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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,651
Hads: 6,362
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,088 | FT: 12
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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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.

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

Beer pours orange/copper in copper is color with a nice 1 finger head that fades to a slight lacing. Decent lacing left in glass. Smell is very floral with a grapefruit/citrus aroma. Sweet caramel malt is also present. Initial taste is a sweet caramel that is followed by a nice citrus/grapefruit taste that finishes slightly grassy. Mouth feel is good, not too much carbonation and alcohol is well hidden.

A good beer. Not sure I like it more than the Centennial IPA they offer, but that's me. The hops are nicely complemented by the sweet malt in the beer but not too much overpower what should be the focus of any good DIPA...the hops.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Poured with a small head with decent retention. Color was bright golden with a slight haze. Smell is citrusy and floral from the hops. There is very little malt detected from the scent. The flavor is highlighted by citrus and grapefruit notes. There is a nice sweetness within the hop flavor. Pine and floral notes are present in the backgoruns and offer a nice contrast to the citrus notes. Mouhtfeel is crisp and nice, which works well for this beer. The drinkablity is good considering the ABV. I can see having 2 or 3 of these in one sitting.

Overall, a nice crisp Double IPA with nice citrus and pine notes. A clean, refreshing beer.

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

12 oz bottle thanks to the amazing generosity of rhinos00. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a nice bright yellow to almost brown, a light honey brown if you will. Held to the light you get a lot more golden yellow coming out. The pour produces over finger of bright white head that seems to be pretty tight. The foam holds up really well and the lace is nice and sticky. Getting lots of sticky lines that barely slide down the glass. The brew is pretty clear and the carbonation is lazy.

A: Lots of hops coming out here with a really fragrant presence. There are some nice grapefruit smelly hops going on here. Nice and tart smell. Then you get some nice resiny hops presence. Getting a really fragant floral presence as well. Touch of bready malt coming out on the back end, but the hops are the show here.

T: Yet again, mostly all hops going on here but thats what we want right? Lots of grapefruit coming out here with some more tropical fruit, maybe a touch of pineapple. Then you get the nice earthiness that pine resin can easily provide. Bready malt tries to come in a bit, but to no avail. Getting some more citrus as well with a touch of lemon and orange. Sure its not that dynamic I suppose, but the flavors all mold together nicely and create a nice flavor profile.

M: Getting a nice medium bodied fell with a nice slickness. Slightly oily from all the hops in here and it really clings to the teeth causing that hop ache a bit. The brew has a nice dryness to it that I am coming to expect from DIPAs. Alcohol is actually pretty nicely hidden and I was shoked this weighed in at 9.4%. Aftertaste is all grapefruit and pine.

D: Its not bad at all. The drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. Goes down pretty easy and doesn't sit too heavy. The teeth hop ache is a bit much at times, but it is manageable. This does remind more of a West Coast DIPA from a none west coast brewery. It works and gets the job done. Glad I had the chance.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange with a smallish off-white head... decent lacing... good retention...

S: Tropical fruit hop presence... grapefruit, pineapple, orange... refreshing qualities with a nice bitterness and some malt sweetness

T: Don't get me wrong... the taste is lovely... its one flaw is the lack of complexity... mostly a grapefruit/pineapple/orange blast, while not all dIPAs need to be piney, resinous or floral, this beer lacks any hints of those other hop characters...

M: Smooth, medium body, good carbonation, crisp finish

D: I docked this some points for lacking complexity, but the flavorful nature of this beer gets some points here... nice to see on tap at the Institute

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Photo of Gigantis
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Got a growler of this fine DIPA from the brewery.

It pours a hazy orange color with a pretty substantial head on it. It is a strikingly bright beer which made me think at first that it looked thin. Upon closer inspection, however, I realized that it was darker and thicker than I originally thought.

The smell is delicious fruit rind and citrus with a nice, subtle hops to back it up. Good and flowery and not too sweet. Great aroma for a beer like this.

It tastes great. No alcohol presence at all which is something I usually don't like. Double trouble has enough going on though, that I let that slide. Delicious piney hops go well with the mango/passionfruit flavoring. The malt is there to back it all up but it isn't big by any means.

Usually, I don't mind when an IPA coats your mouth. This one doesn't kick the shit out of your taste buds, but that makes it feel more elegant, I think. There is nothing cloying about the sweetness in this beer and the bitterness, while certainly there, is so out of your face. I guess I would call this a "nice" Double IPA.

