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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: 369
Gots: 796 | 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 NODAK
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is juicy. Really juicy. Grapefruit on top of tropical fruits. Very hoppy.

Pours a nice golden color with a fair head. It likely belies how intense the taste will be.

The citrus hop bitterness stings right away with a pretty good dose of grapefruit and perhaps tropical fruits (mango and peach come to mind). The 86 IBU's show. Then, through the body, some spiciness peeks through with a little malt. It's pushed back at the end by a hoppy finish lasting into the aftertaste.

Some DIPA's are very malty and some are basically hop juice. This is in the middle of that, leaning towards hoppy. I think this stays away from being so ridiculously hoppy that it detracts. That said, it's one of the more bitter ones I've had. Definitely need to be in the mood for a beer like this.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GRPunk
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a thin, off-white head that quicly dropped to a light lace that left a nice sticky web on the side of the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-orange.

S- Initially I was met with a blast of grapefruit hops mixed with some grassy tones. Sweeter malts stay in the background of the aroma.

T- It had a really interesting flavor at first sip. There was a generous amount hops matched with a good malty backbone. I'd say the hops gave off a grassy flavor early and finished with a grapefruit/citrus bite. Sweet malts, maybe caramel, hold everything together. Flavors mellow slightly later in the bottle

M- Pretty dry, with light carbonation and thicker feel. Heavy hopping and higher alcohol content make for a quite the bite.

D- A healthy dose of hops and booze make this a definite sipper. A semblance of balance make it a decent drinker.

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

From notes 6-5-09

Eye: The appearance of low carbonation gives this one a weighty look, like its going to be heavy or thick. Color is a darker shade of gold. Clarity on this beer is unbelievable. More than sparkling or crystal clear, its about as clear as they get. Poor head formation and retention. Its nothing more than a sickly screen atop the beer, looks like it would've been creamy though.

Nose: Big boquet of citrusy and grapefruit hops. Good strong malt backbone supports it all with some sweetness coming from crystal malts. Exactly what you want and expect. Nothing complex, just straight forward and on target.

Tongue: Alcohol is noticeable, graininess comes through easily. Citrus and grapefruit type hops are there, big bitterness too that blends with the graininess to give an overall impression of a dry character. This is great, but it really doesn't wow me. A good beer, but I was hearing from some that this is supposedly an answer to Hopslam. Its got nothing on Hopslam. Pretty much a different beer altogether. This doesn't have the great balance the Hopslam has, a blending on both the hops and the malt, this is mostly just hops, alcohol, and some grainy malt. Good but nothing that I'm going to brag about. Kinda piney character too.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-light with just enough carbonation so that it doesn't interfere with the rest of the beer. This is one thats easy to drink, and definitely enjoyable. Alcohol is apparent and creates a warming sensation. Finish is semi-dry, the flavors going on lead you in direction but then the actual finish isn't all that dry. I'll definitely come back to it, its up there with some of my favorite DIPAs. Its one that I'd recommend, and I'll enjoy the rest of the four-pack. But for me there still is nothing quite like Hopslam. $9.99 for a four pack is fair, and worth it. I'll be checking out more DIPAs but this one so far ranks as very good, nothing godly or heavenly but I'll say that its holy.

Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, good head.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and fresh bread.

Grapefruit and orange are the predominant hop notes. Fresh baked bread present is in the background, and the sip ends with a fading grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel slick, appropriate for the style.

This was quite nice. Not among the very best, but I'd gladly have it again.

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

A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small head that left decent lacing on the glass. There are some carbonation bubbles present.

S - It smells nice and hoppy. Notes of grapefruit and pine. You can also slightly smell the alcohol.

T - Hops are the forward taste in this beer. There is a slight sweetness as well. The alcohol taste is there, but it is not as strong as in the smell. I also detect some tropical fruit flavors. There is also some citrus notes present in the finish, which is bitter and piney.

M - This has a medium body with good carbonation. It also feels bubbly and the bitterness tingles the mouth.

D - I think the drinkability of this beer is pretty good. It goes down smooth, and the tropical fruitiness of it makes it even more enjoyable. I would for sure pick this beer up again.

Photo of klewis
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small foamy head. Spotty lacing.

S: Strong hops smell with aromas of grapefruit and celery.

T: Lots of centennial flavor, but that's about it. Hoppy, but lacking any kind of depth or complexity. A gritty bitterness finishes it off.

M: Medium-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. A dry, lingering bitterness.

D: A bit overboard on the centennial IMO. Decent and worth a try, but less than impressive.

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jrfehon33
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear gold with white head. You wouldn't think this beer is 9.4% by looking at it.

Smell: Malt, citrus, pine. Not much sweetness in the smell.

Taste: Loads of citrus and a bit of malt with a good amount of pine. A lot of double IPAs have a sweetness but this one is nice and crisp. 

Overall: This is a great double IPA! You wouldn't really think by tasting or looking at this beer that its 9.4% although you'll start feeling it by the end of the bottle. Another excellent beer from one of the best breweries this country has to offer: Founders.

