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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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1,643 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,319
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,043 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 1,643 | Hads: 6,319
Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops in the nose with that hint of grapefruit that I always like.

Taste is full of floral, citrusy hops upfront with grapefruit and even a hint of mint. Hops dominate this bastard. A bit of biscuit malt peeks out but not enough to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops as described above. There's only a tiny bit of alcohol burn. Beer goes down pretty well otherwise, coating the throat.

An interesting example of the style that is drinkable and full of hops. What can't Founders do that won't impress? Check it out.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottle date at all, in fact none of the founders beers do!
(A)- Poured a light yellow/orange with lots of particles within (its not sediment). It had a great 2+ finger off white head that took a few minutes until it went down to a light layer of bubbles. Some lacing present

(S)- Strong pine,orange,pineapple,and lemon aromas with a touch of spice. The hops are definitely prevalent, but its also got a tiny twang of malt in the background. Its even a tad creamy like vanilla? no, more like a cream soda!

(T)- Hops 'o plenty in this brew! Yet it has a lemon pie accent with orange peel. The malts really show well on the finish, the hops in the beginning, and some refreshing and sweet fruit flavors in the middle. Nice complexities.

(M)- Lots of hops present that dries out the mouth, but once you swallow the fresh fruit and malty finish really shines. Great balance!

(D)- At 9.4%, this is a heavy hitter for sure! However, it has an awesome dry, yet refreshing and sweet combination that is balanced really well! A superb example why IPAs / DIPAs are one of my more favorite summer beers currently.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus. The beer is crystal clear and yellow / light orange colored, with a thin head. The smell is hoppy in a citrus way, with fruits ranging from grapefruit to orange. There's also a hint of "malt rot", that's probably not as accurate as it could be but it's what I get out of some DIPA's (such as this one in a small way and Double Crooked Tree in a big way). The taste is a strong suit, all the citrus elements from that aroma with some abrasiveness on the tongue, bitter but not too much in the aftertaste, good malt balance, very nice. The body is on the light side but substantial enough for my preferences. As usual Founders makes a solid beer, you can never go wrong choosing it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WTH? I didn't review this? I went through like a case of it!

A - Pours a nice light amber with a mild bit of haze. A nice pour produces at least a half inch of foamy sticky white head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, bit of grapefruit rind, and alcohol which is subtle but there.

T - I think I like this one really cold as to cover up most of the alcohol burn but even then you still get a ton of floral hops, bitter grapefruit and playful citrus, and a slight bread malt to cover the ABV. Enjoyable.

M - Careful with this one. Drinks rather quickly with a medium body.

Overall it's one of my favorite DIPA's and even though my case was 2-3 months old, it drank nice and hoppy all the way to the last one. I would totally get it again next year fresh. Solid offering From Founders.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apple cider colored body with mountainous white head that left lace patches. A mix of hops with citric and heavy fruit smells (pear, grape) along with a strong malt base. The hop taste is pretty strong in this beer, as it hops piney citric flavors and some grapefruit. Overall, medium-bodied and slightly smooth with some chewey, malty breadiness in there for a slightly sweet sensation. Finishes dry thanks to some herbal hop bitterness. A clean and refreshing DIPA that I appreciated.

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Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a foamy one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of intense tropical fruit and citrus hops. As the beer warms pine hop aromas enter into thigns and pale malt aromas fight for some space but don't have a whole lot of luck.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild pale malt flavors are almost immediately overtaken by bright tropical fruit, herbal, and citrus flavors with just a hint of bitterness. The bitterness intensifies midway through the sip but never becomes abrasive. Light herbal flavors kick in before a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell, pine flavors mosey in as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass entirely too quickly and could have a lot more.

Overall this was much better than I remembered after finding it last year. Really a well done DIPA. Neck and neck with Hopslam for a winter seasonal although I think this one has a bit more bitterness whereas the honey sweetens the Hopslam a bit more. Both are very well worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: Had a strong citrusy, hoppy aroma to it.

T: Tasted strongly of hops, citrus and sweet sugary element. Sharp and tangy on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, solidly made double. Another good entry from Founders.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clearish light orange with a light white head, ok retention and lacing.

This has a tongs of ibu, but it totally doesn't come through on the aroma or taste. The hops are there but you'd think they would come through even more. The hops present themselves, but not in a piney or metallic way which is nice.

Overall, pretty decent, nothing special.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden apricot with a frothy half inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, dank cannabis, pine, onion, and grapefruit form the initial hop wallop of an aroma. There's an underlying bready, caramel sweetness at the finish. Lime and body odor surface, with hints of floral hops.

There's a fairly sweet, caramel malt backbone evident in the first sip. Becomes fairly bitter and resiny mid palate, and bitterness carries into the finish. Grapefruit, resin, pine, onion, and fresh cut grass assert themselves in the flavor, but malt is definitely more than subtle.

Body is moderate and slightly creamy, with carbonation a tad on the low side, and moderate alcohol warmth. There's a bit of hop astringency.

