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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,270
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,011 | 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: 6,270
Photo of dwilkins
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A very pale, light yellow. Almost as light as lite, God forbid. Strange for a DIPA. Nice bright white head - less than half a finger with a slow, "tilted" pour. Disapated soon, but little wisps remained throughout the glass. It was hazy - clearly not filtered :-)

S - No perfumy hop aroma, but hops evident. I could smell the malt, which was surprising given the 86 IBU stamp on the label and the light color. The malt aroma was simple rich malt - no complexities - consistent with a non roasted, non-crystal malt grainbill.

T - Ay, yi, yi! A bit bitter. Not perfumy, aromatic hops, just strong bitter hops. I expect this in a DIPA - the balance is certainly tipped in the hops direction - danged if I could taste the malt that I smelled!

M - Certainly full-bodied. Not quite syrupy. Perfect for the style.

D - This is way too drinkable. It doesn't seem boozy. It is not sweet in any way, and within a half of a glass, the hops have burned the taste buds enough so that it seems no so bitter - at 9.4 ABV, it is as dangerous as a martini.

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Photo of far333
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale orange, nearly yellow colored with a bright white tightly bubbled head that forms craters and dimples.

Fresh, bright citrusy aroma full of tangerine and grapefruit, bits of honey and pine.

Flavor is more piney than citrus, high in bitterness. A moderate amount of sweetish biscuity malt rides along. Finishes very bitter and piney. Lots of hops here.

Thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly. Definite warming in the cheeks. Decent drinkability, but would like a little more complexity and balance.

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

Pretty, bright tangerine-orange colored beverage, with an even fine haze. The near white head, large at first, turns to a dense soapy 1/8" layer. Sparse bits of lace remain... Hoppy stinkiness floads out of the glass and up into my head. Flowery citrus soaked wood and a whole lot more. Frankly I'm not sure what's going on right here. Everything comes together into a tight blend of mouth watering punge-itude. Taste is loaded with all sorts of hoppy flavors. Orange, lemon, pine, cedar, grape skins, grapefruit rind, and more. Tingly carbonation throughout. This beer is a delicious treat, and also dangerously easy to consume.

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Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, good head.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and fresh bread.

Grapefruit and orange are the predominant hop notes. Fresh baked bread present is in the background, and the sip ends with a fading grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel slick, appropriate for the style.

This was quite nice. Not among the very best, but I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the great Neil St. Piccadilly. Clear dark golden body topped with two fingers of white foam. Good duration and lacing, fine start for this DIPA. Amazing aromas, lots fruit--tangerine, orange, apricot--and much more hop-skewed than malt-leaning. The sweet, aromatic smell wreaks of Simcoe hops. Excellent taste, very fruity and citrusy, definitely well-hopped. The texture is more gritty than resiny, dry instead of wet-hopped. Delicious, through and through.

Yet again, Founders has created a gem, a standout beer and stellar representative of the DIPA style. This is a terrific beer, another notch on the Founders belt. What's with those top-notch Michigan breweries. Between Founders, Bell's and New Holland, Michigan breweries are hard to beat.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank on 3.6.09 while working late night at home.

great pour - nice clear golden amber color. great off white head - decent duration, really nice tiny bubble lacing left in the glass. smell was a great crispy hoppy smell, very citrusy, super obvious grapefruit smell, very good hop oil in the nose, a little buttery as well.

expected more of a taste at first, but as i continued to drink, it kept getting better and better. really nice hoppy taste, creamy and citrusy. very back of the throat bitterness with a soft and creamy body. great beer, another great offering from Founders.

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Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden orange with a big fluffy off white head with great lacing.

The smell was great, big citrus and pine with a very fresh grapefruit hop aroma.

The flavor is good, but a bit one dimensional, the malts and grains are quickly overpowered by the big citrus and pine fresh hop flavors with a bit of mint in the finish.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick with a long lasting tongue coating.

The drinkability is good, especially if you need a hop fix.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with a thick frothy head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich with resinous citrus hop.

Taste is pale and caramel malt. Hops are a very robust mix of piney-citrus and floral hop. Grapefruit and pineapple. Green and leafy with a good bit of leather. Finish is peppery, and lingers with alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with hop oil slickness.

This one is a hop bomb that has many interesting flavors going on. Plenty of tropical fruit and green leafy notes. Alcohol presence blends well with the aggressive hops. Pale malt, brings a certain sweetness that highlights the citrus bitterness rather than bringing balance.

