1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,624 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,624
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 352
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Double Trouble Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,624 | Reviews: 1,580 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of KFBR392
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly burnt orange color. Above average carbonation. Two fingers of head on the pour. Sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Looks like a DIPA should.

Smell: Pine probably sticks out the most. Tangerines, oranges, lemon, with some light caramel, and buttered popcorn. A nice balanced aroma, nothing is too strong and nothing is seriously lacking. At the same time nothing blows me away, its just very solid all the way around.

Taste: A syrupy pine flavor hits right away. Saturated tangerines and some bright fruits like melon and pineapple. A slightly dry hop finish sticks on the palette. The high alcohol content adds to this dryness. Pretty solid hop action and nice fruity accents but again nothing is knocking me over.

Mouthfeel: Dry with some fruity hops lingering.

Overall: A solid DIPA. I've never been too impressed with Founder's IPAs but this one is better then the others. With how competitive the DIPA field is this day, this one falls short on being something truly memorable. A good easy drinker for sure though.

KFBR392, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AOShabaz, May 12, 2013
Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lighter orange/gold color. Far lighter than most double IPAs. Thin white head, some lacing but not much to speak of.

Sharp biting citrus hops, grape fruit on display. This is a hop forward beer about as hop forward as any I’ve had. The malt bill is a touch of toast and caramel, pretty basic and nothing special here. The problem here is that after almost any age this beer falls apart while a bit more malt flavor does allow the beer to hold up better.

A good weight to this beer, but still fairly clean other than the yeast.

Over all this is a darn good double IPA (I like it much more on tap), but to compare this to hopslam seems absurd. This beer doesn’t have any right to be put in the same class as far as this beer drinker’s mind is concerned.

bobhits, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark yellow with an orange and copper tint. Has a nice thick white head that leaves good lacing.

Smells strongly of hops, lots of citrus. The taste is very similar, starts out with some sweetness from the malts, but very quickly moves to citrus and bitterness from the hops, as well as some alcohol flavors. Finishes bitter and the taste lingers for quite a while.

This is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. This is actually pretty drinkable. Can be tough at times because of the ABV level and the strong bitterness, but everything puts together makes this an enjoyable beer.

zimm421, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Filabee, Today at 12:28 AM
Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mikexw, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into my Gandhi-Bot snifter. About a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, some lacing left behind. Glorious red-tinged golden body.

Scent of the pine, the grapefruit, the tropical fruits, raw cane sugar.

Very fruity and syrupy going down. Absolutely delicious. I'm not drinking this one completely cold either. Could have sat in my fridge a little longer, but I got anxious. I had to try it. It certainly delivered.

Double Trouble, you say? I'll take two!

MakeMineADoubleJack, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of mjw1200
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light in color, not in flavor

The smell was good but not overpowering. Lots of citrus.

The taste is what sets this beer apart. Lots of citrus hops, but not as overpowering as some IPAs. Lots of grapefruit.

Really well done beer. Easy to drink.

Founder's does beer well and this is a great example.

mjw1200, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -5.2%

unclekeith, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of tewaris
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled 01/11/11 poured into a big snifter on 02/01/11.

Appearance 4.5/5
Amber tangerine with appropriate haze of a hopped up beer, and with an off-white head that sticks around. The lacing is not as good but I am positive that the wide glass is to blame for that. However, that would be made up in aroma!

Aroma 4/5
This beer is indeed all about hops even though it doesn't have the word "hop" in its name. There's a sharp, herbal-piney character combined with a floral, fruity character from late and dry hop additions. However, I really like the fact that it's not overly fruity, that has been my complaint against some of the recent IPAs. There's an impression of sweetness that could be from malts, or fruity hops? Upon more thought, this could be alcohol too.

Taste 4.5/5
Kickass bitterness riding on a solid backbone pretty much describes the taste. Pine sap, and relatively less, but present grapefruit notes along with some spice. But mostly unadulterated bitterness. I like it. Clean and bitter finish with no residual sweetness, but some warming effect. I like it even better. A straight up DIPA.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Solid backboned, well carbonated, and crisp for its size, Double Trouble nails it. Another home run for Founders.

Drinkability 4.5/5

tewaris, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of jnardone235
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -5.2%

sunofneurot, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (no date) poured in to a shaker pint glass.

pours a hazy yellow with a steady clingy thick head

big citrus piney and sweet malty smell

taste is big hoppy with piney and some yeasty chalkiness

very good mouthfeel and the abv is very masked

this beer was as good as expected.

aubuc1, May 23, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to the amazing generosity of rhinos00. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a nice bright yellow to almost brown, a light honey brown if you will. Held to the light you get a lot more golden yellow coming out. The pour produces over finger of bright white head that seems to be pretty tight. The foam holds up really well and the lace is nice and sticky. Getting lots of sticky lines that barely slide down the glass. The brew is pretty clear and the carbonation is lazy.

A: Lots of hops coming out here with a really fragrant presence. There are some nice grapefruit smelly hops going on here. Nice and tart smell. Then you get some nice resiny hops presence. Getting a really fragant floral presence as well. Touch of bready malt coming out on the back end, but the hops are the show here.

