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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 4452
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founder's Double Trouble pours a hazy golden body with gleeming yellow highlights at the base of the glass. Chunks of yeast are clearly present, indicating that it's unfiltered (or at least only partially filtered) and possibly bottle conditioned. The fine-bubbled, gently zesty and then silky-creamy mouthfeel does seem to indicate that. Anyway, the frothy white head rises high above the body and then very slowly receeds into a finger thick, creamy cap. Beyond that, after a few sips, it still holds a solid head, and leaves walls of solid lacing about the glass.

The nose is grapefruit-like, and pretty much only that. It's chalky-rind city, backed by some gently-sweet and gently tart juice. Only a very modest amount of malt gets through.

The flavor pretty much follows suit except that it's kind of reversed - it's much more juicy sweet and tart grapefruit juice upfront - with less chalky rind, and a good dollop of straightforward golden maltiness clearly comes through. As you progress it becomes more pineapple like! It's one helluva mouthfull of flavor! It finishes with a spritz of citric acidity, followed by some grapefruit flavor and more maltiness as it dries, and then the wide, bold, raspy bitterness rises up steadily, leaving everything else left behind in its wake. Interestingly enough, it doesn't remain bitter. I guess the juiciness cuts through to refresh the palate (and probably the alcohol to a certain extent), and I find it really well-balanced given that it's a massive citrus-hop bomb. What is this, by the way? Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade? I dunno. I don't care. Some alcohol does show though, and it becomes more apparent as it warms. Overall, however, I don't think it really stands out too much, or is inappropriate in any way given the style.

As far as drinkability goes, it's hampered by two things and a kind of a third: #1, it's a pretty massive beer that will knock down your palate, and then you, with its 9.4% abv! Two's probably the limit for this baby. #2, it's an amazingly flavorful grapefruit and pineapple flavored beer that, unfortunately becomes less interesting after the first glass. Which leads us to #3, there's just not enough complexity here - although I will also say that I don't really think there needs to be, or even CAN be. It is what it is, and it's great as it is, and it doesn't have to be really drinkable in terms of volume. I REALLY enjoyed just one, and that's part of drinkability. I won't have another, but I will certainly look forward to my next one.

For hop fans, you've got to go get this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 22:46:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a trade with Michigan-proximate Roke87...

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow colour, with a half finger of thin soapy off-white head, which produces some random streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, mildly sour bready malt, and a bit of soft menthol-like alcohol. The taste is strong, bitter pine hops, a bit of tangy mustiness, caramel cream, and a slight rising booze warmth. The carbonation is apparent, but quite soft, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but smooth overall. It finishes off-dry - cubed, the malt stepping up against the latent bitter pine hop strength.

A pretty decent DIPA, the hops definitely represented, in a non-left-coast manner, and balanced well enough. 86 IBUs? Sure. 9.4% ABV? Could have fooled me - oh, wait, it did.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:37:50 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, bright amber/golden appearance, nearly orange, with a lovely, lace-leaving, long-lasting cap of snowy foam above.

Lime and orange peel aromatics, some lemon, pine, very fresh and lively. very vibrant, buzzing with hoppitude.

Taste: more of the same and then some. Simply delicious. Medium bodied, non-stop hop bitterness delivered on the palate, awash with citrus fruits, and pine needle. Brisk and bitter, zesty and refreshing, as well.

The high alcohol content is well hidden, doesn't reveal itself at all in the taste, until you get near the end. Then it quietly reveals itself, but never becomes a deterrent to drinking. For the first glass, at least.

One of the most balanced, elegant, and profoundly enjoyable Double IPAs I've ever had, and more proof of Founders' incredible winning streak.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 01:13:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some of these on a recent shopping trip. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One finger of yellow-tinged cream foam that dissolves slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Largely opaque peach color with a few tiny bubbles lazily rising to the top of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hoppiness - lots of lemon zest and grapefruit. There's a good amount of malt backbone as well that prevents the smell from becoming unbalanced. The smell isn't huge, but it's quite enjoyable.

T - Hoppy. Bitter. We're not in Devil Dancer territory, but this is one of the more potent DIPAs I've tried. There's a fair it of citrus and malt sweetness that shows up mid-palate, but never at the expense of the hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is also unsurprisingly bitter. This should satisfy all be the most hardcore hop-heads.

M - There's quite a bit of carbonation tingle. The beer itself has a good medium body and leaves the expected resinous after-feel. The carbonation makes it a little gritty and dry and less smooth than I prefer.

D - The ABV is very well hidden, but the carbonation gets to me a little. Also, the pervasive bitterness is a little exhausting. I'd be up for two bottles, but that's about it.

