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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,267
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,009 | FT: 12
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,637 | Hads: 6,267
Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nice golden orange color with a thick creamy foam that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Sweet citrus (ruby red grapefruit) hop nose with some pine resin and a few ester scents. Some spice and malt detectable as well. Great DIPA smell.

T- Bitter hops and boozy alcohol tastes. Pine and citrus hop flavor. Malt is barely present because the hops stomp it out.

M- Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

D- A solid DIPA. Alcohol is a bit too present for me but it is 9.4% so I guess I should have known.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent. Somewhat pale amber in colour, fairly clear, and mildly effervescent. Good head retention, although a fairly vigorous pout only gave one finger's worth of tight, white head. Excellent, sticky lacings gradually break down from sheets to leave an intricate web inside the glass.

A decent nose of tropical fruit greets the nose. Not overpowering, but papaya, apricot and citrus, nectarine and grapefruit are there in solid amounts. Not much coming from the malts, but a honeylike sweetness and hints of caramel and biscuit are present over the mainly bready malts.

Almost an aspirin type bitterness, the tropical aromas dont come through as strongly in the flavour, but elements of pine and grapefruit come through more cleanly, with a mildly resinous quality. The malts are more straightforward and as described above.

Almost medium bodied, and fairly balanced for a IIPA. Dont get me wrong, this is a hoppy brew that is almost resinous and mildly stripping.

Pretty drinkable considering the ABV. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but for its warming effect. This is a solid IIPA, but is not knocking my socks off either. It may serve as a good introduction to the style, as it isnt too extreme. But as far as looks go this one is top notch. Ill likely be drinking this one again, especially considering at roughly 10 bucks a four pack it is reasonably priced.

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Photo of jefferyc
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Founder's Double Trouble is their double india pale ale. It is extremely hoppy with a bitter citrousy after taste. The aroma is incredible and filled with fruits, ranging from bananas to pears. Overall, it is an incredible beer, but hard to finish. However, on a full stomach you'll be tanked after two, as this beer is 9%

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Photo of nsmartell
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit hoppy smell and citrusy.

Taste: Citrus hoppy flavor and bitter. Not the most balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. Would seek this out again and drink more.

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Photo of Martin2D
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden amber with a white head that faded quickly with lacing

S - Sweet, grapefruit, alcohol

T - strong malt presence with a huge hop forefront. Balanced flavors with hints of grapefruit and spice. Alcohol intertwined with these flavors.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and medium in body

D - Somewhat drinkable, pretty high in alcohol content. Not hot, but not a session beer. Well balanced IIPA.

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Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque straw color with no head. It smelled like lemon and cultured yeast, with a bit of grapefruit. It tasted like lemon and orange hops, with bready yeast and a bit of honey and tea and grapefruit. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a pretty clean flavor, but it wasn't as tasty as I was hoping. I had this right after Maharaja, and it reminded me of when I tried Ruination immediately following HopSlam. The flavor ends up getting a lot more tea leafy, for some reason. I might have to try this again by itself. Body was nice, and alcohol was well hidden, so it was certainly easy to drink. I just imagined this would have been more crisp and delicious.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to DoctorDog for this one in a trade! Excellent extra!

12oz Single

A: Pale orange color, quite light for the style, hazy unfiltered with a stark white head, only about half an inch or so on this one, quickly reduced to a film, excellent lacing though. Gobs and gobs of it.

S: Fresh pine boughs, caramel malt, booze, a hint at grapefruit, the hops are really more towards the piney side in this one though, pale malts are somewhat strong, all in all a nice mixture of both worlds.

T: Piney bitterness, but tons of caramel malt sweetness in this one, bitterness lays way back on the tongue, almost after the beer is completely out of my mouth. Lots of citrus, even some pears, a faint hint of honey as well. Lots of flavors going on here. Quite complex. There way in the back is a hint of booze as well. Really nice. Not as bitter as I had thought. Really reminds me of a super hoppy barleywine, think fresh bigfoot? That's what really comes to mind.

M: Medium thick, with a light bite of carbonation, alcohol heat in the gullet. Lots of lingering bitterness long after the sip is gone. Fairly dry too. Great in the mouth.

D: I wouldn't turn down a second bottle. Really a nice beer. I can see where some people have seen the line blurred between barleywine and DIPA, and this beer is definitely a DIPA, but leans a little towards the barleywine side in flavor. Not that its a bad thing. Really a balanced beer, quite complex, and extremely tasty. I hope to find this beer again!

Thanks Ben!

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Photo of tpd975
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is one very pale DIPA. Very funky shade of yellow with a nice white foamy head. Very little retention but lots and lots of sheet lace.

S: Very citric. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Hints of sweet caramel and a touch of bready malt.

T: The citrus carries over to the taste. Lots of grapefruit with a touch of zesty lemon. There is a nice sweet malt playing in the background as well. Very small amounts of sweet piney hops with a nice floralness in the finish. Another kick ass Founder's brew.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Rich, smooth, and creamy with great carbonation.

