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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,624
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 352
Gots: 686 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  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.

beerthulhu, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +18.5%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap at the brewery.

Pours a lightly hazed copper, almost orange, medium sized white head forms, very thick and forms a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, nice retention. Smell is super hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit, alcohol and caramel, floral, more grapefruit, huge hops, but very alcoholic which creates a pinesol aroma, but still awesome. Taste is similar, tons of pine and grapefruit, lots of malt too, alcohol, caramel and floral, some fruitiness, very sweet and malty middle, more pine, intense bitter finish, pretty badass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth but goes down pretty smooth for the ABV, alcohol is present but works well with the hop oiliness, pretty great DIPA!

Viggo, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Zaphog, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden. Thin dusting of dirty white froth. Bubbly collar leaves moderate amounts of lace. Very nice aroma of hop cones and fresh citrus and lemon oils. Nice combination on the palate of hop flavor and bitterness. The pendulum swings more toward the bitter properties than flavor, but it's really nice overall. Some juicy exotic fruit nuances. Malts purely balance. They don't add much flavorwise except a little biscuit maltiness. The alcohol is hidden fairly nicely for a 9.4% beer. This is solid.

Bighuge, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys.

Beerandraiderfan, May 01, 2010
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.2%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.43/5  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.

liamt07, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

DrJay, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ShanePB, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

HopHead84, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

harpus, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow with a slight haze, white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Pine, nectarine, apricot & tangerine aroma, with hints of fruity esters. It's not huge, but it's very nice.

T: Grapefruit, rind, pine, tangerine, grass, hints of biscuit & candied pineapple. Assertive bitterness, but it's not harsh. It doesn't seem like 86 IBU (or 9.4% for that matter). Well crafted.

M: Well attenuated moderate body has a light hop acidity and an off-dry finish.

D: Way too drinkable. Exceptional for its strength.

Huge thanks to whoever left this at my place!

Derek, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Tone, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on 4.4.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Light, but bright hazy orange with a smallish white head.

S - Strong pine and some citrus.

T - Hop bomb, with a nice tangy orange, pine, and lemon.

D - Slightly bitter, it fades quickly.

O - Very nice, nice indeed.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

GarthDanielson, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Rhettroactive, Feb 08, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

glid02, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
4.33/5  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.

johnnnniee, May 24, 2011
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,624 ratings.