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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,212
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 418
Gots: 973 | FT: 11
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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 b3barron
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rowland's pint glass. I believe I've had this on draft at the brewpub before but it was a while ago and I have no recollection.

A - Pours a golden straw color with decent clarity and a nice, frothy one-finger head.

S - Smells of citrusy hops and biscuity malt. A little bit of pine and floral aromas but citrus dominates.

T - Mmmmm. Grapefruit big time. I do get that little bit of pine too toward the end along with the light, biscuity malt though the bitterness does linger around for a while. Finishes dry and there is some other fruity flavor going on that I can't put my finger on.

M - A lighter-bodied DIPA with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good. I wouldn't hesitate to throw back four pack of this - especially when the weather warms.

Well done here by Founders. I hope this stays available because I will definitely be seeking this out again. A top notch DIPA that I recommend to anybody who loves hoppy beers. (965 characters)

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

Dark golden color with just a hint of copper/bronze. Much lighter than expected. Head drops quickly to a light soap scum head that trails just small patches of lace. Smell is a powerful grapefruit knock in the face. Taste matches the smell but somehow manages to finish somewhat dry and clean. Mouth is a little syrupy. 9.4% is well hidden. I'm tired of saying it, but once again an exceptional beer from Founders. (414 characters)

Photo of TomGavin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Pale orange in color and slightly cloudy. Bubbly off-white head that maintains well--1/4 of an inch. Minimal lacing.

S: Resinous pine sap. Herbal grapefruit. Cut grass. Huge floral hop aromas ranging from spicy to sweet. A touch of toffee.

M: Just before light becomes medium bodied. Think 2% milk.

T: A sweet wave of malt--oily--rushes onto the tongue before the hops take over; bitterly sweet citrus, tropical fruit nuance, a touch metallic and long lasting. The finish is literally around 30 seconds.

Comment: This is a seriously bitter beer. In a good way. I enjoy the initial malt rush because it provides a platform for the enormous hop entrance. Balance. Balance. Balance. My main criterion for a great beer. (737 characters)

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish-orange, with one finger of white head. The head subsided fairly slowly, and left a decent bit of lacing.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and grapefruity hops. The piney notes dominate. Slightly more muted than I would have expected, but still awesome.

Taste: A slightly-sweet, piney hop bite right off the bat, with a backbone of citrus. The pine notes linger for quite some time. The 9.4% ABV is masked very well. A little bit watery in the aftertaste and the taste overall, which is the one drawback. The flavor is not as full as it could have been.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, but very nicely carbonated. Makes it very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an IIPA, making it easy to go through more than one. It's a very, very good IIPA, but it seems to just fall short of its potential. To me, it tastes like a slightly watered-down version of Hopslam. It is still an excellent beer. (986 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the dull/pale golden body. The modest off-white head faded to a ring.

Smell was very complex and ever changing. Candied grapefruit and pine needles upfront. Later there was a bit-o-sour -rag. Apricots. Jolly Ranchers. Cat piss. Floral notes. Interesting.

Taste was hops oils and lingering grapefruit zest bitterness. Flavors of rind and pith linger forever. This one reminds me a little bit of HopSlam but it does not have the balancing sweetness. Some alcohol comes on late but overall it is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. There was less carbonation than expected. (684 characters)

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

12oz bottle out of the fridge.

Pours hazy pale gold with a half inch head of white foam. Nice ringed lacework throughout the glass and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Candied hops and citrus lead off the nose. Resin-laced fruit and light malt. Bits of pine sap and orange zest follow through. Pungent and floral.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. Lingersome.

Juicy hops, zesty citrus, and resin drops. Sugared grapefruit with orange pulp, spruce bark, and light malt. Bittering and drying.
Alcohol steps up slowly with a slight warmth trying to rise above the hop bite.

Finishes with numbing hops, a drying bitterness, and a building warmth.

Another kickass Founders Brew. Spot on for a IIPA. (728 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a light orange color with a 1" head with beautiful lacing thru-out..smell is of strong pine and grapefruit upfront with delicious strong bitter hops and a malt sweetness that perfectly balances the high 9.4 abv... it is perfect!! to follow the taste is of exceptional hops floral citrus and malt all blending together with the smoothest DIPA ive ever tasted you will not taste the alcohol but you will feel it later. the mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional. this edges out HOPSLAM.. this is a perfect DIPA... well done founders your brews are fast becoming my favorite brewery. the beer comes in a 4-pak and is pricey per bottle but 100% worth it! it is a gem and a treat for your beer senses...A-plus.. also i like the double look label unique. (768 characters)

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

Thank you, John! I've been looking for this puppy for a while (well, not really, but still) Into my Duvel tulip

A: When decanted, this beer is a surprisingly light pale golden yellow with a finger-thick pure white head. There's a faint hint of haze but not much. Head retention and lacework are pretty good, there's a steady stream of visible carbonation to boot

S: Heady pine goodness, orange sweetness and a pleasant lightness to the body. There's a certain biscuit-like character to the malt that's unique and refreshing. Mildly floral, mildly spicy, this is a delicious smash-up of East and West-Coast style DIPAs

T: Opens up with some orange marmalade-like bitterness with plenty of hop flavor. Citrus, pine, mild floral notes and grapefruit dominate, with a mildly spicy/peppery note definitely present. Malt body is not really noticeable, this beer finishes hoppy and bitter, almost astringently so

M: Light in body with a great hop character both in bitterness and flavor, this beer is could exceptional. Mildly resiny with soft carbonation. Astringency on the finish is the only drawback

D: Enjoyable, it will put me to sleep. Would drink again (1,158 characters)

Photo of cbw1978
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden straw with a cream-colored head rising to 1". Beer is clear until the bottle is fully emptied into the glass, when there is a slight haze that comes into play. Some spotty lacing as I drink.

Smell - Hoppy, with notes of citrus, apples, and honey.

Taste - Crisp and sharp, with a slight honey sweetness, and layers of hops with a bitterness that doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation levels from the sip through the swallow. Dry & pleasant.

Drinkability - Very solid as IPAs go. ABV over 9% sneaks up on you, doesn't dominate the drinking experience. (584 characters)

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden yellow color with one finger of frothy white head that will dissipate to a thin layer as you drink the beer. Leaves white lacing down the entire glass.

Smells strongly of earthy and piney hops, with undertones of citrus.

For a beer with 9.4% ABV the alcohol is hidden nicely by a strong up front hop taste, with the citrus that I smelled coming into play as well. Washes down dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, carbonated and dry.

This is a solid beer by Founders that I definitely enjoyed. It's a little bit dryer then I would like it to be but the hop flavor in it is delicious. Not something I would drink regularly, but I could see myself picking up another bottle or maybe an entire 4-pack somewhere down the road. Not a session beer by any means. (784 characters)

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)

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