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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,651
Hads: 6,362
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,088 | FT: 12
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label info: BOTTLED 07/20/15

Slightly hazy, golden body; thick, foamy, sculpted head. Malt sweetness and pine and floral hop nose. Flat, malty sweetness; dull citrus element; prominent hop bitterness grows along with the finish. Medium body; fizzy from carbonation yet relatively full mouthfeel; sticky; mild yet dense sweetness.

I had this one past its prime yet its still a solid DIPA. I picked this up in Ohio back in mid-October of 2015. Still, in 2016, it looks good and has remnants of solid hop base, flavor and aroma-wise. There's very little hint at the high ABV. Its characteristics still emphasize malts and hops. My next trip back east of the Mississippi River will have me looking for a fresher version and a new look at my review scores. Even "old", this is an awesome DIPA...

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always looking for something I haven't tried. Found this one at a joint known as The Growler Stop on the east side of Cincinnati. It hits all the right notes for a high quality DIPA. Solid thumbs up!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look-Pours a nice sunset orange, big frothy off white head, thin lace, retains well.
Smell- Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, citrus zest. Hoppy herbal aroma that is dank. A fun sniffer.
Taste- Very hop forward and juicy at the same time. Complex. Bitter passion fruit and grapefruit zest. Piny hops flavoring.The hops bittering is medium to high and semi-intense. Malt backbone; burnt caramel malt. Alcohol warming. Bittersweet dry finish.
Feel-Heavy side of medium body; neither a chugger nor a sipper. Soft but prickly and tight carbonation. Feels boozy and syrupy at times, but settles as the drink warms and the carbonation loosens up.
Overall-Definetely a big drinker and complex IPA. A good brew that satisfies both the need for a hops fix and for something juicy.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a creamy white foam head. Smells like caramel, honey, bread, tropical fruit, light citrus, and grassy pine hops. Tastes sweet and caramely, with tropical fruit notes, mild honey, light bread, citrus, and a bitter and piney hop presence. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with mild carbonation. Overall a balanced and really well made imperial IPA.

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep golden color, semi-opaque, with 2 fingers of thick creamy white head.

S: Pungent hops on the nose... evergreens and citrus mixed with a hint of thyme.

T/F: Bready and malty up front giving way to a nice hop bitterness. Spruce and pine dominate with notes of grapefruit/citrus. Effervescent and slightly sticky on the mouthfeel.

O: A delicious double IPA, and just about what you'd expect from Founders. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of RDefieux
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/26/15 (which i should have noticed but didn't) bought/tried today 12/17/15. WTF? Founders and/or Candlewyck in Buckingham PA should do better. Too piney and citrusy for my taste but very good - alcohol content well disguised. Founders is incredible (Centennial IPA is the best I have tried) but who is responsible for freshness??

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Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger off white, somewhat orangish head that is frothy with a slight creaminess. The head dissipates fairly quickly. Beer itself is copper in color with a bit of orange with quite a bit of carbonation. Carbonation rises very quickly to the top. 4/5

S - Grapefruit and pine kick things off right away for me in the aroma. I also get light stone fruits such as peaches and pears as well as a little bit of orange peel. There is a light malty undertone but the hops cover this up quite easily. An ever so slight spiciness is present too. 4/5

T - Surprisingly orange juice and pear are the first notes that I get but this is quickly replaced by grapefruit and orange peel. There is a bit of pine here as well but the citrus really takes over. There is more pine on the back end, mainly upon swallowing but even there the flavor is dominated by bitter citrus rind. Malt is light and slightly caramel sweet throughout but it is somewhat hard to discern due to the amount of hops. Long bitter finish stays with you for quite a while after swallowing. 4.25/5

M - Carbonation burn is not as pronounced as expected based on the appearance. Carb burn is present but it is only light to moderate in strength. Beer is slightly drying on the back end but not as drying as expected. Medium bodied beer. 4/5

