carbed
O- like this beer a lot. I look forward to its release if you can find it try hopslam by bells brewery nothing like it and best dpia imo, also try lake erie onster by great lakes brewing co. (465 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me a good DIPA, & have enjoyed almost all of Founder's brews to date, so what's not to like. The beer is clearer than most IPAs, innocent enough looking brew but holy crap the hops are coming off this thing in a hurricane-strength storm surge. This is good.

The first sip is such a riot of hoppyness that it just about sears the top of my know, like when you have too many sweets? That's what I'm getting. The second & third sips follow close behind. C'mon, geez, where's the balance? Nowhere to be found. Good! Bring your hops to the party, DIPA, & leave them nasty malts behind.

My tummy is warming after about 2 oz. My nose is numb. My mouth is going numb. Maybe they should sell this in those tiny liquor bottles, because after that I'm already starting to long for that first blast to the head.

Truly a top-shelf beer & a first class DIPA. These are folks who know that you CAN'T PUT TOO MANY HOPS IN DIPA. Kudos to them! (951 characters)

Photo of DavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, slight haze, one finger head poured into a tulip. Mild lacing, not aggressive. A very pretty girl.

S: Pineapple is what stands out to me. Supporting roles of grapefruit citrus and hops, and mildly sweet malt ending things out.

T: Hops right at the forefront of the mouth; Hops that immediately diminish to a mild citrus fruity mid section which trails out to the back of the mouth. Dry, moderately hoppy, mildly sweet malty finish, with the quintessential double IPA-bitter aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, slightly syrupy and resiny on the palette well after drinking, which is not a problem for me. Very drinkable.

O: A friggin fantastic brew from Founders. Picked up a four pack for first time today, and very glad to have done so. I recommend trying this beer if you're a IPA fan.

Now Igor- bring me my second Founders Double Trouble of the night! (879 characters)

Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this. Poured to a big pint glass. Color is light orange. Amazing nose of citrus, hops, and lots of melon. Lacing all the way down the glass and the head lasts the entire time I'm drinking. Tons of melon on the flavor. Lots of citrus and hops, with a bitter back end, but it's the melon that really stands out. Mouthfeel is medium and the bitter finish hangs on the tongue for quite a while. Very smooth and went down entirely too fast. 9.4 is very well hidden. Overall, this was really tasty. I've definitely had hoppier DIPA's, however the flavor stood out, and the melon was really nice. Yet another stud beer from Founders. (644 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys. (401 characters)

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yummy, yum, yum...Super was perfect. And the BBQ meal I had to go along with it (at Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY), made it that much better. Color, nose, pour, palate, finish. This beer had it all. Find it. Buy it. Drink it...and then look the menu, and order it again. (286 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers to jwc215, thanks Joe!

Pours a slightly hazed honey with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Great effervescence to the end, good lacing & & head retention

S: Piney & rindy hops, plus breadyness, plus some booze presence

T: Lemons, pineapples, honey malt; then a sledge hammer of grapefruit, dryness & pine up front. Grapefruit & leafy hops, biscuitty malt & pine needles are all there as this warms. Finishes slightly honey sweet, bready & then much herbal & piney hops & a touch of booze; nothing I can really find fault with here...

MF: Semi-chewy, then creamyness, great balance for the style, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, but you're well aware you are imbibing in a serious DIPA here. Well done Founders, I sure hope I see in my neck of the woods soon ( since Founders is planning on Mizzou distribution soon ) !! (838 characters)

Photo of heebes
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Thanks to BA TheSevenDuffs for the opportunity to try this beer! One of my top wants.

Pours a cloudy bright citrus golden with pure white foamy half inch head. Lacing hangs on down the tulip glass. Strong nose was picked up before the cap was fully off; so much hops in the auroma! All citrus and grapefruit. First sip reveals this to be a very hop-forward and dominate DIPA. Still mostly citrus hop taste, the faintest malt touch, and bitter/dry into the finish. Great mouthfeel, medium to heavy on the palate, still well carbonated. Almost no alcohol presence all the way down, amazing for a 9.4% beer. Overall, this is one of my all time favourite beers I've ever gotten to try! Great example of the American hop-bomb Imperial IPA. Wow, I really hope Founder's future expansion plans bring them permanently into Ontario. They are quickly becoming a favourite brewery. (885 characters)

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden and deep yellow body with a little pure white head and good lacing.

Smell: Piney and aromatic hops and lots of it supported by good bit of citrus followed by grapes and golden raisins with a hint of malt fading into a very slight alcohol note, which is ok because it suits the hop character.

Taste: Super bitter at the front with quenching piney hops, they're not resinous though, so they don't coat the mouth in sticky gunk. These hops fade into a complex sweet taste supported by a malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Flowing on the tongue like liquid silk supported on excellent carbonation, this is surprisingly drinkable for the ABV and hops, it's session-able because the hops are resinous and the alcohol isn't really obvious.

Overall: Wish I could get this as a go to IPA, I think it's VERY similar to hop stooped without the resinous hoppy coating that the other beer has, I would buy this again for sure. (931 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful gold under a fat white head; settles into a bubbly film with ample lace

S: crisp hops and bright yeast; notes of citrus and wood

T: dry and crisp grapefruit and pine; subdued sweetness

M: full, creamy, nice dry/sweet balance

O: I'd forgotten how good an Imperial IPA this was - been quaffing down Palate Wreckers, 471's, 90 Minute IPAs, Shipyard's XXXX, and the like for some time now without returrning to an old favorite. As is true with most? all? Founders brews, this is a top-notch beer. (509 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright gold with an orange hue. Fairly light for the style with a slight glow to it. Slightly above average size, light, foamy, tightly bubbled, white head. Good retention with a nice sticky lacing remaining.

S - First whiff is full of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, apricot, peach, etc.). Grapefruit and citrus comes out on subsequent sniffs along with a touch of rind on the backend of the smell. Smells juicy with a touch of sweetness throughout.

T - A bit more bite than the nose suggested. Some pine resin and a little more rind than the smell; this comes out on the finish along with a slight bitterness. Starts with that sweet juicy fruitiness with a substancial malt backbone throughout. Grapefruit and orange take over the tropical fruit mid sip which leads way to the rind, etc. mentioned.

M - Medium to light body with above average carbonation. Clean finish with a just a bit of a stickiness to leave the sweet and bitter flavors to clash on your tongue.

D - Alcohol and sweetness are present but not overbearing. Clean and fairly pretty easy to drink. Quite hoppy but with enough balance that it's easy to put down.

Notes: Bottled 2/23/12. Grabbed a 4 pack to celebrate Founders coming to Iowa. Overall a nice DIPA. Not over the top but a balanced hoppy treat. A touch sweet but not overly cloying. Overall a very nice beer to sip on during a beautiful spring day. (1,390 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.