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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 4454
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 wugambino

North Carolina

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

Pours out a healthy white head with good lacing on the glass and a golden color.
And smells like heaven - so much good hop aroma I can't wait to get some of this.

Taste is solidly grounded in some bitter hops; citrus and some earthy bite. Finishes with a puckery hop blast.

This is a great DIPA; not for those afraid of bitterness, but a reward for hop lovers. Founders does it again - I am a bigger fan of these guys every time I have a new one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:26:55 | More by wugambino
Photo of hooliganlife


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

poured from a bottle obtained in a trade. pours light copper with light head. the smell is mind blowing. HUGE citrus notes. lots of grapefruit. this reminds me of a west coast DIPA, but from MI. giant hop bitterness up front with light malty finish. alcohol is very present as this sucker is 9.4%. it is noticeable from start to finish. hop flavors are citrus, very grapefruit with a bit of pine. if it had a smidge less alcohol, it would be a perfect score. mouthfeel is perfect in this one. founders tends to release some over carbonated beers here and then and this one is perfect. i would love to drink these more often if i could. search this out!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 00:28:45 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of jpiper


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

Clear pale orange... almost glowing. Small white head.

There we go. Nice citrus, but still a bit sweet. Pine again. Nothing off or compromised about this.

It's all about the hops here, like a West Coast DIPA. Citrus,
pine, and some bitterness. Some sweet malt, but not too sweet. Pretty well balanced.

Clean and light. Pretty dry, which is nice.

Refreshing. Clean. Nicely hides ABV without being too sweet.
Not too bitter either.

Nice to have a something approaching a West Coast DIPA in the midwest.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 19:30:27 | More by jpiper
Photo of tmoneyba


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

Draft at Dilly Deli.

A - Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy sour citrus aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - This beer is better than my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 19:13:37 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of rudylaw


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

A beautiful, straw colored beer that has a nice, 1.5 finger, off-white head. Beautiful looking IPA.

It smells extremely hoppy. Very grassy and floral and it tastes the same. There's the ever-present citrus notes (grapefruit and orange rind) and there's a nice malt backbone here that balances out the massive hop character upfront and at the finish.

This beer is fantastic. A perfect companion to chilly, late-winter nights when you're all stouted out.

It looks like Chicago go a ton of this, so I'll be grabbing another 4-pack before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 13:43:59 | More by rudylaw
Photo of paco1029384756


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong piny hops, grapefruit, sugars, grass, and earth. There is a nice depth to this one, accompanied with a great, but not overpowering scent of hops. Absolutely excellent bitterness with some juiciness and no detectable alcohol, just heavenly.

Taste of strong piny hops, grass, citrus, grapefruit, sugars, and some grain. Finishes with a lasting hop bitterness. This is like an tuned up version of their Harvest Ale. Very bitter, but not overly so for this hop head. You couldn't convince me this beer is 9.4%.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:52:10 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of hopdog


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, pine, and a trace of tropical fruits. Tastes of citrus (grapefruit), pine, the same tropical fruitiness, some sugary sweetness, and a little doughy. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:59:16 | More by hopdog
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

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

A - Pours with a nice finger of white, frothier head. Hazy straw yellow color, and great lacing throughout the sample.

S - As anticipated, great hop dominance in the nose. Hop aroma falls into the piney and almost a bit fruity range. Faint alcohol is a bit detectable in the nose

T - Again, hop bitterness dominates and is not overly aggressive. The hops really shine, and are very much aligned with what I expect for the style. Solid enough malt backing, but allows the hops to shine more. Although not really hidden in the aroma, the alcohol is not as peppery in the taste.

M - Medium MF, nice carbonation levels for style. Definitely coats the palate well, and is very pleasant

D - Very drinkable for a sipper of a brew. Nice warming warming feeling of the abv, and each sip demands another for me.

Overall, really great example of the style, and the taste is one of the better of any DIPA's I've had in a while. Very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:13:48 | More by Nickls
Photo of deanwilson

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark yellow and cloudy from the sediment. Pours with very little head.
S: Sweet, rich, Hoppy,and floral.
T: Hops up front, malt in the middle with a long hop finish that remains on the palate. Slight citrus and black pepper taste.
M: Rich and full with low to moderate carbonation.
D: Good with a spicy meal. Excellent slow drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 23:10:08 | More by deanwilson
Photo of emerge077


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:35:57 | More by emerge077
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a light hazy yellow color with a nice white head. Head has good retention and leaves behind a nice web of lacing.

S- Hops everywhere. Grapefruit, piney, grassy, floral and a touch of caramal malts.

T- Sweet floral hops, caramel malts, grass, pine, bitter hop resin, citrus, super hidden alcohol. Great mixture of hops.

M- Medium body and good carbonation.

