Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,617
Hads: 6,129
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 4.3%
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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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Photo of khiasmus
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the liquid topples turbulently into the glass, I am reminded of the back yard of my childhood. The Perfectly clear golden, like the afternoon sun shining down through the English ivy that covered all of the trees. An ample head sprouts up. It disappears in short order, but leaves a beautiful sheet of lacing.
And so i would climb up the dead trees, some leaning on others just to stay up, but I was too light for it to matter. The ivy leaves would break and crush under my hands and feet, and a distinctly "green" aroma... is this Nugget? So resiny. There is a balance there, but it's more of just a sugary-sweet rather than a real malt "character." Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar... but the high alcohol doesn't come without a price. There are some fusels in there as well.
And the flavour is much the same, the sweetness of cane sugar, not bready malt, the resin of pine trees or the ivy I used to make pretend "salads" of when I was but a chap. The alcohol comes out as well, in a disappointing way. Were this toned down to 8%, I could see it being much better.
The body is big and syrupy, very warming as a result of the alcohols... lightly dry in the finish.
The memories only go so far... Everything seems hazy now, how long ago... how many places I've lived, people I've touched... the world was innocent then. No longer. The finish, the warming, the effects... show this beer to be a lot like life. It may remind me initially of happier times... but the finish is dry.

At least I can awake to new purpose! (1,522 characters)

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

Bottle from crazynelson. Consumed side by side with hopslam...I agree both are awesome.Golden with some haze. Citrus and pine come out in the nose. Flavor brings citrus hops, sweet melon, and a nice bittersweet finish. Excellent beer. Nicely hidden nine-four ABV. If it was local I'd drink definitely buy and enjoy more often.

Awesome artwork on the label as well. (366 characters)

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

Thanks to Sholland for this gift! Good meeting you! Poured into a tulip. Pours a light, hazy yellow. Thin white head. Smells of huge citrus! Grapefruit, orange etc. Wonderful sweet aroma. Tastes fairly similar. Lots of hops- mostly bitter grapefruit with little malt to back it up. Some spearmint gum flavor, too. I usually love this profile, but this is a bit thin. Very good, though. Will definitely seek out more when it hits the area. (438 characters)

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

Purchased at Marty's Corner Store in Milford, OH (this has become a bier destination when you're looking for something out of the ordinary). I'd never seen Double Trouble anywhere else.... but I enjoy most of the other Founder's offerings, so I decided to pick this one up.... it came in a FOUR PACK.

Poured into my pint glass to produce a 2" head of off-white, thick, creamy foam. The beer is slightly cloudy and the color of honey. Foam left good lacing on the glass.

Nose was pretty subdued. You could definitely pick out a citrus smell though (like grapefruit rind).

Taste: Very good. First wave (albeit brief) is a slight malty sweetness. But this is quickly overwhelmed by a bitter, almost metallic (like biting right into the rind of a grapefruit) taste. As a DIPA, this is supposed to be a HOP BOMB.... and it doesn't disappoint. Finishes with a woodsy characteristic.

MF: Nice and creamy, adequately carbonated to give this ale a nice body on the heavy-ish side. On the thin side of chewy,

Drinkability: Again, this is a HOP BOMB. You're not going to sit back and kill the four pack in an afternoon... This ain't no session beer... But for a DIPA, I would say this ale has good drinkability. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. (1,238 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a dark yellow with just the faintest copper color and a very nice white head. It appears to be sticky and fluffy like a cloud. As I drink more the lacing adds a nice look to the glass.

As soon as I popped off the cap it was a burst of grapefruit and fresh floral aromas. Very sweet notes and it smells more like white grapefruit than pink.

The taste is tart like a grapefruit but very delicious. There is a sweet finish that is dry and pungent. I'm getting lots of citrus and pine from the hops but that is what I expected. There is a warming feeling in my stomach but the alcohol is not overally noticable. As I drink more the tartness is making my mouth pucker.

This is a smooth drinking double ipa and it goes down well. The aftertaste is strong and bitter. More of a grapefruit finish than pine and there is an earthy tone to this beer. Very fresh and overall a solid double ipa.

I'm not sure if I'm blown away by this but I would recommend this as a great example of the style. (996 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Performed a DIPA taste testing tonight: Double Simcoe, 90 Minute IPA, and Founders Double Trouble. All were great but the final standings were: 1. D-Simcoe, 2. D-Trouble, 3. 90 Minute.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a bit of a white head, little retention but leaves lace.

Smell: A whole ton of citrus come through, some other hops are floating around in the background.

Taste: Bitter at first but finishes smooth with the aforementioned citrus, very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Right between light and medium, pretty on for the style.

Drinkability: Citrus is powerful but great, I'd have another.