I would probably drink the entire four-pack (why four pack? ask Founders about this) save for the abv. It's a sneaky alcohol presence for sure... I guess that's where the trouble is! Fantastic beer. One of my favorite DIPAs or IPAs.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright apricot color and is somewhat cloudy. Good head and lacing.

S: Very nice. Lots of tropical, citrusy fruits. The hops just pop out. Beautiful.

T: Does not have the strong malt backbone of the Centennial IPA, but so long as you have this fresh, there's no need for it to. A blast of complex citrus hops blows the palate.

M: Good amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

D: Very, very solid all around. Not quite as good as HopSlam, but this one has got most DIPA's solidly beaten.

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Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy, amber/gold color with a one inch slightly off white head. Nice retention and some nice lacing as it receeds.

The aroma is quite good. A nice hop profile with a big dose of citrus dominates the nose.

The taste is decent. A decent hop profile, again with citrus taking the lead. A pine sap flavor comes through on the finish and the bitterness of the hops linger. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but seemingly watery with a very low dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor is decent which makes for an enjoyable beer. The alcohol, though well hidden, is on the high side which will certainly limit the beer some. Appropriate for the style nonetheless. Definitely a solid offering.

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

Lacking a snifter, tulip or oversized wine glass, I poured it into my big goblet.

A: Not much head on the pour, but a continual rising cascade of bubbles helped maintain a nice layer on the top. A golden honey hue in color. Just a slight opaqueness to it.

S: Potent, crisp early morning pine needle hoppiness, coupled with some rich, mead-like sweet fruit notes, like peaches and apricots. A little booze too.

T: A bitter punch in the mouth, I tell you - the sourness gave the heebie jeebies a little. Sweet honey flavors, not much maltiness, just crazy hops. It feels like I'm drinking liquid gold.

M: This aspect is the star of the show - perfectly thick, smooth, chewy, but not too much so. Just....nice. The carbonation is excellent.

D: I can't put away many of any double IPA, and it's the same for this one - it's clearly high quality but the sour aspects keeps me from wanting more.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Spicy/Citrus. Very pungent.
A: Golden with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.
T:Spicy hops with loads of citrus hops in the background. A nice firm bitterness as well. A grapefruit flavour comes through the most. Just all around great balance between citrus hops, malts, and spicy hops.
M: Thick creamy mouthfeel.
D: Pretty drinkable.

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

A- Straw color with about an inch of white head. Laces nicely.

S- A lot of citrusy hops up front. Almost tangy. I'm impressed by how much this is like just smelling a citrus fruit. Delicious and inviting.

T- Not as citrusy as the nose. Decent bitterness, a little bit of alcohol and pale malt linger in the background. While aroma is indicative of citrus hops, taste emphasizes piney ones. Kind of tastes like what I wanted Stone Ruination to be. Relatively balanced for a DIPA. Alcohol is apparent, but it adds to the flavor rather than detracting from it.

M- Astringent finish, medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D- High ABV, big DIPA, so a little tough to try to session. 1st bottle or 2 go down great though.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear tulip glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.70.

A: Peach hue with thick, rocky off-white 3-finger head with good retention and clumping lace formations. A great looking beer.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit and floral hops dominate the nose and leave a little room for malt sweetness which is pretty sticky and heavy on caramel.

T: A wide range of fruity and floral hops flavors are present including pineapple, passionfruit, and orange with pine as well. Malt provides a good sweet sidekick.

M: Mouth-coating and full-bodied with a bit more sticky sweetness in the aftertaste. Carbonation is predictably low.

D: High alcohol hurts like in all DIPAs, but the sweetness does get near-cloying as the brew goes on. That said, this is a good DIPA with a great aroma profile.

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

Clear golden. Thin dusting of dirty white froth. Bubbly collar leaves moderate amounts of lace. Very nice aroma of hop cones and fresh citrus and lemon oils. Nice combination on the palate of hop flavor and bitterness. The pendulum swings more toward the bitter properties than flavor, but it's really nice overall. Some juicy exotic fruit nuances. Malts purely balance. They don't add much flavorwise except a little biscuit maltiness. The alcohol is hidden fairly nicely for a 9.4% beer. This is solid.

