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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,318
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,042 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 1,643 | Hads: 6,318
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the king of Illinois' bear hunting, joe1510 for this awesome extra.

Pours a suprisingly clear yellow color, almost lager colored. A good stark white head retains well and leaves good lacing all the way down.

Nose has quite a bit of WC hop flavor in it. Grapefruit and pine are there. I get some malt sweetness in the nose that makes me think the color of this one may be deceiving and that there could be a good malt backbone in there. A bit of a flowery aroma as well, but very blindpigesque for the most part in the nose.

Wow. A fine beer from Founder's. This one is defenitely west coast in style. San Diego style. Taste starts off like its gonna be a bit too mellow, but quickly jumps into action. A bit of sweet malt, not too sweet at all, but malt presence starts off, but hops quickly take over. Grapefruit and pine start to emerge with a bit of citrusy orange peel type of twinge. These flavors rise and rise as we head toward the finish. A tiny hint of citrus peel in here as well. On the finish, bitterness is still getting stronger, and even builds into the aftertaste. This beer really hits its hardest after you have already put your swig down. A touch of floral flavors come out here. The aftertaste is chock full of hop bitterness. Not as resinous as I would like here, but quite a dry hoppiness. Pretty dry all around after the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but maybe just a slight touch thin. And a bit too dry on the finish. Founder's, use some fresh wet hops in this one next fall, and i think it would be borderline orgasmic. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Drinkability is solid, and the 9.4% abv doesn't even begin to show up. Incredibly easy drinking for such an abv. The slight overdryness hampers this a bit, but the hidden abv is so amazing i dont care.

Overall a shockingly good DIPA from Founders. This one is very RResque, except not as solid in the malt profile and just BARELY doesn't hit quite as hard and this one is much dryer on the finish. I think if they threw some Fresh hops in this one in the fall or made the malt presence a touch more forward, it could easily compete with some of America's best. It's great as it is anyway. Very impressive from Founder's and one I would defenitely be drinking regularly if I had access. Great brew.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a good head. Amazing nose of tropical fruit, pine, citrus, honey, biscuit...you name it. And it only gets better with the taste. Tons of pine ala simcoe hops, tropical fruitiness, mango, grapefruit, biscuity malts, sweet and bitter, just all over the pallette in a fantastic way. Good body that tingles on the tongue...clean yet dry finish. Hops linger on the tastebuds with a deathgrip. Immensely drinkable for 9.4%..where is the alcohol presence? It isn't there! Unbelievable DIPA. This beer has renewed my love for beer, to be honest.

Update: Like all IPA's ...make sure this is FRESH!!!! I had a slightly older one after this and it totally disappointed.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was acquired in a beer trade with Pudge43. Thank you very much!

I have yet to have a Founders product that I didn't like. This is no exception. Poured into a Duvel glass the golden straw color and extremely white fluffy head are beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful double IPA's I've ever had.

The aroma is a little muted but the strong presence of intense fresh hops is present. There is a strong floral and grapefruit aroma.

The first taste is very intense. I thought from the nose that this would be a little lighter in hops but immediately you get a Simcoe hop flavor. The taste is a little harsh and biting but great nonetheless. Very hoppy with very little malt backbone. This is completely unbalanced in a good way.

The mouthfeel is light (much ligher than 9.4% it would seem but that appears to be the strength. The head does lend a rather creamy touch.

Although this is a great tasting beer I would not reach for another in one session. The hop flavor is a little harsh (but good) and the alcohol is a bit high if one were to have more than a couple. This is a great brew with a great character. A big beer from a big brewery. Thank you Founders!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden amber color. A smooth pour produced very little head, but it retained well. Sediment was visible but just hung around.

A: Piney and citrus hops are huge, as expected from a DIPA. Some sweet malts give this one an unexpected balance.

T: Very good for the style. The hops stand out, as they should, but the sugary sweetness of the malts is very interesting. You definately get orange, grapefruit, and pine cones, but vanilla, and honey also come through.

M: Medium body. I really like the mouthfeel for this selection. A little heavier than what I was expecting, but very nice.

