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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,201
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 416
Gots: 966 | FT: 11
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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: 1,627 | Hads: 6,201
Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart to a spotty surface foam. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops, grapefruits, and lemon is extremely pleasant.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, honey, slightly tart green grapes, and a big bitterness is wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness, citrus, and alcohol.

Drinkability: this beer goes down very easy despite the high alcohol. Great flavors and a few pints will hit you quickly. (604 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. 9.4% 94 IBU's

A- Double Trouble is a very pale bright gold color that comes with a 1 inch head that's quite foamy. Some nice streaks of lace are seen on the glass as the liquid disappears.

S- The usual piney hop flavor that comes with much bitterness. The blend of hops create a very earthy nose. DT has some citrus notes including some pineapple but not pronounced. Malts are almost non existent.

T- Very bitter hops up front with obvious dry hopped qualities. DT. The hops give of a lot of piney taste and a minimal amount of ripe fruit which is what i look for in my double I's. I still do get some grapefruit which is pleasant. Not much in the way for malts as they are drowned out by the bitter nature of this beer. Alcohol is in the background lingering in the distance.

M- Medium bodied with much bitterness & not much too offset that. A bit of workout on the mouth after a big gulp. A nice amount of carbonation though. At 9.4% the alcohol is noted but does not distract. DT leaves a very slick oil feel as it glides throughout.

D- The 9.4% can't be denied and this may burn out my taste buds after a few but this is on par with many of the top tier double ipa's. More enjoyable with some food and a good counterpart to founders centennial, let's not get started on Devil Dancer as that one is all over the place.

A good addition to the Founders line-up. (1,401 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. poured light gold color with a thin white covering barely covering the top of the beer. It left moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is not surprisingly hoppy with a good amount of citrus and grapefruit flavors. It has a little sweet malt coming through as well that helps give it that sweet hoppy flavor I love in certain IPA's.

The taste is citrusy with grapefruit and a little pine. It has a nice sweet flavor that I really like in my IPA's, but also has a moderate pine bitter finish to it that helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer and it's definitely my type of IPA. I might have to add this to the regular purchase rotation. (786 characters)

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

12 oz Stubby bottle.
9.4% ABV
86 IBU's
Pours hazed, lighter golden amber, light tan head, creamy and leaves spotty bits of fine lace. Grapefruit hops in the pungent nose. Fresh and enticing to my hop loving nostrils and palate. Grapefruit, and more grapefruit on the tongue, soft and sanguine. Here is a somehow slinky, and sophisticated yet all the while hop crushing DIPA. Enjoyed every sip of this one from the talanted brewers of Founders. (444 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a 12oz tumbler. Having had this out of the bottle this should be a fun comparison.

Lemon to gold yellow body which is cloudy, sporting an absolutely nowhere to go antique white creamy head. This beer also leaves fantastic lacing in the glass.

Bouquet is a great burst of grapefruit at first and perfect sugars. It feels like sprinkled sugar on grapefruit litteraly. Wonderful aromatic hops, and a somewhat dense body, but with a fantastic soft pillow sensation in the mouth. There's a sense of carmalized sugars with this that gives way to a "sense" of cardamom spice too. Really great tasting.

Drinkability is flat out fantastic, a real great beer just got better this way. (714 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a filtered light golden amber with a frothy off white head that quickly fades to a clumpy film with streaks of lacing.

Aroma is mildly solventy with a pleasant grapefruit citrus struggling to gain the upper hand. Generally overly sweet and boozy in the nose.

Body has a strong caramel malt sweetness with a lingering, excessively dry sweet citrus finish. Thicker side of medium body with light carbonation, the net effect is an overly sweet, tangy DIPA.

A solid DIPA if you find it fresh (and don't mind some harsh booze), but nowhere near the class of this style. (611 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an Alchemist pint glass. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this bottle!

Appearance - Hazy light orange body. Not exactly an ample head, but it's there for a moment. The ring of lace around the beer grips to the glass like a great IPA should.