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Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright golden orange/yellow with a 1" white head. The bubbles vary from small to very large. Decent retention and some spidery lace.

Smell: Fuckin' awesome. Very floral, piney and citrusy. It smells like a high alpha hop variety like Simcoe, Zues or Tomahawk. It's really powerful. I can't imagine a better hop aroma. Sweet, underlying pale malts.

Taste: Piney and quite full of citrus. Lots of IBUs and a multi-spectrum of hop subtleties. A calm start of bitterness mixes with sweetness but then turns to a lingering bitterness and alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Lots of hoppy flavor that lasts and lasts. Not overly bitter initially, but it comes on soon afterward. Medium body with a slightly boozy finish.

Drinkability: The aroma and taste are off the charts for this beer. It's exactly what a DIPA should be. Highly complex and drinkable. NICE!!!

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Photo of skizziks
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden beer throws a bright white 1" head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some very attractive lacework on the glass.

Aroma is strong of citrusy American hops blending with tropical fruit esters from the yeast. The esters are a surprise but very nice contributing a basket of tropical fruit to the lemon, tangerine and grapefruit already provided by the hops. The malt is pretty well overwhelmed but just barely peeking through with some fresh bread.

Hop bitterness gets a quick start, a little coarse but not harsh. The fruit implied in the aroma follows through in the flavor with the malt putting up a better fight. Warm bread, honey, and tropical fruit saturates the palate with bitterness building to a long warm finish. Sticky but very well balanced with alcohol clearly evident but never hot, harsh or boozy. Pretty drinkable for a Double IPA but the bitterness and obvious alcohol are sufficient to slow me down. Still, a very delicious and dangerous beer. Nice.

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Photo of possumfollower2
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Night dos for new Founders for me. Color is golden straw and fairly hazy?? Curious. Nose is pure and simple grapefruit. Haven't smelled a New Zealand Sauv Blanc with quite that much fruit. Mouthfeel is a a little disappointing---expected something lush and stick to the roof of your mouth but this guy is lean and sleek.
On the palate though the fruit is a little superficial and gives way quickly to a dry finish marked with a little bit of pepper??? Not much on the mid-palate. Curious. Over all an easy quaffer. A summery take on the Double IPA idea. A good picnic Dbl IPA, maybe if there is such a thing.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark straw with a lot of carbonation and basically zero head and pretty much no lace. not looking very good to be honest.

floral hops, almost fruity. it's a very sweet aroma and not exactly what i'm expecting to smell.

this isn't a very strong beer by any means. it is very light compared to the double IPA's i'm used to drinking. it's got sort of sweet quality to it that makes it very easy to drink, but i'd prefer a stronger flavor over ease of drinking.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale orange/golden in color with a moderate haze. Less than two fingers of white head fall to a thin cap fairly quickly, but leaves moderate to good lacing.

S - A little subdued, but it's evident that this is going to be a very hop forward beer without any massive malt backbone. Citrus and apple/apricot abound with big notes of grapefruit and orange. Reasonable grassy and pine notes as well. It's not all that "in your face" but there's a great all inclusive hop aroma.

T - From the first sip it's evident that the malt only plays a minor supporting role in this brew. A small sweetness enters early on with a very unobtrusive pale malt backbone. A quick but intense burst of pine wipes away most of the sweetness with apple and apricot notes from the nose. Mid palate the pine turns to grass with minor chive notes and then the citrus onslaught begins. Oranges are prevalent but the grapefruit is the star of the show. Not so much grapefruit as grapefruit peel, it blends nicely with the background orange notes. As the grapefruit peel sprials into grapefruit pith bitterness, last minute bursts of bitter herbs, bitter tea, and pineapple come in and out before a relatively dry, citric, and bitter finish. Double Trouble leaves a noticably bitter aftertaste, but the edges are smoothed out and it never becomes coarse or overwhelming. Alcohol is hidden completely.

M - Solid medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. Mouthfeel seems more like a crisp IPA rather than a snifter-worthy malt laden DIPA...and this is a good thing. Double Trouble manages to be packed with alcohol and flavor but somehow remains crisp, drying, and I dare say refreshing.

D - Double Trouble is deceptively drinkable. Each sip begs for the next, and it's not heavy, sweet, or cloying. Despite the bitterness and lack of malt presence, it remains well rounded. A must-have DIPA that will surely give many others a run for their money.