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Pours a clear golden yellow with 3 fingers of foamy white head. Good retention leaves some really nice sticky lacing behind. Smells of honey, citrus, grain, floral, and piney hops. Taste starts out with a plethora of grapefruit followed by some candy, honey, and a touch of pale malt. Finish is a mix of grass, wood, and pine needle bitterness. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a semi-sticky feel, nicely bitter but not too over the top, pleasant. Dangerously easy to drink, hides the alcohol well.

Photo of mulder1010
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a hazy, almost florescent honey orange color. Slow pour got no head, just bright white film. Swirling got something totally different, one and a half fingers of cloud white head. Very good retention and held its shape quite well. Thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Honey is dominant in this as well as mango, passion fruit, and orange. Very vibrant smell. Good nose.

T-- Grapefruit and pine, almost in harmony, with a bit of honey dryness to it. Fresh/ ripe taste to this.

M-- Good, long lasting feel to this. Really how the pine and grapefruit work together well in this. Get small flashes of orange, passion fruit and mango. Very tropical feel with just a small bit of Carmel to back this up.

D-- West Coast meet Midwest. Or something like that. To me more of a very good take on a West Coast DIPA but with twists. Not grainy or earthy like other Midwest DIPA's that I have had. Very fresh and crisp. More like Sculpin with the tropical notes but bigger. Well hidden ABV and can or want to drink two in a sitting.

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

Pours a light orange/yellow color; opaque appearance with very small white head which dissipates quickly. Some light lacing.

Superior aroma with nice citrus notes and obvious hop presence.

Taste begins with a strong presence of the hops, similar to the aroma. Nice bitterness and very little malt backbone.

Not too boozy, but the alcohol is noticeable.

One my favorite DIPAs. All around solid brew.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: light amber; moderate head
S: striking aroma of honey and lemon; the scent lingers for some time
T: fulsome hoppy flavor; bitter (NB the 86 IBU rating) with strong hints of pine needles
M: foamy, silky mouthfeel; I've not felt a beer with this kind of delicate mouthfeel in a long time
D: the beer invites you to have more, remarkable considering how hoppy this beer is (but not remarkable considering how happy this beer drinker is).

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Vigorous pour of hazy pale copper gives way to a 1 finger white head. Sticky lacing and decent retention. Free flowing carbonation bubbles. My only complaint is that it is pale in comparison to most DIPAs.

S- Nice hop profile on the nose of citrus (ruby grapefruit), some pine and floral notes as well. Mango and peaches. Candy coated pale malt base.

T- Huge citrus leads the way. Rush of it comes at you with gusto. Faint touch of a spicy, pale malt backbone calms the hops just for a brief moment before the hop bitterness takes hold of the finish. Outstanding start, but the lack of malt leaves allows the finish to be a little harsh.

M- Full body. Wet over the palate before finishing dry. Warmth of the alcohol sets in nicely. Wonderful carbonation

O- Another well done brew by a fantastic brewery. Tons of hops as the pale malt takes a backseat causing this beer to taste more like an IPA than a DIPA imo. Nitpicking though...solid brew that i would drink again.

Bottled on 4/24/13
Consumed on 5/16/13

$10.49 for a 4 pk

Photo of PatrickJR
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale orange/golden in color with a moderate haze. Less than two fingers of white head fall to a thin cap fairly quickly, but leaves moderate to good lacing.

S - A little subdued, but it's evident that this is going to be a very hop forward beer without any massive malt backbone. Citrus and apple/apricot abound with big notes of grapefruit and orange. Reasonable grassy and pine notes as well. It's not all that "in your face" but there's a great all inclusive hop aroma.

T - From the first sip it's evident that the malt only plays a minor supporting role in this brew. A small sweetness enters early on with a very unobtrusive pale malt backbone. A quick but intense burst of pine wipes away most of the sweetness with apple and apricot notes from the nose. Mid palate the pine turns to grass with minor chive notes and then the citrus onslaught begins. Oranges are prevalent but the grapefruit is the star of the show. Not so much grapefruit as grapefruit peel, it blends nicely with the background orange notes. As the grapefruit peel sprials into grapefruit pith bitterness, last minute bursts of bitter herbs, bitter tea, and pineapple come in and out before a relatively dry, citric, and bitter finish. Double Trouble leaves a noticably bitter aftertaste, but the edges are smoothed out and it never becomes coarse or overwhelming. Alcohol is hidden completely.

M - Solid medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. Mouthfeel seems more like a crisp IPA rather than a snifter-worthy malt laden DIPA...and this is a good thing. Double Trouble manages to be packed with alcohol and flavor but somehow remains crisp, drying, and I dare say refreshing.

D - Double Trouble is deceptively drinkable. Each sip begs for the next, and it's not heavy, sweet, or cloying. Despite the bitterness and lack of malt presence, it remains well rounded. A must-have DIPA that will surely give many others a run for their money.

Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Quackus
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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