Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,839
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 360
Gots: 760 | FT: 9
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

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Photo of DerrickW
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into my favorite Cheers drinking mug.

A) The color was yellow, maybe more of an amber. There was an inch of head that dissipated pretty quickly, with little lacing

S) Absolutely delightful. It was like fresh cut Christmas trees and pineapple.

T) Close to what I expected based on the smell. The citrus and hops were certainly the main attraction. The 9.4 ABV was also present and accounted for, but this was just about right for my taste.

M) I'd have to say that I found it pretty darn smooth, and the carbonation seemed right to me for this style of beer. As the beer got closer to room temperature, there was clearly more zing on the old taste buds.

O) Double Trouble made watching my favorite MLB team getting the snot kicked out of them a little more tolerable. Thank you Founders. I would gladly recommend this brew!

Photo of JCam9981
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Roze
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Bright, semi-cloudy orange color. Small one and a half finger, bright white colored head. Frothy and sticky in appearance. Lace looks as if it wants to play for a while.

Smell is bright, orange blossom, citrus scent. A hint of sweet bread and just the slightest alcohol.

The taste is bitter citrus hop, maybe a yellow grapefruit mixed with the sweetness of a pineapple. The bitter is pretty intense. As this warms the bitter does mellow and the sweetness takes over. Just a hint of boozyness warming in the throat. Very nice!!

Mouth is bright and zesty. Well carbonated and full to the end.

Overall I really enjoyed this DIPA from Founders. Thanks to xanok for the extra. Highly recommended!!

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, lower carbonation for a slaller white head that did fade abit quickly. No lace to be had.

Aroma of citric grapefruit.

Taste of citric grapefruit, hoppy citric with hop oil coat. Some maltyness with a sour bread-dough hint.

Mouth is smooth at first, but soon a hoppy sting lingers in the aftertaste.

Ok drinker, even at 9.2%. The hop burn lingers in the after-. Well worth a try.

Photo of benloho
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful bright golden orange color. Half finger of head. Lots of tiny floaties which I like in my hopped up ales. Decent lacing. Swirling the glass brings back some of the head.
S: Aroma is a very strong resinous hop profile of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. It is bright and juicy on the nose.
T: Reminds me much of Stone Enjoy By. Awesome hop character which follows the nose exactly. Super balanced between the bitter finish and the sweetness of the malt.
MF: Decent. I could use a bit more carb. Doesn't coat my mouth the way I would like, but I don't really hint the alcohol which is nice.
O: Definitely in the caliber of Enjoy By, Dirt Wolf and Hopslam in my opinion. This one is excellent for a brewery that is more known for its stouts.

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. The label has a two in one head on it.
Semi transparent sun golden body with a ruby copper tone with low carbonation and an off-white lemon tinted head of tiny to small bubbles. Retention is low and the lace spotty.
Thick malty scent with a big load of hops on top. Heavy spices, dates, raisens, suryp and dark brown sugar. Very inviting.
The flavor takes you by surprise as it differs greatly from the smell. This is by no means a let down though as the flavor stands on its own with pride and great taste. Heavy on the hops as an IPA should be with a malty lining. Grass, hay, vegetables and grapefruit. The aftertaste is a relentless pinecone bitter hop rush that dies hard.
Full body with a silken texture just also coarse and strong. Nice residual sugars.
Very drinkable, interesting and multifaceted.


Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A hazy stray/hay like color, providing a 1 finger white foam head.

S: Not surprising, an abundance of hops. A beautiful, hoppy explosion. Pine, citrus, resin with some alchol scents are most prevalent.

T: The hops provide a nice bitter taste, but there is a little sweet taste and some spices that balance out this flavorful beer.

M: Leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate, but there is just a tad too much alcohol flavor left as well.

D: Well, I certainly enjoyed this IPA, but 2 would be my max. A really solid IPA

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (3/30/13) into a pint glass, orange honey colored with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: grapefruit, pine, citrus, earthy malt

T: grapefruit and pine resin up front, fades to sweeter malt caramel, finish returns to bitter

M: full bodied with lower carbonation

O: a more balanced DIPA, alcohol well hidden

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kiddwhiz for hooking this beer up!

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a golden amber perfectly translucent color. Thin head that quickly dissipates into a film of small bubbles with definitive lacing.

Strong aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops mixed with a noticeable pine note and a noticeable sweetness.

Strong and bitter upfront with a ton of the citrus/grapefruit flavors. Pine note not as prevalent in the taste as I anticipated, mostly citrusy sweetness. The malt is noticeable but is clearly second to the hops. Finishes surprisingly warm and bitter.

I could use a little more body and carbonation though for a close to double digit abv Double IPA this is a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-12-2011 02:13:21

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of huntermop
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottled 5/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity and flowery
Head small (1.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare strip of tiny bubbles
Body – light orange, hazy
Flavor begins with bitterness with some melony overtones, ends bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score 3.825.
A good IIPA – high IBU, good hop flavor.

Photo of nebula1999
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jondeelee
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double Trouble opens to a hoppy nose, with pink grapefruit, mint, dandelion stem, eucalyptus, and lemon oil, as well as touches of anise and pepper, the aromas nicely balanced and geared toward the bitter side of the hop spectrum. Orange, apricot, berry, and cherry fruit esters add balancing sweetness, as do brown sugar and touches of confectioner’s sugar. Toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal add bready, grainy notes to counter the bitter and sugary notes. But the hops are always first and foremost, the beer obviously living up to the Imperial IPA label. Still, the beer is fairly nicely balanced between sugar, bread, and hop, and while the hops are the strongest aromas, the others are present in good enough quantity to make themselves known, the orange fruit esters being especially nice.

On the tongue, the beer is incredibly hoppy, with lemon oil, eucalyptus, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, anise, mint, and pepper all fighting for delicious dominance, the hops heavily geared toward the bitter side, and showcasing virtually every bitter hop flavor possible. The orange, apricot, berry, and cherry fruit esters are still present in good quantity, mixing with the brown sugar to provide a welcome break from the bitterness. Toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal bread-and-grain notes help ground the flavors. Pessimistically, the hop notes can be somewhat medicinal and astringent; the heavy orange fruit esters help counter this somewhat. The aftertaste is mainly hops, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent Imperial IPA, and should be a must-try for hopheads. The hops are nicely chosen to showcase a wide variety of flavors, and the beer as a whole presents a good measure of countering sugars and breads. While the sheer strength of the hops does lead to an obviously out-of-balance beer, the deliciousness of the overall profile does largely make up for it.

Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden amber color. A smooth pour produced very little head, but it retained well. Sediment was visible but just hung around.

A: Piney and citrus hops are huge, as expected from a DIPA. Some sweet malts give this one an unexpected balance.

T: Very good for the style. The hops stand out, as they should, but the sugary sweetness of the malts is very interesting. You definately get orange, grapefruit, and pine cones, but vanilla, and honey also come through.

M: Medium body. I really like the mouthfeel for this selection. A little heavier than what I was expecting, but very nice.

D: Just right for a DIPA, two or three in a session is just perfect. Not over the top, but definately something I would have often, if I could get my hands on it. A very nice selection from Founders. Skal.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright and clear light orange body, small off-white head.

S - Citrus and pine hops, Some fresh cut grass or some vegetable smell. Complex hops, not sure about malt profile.

T - bitter, grapefruit, some light sweetness. Big flavor, nice balance and complexity.

M - big and creamy, this is great.

D - big and flavorful, this is great and easy to drink, but you kind of want to savor it more.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,839 ratings.