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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,439 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,439
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 346
Gots: 628 | FT: 9
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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3.25/5  rDev -23%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

Time for another taste o' the Double Trouble. This time, it pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, leeks, light caramel, and light honey. The taste holds notes of pine, yellow grapefruit, light leek, and very light caramel. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a fine DIPA, but it's very one-sided in favor of dry hops. Generally speaking this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does get pretty tiresome and boring after a while.

TMoney2591, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Hazy pale yellow orange, drippy arcs of broken lace at the edge, a finger of head appears with a swirl. Pungent and funky hop nose, slightly earthy, catty, resinous, with notes of grapefruit and juicy citrus. An aroma you can't get enough of...

Lush citrus in the front, strong hop character, with a drying piney bitterness lingering on the back end. Seems to last forever, as if chewing on a fresh grapefruit rind. Fairly full bodied, verging on syrupy, but it dries out quickly in the end. Very tasty, a strong midwest contender in the DIPA arms race.

emerge077, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle from Dyan. Thanks!

Burnished gold in the glass with a moderate haze. The first pour leaves me with a small frothy white cap, which in time recedes to a thick collar. It's a hearty looking ale.

Grapefruit is strong on the nose; flesh, peel and zest. There's a touch of orange to it as well, hints of pine, whispers of candy sweetness.

Flavors of grapefruit and pine fill the mouth upon first sip, and they're chased by a light malty sweetness, a touch of solventy alcohol and ultimately a sharp resiny bitterness. It's not an entirely dry beer, even in the finish, though it's not sweet either. Medium in body, it has a pleasant lightness to it for the hefty alcohol content. This is very good, not quite in the upper-eschelon of DIPAs, but highly enjoyable all the same.

largadeer, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with orange highlights. It had a bubbly, white, one-finger head of foam that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of fresh pine and sweet citrus. There was a mild roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of pine, bubblegum and citrus. There was a sharp burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and a little fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding DIPA. It was really easy-drinking and I almost didn't notice the potency of this brew.

zeff80, May 31, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

12oz bottle, from a trade with Michigan-proximate Roke87...

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow colour, with a half finger of thin soapy off-white head, which produces some random streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, mildly sour bready malt, and a bit of soft menthol-like alcohol. The taste is strong, bitter pine hops, a bit of tangy mustiness, caramel cream, and a slight rising booze warmth. The carbonation is apparent, but quite soft, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but smooth overall. It finishes off-dry - cubed, the malt stepping up against the latent bitter pine hop strength.

A pretty decent DIPA, the hops definitely represented, in a non-left-coast manner, and balanced well enough. 86 IBUs? Sure. 9.4% ABV? Could have fooled me - oh, wait, it did.

biboergosum, Jul 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Founder's Double Trouble pours a hazy golden body with gleeming yellow highlights at the base of the glass. Chunks of yeast are clearly present, indicating that it's unfiltered (or at least only partially filtered) and possibly bottle conditioned. The fine-bubbled, gently zesty and then silky-creamy mouthfeel does seem to indicate that. Anyway, the frothy white head rises high above the body and then very slowly receeds into a finger thick, creamy cap. Beyond that, after a few sips, it still holds a solid head, and leaves walls of solid lacing about the glass.

The nose is grapefruit-like, and pretty much only that. It's chalky-rind city, backed by some gently-sweet and gently tart juice. Only a very modest amount of malt gets through.

The flavor pretty much follows suit except that it's kind of reversed - it's much more juicy sweet and tart grapefruit juice upfront - with less chalky rind, and a good dollop of straightforward golden maltiness clearly comes through. As you progress it becomes more pineapple like! It's one helluva mouthfull of flavor! It finishes with a spritz of citric acidity, followed by some grapefruit flavor and more maltiness as it dries, and then the wide, bold, raspy bitterness rises up steadily, leaving everything else left behind in its wake. Interestingly enough, it doesn't remain bitter. I guess the juiciness cuts through to refresh the palate (and probably the alcohol to a certain extent), and I find it really well-balanced given that it's a massive citrus-hop bomb. What is this, by the way? Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade? I dunno. I don't care. Some alcohol does show though, and it becomes more apparent as it warms. Overall, however, I don't think it really stands out too much, or is inappropriate in any way given the style.

