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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,921 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,921
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 370
Gots: 798 | FT: 10
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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 KAF
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra acquired in a trade with OHLRangers. Thanks Ed!

Pours a hazy straw golden with a one finger head and some lacing. The head recedes quickly.

The aroma is of ripe, bitter grapefruit and pine resin. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the nose, as well as an underlying sweetness. Double Trouble is a dry, light bodied, west coast style DIPA. The high level of bitterness is reminiscent of grapefruit and pine, just like the aroma. Sweetness is very low. The alcohol is strong in the dry and bitter finish. The beer is light-medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky, oily mouthfeel. This is a pretty damn good Imperial IPA.

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. poured light gold color with a thin white covering barely covering the top of the beer. It left moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is not surprisingly hoppy with a good amount of citrus and grapefruit flavors. It has a little sweet malt coming through as well that helps give it that sweet hoppy flavor I love in certain IPA's.

The taste is citrusy with grapefruit and a little pine. It has a nice sweet flavor that I really like in my IPA's, but also has a moderate pine bitter finish to it that helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer and it's definitely my type of IPA. I might have to add this to the regular purchase rotation.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Institute the other day. The bar tender had just tapped the keg a few minutes beforehand, assuring that this beer was fresh and delicious.

The beer pours a light peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks exactly the way a good IPA/DIPA should. On the nose I get lots of hoppy orange citrus, which is attractive. That's really about all I get, but what's there smells very nice indeed. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose to some extent, but with noticeable pepper and pine as well. This is a very serious DIPA, and I appreciate the fact that Founders did not over do it on the malt. The sweetness and alcohol are both kept at bay in this very fine DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty decent, fairly long finish. I get a hint of alcohol at the very end, but overall drinkability is not too bad.

This is very fine DIPA from Founders; at least in my opinion, much better then the wretchedly sweet Devil Dancer they make. Other then the somewhat excessive alcohol bite in the finish, there really was nothing I didn't like about this beer. Well done.

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle of Double Trouble looks without problem - a dense but sediment-free and well-polished golden complexion, the beer shines brightly and supports a respectable amount of head, a healthy chunk of which attaches itself to the glass and refuses to let go.

Many of the best DIPAs have a kind of wild herb, resiny, yet tropical character. Double Trouble fits this bill. It smells of tree bark, wet mildewy leaves, and also bright citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. At three months of age, this particular bottle has also adopted notes from its malts; fresh-baked bread and toffee squares are equally appreciable.

If you've never had a Double IPA, Double Trouble will indeed turn your world upside-down. It is not just "imperial" insofar as its over-sized hoppiness; the maltiness is gigantic too. Here the two worlds exists as one: brown sugar caramelized grapefruit, orange marmalade on crunchy toast, flower and citrus skin potpourri lit during the morning rush at a bakery.

A proper DIPA will likely numb your tastebuds. It will do so, however, in the most easing and pleasing way. This one provides all the wholesome, semi-sweet maltiness and juicy citrus satiation but does so without registering as overly astringent or having the presence of acidity that it'll split your gums open. This has an approachability and casualness that rarely befalls its style.

Cars aren't nicer to drive just because they have more horsepower. Music does not necessarily sound better if it's played louder. Likewise, beers aren't superior the stronger they are or the more loudly they're hopped. All in all, for something to the tune of 86 IBU and 9.4%, Double Trouble has the technical specs to intimidate, but it's an unusually and exceptionally well-balanced, mellow DIPA. For hopheads, the best time to visit Michigan is June through September.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x and beerbeagle.

Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, with nice touch of citrus/pines. The taste is very nice/bitter/hoppy, little bit of malts thrown in, citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice hoppy/bitter DIPA.

Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured herbal and tropical fruit.

The taste offered a complex, yet clean tropical fruit hoppiness with a soft caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and rather well balanced DIPA.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Alchemist pint glass. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this bottle!

Appearance - Hazy light orange body. Not exactly an ample head, but it's there for a moment. The ring of lace around the beer grips to the glass like a great IPA should.

Smell - Citrusy goodness. Grapefruit and orange, just the way I like it. The sweetness in the back is just noticeable, but not overpowering. The overall aroma is just a hint muted, though.

Taste - Great citrus hop flavor up front and a slight hint of sweetness that lasts throughout the drink. The malt takes a backseat, but it's enough to keep it from being too extreme. The bitterness is subdued by the malt as well, but it builds as I drink the glass.

Mouthfeel - Perfect body. Drinkable to the point of gulpable. The only prevention is that lingering and slowly-building bitterness.

