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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 351
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 Mistofminn
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a nice, two finger off-white head. Retention is decent, and it leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is full of hops, citrus and flora, much like a west coast IPA. A firm malt backbone lies in waiting in the background, but this one is all about the hops.

Taste starts out mellow and sweet, from the malts. Up front, no hop characters are present. As soon as I swallow, I get a lot of resiny and piney hop bitterness. The floral and citrus notes in the nose are not represented well in the taste. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter than I expected. Light to medium in body, with a crisp carbonation and lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok, about average for a DIPA.

Overall, a nice DIPA. Coming from Founders, however, I was expecting a little bit more. It's definitely a great DIPA, but from a world class brewery such as Founders, I was expecting just a little bit more.

Mistofminn, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of fmccormi
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to one of those DFH/SN IPA glasses. The sex toy one. Oddly, the bottle I’ve got has no bottling date . . . Founders is usually excellent about this, so the date must have rubbed off. It also appears that the neck collar label is out of place, evidenced by what looks like smeared glue. Must’ve been an off day on the bottling line. But, this was purchased a day after it hit the area, so I’m assuming that this is as fresh as it’s going to get around here—under one month from bottling, possibly ≤ two weeks.

Appearance (4.0): Pours with maybe a finger and a half of cream-colored foam, showing good retention in dying down slowly and leaving good lacing: soapy spots and suds on the near side of the glass, with fat, wide swaths forming a few fat patches on the far side. The body is a glowing, pale honey-gold with just a light chill haze—definitely not an example of the hazy variety of (D)IPA.

Smell (4.5): Pretty classic DIPA aroma here: some nectary citrus character (mango, pineapple) mixed with some earthy and resinous tones, with a nice, skunky, dank undercurrent. Tangerine blends with some malt character that comes off as moderately sweet, blonde, somewhat syrupy, but also with a rustic, fresh bread character. Hits all the right notes, and very aromatic.

Taste (4.25): Well, hops, obviously. Lots of skunky-dank hop flavor with earthy and clearly oniony, vegetal undertones—but for once that oniony character works for the beer. It maintains a very solid bitterness from start to finish, closing out with a clean citrus peel / herbal bitterness that hangs on for a decent length of time. The malt body offers a nice crackery, pale, biscuity launchpad for the hops to take off. Any alcohol present here blends into the hop profile, which is exactly what a DIPA should do.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The mouthfeel is characteristic of Founders beers, in my opinion: the carbonation is soft and fine-grained, never prickling or tingling, but foaming nicely and fully on the way down. The body is maaaaybe medium-weight with a mild viscosity and a good, oily feel. Definitely finishes dry, but moderately so. The alcohol dries it out a bit, no doubt.

Overall (4.25): This is a really solid, well-crafted DIPA that does everything it’s supposed to do, and quite well. It’s not ground-breaking in any way, either, but it’s still damn good. It’s got a full and varied hop flavor with solid but never overwhelming bitterness, with an understated malt body that has a character of its own—but still knows to stay out of the way. Definitely a very good DIPA, and proof that Founders knows what they’re doing with this style of beer.

fmccormi, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

leroybrown10, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber with a thin white head. Aroma is floral citrus hops, some grapefruit with a pungent notes, some orange marmalade as well. Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by some citrus fruity notes, grapefruit and earthy hops. Palate is a medium to full body, smooth goes down easy, good carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet bitter caramel malt, fruity and some lingering earthy grapefruit pungent, tangy hops. Alcohol seems well behaved. Overall a very good, full flavored, easy on the palate DIPA

Samp01, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ThreeFishes, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Risser09
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright golden orange/yellow with a 1" white head. The bubbles vary from small to very large. Decent retention and some spidery lace.

Smell: Fuckin' awesome. Very floral, piney and citrusy. It smells like a high alpha hop variety like Simcoe, Zues or Tomahawk. It's really powerful. I can't imagine a better hop aroma. Sweet, underlying pale malts.

Taste: Piney and quite full of citrus. Lots of IBUs and a multi-spectrum of hop subtleties. A calm start of bitterness mixes with sweetness but then turns to a lingering bitterness and alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Lots of hoppy flavor that lasts and lasts. Not overly bitter initially, but it comes on soon afterward. Medium body with a slightly boozy finish.

Drinkability: The aroma and taste are off the charts for this beer. It's exactly what a DIPA should be. Highly complex and drinkable. NICE!!!

Risser09, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of bootdown21
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

bootdown21, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of imyourhero21
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

imyourhero21, May 31, 2013
Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ChipMurray, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

juicebox, May 13, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Bottle is pretty cool. The Bottle has a face on it that looks like an old man or old woman depending on whether you hold it upside down or right side up. The liquid comes out a straw yellow color that's a little hazy. The head is white and has lots of little frothy bubbles. Some decent lacing to it.

Smell is really good, easily the best part. A nice blend of tropical and citrus fruity hoppiness. Some ripe grapefruit, sweet tangerine, and even some melon/mango? Even with that there's some nice sweetness from a nice malt backbone and almost some natural honey/nectar.

Taste is good, on par with the smell. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness. The pale/caramelized malts come forward first. Then it leads to the citrusy hops but are much more earthy in the flavor than the smell. Pretty good balance though overall and the bitterness/sweetness is pretty well balanced.

The mouthfeel is good. There's a nice carbonation level, an for how hoppy it is and fairly high in alcohol (9.4%0 there's not much of a bite. The alcohol is slightly warming and there's sort of a natural oily feel then a bitter finish. Well balanced overall and pretty drinkable. Another well done beer by a great brewery.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of bundy462
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

bundy462, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ohiobeer29, May 28, 2013
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bleedsblu, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev -5.2%

RedHaze, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

krl2112, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of seanyfo
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured aggressively into a shaker pint glass


A- Blonde amber body with slight hue. Creamy head reduces to 1 finger but has staying power and lacing is above average.

S- Zesty citrus, lots of apricot and peach,some pepper.

T- Peach and fresh fruit sweetness up front balancing to a lingering hop bitterness at the back of the throat. Finish is creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden, no heat to speak ok

M- Low to moderate carbonation, medium to slightly syrupy body.

D- One on the nicest American IPA's i have had. Lovely fresh sweet fruits balanced with the hop bite makes it very refreshing. Abv doesnt give it sessionability but i certainly enjoyed the one bottle! Reminds me of Kelburn Carte Blanche with a revved up Abv and hop content.

seanyfo, Mar 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

target88, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

leedorham, May 20, 2013
Photo of Prospero
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Prospero, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AOShabaz, May 12, 2013
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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