O - This beer features a nice combination of hop flavors that make for an interesting imperial IPA experience. Very bitter, as expected, and also quite warming in the stomach due to the high abv. Malt is fairly well hidden but it can be tasted. 4/5

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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- poured aggressively with a thick white head and golden orange in color. medium bubbles.
S- smells great with grapefruit, pineapple, sweet fruit, and a bready malt in the back. smells resiny and hoppy!
T- dank and bitter, sticky and citrusy. alcohol taste is there but not strong and it comes up in the back. malty also
F- creamy and full bodied
O- drinking on 11-17-15, bottled 6-15-15. I like this one a lot. thanks to my oldest brother for getting me this for my birthday. id buy it again for sure. also I like the label on the bottle

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Photo of MACrist
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 06/15/15, reviewing on 11/12/15.
Was really excited to see this come in and equally as disappointed to see the 4 cases we got are 5 months old. IMO, if they going to sell it that old it is fair to review it for what it is.
LOOKS: Orange-amber, aggressive pour into snifter with one finger of off white soapy head. Small bubbles.
AROMA: Floral, citrus, honey, mildly astringent quality. Some tropical and stone fruit qualities.
TASTE: Very mellow. No big hop punch which might be expected considering age. Sweet honey, mild citrus, mild bitterness more in back of sip. Some mild alcohol.
MOUTHFEEL: Creamy, low carbonation.
About what I expected, can't try a fresh one if they send old product. Of course the store should have asked for fresher product.

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3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz B, Bottle Date 06/28/15, Enjoyed 11/02/15

A: darker golden with cotton white foam head

S: some funkiness, old hay, slight floral

T: hints of citrus, pine, and grass with pleasant bitterness throughout

M: medium with lingering bitterness

O: Very pleasantly, bitter IIPA. Nice balance of flavors and hoppiness throughout each drink. Can feel the warm alcohol feeling after a few sips.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden appearance, with a small but bubbly head. The hazy nature of this beer makes it look very natural, almost like it just poured out from a gourge in the earth.

Smells of bitter malts, raisins, licorice and general funkiness.

Taste is surprisingly subtle, in a most delightful way. The bitterness from the hops is apparent, yet never overwhelming. A lot of pine and citrus. I am not sure what I was expecting going into this, but definitely not this. Incredibly drinkable, and quite shallow substance-wise. Fine, not great. Probably overpriced at $12 for a 4-pack, but respectable.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look and smell both indicate this is going to be huge. Color is almost orange, not much head. Smells sweet. Beginning of sip is all malt sweetness and then the dry bitter finish comes on towards the end. Doesn't feel too heavy. Overall, liked this a lot and getting it again.

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Photo of thebits
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden wheat color with a one finger head. Aroma: malt caramel sweetness, hops, pine. Taste: semi-sweet, citrus, pine, hops moves to honey, mild alcohol by end of taste.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. There is a strong caramel malty aroma with some piney resin. Strong malty backbone, sweet piney resin, caramel and slight citrus taste at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Thi s is a good beer, but not my favorite DIPA.

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Photo of J30wang
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet hops. Smell also wafts of sweetness and depth. Fruity bitterness, but not overwhelming. This is going to be great on a hot summer afternoon. Pours a brilliant golden yellow and small head. borderline floral and good malt--doesn't taste dirty like sculpin or two-hearted.

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Photo of Kwak
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light golden color with a slight haze smallish to almost no head
very little sent of hops with a more malty then hop flavor
good over all you dont even notice the 9.4 abv

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour deep golden color with 1 finger of head. Big alcohol legs.

Aroma is classic west coast. Pine, dankness, grapefruit pith, big astringent hop florelness, and a bit of a honey sweetness.

I will admit this beer is out of its prime, but I'm just not in love with this beer, regardless. Beginning of the sip starts with a rather big malt sweetness, some grapefruit, and big resinous pine. This has a very minimal underlying note of peach and orange juice. One would think the sweetness would continue throughout the sip, but it randomly pivots to a rather dry finish. The final taste is of the thick, palate-coating hop bitterness that lingers for minutes after the sip and a slight alcohol heat.