Overall - One of my favorite IPAs, even if slightly imperfect. Too bad I only get it every once in a while. Just shy of being one of the great IPAs, like Pliny and Heady.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of liamt07
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, my first Founder's experience. 341 ml, bottled March 5, 2010 into a tulip. Might be past it's prime.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a couple fingers of soapy white head. Tons of webbed, sticky lace. Immediately I get a whiff of this stuff, and haven't even dug my nose into this yet. Upon further olfactory investigation, I get a giant wave of pineapple, mango, orange and other tropical fruits. Solid malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol in here as well. I wanna get into this now. Hint of the malt and the hops lead the assault here, chased on its heels with a significant bitterness and a light wave of alcohol. Mostly pineapple and orange in the hops here. Wow this is solid. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-high carbonation and the drinkability is through the roof. The alcohol pops its head through at the end of every gorgeous sip, teasing me. I know it's coming, and yet can't resist another sip of this. I need another.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/6/11

A: Signifigantly lighter in color and overall appearance then I had expected from a Founders DIPA. It's brilliant gold that, when poured, yields a 2+ finger head - wow. Once the bottle is fully drained into my glass, I will note that it seems to be unfiltered as it is cloudier then when the first ounce or two was poured. Rich, thick lacing remains present throughout my entire tasting.

S: It's as if I had just peeled a clementine and held the rind to my nose. Citrus gives way to malty alcohol that really tinges the nostrils.

T: Passion and other tropical fruits send signals to my brain that oh yes, I'm enjoying a fresh DIPA. Persistant notes of alcohol overwhelm the delicate fruit juciness I was loving so much, but are in no way off-putting.

M: I believe part of the reason Founders has had the success they've had is because of this very reason: the mouthfeel. They always knock this out of the park, and their Double Trouble is no exception. It's creamy, well carbonated, medium to heavy in body and simply perfect.

O: Put another check in the win column for Founders. Their Double Trouble is great drinking, and one that I will certainly be returning to. The balance between the hop oil, malt and alcohol is awesome. Another high gravity beer done right by one of the best breweries in the business.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a very bright, vibrant, orange-gold coloring with a fluffy, big bubbled, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are amazingly blended, with a light orange and grapefruit citrus blend mixing with a floral, wet, fresh hops aroma. This smells really friggin good. Flavors are lighter than you would expect, with a solid toasty and rich caramel backbone giving rise to a hop forward blast of tart and bitter grapefruit and spicy, wet, fresh hops. Palate is amazingly blended, and the body is smooth and light, which helps the beer to avoid becoming overpowering. Decent lacing along the glass, and this is an easy drinker. The aftertaste is smooth, with a slight touch of hops cleaned up by the citrus notes. Clean, smooth, and slightly dry finish. This is a good damn beer!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden-rod pour produced a frothy, well lasting head and a light show of steady stream carbonation bubbles. The lacing was splashy with fairly good coverage.

S: Spicy and fruity notes appear on the opening nose with a mixture of tropical fruitiness (freshly sliced pineapple and guava) along with stalky pineapple stems. Sweet and almost perfumy, with an overall good aromatic appeal.

T: The flavor parallels the nose with sweet grains, spicy citrus hops combined with a raw pineapple fruitiness. The hopping was spicy, filled with oranges and grassy notes of moderate intentions. The beer warms up finishing off with a good bite of hops with grassy-citrus notes and a dried fruitiness on the fade. I like the progression of this beer, starting out sweet with a fruity spiciness before finishing out dry and grassy with a warming alcohol sensation.

M: Full bodied with a viscose feel, dry and bitter before finishing with a spicy dried bite of hops and fruit. Nice warming from the 9.4% abv on the tongue.

D: Nice drinking IPA, spicy, fruity with a dry finish that is definitely 6 pack worthy and a fine example per style. Started out drinking this fairly cold (around 38-40F) which highlighted the lighter, fruiter, and spicy side, and finished up a bit warmer which brought out the dry grassy hops of 86ibus. Sip and savor through the temperature spectrum to full appreciate all this has to offer.

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a two finger bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of pine resin, apricots, grapefruit, this one is all hops. Looking for malt and I can't find it. Hop juice. Taste is bitter resinous with apricots, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit and a faint pale malt somewhere underneath all of this. Long lingering mild hop bitterness after every sip. Hop sap sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium level of bubbles and body. Great Dipa here. Could use a little bit of sweetness to counteract the blasts of hop on my palette, but great nonetheless.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, very good aroma, appearance, and blend.

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a dense cream coloured cap. Great head retention with sheets of lace and rings indicating each sip. Intense aroma with lots of grapefruit rind, pine, fruity and floral notes. Medium to strong bitterness with fruity sweetness, plenty of grapefruit but less pine than in the aroma. Alcohol towards the end followed by lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Very smooth with a creamy texture and alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall with a sharp hoppiness, but the alcohol was a bit forward.

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -5%

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,921 ratings.