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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 4453
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 millertime416


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow-orange hue. Half a finger of frothy white head. You might be able to convince BMC drinkers to give it a try on appearance alone.

Smell: Very citrusy: pineapple, citrus, pine, and even some tropical fruit. A slight alcohol aroma, as the hops fade over time, but not much when it was fresh.

Taste: Crisp Bitterness, citrusy, and very little sweetness or any malt presence. A very refreshing beer, one of a few DIPAs I could drink on a hot day (this should be Founders summer release, not cerise). Very little alcohol presence.

Overall: Big-bitter-hop-bomb. The lack of any malt presence really allows this beer to showcase the hops. Definitely a top 10 IPA/DIPA. Obviously best drank fresh, but still good after a few months

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 05:17:59 | More by millertime416
Photo of SSEngelbrecht


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful golden color slightly cloudy with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving light lacing behind.

S: maybe its just me today, but I don't get much out of the smell besides a light herbal / floral aroma

T: The taste is an explosion of spicy hops with bitter herbal finish. In the background you can taste the caramel malt back bone and nice citrus notes.

M: The mouthfeel is much heavier than I expected with a wonderful body that feels good going down.

O: I didn't care for my first bottle of Double Trouble, and I figured the bottles must have been mis-handled or otherwise mistreated. I waited a couple of weeks before trying another, and I'm sure glad I did. It is really nice with an interesting and unique flavor. It is well balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:16:00 | More by SSEngelbrecht
Photo of avocadoz


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Porter in Little Five Points, Atlanta.
Pours a bright gold and smells of grapefruit. Very hoppy.. but not over powering for a 9.4% brew.

Very little head and great drinkability. Switched up plenty on this night, but could have easily stuck with this great beer al evening.

Excellent offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 03:07:46 | More by avocadoz
Photo of ArrogantJaron


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 10 oz snifter.

A- pours a sweet, golden brown! A slight haziness that appears to almost be sediment. Low, pretty head with good lacing that has staying power!

S- Dominated by heavy grapefruit! Past this mostly booziness! I've read other reviews that get into a lot more detail. I just can't get anything else out of it!

T- Very bitter to start! The malts are sweet at first and follow that with the citrus flavors ( lime and grapefruit). It finishes With citrus bitter hops that, honestly, leave me wanting more. It's hard to describe, but I would say it is a dirty flavor the beer leaves you with. In spite of this, when the you take a deep chug of it, that terrible aftertaste is not so dominant!

M- Again I have to put this down as dirty! Just not a clean or smooth flavor!

D- Now here's something funny, the bigger the gulps you take, the better this nbeer tastes! Not good for sipping but great for tearing through. The only problem with this is the 10% ABV, you can't keep up that pace very long!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 03:04:33 | More by ArrogantJaron
Photo of Skitowneric


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Begian tulip glass.

Dark yellow to orange. Catches light for a very nice bright colorful look. Small white head. Not very good head retention.

Smells like tangerine to tropical fruit.

Big mouthfeel. Sweet and thick when it hits the tongue and then it finishes with a great bitter kick.

Super drinkable for a 9%+ abv beer. Very well balanced for its style.

This is normally the first beer that I order when I visit their taproom.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:36:03 | More by Skitowneric
Photo of swanny28


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ahh double trouble i find the time to review you only after 1 am like all of my good reviews....

A: nice golden color a vigerous pour leaving a couple finger head quick to disapear...

S: redunkulous smell exploding from the bottle like mt vesuvius poping for the first time that i know will haunt my dreams tonight. (citrus grapefruit .. you know the drill on an awesome ipa)

T: very smooth: after having the pliny last week the booze is more up front in this beer. the pliny floated down like a slip and slide when you were 8 years old.. so smooth. this guy the taste was all there.... bam! up front... lots of floral pine grapefruit....but i loved it!

M: its like finding a lost puppy... releaved you found it and you don't want to let it go....