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Photo of nc41
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is a re edit.

I guess my taste buds have changed significantly since I first tried this one, but I had it on tap the last week or so at the Pub. Still a great looking Double, great head retention. A big malt backbone to carry the hops and nicely balanced, Also not leaning towards sweet which in a Double i don't really care for. Drinks more like a juiced up bitter IPA, if fact it kinda reminds me of Smuttynose, but obviously a little more boozy. Decent finish. Overall a pretty good Double, but I really like my citrus monsters, and I don't get even a hint of Grapefruit with this one which knocks the taste back a notch. I can appreciate an earthy piney brew, and this one is more so than I remember. I also knocked down the drinkability a bit because it is a little hot, and good for one pint, two would be too much.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

This beer poured a nice golden pale color with a very nice white head. There is a considerable amount of lacing and it smells of citrus, pine and malt. The taste is a mirror image of the smell. The carbonation is medium for the style and very enjoyable. Another high class brew from Founders.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orangey gold color with a nice two finger head, which dissipated quickly and left little lacing in the glass. Very pronounced grapefruit-like hop smell; I got nothing else. Taste was incredibly almost like drinking grapefruit juice, much more so than any other IPA I've tried before. Remarkably, no real bitterness along with this very citrus and hoppy taste. I was looking and hoping for some bitterness in the finish from a DIPA, but the citrus kick up front stays put. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability was good, even with the high ABV, just because of the low bitterness and nice taste.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This beer is a mainly clear, but slightly hazy medium golden/copper color. Nice foamy white head about an inch when poured. Sets to a nice surface coating and white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Aromas of piney, hoppy citrus, and not much else. Flavors of sweet caramel malt and a nice grapefruit citrus hop flavor. That is all. Not an overly complex flavor with lots of subtleties, but damn good! The citrus hop flavor dominates at first, but the flavors balance out quite a bit as the beer starts to warm up. Nice crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, especially as it starts to warm up a bit. Another very good beer here from Founders.


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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

almost clear, pale golden amber. nice foamy head gradually recedes to wisps and ring. very nice lacing.

grapefruit zest and fresh pine in the aroma, with notes of passion fruit. hint of caramel malt.

good blast on the palate of citrus, both zest and flesh (mostly just grapefruit though), with more fresh cut pine. surprisingly moderate bitterness, letting the toasted malts and caramel notes come through for a moment, but the fruitiness and pine of the hops make themselves known again soon after, into a light but fresh pine resin finish. very fresh, and more passion fruit too.

smooth and light yet not thin, some resins in the finish. gentle to moderate carbonation is refreshing yet not fizzy, playing a complementary role.

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

I had this sitting in my fridge for about 6 weeks now and I finally said that tonight is the night. Special thanks to Kels for hooking me up with this - as this is now my new favorite DIPA.

Appearance: Pale yellowish/coppery color; big 2 finger head that became a little pock marked/rocky as it broke down and eventually faded into a chewy looking skim. Body appears cloudy and very mildly carbonated. Sticky and oily lacing cling to the walls of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: Piney and grapefruit hoppiness - but not much else is jumping out at me.

Taste: Yes. This is it. Very bitter from the hops and it's definitely piney and citrusy (grapefruit/orange peel?). The malty sweetness is more subdued and allows the bitterness from the hops to take over, therefore I would say the balance is actually a little off compared to the other DIPAs that I've had, but personally, this is something that I would prefer. Alcohol becomes much more present as it warms as well.

Mouthfeel: Body feels thick, oily -- leaves a nice oily coating that sustains even though the alcohol tries to dry the mouth completely. Seems to be a lot going on here and the aftertaste is powerful and reminds me of what I'm drinking between sips.

Drinkability: Moderately high for something with such a big ABV. As I said in my intro, this is now my new favorite DIPA and I definitely give it the edge over Hopslam (no insult intended as that is an absolutely amazing beer as well). I'm going to say that as long as I'm not driving, two or three could be quaffed down in a night.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a small white head with scattered lacing. Smell is of apricot, citrus, and oily pine, Taste is not overly malty like some DIPA's, very nice balance of hops The hops cover the tongue and stick with you, always a plus.
Drinkability is great, the alcohol of 9.4% is very well hidden. Def. one of the better DIPA's out there, another winner from Founders. Paired with some habenero cheddar and pepperoni.