As far as drinkability goes, it's hampered by two things and a kind of a third: #1, it's a pretty massive beer that will knock down your palate, and then you, with its 9.4% abv! Two's probably the limit for this baby. #2, it's an amazingly flavorful grapefruit and pineapple flavored beer that, unfortunately becomes less interesting after the first glass. Which leads us to #3, there's just not enough complexity here - although I will also say that I don't really think there needs to be, or even CAN be. It is what it is, and it's great as it is, and it doesn't have to be really drinkable in terms of volume. I REALLY enjoyed just one, and that's part of drinkability. I won't have another, but I will certainly look forward to my next one.

For hop fans, you've got to go get this one!

NeroFiddled, May 26, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jason, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out a strong burst of fruity citrus sweetness and another strong burst of hops bitterness that complement each other well. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and it allows the hoppy and sweet flavors to be more intense. Likewise the after-taste is sweet and hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, even though I've had better 2IPA's this is still a really good beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 05, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hop allergies be damned!

Pours nicely. Foggy yellow orange with a thick creme head that leaves a very thick lacing on the way down. Nose is tangy citrus with heavy pine tones. Flavor is extremely smooth. Extremely. There is still a bite of pine and hop tones with fairly strong bitter aftertastes and a slight salty thing in the back of my mouth. But like I said, it is really easy to swig this one down. Feel is smooth on liquid, carbonation is lower. I can dig this. A bit acidic and biting, but in the right ways.

RblWthACoz, Mar 25, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -14%

A - Golden copper colored body with good clarity. One finger of foam on top that settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Nice, citrus and pine hop aromas; very resiny. Some sweet malt and light caramel underneath, but hops dominate.

T - Strong, spicy hops up front with a distinct pine character. A lot of malt sweetness is trying to balance out the hop flavors, but fails as a strong, harsh and soapy bitterness comes out in the finish. Somewhat acrid aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish with lingering astringency from the hops.

D - This beer begins with a lot of potential, great hop aroma and initial hop flavor, but the harsh bitterness ruins it for me. It has very nice hop aroma that is almost on the level of Hopslam, but the acrid bitterness reminds me of Ruination. There is a lot of malt in there trying to balance the beer, but the heavy handed bitterness all but obliterates any sweetness. If you like extreme, harshly bitter beers, this might be nice, but I prefer hop character and for me the excessive bitterness makes this an unbalanced beer that I will not drink again.

nickfl, May 12, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

I poured this one into my Piraat chalice nice bronze copper hue large bright white head forms nice even intricate lacing around the sides of my chalice. Great stuff slightly hazed body with tiny yeast and hop particles suspended.

Smells like straight up sugar coated grapefruit, with some green onion notes really fresh and lively hop character. No booziness makes it's way in, just a nice little hop bomb released about the same time as Nugget Nectar and HopSlam. I bought all three last night, each of these brews are unique in their own way.

Upfront raw bitterness definitely has grapefruit pith and a touch of skunk weed. Hop burps after the first couple sips actually singe my nose hairs. A very nice hoppy effort which is way more drinkable than Devil Dancer.

Hop oils reign supreme on the palate, along with super abrasive raw hop bitterness in the finish. Hey it's a double IPA what did you expect, medium to fuller bodied solid sturdy carbonation that carries the body well.

One at a time this one could send you into sensory overload, great stuff but it's perfect to purchase by the four pack. One suggestion for Founders would be to take a step in their own direction with hops, the make a Centennial IPA and Bell's Two Hearted is straight Centennials. This brew is being released alongside HopSlam, it's two much of a MacDonald's vs BK, or Coke vs Pepsi copy cat competition on a mini scale.

WVbeergeek, Jan 25, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with 2 1/2 fingers of brite-white head. Retains with nearly a 1/2 finger of smooth and creamy looking retention that has a fantastic flareup when swirled, leaving back some great looking spotty lacing that sticks like glue. The aroma is just LUSH smelling with tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. There are also surrounding notes of floral, herbal, and spicy hops, as well as some additional sweet tones of bread and caramel in the nose.

The taste is a spicy and tingling hop bitterness up front that is nicely balanced by fresh feeling citrus and bready caramel malt sweetness. Finshes very dry, bitter, and warming on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and creamy carbonation in the mouth and a nice feeling underlying slickness that helps this glide across the palette. Unfortunately, I'm also picking up a little too much of the nearly 10% ABV in this. It lessens somewhat as it warms but this combines with the present bitterness to give off a bit of a sting at times, which unfortunately hurt the drinkibility some for me.