D: Just right for a DIPA, two or three in a session is just perfect. Not over the top, but definately something I would have often, if I could get my hands on it. A very nice selection from Founders. Skal.

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

Founders- Double Trouble IPA

A- Bright golden orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Big sweetened grapefruit with buttery caramel malt. Slight touch of alc.
T- Thick sour grapefruit with sugar and a sweet buttery caramel maltiness. Hops overpower the malt but balance out in the end.
M- Very thick and bittery sweet. Big dry bitter hop finish.

Overall- Sweet, yet bitter. A definite must have amongst BA'ers!

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

12 oz. Bright golden pour, fairly clear. Little white head. Great hop aroma with a little sweet malt. Taste is incredibly balanced hop and sweet malt profile. Little biscuit, yellow raisin peeks through, then is immediately matched by the piney hops, very little citrus really. Slightly bubbly light medium body. Very interesting clean double IPA. Dangerously drinkable for 9.4%. Nice bottle art as well. Definetely a beer to compare pros and cons to Hopslam with. I tend to like a sweeter, stickier brew, but it is hard to argue with the quality of this.

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

Poured into an Imperial pint glass

A-Translucent golden amber with almost a finger of head that reduced to a trace

S- First hops and honey, then the subtleties of cantelope and butter

T- Bitterness of hops first then mellows to sweet honey with pine notes

M- Nice mild and smooth DIPA not a huge pucker power and acts more like a pale ale or regular India pale ale

D- Immensely drinkable with a great hop to sweet profile

If you like a hoppy DIPA but don't like to be punched in the face and want to have more than one, this is for you

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

12oz stubby brown bottle, poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Light tawny golden straw colored with a bright tuft of half inch of thickish white head. It fades into a thin lace just hovering above the beer and leaves behind some mild lacing.

S: Light bit of alcohol, wonderfully fruity and sugary sweet hop juiciness, reminds me quite a bit of Bell's Hopslam with just a bit less honey-like sweetness, it's a bit on the lighter side here.

T/MF: Opening alcoholic heat, bitter apricot, lemon and grapefruit rind. Fairly complex but not overly so, could ask for a bit more but overall quite a unique beer, solid if underwhelming mouthfeel.

D: The one thing that stands out in this beer is how close the sweetness and bitterness in this beer work with each other. It's almost impossible to tell them apart, it's as if they have sort of blended together to form a kind of hand in hand sensation of tingly fruitiness.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden pour which turns more orange after it settles. A nice creamy, chunky head.

A pretty Fruity and hoppy aroma. Grapefruits and oranges dominate the smell with some hops and malty sweetness lingering around.

Good hoppy bitterness, malty, tastes of grapefruits and oranges that makes a very sweet combination.

A medium body thats not to heavy and not light in any way. With a creamy mouthful this beer goes down damn smooth. A nice sweet after taste leaves you wanting a second.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just lost the review I had (thank you MicrosoftWord) but I do recall the ratings.

Strikes a balance between different citrus fruits--pineapple and orange mostly--some grapefruit, but not as prominent as in some DIPA's. Low carbonation, with a slight alcohol warming at the finish. Another great beer by Founders.

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

Poured from the twist off 12oz bottle into a nearly sam adams glass, some other crystal beer tasting goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours yellow and lightly hazy in the bottom of the glass, more orange and hazy towards the goblet portion. A soft half finger of white head rises and falls but lacing retains on the sides of the glass forming a perfect smiley face with horns, a coincidence, but very neat looking.

Smell- The scent on this is phenomenal, orangey citrus and grapefruit, a bit of earthy yeast, sweet base malts, perhaps even some lager malt in there. There is a sweetness that sticks around that is very pleasant.

Taste- Light bitter tanginess, so much hop but not as much as the triple IPA, Devil Dancer that caused blisters on the tongue. This is a good thing, I can drink this one and it doesn't hurt me near as badly until the alcohol catches up. The sweetness is still here lingering making this one smooth DIPA. Sad that it's only in 4 packs for the winter season. I've been going IPA bonkers this winter and in quantity.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sticky, not astringent, bitter, warming, smooth, medium full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is an excellent drinker and I would choose this as my lawnmower beer. I would be hot as hell, but I would be happy.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$12.99 4-Pack
Binny's, Orland

A soft pour from this stubby bottle and Double Trouble fills my glass with a surprisingly yellow, pale golden IPA. There was a good deal of yeast in the bottom of the bottle but I caught most of it and the body has good clarity. The bone white head maxed out at one finger and has a great creaminess that never goes away. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines all along the glass.