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Photo of scifan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy pale straw color with a nice dense foamy head leaving nice lacing with each sip. Great tropical fruit hoppy goodness. Lots of citrus, mangoe, grapefruit. Taste amazing again lots of citrusy hops almost a little sweet then a blast of bitterness cleans the palate. Some nice sweet caramel malt flavors in there as well but the hops really shine through. This is the closest thing to Hopslam I think there is. Not a hint of 9.4 percent alcohol at all. Nice and smooth. Another great beer from Founders

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one messed up label. My 11-year-old son doesn't want to even look at it.

The pour gave me a one finger, rocky head atop a hazy yellow body. Didn't expect the haze - but not put off by it either.

Aroma was of massive grapefruit, with hints of orange zest. Pretty nice combination. Makes me wonder what my taste buds are getting into.

Taste was a huge blast of intense bitter pine and citrus, with hop resins thrown in. IBU's are VERY apparent in this one. Good thing I'm a hophead. Throughout the consumption of this beer, the bitterness grew on me, until by the final swallow I was sorry to see it gone. The citrus had begun to bloom. The malt was a nice support, but the hops were definitely to the fore.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but a nice body.

Drinkability is deceptive for a brew with this high an ABV. It went down fast and easy, and I could easily have gone for another two or three. Makes me wish I'd bought more. Oh, the woes of one who wants to try as many different beers as possible. Oh well. I know that if I need to bring something to a housewarming or a party this summer, this is going to be it.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright honey gold hue with a chill haze. The eggshell-coloured head falls quickly to a thin layer and collar with a patch of medium and large bubbles.

Aroma: Classic American hops with piney and citric notes, some floral character, and an almost candyish edge. Very appetizing.

Texture: Moderately full bodied. Very fine, spritzy carbonation keeps it from being too heavy or cloying.

Flavor: Loads of bitter citrus up front, heavy on the grapefruit, followed by some light caramel malt, then a resinous, piney note. Huge hop flavours dominate, with just enough malt to support the whole thing. A hophead's delight! There is some burn from the alcohol, most noticeable in the finish, mixed in with the lingering bitter, citrusy hops.

Overall Impression: Excellent double IPA with plenty of American hop character, as you'd expect.

Food Pairing Recommendations: A good bleu cheese or Buffalo wings.

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

Pours out a really clear yellow brew with a few white bubbles.
Smell is alcohol piney hops and malt sugar with a nose burning yeast. Quite nice.
Taste is more grapefruit than pine. A little alcohol here but managable. Really a sweet malty alcohol pine tar flavor with a dry grapefruit aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit hot but for a double at 9.4 this is a pretty nice IPA. As far as the Founders answer to Hopslam, well no but it is still good in it's own rite.
Drinkability is OK but this is one hot brew. The 9.4 comes through almost too much.

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

How can you go wrong with 9.4%, 86 IBU's, and a lable that kinda screws with you after a few? I've heard a bit of hype about the beer, let's see if it lives up.

The pour brings an unexpected strong straw color with hint of golden highlights shining through. A dainty but withstanding foamstand leaves a lot of lacing on the snifter. Light haze, likely from dry-hopping. A prototypical look except for the Pilsner dominant color.

An immense aroma of grapefruit rises from the glass and demands attention throughout. The firm pilsner malts provide a mere pedistal for the far stronger hop flavors. Light decoration of pineapple, lemon-grass, and fresh cut grass round out the aromas. Light nail-polish character comes from the alcohols as the beer warms.

Flavors closely mimic the character found in the nose. Emphasis is still on the agressive American 'C' hops while the softer pilsner malts give a light sugar-cookie or confectionate sweetness that, in no way interferres with the hoppy ambitions. Light on fruity esters, but moderate on the phenolics. Again, the ethanol taste rises late--the only distraction.

The beer starts of heavy, rich, and full, but finishes with a crisp, dry, IPA attitude. Not overyly syrupy, sweet, or mouth-coating. Warming and a bit numbing throughout. Bittered by the 86 IBU's and gives much more of a punch than the pilsner malts demand. Still, the alcohols are thin, bitey, and convolute the clean hop character just a bit.

Overall, I appreciate the pilsner malt base. It give just enough of a foundation to support the hops, but don't challenge them as more highly kilned malts would. Though out of style, these malts showcase the hops well. Light on complexity, variety, and depth, many may consider this a bit to simplistic.

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