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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 4451
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 tjsdomer2


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Soapy and golden. Good lacing.

Smell: Mild lemon. Surprisingly light, especially for a double.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very refreshing lemon, grass, and lemongrass. Again, it's very light for the style with a clean, pilsener finish.

Overall: Could have fooled me it was a double.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:46:44 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Big_V


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this while at the Churchkey for brunch.

A-Lovely deep orange with minimal head

S-Citrus, floral, grapefruit and oranges

T-Citrus, Grapefruit bomb

M-Med carbonation, very smooth

O-Can't help but compare this to OTWOA. A little brother maybe. Don't know. Very similar grapefruit bombs. I will definitely seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 16:39:21 | More by Big_V
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: A nice straw color with an orange hue. 1-2 fingers of head settling to a nice collar. Minimal lacing.

S: Big hop nose dominated by citrus (oranges, tangerines) with lots of piney and grapefruit notes.

T: Big hops from the start, dominated by floral/spicy American bittering hops; layered in is some nice citrus (grapefruit and oranges); a touch piney. A nice malt backbone. Finish is very dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and creamy.

O: Very good balance but maybe a bit on the dry side for an imperial, a bit heavy on the bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 17:29:09 | More by mtomlins
Photo of Wukk


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Double Trouble's scent rises out of the bottle immediately after the cap is removed. Pouring it, into a snifter in this case, only further released the citrusy/hoppy/piny sensation. It's a beautiful golden amber color. I've been waiting to drink this a few days now, and it did not disappoint. Huge hops--malts come through, but don't touch the hoppy bitterness of the brew.

Delicious. Founders can really do no wrong, especially with these rotating beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:07:59 | More by Wukk
Photo of CarlosDanger

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4-pack of Double Trouble at my local supermarket, and again I am astounded when I find really good craft beer in a standard supermarket.

This beer was sharp, had a ton of bite all over my palate, citrusy, hazy, overall very nice.

I prefer my IPA's with a bit of dankness and funkiness, which was not really present here.

Beautiful hazy golden color when I poured it into a glass.

Another solid Founders offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 15:11:26 | More by CarlosDanger
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a quickly fading white head. Aroma almost exclusively of hops. Herbal and pine resin up front with hints of grapefruit, orange rind, and tropical fruits. Sweet malt hits the palate first followed by tropical fruit and citrus pithiness. Finishes bitter. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced and well crafted Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:28:05 | More by JohnG190
Photo of ADZA


3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Founders I'm pleased to drink and pours a pineapple hue with the fluffiest two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is a good combination of malts and hops with aromas of pineapple,boiled candy,lychee,caramel candy and torn orange leaves,the mouthfeel is over medium bodied with beautiful moderate carbonation and the taste starts off with pineapple,strong citrus,sweet caramel candy and finished with a passionfruit bittersweetness and overall it's very drinkable with its ABV not noticeable at all and yeah it's nice but there's better DIPA's out there cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:37:44 | More by ADZA
Photo of brewtus


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into teku. Pours hazy bright orange with a single finger head. Smell is bready, piney, tropical fruit, earthy. Taste is full of pine, some melon, lots of lemon, I get a little bit of lavender. Mouthfeel is creamier than a typical ipa, as to be expected. Over all this is a great Midwest style dipa. It's got a great appearance, a nice nose, and a lot of unique bold flavors that are still surprisingly smooth. Great label, better beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:34:33 | More by brewtus
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale golden color with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. A little bit of lacing in the beginning as the head dissipates quickly.

S: Strong grapefruit aroma, lots of hops in there.

T: Strong grapefruit taste that finishes with a hint of pine resin, honey and minute amounts of toasty bread in there.

M: Thin fizzy mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty brew. I enjoy hop forward beers and this one does not disappoint. Very good citrus hop flavor that finishes with the flavor of the hops as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:38:10 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin white head.

citrus smell along with pine.

The taste is complex with a subtle bitterness, citrus hop and pine. There is a nice malty back bone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A very good and good representation of an Imperial Ipa. Hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:32:58 | More by Tonerelia
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased in Warwick, RI.

A- Pours a hazy, dull honey-mustard colored body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to some frothy foam and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells like it has a heavy malt backbone - sweet caramel and bread. The hops are more on the piney, resinous, floral side with some citrus hiding in there.

T- Pretty much matches the nose.. big pine and resin notes sitting on a heavy malt backbone. Some soapy notes in there. Aftertaste is hugely bitter and somewhat off balance. Some booze.

M- Medium body, medium high carbonation.

This is a mini version of Founder's Devil dancer, which I wasn't a huge fan of. Pretty drinkable but the hops were a little off balance in my opinion. I could put down two before becoming sick of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:15:03 | More by gcamparone
Photo of arthuro11


4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single based on wanting something decent to end a day of working outside. Poured out a light amber color with a good head that was very promising. Smell was not particularly overpowering, but hits the taste buds pretty fast with great hops flavor, and flavor lingers for awhile. In a way that makes you want to take another sip. And another.