D: Great, another Founder's brew another homerun. When it comes to DIPA and Stout's these guys do very little wrong.

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Photo of marcpal
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. 4-pack recently picked up at Wegmans with their Cherry beer, this one is everything that was not.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10. Best from Founders. A little creepy.

A: Wow, is this one light colored DIPA. Held to the light, would have thought it was some sort of Belgian, strawlike. The head is sturdy sea foam and flat out great lacing. We have some floaties at the bottom of the glass. From a bottle, this is one of the most distinctive and nicest looking pours I've seen.

S: Madly citrus and piney. Both are robust and the grapefruit pith just takes over and dominates the crap out of everything. The flowery scents are still there but I am overtaken by the fruits. Orange, papaya, mango, you name it, its got it.

T: All that was in the smell and some more. If you have ever had the sugar crystallized type of grapefruit on top of a cookie or cake, this is it. It is over the top but there is some malt there even though the color wouldnt lead you to think there would be. Sweet sugar syrup lends some flavor in the middle of the smattering of hoppy goodness.

M: Vaporlike texture that cleans off the inside of the mouth with the carbonation. Creamy texture as it warmed up was real nice. Mild carbonation.

D: This beer was nothing short of top notch. I taste the alcohol but I want to, its not only hops. A unique DIPA that is a nice change of pace. This foursome will go fast and I am eager to restock.

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Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, what a beer! The aroma is like sticking yer schnoz in a pile of pine branches. Great foamy, frothy, head and lots of lace. Color is a lovely shade of light amber. Flavor is very earthy chewy malt base with lots o hop. Great burps. Don't notice the alcohol till later. Nice hoppy and even a bit sweet finish. This beer is a work of (beer f)art.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Surprisingly light orange color. Looks like they didn't use many caramel malts, if at all. 1.5 finger head quickly fades.

S: A mouth-watering mix of pineapple, citrus, and honey.

T: Perfectly balanced between pineapple-like fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Possibly the most refined DIPA I've ever had. Don't get me wrong, there's more than enough hops to get your fix. It's just that they're wielded more like a scapel than a truncheon.

M: Middle of the road in body and carbonation.

D: Stunning. Easily in my top 3 of DIPAs. Between this and Hopslam, Michigan might be the IPA capital of America.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden yellow in color. Pours to a frothy single finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sharp pine and citrus smell.

T: Hops, hops and more hops.

M: Thick, syrupy, and sticky over the front of the tongue. Drys out as it leave the back of the mouth on its warming passage down the throat.

D: Perfect fix for the hop head. A warming hoppy treat worth indulging in.

Served: in a standard US pint glass.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and it had a one inch think white head that slowly faded away while drinking this. Looks very lite for a DIPA which is very unusual, its almost a sunny golden color.

Aromas are wondeful of big hops with hints of sweetness.

On the first sip I got a big hop bite on my tongue. I thought this was going to be a huge in your face hop kind of beer but after a few sips maybe my taste buds either got tired or the beer mellowed out a little but the bite was gone and all I could taste were great citrousy hop flavors.

It is full bodied despite the lite color for a DIPA and pretty easy to drink for 9.4%

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Photo of cnally
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a creepy, and boy, I mean really creepy label on this one.

hazy bright yellow color of the beer and it poured a grand white head which has a good lacing on the glass.

very hoppy scent interlaced with citrus, orange and lemon. clean and almost a bit sweet smelling. floral as well.

the flavor is very hoppy initially. slight sourness comes in through the end. grainy and yeasty in between. a bit heavy on the hop aftertaste.

dry feel. the carbonation pops prominently.

a balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary here. good, not great flavors and the intangibles are meh.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Stubby bottle.
9.4% ABV
86 IBU's
Pours hazed, lighter golden amber, light tan head, creamy and leaves spotty bits of fine lace. Grapefruit hops in the pungent nose. Fresh and enticing to my hop loving nostrils and palate. Grapefruit, and more grapefruit on the tongue, soft and sanguine. Here is a somehow slinky, and sophisticated yet all the while hop crushing DIPA. Enjoyed every sip of this one from the talanted brewers of Founders.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A child's Willy Wonka ticket, a free pass to sessionable drinking, aroma seducing, abv inebriating, almighty DIPA. Clear in body and intent, the 9.4 shows like Hawaiin punch and the hops are as tropicana as can be. Looks like a 60 Min, hits like a rebel Ssips on pineapple steroids. Strong, clear, fruity, burning. Yum. Cute label.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my oversized, fat Pilsner glass.

9.4% ABV
86 IBU's

Color: Golden and clear with a fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Spicy floral hops, a bit citrusy with undercurrents of grainy grassy malt.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor that turns to graininess with a touch of grassiness, obviously there is hops. Spiced up floral and grapefruit comes through. Thick mouth feel which leads to a bitter end; but not too dry. The flavor does a tremendous job of hiding the Alcohol content.