It's good to see Founders releasing a DIPA in bottles and this one brings the thunder, with a big time fresh tasting mix of hops and citrus. A touch too hot maybe but I still really enjoyed this. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Kegatron, Feb 13, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Cheers to jwc215, thanks Joe!

Pours a slightly hazed honey with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Great effervescence to the end, good lacing & & head retention

S: Piney & rindy hops, plus breadyness, plus some booze presence

T: Lemons, pineapples, honey malt; then a sledge hammer of grapefruit, dryness & pine up front. Grapefruit & leafy hops, biscuitty malt & pine needles are all there as this warms. Finishes slightly honey sweet, bready & then much herbal & piney hops & a touch of booze; nothing I can really find fault with here...

MF: Semi-chewy, then creamyness, great balance for the style, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, but you're well aware you are imbibing in a serious DIPA here. Well done Founders, I sure hope I see in my neck of the woods soon ( since Founders is planning on Mizzou distribution soon ) !!

russpowell, May 15, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Picked up some of these on a recent shopping trip. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One finger of yellow-tinged cream foam that dissolves slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Largely opaque peach color with a few tiny bubbles lazily rising to the top of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hoppiness - lots of lemon zest and grapefruit. There's a good amount of malt backbone as well that prevents the smell from becoming unbalanced. The smell isn't huge, but it's quite enjoyable.

T - Hoppy. Bitter. We're not in Devil Dancer territory, but this is one of the more potent DIPAs I've tried. There's a fair it of citrus and malt sweetness that shows up mid-palate, but never at the expense of the hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is also unsurprisingly bitter. This should satisfy all be the most hardcore hop-heads.

M - There's quite a bit of carbonation tingle. The beer itself has a good medium body and leaves the expected resinous after-feel. The carbonation makes it a little gritty and dry and less smooth than I prefer.

D - The ABV is very well hidden, but the carbonation gets to me a little. Also, the pervasive bitterness is a little exhausting. I'd be up for two bottles, but that's about it.

Another winner from Founders. These guys can do no wrong.

MasterSki, Feb 04, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

Brilliant, bright amber/golden appearance, nearly orange, with a lovely, lace-leaving, long-lasting cap of snowy foam above.

Lime and orange peel aromatics, some lemon, pine, very fresh and lively. very vibrant, buzzing with hoppitude.

Taste: more of the same and then some. Simply delicious. Medium bodied, non-stop hop bitterness delivered on the palate, awash with citrus fruits, and pine needle. Brisk and bitter, zesty and refreshing, as well.

The high alcohol content is well hidden, doesn't reveal itself at all in the taste, until you get near the end. Then it quietly reveals itself, but never becomes a deterrent to drinking. For the first glass, at least.

One of the most balanced, elegant, and profoundly enjoyable Double IPAs I've ever had, and more proof of Founders' incredible winning streak.

feloniousmonk, May 18, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -4%

I picked this up at the Drafting room, shared w/ carlos and evets on separate occasions. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A light amber/straw golden hued ale w/ 1/4 inch of white cap that leaves sticky lace. The light color is slightly out of the ordinary for Double IPA's and I like it. It has a crescent moon for head and the clarity is lightly hazed w/ minute bubbles

S - Sweet + crisp w/ grapefruit scent high in the aroma w/ moderate scent of alcohol. The nose warns of pine cone type hops w/ yeasty esters which are fruity

M - the feel is sweet upfront w/ moderate bitterness apropos to style w/ med high acidity and bitterness. The texture stays sweet and has a warming finish w/ residual smooth resinous note with the bitterness lasting

T - A light sweet crystal tinged malt mixed w/ grapefruit and pine upfront w/ acidity and mild malt in the taste w/ light alcohol taste increasing as it warms w/ gentle dry malt flavors. The citrus and herbal hops bring the bitter intensity to this flavor w/ a gentle pine cone accent and mild grassiness. A nice warmth of alcohol and mild sweet light malt w/ an intensely bitter strong finish

D - Not the most drinkable DIpa, but certainly delivers the hops in an extreme way no question. It goes big or goes home. A great IIPA just very tasty and fits the west coast style well.

Slatetank, May 13, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

I glanced at some of the reviews of this beer and I'm slightly confused. This beer is well balanced, a great sipping DIPA with aggressive hops but not a malt bomb. This is not only a great example of the style but this is seems to me to be the kind of DIPA everyone claims they WISH someone would make. Good job founders, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Beer is poured from a bottle without a date on it into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear and appears to be thin. There is not significant haze as there often is with this style. Head is white and diffuse. Carbonation is moderate, there is only a little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops and bitterness. Hops are likely amarillo hops due to the citrus and pineapple flavors I detect. Something close at least. I can't pick up on much sweetness either from malt or from alcohol which is surprising but welcomed.

