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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,320
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,046 | 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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Reviews: 1,643 | Hads: 6,320
Photo of EnJeiBee
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange with a one finger white head

S - Very hop forward (as you would expect!). There is a great balance between piney, spicy, and citrusy hops

T - The piney flavors dominate the spicy/ citrusy hops that presented themselves in the scent. The alcohol is surprising absent in the flavor

M - Medium bodied with very little carbonation

O - This is a great IIPA/ DIPA! Founder's has made sure to stay true to style!

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale golden color with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. A little bit of lacing in the beginning as the head dissipates quickly.

S: Strong grapefruit aroma, lots of hops in there.

T: Strong grapefruit taste that finishes with a hint of pine resin, honey and minute amounts of toasty bread in there.

M: Thin fizzy mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty brew. I enjoy hop forward beers and this one does not disappoint. Very good citrus hop flavor that finishes with the flavor of the hops as well.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange, almost a nuclear orange, with a single finger of creamy white head. The head dissipates to a cap. There is a moderate amount of lacing. 4.0

S: Smells like a centennial hop bomb, bring it on!. Tropical fruits and citrusy aromas dominate with a hint of crisp malt in the background. Nothing new or overly interesting here, but the aroma is quite nice. 4.0

T: Starts with a strong bitterness that eventually tones down and gives way to a strong, almost perfume-like, hop flavor. Malts are completely masked by hops. Hop flavors are tad resiny with quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some citrus. The finish has a bit of undesirable hop bitterness that lingers. There isn't too much that is new or interesting in this beer, but it is solid overall. Strong hop flavors don't muddle that well together and fall up flat in the end, other beers with 90+ IBUs can do a better job. 3.5

M: Luscious and creamy for a DIPA. Perfectly carbonated with a medium body. 4.5

D: Not complex enough to warrant a second serving. A lingering bitterness that makes this one not so refreshing and makes me not want to take another sip. 3.5

O: A decent DIPA that doesn't satisfy by high expectations from such a great brewery.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I expected the hop kick but I was really surprised by the fruity snap on this one. Another great breakfast/buffet beer. Color was cloudy, bouquet was very hoppy without a hint of the grapefruity kick that was to come on the first sip. Good for breakfast or a hot summer day.

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Photo of brewintheLou
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy golden with a soft white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell softer than expected, and has a piney aroma with a little grapefruit coming through.

Taste is hoppy and piney right of the start. Aftertaste has a sharp hop bite. I do not get a lot of balance with hop and malt on this beer. Definitely heavier on the hop side. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected with a 9.4% ABV. I would never pass a this beer, but I am not going to seek it out.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a snifter.
Pours a hazy, sandy orange with lots of cloudiness and a unique fogginess. It starts with a 2 finger that dissipates quickly. Throughout the entire beer there is a nice lacing left around the glass. I smell citrus, pine, slight hops, grapefruit, and a slight orange undertone.

This beer has a wonderful beginning hoppy, cirtusey, and bold bitterness balanced with a slight maltiness and smokiness as you finish. I taste an almost bittersweet taste blended with the constant bombardment of hops throughout the beer. This is an absolutely great beer.

It has a full chewy almost oily mouthfeel to begin that is countered by the carbonation that leaves a great hoppy bitterness aftertaste.

I love this beer....it has awesome bitterness with a blitzkrieg of hops throughout. Highly recommend and is surprisingly easy at 9.4%.

Cheers...GREAT BEER!!

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

Golden yellow brew with only a thin head that nonetheless held up as a lacing on the glass. The smell is wonderful, with strong scent of grapefruit followed by grass and a hint of spice. Taste is nice but without all the qualities of the smell. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is a little light but full of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice brew. Probably won't buy this often over Founders other great beers because its a little pricier and the other beers are just as good as this one to my palate.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nearly crystal clear golden amber. About a half-inch white head that lingers quite a while, leaving a fair amount of lace in its wake.

S - Citrusy and grassy. There is almost no malt to speak of in the nose, just hops.

T - Pure hops. Grass and citrus with very little malt to speak of considering the amount of hop bitterness. The bitterness of the hops encompasses the entirety of the finish.

