Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,616
Hads: 6,123
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of jcnd9803
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden yellow with a nice ivory head. Great retention and lace.

S - To me, perfect IPA smells with candied grapefruit and pine. Zero malt detectable, but I went into this wanting hops, so that fits the bill.

T - Great hop flavor with right amount of bitterness. Startw with some tropical fruit followed by some pine and bitterness rounding it out.

M - Thick with the right amount of carbonation. A nice mouthfeel.

D - Bottom line, most may not agree, but this is better than HopSlam. A great beer by a great brewery. (536 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Bottled a month or so ago.

A - Light yellowish-orange body with a thin head. Could use more head for sure. This is the only flaw in the appearance. Lacing is decent.

S - Great aromas on this brew. Pine, grapefruit and tropical notes. The fresher the better with this beer. Malt notes are very mute.

T - Pineapple and citrus notes dominate with a bit of pine in the backend. No malt on this one, pure hop-bomb. This beer is perfectly down my alley. Large grapefruit hoppiness with a backbone in tropical fruit instead of malt.

M - Carbonation could stand to be a bit different. There's something about it....not over or under carbonated. Just, could use a more uniform mouthfeel. Not wrong in any way at all, but a bit more creaminess would benefit this beer a ton.

O - Outstanding and worth looking out. If you see this beer on tap, absolutely order it. It's amazing on draft and great bottle. (920 characters)

Photo of uawildcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is nice light colored DIPA. Poured it a little too cold. The head was smallish (perhaps due to temperature) and went away quickly. I kind of hate the look section of reviewing. As long as its not flat, has weird chunks it shouldn't, or an odd color, it doesn't impact my rating much. 4.5 for the short-lasting head.

Smell: I poured it too cold so I had to wait before I could give it a proper review. Even warmed up over 10 minutes it still doesn't have strong hop smell I would expect. Pine hops with a lot of light malty sweetness. And I mean a lot of malty sweetness.

Taste: Tastes like a solid DIPA. Mostly piney hops with a touch citrus/floral hops. That sweetness is a nice compliment. Personally I much prefer the in your face hops flavor like with Myrcennary or Hop Stoopid when I have a big, boozy beer like this.

Feel: A little hot, but deceiving for 9.4% ABV. Goes down smooth. Thought it might be sticky, but it wasn't.

Overall: For somebody who likes IPAs, but not insane IPAs, this would be a good intro to the double IPA. It is accessible. It is a solid IPA that I would recommend any hop-head, like myself, to try. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Packforever1976
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in my 12 oz. tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger off-white head. Ok retention for the style, leaves a nice layer on top. Very sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is full of big hops...lots of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits. Wow. I have no words, smells amazing.

T: Taste echoes the aroma, and it's better than I imagined it would be. This beast is just so juicy, full of juicy hops. There is a spicy bite in the back, like a peppery rye.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Carbonation is right-on for the style. Finishes dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable, this one could get me in trouble...if I had more that is. So damn tasty. I'm thrilled that we'll finally have Founders here in Minnesota in the coming months, as they make some fantastic stuff. (791 characters)

Photo of beerorRIP
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: must have been too cold, or i didn't pour with enough gusto - only a small layer of foam showed up on top. little bits of lace stick, but not too much else. the body is a very cloudy (think hefeweizen) yellow-orange.

smells hoppy with a chance of alcohol. very citrusy hops in this one. a nice aromatic one.

some initial (and little) sweetness and caramel yield to an onslaught of hops and bitterness. some alcohol hotness shows up in the end. not overly complex but simply tasty.

a medium to light body with good carbonation that prickles the tongue. not oily or slick feeling.

easy to drink, especially with the mouthfeel like it is. it would be easy to down a few pints of this, but then the abv would no doubt rear it's head and make me feel quite the fool. (809 characters)

Photo of Brianjames16
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold with a beautiful two finger fluffy white head. Considerable amount of carbonation. Lacing sticks strong to glass.

S- BIG piny hop aroma! Some citrus and a good presence of alcohol also.