Good balance of extremes between malt and hops. Given the introduction of more citrus forward flavoring hops, this brew won't rank as high in my list as it may have at one time, but it's still a great dipa. Not overly bitter, fairly complex hop flavoring, and good malt support. May actually be a tad sweet.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very slightly murky honey color. The bright white head rises and leaves some really thick lace along the glass. The head looks great.

S-Vibrant tropical fruitiness. Extremely rich and juicy nose. Smells fresh and natural. Great hop barrage. I love the spectrum of hops this beer brings out in the aroma. You just want to stick your nose in it.

T-This beer tastes excellent. Ripe tangerine and grapefruit wallops your taste buds. The beers is oily and resinous but maintains those exceptional fruity flavors. This beer is very hop forward. Absolutely love those fruity hops. Exceeds my expectations

M-Bold and thick mouthfeel. Absolutely awesome. Resiny and sticky. One pof the many highlights of the beer.

O/D-Better than I expected. Absolutely love this one, wish I could have it fresh all the time. One of my favorite Doubles I have had. Oh so drinkable despite the high ABV. The hops are showcased masterfully here. Needs to be fresh to be fully appreciated. Great beer, no wonder why its talked about so much. Once again, Founders goes for the win.

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

Reviewed from notes:
thanks to crashdavisinoh for sending this my way

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: a well balanced dipa.


the CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stub bottle, riley's

appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip, beautiful copper-apricot body, thin fluffy white wave with soapy lacing - very lovely

smell: punchy citrus, apricot, grapefruit and other tropical aroma

taste: very balanced and well rounded DIPA - syrupy caramel body with an underlying bite of grapefruit and pine, not an overwhelming hop bomb but quite balanced with a great mouthfeel

mouthfeel: full and heavy, a nice aperitif

drinkability: pretty good

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

Thank you, John! I've been looking for this puppy for a while (well, not really, but still) Into my Duvel tulip

A: When decanted, this beer is a surprisingly light pale golden yellow with a finger-thick pure white head. There's a faint hint of haze but not much. Head retention and lacework are pretty good, there's a steady stream of visible carbonation to boot

S: Heady pine goodness, orange sweetness and a pleasant lightness to the body. There's a certain biscuit-like character to the malt that's unique and refreshing. Mildly floral, mildly spicy, this is a delicious smash-up of East and West-Coast style DIPAs

T: Opens up with some orange marmalade-like bitterness with plenty of hop flavor. Citrus, pine, mild floral notes and grapefruit dominate, with a mildly spicy/peppery note definitely present. Malt body is not really noticeable, this beer finishes hoppy and bitter, almost astringently so

M: Light in body with a great hop character both in bitterness and flavor, this beer is could exceptional. Mildly resiny with soft carbonation. Astringency on the finish is the only drawback

D: Enjoyable, it will put me to sleep. Would drink again

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Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, deep golden colored body topped with with a bubbly, white head that holds good retention and fades to a foam leaving some lace on the glass. Juicy, tropical aroma, with citric grapefruit, bready malt, caramel. Bready, sweet, caramel malt backbone can't stand up to the bitter, pungent hop bitterness of grapefruit, mango, and pine. Juicy and sweet, but bitter and a bit hot. Medium body, resinous hop, lingering bitter finish. Overall, I never know what to think of this one - I love Founders, but it's not my favorite of theirs, still a reputable DIPA though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
9.4% ABV, 86 IBUs, Bottled 06/17/2014

A - Hazed with fine particles, this golden orange beer is capped with a giant whipped-topping-like cream-colored head. Fantastic retention keeps the foam afloat despite the high ABV and as it descended into lumpiness, it left giant patches of sticky lacing.

S - Potent orange citrus, pineapple, and splash of grapefruit fruitiness mingle with pine-needle hop aromatics, bursting forth followed by an assertive malt backbone that holds everything together perfectly.

T - Big blast of sticky pine sap and bitter orange peel citrus hops punch you in the kisser followed closely by a potent alcohol spice and warmth. Its somewhat sweet malt backbone is there but completely overshadowed by hops.

M - Double Trouble's hefty malt backbone makes for a full body that's quickly offset by sharp hop bitterness and a spicy, drying alcohol finish that's a kick in the ass.

O - Founder's Double Trouble uses everything that's awesome about a double IPA to it's advantage; big fruitiness, pine sap bitterness, a hefty malt backbone, and the alcohol that goes along with it. In a market flooded with this style, Double Trouble is one of the better examples out there.

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

12oz bottle poured into large snifter glass - 12/8/10 bottling date

Pours a hazed golden orange with some darker tones. A smaller white head fades fairly quickly into faint film as the beer leaves spots and patches of lacing along the glass.

An initial rush of grapefruit hop aroma laced with piny resin. Some slightly sweet malty tones mixed with citrus and a hint of alcohol.