D- Highly recommended and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:28:21 | More by nrbw23
Photo of brushtachio


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer with a nice 2 finger head and extensive sticky lacing. The smell surprised me. I was expecting a citrusy piney cloud of hops. Instead I got a spiced, grassy scent that allowed some underlying malt to peek through. Taste removes any subtlety in the hops. Big, bitter, spicy, floral. I didn't get much citrus at all but after a week of drinking Hopslam this beer might be suffering a little bit in comparison.

Might also be suffering a little in comparison to all the absolutely stellar offerings from Founders but a top noch DIPA

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:53:07 | More by brushtachio
Photo of AmishBrew


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma- piney,citrusy,woody,catty,fruity. No sign of malt in the aroma. No yeast character.

Appearance- Pale gold, Brilliant clarity. Poured a very nice head that lingered a bit and then just forms a film on the top of the beer that lasts. Good lacing.

Flavor- This beer runs through almost the whole aroma in the flavor. Nothing dominates, all the hop flavors take turns coming through in the flavor. I get a Simcoe flavor and aroma that I don't really care for, but I can over look it. The way the hops are delivered in this beer is incredible, all clean and well defined. A touch of malt in there. Bitterness is done well, its high but not overpowering. No sign of the alcohol in flavor, but it is warming.

Mouth Feel- Medium- light body, medium carbonation. Drys out nicely which leads to easy drinkability (suck it bud light billboards). warms the belly.

Overall Impression- Ignoring the Simcoe characteristics of this beer. Double trouble is another example of the phenomnal abilities of the brewers at Founders! They must have alien technology to deliver some of the beers they produce. This is no exception. If your not drinking Founders your just not drinking a quality beer. They do have the occasional bombs (Devil Dancer), but I never have a problem laying out the duckets for Founders. West Coast brewers beware!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:17:42 | More by AmishBrew
Photo of Itoclown


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

Purchased from Oade's in Lansing. Drank during a Red Wings game:)

Look: Amber with light haze. Very Small head.
Smell: Delicious. Orange with light hops. Very hoppy, bitter hops.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry. Alcohol fumes out of the nose. Not very good at picking up the particular taste on this one. Very bitter IPA taste. Maybe some pine in there. Very delicious.
Overall: Another fantastic beer from Founders. Glad I picked this one up. Now I need to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 23:00:40 | More by Itoclown
Photo of xsists


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold color with a minimal head. The head seems to produce more once the beer has been poured. Goes away quickly but bubbles for quite some time. Very inviting though.

S - Holy hops. A big slap in the face with a floral scent but once you get past it there is a pretty potent pine smell with traces of citrus, mostly grapefruit and slight orange smell.

T - Like the smell, I first taste floral hops that gives way to a sharp pine smell that hangs for a bit before turning into a great roasty taste. This brew finishes with a great big hop taste with a quite dry after bite. The taste just resonates until the next drink is taken. I feel like I should wait a bit just to enjoy the taste as it matures the longer you wait.

M - Velvety bodied brew that has a great stinging sensation all the way through. The carbonation likes to tickle the tongue that invites more taste to present itself. After the beer is consumed there is a wonderful warm feeling throughout the throat and mouth. Makes you want to wait and savor it until the next taste.

D - It is a higher alcohol content but I would love to sip this all the time. I just regret not finding this brew sooner. I was only able to purchase one bottle as that was all the was left at my supplier. I will look for this more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 04:14:07 | More by xsists
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gold orange with a head that quickly dropped to just a mere skim leaving some nice lacing behind. The smell is extremely interesting, behind the hops it just reeks of fresh peach to me. I kept sniffing the beer throughout my time with it, just because it was so much fun to get that strong of a peach smell from a beer. The taste is hop-forward, tropical with an accent of pine, but mostly tropical. The finish was quite bitter, but in a contradiction, also smooth. I don't know how that gets pulled off, but I enjoyed it very much. It's a little heavy in the mouth, but still very drinkable. In fact, at 9.4% it is dangerously drinkable.
Like a lot of people, I had this beer side-by-side with Hopslam. Even though they are the same style they are very different beers. Hopslam gets a slight edge in my opinion, but I really enjoyed Double Trouble and the two beers compliment each other very well. There are definetly days and settings where I would prefer Double Trouble to Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 15:24:55 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of roadhouse


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear golden orange color with a half inch off-white head that drops to a skim that retains quite well. A bit of lacing is left behind.

The aroma is of course very hop-centric, with citrus being the dominant characteristic. Some tropical fruit is also present as well as a bit of pine but it's more subtle. There's also a sweet maltiness behind the hops that blends quite well with them.

Taste is citrusy to the max with some hints of the tropical fruitiness coming through as well. There's a bit more pine in the taste than the aroma which comes through especially towards the end of the swallow. The malt sweetness never really gets a moment of its own, but it serves to compliment everything for a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice creamy texture to it. Damn drinkable.