T- BIG hop flavor! Full tasting balanced IPA. Nice hoppy bitter, piny taste.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. I found this beer crisp and refreshing.

D- I could have a couple of these. One night I will. (414 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle, bottled 07/29/14
a - hazy gold
a - floral hop, some citrus, bready malt.
m - super creamy
t - floral hops bite, alcohol is there. significant malt balance-bread, a little candy. some alcohol burn.
o - very good IIPA. It seems very tough to stand out as a IIPA as an American ale these days. not sure
it does(though i guess that would be saying it doesn't, right?) (377 characters)

Photo of Telix
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had a draft of this at Ashley's in Ann Arbor in a standard pint glass.

A: The pour was an absolutely crystal clear light copper ale with no head and nice levels of carbonation. A nice looking IPA that I want to dig into.

S: A huge floral honey hoppy sweetness jumped out of the glass. It's actually ridiculously close to Hop Slam, which was surprising -- I hadn't had Double Trouble for some time, but I didn't remember it smelling like this. As it warms a bit of soapiness emerges (somewhat like Pliny The Elder), along with a bit of pepperiness.

T: A big citrus bitterness hits your tongue, with a ton of grapefruit, a weird subtle mild sweet-tart cherry, and a futile attempt to balance things with any malt sweetness. It's fierce on the tongue, and the brew leaves it feeling overly dry and alkaline. Double Trouble is an example of why Hop Slam is as lauded as it is... this beer is just too sharp, too uncontrolled, and not sweet enough.

M: A nice chewy thickness that is great for the style.

D: Double Trouble is a beer you can drink as fast as you want, I suppose, but isn't a chugger. It's just far too harsh and strong, and a tongue bruiser. I love Founder's and want to like this more, but it's just a little extreme, even for the style. I think that they could dial down the IBUs a bit and bring in some more subtle maltiness and it would be equal to Hop Slam in many ways. (1,391 characters)

Photo of mjsheehan08
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, hazy orange with a good amount of head that leaves quickly, lacing is decent.

A really smooth IPA. Velvety, smooth, bitter and awesome. Lots of citrus up front and piney bitter in the backend. Really a great beer that has it's hops really balanced, and the silky smooth malt mouthfeel balances wonderfully with bitterness of the hops. Great beer. (365 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-17-13

A--Fairly transparent, golden, almost mass-produced lager-like. Head is nice but dissipates quickly.

S--Very strong, eye-opening aroma, dominated by grapefruit. Will beer be this one dimensional?

T--Thankfully, no, there is a great deal of complexity here, with a nice balance between a slight sweetness and hops that add up to more than a grapefruit bomb. Beer is potent and somewhat hot, with a a bitter finish that makes the back of the tongue curl. It's a pretty nice combo, somewhat reminiscent of Deviant Dale's.

M--A somewhat weird combination of dry and syrupy.

Overall, I am sympathetic to the reviewer who said he never knew quite what to make of this, and I'm not sure I do, either, but I just finished one 12 oz. bottle, I enjoyed it, but I now need a nap, and after the nap I will switch to something else. But I must say as a hophead I am enjoying the bitter, tongue-curling finish that lingers nicely. Certainly a quality DIPA that ipa lovers must try. (988 characters)

Photo of jpiper
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale orange... almost glowing. Small white head.

There we go. Nice citrus, but still a bit sweet. Pine again. Nothing off or compromised about this.

It's all about the hops here, like a West Coast DIPA. Citrus,
pine, and some bitterness. Some sweet malt, but not too sweet. Pretty well balanced.

Clean and light. Pretty dry, which is nice.

Refreshing. Clean. Nicely hides ABV without being too sweet.
Not too bitter either.

Nice to have a something approaching a West Coast DIPA in the midwest. (505 characters)

Photo of brushtachio
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer with a nice 2 finger head and extensive sticky lacing. The smell surprised me. I was expecting a citrusy piney cloud of hops. Instead I got a spiced, grassy scent that allowed some underlying malt to peek through. Taste removes any subtlety in the hops. Big, bitter, spicy, floral. I didn't get much citrus at all but after a week of drinking Hopslam this beer might be suffering a little bit in comparison.