Very decent lacing, actually a little surprising to see the high alcohol content, an anti-session beer that you could easily drink more than one of as if it were a session beer. All in all I would say it is just about the perfect double IPA, might have to pick up another one tomorrow while they are still available.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:54:16 | More by arthuro11
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those double ipa's that is so drinkable it's scary, would love to try the barrel aged version of it. The aroma and taste on this one match up perfectly.only picked up a single, now wishing I had just bought the 4-pack. Founders has never really disappointed me and they still haven't.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:35:09 | More by Apom
Photo of teal


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am not an IPA fan in the least but drinking this and comparing it to what I believe the style to be - it's an excellent beer. Grapefruit is the word of the day on this for me. You can smell in, sitting there on the table in a crowded bar/restaurant. Very overpowering which isn't to say that's bad.

I enjoyed the beer rather much but wouldn't ever make it a habit and it didn't make me want to try other brewers' IPA's (singles or doubles).

Having tried more than a few different styles of beers and not considering myself to be locked into any one style when I go out or think about a beer enough to write a review - I'd say this is a good beer, worthy of trying at the least.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:21:44 | More by teal
Photo of Mikecap


4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: poured a hazy golden orange with a short whitish head that fades quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: beautiful citrus fruit, with tangerine in the forefront. Also earthy notes with pine pushing through. Great smelling beer.

Taste: hoppy with tastes of pine and resin but well balanced with citrus from the aroma. Caramel comes through from the malt in a great tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with mild carbonation, leading to a smooth, crisp finish. Alcohol is well masked and this isn't too bitter for a DIPA.

Overall: this is another fabulous beer from Founders. Pricey, but worth trying if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:15:54 | More by Mikecap
Photo of SerialHiker


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a sumptuous caramel brown with lighter golden hues on the bottom…fairly transparent, I can see a few bubbles working in the middle…head is off white and thin…it does liven up with a few swirls, but then settles to a wispy thin layer…(3.5/5)

Smell: Tons of rich hops aroma with a nice sweetness underlying…pale, caramel malts balance out this hopfest, so while I know there are a ton of hops in there, I’m not overwhelmed by them in the nose…piney, rich, syrupy hops smell waters my mouth…maybe just a touch of honey…very inviting! (4.25/5)

Taste: Piney, earthy hops hit my tongue bringing tons of flavor and bitterness…there’s a real tropical (mango, unripe pineapple) sweetness that’s also involved in the initial impact…malts are definitely playing a background role here, but I do pick up the caramel taste that does take a bit of the edge off all the bitterness…robust, syrupy, pine resin flavor remains in the third phase and holds on for dear life…tons of hops bitterness! Yum! (4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…carbonation is plentiful and brings earthy, resiny pine hops bitterness to the palate…robust, chewy and surprisingly smooth…I take a sip, I swirl it around and flavor just continues to develop…but it certainly goes down easy…tons of piney bitterness lingers into the after taste for several minutes…the outside of my tongue tingles in IBU’s…(4.5/5)

Overall: An outstanding brew! I’m all about the hops - IPA’s, double IPA’s, black ales, dry hopped reds – you name it and this is one that stands out for sure…it’s got a really nice sweetness and caramel tone that keeps this train from getting out of control…all while taking me straight to flavortown…while its elevated ABV ensures a smile on my face…if you are like me and enjoy higher gravity IPA’s, than Double Trouble is for you…this is a true palate wrecker…highly recommended, seek this one out and enjoy! (4.5/5)


Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:10:20 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of Krtebr


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very nice, slightly cloudy deep amber color. Full head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles.
S: Citrus tones with a nut backdrop. Very full and rich.
T: Soft for a double IPA. Front taste is slightly grassy, followed by sweet tones of passion fruit, caramel, and grapefruit. Long finish.
M: Very smooth and full.
O: Very good. A little more syrupy than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 19:56:46 | More by Krtebr
Photo of Tonmeister


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tap into Growler poured in tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Golden hue yellow, slightly hazy, amber with a thin white head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Strong tropical fruit presence with a nice hoppy blend. Plums, grape fruit flavors, peach, mango, and earthy simcoe hops presence.

Taste: bittery on the front end from the explosive hop presence, and a nice sweetness on the back end from the peaches, mango, and tropical fruits. Very earthy, and biter sweet. I can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great Imperial Double IPA. It is one of my favorite DIPA. It is very well balanced. I like it better than Ruination.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2013 21:10:49 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of RickS95


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In general, it nails the look for the style. Not quite as dark as some, it's a pale copper orange color with a slight haziness to it. Despite the haze, it tries to be translucent, but just misses. The head is very contrasting bright white. Frothy with different sized bubbles, it retains well and leaves the classic DIPA lace behind.

Good luck finding a better smelling beer. Think Pacific Northwest. A variety of citrus fruits, some pine, even a bit of malt so the hops have a palatte to play on.

The malt and the pine do most of the shining to the taste buds. I didn't pick up much in the way of orange, grapefruit or pineapple that I smelled, but it's still a great tasting beer as the malt and pine work well together.