Beer finishes dry (probably the alcohol) but it doesn't really affect the flavor that much. Overall the body is thin for a DIPA and its not sweet (too much). Its mostly bright and bitter with nice hop flavors of strong grapefruit and lemon in the midpalate. I really enjoyed this beer. If there were more connectivity and less dryness at the end I think it could really be a top 10 DIPA.

Also, I love the label art.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%

a great big ipa, just how we like em. pours a dead sexy radiant honey color with a puffy white head, lasting, and maybe two inches tall. its got just the slightest haze to it, with mellow rising bubbles backlit by a setting Adirondack sun. ahhh. the nose is real hoppy, oily and dank, definitely in the west coast mold. some citrus notes, but also some more traditional bittering stuff, and some high alpha varietals too. medium pale and crystal malt middle, enough body and back bone, but gentle enough to lets the hops do the talking, or should I say screaming. this is an aggressive brew, bold and bitter, crisply refreshing for its size, but still sticky in the mouth, sappy, huge. alcohol is obvious but not unpleasant, just a reminder of the power of this beer, and that I probably shouldn't have more than a pint. great carbonation, this drinks pretty easy for what it is. founders has gotten the hops dialed lately, and this beer is a real testament to that, just a real well done example of the style.

StonedTrippin, Aug 24, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Got this as an extra from sbricker, which is available here, but the come to find I've never reviewed it. Bottled on 12/29, so only a few weeks old.

Pours a huge 2+ finger fluffy head that fades pretty slowly with a bit of lacing, reinforced by lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the SA perfect pint glass, with a very clear golden wheat colored beer.

Nose explodes with fresh hops, lots of fresh musty hop resins, some citrus and tropical fruit hops, a bit of pine, some light fruits, slightest bit of sweet malts under it all.

Taste starts pretty bitter, again hammering with fresh hop resins and musty wet hop tastes but not super oily or sticky (lack of oils probably helps the long thick head), some pine, bit of citrus, slight hop fruits, slight earthy taste as well. A light sweet malty backbone that is overpowered by the fresh hops, but gives it something to launch from. A slight pear taste. The musty hop taste dominates all, and long into the finish, which dries a bit and adds to the heavy bitterness. Still no real booze taste. Well... I finally got some light warming booze very late on the finish as it warms and the hops saturate on my palate.

Mouth is medium bodied, frothy and lots of carbonation, a little over carbonated in fact.

Drink is decent, quite a bit of bitterness, especially on the finish, dries a bit on the finish, but drinks much easier than 9.4%. A slight malt backbone helps balance the heavy hops as well.

jlindros, Jan 21, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4%

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I've had this on tap a couple times. Tasty, strong, and a bit citrusy. Pours slightly hazy orange-gold with a nice white head that recedes a bit. Pine and grapefruity citrus in the nose. Pine and grass in the taste, with citrus and bitter hops following shortly after, and a mild malt backdrop. Mostly dry finish, with a twinge of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, and an overall pleasantly drinkable IPA.

Rifugium, May 06, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden light amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy, thick, off white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves just a thin layer.

Smell: A fruity hop bitterness hits the nose right away. At the end I'm picking up some sweetness from the malt as well, but the hops dominate.

Taste: The taste isn't as sweet or fruity as the smell. Quite bitter from the hops, the citrus peel bitterness coats the tongue. There is some sweetness with some fruity and floral notes as well. I am picking up a bit of alcohol in the finish, but it doesn't seem out of place.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. The beer sticks to your tongue and the finish is very mildly dry and perhaps a bit slick. A good amount of carbonation, bubbles are fairly delicate.

Overall: This is a very good Double IPA. The smell is slightly better than the taste. The bitterness wears your tongue out, and it's hard to tell what else is going on. I know it's a double IPA, so it should be really bitter, but I'm just nitpicking.

oline73, Apr 07, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It's quite bitter with some bready notes. The hops are present in the nose, but the malts go a long way in hiding the overall aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter hop punch up front with a bisquity finish. The hop flavor is quite good. It's piney up front with some light citrus notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's not your typical west coast version, but rather a more balanced and complex variety.

WesWes, Mar 23, 2010
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,439 ratings.