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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,460
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 350
Gots: 631 | FT: 9
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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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

TheBigBoy, May 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Psychobabbler, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Buebie
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!

Buebie, May 25, 2009
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Mar 25, 2010
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2.68/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden yellow. 1/2 inch white head that disappeared quickly.

S- I am smelling grapefruit and skunk. Nothing else. YUCK.

T- Citrus, pine, very bitter.

M- ehhh. Damn near flat, almost no carbonation.

O- Over priced, over rated. Need to do my homework a bit better. 20 bucks for a 4 pack of this swill?! Does pack a punch.

capeannbass36, Apr 16, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a beer that I bought in April of 2009 and drank July of 2009. It's appearance in my sniffer glass was a brilliantly clear gold color. The head and lacing was white and minimal. The aroma was mainly dominated by hops. There was a pleasant hop-candy note and the typical citrus. Higher alcohol was also present in the aroma but not overly assertive. The flavor was dominated by an extremely assertive hop bitterness, which I expected. What I did not expect was the beer to be "hot", an out-of-balance alcohol flavor. This high phenolic character distracts from any subtle hop or yeast notes that are most likely there. Overall, this is a big beer in every department. Unfortunately, a possible oversight during fermentation caused it to be a little too big.

RiekerStarBrew, Jul 13, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

leinie13, Mar 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

CDCNAM, Aug 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Gotti311, Jun 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Nichols33, May 24, 2014
Photo of FrognutUnl
2.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nearly crystal clear golden amber. About a half-inch white head that lingers quite a while, leaving a fair amount of lace in its wake.

S - Citrusy and grassy. There is almost no malt to speak of in the nose, just hops.

T - Pure hops. Grass and citrus with very little malt to speak of considering the amount of hop bitterness. The bitterness of the hops encompasses the entirety of the finish.

M - Medium bodied, nothing really worthy of note.

D - A little below average for the style. I would expect a bit more character from the malts to even out the hops a bit.

FrognutUnl, Jan 10, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured to pint glass.
A: Light amber yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly
S: Resiny, grapefruit aroma
T: Grapefruit and lemony with boozy, alcoholic finish. A bit sweet
M: Dry
D: Due to the boozyness of this beer, I can't drink more than a few ounces.

bbarrows, Feb 19, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had one of these with dinner, and I must say, I was somewhat disappointed. Most of the brews I've had from Founders have been excellent, but this one was just above average in my book. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Is a hazy orange color. Kind of looks like a peach iced tea. No head at all on the pour. Leaves no lacing in the glass. The smell is somewhat nice, but not anything spectacular. Lots of pine and citrus, but nothing all that over whelming. A good smelling beer, but nothing that makes it overly memorable.

Taste is good, a little bit of an alcohol burn upfront. That's somewhat surprising for being under 10% and an IPA. Usually, you get smacked with hops on the first sip, but the Hops come through on the finish with the one. That citrus, piney taste is there, but there is a weird bitterness that just doesn't seem to belong. It's almost like an added, fake bitterness. Just feels OK in the mouth. Little carbonation, and the lack of complexity leads to a lot of alcohol taste that you wouldn't expect from a high class IPA.

This one is definitely not a sipper. Get one, try it, drink it down, and move onto something better. If you have access to founders, you have access to stuff better than Double Trouble.

BeerThursdays, Mar 20, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a red wine glass

A: Barely any head at all and it did not retain. after a few sips was totally gone with only minuscule wisps of white on the top. mainly just color of the beer. A amber gold, a color slightly darker than apple juice from concentrate. tiny bubbles few and far between for carbonation.

Smell: Uninspiring. Maybe something is wrong with this batch compared to other reviews. I can barely smell it. And I have been working in the beer industry the last 6 months and smelled a lot of great hops. A little bit of a whiff of a dessert wine, like a Bordeaux style sauterne.

Taste: Also surprisingly weak for 9%. I mean its hoppy, but nothing compared to some Double/Imperial IPAs. Certainly a smooth finish as they claim, but the bitterness is about equal to the uninspiring Port City Monumental IPA. Seriously.

M: Very little carbonation or bubbles. Again mouthfeel is like a dessert wine of about 14-18% Not even as much body as a port.

O: I really don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe its because I drank Weyerbacher Double Simcoe shortly before this, but I would much rather have that beer or He'Brew Hop Manna. This beer has a boring smell and just masks a ton of alcohol. Maybe if your trying to get drunk drink these beers at 9%. It is smooth. overall I'm on the east coast, this is from Michigan...PASS.

Swift989, Jun 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

KDubzMP, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

falconxman, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

jduprey007, Aug 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

100200300, Jul 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

TheOccho, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

tjsmith910, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

GDawgs34, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

BGsWo22, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid $3.19 for a 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a snifter to review.

Not the thickest on the pour. White head of about 1/3" consistent of relatively small bubbles that dissipates somewhat quickly. Lighter in color than most DIPAs, it takes on a golden orange hue. No retention, but some decent lacing.

Nice, well balanced aroma of a lot of malt and even more hops. This has probably the best nose for a balanced IPA I've tried. So perfectly balanced it creates a unique hop profile that is somewhat reminiscent of the 90 Minute IPA. Slightly medicinal in character.

Taste is even more balanced than the nose suggested and I instantly am not as impressed as I thought I'd be. Hops seem to have no life in them yet you can tell there are a lot in there. Balanced yet misconstrued.

Medium to full body with a long finish and low carbonated mouth. Aftertaste of subdued hop bitterness.

Founders makes great malty stouts and that is what they are known for. Even their DIPA was quite malty; I guess that's not what I'm looking for in this style of beer.

ibbjamin, Aug 18, 2009
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

mrp2323, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Dave_Treat, Oct 09, 2012
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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