O: loved it: wish it was a 6er year round beer... I'll find you next year double trouble...

beers i've had like it:
pliny.. way smoother
hopslam.. its own monster
double jack.. bottom of the 4 but interesting (give it a try)...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 06:26:22 | More by swanny28
Photo of bdo894


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smelled like a grapefruit when I cracked it open. Maybe some apples and some daisies as well.
It has about medium head.
When I tasted it it also tasted very grapefruity, less hoppy then expected but still with enough for my liking.
Very smooth mouthfeel goes down real easy, so I think it's probably a good session beer for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:28:10 | More by bdo894
Photo of crazyfraser

4.98/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance a little cloudy goldy, i was hoping for a slightly darker brew for the ABV. the only reason i gave it a 4.5

Smell definitely hopy, grape-fruity, citrus y, a hint of boozyness

Taste just your classic double IPA, the difference between this and others is you can taste the quality, I taste the hops right off the bat. goes down smooth. I best describe it by saying it taste like grapefruit. yummy.. would never guess this has a high ABV..

Mouthfeel smooth, a little bubbly,

Overall an amazing brew, will drink again, will reccomend, in fact Im getting up to grab a cold one now.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 23:56:14 | More by crazyfraser
Photo of Wukk


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Double Trouble's scent rises out of the bottle immediately after the cap is removed. Pouring it, into a snifter in this case, only further released the citrusy/hoppy/piny sensation. It's a beautiful golden amber color. I've been waiting to drink this a few days now, and it did not disappoint. Huge hops--malts come through, but don't touch the hoppy bitterness of the brew.

Delicious. Founders can really do no wrong, especially with these rotating beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:07:59 | More by Wukk
Photo of MKEHophead


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

Bottle poured into Snifter

Appearance - Beautiful Golden/solid copper color, nice head that disipates in about a minute.

Smell - Citrus, Apricot, pineapple and pine aromas, a very pleasant fresh aroma.

Taste - Lots of apricot and citrus. This beer has very well balanced hops. Maybe because it isn't overly bitter since it is brewed to 86 IBUs. A dangerous beer due to such a smooth/ crisp/light dry taste that you hardly notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Sharp carbonation at the beginning with a nice fruity, apricot/pineapple, and citrus taste that lingers for a good 25 to 30 seconds. As the beer warms up you can taste the toasty caramel flavor that really stands out.

Drinkability - Really enjoyed the experience of this beer. A real pleasure to drink due to the fresh aromas and well balanced flavors. I had to restrain myself from drinking this too quickly because of all of the nice fruit flavors and smooth crispness of this brew. Very well balanced and smooth for a DIPA. It does not have the hop intensity or as rich and complex flavors as some DIPAs, but that's not all bad. The balance of the fruit and hops makes this a worthy DIPA. Definitely look forward to having future sessions with this beer and sharing with family/friends who enjoy Big IPAs!!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:38:35 | More by MKEHophead
Photo of Jslay77

South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Born on date about 1 month ago.

Pours a wonderful golden - orange with a slight haze. The head diminished fast leaving lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity and spice

Taste is dead on for the style although with the ABV I expected something sweeter. Great hop bomb with a lingering bitterness that isn't too harsh. A bit thick for my taste but true to style.

Overall another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 21:20:20 | More by Jslay77
Photo of DogfishJoe


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Little to no head. Golden yellow transparent color. Great lacing.

A. This is where this beer definately shines. A couple stirs and this beer is a citrusy hop bomb. Sweet then grapefruit.

T. Starts off with a slight bitterness then a nice malt followed by a long lasting hop bitterness, making you want another sip.

O. This is an ok beer. Definately easy to drink and chug down. Alcohol is not their at all. Price is the only thing holding this back. Their are 6 packs out their with just as good taste that cost less.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:30:27 | More by DogfishJoe
Photo of hailyeast


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- straw medium deep golden with very thin head. Poured into a shaker pint.
S-grape fruit, pine, fresh hops
T- orange and grapefruit, spicy, earthy.not an expert but imo it seems like chinook and columbus hops. Very dry. High ibus and or sugar addition.
M- dry, high carbed
O- like this beer a lot. I look forward to its release if you can find it try hopslam by bells brewery nothing like it and best dpia imo, also try lake erie onster by great lakes brewing co.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:25:04 | More by hailyeast
Photo of troegaarden


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Poured vigorously into the glass with the result being a very present, off-white head which quickly subsides. There's a nice 1/2 a finger head retention throughout after it subsides. The brew is a very deep, almost Tootsie Pop orange in color.

