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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,008 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,008
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 328
Gots: 493 | FT: 6
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:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruisin' Ales. Pours golden with abundant off-white head. Citrus aroma, and delicous citrus grapefruit taste. It is a fantactic drinker and goes too quick. Above average mouthfeel.Incredible DIPA. Juicy wth pink and white grapefruit, and apricot. Good malty offset.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:50:21 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-29-2012 01:35:50 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and some malt aromas. Taste is of sweet malt up front, followed by citrus zest and pine hops, and some pineapple/tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice hop and fruit flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:26:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-22-2011 22:11:01 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright apricot color and is somewhat cloudy. Good head and lacing.

S: Very nice. Lots of tropical, citrusy fruits. The hops just pop out. Beautiful.

T: Does not have the strong malt backbone of the Centennial IPA, but so long as you have this fresh, there's no need for it to. A blast of complex citrus hops blows the palate.

M: Good amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

D: Very, very solid all around. Not quite as good as HopSlam, but this one has got most DIPA's solidly beaten.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:46:57 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

--William Shakespeare

Ripe apricot with banana peel borders. The beer displays a wonderful yeasty haze initially, then becomes frankly cloudy as the solids from the bottom of the bottle are added at the conclusion of the one and only pour. A softly pillowy crown of yellowed ivory (along with abundant lace) keeps the upper part of the glass looking mighty fine. Those who like the down 'n dirty look will love this one.

What a wonderful aroma! I usually wait until taste bud saturation before taking a stab at the hop bill, but it's smacking me upside the olfactory lobe with every glorious inhale. The combination of tropical fruits (tangerine, pink grapefruit and mango) just has to be due to Simcoe and/or Amarillo. Okay, now I'm expecting a doozy of a DIPA.

The big question is whether or not Double Trouble is a HopSlam killer... or whether it's even as delicious. The answers are 'no, almost nothing is' and 'no, but it's damn close'. I had the utmost faith in Founders, because those boys can brew with the best of them. Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Red's Rye, Curmudgeon, Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA... need I go on?

Those who want malt balance won't find it here. At least not when the beer is still shy of its two month anniversary. That said, the barley lays down a solid enough foundation for this hophead. There is a little sweetness, but it's quickly and almost completely obliterated by 86 IBU's worth of lupulin goodness. My tongue is getting a sound thrashing and I haven't even started the final six ounces yet.

The relatively pale, amberish orange hue tells me that pale malt is dominant. The taste buds agree. There's almost no caramel or toasted flavors to get in the way of the hop love. I'm sticking with the Simcoe and/or Amarillo guess. There's even a resinous, almost oily, funky, ganja-like vibe. Dee-freakin-licious!

The mouthfeel is the best of all worlds. It's unquestionably full and sap-sticky, but it's also as smooth as polished gemstones and has enough carbonation to avoid bogging down. My memory is a bit sketchy, but this might be the only area where DT has HS beat. Perhaps in appearance as well.

Founders will do themselves a massive favor if they make Double Trouble a regular release. HopSlam is slightly superior, but if it's only brewed once per year, that doesn't do those of us without easy access much good. The only negative with this brew is that it has replaced the beautifully bombastic Devil Dancer. Oh well, a scathingly hoppy DIPA is more than adequate compensation.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 16:17:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear golden with little in the way of a head.
S: The smell consists of floral aromas of hops with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very hoppy but there's a good balance between the hops and malt. There's some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels smooth and medium-bodied on the palate with some thickness and alcohol warming.
D: This is a good beer to sip; it's hoppy but also packs its punch by way of alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 03:38:33 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a clear golden color topped by three fingers of foam; impressive stickage that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple, topped by a teaspoonful of sugar; alcohol clearly present

Taste: The sugary malts jump out, with the grapefruit and pineapple not far behind; rather cloying, after the swallow, in a way that is more reminiscent of a Stone beer than a Hopslam; the finish is lengthy and resinous

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Drinking this side by side with a Hopslam, I find these beers so different that I am surprised that so many have chosen to make the comparison in their reviews; while the citrusy aspect is similar, this beer is more bitter, resinous and cloying