Overall: I like this one, I like it much more than I like the Centennial IPA. There is more of a shift toward a sweeter hop with a thankful absence of those rose flavors that you get in the Centennial. This one is rather enjoyable. It is what I would consider a nice Summer IPA.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light clear gold color DIPA with a medium white head and good lacing. The aroma is a beautiful grapefruit hops with sweet orange bread, very enjoyable. The flavor brings on the obvious citrus hops, not over the top but solidly crisp bitterness in a medium bodied, smooth blend of bread pudding and apple pie. It is very drinkable yet there is a decided alcohol warmth that announces itself en route southward. Otherwise, this is a friendly, pleasant DIPA that does not pack as obvious a punch as many DIPA's yet satisfies the serious hop head palate. Very likable, surely recommendable, one I would buy again even though it's a tad pricey. Founders finds the mark again!

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orangish-yellow with a slight haze - almost microscopic yeast bits slowly and slothfully swimming - it almost hypnotized me looking at it. Very small amount of spot lacing.

S - Sweet floral hop bouquet, peaches and oranges. The smell got more potent as it warmed.

T - Sweet apricot up front, followed by caramel, then bitter citrus hoppy finish.

M - Nice and crisp, somewhat thick and chewy with a somewhat drying finish.

D - Not too shabby

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to marvin213 for hooking me up with this one!

pours a light lemony golden citrus hue with very tiny particulate creating a nice haze. fervent carbonation in the glass helps what was for a short while a one-finger bright white fizzy head that fell relatively quickly. pretty nice looking snowflake lacing down the glass.

aroma of candied grapefruit with some other floral hops. candi sugars... fresh herbal hops. a hint of pine. mint and pineapple. smells like a hoppy mojito. interesting. grows in strength nicely as it warms.

Taste is powerful hops. pine, grapefruit and floral notes. A light toasted malt comes through just enough to give it more depth than some hop bombs. While it's really heavy on the hops, it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with some nice carbonation. Nothing amazing... it works nicely with the flavors. carbonation lends just enough to give it a bit of creaminess. a nice lingering bitterness isn't overwhelming but leaves the perfect amount of lasting feeling.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed. Everything I've had from Founders has been either good or amazing, but for some reason, I wasn't expecting the same from a DIPA. wow, I was wrong. Definitely smooth and drinkable for a DIPA, this one is up there with the best of 'em. Definitely worth seekin' out. I'll have to find a few more.

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Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart to a spotty surface foam. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops, grapefruits, and lemon is extremely pleasant.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, honey, slightly tart green grapes, and a big bitterness is wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness, citrus, and alcohol.

Drinkability: this beer goes down very easy despite the high alcohol. Great flavors and a few pints will hit you quickly.

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Photo of timtim
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy burnt gold with an off white head that leaves nice lace but doesn't hold extremely well. nose is pineapple pineapple pineapple with a touch of sweet, fruity maltiness in the background as well as hints of toasted honey nut cheerios. considering the fact that this is a dipa, i find the balance to be extraordinary. the line is blurred between hop and malt, and i think that is exceptional. i didn't expect anything less from founders. i'm glad to see them branching out and producing at a level that makes their sweet sweet nectars available to those of us that used to have to go to great lengths to find them. nice body as well. on the lighter side of full. easy to drink, but not deceptively so. definitely a winner. maybe not the greatest dipa of all time, but worth a go in my opinion.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color leaving a little head that went away quickly. Lacing around the sides of the glass from swirling of the beer.

S- Fruity hop smell (pineapple) with a very faint malty background. I only caught a whiff of it come one or two smells.

T- Crisp hop bite from the start to finish. Pineapple and citrus overtones come through very nicely as it lingers after you swallow it.

M- Little heavy the whole way through. that's not a bad thing though. Oily resin covering over the tongue which locks in the hops flavor after swallow.

D- Overall, pretty good Founder's product like usual. Since Hopslam is around 7 or 8 dollars more I would rather drink this and have a good DIPA.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders hasn't been in NC for very long so this is my first chance to try this beer.
Very light color for a DIPA, light golden with a white head which leaves good lacing on the glass.
Citrus hops dominate the aroma, and the flavor as well.
Bracingly bitter hops in front and at the end. This is not one of your balanced DIPAs, hops are the main feature. Malt lurks in the background and becomes more prominent as the beer gets warmer, but the hops beat it back in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for the style but really very pleasant. It's a little more carbonated and a bit less syrupy than a lot of the double IPAs I've tasted.
The carbonation helps to make this a very easy beer to drink, especially for one of its strength.
Another really fine beer from Founders.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a medium size pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is dominated by the bitter hops with some citrus notes and some subtle floral notes also noticeable. Malt is also present and brings some refreshing sweetness to offset the hops presence. Body is full with good carbonation and no appearance of alcohol. Very well done and easily drinkable with great refreshing factor.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.