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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,644
Hads: 6,321
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,048 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 1,644 | Hads: 6,321
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Color was a light golden orange with a very small head that was gone in a squinit. As soon as i got a whiff of this beer i knew it was gonna be good. Strong hops with citrus and pine apple in the back. Taste was very good and the hops blended well with the fruity bite of citrus present. I could detect some alchohol after the finish but not unpleasant. This beer reminded me of hopslam a lot but with a more pronounced hop dominance probably due to the lack of honey. Mouthfeel was a medium- sharp sensation with the right amount of carbonation. Easy to drink but packs a wallop that seems a little stronger than advertised. Love it! Founders did their homework with this one.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Bottle (dated beginning of March '11) to Snifter. Poured a very nice, translucent honey/yellow color with a 2 fingers of head which quickly vanished. On the smell I definitely picked up some tropical fruit -- mangoes, pineapple, banana peel. The taste held more citrus flavors than the nose, mostly grapefruit. Overall, not bad, but didn't blow me away. I guess I prefer some of the maltier DIPAs (ie 90 minute).

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

Poured an opaque orange with a single finger head that dissipated rather quickly leaving less lacing than I would have expected.

I felt that this would really be a hoppy beer from the nose. I caught a real citrusy hop bite immediately... though no one else drinking this felt the same... maybe my nose was a bit off.

the taste was along the lines of what everyone else was saying they smelled. Quite malty for a DIPA, but not in a bad way. I'm used to hop bombs being from CA, but this was much more balanced than what I count as the norm. malts right up front with an orangey bite right in the middle. a little bit of a hop bite right near the end, but it ended up giving way to more sweet malts.

this was definitely a full bodied beer. it was almost creamy! quite smooth and had the perfect amount of carbonation. I'm not one for "creamy" beers aside from the right stout or porter, otherwise this would have rated a touch higher.

absolutely drinkable. I enjoyed this beer. the first founders offering I've tried.

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Photo of cr0ckett
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brew I've enjoyed many times on tap and from the bottle. Had one on tap last night, and tonight from a bottle which is
A: Straight yellow. Maybe a very slight amber tint; very little haze. Good lacing.
S: Very hoppy; some citrus. Much more pungent on tap (freshness of hops?).
T: Strong citrus hops bite right away and linger one the edge of your tongue for a long time. Again, fresh on tap had a better crispness to it, but still fantastic.
M: Medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation, but smooth enough.
O: Great aroma and solid hops throughout the beer. It's a kick in the mouth; fantastic DIPA for those that like them.

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Photo of SierraDeuce
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Ned's inside Rivermont Pizza, Lynchburg, VA last Wed. Served in a German fluted pils glass.
A: Deep, deep amber, almost orange. Thick, two fingers white puffy head, diminishes after 5 minutes or so
S: Gorgeous pungent grapefruit and grass. Can't wait to taste
T: Sweet grapefruit followed by bitterness, but not too bitter. Well balanced. Hop flavors linger long. Alcohol is well hidden!
M: Thicker than I expected, but very appealing. Balanced carbonation to the last sip.
O: Frankly, I didn't look this one up before buying at the store. What a pleasant surprise! Good session beer for the spring and summer months ahead.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden with a 2 finger white head; light to no lacing

Smell - light aroma, not much here that impresses

Taste - very smooth, decent chew but good hop flavor

Feel - medium body; average chew for a double ipa

Overall: would fall well behind my favorite IPAs; good but not memorable.

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Photo of jonvan04
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass which produced somewhere between a pale and amber color with not much head to it. This had a nice hoppy aroma with a mix of piney and citrus notes. It was nicely light bodied considering the alcohol content. This was almost dangerously drinkable with a nice refreshing hoppy finish. Another excellent beer from Founders.

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Photo of Badbobx
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy golden yellow with a persistent 1/4" of creamy foam. There was a minimal lacing on the glass. The head was long lasting.
The aroma was a strong fruity floral grapefruit.
The taste is incredible. Like drinking a slightly foamy grapefruit juice. For a high alcohol beer there was very little alcohol impact. I felt a bit of dryness, but the mouth feel was full, creamy and lasting. I drank this with a bit of cheddar and nut thins for a nice complement.

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Photo of colt45n
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden, glowing yellow in appearance with a generous, fluffy layer of head...aroma seems to be a part of the appearance, as it hits your nose as you pour

S: Citrusy, mango, pine, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.. Very pleasant and warm smelling DIPA. Through the nose, makes my mouth smile!

T: See smell.

