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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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5,649 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 5,649
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 350
Gots: 691 | 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 Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (02/16/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy shade of golden amber capped with two fingers of an off-white head.

S: A fresh, tropical, sweet, hop with some great citrus tones along with a slight semi-sweet honey-like malt.

T: Tropical hops highlight this flavor profile with layers of citrus and a hint of a honey-like malt. Great DIPA and quite close in quality to HopSlam.

M: Medium-bodied with some creaminess, but felt a bit thin at times.

D: Extremely drinkable fresh as the 9.4% abv. is hidden fairly well and the bitterness is kept to a minimum.

Overall this is a great DIPA and another solid offering from Founders. Highly recommended.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Kaveman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh sixtel tapped at home into my Maudite snifter glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a nice one finger white puffy head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Hops? Yes, hops. Big nose of grapefruit and citrus hops with a sugary sweetness.

T: Massive floral citrus hops flavors but not a ton of grapefruit like on the nose. The malt sweetness in the middle is strong and does not back off the hops. Finish is nice and smooth with a nice hoppy bitter kick. Alcohol can be tasted for sure, but it is very welcomed. Great beer.

M: Medium to full and very coating. Alcohol lingers but is enjoyable.

D: High for such a high abv beer. One can have a few of these for sure.

Overall another awesome beer from Founders. They continue to amaze me. Keep em coming Founders.

Kadonny, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

juicebox, May 13, 2013
Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mecmd, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Artjsantos, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This west coast-style Michigan DIPA is a real treat. Golden in color, with some haze. The head is white as snow, with nice retention and lacing. Aromas consist of grapefruit, flowers, and pineapple. The hops dominate all of the malt on the nose. The flavors that come from this brew are amazing. Grapefruit, pineapple, and fresh greens are dominant, but there is a nice malt profile on the finish. Mouthfeel is amazing. Medium bodied and has an extremely long finish. One cannot even tell that this beer has a high ABV. One of the most drinkable DIPAs I have ever tasted. Cheers to Founders on this one!

WYVYRN527, Jan 10, 2010
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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

krl2112, Sep 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ethanmc12, Jun 23, 2013
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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

imyourhero21, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ThreeFishes, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

target88, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mikexw, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bleedsblu, Jul 04, 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 bundy462
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

unclekeith, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ohiobeer29, May 28, 2013
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 5,649 ratings.