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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 416
Gots: 967 | FT: 11
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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 Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from phone. 12 oz. bottle dated June 13th 2014, tasted September 1st, 2014. Pours a surprisingly light gold with a slight touch of amber. Solid finger of off-white head which stays for about a minute or so. Not quite hazy, but a bit of extremely fine pieces of sediment spread throughout the beer when held to the light. Sticky but thin lacing.

Aroma is massively hoppy, as to be expected. Tropical and citrus fruits mingle beautifully with a piney, resiny, and slightly floral bouquet of hops. Grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of lemony zing. Fresh-cut grass. Slightly bready with a touch of DMS indicating some pilsner malts, which would explain the surprisingly pale color. Hint of straw. Slightly spicy phenols.

Flavor follows the nose, with the grassy and piney bitterness making gains and matching the juicy and fruity flavors. Surprisingly balanced for the style and the light malt base initially threw me off a little. Alcoholic sweetness that isn't too much combines with a slightly sweet but subtle malt base. Hops are still kicking with a just-bitter-enough finish.

Medium bodied and reasonably carbonated. This doesn't taste and especially doesn't feel like a 9.4% beast, but it is. Warm but crisp. The bitter finish is dry but doesn't cross the line into astringency.

Stylistically, I'm not sure this is a perfect DIPA. With that said, this is a phenomenally tasty beer. Extremely well-balanced in every way and a few surprises thrown in. Another winner from Founder's. (1,498 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, sweet malt and ripe pears. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate, while biscuit malt and ripe fruit provide some support. Finish is long, dry, and bitter. Excellent brew. (292 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good but not great. Was drinking Heyoka, Ca$h Money and Unsessionable the same night and Double Trouble was just not on the same level. Left me wanting more with every sip / gulp. Very mild flavored and slightly bitter. Very little back end. (245 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Reddish-orange with a quickly thinning tan head. Smells herbal and oily with faint fruits. Has a precise, floral bitterness on the palate that ends with a splash of orange, a hint of spice and consistent all the way through. Medium with enough heat to keep you warm. A potent yet refined, classic DIPA. (306 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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. (300 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (1,404 characters)

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

Poured into a 20 oz pint, not very aggressive head, slight lacing. Color is a hazy orange. May have been chilled a little too much, (my fridge is around 40-41 degrees). Also my sample was bottled 6/13/14.

Aroma-Nice citrusy up front, crisp hoppiness, a little malt.

Taste- I was very impressed with the flavor. The alcohol is hidden, and the hops are very pronounced and flavorful. One of the things I noticed right away, is that there is a very good balance of bitter, alcohol, and just the right notes. Nothing is getting in front of good flavor.

Mouthfeel to me is almost dry, good carbonation, but a little astringent at the finish. Nothing shocking considering the ABV

Overall- I would definitely order again, especially on draft. Excellent quality. Feel a huge nap coming on…. (805 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle of Double Trouble looks without problem - a dense but sediment-free and well-polished golden complexion, the beer shines brightly and supports a respectable amount of head, a healthy chunk of which attaches itself to the glass and refuses to let go.

Many of the best DIPAs have a kind of wild herb, resiny, yet tropical character. Double Trouble fits this bill. It smells of tree bark, wet mildewy leaves, and also bright citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. At three months of age, this particular bottle has also adopted notes from its malts; fresh-baked bread and toffee squares are equally appreciable.

If you've never had a Double IPA, Double Trouble will indeed turn your world upside-down. It is not just "imperial" insofar as its over-sized hoppiness; the maltiness is gigantic too. Here the two worlds exists as one: brown sugar caramelized grapefruit, orange marmalade on crunchy toast, flower and citrus skin potpourri lit during the morning rush at a bakery.

A proper DIPA will likely numb your tastebuds. It will do so, however, in the most easing and pleasing way. This one provides all the wholesome, semi-sweet maltiness and juicy citrus satiation but does so without registering as overly astringent or having the presence of acidity that it'll split your gums open. This has an approachability and casualness that rarely befalls its style.

