Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,616
Hads: 6,117
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 discovolante65
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA BL pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. 1/2 inch Head that dissipated fairly quick. Great lacing throughout the beer.

Smells exactly how it should, my wife hates this smell of beer and will refuse to drink anything that smells of "Pine Sol" and flowery air freshener as she calls them. Grapefruits, Fresh cut pine, floral hops scent.

Taste is really well-balanced imo. Nice grapefruit up front trailed by piney, floral hops resin and a little malt hint that reminds me of organic honey. I can detect a little bit of lemons in there as well. I like how the bitter flavor lingers but doesn't grow to be unbearable over time.

Medium bodied, good light amount of carbonation. There is a slight heat to this when you let it warm up. Overall, I am amazed how well the alcohol is hidden. Leaves you with a nice dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Well, I cracked one while cooking up some steaks, and immediately decided that I would have another one with my steak. I didn't regret this decision as it was a beautiful Sunday with no where to go!

Haven't had a bad beer from Founders yet! (1,115 characters)

Photo of mwill7287
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date reads "1/6/2012" (consumed on 2/5).

Appearance: When put in the light, this beer appears a mild straw color with a little bit of cloudiness in the body. A standard pour produces a light white head which quickly fades to a thin ring of surface lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles skirt through this brew. This time through the beer, there's virtually no lacing left behind on the glass. The ring of surface lacing fades away about halfway through the drink. 4.5/5

Smell: A beautiful pine and citrus bouquet compose the nose. Bright orange, tangerine, bitter grapefruit pack a strongly aromatic punch without being pungent. Lovely. 5/5

Taste: Starts with a jab of bitterness with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. It's strong on the piney resin. Bitterness rides the wave of each sip and sticks around for awhile in the aftertaste. However, the bitterness is never overwhelming - it's just right. Citrus textures flesh out the hoppiness beautifully. Just a bit of malt crispness balances this one out to keep it sane, but it's really hops all the way. Marvelous. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble turns out to be fairly light and easy drinking for a double IPA. It's a bit more carbonated than I expected based on appearance; it turns out just right. The bitterness creates a desirable dry spot, just enough resistance to prevent over-imbibing. 4.5/5

Overall: Founders, as they so often do, win the battle here again for me. Hopslam is great, but Double Trouble takes things to just higher a level with the full aromatics, juicy flavor, and just a bit of resistance in the mouthfeel. Love, as always. 5/5 (1,661 characters)

Photo of treedoctor5002
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap at Founders the other day. Wow it sure is HOPPY. Not that nice flowery hoppy either, just piney. This thing is all sting. Luckily I was in dire need of a hop jolt so this beer was satisfying. There isn't much of a backbone to this beer just all hops, for that reason I marked it down in drinkability. It really is out of balance and isn't for the faint of heart. My tongue was gone after one pint. I was tasting the hops the rest of the day, not that that is a bad thing. (492 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously poured into a pint glass a very pale golden yellow with orange highlights, a medium to towering head that left good lacing and never completely dissipated.

Good smell - not exceptional. Big pine and grapefruit. Some light floral notes. Not much else.

Very interesting taste. Pine and grapefruit, running the gamit of less bitter citrus from orange to apricot to a little pineapple. A really interesting undercurrent of caramel and burnt sugar. Bitter herbs.

Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Not exceptionally drinkable even for the style - but pleasant.

I remember enjoying this more last year on tap at Ashleys - as I remember it, it seemed less piney, more integrated. But I had a lot of beer that night. Still its a pleasure and an education. Like being knuckle spanked by a nun. (806 characters)

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

Poured into my oversized, fat Pilsner glass.

9.4% ABV
86 IBU's

Color: Golden and clear with a fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Spicy floral hops, a bit citrusy with undercurrents of grainy grassy malt.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor that turns to graininess with a touch of grassiness, obviously there is hops. Spiced up floral and grapefruit comes through. Thick mouth feel which leads to a bitter end; but not too dry. The flavor does a tremendous job of hiding the Alcohol content.

Overall: I like this one, I like it much more than I like the Centennial IPA. There is more of a shift toward a sweeter hop with a thankful absence of those rose flavors that you get in the Centennial. This one is rather enjoyable. It is what I would consider a nice Summer IPA. (846 characters)

Photo of Intimidtor
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good all around DIPA. Bottle poured into clean pint glass.
A-Poured a nice golden color not common with most DIPA i've consumed. Has about a finger width of head.
S-Nice hop aroma, hint of floral and pine
T-Solid DIPA flavor, hops, floral flavor followed by little ine and grapefruit. Pretty well balanced. Stronger lasting alcohol taste persits at the finish.
M-Nice even finish, oils are right on
D-Good drinkability for a 9.5 ABV DIPA (438 characters)

Photo of jmshulk
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this kickin' in the fridge for some time now and I have finally decided to do a little write up. Right off the bat it looks a nice golden color with a puffy white head. The foam collapsed quicker than I'd expect, but that might be due to some soap residue on the glass. All in all though, it's a pretty nice looking beer. The aroma is very heavy with citrusy hops. It's a pleasant grapefruit smell with a little malt coming through as well. This beer really starts to lose me at the taste. It's not too bad, but it just seems to be hop juice. There is a little malty caramel flavor, like the aroma, and a little alcohol burn, but it's pretty much just in your face hops. Mouth feel is a little prickly but I wouldn't say it's overly carbonated, it's just right with just enough viscosity.

