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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,001
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 329
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
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 djeucalyptus


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to marvin213 for hooking me up with this one!

pours a light lemony golden citrus hue with very tiny particulate creating a nice haze. fervent carbonation in the glass helps what was for a short while a one-finger bright white fizzy head that fell relatively quickly. pretty nice looking snowflake lacing down the glass.

aroma of candied grapefruit with some other floral hops. candi sugars... fresh herbal hops. a hint of pine. mint and pineapple. smells like a hoppy mojito. interesting. grows in strength nicely as it warms.

Taste is powerful hops. pine, grapefruit and floral notes. A light toasted malt comes through just enough to give it more depth than some hop bombs. While it's really heavy on the hops, it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with some nice carbonation. Nothing amazing... it works nicely with the flavors. carbonation lends just enough to give it a bit of creaminess. a nice lingering bitterness isn't overwhelming but leaves the perfect amount of lasting feeling.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed. Everything I've had from Founders has been either good or amazing, but for some reason, I wasn't expecting the same from a DIPA. wow, I was wrong. Definitely smooth and drinkable for a DIPA, this one is up there with the best of 'em. Definitely worth seekin' out. I'll have to find a few more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 07:54:12 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of perrymarcus


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a bright golden tone with a solid finger + of a creamy white/off-white head; decent retention and lacing.

fantastic nose. big, aromatic aroma of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a nice malty backbone. great smelling DIPA.

wow, flavor follows the nose nicely. very, very tasty. tons of citrus hoppiness, a bit of pine, and those delicious balancing malts. well done. this isn't the freshest bottle - almost tipping to the barleywine style - but retains a ton of hop characters. a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

nice medium + body with medium carbonation. very drinkable for a DIPA. outstanding beer. from a brewery known for their stouts, IMO this is one hell of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 05:44:04 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no obvious bottle date despite the Red's Rye P.A.'s obvious markings (maybe they missed one?). 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a perfectly transluscent golden color with a finger of egg-shell white head that dies quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S: Strong spicy and floral hops, orange zest, lemon, tropical fruits, and mild background maltiness.

T: Tongue-tingling spicy hops and deliciously juicy citrus that slowly transforms into sweet caramel malts at the end with a bitter and dry finish; nice.

M: It has a creamy and medium-thick body with very long-lasting flavors.

D: No alcohol is noticed despite the listed 9.4%. The flavors and body are more akin to a 7.5% brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 15:34:54 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of jucifer1818


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a: This beer is crystal clear and light yellow in color. For a beer as strong as this one is, such a light color is fairly surprising! Little to no head is detectable, and any that formed dissipates very quickly.

The presence of hop oils and alcohol can explain that one away.

S: light, resinous, and reminiscent of dark fruits, all mixed in with the caramely smell I assioate with stronger, maltier beers. Overall this aroma leans a lot more in the malts direction, but plays well with the hops.

Its good, but its not increadable

t: This beer just slams you in the gut with hops, and I for one kinda like it. It hits with a very resinious, neutral flavor. Their was a bit of hoppy raisins/prunes to this one (dark fruits) The bitterness lasts quite a long time, and resonates on the tongue. The beer also has a heavy, sweet malty presence, but its hard to taste because of all the hops (you really can only feel it on the mouth-feel)
I rather like this one. It hits hard with the hops, and has the sweetness from its malt to keep it from being a problem.

M: The feel of this brew is very nice and heavy. It feels like very light honey or caramel, and I like it a lot....with just the right touch of carbonation to keep it from making you sick.

O: I picked up this beer because I love founders: I have pretty much developed a need to pick up their new brews on a whim. And this beer (similar to what I've heard about devil dancer) is not worth the money its being charged. It is a very, very fine Imperial IPA, but its flavor does nothing much different: just a punch of fruity american hops and a lot of malt. I feel that its worth a try, but I feel a bit of remorse about the 15 I spend on a 4 pack, when I might had been able to get something far, far more interesting for the same price.

but as I said before, its a fin imperial ipa. It does the job it needed to do...but it sadly isn't that unique or interesting to people who have indulged in many, many fine IPA's

Worth picking up if the price is right at a bar, or split up between a friend if you need to try all the founders brews (like me)

Ill probably not pick it up again...but who knows?

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 21:30:06 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of Kinsman


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-11-2013 22:25:25 | More by Kinsman
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the liquid topples turbulently into the glass, I am reminded of the back yard of my childhood. The Perfectly clear golden, like the afternoon sun shining down through the English ivy that covered all of the trees. An ample head sprouts up. It disappears in short order, but leaves a beautiful sheet of lacing.
And so i would climb up the dead trees, some leaning on others just to stay up, but I was too light for it to matter. The ivy leaves would break and crush under my hands and feet, and a distinctly "green" aroma... is this Nugget? So resiny. There is a balance there, but it's more of just a sugary-sweet rather than a real malt "character." Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar... but the high alcohol doesn't come without a price. There are some fusels in there as well.
And the flavour is much the same, the sweetness of cane sugar, not bready malt, the resin of pine trees or the ivy I used to make pretend "salads" of when I was but a chap. The alcohol comes out as well, in a disappointing way. Were this toned down to 8%, I could see it being much better.
The body is big and syrupy, very warming as a result of the alcohols... lightly dry in the finish.
The memories only go so far... Everything seems hazy now, how long ago... how many places I've lived, people I've touched... the world was innocent then. No longer. The finish, the warming, the effects... show this beer to be a lot like life. It may remind me initially of happier times... but the finish is dry.