Smell - Citrusy goodness. Grapefruit and orange, just the way I like it. The sweetness in the back is just noticeable, but not overpowering. The overall aroma is just a hint muted, though.

Taste - Great citrus hop flavor up front and a slight hint of sweetness that lasts throughout the drink. The malt takes a backseat, but it's enough to keep it from being too extreme. The bitterness is subdued by the malt as well, but it builds as I drink the glass.

Mouthfeel - Perfect body. Drinkable to the point of gulpable. The only prevention is that lingering and slowly-building bitterness.

Overall - One of my favorite IPAs, even if slightly imperfect. Too bad I only get it every once in a while. Just shy of being one of the great IPAs, like Pliny and Heady. (1,021 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $2.50. Appears a slightly hazy gold with light lacing. The aroma has a juicy white grape with lemon and bitter orange peel. The flavor dives into grapefruit and citrus rind with a grassy, herbal undertone that lasts into the aftertaste. There's a hint of sugary bread for the malt backbone. I have to say this DIPA is surprisingly drinkable. It reminds me a little more of a strong IPA, as its big, but it doesn't have that knock-out smack of hops. (490 characters)

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

Served on tap, fresh keg, in a snifter.

A. Appears ruddy orangish with a decent foaming and stickage.

S. Smells strongly of hops. Grapefruit comes to mind.

T. At first, just stinging of hops. Grated orange zest. Some spice from the citrusy hop boquet. As it warms, a bit of clean alcohal cuts into the hop flavor. Malt is kind of overpowered here.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and zesty hops to the tongue.

D. This one drinks slow, and the alcohal is a bit hot. Still pretty good, but for some reason I liked the Centennial IPA more. True to the style though. (566 characters)

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

Pours a surprisingly bright yellow- like urinating after taking a vitamin. Wonderful aromas of pine as well as sweet malt and orange and grapefruit rind. Tastes rich and full with lots of pine and caramel malt, and very balanced. Very smooth in the mouth, if a bit thick. A very nice beer. (289 characters)

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

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a two finger bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of pine resin, apricots, grapefruit, this one is all hops. Looking for malt and I can't find it. Hop juice. Taste is bitter resinous with apricots, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit and a faint pale malt somewhere underneath all of this. Long lingering mild hop bitterness after every sip. Hop sap sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium level of bubbles and body. Great Dipa here. Could use a little bit of sweetness to counteract the blasts of hop on my palette, but great nonetheless. (608 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra acquired in a trade with OHLRangers. Thanks Ed!

Pours a hazy straw golden with a one finger head and some lacing. The head recedes quickly.

The aroma is of ripe, bitter grapefruit and pine resin. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the nose, as well as an underlying sweetness. Double Trouble is a dry, light bodied, west coast style DIPA. The high level of bitterness is reminiscent of grapefruit and pine, just like the aroma. Sweetness is very low. The alcohol is strong in the dry and bitter finish. The beer is light-medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky, oily mouthfeel. This is a pretty damn good Imperial IPA. (638 characters)

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

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a very bright, vibrant, orange-gold coloring with a fluffy, big bubbled, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are amazingly blended, with a light orange and grapefruit citrus blend mixing with a floral, wet, fresh hops aroma. This smells really friggin good. Flavors are lighter than you would expect, with a solid toasty and rich caramel backbone giving rise to a hop forward blast of tart and bitter grapefruit and spicy, wet, fresh hops. Palate is amazingly blended, and the body is smooth and light, which helps the beer to avoid becoming overpowering. Decent lacing along the glass, and this is an easy drinker. The aftertaste is smooth, with a slight touch of hops cleaned up by the citrus notes. Clean, smooth, and slightly dry finish. This is a good damn beer! (829 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in New York and brough tot Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours an exceptionally light yellow colour, with a frothy but dissipating head of pure white. Really surprisingly light, both in body and colour. Exceptionally fine carbonation forms, and although the body looks fluid, the bubbles stay in suspension for a long time. Looks surprising, but pretty good.

