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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,899
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 364
Gots: 785 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light clouded orange colored pour. 1/2 inch head with decent staying power and decent lace markings.

Smell- Nice fruity hop aroma and light caramel notes from the malt.

Taste- Very easy drinking. Very mellow and well rounded with a nice fruity and mid range bitter hop kick...nice toasted caramel base as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and slightly silky with a sharp but brisk carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not in the top tier of DIPA's, but a nice flavorful brew that could be considered sessionable for it's easy drinking ability.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a languid effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Kind of plain for a double IPA, but still, looks good.

Smell: nice citrusy aroma with a medium-to-light intensity. It doesn't blow me away with volume, but its subtlety and clean fruitiness are very nice.

Taste: fruity, citrusy and lightly floral hops build out the beginning. A light malt backbone lets the hops take the driver's seat. The bitterness is smooth at the end and is strong but not biting at all. I like it.

Mouthfeel: good body and a silky smoothness. Carbonation is relatively low so this beer isn't hugely creamy, but the silkiness is very nice going down.

Overall: a nice, subtle Imperial IPA. Perhaps a bit too subtle, indeed, for the style, which typically requires a more in-your-face attitude. Still, very nice, and I would definitely have this again if given the chance.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed gold. Head is bright-white and drops to a thin ring pretty quickly. Carbonation is on point.

Smell: Tropical fruit laced with pine. Nice level of sweetness. Hints of grapefruit and biscuits. Faint grassiness in the back. As it warms the grapefruit takes over and takes a decidedly candied run. Sweetness works in the long run as it's tempered by a lingering bitterness/pine.

Taste: Grapefruit explosion. Nice level of citrus overall. Pine, pith, and something almost tropical come through the back, but grapefruit dominates. Big fleshy grapefruit coupled with some zest. Malts are a touch sweet and add a slight biscuit element to the back. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher carbonation than expected leads to a crisp mouthfeel and a medium body. Dry on the sip.

Overall: Very solid. One of the more grapefruit-forward DIPAs I've encountered.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know '5's are rare, but check it..

Light orange with a white, frothed milk, 1 1/2 finger head. Body is looks refreshingly light and clarity is a bit hazed (my guess is due to aggressive dry-hoping and no filtering which agrees with my beer politics.) Lacing is thick and sticky.

Earth/light vegetal, pineapple pie (filling and crust), and apple juice. Smells refreshing and better yet, at 9.4% the is NO FUSELY ALCOHOLS AT ALL!!!

This time the alcohol hits me rather quickly with a firm, distilled flavor opposed to sick-yeast flavor. High-alpha dry-hop bite with a hint of the vegetation, though not as much in the nose. No pineapple, or even apple, and the bitterness is big although hints of sweet citrus can be found as it warms.

Very dry. Sucks the moisture right out of your cheeks...
...and it would have to be to balance all the malt in this one. Heck, the amount of fermentable sugars, (maltose or otherwise) could easily make a syrupy brew at this abv%. On the other hand, what stickiness there is helps that light orange fruit flavor stick to the mouth in a way to help cover up that up front alcohol taste, which really doesn't last too long per sip and even fades as your palate becomes more accustomed to the brew. (Or if your brain gets more "accustomed" as well thank to the high abv%)

A superbly crafted beer by any measure. For something so big the balance is professional quality. However, this brew is in the same class as Hopslam, Pliny (Older ad Younger), the stuff put out by Sierra Nevada, and many other greats and I find that it doesn't stand up to those so well.

I would have liked more fresh hop taste and the alcohol to be slightly cleaner. I had this one at a bar on accident and thought it was the best thing ever. I feel the bottled one is considerably different.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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