Might also be suffering a little in comparison to all the absolutely stellar offerings from Founders but a top noch DIPA (553 characters)

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Yellow and gold with a slight orange in the meat of the glass.

S: A strong nose full of grapefruit with a pile of bready notes followed by hint of booze.

T: Tart grapefruit peels, hints of bread a strong bitterness fills my tongue allowing the the 9.4% ABV to sneak by. The bitterness is clean and inviting.

M: Tingly but smooth medium body with a slick mouthfeel.

D: She aint no session beer.... did I say that right? I could really put more than one away tonight seeing the ABV and it is a weeknight I will have to find something more sessionable. (601 characters)

Photo of GFM
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (great artwork on the label) poured into a snifter (unfortunately, not fresh--a few months past its prime); golden to tan in color; very little head and not much lacing; citric aroma but not strong; fairly smooth--not much carbonation; a citric, bitter hoppiness flavor but malt backbone comes through a bit in the end. Overall: A really enjoyable DIPA, which I regret not trying when it was fresher. Hop profile not as complex, interesting or unique as many other DIPAs but solid overall beer that beats many in its category. (9.0) (544 characters)

Photo of Andrew61923
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Sampled a while back. Bottled 1/7.

A: Hazy gold with some yeast residue. Thin white halo with a little bit of lacing.

S: Pine, musty earth. Pretty muted sadly.

T: Hops have faded I think. Malt is taking over, making it a bit messy. Some sweetness, but it seems less hop forward than last year's.

M: Tingly carbonation that doesn't linger too long.

O: I loved it last year, but just liked it this year. Would have loved a fresher bottle or on tap, but I worked with what I had. (508 characters)

Photo of greg202stewart
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best designed beer bottles I've seen thus far. They have some great artwork. The beer pours a bright orange with a head that quickly fades. The smell is slightly astringent but mostly a blast of sweet hops. The taste has great balance for a DIPA with just enough bitterness (86 IBUs) and citrus tart to go along with the sweet malty flavors. This is a very drinkable beer, I just wish it was a little more complex. (433 characters)

Photo of Dhren1979
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle pounred into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pours a yellowish, orangish, cloudy color. A nice 1/2" thick head. Lacing is very strong with this brew and sticks to the sides.

S: A piney, grapefruit smell is dominant here. @ very end of the sniff there is a sweet, peachy smell.

T: Hops, hops, hops, and more hops! A very bitter, piney yet sweet grapefruit brew. Tastes so good!

M: A dry, light body brew. Carbonation is fairly strong with this brew.

D: Goes down so very quickly. The 12 oz won't last too long in my glass! Drink up my friends! (560 characters)

Photo of HoppySailor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer snifter.

Appearance: the first thing i notice is a little bit disappointing... no head. like literally no head. I did a rather aggressive pour and got no head. just a group of big white bubbles gathering on one side of the glass. we shall see what happens next. the brew itself is a pale, rusty orange and looks rather appealing except for the lack of head

Smell: the next crazy thing i notice is an extreme absence of any smell to this brew. now, that could be because the pollen in VA is messing up my nose, but i would expect to smell an 86 IBU brew. There is a faint hint of pine if I dive nose deep in the snifter. very faint citrus.

Taste: the taste makes it all better. Very bitter. Exactly what I expect from a double IPA. I taste orange peel, citrus hops, heavy grapefruit and a little pine. Far more bitter than the 86 IBU rating. and the booze is present on the finish. A nice, warm booze taste lingers after the swallow. As it is warming, I am starting to taste bread and a little honey

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is rather flat, which is normal for a double IPA. Despite the shocking lack of head, there is some carbonation hitting the tongue, just not very much.