Nose is a joy. Lovely fresh and crisp hop characters, giving slight citric overtones to a basis of rich stonefruit aromatics. Plenty of peach and apricot stone, with characters of lemon and pine. It's so fresh, bright and enjoyable. And way, way brighter and fresher than I expect from a DIPA, especially one of this weight.

Taste is also exceptionally good. The lightness on the body is no lie, although the fact that it's so high in alcohol is a continual shock. Here we get fresh orange-flavoured hoppiness with just enough body to cushion the increasingly sharp bitterness that comes through on the back, but without giving up any of the limelight the hops so rightly deserve. It's cleansing and fresh and bright, with citric aromatics still coming through and a lightness that makes you want to drink it all night.

Wow. I can't believe just how light, fresh, aromatic and drinkable this is for 9.4% ABV. But the extra potency allows for an absolute bombardment of hoppy freshness, which gives it a intoxicatingly bright and aromatic core. An absolute joy to drink. I'm sure I've not had a more drinkable beer of this weight. (1,532 characters)

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

Poured a a light bronze color with a lasting white head. Nose is grapefruit,orange peel riding on a big malty backbone.Taste is strong on citrus with floral notes. Alcohol blends in nicely with this for 9.4 ABV. Mouthfeel is not as hoppy as some but tasty and amore complex IIPA all the way aroud due to the great malt and balance. (331 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle of Double Trouble looks without problem - a dense but sediment-free and well-polished golden complexion, the beer shines brightly and supports a respectable amount of head, a healthy chunk of which attaches itself to the glass and refuses to let go.

Many of the best DIPAs have a kind of wild herb, resiny, yet tropical character. Double Trouble fits this bill. It smells of tree bark, wet mildewy leaves, and also bright citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. At three months of age, this particular bottle has also adopted notes from its malts; fresh-baked bread and toffee squares are equally appreciable.

If you've never had a Double IPA, Double Trouble will indeed turn your world upside-down. It is not just "imperial" insofar as its over-sized hoppiness; the maltiness is gigantic too. Here the two worlds exists as one: brown sugar caramelized grapefruit, orange marmalade on crunchy toast, flower and citrus skin potpourri lit during the morning rush at a bakery.

A proper DIPA will likely numb your tastebuds. It will do so, however, in the most easing and pleasing way. This one provides all the wholesome, semi-sweet maltiness and juicy citrus satiation but does so without registering as overly astringent or having the presence of acidity that it'll split your gums open. This has an approachability and casualness that rarely befalls its style.

Cars aren't nicer to drive just because they have more horsepower. Music does not necessarily sound better if it's played louder. Likewise, beers aren't superior the stronger they are or the more loudly they're hopped. All in all, for something to the tune of 86 IBU and 9.4%, Double Trouble has the technical specs to intimidate, but it's an unusually and exceptionally well-balanced, mellow DIPA. For hopheads, the best time to visit Michigan is June through September. (1,861 characters)

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

On tap at the Institute the other day. The bar tender had just tapped the keg a few minutes beforehand, assuring that this beer was fresh and delicious.

The beer pours a light peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks exactly the way a good IPA/DIPA should. On the nose I get lots of hoppy orange citrus, which is attractive. That's really about all I get, but what's there smells very nice indeed. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose to some extent, but with noticeable pepper and pine as well. This is a very serious DIPA, and I appreciate the fact that Founders did not over do it on the malt. The sweetness and alcohol are both kept at bay in this very fine DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty decent, fairly long finish. I get a hint of alcohol at the very end, but overall drinkability is not too bad.