At least I can awake to new purpose!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 20:01:25 | More by khiasmus
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: rusty gold; 2-finger, white head leaves a fair amount of patchy lace.

S: bright citrus aroma; sweet; smells great!

T: citrusy, light resin hoppiness; bready / cracker malts in the back; nice.

M: medium-full; higher carbonation; as it warms, some heat shows up.

O: a superb double IPA; glad I tried it and I'll have it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:23:34 | More by jpro
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a stange. Bottled 01/27/09 stamped on neck.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow-orange body with 2 finger white head.

Smell - Grassy hop. Banana malt undercurrent. Great balance. definitely two-faced beer. If you focus on the malt, you smell only malt. If you focus on the hop, it's strongly flowery. Strong and balanced on both fronts.

Taste - kick of hop, alcohol in the front. Malt throughout. Finish is malty and hoppy between alternate sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Perfect balance. Tug of war.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:18:46 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of riemster


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-17-2013 21:13:38 | More by riemster
Photo of MPSTARR


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-03-2014 23:58:16 | More by MPSTARR
Photo of CreightonSM

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

05-22-2013 02:45:08 | More by CreightonSM
Photo of jminch


4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-03-2012 00:25:01 | More by jminch
Photo of MCain04


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-11-2013 05:47:28 | More by MCain04
Photo of spw109

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-17-2013 21:21:36 | More by spw109
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-29-2014 21:54:24 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Hopsiam14


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-27-2013 15:52:02 | More by Hopsiam14
Photo of kmos27


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-16-2013 03:40:01 | More by kmos27
Photo of Lothore


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, tangerine hue with a small, eggshell head.

S- Citrus, bready

T- Very bready upfront which leads to a wave of citrus and an ass kicking barrage of hops of the back end. Grapefruit all the way through with a grapefruit bitterness to match.

M- Fairly viscous with medium-high carbonation for the style.

D- This is a great effort by founders and I love the grapefruit qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:45:55 | More by Lothore
Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-08-2012 05:33:15 | More by Elfastball7
Photo of scoobybrew


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy (from the bottle conditioning) golden color with a thick head that is well retained

S - strong citrus and pine of American hops in aroma with some malt sweetness as well, what little yeast esters might be there are totally overwhelmed by the hops

T - strong hop flavors ranging from citrus to very slight resiny pine (as noted in aroma) with a satisfying hop bitterness on the finish; the malt is very adequate in supporting the extreme hops here but is fairly simple; a slight yeast fruity ester is noticed but definitely in the background

M - medium to full body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a fine example of the style. The malt takes a back seat here and is somewhat 1-dimensional, but that allows the hops to really shine and the blend is quite nice and satisfactory. Overall, this is an above average double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:11:44 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. 4-pack recently picked up at Wegmans with their Cherry beer, this one is everything that was not.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10. Best from Founders. A little creepy.

A: Wow, is this one light colored DIPA. Held to the light, would have thought it was some sort of Belgian, strawlike. The head is sturdy sea foam and flat out great lacing. We have some floaties at the bottom of the glass. From a bottle, this is one of the most distinctive and nicest looking pours I've seen.

S: Madly citrus and piney. Both are robust and the grapefruit pith just takes over and dominates the crap out of everything. The flowery scents are still there but I am overtaken by the fruits. Orange, papaya, mango, you name it, its got it.

T: All that was in the smell and some more. If you have ever had the sugar crystallized type of grapefruit on top of a cookie or cake, this is it. It is over the top but there is some malt there even though the color wouldnt lead you to think there would be. Sweet sugar syrup lends some flavor in the middle of the smattering of hoppy goodness.

M: Vaporlike texture that cleans off the inside of the mouth with the carbonation. Creamy texture as it warmed up was real nice. Mild carbonation.

D: This beer was nothing short of top notch. I taste the alcohol but I want to, its not only hops. A unique DIPA that is a nice change of pace. This foursome will go fast and I am eager to restock.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 00:28:58 | More by marcpal
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice finger of white, frothier head. Hazy straw yellow color, and great lacing throughout the sample.

S - As anticipated, great hop dominance in the nose. Hop aroma falls into the piney and almost a bit fruity range. Faint alcohol is a bit detectable in the nose

T - Again, hop bitterness dominates and is not overly aggressive. The hops really shine, and are very much aligned with what I expect for the style. Solid enough malt backing, but allows the hops to shine more. Although not really hidden in the aroma, the alcohol is not as peppery in the taste.

M - Medium MF, nice carbonation levels for style. Definitely coats the palate well, and is very pleasant

D - Very drinkable for a sipper of a brew. Nice warming warming feeling of the abv, and each sip demands another for me.

Overall, really great example of the style, and the taste is one of the better of any DIPA's I've had in a while. Very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:13:48 | More by Nickls
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

10-13-2013 20:57:15 | More by larryarms847
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-30-2012 21:41:02 | More by JLapadura
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-22-2014 20:49:31 | More by DRTBrewster
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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