M - Medium bodied, nothing really worthy of note.

D - A little below average for the style. I would expect a bit more character from the malts to even out the hops a bit.

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

Appearance: Double Trouble pours a slightly hazy gold color with a bit over a finger of pure, snow-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The carbonation constantly and gradually rises from the bottom of the glass, never quite replenishing the head, but giving the top of the beer a swamp-like appearance. Minimal lacing is there, but it sticks around quite a while (the drinker’s mouth will soon experience this staying power). Upon swirling, the beer appears a bit leggy, but at 9.4% ABV this is hardly a surprise.

Smell: The smell is strongly of citrus hops, and a slight hint of pine. Additionally, a bit of pineapple makes itself known. Outside of directly similar scents, the beer gives a sort of smelling impression of cleanness, crispness, and freshness.

Taste: Though quite bitter and rind-esque, the beer is quite refreshing and follows its nose reasonably closely. There is a definite, extreme citrus representation that most clearly calls lemon to mind, but notes of orange and a much stronger pineapple taste than the aroma let on give Double Trouble a complex palate. This beer finishes with a lingering, orange rind aftertaste that just begs for you to continue drinking it. Remarkably, the alcohol is nowhere to be found on the tasting board.

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble lives up to its name in the mouthfeel category thanks to two overriding factors: astringency and stickiness. While drinking (and long after one has finished drinking), one’s mouth simply will not stop watering due to the overpowering astringency of this DIPA. It is as if Founders opened a carwash in the mouth of the drinker. The stickiness factor comes into play with the staying power of the taste and the necessity of licking one’s lips after taking each drink.

Overall: Double Trouble is an excellent example of the Imperial IPA style thanks to its relative adherence to the hallmarks of said style. Those who aren’t fond of particularly rindy tastes need not apply. Personally, this reviewer prefers Bells Hopslam to this offering from Founders, but there is no question this is an excellent (and slightly cheaper) way to experience a delicious DIPA. The best thing Double Trouble has going for it is the way it keeps you coming back for another swig, and once there, it does not disappoint as it seems to get better and better towards the bottom of the glass. 16.5/20

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Photo of teovaldi
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy amber with a smaller head than I expected but some nice lacing.

Smells of strong piney, orange/grapefruit citrus, HUGE hops; with a very nice malt background.

Taste is a huuuuge amout of hops, citrus followed by a bit of alcohol with a very nice malt background. Bitter finish. Just what i expect from an DIPA...hoppy as hell but balanced.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a bit of alcohol reminding you that your drinking a damn near 10%-er.

This is one of my favorite DIPA's...up there with HopSlam.

Tasting notes from a few months back, dont have the exact date was near this years release.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden orange with little head a decent lacing.

Smells like very fruity hops, grapefruit, orange, and mango are prominent. A slight malty sweetness is there, but it is hard to get past the hops to smell it.

The grapefruit dominates the taste and is backed by a mellow sweetness from the malt and some boozy flavors. The sweetness comes through more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium, seems light for the style. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. A little too much grapefruit and the booziness makes this less enjoyable than it should be, although it got better as it warmed up. I'm starting to think I got a bad bottle, as the flavors and smells just didn't pop, carbonation was low, and there was very little head. Will pick up another in a few weeks and try again.

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Photo of Thingus
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle dated 1/23/12 into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger of minimal straw colored head.. Retention is minimal, with head falling to nothing in a minute or so, lacing is also minimal, with tiny spots of lace...

Smell; is fairly unimpressive compared to some of the other IPA's I've had lately (Heady Topper, Just Outstading, etc) with subtle pine and resin notes...

Taste; a smooth resin character overtakes the palate with hints of pineapple and mellow notes of tropics (mango, tangerine) sneaking in...

Mouthfeel; is medium bodied, with medium carbonation... A gentle resinous finish lingers, with a mellow bitterness that is rather enjoyable hanging around to remind you that you are drinking an IPA...

Overall; I have yet to have a bad brew from Founders, 'nuff said!