Overall not to bad, especially if you're in to big hop flavor. It's just not my favorite DIPA. I think there are some others that are a bit better balanced. Certainly wouldn't turn this down, but probably won't pick up again. (1,036 characters)

Photo of dmbsteve
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy straw with a finger of white head. Dissipates to a thin layer. Not much lacing, spotty at best.

Smell is awesome. Grapefruit, florally, bitter rinds. Wow, intense! It doesn't get much better than this.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit dominates. Only thing that might improve it would be a stronger malt backbone, but the hops are displayed brilliantly.

Medium body. Drying finish leaving a pleasant bitterness on back of tongue.

Solid IIPA. My first brew from Founders. Was looking for KBS, but fell upon this and was pleasantly surprised. Worth a try for sure if you like this style. (616 characters)

Photo of unit555
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Everything about this beer has an in-your-face style. Nice color with a decent head. The smell is all about grapefruit. If you want to teach someone how beer can smell like something other than "beer" then this is one great example. The taste borders on too bitter with the grapefruit/grapefruit pith being the strongest flavor. I dont think it would be too much for IPA lovers but those who dont care for the style will probably not enjoy this selection. (455 characters)

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

This just showed up on tap at my new local favorite spot... Duckworth's. What a great surprise. Founders beers are really growing in popularity around here, and definitely with me.

A: Dark golden in a brandy glass with long-lasting creamy white head. 11 oz serving glass.

S: Grassy, fresh-from-the-hop-fields aroma. Hops are strong in this one, so I had a little trouble picking up more. Seems to be something citrus in the background as well.

T: Crisp, dry hoppy bitterness. Love it. Now I get some well blended citrus flavor... somewhere between lemon and orange. This one is so very well blended together, and it gets smoother with each sip. No wonder they served in a brandy glass.

M: All those dry hops give this one a rather heavy mouthfeel, but with the perfect blending it is fantastic.

D: Unless you are a hop fan, this may prove hard to handle. For me, this is a very drinkable IPA.

With my love of hops and strong American IPAs, I have been trying just about everything under the sun lately. There have been others with stronger hop punch, but very few with this excellent blend. It reminds me of a good Scotch. (1,133 characters)

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

Bought this beer for 9.99 a 4 pk. Poured into
a pilsner glass its color is golden with a faint tinge of orange. Carbonation is very balanced.

The smell is very hoppy/floral with a faint sweetness.

Bittersweet carbonation dances on the tongue before exiting down the throat leaving a trail of hoppy bitterness that causes my taste buds to crave another sip.

Very "light" for the style which I happen to like. aftertaste is pleasurable and does not coat tongue.

4 of these will be plenty as far as drinkability goes. Sometimes too much of a good thing is exactly that. (570 characters)

Photo of Nuke77
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange/yellow with a small head when poured down the middle of a snifter. Hops and grapefruit just assail the nose. The taste is all hops and citrus with just a hint of pine. The bitterness is way up there. This is very dry leaving me feeling as though I need to hydrate. This one is a bruiser of an imperial IPA. The name fits well. No finessing here. No balance either. Hop monster. For my palate this bruiser was just too much of a good thing. (460 characters)

Photo of circlenine
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/8/10, and poured into a tulip, enjoyed and reviewed 1/6/11.

A: Pours burnt orange with 3/4 inch head that quickly dissolves into the beer. Very minimal lacing.

S: Awesome hops! Smells fresh with notes of citrus and mild pine.

T: It's bitter like a DIPA should be, with a hoppy aftertaste. Again, notes of citrus and pine.

M: Bitterness and carbonation give this one hell of a bite. Almost stings on the tongue - again, like a good DIPA should.

D: This might have been the fastest I have ever consumed a nearly ten percent ABV beer. It is easily consumable but a combination of 9.4% ABV and the overall bitterness will prevent multiples in one sitting.