Cars aren't nicer to drive just because they have more horsepower. Music does not necessarily sound better if it's played louder. Likewise, beers aren't superior the stronger they are or the more loudly they're hopped. All in all, for something to the tune of 86 IBU and 9.4%, Double Trouble has the technical specs to intimidate, but it's an unusually and exceptionally well-balanced, mellow DIPA. For hopheads, the best time to visit Michigan is June through September. (1,861 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle, bottled 07/29/14
a - hazy gold
a - floral hop, some citrus, bready malt.
m - super creamy
t - floral hops bite, alcohol is there. significant malt balance-bread, a little candy. some alcohol burn.
o - very good IIPA. It seems very tough to stand out as a IIPA as an American ale these days. not sure
it does(though i guess that would be saying it doesn't, right?) (377 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four pack in early August from Total Wine. Bottled on 6/4/14.

Beer poured golden orange with very little head.

Nose is wonderful, definitely catching mango.

Taste is well balanced. Grapefruit rind dominates with a bit of mango lurking in the background. Bready malts attempt to balance but fall short. Not overwhelmingly hoppy but just about right.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall another solid brew from Founders. I am thouroughly enjoying all the regular lineup and the special releases during its first year of distribution to the Valley of the Sun. Recommend it if you have not tried it! (624 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber with a thin white head. Aroma is floral citrus hops, some grapefruit with a pungent notes, some orange marmalade as well. Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by some citrus fruity notes, grapefruit and earthy hops. Palate is a medium to full body, smooth goes down easy, good carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet bitter caramel malt, fruity and some lingering earthy grapefruit pungent, tangy hops. Alcohol seems well behaved. Overall a very good, full flavored, easy on the palate DIPA (515 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev -1%

12 oz bottle poured into a guinness pint glass.

A - Pale, hazy golden orange with a half finger head that quickly moves to a thin lace.

S- tropical fruit, mango especially, with some pine.

T - similar to the smell, with some malt balance, a resinous finish

M - low carbonation, decent heft, slightly sticky as it warms.

O - fairly delicious. (352 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottled 5/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity and flowery
Head small (1.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare strip of tiny bubbles
Body – light orange, hazy
Flavor begins with bitterness with some melony overtones, ends bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score 3.825.
A good IIPA – high IBU, good hop flavor. (510 characters)

Photo of adnauseam007
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottled 6-Jun-2014, Drank 9-Sep-2014

Aroma (11/12) - A bit of caramel malt notes up front accompanied by a huge burst of hop aroma. Mostly centered around orange/tangerine aromas but a definite bit a floral and grassy aromas too. No additional perceived esters may be a slight alcohol/solvent aroma to this.

Appearance (3/3) - Pours a light copper with a thick white head that lingers on the top of the beer for as long as I'm writing this review. Very dense almost Belgian-type head to this one and there is some lacing as it goes down. Brilliantly clear.

Flavor (17/20) - Amazing balance of malts and hops here--the hops are prominent and have a wide range of complex flavors including orange citrus/pith, floral, spicy (perhaps phenolic?) notes. The malt is still playing an important role in this beer by not letting the hops get too aggressive.

Mouthfeel (5/5) - Finished smooth without much dryness or bitterness lingering on the palette. Perhaps the most underrated part of this beer is the creaminess which really makes you want to keep drinking this and savor every sip.

Overall (8/10) - An excellent beer that I would happily purchase again when it's available in season. Not as bitter and hop-centric as some of the bigger IPA names out there but I'm completely fine with that--this is well balanced and the flavors are complex enough to keep you guessing. (1,379 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Golden honey in the glass. A thin head. The nose and flavors seem consistent, and of fruit, pineapple and mango, and honey. A good bitter finish, but not overwhelming. Overall a nice, drinkable double. (202 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Founders Double Trouble IPA has a thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, brilliant, orange-gold, bubbly apppearance, and some light lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, but not overwhelming, hop resin and white bread. Taste is of that, with a strong, but still, not overwhelming, hop bitterness to back it up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Founders Double Trouble IPA finishes dry and easily drinkable, even with the high abv.

RJT (433 characters)

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

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. (295 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled, 5/29/14, enjoyed 7/1/14. Reviewed from notes.

A - Clear gold with a dissipating head (3.75)

S - Great citrus notes over a malty/caramelly backbone with pine hints. No yeast character (4.25)

T - Big fruit notes, bit of melon peel, touch of booze and moderate pine astringency. (4.25)

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Slightly sticky, which is appropriate for a beer this size (4.25)

O - A killer beer, supreme drinkability and huge flavor. (4.14) (465 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/30/14

Light golden orange and a bit cloudy. Minimal head.