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Photo of Tifore
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A gorgeous straw, golden color with a pretty good amount of haze to it. It has a nice white 1 finger head on it that leaves some moderate lacing on the glass. Nice and bubbly lacing. Looks reallly smooth in the glass, for some reason I just kept thinking that as I drank this.

S - Smell isn't the hop bomb that I was expecting from this DIPA. It still has a great amount of hop aroma, I was just expecting to get hit with a giant punch to the nose. I get grapefruit mainly with some pineapple and piney undertones. I also get a bit of malty tones in the nose as well which is nice.

T - Suprised here as well. Founders has been known to completely kick me in the face with the giant flavors, and as huge as the flavor of this beer is, its tremendously smooth. All the hoppy notes are present, grapefruit leading the way with the pine really sticking out as well. Its got a nice sweet finish to it as well from the malts I'm guessing and it doesn't finish that super bitter way either, its just outright, smoooth like michael jackson doing the thriller or something.

M - A very smooth beer. Moderate on the mouth, but not overwhelmingly heavy. Finishes somewhat dry, but I'm not complaining about that.

D - Very very drinkable beer. Its so smooth and the alcohol isn't coming through that much in the nose or taste that you could drink a few of these and that 9.4% would catch you way off guard. Think I may be grabbing a sixer of this on my next stop at Warehouse.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Liefmans Cervoise.

A-> Aggressive pour yields minimal head but the color is a gorgeous cloudy gold/amber not quite orange color. Good amount of lacing.

S-> Citrus but refined, possile bready whiffs? Pine for sure with hoppy lovelyness.

T-> pine hop resin at the forefront, some muted citrus (Possibly not the freshest DT I've had) hoppy bitterness returns towards the back, very smoooth, refreshing, gorgeous.

M-> crisp, smooth beautiful, again refreshing, delcious. Booze is very well hidden for almost the whole glass, maybe rears it's head slightly towards the end. Not a fault by any means however.

O-> Exceptionally balanced and enjoyable. Right up there with the best double IPAs (that I have tasted anyway) and just a fantastic brew.

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Photo of Cobrito
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-17-13

A--Fairly transparent, golden, almost mass-produced lager-like. Head is nice but dissipates quickly.

S--Very strong, eye-opening aroma, dominated by grapefruit. Will beer be this one dimensional?

T--Thankfully, no, there is a great deal of complexity here, with a nice balance between a slight sweetness and hops that add up to more than a grapefruit bomb. Beer is potent and somewhat hot, with a a bitter finish that makes the back of the tongue curl. It's a pretty nice combo, somewhat reminiscent of Deviant Dale's.

M--A somewhat weird combination of dry and syrupy.

Overall, I am sympathetic to the reviewer who said he never knew quite what to make of this, and I'm not sure I do, either, but I just finished one 12 oz. bottle, I enjoyed it, but I now need a nap, and after the nap I will switch to something else. But I must say as a hophead I am enjoying the bitter, tongue-curling finish that lingers nicely. Certainly a quality DIPA that ipa lovers must try.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

This beer poured a nice golden pale color with a very nice white head. There is a considerable amount of lacing and it smells of citrus, pine and malt. The taste is a mirror image of the smell. The carbonation is medium for the style and very enjoyable. Another high class brew from Founders.

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Photo of ekardz
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I travel a lot for work, just deployed to Atlanta, so stopped by Hop City to grab some Founders which I don't have back in NY.

Appearance - golden amber, minor carbonation. Small head that quickly disappeared leaving only minor lacing. Right now seems somewhat lackluster. Not cloudy at all.

Smell - very fruity/citrusy. Strawberries, peach, pineapple, smell lots of fruit in this one. Very sweet, floral. Fruity esters.

Taste - AMAZING! So much flavor on this imperial ipa. All the sweet/sourness of a fruit salad. Definitely taste some blackberries. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very light and thin. Not much carbonation as I'm used to in an ipa, but goes down incredibly smooth.

Drinkability - So easy to drink this 9.4% IIPA. Alcohol is hidden very well by the amazing fruity/hoppy flavor. I would have another. So much for saving the 3 left out of my four pack to bring back to NY!