Bitter and strong right up front with an explosion of grapefruit and citrus flavors. Rind and zesty tones mix with some lighter piny notes. The malt backbone is present, yet pleasantly buried under the hops, with hints of caramel and bread. Finishes with lingering, long lasting bitter, dry hop flavor and some boozy warmth.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and bitter on the tongue. For a heavier DIPA, this is still easy drinking, although there's definitely some heat from the 9.4% ABV, but I thought it suited the beer pretty well. I look forward to this beer every year, and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim, several clusters of ringlets and a thin band around the edges. Some spots and specks of grouped lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is grapefruit - some sweetness and some piny hops, as well as an earthy quality and a hint of booze in the mix. Taste follows nose, but somewhat muted - nothing really stands out on this one in terms of the grapefruit sweetness or the hops; somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and also slightly oily on the tongue. Decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away - nothing really popped on this; however, this feature does enhance drinkability - not to mention an extremely well-hidden abv at 9.4%.

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

A - Cloudy golden orange with thick and fluffy head

S - Heavy citrus with a light piney scent... odd to not pick up more of the hops in the scent for something so packed with them

T - Citrus and light pine lead to a huge wallop of hops and finnishes nicely back on the citrus tones.

M - Warm, crisp and smooth finnish

D - For not being an IPA kinda guy, this beer amazes me. I'd take this over any IPA if given the choice, but would have to switch to a Centennial IPA after a few to prevent from going crazy.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy, semi-transparent golden with an average white head. Strongly hoppy aroma has a hint of evergreen. Powerful hoppy flavor has firm tones of evergreen and grapefruit, quite sour. Lively, fizzy texture has firm body and is quite pleasing.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double Trouble pours a translucent, sunburst-orange color with some darker highlights around the edges, appearing nearly copper at times. A thick, creamy cap tops this one off, slightly off-white in color leaving plenty of fat lacing behind as it trudges down the glass. Very nice and clean looking beer - I appreciate unfiltered IPA's, although the crystal clear ones are always extremely impressive as well.

The aroma on Double Trouble is crazy-powerful, especially considering this particular bottle is less than a week old. Insane tropical fruits and citrus obliterate my sense of smell momentarily as my face is buried in the glass; pineapple, mango, nectarines, grapefruit... So fresh and deliciously juicy. Very sweet and delectable with a more-than-solid, hoppy counterpoint. Lightly floral, leafy, and piney hops hit just as hard with some oily resins and a nearly dank character. Double Trouble smells fantastic.

There's a huge hop presence on the palate - to be expected for a 9.4% ABV Double IPA, although alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Leafy, earthy, and lightly herbal, pepper-coated hops trash about with some pine and hop oil flavors in the background. Though the assertiveness of the profile takes a jump, the sweet tropical fruits are still heavy in the flavor - pineapple and nectarines are the most dominant of all.

The finish contains some grassy and onion-like notes, just enough to be interesting but not so much as to be off-putting or weird. Malt in this one is low. Lower than lower. At the most, maybe some sweet breadiness in the very, very background, but even then - I'm probably just kidding myself. This thing is all about the hoppy off-balance, and it does it so well. Medium bodied, borderline sticky with a wet and slick mouth feel; high carbonation.

Double Trouble has always been one of my favorite, local IPAs. I really wish it was available year-round, but a seasonal release means you always know that you're getting it fresh, and this stuff is amazing when it's fresh, so I guess there is a nice trade-off. So out of kilter towards the hops, but in such a lovely and delicate way. Tastes like a DIPA with the drinkability of an APA.

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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 ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazy liquid that is a little bit of a faded golden yellow color. the head is thick and has solid retention leaving big lace on the glass.

S-the nose is quite big and brings a lot of hops. big notes of grapefruit hit first followed by some resinous pine hops

T-the taste brings a lot of hops. light note of grapefruit first taken over by big piney hops, some oily resign, with the finish bringing lots more grapefruit and some bitterness.

M-the moutfeel is insanely smooth going down, slightly syrupy but still thin, it coats the mouth and i love the low level of carbonation

D-i haven't had this in a long time and this is fantastic! big hop flavors, a little bitter at the finish; but so darn hoppy! i will be drinking more.

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Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear very light amber.

The aroma is seductively fruity with fresh ripe peaches, guava, tangerine, citrus peel with a bready malt in the middle. A piney dank quality in the back almost like Stone beers.

In the front, the beer rushes forward of green pine, sticky resin, lemon peel, lychee fruit, with a stiff bitterness of grapefruit peel and pine on the finish. A medium plus sweetness.

In general, the bitterness is a bit stiff. The sweetness holders the beer back slightly and there’s that alcohol that comes through in the back. Despite the negatives, it is still a hop driven and relatively clean drinking DIPA. One of the best on the shelves.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/copper color. A two finger white head forms instantly, and gently recedes to a ring. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Hops up front. Lightly floral and grassy. Some grapefruit bitterness. Grainy, sugary malt lingers.
T: Floral, grassy, and grapefruit hops. Lightly bitter. Actually this one might be more astringent than bitter as it warms up. Some very light sugary malt lingers.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin for my liking. Crisp and dry. Really not hard to drink considering the style and alcohol.

Not bad at all. A fairly standard DIPA. Certainly enjoyable, and worth a try (especially for those that are hop heads). It is just not my favorite of the style or brewery.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.