S: The aroma is definitely very hop-forward with this beer. Definitely something you could expect with a double IPA. The hops are pretty astringent in the nose. Also, the hop character is very citrusy in nature with this beer.

T: Big hop presence in how it tastes with a big malty background as well. I think that the hops definitely dominate this beer, but you can still taste the malt going on in the background. This beer finishes rather dry and the hops linger slightly on the tongue. I get a little Pine along with some citrusy fruitiness.

M: The mouthfeel is generally smooth, although the hops disrupt this a little bit.

O: This beer is definitely a solid DIPA. Very tasty and hoppy as you could expect from Founder's Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:48:03 | More by troegaarden
Photo of Payso10


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smells of grapefruit and slightly citrus. has an opaque goldenrod color to it with almost no head. the taste is smooth for 9.40%ABV with no alcohol presence. there is a lot of citrus in the flavor and would be a great complement to any spicy dish. would have many more as long as it is available.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:36:54 | More by Payso10
Photo of EddieSTL


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper, brilliantly clear. Small white head, disapates quickly.

S - Big piney hops, no malt or caramel

T - Massive piney, spicy hops. Slight alcohol. No caramel or other malt flavors.

MF - Light body, briskly carbonated.

D - Moderate, good for a big IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 22:35:19 | More by EddieSTL
Photo of PorterForMe


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light hazy gold. Produced a half-finger head with no retention, but the lacing is fairly solid.

S: Awesome citrus hops and sweet caramel malt and some alcohol. Yum.

T: Very nice. Leads with bountiful citrus hops followed by lingering sweet caramel malt and slow, but steady piney hop aftertaste with faint alcohol. The balance and progression of flavors is great.

M: A little lighter bodied than I was expecting, but the carbonation is appropriate. A tad sticky on the palate, but it is a DIPA.

O: This is a nice American DIPA. The taste trumps minor issues. I'll be having a few more of these down the road...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:41:51 | More by PorterForMe
Photo of Synergy87


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

Bottled date: 1/6/12

My first review, so bare with me.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A: Appears golden, unable to see through the golden color, decent head and lacing

S: Citrusy, tropical fruits, tangerines

M: Not bad, a step above the average beer's mouthfeel but nothing to write home about

T: TANGERINES! Literally tastes like tangerines, with a hoppy grapefruit like finish, pineapple as well?

O: This is a new favorite for IIPA's, while this may be my first review on BA, I have been trying every IIPA I can get my hands on and review them off the record, but I finally decided it is time! I'd highly recommend this beer especially if you don't mind your IIPA's to have that tangerine, grapefruit like flavor. The malt in my mind is very subtle, but with this beer style, I think that is fairly normal. Either way, this is a solid 4.5 beer in my book, can't wait to have another. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:27:20 | More by Synergy87
Photo of Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH modified Tulip.
Pours a hazy copper/orange with about an inch of white foam.

The nose is the first indication that this is a solid brew, sweet citrus with a strong hop presence...by now my mouth is watering...time to drink!

Double Trouble absolutely showcases what I love about Double IPAs , strong bold flavor! I get notes of pineapple , grapefruit and oranges, layered with a perfect balance of hop bitterness. The 9.4 abv is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is perfect carbonation, a juicy resinous feel with the finish of dry bitterness, as if you licked an aspirin.(sounds weird, but best description I could think of...I like it!)

Overall, this is easily one of my favorite beers. The 2013 release blew previous years away in my opinion. Up beside over DIPAs, DT stands strong! I'm thinking that 9.4 abv is the magic number, I like this as much as Stone's Enjoy by and Great lakes Alchemy hour...both also 9.4.
Hats off to Founders, great brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 14:38:25 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
Photo of RenownedHack


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this sucker into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Looked at the label, at the pour, and said to myself, "This here's a sippin' beer." I have no idea why. I spent a lot of time in the company of an uncle from rural KY today, so my internal monologue may have been affected.

A: It looks right dashing, if I do say so myself. Pale amber in hue, Around a finger and a half of head which is slow to dissipate. There are light bubbles still coming to the surface, but nothing in abundance.