Notes: Very different than the other two but still a competitor. I can def see myself buying this again and again in the future. (723 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint rich honey golden with a dense head that quickly fell, leaving a sticky lace throughout. Waves of pine resin and grapefruit citrus rise from the glass to the nose. The beer strikes the mouth thick with an alcohol warmth. While the hops attack in a floral pine bite, they are backed equally by a toasty malty backbone of sweet balance. The hops never subside, the tongue tingles from their spice, but the malt continues to deliver sweet burnt caramel. Grapefruit citrus swirls around the mouth. After it's gone, the tingle of hops and the warm glow of 9.4% abv are the obvious remains. this is a huge beer that brings a massive balance between a mountain of hops and an ocean of malt. The alcohol takes a flavor back seat but punches harder than some 11%s I've had (unearthly for one). To steal from Shaefer: this is the one beer to have when you're having only one! Afterwards, the mouth is corrupted and the mind is fogged. Founders has balanced it's no-prisoners hop attack with a huge malt presence that warms the mouth. DIPA it it's finest. (1,063 characters)

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

Serving from a 12 oz. shorty bottle into a standard pint glass.

On the pour (right from the fridge), you get a honey gold colored brew, with a smallish white head. The head is short lived, but the lacing is excellent, marking its way down the side of the glass in sheets.

The nose is hop dominant (no surprise there) and very citrusy. Grapefruit first comes to mind, as well as tangerine ... quite nice and very becoming an IPA.

The taste is a citrus hop head delight. Again, that first impression is from grapefruit, with a light tangerine flavor included. It is not bitter, nor sweet, but nicely balanced, thanks to a malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium; light-medium. Carbonation is adequate to making for a refreshing quaff. At 9.4% abv, this would not be my choice for a session brew, but you could definitely quaff 2 or 3 in a sitting if you aren't driving anywhere.

A very nice IIPA, but not as harsh as some .. more malt balance. A nice seasonal, which is worth checking out. Recommended!

Na Zdravje! (1,014 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh sixtel tapped at home into my Maudite snifter glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a nice one finger white puffy head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Hops? Yes, hops. Big nose of grapefruit and citrus hops with a sugary sweetness.

T: Massive floral citrus hops flavors but not a ton of grapefruit like on the nose. The malt sweetness in the middle is strong and does not back off the hops. Finish is nice and smooth with a nice hoppy bitter kick. Alcohol can be tasted for sure, but it is very welcomed. Great beer.

M: Medium to full and very coating. Alcohol lingers but is enjoyable.

D: High for such a high abv beer. One can have a few of these for sure.

Overall another awesome beer from Founders. They continue to amaze me. Keep em coming Founders. (780 characters)

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

Whenever I review a hoppy beer I start by mentioning I am not regularly a fan of hoppy beers. I prefer malty dark beers. I am rarely enthralled with the hoppy beers most people seem to love.. However, I enjoyed Double Trouble quite a bit.. As expected, it was a lot like Dogfish 90 minute.. strong hop presence but balanced with a strong malt backbone as well.. The aroma is all hop, but a bit mroe earthy than the typical citrusy, pine-like hop aroma.. Flavor is also, obviously, very hoppy yet with that malty sweetness lurking just behind the floral front. For such a strongly flavored beer it is surprisingly easy to drink.. the mouth is on thelighter side of moderate and it doesn't weigh you down. Overall its really great.. every for malt-lovers. (753 characters)

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

A: Bright, light golden color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated. Broken, inconsistent lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big floral hops and sweet malts. A burst of ctrussy and piny hops settle-in.

T: Slightly sweet malts just ahead of big citrus and pine flavoring hops. Big bitter finish to balance, some hot alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Warming alcohol.

D: No want for hops in this one. You'll have your fix and be ready to rest and then have maybe one more - and enjoy them both. (515 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a slight orange tint. Small white head that is somewhat sticky and leaves a decent lacing pattern on the glass.

S- Big smell of grapefruit and hops.

T- Hop bitterness takes over at first followed by grapefruit and then a quick, clean, dry finish.

M- Medium to light body with a fair amount of carbonation. No oily finish or the unpleasant residue of hop oil in this one, nice finish and aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable, hides the 9.4% ABV very well, a little on almost too bitter side since the hop bitterness carries through from the upfront taste to the finish.

Solid DIPA, just wish the was a little more complexity going on to break up the hop bitterness upfront and the dry citrus finish. (732 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another cool label by Founders. Thanks Tony for sending this and others from back east!

Poured a light orange copper with beige head. This one has a pretty mild aroma for an iipa with some green grassy and spicy hops. Had a NuggetNectar in the flight too and this one just smelled like cardboard when put next to the NN.

Despite the aromatic shortcoming, it made up with a nice medium mouthfeel and a balanced taste. The alcohol is noticable, and at 9.4% it does lose a couple points on the drinkability scale. It is a bit sugary sweet, but otherwise a great taster.