Overall: I can see why it's a top 15 brew. Enjoyed and would buy again. (1,294 characters)

Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint rich honey golden with a dense head that quickly fell, leaving a sticky lace throughout. Waves of pine resin and grapefruit citrus rise from the glass to the nose. The beer strikes the mouth thick with an alcohol warmth. While the hops attack in a floral pine bite, they are backed equally by a toasty malty backbone of sweet balance. The hops never subside, the tongue tingles from their spice, but the malt continues to deliver sweet burnt caramel. Grapefruit citrus swirls around the mouth. After it's gone, the tingle of hops and the warm glow of 9.4% abv are the obvious remains. this is a huge beer that brings a massive balance between a mountain of hops and an ocean of malt. The alcohol takes a flavor back seat but punches harder than some 11%s I've had (unearthly for one). To steal from Shaefer: this is the one beer to have when you're having only one! Afterwards, the mouth is corrupted and the mind is fogged. Founders has balanced it's no-prisoners hop attack with a huge malt presence that warms the mouth. DIPA it it's finest. (1,063 characters)

Photo of kirkmichel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a stemmed glass from a 12 oz bottle at Taco Mac. Head was pretty white foam,b ut dissipated quickly leaving some light lacing. Clings to the glass. Color is crystal clear golden amber with nice long lived carbonation.
S-Smells straight up grapefruit, with a sweet, respberry tart tinge. It's like a bowl of fruit with some light banana, stone fruit, and citrus.
T-Citrus, bitter (citrus peel) and berry fruits on the finish. Super piney hops! It's pretty strong, so tough for me to single out more individual fruit tastes, but it seems pretty smooth for the high alcohol content.
M-Zip on the tongue from the carbonation and a nice but not heavy viscosity that I expect from a hoppy beer.
D-Goes down a little bit too easily, but it gives you enough warning of how strong it is that 1 at a time is probably enough for me. (835 characters)

Photo of johnkale
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale straw, impressive tight head, lingers pretty well for such high ABV, dissipates to lacing eventually

S - awesome, pineapple, grapefruit, a little caramel, a whiff of peach, a touch of pine, very fruity, super enticing

T - a little caramel sweetness but mainly hops, lemon zest, a lot of grapefruit, pine in the finish, awfully bitter at the end with warming alcohol

M - surprisingly light in the body, combined with all the citrus would pair really well with fish, carbonation moderate

D - goes down way easier than it should, good thing it's expensive or I could overindulge on this one. Excellent offering. (621 characters)

Photo of goldennectar
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a thin white head

Smell: Citrus, very much grapefruit and a slight bit of pine

Taste: Balanced malt and grapefruit & pine hops

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth

Overall: A awesome and thoroughly enjoyable DIPA. I wanted another so I drank one. I still wanted more and still do. Definitely a beer everyone should have at least once. (413 characters)

Photo of dondeez21
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy ,orange, very thin white head with nice lacing.
S: Hops! This beer is very hoppy. And you can smell it from a distance
T: Hoppy. I am not sure exactly but it is either Simcoe or Chinook hops that really take the show. This beer is over 9% and the first few sips this is noticeable. After that you cant taste much of the alcohol.
M: This beer is a nice med bodied IIPA. It is a bit heavier than some other beers of the same style but nothing to strong.
D: This beer packs a punch. It will knock your taste buds around and the alcohol percentage is high so you can find yourself feeling different after just a few. (667 characters)

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a beer that I bought in April of 2009 and drank July of 2009. It's appearance in my sniffer glass was a brilliantly clear gold color. The head and lacing was white and minimal. The aroma was mainly dominated by hops. There was a pleasant hop-candy note and the typical citrus. Higher alcohol was also present in the aroma but not overly assertive. The flavor was dominated by an extremely assertive hop bitterness, which I expected. What I did not expect was the beer to be "hot", an out-of-balance alcohol flavor. This high phenolic character distracts from any subtle hop or yeast notes that are most likely there. Overall, this is a big beer in every department. Unfortunately, a possible oversight during fermentation caused it to be a little too big. (763 characters)

Photo of happilysurly
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Nose: tropical fruit, apricot
Appearance: cloudy, pale bronze
Taste: hops hops hops with malty body, I get the bitterness full on

I should note that I had this beer after a pliny the elder and while also drinking a hopslam for comparison sake, so my palate was pretty raw when I was done. (342 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.