The second I stick my nose in the glass I'm blasted with bitter pink grapefruit pith. There's a little orange peel here and there but this beer is all about the bitter grapefruit pith without a touch of sweetness hop wise. The malt backing does bring a shade of sweetness but it's very pale and somewhat sugar cookie-like. As this beer warms there is a touch of pineapple that adds some sweet hoppiness to the mix, don't get me wrong, the grapefruit pith still dominates.

The flavor steps in stride with the aroma. The grapefruit character is all pithy, bitter, and unsweetened with orange peel and pineapple peeking out feebly. The malt backing is still barely there, being somewhat sugar cookie sweet. It's been awhile since I've drank Hop Wallop but Double Trouble reminds me of that brew a lot. It even has that same catty character and solid bitterness.

This big IIPA has a welcomed moderate body that never seems heavy or viscous like so many others. The carbonation is lively but never prickly and the generous hopping leaves behind a tongue sapping bitterness that I thoroughly enjoy.

I can, and have, drunk a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The bitterness will put a hurting on the tastebuds but each glass flows quicker than the last.

I've always been a huge fan of anything Founder's and this IIPA is no exception. This beer has a lot of unique characteristics when compared to a lot of the others out there and I really enjoy it. I'm unsure of the availability of this IIPA but I'd love to see it brewed year round.

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

I'm gonna get this off my chest first...

The label disturbs the shit out of me, because regardless of the direction that it is viewed, it looks exactly like some old dude with two phalluses touching right between his eyes.

Anyways, onward and sorry for the image.

The beers pours to a lightly smoky honey color with a tight white head and moderate lacing.
The aroma is juicy as can be, full of pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. A bit straightforward, and perhaps lacking depth and complexities, but delicious smelling, and more than a little similar to a certain other Michigan Double IPA (ahem, Hopslam).
Through the mouth, malt is dispensed first, and semi-quickly. There a brief shortbread note, and a quick flourish of toasted grain, slathered in honey. Then the honey lingers, for a long time. Hops lack the vitality of the nose and lose a lot of their juiciness. Pineapple and grapefruit and still stalwarts, but their ripeness is partially replaced with a crushed aspirin astringency. Pine also factors largely, and brings a resonating resiny quality. But there are sips that bring nectarous apricots. And once again, I'm reminded....

It's difficult to rate a beer that so closely reminds one of something else. And it's not really fair to anyone.

The body is medium-full...closer to full, really. The CO2 is stunted but remains steady throughout. The close is rampantly bitter with noted booze and crushed pills.

Basically, it's a very solid DIPA with some standout traits. This would impress me a lot...and does in many way...but there is so much here that screams Hopslam. And it's just not at that level, so that it seems like a pretty cool cover band.

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Photo of Payso10
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smells of grapefruit and slightly citrus. has an opaque goldenrod color to it with almost no head. the taste is smooth for 9.40%ABV with no alcohol presence. there is a lot of citrus in the flavor and would be a great complement to any spicy dish. would have many more as long as it is available.

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Photo of mjryan
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a tight white head. Excellent retention and lace. Tropical hop aroma, pinapples, mangos, citrus fruits, etc. Flavour is all about the tropical hops, with a big, sweet malt character to boot. Long, lingering bitterness. Carbonation seems a tad on the low, with a truly viscous mouthfeel. Nice DIPA, and exactly what you would expect from the style. Maybe just a touch to big and sweet for me, but good none the less.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, clear, medium head, and high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and melon dominate

Taste: honey, melon, hops, and some florals

Mouthfeel: way smooth and sweet for most of it--then there is a bitter aftertaste which lingers in the mouth long after most aftertastes are gone.

Drinkability: Another win for Founders. I was blown away by this beer. The alcohol is excellently hidden...If not for the high ABV I would have several. An excellent beer for the style and for all beers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.