Another winner from Founders. These guys can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:37:20 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out a strong burst of fruity citrus sweetness and another strong burst of hops bitterness that complement each other well. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and it allows the hoppy and sweet flavors to be more intense. Likewise the after-taste is sweet and hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, even though I've had better 2IPA's this is still a really good beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:41:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Hazy pale yellow orange, drippy arcs of broken lace at the edge, a finger of head appears with a swirl. Pungent and funky hop nose, slightly earthy, catty, resinous, with notes of grapefruit and juicy citrus. An aroma you can't get enough of...

Lush citrus in the front, strong hop character, with a drying piney bitterness lingering on the back end. Seems to last forever, as if chewing on a fresh grapefruit rind. Fairly full bodied, verging on syrupy, but it dries out quickly in the end. Very tasty, a strong midwest contender in the DIPA arms race.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:35:57 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers to jwc215, thanks Joe!

Pours a slightly hazed honey with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Great effervescence to the end, good lacing & & head retention

S: Piney & rindy hops, plus breadyness, plus some booze presence

T: Lemons, pineapples, honey malt; then a sledge hammer of grapefruit, dryness & pine up front. Grapefruit & leafy hops, biscuitty malt & pine needles are all there as this warms. Finishes slightly honey sweet, bready & then much herbal & piney hops & a touch of booze; nothing I can really find fault with here...

MF: Semi-chewy, then creamyness, great balance for the style, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, but you're well aware you are imbibing in a serious DIPA here. Well done Founders, I sure hope I see in my neck of the woods soon ( since Founders is planning on Mizzou distribution soon ) !!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 04:35:36 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It's quite bitter with some bready notes. The hops are present in the nose, but the malts go a long way in hiding the overall aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter hop punch up front with a bisquity finish. The hop flavor is quite good. It's piney up front with some light citrus notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's not your typical west coast version, but rather a more balanced and complex variety.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:23:34 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I glanced at some of the reviews of this beer and I'm slightly confused. This beer is well balanced, a great sipping DIPA with aggressive hops but not a malt bomb. This is not only a great example of the style but this is seems to me to be the kind of DIPA everyone claims they WISH someone would make. Good job founders, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Beer is poured from a bottle without a date on it into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear and appears to be thin. There is not significant haze as there often is with this style. Head is white and diffuse. Carbonation is moderate, there is only a little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops and bitterness. Hops are likely amarillo hops due to the citrus and pineapple flavors I detect. Something close at least. I can't pick up on much sweetness either from malt or from alcohol which is surprising but welcomed.

Beer finishes dry (probably the alcohol) but it doesn't really affect the flavor that much. Overall the body is thin for a DIPA and its not sweet (too much). Its mostly bright and bitter with nice hop flavors of strong grapefruit and lemon in the midpalate. I really enjoyed this beer. If there were more connectivity and less dryness at the end I think it could really be a top 10 DIPA.

Also, I love the label art.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:59:56 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending me a handful of these beers back in January. This beer was drank fresh, it just took me a while to enter the review.

The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The beer is hazy in appearance.

The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a ton of mango as well as some oranges and apricots. One of the more fruit smelling IPAs I have tried.

The flavor is heavy on the bitter mango and papaya. I also get some orange and pineapple notes as well as a little bit of bread from the malt. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This definitely lived up to the hype. One of the best Double IPAs I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 23:36:33 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with orange highlights. It had a bubbly, white, one-finger head of foam that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of fresh pine and sweet citrus. There was a mild roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of pine, bubblegum and citrus. There was a sharp burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and a little fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding DIPA. It was really easy-drinking and I almost didn't notice the potency of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 11:38:55 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from sbricker, which is available here, but the come to find I've never reviewed it. Bottled on 12/29, so only a few weeks old.

Pours a huge 2+ finger fluffy head that fades pretty slowly with a bit of lacing, reinforced by lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the SA perfect pint glass, with a very clear golden wheat colored beer.

Nose explodes with fresh hops, lots of fresh musty hop resins, some citrus and tropical fruit hops, a bit of pine, some light fruits, slightest bit of sweet malts under it all.

Taste starts pretty bitter, again hammering with fresh hop resins and musty wet hop tastes but not super oily or sticky (lack of oils probably helps the long thick head), some pine, bit of citrus, slight hop fruits, slight earthy taste as well. A light sweet malty backbone that is overpowered by the fresh hops, but gives it something to launch from. A slight pear taste. The musty hop taste dominates all, and long into the finish, which dries a bit and adds to the heavy bitterness. Still no real booze taste. Well... I finally got some light warming booze very late on the finish as it warms and the hops saturate on my palate.

Mouth is medium bodied, frothy and lots of carbonation, a little over carbonated in fact.

Drink is decent, quite a bit of bitterness, especially on the finish, dries a bit on the finish, but drinks much easier than 9.4%. A slight malt backbone helps balance the heavy hops as well.

Serving type: bottle

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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