I guess this one just didn't hold up to my PacNW ipa palate, reminding me of just another iipa. (668 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done. (832 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: Had a strong citrusy, hoppy aroma to it.

T: Tasted strongly of hops, citrus and sweet sugary element. Sharp and tangy on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, solidly made double. Another good entry from Founders. (460 characters)

Photo of Keith238
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, twist top, with no brewed date or best by date.

Very slight orange hue and a very slight haze. White head quickly disappeared to tight lacing in the glass. Very well balanced for a IIPA. Hints of biscuit and apricots in both the smell and the taste. Very dry finish which brought down my drinkability rating. All around a very tasty beer. Founders has yet to disappoint me. (394 characters)

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

bright golden straw color with a slight chill haze and a creamy snow white head. tropical fruit, honeyed bisuity malts, and resiny/lemony citrus in the nose. taste follows suit with the balance towards the big but smooth hop bitterness over the lightly sweet malts. medium in body with prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. warming alcohol is noted on the back end. long drying, bitter finish but not harsh. drinks easier than the abv would suggest. (449 characters)

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

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. (1,411 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 jamie2dope
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a four pack of this tonight at Winchester Wine and Spirits...lately it has been all about the hops for some reason. Pour gives off a light, clear golden color, which seems a bit unorthodox for this style. Usually you get darker tinges of orange and even red, but anyway, large white heading comes through. Complex nose, one that you should take your time with. I get honeysuckle, alcohol, pineapple, mango, bit of bees wax. Hops show themselves a lot more in the taste, with the hops beginning with a spicy edge, and then some tiny amount of fruit, and ending on a dry bitter note. Mouthfeel is light to medium, which is another oddball quality of this beer; still love it. Alcohol is very well hidden, although there were times when vodka popped in to my mind upon tasting. Easy drinking all around with this one. So far the alcohol has not crept up on me, but it is still somewhat early. Good going Founders. (916 characters)

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

A: Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a moist off-white head that falls to just a blanket, leaving tiny speckled lacing around the glass.

S: Great, fruity smelling IPA. Aromas of citrus, mandarine oranges, and sweet strawberries, hints of pineapple. Bit of spunkiness from the hops. One of the best smelling IPAs I've run across, but the aromas are short lived and grow faint quickly.

T: Taste is similar, tropical fruit-flavored malts with a big bitter bite that lingers on the finish.

M: Slippery with moderate carbonation. Heavy, as you'd expect from a DIPA.

D: Pretty hefty but tasty brew. It's a winner the bitterness and ABV would curb me after one. Could use a bit more balance. (693 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into my Portsmouth snifter.

Good lemon honey color with a little carbonation and haze. Single-finger head leaves decent lacing.

Nice grapefruit quality and scent here...just Centennial or something more? Very very bountiful with light malt butterscotch sweetness. Slightly carbonated alcohol burn.

DAMN...that's a straight-edged bitterness to it. Citrus taste emerges with warmth but it's more of a grapefruit rind than the pulp. Carbonation takes the citrus and the alcohol, 'roids them both up to give a bit of a burn. Malt sweetness is in the back but it cuts the edge a bit.

As mentioned, the carbonation harshness gives this shark its bite. That Imperial IPA high-gravity sweetness is a saving grace, albeit a mild one. Still, lighter finish than expected.

Because this finishes up lightly it goes down pretty nicely. While there's an alcohol burn it doesn't translate into huge residual sugar and weight to the palate so it doesn't come off as thick. Nicely done. (974 characters)

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

A- Light Golden color in direct light. Medium Golden otherwise. A light cloudiness persisted after the pour, giving it a little more character.

S- Floral hops up front with some citrus in the background. Maltiness is there, but the hops aromas were pretty overwhelming.

T- I let mine warm up a little more so as to not drink it super cold. The Malt and Hops balance was clearly there in the flavors. The Hops brought a slight bitterness and dryness to the beer. But the malts stood up pretty well to it. The hops took over completely on the finish. I'd expect that from an Imperial IPA.

M- Great feel. Medium body, coats your mouth and then dries it out. Never tasted "hot". Makes you really want more.

D- Very easy to drink for somehing thats over 9%. One of those "the next thing I know it was gone" beers. They did well with this one. (841 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very bright and light golden colored body with a small fleeting white colored head. little to no retention and lacing.

S- sweet malts at first with alot of hops coming later. fruity, piny, and very citrus-y.

T- the first taste is lightly of sweet malts followed by an onslaught of hops. tons of citrus and pine. very bitter finish and small alcohol presence.

M- medium bodied and very crisp with alot of carbonation. a small bite and warming sensation from the alcohol.

D- an easy to finish beer and a quick fix for hop withdrawal. i could see myself having a couple of these, but any more than that and the high level of alcohol would take its toll on me. glad to see this one bottled, but i thought the on tap/growler was better. (741 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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