Interesting to have this released around the same time as Hopslam. I am having the two back to back and am definitely enjoying the Hopslam more, though this is definitely in my top 5 all time DIPAs without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 06:56:51 | More by roadhouse
Photo of DoctorDog


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter. No freshness dating.

A- Golden/orange. Pours with <1 finger of off white head, which fades quickly into a thin, sporadic cap. Incredible lacing.

S- Grapefruit/pine-hop scents completely dominate the nose.

T- Big grapefruit/hops with a substantially bitter kick. An almost tangerine like sweet/maltiness helps hold the bitterness in check.

M- Crisp on the front, dry on the finish.

D- Very drinkable considering the 9.4% ABV, but again such big, bitter hop flavors would likely degrade the palate and enjoyability if drinking more than one or two.

Future outlook: Quite good. Didn't live up to Hopslam, but at ~1/2 the price, a pretty solid alternative.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 05:49:27 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of dancinwillie


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

Pours clear, and medium yellow, with a decent sized white head. Yeast sediment left on the bottle bottom. Nothing special in the appearance.

Aroma is dominated by big pine scents. Some caramel in there too.

Sweet caramel, mixed with piney, citrus hops. Some pineapple flavor, and a bready undertone. Almost tastes like a pineapple upside down cake. No taste of alcohol, but a warming in my chest let's me know it's there.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, and a long, medium-dry finish.

This is a very tasty, very good beer. The low perception of alcohol, mixed with the somewhat high actual level could be some sort of combination of the words double, and perhaps, trouble. If only they would name it accordingly. All kidding aside, a tasty IIPA, that I would purchase again. Another solid hit for Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 04:50:37 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of drgonzo3705


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

A: Pours a nice golden orange color with a small quickly diminishing head that laces around the top of the glass and leaves a few spots of foam.

S: Nice sweet piney smell with a caramely malt characteristic

T: Very nice pine hop flavors going on with just a little bit of a malt backbone. Ends with a nice little touch of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and oily.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Great beer for a hophead I think this is one of the better DIPAs out right now, I wish this was a year round offering!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:54:11 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of tburkhart


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

Stumbled upon this 4pk when I went to a beer tasting. I was quite excited when I found a new beer from Founders that I hadn't had as they are my favorite brewery.

Pours a clear golden with slight carbonation.

Smells of citrus, lemons, and grass.

Taste is a bit bitter on the back palette. Floral/grassy/citrus flavor sticks around nicely.

Good Mouthfeel.

I'm not a huge hophead, but I could still go for a few of these a night. Another quality job by Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 16:00:42 | More by tburkhart
Photo of midnite2sixman


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden orange with a decently sized foam head. Big Bubbles and ok retention.

Typical DIPA smell. Pine and citrus hoppy goodness is all that prevails.

Taste is very hoppy, the citrus and pine are still there and just a bit of biscuity goodness as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a smooth easy hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: Yessir!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 08:28:25 | More by midnite2sixman
Photo of BARFLYB


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:29:14 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, short, stout, 12 ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Dark-orange hue, substanial-sized head, minimal carbonation, minor lacing...
Smell: Aroma literally bursting with wild nectars, hops, and sweet citrus...
Taste: Very powerful, hop-dominated aroma, with a strong suggestion of alcohol piercing the back of the tongue... Slight ethanol, very spicy, rich, full-bodied, strong, thick-flavored...
Mouthfeel: Extremely full-bodied, rich, complex...
Drinkability took a hit due to the high ABV and strong flavors...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:07:09 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Jekster


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear vibrant sparkling honey color. There is an ever slight pure white lacing around the glass and a twinkling effervescence like fine champagne.

Smell: This beer smells fantastic. There is a rich honey and floral aroma followed by a full deep citrus character. There is grapefruit, star fruit and honeydew all in a wonderful balance with each other. There is a slight sweet hint of honeysuckle and fresh cut flowers.

Taste: In the taste I'm surprised to pick up a sweet bread character. This is followed the taste of bitter orange peel and fresh cut greens. There is a definite grape sweet component as well like a nice glass of Pinot Gregio. There is tart green apple and a slight sweet clover honey component. There is a linger bitterness of orange and lemon rind fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a creamy soft mouthfeel along with a dry clean finish after the swallow.

Drinkability: This beer is definitely a sipper. That being said, I could easily drink a few of these while sitting at a bar talking with friends or as a nice after dinner drink.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Founder's makes some fantastic beers. This is the second IIPA of theirs that I have had and it definitely did not let me down. It has a beautiful aroma and a flavor that is perfect for a sippable beer. I think the lingering bitterness might turn away some customers, but for those that don't mind a nice hop bitterness bring your finest tulip glasses on over.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 00:53:26 | More by Jekster
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