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Photo of amneziak
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Double Trouble pours unusually lighter than most IPAs. This one is practically the color of a Hefeweizen, with its very pale yellow color and slightly cloudy appearance. But don't be let down because this brother has about three or four solid fingers of nice foamy white head that leaves behind an impressive amount of crystal-like lacing. There has to be something good going on inside - let's see!

Smell: Ooh...very nice hop aromas coming out of this one. It's a very bright smelling beer with loads of citrus components like mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Sorta Hopslam-ish if you ask me. You also get a very nice clean hop pungency that really smells delightful. Love the way this one smells a lot. If the flavor can match this we're in like Flynn.

Taste: The taste of this beer is super impressive - especially since this one is part of a six-pack. It would lead you to believe that it's very light (according to the color), but it's actually got quite a bit of teeth. The citrus fruits and hops carry over well in to the flavors. Quick little swirls of the glass bring back a good amount of head which makes drinking this beer a pleasure.

Mouthfeel: This one is only a little bit bitter, but that bitterness is what brings all the goodness behind it. It is surprisingly light for an IPA (again, as the color would suggest). There is not a lot of alcohol burn on this one which makes my tongue happy. And as fragrant as this one is, it's really the bittering hops that leave their lasting impression on your tongue.

Overall: I'm all over this beer like a stripper on a geek that just got paid. I mean this is really a working man's IPA. It's not overly expensive and it's a very good value for these 12 oz. bottles. In that regard, this one reminds me a lot of the Odell IPA in that it comes in a six-pack and is very good quality. As much as those bigger 22 ounce IPAs have a place in my heart, these are the types of beers I come back to on a regular basis to enjoy one after another.

The Grand Ole Hopry

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Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nice golden orange color with a thick creamy foam that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Sweet citrus (ruby red grapefruit) hop nose with some pine resin and a few ester scents. Some spice and malt detectable as well. Great DIPA smell.

T- Bitter hops and boozy alcohol tastes. Pine and citrus hop flavor. Malt is barely present because the hops stomp it out.

M- Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

D- A solid DIPA. Alcohol is a bit too present for me but it is 9.4% so I guess I should have known.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent. Somewhat pale amber in colour, fairly clear, and mildly effervescent. Good head retention, although a fairly vigorous pout only gave one finger's worth of tight, white head. Excellent, sticky lacings gradually break down from sheets to leave an intricate web inside the glass.

A decent nose of tropical fruit greets the nose. Not overpowering, but papaya, apricot and citrus, nectarine and grapefruit are there in solid amounts. Not much coming from the malts, but a honeylike sweetness and hints of caramel and biscuit are present over the mainly bready malts.

Almost an aspirin type bitterness, the tropical aromas dont come through as strongly in the flavour, but elements of pine and grapefruit come through more cleanly, with a mildly resinous quality. The malts are more straightforward and as described above.

Almost medium bodied, and fairly balanced for a IIPA. Dont get me wrong, this is a hoppy brew that is almost resinous and mildly stripping.

Pretty drinkable considering the ABV. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but for its warming effect. This is a solid IIPA, but is not knocking my socks off either. It may serve as a good introduction to the style, as it isnt too extreme. But as far as looks go this one is top notch. Ill likely be drinking this one again, especially considering at roughly 10 bucks a four pack it is reasonably priced.

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Photo of jefferyc
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Founder's Double Trouble is their double india pale ale. It is extremely hoppy with a bitter citrousy after taste. The aroma is incredible and filled with fruits, ranging from bananas to pears. Overall, it is an incredible beer, but hard to finish. However, on a full stomach you'll be tanked after two, as this beer is 9%

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Photo of nsmartell
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit hoppy smell and citrusy.

Taste: Citrus hoppy flavor and bitter. Not the most balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. Would seek this out again and drink more.

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Photo of Martin2D
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden amber with a white head that faded quickly with lacing

S - Sweet, grapefruit, alcohol

T - strong malt presence with a huge hop forefront. Balanced flavors with hints of grapefruit and spice. Alcohol intertwined with these flavors.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and medium in body

D - Somewhat drinkable, pretty high in alcohol content. Not hot, but not a session beer. Well balanced IIPA.

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Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque straw color with no head. It smelled like lemon and cultured yeast, with a bit of grapefruit. It tasted like lemon and orange hops, with bready yeast and a bit of honey and tea and grapefruit. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a pretty clean flavor, but it wasn't as tasty as I was hoping. I had this right after Maharaja, and it reminded me of when I tried Ruination immediately following HopSlam. The flavor ends up getting a lot more tea leafy, for some reason. I might have to try this again by itself. Body was nice, and alcohol was well hidden, so it was certainly easy to drink. I just imagined this would have been more crisp and delicious.