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color with a white head and lacing that lasts. The smell is wonderful - a little bit of sweet pine, with some grapefruit and generalized citrusy notes. The taste is superb - incredibly smooth from start to finish. Some mellow maltiness up front, followed by some passion fruit and lemon zest, and finshes crisp and slightly bitter. The alchohol is hidden well for the most part, a little bit of esters in the nose and warmth at the end of the taste. Another phenomenal offering from Founders - Well done!

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass

A-Translucent golden amber with almost a finger of head that reduced to a trace

S- First hops and honey, then the subtleties of cantelope and butter

T- Bitterness of hops first then mellows to sweet honey with pine notes

M- Nice mild and smooth DIPA not a huge pucker power and acts more like a pale ale or regular India pale ale

D- Immensely drinkable with a great hop to sweet profile

If you like a hoppy DIPA but don't like to be punched in the face and want to have more than one, this is for you

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

A: Pours a light golden body with a foamy slightly off white head.

S: Tons of citrus. Ruby red grapefruit is almost overpowering, but it is in no way offensive. Floral in addition to strawberry and mild hop bitterness.

T: Mild bitterness that slowly builds in strength, met with a mild malt sweetness. Finishes like a grapefruit, bitter and slightly tart. Hides the abv very well, much like PtE but this has even more.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, with a lot of structure. No hint of wateriness.

O: Awesome. It's a great choice for hopheads used to west coast ales but are looking to try a slightly different flavor profile.

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Photo of NCBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I had this brew last year, it wasn't really one of my favorites, but whether it's that Founders tweaked the recipe or my palate has evolved since then, I'm finding that this has been one of my go-to DIPAs over the past month or so.

It pours a hazy, light golden color with a nice two-finger off-white head that leaves some latticework around the edges of the glass. The nose is outstanding…notes of mango and orange dominate, with some floral notes in the mix as well. Those sweet citrus notes are what immediately hits the palate, but as it makes it's way down the throat, those spicy hops make their presence known, albeit not too overpowering….and a touch of the 9% alcohol is there, as well. This is a chewy, bitter DIPA, which is what I've grown to love for the style.

I'd love to have this side-by-side with some of my favorites…Hopslam, Dreadnaught, etc….just to see how it compares, but regardless, I'm glad it's been on the shelves as long as it has!!

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tap into Growler poured in tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Golden hue yellow, slightly hazy, amber with a thin white head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Strong tropical fruit presence with a nice hoppy blend. Plums, grape fruit flavors, peach, mango, and earthy simcoe hops presence.

Taste: bittery on the front end from the explosive hop presence, and a nice sweetness on the back end from the peaches, mango, and tropical fruits. Very earthy, and biter sweet. I can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great Imperial Double IPA. It is one of my favorite DIPA. It is very well balanced. I like it better than Ruination.

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Photo of DVoors
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - poured golden and brilliant with 2 finger white lacy head.

s grapefruit and pine

t - powerful grapefruit, pine forward hop presence but strong enough malt to support the huge hops

M smooth but slightly sticky mouthfeel, appropriate for the style

o one of the best IIPA's I've ever had

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Photo of rugerj
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours orange/copper in copper is color with a nice 1 finger head that fades to a slight lacing. Decent lacing left in glass. Smell is very floral with a grapefruit/citrus aroma. Sweet caramel malt is also present. Initial taste is a sweet caramel that is followed by a nice citrus/grapefruit taste that finishes slightly grassy. Mouth feel is good, not too much carbonation and alcohol is well hidden.

A good beer. Not sure I like it more than the Centennial IPA they offer, but that's me. The hops are nicely complemented by the sweet malt in the beer but not too much overpower what should be the focus of any good DIPA...the hops.

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

A- Orange color, very clear with minimal head. Lacing is thick and soapy on the sides of my ale glass.

S- Major citrus fruit hops and a tad bit of sweet caramel malt.

T- Very unbalanced. Hops taste more piny than citrusy and is very, very bitter. I like it because I love hops but I get really little malt from this one. Can get a bit of alcohol as well, but it's pretty well hidden.

M- Thicker than I'd expect. Very bitter aftertaste makes my mouth happy.

D- Very drinkable beer for hops lovers. Will have this again for sure.

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