M: typical DIPA body....medium to fuller in body w/ carbonation ever present.

Overall a very good offering from founders, looking forward to how it compares to the devil dancer.

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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.

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Photo of Itoclown
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Oade's in Lansing. Drank during a Red Wings game:)

Look: Amber with light haze. Very Small head.
Smell: Delicious. Orange with light hops. Very hoppy, bitter hops.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry. Alcohol fumes out of the nose. Not very good at picking up the particular taste on this one. Very bitter IPA taste. Maybe some pine in there. Very delicious.
Overall: Another fantastic beer from Founders. Glad I picked this one up. Now I need to grab another.

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Photo of Lledd
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle served in Alchemist pint glass.

A: Small, half finger head. Lots of bubbly carbonation. Light amber color. Clear and crisp looking, no floaties. <3.75>

S: Not much aroma. But what's there is a clean hop aroma, slightly citrusy. <3>

T: Wow. First sip wow. Nice malt flavor up front with a bitter hop flavor on the finish. The hops are bitter and juicy like you would expect from a DIPA, with just a hint of citrus, especially in the aftertaste. (Note: I bought this the same day my favorite beer store got it in). The flavor is big and wet. What a wonderful balance of hops and malts for a DIPA. The sweetness and bitter hops make my mouth water for another sip. <4.75>

M: Medium-fine non aggressive carbonation. In other words, it doesn't "fizzle" on your tongue. Nice wet feel. <4.25>

O: Great great beer. Delicious balance for a "hop-bomb" style beer. Jim Koch should try this one next time he wants to criticize aggressively hopped beers. <4.75>

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Photo of cdpike
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a modest, fine foam. Nose is HUGE of big citrus hops, among some of the most I've ever experienced. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, although shy of syrupy--any more so and I think it would be a bit much (but it's not). Big bodied, and big citrus flavor with hints of pine, spice, but tons of grapefruit. Very bitter finish in a really happy way. BIG double IPA but super drinkable as far as such a big double IPA can be. This is a really awesome beer. Go Michigan brew!

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Photo of BigAl723
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from my local market. Poured into my Founders KBS snifter.

A: DT pours a beautiful yellow/orange color. Very little head, a pretty serious looking brew. It's a little cloudy too.

S: A nice floral hop aroma becomes very potent. Spicy and peppery, grapefruits and citrus. Very pleasant.

T: Oak and smoke. Pretty bitter and hoppy at the start but it leaves a fairly heavy malt feel on my tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly bitter so you can really feel it swishing around in there.

D: It's pretty drinkable. Although the intense hops and bitterness could turn some people away. But if you're into the hops you'll love this one.

Overall, a really good beer from Founders. I've been waiting for a DIPA from Founders and they put out a good one.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Muss & Turners in Atlanta. Not really the style of beer I would generally try at this time of year. I'm looking for a warm, high gravity beer style, right now, but there wasn't much on tap that appealed.

Poured in to a tulip glass. Great looking beer. Beautiful, hazy, light golden color with a generous head that disappeared slowly.

Wow! The nose is killer. Hops, hops and more hops, bound together with grapefruit and passionfruit. Very intense.

The taste takes the nose and just keeps running with it. Hoppy bitterness, with grapefruit and passionfruit as counterpoint. Well balanced.

Very nice mouthfeel and a style that's easy to drink plenty of - which I plan on doing.

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

This has a pleasant grassy aroma, and pours a hazy golden color with a head that dissipates quickly. There is a sweet attack of ruby grapefruit and pineapple, with a long bitter finish. The hops are aggressive and provide plenty of bitterness. This beer isn't balanced - and that's a good thing. Certainly one for hop heads - I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of ctrousse
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent beer on-tap, i have never had it out of the bottle so i can not comment on that. It is a full flavor easy drinking beer. It will not you on your ass if you aren't careful with it. I would put it in the top 5 beers brewed from founders.

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Photo of ccm414
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. About a 1 finger head with little carbonation. Settles at a normal pace with light lacing around the glass.

S- Sweeter hops are prominent here. Much grapefruit and light sweeter fruits are what come to mind right away. Very light pine scents.

T- Very similar to the smells of this beer. Sweet hops. Lighter fruits with some piney notes. Has a good bitter finish to balance some of the sweeter tastes that poke through. The alcohol seems to be well hidden for 9.4%.

M- Lighter bodied with a crisp feeling. Not much carbonation.

D- Overall a pretty good beer, just doesn't appear to be very complex. Sweeter hops with a nice bitter finish. A little too easy to grab with the ABV.