T: Yet again, mostly all hops going on here but thats what we want right? Lots of grapefruit coming out here with some more tropical fruit, maybe a touch of pineapple. Then you get the nice earthiness that pine resin can easily provide. Bready malt tries to come in a bit, but to no avail. Getting some more citrus as well with a touch of lemon and orange. Sure its not that dynamic I suppose, but the flavors all mold together nicely and create a nice flavor profile.

M: Getting a nice medium bodied fell with a nice slickness. Slightly oily from all the hops in here and it really clings to the teeth causing that hop ache a bit. The brew has a nice dryness to it that I am coming to expect from DIPAs. Alcohol is actually pretty nicely hidden and I was shoked this weighed in at 9.4%. Aftertaste is all grapefruit and pine.

D: Its not bad at all. The drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. Goes down pretty easy and doesn't sit too heavy. The teeth hop ache is a bit much at times, but it is manageable. This does remind more of a West Coast DIPA from a none west coast brewery. It works and gets the job done. Glad I had the chance.

everetends, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mixed_master7, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 02/23/11

Clear golden body, slightly lighter than what I expect from the style. Two finger fizzy white head sits atop. The head fades back quite quickly, a fair amount of broken lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

A healthy dose of resinous pine and dank hop aroma greets your nose. There is a fair amount of citrus aroma underneath though the greener aromas are definitely the focal point. Very subtle pale malt can be noted but it does require some searching to find it.

The flavor is rather similar to the nose. Highly resinous hop flavor lays on the tongue. Bittersweet grapefruit and some tropical fruit flavors lay beneath. The pine flavors are not really there as I expected from the aroma though the malt is still fairly lacking. I like the malt bill but wish the hop flavor came off a bit cleaner.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly dry but again the hop resin flavor just coats the tongue.

Decent DIPA, one worth checking out. Many people enjoy this beer but I have a couple issues with it. The hop flavor does not come off clean and that really effects the beer all the way through. The way the flavor just digs into and lays on the tongue really hurts the beer. One in my limit, after that I need to move to something a bit cleaner.

kzoobrew, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Serving temperature approximately 40 degrees F.

Pours a slightly hazy deep burnished gold with a small cap of white foam roughly a half-finger in height. Head settles to a thin, patchy cap that leaves behind some delightful wispy broken legs of lace on the walls of the glass.

Not a lot going on in the nose, even as the temperature warms nearer to room temperature. A slight aroma of citrusy hops, lemongrass and a bit of grapefruit, with a faint alcoholic tinge. Nothing spectacular on that front.

The body is surprisingly light. Medium-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation, helping to lift things a bit; I suspect that without the carbonation, this brew would be a little heavy. Sweet malt up front, honeyish and a little fruity with a hint of apple and pineapple; the hops introduce themselves in the middle with a mildly citric note before delving straight into palate-obliterating bitterness. Bone-dry and powerfully bitter all the way into the finish, where a little alcohol shows up to dry things a little more before hitting an aftertaste that is parching a little off-putting, but one which certainly screams for another quaff.

Drinkability is fairly good for such a hefty beer, mostly due to the fairly light body and immense dryness in the finish. Difficult to determine whether to sip or slosh this one, which can be a good or a bad thing. Good, as it makes the beer more desirable, but once the alcohol kicks in, that certainly becomes a negative. Overall, though, a pretty well-put-together DIPA.

superdedooperboy, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink grapefruit and candied orange nose with accompanied by peach, pine, and a little whiff of alcohol that doesn't really show in the taste.

Very nice, bright and juicy fruit on the tongue. Grapefruit, cotton candy, pine needles, bitter orange, and a bit of a salty flavor as well. Loaded with pleasant sublties.

A nice DIPA that doesn't weigh on you too much, nice drinkability. Worth trying and actually fun to drink.

brownbeer, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden yellow/orange color with a huge fluffy white head that satys around for a long time,huge amounts of sticky lace all over the insides of my glass. Smells of grass(skunk weed,in a good way)pungent citrus and piney hops with very little malt presence.Flavor at first is ultra sugary/tart grapefruit,oily lemon peel, and pine needles, more bitterness,if you let it warm enough you can detect some of the faint caramel malt tones,and this very faint note of honey. Finish is dry and a little boozy. Medium in both body and carbonation.One of the best growlers of beer ever drank. Super Ultra Good !

WakeandBake, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

AndyEdgar, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

denimdemon, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Goldfishman, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap a few weeks ago after hopslam and PtE so this one is from a bottle but on a fresh palate. Bottled on 1/23/12, consumed 2/14/12.

A - Nice hazy yellow orange with maybe half a finger of head.

S - Good god this beer smells amazing. I get a fruity, tropical smell similar to Hopslam

T - sweet, huge on hops and piney citrus

M - good feel for this style, not overloaded on carbonation

O - One of the best DIPAs I've had. Almost a guaranteed buy when I find it.

pearljam118, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Beezee, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden/haystraw color. Nice one finger head.

S - A nice fruity aroma (orange/grapefruit/lemon). Lots of hops present.

T - Hops hit you first then on to the fruity flavors followed by the bitterness.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation for me. Medium bodied and robust.

O - Everything comes together to make a great double IPA.

cvm4, Feb 09, 2012
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,624 ratings.