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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,653 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,653
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 350
Gots: 691 | FT: 10
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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, pine, and orange.

t - Tastes of citrus and piney hops. Decent amount of bitterness.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - A pretty good IPA. I enjoyed the pine and citrus hops smell and taste, and it had some nice bitterness. Something I'm sure I'll have again.
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Edit: 01/14/12. Haven't has this in over a year and a half but liking this a lot better. Bumping the overall up to a 4.5.

mdfb79, May 12, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MarkyMOD, May 27, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending me a handful of these beers back in January. This beer was drank fresh, it just took me a while to enter the review.

The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The beer is hazy in appearance.

The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a ton of mango as well as some oranges and apricots. One of the more fruit smelling IPAs I have tried.

The flavor is heavy on the bitter mango and papaya. I also get some orange and pineapple notes as well as a little bit of bread from the malt. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This definitely lived up to the hype. One of the best Double IPAs I have ever tried.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin creamy white head that is well-retained. Lacing sticks.

The smell is piney, herbal, citric/tropical with some caramel.

The taste is of pine and citrus - grapefruit and tropical fruits. It has a rounding caramel sweetness in the finish, along with some rum-like fruity alcohol. It shows the 86 IBU's, but so well-rounded that the bitterness doesn't linger. It has a nice, dry finish.

It is full-bodied without being too thick. Carbonation level is just right to keep it smooth.

Very drinkable, especially for the abv/intensity. This is appropriately named, as I would be in "double trouble" if I drank this as a "session" brew. This is the kind of DIPA I like!

jwc215, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow in color (almost straw). It's very cloudy. Good moderate head that lasts a very long time. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Strong pineapple hop aroma. In the background is an earthiness that I wasn't expecting. I find it eerily similar to fresh body odor.

Very bitter with a decently rich body. The carbonation is also high. The malty beginning portion is relatively benign. The hop is the story--it completely dominates the swallow and the aftertaste, which goes on seemingly forever. Although the taste does not reflect the smell, it's hard to ignore on the initial taste.

smcolw, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

86 IBUs. 9.4% ABV. Bottled 03/08/2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which I'm liking more and more.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of smooth fluffy soft creamy goodness, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour of the body is a pretty dull uninspired semitransparent dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hop-dominant, with heavy floral character, some light citrus, and emergent bitterness. Clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, with good rounded floral character concealing the bitterness nicely. Clean malts form the foundation. Some underlying cream. Light citrus, maybe even hints of pine. Pleasant to drink. Refreshing. Nicely balanced, if simple. Built well for an IPA; these brewers know that brewing IPAs is not a dicksizing competition to see who can use more hops. I like it, though its simplicity holds it back. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too much so on both counts. Dries slightly in the third act, a nice effect that encourages the next sip. Adequate carbonation. A bit too thick.

Dr: A drinkable little IPA. It's not horribly complex or unique, but it'll satisfy any IPA fan's needs. I like it. Hides its ABV very well; I'd guess it's 5.4% if I didn't know the true figure. Another solid brew from Founders, but nothing truly great.

Would pair well with spicy food.

Low B-

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Additional truncated notes from a bottle I'm drinking on 09/07/13:

A: 3 finger head of white colour. Fluffy. Nice thickness and creaminess. Inconsistent sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of above average vibrance. Overall, it's a bit paler than most imperial IPAs. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Lots of bursting hop character: floral, piney, nectary, and citrusy. Orange peel, a bit of grapefruit. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Peach, mango, maybe apricot? Any bitterness seems nicely tamed. A bit resinous. Some might call it dank. A pleasant clean aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-flavours.

T: Flirts with that stale orange juice note that plagues so many IPAs; I'm not a fan of that at all. Some orange citrus, a dash of grapefruit. Light oily hops. Floral hop character. Pilsner malts provide a more reticent foundation than most imperial IPAs feature. Pale malts lend it some additional body. Resinous. A bit too much bitterness does come through. Oniony - especially on the climax. Balance isn't ideal by any means. There's complexity here, but not much subtlety.

I do notice the alcohol.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent body. Nice presence on the palate. Approachable. Sticky.

Dr: I may have actually enjoyed this more the first time I reviewed it. The alcohol is more evident than I'd remembered and the balance is worse. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends, but I think it's just my personal taste. It's an imperial IPA that will please many fans of the style.

C+

kojevergas, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

oriolesfan4, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Gavage, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light clouded orange colored pour. 1/2 inch head with decent staying power and decent lace markings.

Smell- Nice fruity hop aroma and light caramel notes from the malt.

Taste- Very easy drinking. Very mellow and well rounded with a nice fruity and mid range bitter hop kick...nice toasted caramel base as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and slightly silky with a sharp but brisk carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not in the top tier of DIPA's, but a nice flavorful brew that could be considered sessionable for it's easy drinking ability.

GClarkage, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5.2%

drewone, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I know that I keep saying that I am trying to divest myself of bottles, but when I was over at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on Wednesday following a doctor's appointment for swollen ankles, I needed one to fill out a mixed six and amazingly, I have not reviewed this previously.

My aggro pour not only caused a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention, but it released a lot of esters. So much so that my eyes watered briefly and I even sneezed! In the interim, the head began to fall, leaving sticky acing in its wake. I would need a jackhammer later to remove all of it. Color was reminiscent of the old television show, Solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity! This, of course, brought forth the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Croesus and Midas, all clamoring for some of my gelt. I went for a deeper sniff instead and found the nose to be a combination of pine tar and caramel, but in a very nice way. Mouthfeel was dense and heavy, like a dollop on the tongue. It came with a boxer's one-two punch with the fusel alcohol heat softening up my poor, bruised tongue and then the intense pine hops hitting right behind. Holy ...! I was rendered at a loss for words for a moment and it caused me to wonder what kind of havoc its brother, Devil Dancer, might be like. Phew. 86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, just the way I like to start every day. I know that fresher is better, especially when it comes to hops and this read "Bottled 06/17/2014" and I began to wonder what it might be like aged. Phew. Did I say that already? My eyes were watering, my nose was running and I was beginning to doubt my self-proclaimed hophead status. Finish hit like a belt to the solar plexus and if you have never had the pleasure, try this. It was literally breathtaking. Dry and hot and suddenly, the Zephyr winds could be heard blowing across the Sahara! OMFG. I had better stick to AIPAs in the future.

woodychandler, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

yourefragile, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +18.5%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

wrightst, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/06/12.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow to orange in color with very light amounts of visible of carbonation. The beer has a three quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a couple of thick patches and a thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: An intense aroma from the hops - citrus and floral hops really dominate the smell. There is a very light amount of malt sweetness in the aroma as well.

T: Upfront this beer has some malt sweetness but quickly the hop flavors begin to dominate. There is quite a bit of floral hops, as well as light hints of pine/resin and citrus/orange peel bitterness. There is a light amount of lingering bitterness with this beer.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly oily in the finish with light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink and definitely too strong and too intense to be sessionable. The flavors are very nice though very hoppy and there is an alcohol presence.

dbrauneis, May 18, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Founders imperial pint glass.

Picked this beer as a single for $3.49 up on a recent trip as Founders is not currently distributed to my state. Was really looking forward to this beer based on reviews that I had read and it did not disappoint.

Smell is rather hoppy, but that does not come through as much during that taste which I preferred. The beer pours a medium golden color with little to none head residue after drinking.

Overall this was a good DIPA that I would seek out again.

duceswild, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Billolick, Apr 19, 2009
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,653 ratings.