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Photo of whitehouse50
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and it had a one inch think white head that slowly faded away while drinking this. Looks very lite for a DIPA which is very unusual, its almost a sunny golden color.

Aromas are wondeful of big hops with hints of sweetness.

On the first sip I got a big hop bite on my tongue. I thought this was going to be a huge in your face hop kind of beer but after a few sips maybe my taste buds either got tired or the beer mellowed out a little but the bite was gone and all I could taste were great citrousy hop flavors.

It is full bodied despite the lite color for a DIPA and pretty easy to drink for 9.4%

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orangish-yellow with a slight haze - almost microscopic yeast bits slowly and slothfully swimming - it almost hypnotized me looking at it. Very small amount of spot lacing.

S - Sweet floral hop bouquet, peaches and oranges. The smell got more potent as it warmed.

T - Sweet apricot up front, followed by caramel, then bitter citrus hoppy finish.

M - Nice and crisp, somewhat thick and chewy with a somewhat drying finish.

D - Not too shabby

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

Reviewed from notes for tasting on 6/9/2011. 2011 Batch

A- Golden, sparkling, clear, and good carbonation. I can't believe how light this beer is. Very misleading appearance once you take the first sip, but it is a beautiful brew. I'm not sure how they get all that hop and alcohol in such a light brew.

S- Grapefruit and alcohol come through in the nose. Smells as an IIPA should

T- Citrusy sweetness with the faintest taste of malt up front with crushing bitterness at the end. The bitterness lingers long after the drink goes down. alcohol, though noticeable in the smell, is imperceptible in the taste.

M- Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Lighter bodied that some in the same class. Very smooth drinking beer.

O- This is one of the best value priced IIPA's out there, imo. It has great flavor and really hits the spot no matter what you are craving. Drink it cold on a hot day, or room temp on a cool day. I like this beer so much that I am continuing my quest in cloning it homebrew style.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A- Dark gold body with a foamy one-finger off-white head.

S- Huge grapefruit aroma with some tangerine and piney hints. The sweetness from the malt jumps there too. Smells great.

T- There is a grapefruit and pine punch that is complimented by a doughy malt backbone. Solid bitterness on the back end that hangs in the back of your throat. I get a little bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol too.

M- It has a heavy body to it. The feel is oily and kind of resinous, but its not one of the dreaded syrup bombs. This is a big beer and it has the body to back it up.

O- This is a very good DIPA. Maybe it would get an even higher score from me had I not drank some Bell's Hopslam the past two days. Definitely glad I found this one though and not sorry one bit at all that I drank yet another killer beer from Founders.

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Photo of timmay41
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Christopher's, Cambridge, MA, and served in a 12oz. tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow hue, accompanied by a dense one-finger head that's almost pure white with medium-sized carbonation bubbles. The lacing involves an intricate array of these little globs and spots on the sides of the glass. Terrific presentation.

S: Hoppy, resinous, along with grassy fragrances and pear juice. Some malty/alcohol sweetness after swirling the glass around.

T & M: First sip is a deliciously bitter hop bite with big carbonated texture to boot. Not syrupy in taste or mouthfeel. Piney with some citrus notes (grapefruit, blood orange). The malts assert themselves to balance the taste out as the beer warms up a bit. Provides a lovely hoppy aftertaste.

D: Invigorating, complex, and incredibly drinkable. It was a late Saturday afternoon beer so I hadn't eaten in awhile, and I could feel the alcohol warming my cheeks. But this is profoundly drinkable for any hop head.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four-pack at work...not a huge IPA or Imperial IPA fan, but I've yet to hate a beer from the Founders Brewing Co...

A: Golden yellow -- very translucent and fresh. Nice white head that sits comfortably atop the brew for the whole ride. For an Imperial IPA I was expecting a little more copper color...

S: Pine resin and rosemary -- savory and somewhat sweet. Lemon zest, hint of coriander and kaffir lime leaves, but also a yeasty aroma close to saltine crackers.

T&M: A rush of citrus flavor (lemon-lime) balanced with a nice earthy hop bitterness. A bit of white pepper, maybe some fennel seed, but mostly fruit and rosemary come through on the palate. The beer is creamy but crisp, I don't feel overwhelmed with sugar or alcohol as I do with a lot of other brews of the same style. Refreshing and full of flavor (and alcohol).

I really like this -- reminds of a Smuttynose IPA, but a lot more intense both in terms of fruit, savory herbs, and alcohol. I'll definitely buy another pack of this...so well balanced with a long finish and excellent mouthfeel.

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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!

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.