I can't think of many beers of the type that can approach this in terms of smoothness and ease in drinking. This is a big beer, a DIPA with big high ABV, and yet I'm almost gulping it because it tastes so good and goes down so easily. I can see this beer causing trouble because it'll sneak up on you. It's borderline light bodied, though the body comes on stronger as the beer works from lips to throat. There is a lingering bitterness in the swallow, just to make sure you remember it's an IPA.

Overall, it's a pretty extraordinary beer. I could easily drink this any time of the year and might just make sure to keep several in the fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:01:25 | More by RickS95
Photo of minterro


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as special as I planed for my 300th rating, but I've been doing a lot of traveling of the past few weeks (including a move out to Denver) so this was the best beer at my disposal.

A&S: Translucent caramel orange colored beer. Yellow/white head that doesn't have much retention, limited amounts of lacing. Cane sugar sweet complemented by powerful citrus (passionfruit) notes and boozy characteristics.

T&M: Very sweet of the bat but it fades brilliantly into a moderate bitter, piney and grapefruit hopped finish. similar passion fruit tones in the front as were found in the smell. medium to full body, medium to low carbonation.

Overall: a very solid double, I still think I favor hopslam a bit more than this one, but overall it was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 05:55:42 | More by minterro
Photo of mattbk

New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Light orange, cloudy, this is unfiltered, minimal head. Looks fine.
S - Super orange, grapefruit, nothing very tropical, I'd guess Amarillo was in this along with some other Cs. Good.
T - Super hop flavor, some dank to this for sure, rich and oily, orange and grapefruit again, bitter, but matched by hop flavor, definitely some sweetness from malts, perhaps honey or light caramel. Alcohol > 9% but hidden well. Great taste.
M - A bit turned off by the syrupy mouthfeel of this beer, I'd certainly prefer a bit drier. Medium amount of carbonation.
O - A very good beer, would certainly recommend, not my favorite DIPA, but certainly a beer very worthy of being placed with some of the best. If the sweetness and mouthfeel were backed down a bit I'd like it even more.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:32:07 | More by mattbk
Photo of mfnmbvp


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

12 oz. bottle, with the bottled on date apparently reading 04/01/2013. Excited to have this beer in my grasp yet again, since I remember enjoying it a lot last year. Scored the 4 pack from my local beer store for $10.99. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright beautiful orange color with about a quarter inch of white head which dissolves out quickly. Slightly hazy with some bubbles lazily floating topside. No lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is of nice citrus grapefruit, oranges, & pine needles. Some toasty malt presence, and just a hint of alcohol heat. A fairly simple aroma, but hits it's mark indefinitely.

T - Now this is what a DIPA should taste like. Beautiful sharp citric grapefruit, complemented well by the sweetness of the malt. Juicy, fruity, sweet, & just a bit earthy. Alcohol heat is faint, but apparent.

M - Feel is sleek and creamy, with bitter grapefruit hop resins coating the palate. Such a smooth brew.

Overall, a wonderfully executed DIPA, easily one of the best I've had. Definitely just as good as I remembered it being last year. Dangerously smooth and easy drinking for being such a big beer, with minimal alcohol warmth. Truly an outstanding beer from Founders, one that all IPA lovers should try.

Founders Double Trouble ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 18:49:22 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a Founders tap takeover at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a small bulbous tulip-style glass.

Appearance - Body is a bright and clear golden color with stark white head that is maybe a finger worth. Eventually settles to a rim of lacing around the edge and speckled lace on top of the body.

Smell - Wonderfully piney with undertones of fruit--grapefruit and other stark citrus notes. Very little else going on to my nose, but it doesn't matter because the aroma is so intoxicating.

Taste - Fresh and pungent with pine resin and more grapefruit goodness as well as some pineapple and a bit more sweetness peeking through as it warms. Alcoholic heat is detectible but well hidden. Notes of bitterness balance the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering and faint bitterness.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I feel doesn't get as much love as everyone's favorites, but it 's well worth a mention. I would gladly drink this again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 04:59:08 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Querty8


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Beer looks like beer. Crystal clear, no cloudiness...maybe a light tint of orange.

S - Lots of citrus and hops, not much malt.

T - Spot on. Definitely a hop bomb but has a decent malt presence to balance it. Amazing.

M - Creamy, full bodied, but yet drinkable. Goes down easy with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - This is definitely in my top 5...had this like a month ago and have been seeking it out since...found it earlier this week...enjoying it now. If you love DIPA's, you'll love this.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:47:27 | More by Querty8
Photo of FLima


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a relatively thin head.
Aroma of passion fruit, rotten peaches and mango. Notes of sweet pineapples.
Sweet flavor of concentrated malt, this is counterbalanced by a good bitterness. Hints of apple juice, grapefruit, pine, honey and resins. Super bitter and dry aftertaste.
Full liquorish body with low carbonation.
Its 9.4% ABV is harmonic and just have a numbing effect.
Quite sweet, malty, alcoholic, flavorful and bitter beer, all tuned up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 19:50:18 | More by FLima
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