Comments: Glad I got to try this fresh. Oddly enough, each additional smell has a slight alcohol (rubbing?) burn to it... (793 characters)

Photo of Beerds
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not that impressive on the head but that's the only not so great thing I've got to say about this beer. Nice golden straw color. Great taste and very smooth, light aftertaste of alcohol but an excellent drink. (211 characters)

Photo of skinny0ne
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When did beer get so expensive? At $12 for a 4 pack, it's a bit pricey. But given the 9.4% alcohol in the end it's worth it. Visually it is cloudy and the color is a pale amber. The head is very creamy with good lacing. The aroma is very strong. Lots of grapefruit and bread. The bitterness kicks in early and stays throughout. Under it is plenty of grapefruit and orange. A slight banana flavor. And the hops definitely spice it up. The alcohol is very "round" and helps mellow it a bit. Flavor and bitterness. Really a terrific double IPA. (541 characters)

Photo of aewinte1
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours cloudy light yellow with a 1 inch head.
S- smells hoppy, but not overwhelming. Very citrus flavored juicy hops.
T- Taste is more hoppy than the smell would suggest. Small trace of a malt backbone but the hops pretty much take over here. Hop bitterness lingers on the back of your tongue for some time.
M- Carbonation feels much higher when drinking than the initial pour would indicate. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but definitely oily from the hops.
D- drinkability is OK, but to truly enjoy it, this one is a sipper for sure. Alcohol is completely hidden by the hops but my taste buds would be decimated if I sat and drank more than 3 of these.
Overall, a good IPA, but not particularly balanced. That's OK with me!! (732 characters)

Photo of evansrdbrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on: 2/13/10

86 IBU's 9.4% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice thin head leaving a perfect halo around the glass. Great 'golden ray of sunshine' color. Mid-sized bubbles stream from the bottom of this hazy brew.

S= Hoppy alcohol aroma with delicious piney hints. Hops completely dominate the aroma.

T= Nice bitterness. Good lingering hop flavors of pine and citrus.

MF= Smooth and mellow. Nice alcoholic warmth accompanied by a thick heady feeling which coats the back of the tongue and the roof of your mouth.

D= A delicious brew too hard to consume in proper moderation.

A favorite of mine from Founder's Brewing. Should not be missed by hopheads. (661 characters)

Photo of Wufdogger
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love IPAs but this one stayed on the pallet too long. Great smell and initial taste but long lasting hops taste. Does not have a smooth feel to it after swallowing but fells good initially in the mouth. I probably will not try this one again but was better than the pallet wrecker from night before. (301 characters)

Photo of kudsak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy taste and aroma, though not overly citrusy. Medium malt taste and body. Finishes somewhat bitter. Better IMO than Surly abrasive, still liked dreadnaught more. (165 characters)

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA ABV: 9.4%

A: Yellow and orange hint in color. Look in the light and you can see the sediments that are floating in the beer. Appealing beer in appearance... Lets look at the rest of the beer areas!

S: Smells of oranges (very citrusy), honey, lemons and hops. Very pungent smell that makes me ready to do some drinking.

T: On to the best part!! Very exhilerating taste. Taste bitter with a citrus taste, grassy hops and other sweet sensations.

M: This beer is called double trouble for a reason! Very good feel in the mouth... All the flavors smoothly combine together, leaving a very satisfying aftertaste.

D: This beer is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like IPA's. I want my bro to have this beer because this, I know, will be something he will like! (803 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color and has a slightly herbal / flowery aroma. Mouthfeel is nice but dies off at the end. Flavor is hoppy floral with a touch of maltiness. Overall a really nice beer with great flavor (206 characters)

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

a. nice yelow gold.

s. piny and citrus. the hops are strong and its appealing.

t. i cant help but compare to hopslam, just had recently, its ALMOST there, but not quite with the complexity. the pine and citrus and bitter-sweet is really nice. full and lovely.

m. carbonated, and strong.

d. pretty drinkable. id enjoy a few if i had the money. good work founders.... (369 characters)

Photo of treehouse
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose...copper...nuts...heathery malt....fruity....grassy and vegetal..


mineraly metallic..hopped...bitter..this is a brave forward one...9.4%...turns hot once it goes down...relatively more complex than most double ipa's out there...

i would drink this again..curious as to its on tap taste... (309 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into nonic glass

A - pours honey yellow an aggressive pour yields a finger of white head, doesn't last long, leaves sticky lacing.

S - hoppy but not over the top hoppy, has a sweet note to it as well, pretty one noted.

T - really really well balanced, the malty backbone is sweet and refreshing but not too sweet.

M - well carbonated, not perfect, but it has a mouth watering tendency.

O - a really solid DIPA, it really reminds me of hopslam for some reason, and that's not a bad thing! happy i grabbed a 4 pack (534 characters)

Photo of robhbest
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled two weeks ago, served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent yellowish orange color. 1 Finger white head, low retention, some lacing.

S: Definitely citrus up front. Lemon, orange, pine.

T: Mose citrus in the taste. Grapefruit rind bitterness, slight pine at the end as well.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a little light for my personal preference.

O: Founders does a fine job on this one. As always they produced something excellent. If you're not into the grapefruit rind flavor, I'd stay away. I love the fact that this is such an easy drinker while hiding the ABV well. Nice beer and definitely worth a try. (620 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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