This is very fine DIPA from Founders; at least in my opinion, much better then the wretchedly sweet Devil Dancer they make. Other then the somewhat excessive alcohol bite in the finish, there really was nothing I didn't like about this beer. Well done. (1,116 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, my first Founder's experience. 341 ml, bottled March 5, 2010 into a tulip. Might be past it's prime.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a couple fingers of soapy white head. Tons of webbed, sticky lace. Immediately I get a whiff of this stuff, and haven't even dug my nose into this yet. Upon further olfactory investigation, I get a giant wave of pineapple, mango, orange and other tropical fruits. Solid malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol in here as well. I wanna get into this now. Hint of the malt and the hops lead the assault here, chased on its heels with a significant bitterness and a light wave of alcohol. Mostly pineapple and orange in the hops here. Wow this is solid. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-high carbonation and the drinkability is through the roof. The alcohol pops its head through at the end of every gorgeous sip, teasing me. I know it's coming, and yet can't resist another sip of this. I need another. (963 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light hued apricot body with a slight hazy hint. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles with a thin sudsy snow white head that last for a bit.

S- There is a big pineapple weed hop aroma that turns more perfumed with an interesting sweat sock quality, but in a good hoppy way. There are not many malt flavors that cut through the hops but there is a soft fusel note at the finish.

T- This beer has a full pine tar hop flavor that is very floral with a soft pale malt flavor that has a slight sweetness to it. There is a bitter hop punch at the finish that dominates and grows stronger as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol kick that grows as the beer warms.

D- The alcohol heat and the bitterness of the hops really dominate this one. There is not enough hop flavor or aroma to support the bitterness and alcohol and the malt flavor is pretty hidden. I love big hops but not when the bitterness that dandelion pungent bitterness without flavor. (1,057 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is sweet, grapefruit and pine. Barely a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. $3.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (316 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured herbal and tropical fruit.

The taste offered a complex, yet clean tropical fruit hoppiness with a soft caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and rather well balanced DIPA. (337 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden with nice bubbles. Smallish, short-lived head and not much lacing.

S: Lots of sticky, resiny hops with tropical subnotes. A little bit of fresh hay and some biscuit malts backing it up.

T: More bitter up-front than I expected, and less malt sweetness. Hop character here is earthy and herbal, with slight onion. The malts are primarily dry cracker.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter, clean finish.

O: Personally, I'm more of a sucker for west-coast, citrusy, dank piney IPAs, but this is quite well made and tasty. I wouldn't mind a little more body / sweetness. (588 characters)

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

From Al's. Kegged two weeks ago.

A: The double IPA is a bright golden amber color, very clear radiant even. A finger of white head leaves strands of lace behind, attempting to layer around the far side of the glass.

S: Citrus and pine come together in a tropical lushness. Very rich and strong, these hops have grapefruit, pine and orange zest driving them. A biscuity underbelly, not much of an attention-seeker, provides light breadiness in contrast to the hops.

T: Very big. The hops are at the forefront of each sip and never release their grip. They bring citrusy grapefruit, resins, and tropically lush fruits to the table. The flavors bring the booze, unavoidable I think, but I just powered through. The lightness, biscuity breads, do a great job of keeping the body from getting too heavy. The result is a very enjoyable drink, albeit one that one must limit to, well, one.

M: Abundant tropical fruits, the tingly bitterness, the hoppy goodness. The other night, I tried this beer blended with KBS. Sounds incredible and doesn't taste half bad. A good IPA from Founders. (1,083 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x and beerbeagle.

Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, with nice touch of citrus/pines. The taste is very nice/bitter/hoppy, little bit of malts thrown in, citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice hoppy/bitter DIPA. (397 characters)

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

Re-reviewing a fresh bottle on 1-16-11. Bottle date 12-23-10. Previous review (noted below) was about a 3 month old bottle.

A - Pale yellow colour with a slight orange tinge and a small amount of white head that disappeared quickly.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, pine. Caramel malt backbone.

T - Bitter hops up front with grapefruit, pine and a substantial malt backbone. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light carbonation.

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Original review from 3-16-10: 4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 B+ (521 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.