Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,996
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 400
Gots: 844 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of paco911
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

liquid crack

Photo of Guinnessface
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Pretty well balanced IPA. Good bitterness without the bright west coast finish.

Photo of katelynxandrea
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Nice aroma, clean, crisp, good hops, finishes smooth.

Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -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

Photo of barkingspud
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Had this one on tap. Nice medium golden color. 1 finger head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. Excellent aroma and hoppy taste.

Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

Photo of adnauseam007
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Photo of ADU
4/5  rDev -5%

Pretty good for an IPA. Smooth upfront with bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of BeerMick
4/5  rDev -5%

Thanks Junior!

Photo of DjRon
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Very good! Smooth even with being double IPA

Photo of JDSudsMyer
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Excellent beer. Nice blend of citrus and hops. A favorite!

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.


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.

Photo of Zach136
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%

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 if appropriate for a beer this size (4.25)

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

Photo of hopflyer
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Leftbob
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of SassieCassie
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
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

Photo of Bone53
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw four packs bottled on 6/14 sitting on a case packaged on 7/13. So i lay the four packs aside, open up the case, and pull out a four pack. Goes to show how it pays off to look for dates!!

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 40°F

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a very small off white head. Not extremely impressed by the look. But looks are deceiving

Smell: Now this is what I call balanced! Right out the fridge it's one part citrus hops and one part toasted malts. As it warms, I pull out more vibrant citrus with a undertone of malt sweetness

Taste: Right out the fridge I get bright citrus grapefruit and pine upfront, toasted malts in the middle, then the citrus and pine again in the finish that lingers on the palate. As it warms, grapefruit is showcased with a bready sweet malt undertone

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; Low carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: This is one of those IPAs (and beers in general) that has different aromas and flavors when cold than closer to room temperature. The toasted malt is more prominent when chilled, resulting in a more balanced beer per se, but as it warms, the citrus is where i like it to be with malts becoming sweeter and playing more in the background. My ratings are based on this beer being closer to room temperature which i enjoy more than straight out the fridge. However, this is not up there with my absolute favorites in the style, but close! Founders is my favorite brewery for a reason: They make great representations in any style! I highly recommend it for someone who enjoys a well balanced IPA. LET IT WARM UP! Cheers!!

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,996 ratings.