I just don't find the beer balanced. I probably wouldn't get it again. I could see it pairing well with a pineapple upside down cake. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz, bottled on 6/12/15. Murky golden color with a two inch frothy head that dissipates but never fully disappears. Moderate lacing and spotting. Smell is somewhat boozy with tangerine and orange. Taste follows suit with a rind grapefruit and somewhat dry finish. Very smooth for a 9.4abv! One of my first doubles that I fell in love with. Can't go wrong with this if you like ipas and dipas. Cheers!

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Photo of CraigP83
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden honey color, slightly hazy. Smells like another sweet malty honey bomb. Taste again is honey, clover. Minor hop bitterness. Not as cloying as expected with all the sweet honey notes. Just another DIPA that doesn't stand out as different

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden color with moderate white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very mild which is mostly pine and a little sweet fruit. Flavor is heavy on the resiny bitterness. Good malt body and balance which hides the alcohol well and provides a pretty clean finish. Surprisingly smooth for such high bitterness.

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Photo of jronhanson
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

champion of all beers. I've had 100s of different brews and this by far kills them all. no off bitter, skunky after taste, just pure smooth hoppy goodness.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The refreshing smell of hops compliments the steady hop taste with a smooth easy feel. The hops are not overpowering, but they bring a crisp delight to an easy drinking ale/apa. Double trouble is definitely a good name!

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle today at The Beer Store, for $3.50. Sampling time now out in The 'Zebo.

Poured into a Sammy perfect pint glass. It's slightly hazy, with a medium golden color. Has sparse, scattered carbo and a bit of white foam clinging to the edges. Not much lacing present, either. Nose is all hops, with a mix of sweetish apricot and bitter grapefruit. A fairly smooth feel combines with a medium body; no complaints.

Taste has a hint of toasty malt with some apricot and tangerine at the outset. It then leans a bit to the bitter side, with some pithy, rindy citrus hitting the palate. Though not knocking me off my chair (I'll leave that to Alewife! ), this is a tasty DIPA. Prosit!!

4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 06/15/2015. It was poured into a snifter at 50F.

It's light orange in color with a cream colored and creamy textured head about two fingers tall. The head lingers down to a film within around 5 minutes, leaving a few light flecks of lacing.

Upon swirling my glass, an aroma of floral and citrus hops dominate the show with a subdued sweet malt backbone lurking in the background.

It's full bodied and creamy with a resinous and oily texture. As it warms the presence of ethanol definitely becomes apparent, but that is to be expected of a beer with 9.4% ABV. It really feels like it's much greater than 86 IBUs, which is great for a hop head like myself and also fitting for this particular style.

The first tasting notes are pine, orange, and lemon. As it warms, the hops are countered by an emerging rich butterscotch malt presence.

The beer has a great, punchy hop character when closer to fridge temperature, but I think it really shines after the malt presence shows up fashionably late at around 55-60F. In my opinion, this is an extremely well made DIPA, and I would recommend it to any hop head beer connoisseur.

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4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice-looking beer: a thick (albeit brief-lived) rocky, slightly-off-white head that leaves nice rafts of lacing atop a crystal-clear, sparkling gold body. Aromawise it presents as a strong, mouth-watering blend of citrus, pineapple, and dank, dark pine, against a less-apparent background of spicy florals with faint alcohol and caramel undertones. Up front, the palate is sweet pineapple and bitter pine; the bitterness picks up mid-palate with some caramel undertones. Alcohol notes are quite apparent at the end. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by an as-expected clinging bitterness that sets in and lingers, with hints of pine and citrus, for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, warming from the alcohol and prickly due to some very assertive carbonation. Double Trouble is really well-balanced, with just a slight bit of sweetness making it past the hop bitterness. (12 oz bottle, 85 days after pkg.)

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.