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

Much thanks to DoctorDog for this one in a trade! Excellent extra!

12oz Single

A: Pale orange color, quite light for the style, hazy unfiltered with a stark white head, only about half an inch or so on this one, quickly reduced to a film, excellent lacing though. Gobs and gobs of it.

S: Fresh pine boughs, caramel malt, booze, a hint at grapefruit, the hops are really more towards the piney side in this one though, pale malts are somewhat strong, all in all a nice mixture of both worlds.

T: Piney bitterness, but tons of caramel malt sweetness in this one, bitterness lays way back on the tongue, almost after the beer is completely out of my mouth. Lots of citrus, even some pears, a faint hint of honey as well. Lots of flavors going on here. Quite complex. There way in the back is a hint of booze as well. Really nice. Not as bitter as I had thought. Really reminds me of a super hoppy barleywine, think fresh bigfoot? That's what really comes to mind.

M: Medium thick, with a light bite of carbonation, alcohol heat in the gullet. Lots of lingering bitterness long after the sip is gone. Fairly dry too. Great in the mouth.

D: I wouldn't turn down a second bottle. Really a nice beer. I can see where some people have seen the line blurred between barleywine and DIPA, and this beer is definitely a DIPA, but leans a little towards the barleywine side in flavor. Not that its a bad thing. Really a balanced beer, quite complex, and extremely tasty. I hope to find this beer again!

Thanks Ben!

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Photo of tpd975
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is one very pale DIPA. Very funky shade of yellow with a nice white foamy head. Very little retention but lots and lots of sheet lace.

S: Very citric. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Hints of sweet caramel and a touch of bready malt.

T: The citrus carries over to the taste. Lots of grapefruit with a touch of zesty lemon. There is a nice sweet malt playing in the background as well. Very small amounts of sweet piney hops with a nice floralness in the finish. Another kick ass Founder's brew.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Rich, smooth, and creamy with great carbonation.

D: Great, another Founder's brew another homerun. When it comes to DIPA and Stout's these guys do very little wrong.

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Photo of marcpal
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. 4-pack recently picked up at Wegmans with their Cherry beer, this one is everything that was not.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10. Best from Founders. A little creepy.

A: Wow, is this one light colored DIPA. Held to the light, would have thought it was some sort of Belgian, strawlike. The head is sturdy sea foam and flat out great lacing. We have some floaties at the bottom of the glass. From a bottle, this is one of the most distinctive and nicest looking pours I've seen.

S: Madly citrus and piney. Both are robust and the grapefruit pith just takes over and dominates the crap out of everything. The flowery scents are still there but I am overtaken by the fruits. Orange, papaya, mango, you name it, its got it.

T: All that was in the smell and some more. If you have ever had the sugar crystallized type of grapefruit on top of a cookie or cake, this is it. It is over the top but there is some malt there even though the color wouldnt lead you to think there would be. Sweet sugar syrup lends some flavor in the middle of the smattering of hoppy goodness.

M: Vaporlike texture that cleans off the inside of the mouth with the carbonation. Creamy texture as it warmed up was real nice. Mild carbonation.

D: This beer was nothing short of top notch. I taste the alcohol but I want to, its not only hops. A unique DIPA that is a nice change of pace. This foursome will go fast and I am eager to restock.

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

Man, what a beer! The aroma is like sticking yer schnoz in a pile of pine branches. Great foamy, frothy, head and lots of lace. Color is a lovely shade of light amber. Flavor is very earthy chewy malt base with lots o hop. Great burps. Don't notice the alcohol till later. Nice hoppy and even a bit sweet finish. This beer is a work of (beer f)art.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Surprisingly light orange color. Looks like they didn't use many caramel malts, if at all. 1.5 finger head quickly fades.

S: A mouth-watering mix of pineapple, citrus, and honey.

T: Perfectly balanced between pineapple-like fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Possibly the most refined DIPA I've ever had. Don't get me wrong, there's more than enough hops to get your fix. It's just that they're wielded more like a scapel than a truncheon.

M: Middle of the road in body and carbonation.

D: Stunning. Easily in my top 3 of DIPAs. Between this and Hopslam, Michigan might be the IPA capital of America.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.