S: My first thought with the smell was, "Holy fruit, Batman!" I don't know what's wrong with me today. Anyway, yes, quite fruity. We're talking orange. It really brings to mind those Cubies that are apparently oranges or tangerines for kids. Sweet and citrusy. Definitely pine chilling out in there, too, and the nose is resplendent with hops.

T: The balance in this is where the taste finds its top attribute. There is a lot going on here, really, but the immediate taste upfront, a real powerful treat for the tastebuds, doesn't linger so long on the palate. A bit of grapefruit lingers, but the hops are with you immediately. Wonderful taste, wonderful balance, and the aftertaste is hoppy, but not especially jarring. I expected more aftertaste, to be quite honest. With the power of the flavor the moment it hits your taste buds, you'll know what I'm talking about.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and surprisingly smooth.

O: I would pick this up again in a heartbeat. Nicely balanced taste, wonderful hops, and enormous drinkability. Well worth your while.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 02:30:59 | More by RenownedHack
Photo of ScottieD


4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle straight into a Lagunitas Large Mouth Glass.

A--Pours a golden orange color with a 1 finger white frothy head.

S--Faint citrus, floral, and dry hop aromas, but nothing overwhelming. The citrus stands out most.

T--Slightly grassy and bit citrusy at the onset with a dry, fairly bitter finish that lingers. As was stated in previous reviews, it is not at all boozy, so very nice to drink. Left me coming back again and again.

O--A really nice Imperial IPA by a phenomenal brewer. I really enjoy the balance of the beer, as the alcohol never overwhelms it. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:36:59 | More by ScottieD
Photo of jhamp9


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden orange pour with a white head that fades down to a ring.

Huge citrus aroma. Grapefruit and orange are prominent. There is some honey and malt sweetness in there. Really nice aroma.

Taste is strong grapefruit and citrus rind. Slight herbal notes. There is subtle sweetness but the bitterness takes over, not in a bad way. Bitterness lasts.

Initially slick on the palate, but ends very dry. Slight alcohol warmth.

Really nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 02:08:16 | More by jhamp9
Photo of eaglefreak


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Goose Island IPA glass. Produced a nice, thick creamy head that hung around a while. The hops smelled of citrus and pine, tasted the same. This beer was very smooth and balanced. Could not believe the alcohol was 9.4%, very deceiving. Would drink a few of these and not think twice. Very nice Imperial IPA from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 03:11:59 | More by eaglefreak
Photo of CountLupulus


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Shockingly pale for an IPA, Double Trouble reads like a summerglow of bee's honey. It pours a pillowy, voluptuous head that crumples and tracks a tenacious trail of lacing: a strong confirmation of what will prove a well-hopped brew.

Smell: A dense, low cloud of pine clings close to the surface, distinguishing its more secretive aura from that of the loud, classic, highly-diffused American IPA aroma. You've really got to put your nose in this one to glean its brimming, potent core.

Taste: Bright, sharp, lingering grapefruit, which hangs high in the back of the mouth, but doesn't drag like the classic bitter of a heavy early-wort hopping. Gives ample room for the spacious light malt that keeps the whole thing buoyant and balances those swift ripping hops. A nip of Double Trouble will keep the mouth refreshed for as long as it pleases before that next tug, and it stays as clean and vibrant as the instant it first went down. A really fine phenomenon if you're taking it slow.

Mouthfeel: Keeps its head but doesn't swell with a sudsy slosh.

Drinkability: Sailors declare "pan pan" not long before they cry "mayday mayday" as the ship goes down. Be sure to have a steady, studied colleague keeping you in check as you imbibe this sneaky and irascible brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:50:37 | More by CountLupulus
Photo of m2paulun


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden/butterscotch color. A one-inch foamy, white head appears that sticks around. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Strong citrus aroma. Smells like there could be some pineapple mixed in with grapefruit. Sweet malts in the back.

T - Great balance of hops and malts. Strong citrus hops up front with a little less sweet caramel malt in the back.

M - Good carbonation with a dry finish.

D - Very easy to drink more than one, but watch out because they sneak up on you fast.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 21:36:26 | More by m2paulun
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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