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:27:21 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-05-2011 01:24:31 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, and very bright orange. Lots of haze almost obscured the light but left enough to give it a wonderful hue. Some visible carbonation inside. Big white frothy head, faded and left a large amount of lace on the top that stayed till the bottom. Glass was lined with lots of gooey lace that dripped down the glass, very nice looking. Smell was very strong, lots of fresh hops, pine resin the biggest factor here with hints of alcohol, which at nearly 10%abv is not a surprise. The flavor was un real, and very strong. Big alcohol and pine resin hit me first. Huge DIPA flavor and right up my alley. After it warmed some more subtle citrus tones started to come through. Some pineapple and grapefruit flavors fought with the unrelenting pine resin taste. Awesome strong bitter finish,Great full and crisp mouth feel, and very dry at the end. Have to be careful with the ABV which can sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:26:05 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:36:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:50:56 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-07-2012 17:43:26 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Craig for sending this one my way.

A: A standard golden color with perhaps a hint of orange and a fluffy white head.

S: The grapefruit and lemon rind hops, along with a burst of pine and pineapple, make this one a real pleasure to sniff.

T: A moderate bitterness on the palate followed by some really juicy fruits. The grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple flavors are quite fresh and delicious.

M: Medium in body with a pleasantly tingly carbonation and a lasting bitterness.

D: I never would have known this was almost 9.5%. Really easy to drink and incredibly flavorful without any perceivable alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 21:40:23 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-10-2012 08:04:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-01-2011 18:41:22 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Strongly hoppy, citric-smelling scent that socks you in the nose so hard, you can't help but check for a nose bleed. Fragrant notes of tangerines, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and pine resin. As I was leaning back from the glass, I got slapped with a bouquet of fresh-picked flowers.

Taste: Sweet, though short-lived perfunctory maltiness upfront. Now that that's out of the way, it's time for some citric, acidic hints as we transition into the fruity, floral, tropical and pine-packed hop flavors. There's definitely a warming alcohol presence contained within, but I'm not picking up too much in the overall flavor, as my taste buds are probably far, far too busy contending with all of the hops. There's only one final touch of sweetness; a faint dieing gasp from the thin maltiness. Finishes dry and sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A punchy, downright intense Double IPA that's in the same vein as Bell's HopSlam, though, and this is just me, I feel I'd prefer the Bell's just a tad over this one.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2009 16:01:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-29-2012 10:02:09 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-16-2013 16:21:41 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with good retention on a cloudy pale golden with very slight crimson hue body.

S: pine, grapefruit, pale malts and floral notes. overall a touch musty.

T: piney notes dominate the citrus ones which are still represented. Nice malt backbone and content.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Thick on the palate

Overall: A very good beer but in a genre with so many good beers, this one doesn’t stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:05:41 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-10-2013 02:17:56 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have wanted to try this offering from the home state for quite awhile.Poured into a standard pint glass a foggy/hazy light to medium golden with a tight formed 1/2 white head that settled slowly leaving shotty lace.Deep pine resin in the nose along with leather and alcohol dipped dark fruit,strong flavors on the palate,the alcohol does not hide by any means.Resiny pine and citrus rind really hit up front,big alcohol sweetness comes thru along with some overripe pineapple,it can sting ya after after one or two.A bigtime American hop monster,it will kick ya in the teeth,just the way I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:00:18 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-27-2011 02:13:17 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden yellow with some orange colors in there. The head was thick and white. The lacing looked really nice too after each sip. The smell of this beer is floral and citrusy, the nose is very fresh smelling and has a very inviting aroma to it. The taste of this beer is really nice also. I was really impressed with the flavors in the brew. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still pretty decent. Overall It's a really nice DIPA and worth getting if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:47:20 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

Time for another taste o' the Double Trouble. This time, it pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, leeks, light caramel, and light honey. The taste holds notes of pine, yellow grapefruit, light leek, and very light caramel. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a fine DIPA, but it's very one-sided in favor of dry hops. Generally speaking this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does get pretty tiresome and boring after a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 07:15:59 | More by TMoney2591
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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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