Smell is tangerine, orange, and a little bit of alcohol. Nothing overpowering.

Taste up front is bitter bite and acidic orange. A bit of fruit-like sweetness and and then almost a little sour grapejuice. Some alcohol burn going down but it's hidden pretty good.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Long finish. A little syrupy.

Pretty good offering. It hits the DIPA category well but lacks in aroma which follows into a moderate blend of citrus and bitter hops. Nothing in it really stands out but what is in unit blends together well. Last years batch wasn't so memorable either but I'm sure I'll be grabbing some again a year from now. (713 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 6/17/14 - less than two months old, my first Double Trouble!

OK, well, let's get it on! On the pour, this is a beautiful golden-wheat colour that really is enhanced by being an unfiltered beer. A small, thin disk of head quickly dissipates into decent lace on the glass. The nose shows citrus and hops, and when I take a sip, that's the first thing that hits - immediately followed by a bitterness that I find unpleasant, and that clings to the tongue long after I swallowed and overshadows any other flavours that might have been present... I had high hopes for this one and was a bit disappointed in the taste. The alcohol is well-hidden, only becoming noticeable at the very end. The mouthfeel is of a nice, creamy brew with just enough carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but the bitterness turns me off of this one. (834 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a very thin white head that is quick to fade away leaving just a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma has very juicy orange/tangerine notes with some undercurrents of grass and earth. Just the slightest touch of dankness as well. The more I nose this beer the more the aromas reveal themselves.

The flavor, somewhat oddly, lacks the complexity found in the nose. Intense bitterness right away with somewhat buried orange and tangerine notes. A bit of a buttery component here with a little caramel and toast. Huge bitterness lingers on through the finish.

Overall, I was expecting quite a bit more from this beer. Sure the bitterness is here and the aroma is decent but I found the flavor to be really lacking. A little more hop flavor and less hop bitterness would be wonderful. (863 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I know that I keep saying that I am trying to divest myself of bottles, but when I was over at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on Wednesday following a doctor's appointment for swollen ankles, I needed one to fill out a mixed six and amazingly, I have not reviewed this previously.

My aggro pour not only caused a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention, but it released a lot of esters. So much so that my eyes watered briefly and I even sneezed! In the interim, the head began to fall, leaving sticky acing in its wake. I would need a jackhammer later to remove all of it. Color was reminiscent of the old television show, Solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity! This, of course, brought forth the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Croesus and Midas, all clamoring for some of my gelt. I went for a deeper sniff instead and found the nose to be a combination of pine tar and caramel, but in a very nice way. Mouthfeel was dense and heavy, like a dollop on the tongue. It came with a boxer's one-two punch with the fusel alcohol heat softening up my poor, bruised tongue and then the intense pine hops hitting right behind. Holy ...! I was rendered at a loss for words for a moment and it caused me to wonder what kind of havoc its brother, Devil Dancer, might be like. Phew. 86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, just the way I like to start every day. I know that fresher is better, especially when it comes to hops and this read "Bottled 06/17/2014" and I began to wonder what it might be like aged. Phew. Did I say that already? My eyes were watering, my nose was running and I was beginning to doubt my self-proclaimed hophead status. Finish hit like a belt to the solar plexus and if you have never had the pleasure, try this. It was literally breathtaking. Dry and hot and suddenly, the Zephyr winds could be heard blowing across the Sahara! OMFG. I had better stick to AIPAs in the future. (1,925 characters)

Photo of Leftbob
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice amber look. Resinous nose and taste. Very piney finish. Almost astringent which is fine as at 9.4% ABV someone could get hurt if it was silky smooth.

Overall a well balanced DIPA. The EtOH is well masked with adequate malt and a serious IBU

I think I will have another....the ultimate endorsement in a world of choices (329 characters)

Photo of SassieCassie
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA Speigelau glass

Very little head retention about and 1/8 of an inch, poured golden, the color is a a good representation.

Nose: Fruity, pine, and cat-box (note: after about 10-20 minutes the "cat-box" aroma went away and the nose became very piney)

Taste: Wood chips, piney, hops (301 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.