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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,622
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 351
Gots: 687 | 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:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 05/29/14) into a 12oz ballon/snifter @ ~40F. I would also like to make mention of the incredible artwork on the label (be sure to view it both upright and inverted).

A- Pours a hazy, yellow-orange (think of the sunrise as it breaks the horizon on a tropical island). Being a winter seasonal, gives me hope that I am one day closer to Spring. Directing the fluid to the center of the glass (i.e. aggressive pour), I was able to elicit about a 1-finger of white, wispy head. (4.75)

S- Wow! My olfactory hues are engulfed with citrus...sweet orange/tangerine with notes of tropical fruits. As the head subsides, the malt backbone along with a healthy dose of pine comes out to play. Extremely mouthwatering...dank, puckering goodness. (4.75)

T- Since eloquence is fighting me, I cannot describe this any other way than dank, piney, alcoholic grapefruit juice. The malts support but never dominate, allowing the hops to shine as brightly as this beer's appearance. Despite the IBU's, the bittering hops comes in well after taking a sip and the malts quietly do their part to support hop load. (4.75)

M- The malt-to-hop ratio is near perfect for a DIPA. The carbonation is moderate, but enough to open the palate to fully enjoy the substantial hoppiness. The malt is present in the finish to prevent any level of astringency. (4.75)

O- As it warms the alcohol is noticeable on the palate and in the chest. Founders' aggressive offerings have yet to disappoint, especially with their ability of producing exceptional stouts (KBS, Breakfast Stout and Imperial Stout). Their ability to brew a world-class Imperial IPA in Double Trouble is no different. (4.75)

Final comment: Some may criticize (as I think some have written) that this beer suffers from being one dimensional by not possessing the usual plethora of aromas/flavors found in other DIPA's. However, I have never tasted anything as dank and citrusy since Stone Ruination IPA...in this case, simplicity is Double Trouble's charm.

threeviews, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer is a hop lovers dream!
Very hoppy, very delicious. Pours a nice golden orange. Not much head and a loose lace. Very piney with plenty of citrus notes (pineapple & mango) and a nice malt backbone. For the price and availability (Jul-Sep), this is a great Imperial DIPA. Love it. Enjoy.

ShadyRigglesbee, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very attractive gold/tangerine. Less than half finger of very loose head (you could see down into the beer).

S: Good tropical fruit and pine. Pineapple is very prominent. Bright, juicy, sweet with a sense of pale malts, a hint of caramel and earth.

M: Pretty slick, a little sticky and a tad of cloy. Overall, medium body lacking just a bit in carbonation. Alcohol isn't warming, but their is a tingling sensation at finish.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and tangerine round out the fruit profile. Florally, pine needles and sap resin are featured. Earthy and rooty as well, biscuity notes, soft toast.

O: This is about a solid DIPA one will find that is readily available (during Summer), and that you don't have to go on a scavenger hunt for. price is equally respectable, averaging $3.50/btl. Good grapefruit tartness and the biscuit ant root malts even each other out. The tropical fruit and dank resin compliment each other as well.

orcrist_cleaver, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6.13.2014, poured into a Founders KBS snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of gold and orange, very clear complexion with a soft, cloudy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is abrasive, big hoppy grapefruit peel, piney resin and sappiness with strong alcohol. It's pretty blunt and not very intriguing. The flavors are a bit better, strong piney hops, light wildflower, grapefruit peel, balanced well, but those enjoyable hops don't last long as fusel alcohol and light sticky malt takes over and punishes the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats the tongue well, carbonation is mild and feels nice, finishes easily and very dry.

Verdict: A less than impressive DIPA from Founders, just way too boozy and abusive. The hop profile is nice but just gets strongly overpowered by the alcohol character which overpowers the malt which could provide a much nicer counterbalance. Just too intense for me.

kevanb, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of CJRubes
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on 7/19/14 with a 'Brewed On' date of 6/17/14 making this bottle a little over a month old. 12 oz. Bottle poured into my Tree House Brewing tulip glass.

A – Poured with a thin, white head that dissipated quickly leaving clumps of small bubbles on top. Has decent lacing on the glass but doesn't really cling tremendously well. It has a slightly hazy, gold color. I find it a bit lighter in color than other DIPAs I've had.

S – Nice citrusy, fruity hops right up front. I'm getting some pine/resin with a lot of mango, tangerine, and orange. The malt sweetness is hiding in the background and isn't overpowered by the hops. Really nice smelling DIPA...it's making my mouth water waiting for my first sip!

T – Mmmm, very nice. I get the tropical fruit/citrus hops right up front which melds right into piney, resinous hops. It leaves a long, bitter and dry aftertaste, which isn't unpleasant. There's a lot of hop oils in this one...it's really coating my mouth well. Malts are subdued and offer a solid background for the hops to shine on. After a few sips I'm starting to notice the 9.4% abv. Certainly not overpowering but it has enough alcohol presence to notice it's there. Overall a very nice tasting DIPA.

M – The oily hop resin really stands out to me in the beer. It fills my whole mouth. Above average carbonation...a bit high in my opinion but I don't think it takes anything away from the beer. Not the most creamy IPA but the mouthfeel is still smooth and luscious.

O – Very good DIPA. It would be well worth checking out for any hophead out there. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I didn't know how well Founder's would do with a DIPA but they really succeeded with this one.

CJRubes, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Filabee, Today at 12:28 AM
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Very hoppy - just how I like my IPA's. For some, the bitterness could be a bit overwhelming, but I find it very enjoyable. The pine & citrus basically punched me in the face upon the first taste. There's a slight bit of malt, once you get past the hops. Gotta love the higher alcohol content too.

iheartmyTHO, Today at 12:22 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rlpete, Yesterday at 11:54 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Adimaio654, Yesterday at 01:10 AM
Photo of Glennlawless
3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.41 degrees.

Look - Very carbonated pours a hazy orange color- similar to a blue moon.Very bubbly 2 inch head that is quickly leaving. Some spotty lacing left behind..not much though.

Smells like a typical IPA - notes of grapefruit coming through with some minor fruit. I can definitely notice some simcoe. As it warms about halfway through your glass you will notice some sweet carmel maltiness coming through.

Tastes like a very good double. All the notes in the head come through in the taste. pretty well balanced. I can taste a very minor hint of alcohol, reminding me that I'm drinking a 9.4. some malt balances out the strong bitterness from the hops...but still hoppy enough to make the hophead very happy with this brew.Definitely a sipper.

Has a nice creamy like mouth feel to it...semi heavy DIPA. Well carbonated as well.

Overall this is a solid beer. Liked this a lot more then Founders Devil Dancer TIPA....that was just too boozy for me(as are most triples in my opinion)...this beer is pretty well balanced...lots of hop bitterness, some malts push through to calm them slightly......I have had tons of DIPAS and by no means would i give this beer a 94 rating on here and i wouldn't go out and BUY this again, BUT..... if somebody offered me one i would not turn it down. in a nutshell, glad i picked it up and tried it out and if you haven't, give it a go.

Glennlawless, Thursday at 11:37 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,622 ratings.