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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,728
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 309
Gots: 398 | FT: 5
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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 n2185

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a surprisingly light gold color with some light orange hues. The beer is completely transparent with about a finger of white head which quickly recedes into a thin white ring. There is some lacing but not much. Looks more like a pilsner than a DIPA.

S: Sweet citrus up front--oranges and tangerines with some sweet grapefruit. There's a grassy aroma on the finish, though, which mixes interestingly with the sweeter citrus aromas.

T: The taste is quite unique and different than most DIPAs. Where there was citrus on the nose, the taste is all pine and grass. There's a very herbal and spicy characteristic to the taste as well, leaving an aftertaste of resiny bitterness and peppercorns. The bitterness does not linger, though. The malt does begin to show a bit more of a presence as the beer warms, but ultimately still takes the back seat.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation that goes pretty well with the peppery bitterness.

D: With the light body without too much malt or bitterness, this beer goes down pretty easily.

Overall, a pretty good and very unique DIPA. Where most DIPAs are either very citrus or pine forward, this beer has a very grassy, spicy, and herbal flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 08:41:59 | More by n2185
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Gave it a fairly heavy pour and received a big time fluffy white head. Translucent golden color.

S: Juicy, smells like the rind of an orange/lemon/grapefruit. Fresh, forest cut pine. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

T: juicy, full, sweet, bitter. The taste follows the smell with the bitterness of citrus rinds dominating. There is a nice sweet backbone that tries to balance this beer out, but the hops dominate. What is really amamzing here is that I am half way done with this beer and if the ABV wasnt listed on the label, I would tell you that this beer was around 6-8%. Very nicely hidden.

M: Full, sweet, bitter. Average carbonation. This beer coats the mouth really well and the body is perfect. Not as sweat and chewy as hopslam, but damn good.

D: For the ABV, this is absolutely amazing. Very nicely done. Founders is an amazing brewery and I would expect nothing less. I could put down the four pack and think nothing of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:33:18 | More by rrski198
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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While I tend to stay pent up during the winter months, the release of double trouble allowed me to see the beauty of this time of year. More double IPA or IIPA's tend to come out this time of year, and it makes me love winter. Double trouble is one example of how great winter IPA's can be. Mango, orange, pineapple, and pine dominate this beer's profile and I love it. A nice golden color, and perfect clarity (I assume due to filtering) keep this beer visually appealing. A great beer, it gonna keep me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:03:02 | More by Bbloom1989
Photo of Brunite


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

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

App- A hazy golden honey color. With an aggressive pour a 3 finger head developed but settled quickly. Very artistic lacing down the glass.

Smell- Great smell. Grapefruit & pine notes.

Taste- The bitterness is very pronounced. Initial mild malt sweetness leads to citrus on the back mixing with the bitter at the finish.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a decent carb level.

Drink- Very good. A great example of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:25:45 | More by Brunite
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Begian tulip glass.

Dark yellow to orange. Catches light for a very nice bright colorful look. Small white head. Not very good head retention.

Smells like tangerine to tropical fruit.

Big mouthfeel. Sweet and thick when it hits the tongue and then it finishes with a great bitter kick.

Super drinkable for a 9%+ abv beer. Very well balanced for its style.

This is normally the first beer that I order when I visit their taproom.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:36:03 | More by Skitowneric
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass. No 'best by' date on the bottle.
A) Very hazy orange-gold in color with one finger of white head. Head is almost creamy. Cannpt see carbonation through the haze.
S) Smells like a West Coast IPA. Very hop forward. Big grapefruit and citrus notes.
T) First thing I notice is the bitterness. Once you get past that, the flavor is well balanced between the hops and the malts. Slightly citrusy beginning with a smooth transition to a sweet ending. The bitterness returns on the finish along with a bit of the citrus.
M/D) Medium body. A bit resiny and leaves the mouth feeling very dry after each sip begging for the next. Definitely a sipper. Not a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 17:37:58 | More by goalie33
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The head is half a finger of white foamy goodness on top of a decently clear light copper body that has just a slight tinge of red. The head dissipated quickly, but a little bit of lacing was left.

S: The aroma is very citrusy, with a tony of straight forward grapefruit. Underneath the grapefruit there is a flowery aroma.

T: The taste starts out with a very forward bitterness that is actually present throughout. It really surprisingly dominates the flavor of the beer. The piney hops really enhance this bitter hop presence. It is backed with a tiny bit of a grassy flavor and the smallest hint of sweet malt flavor. Alcohol is present in a very small amount towards the finish of the beer.

M: Medium to full body with slightly lower than desired carbonation.

D: This is my fourth time having this beer and I have just had it back to back with a Bell's Hopslam. Honestly, it is more of a sipper and the bitterness is way more upfront. Also, the alcohol and just general size of the beer is a lot more apparent than in the Hopslam, which felt like it was almost half the size in abv as this beer. None the less, this beer was really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:42:02 | More by OnThenIn
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New Jersey

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

Bottle poured into a pint

A- Very light golden color, very pretty. Leaves a finger of head that covers the glass in a wall of lacing as you drink.

S- Very flowery and sweet, Hints of pine and peaches at the end.

T- Very well balanced brew, strong hints of grapefruit and some pine notes. Very subtle taste, quite refreshing. Some good sweetness with this one and the perfect amount of booze.

M- Perfect carbonation, very refreshing.

D- Very easy to drink, I loved this beer. I had one while I cooked some dinner the other night and I had to have another right after because it was just so good! Great job Founders!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:12:10 | More by thedoubler55
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks aren't anything to write home about, but is a nice golden color, a lot lighter than I assumed

smells...like grapefruit citrus deliciousness

tastes also of grapefruit excellence, and nice maltys to back up

I could suck a few of these down, the abv is hidden pretty well, but is also warming

Amazing dipa, Founders has yet to steer me wrong

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:07:05 | More by mahargcornsilk
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. First I dropped it on my cement floor. That shook things up a little!

A: Nothing special here, nice goldish/amberish combo with about a finger.5 head. Could have been due to my dropping it, not entirely sure.

S: Hop oil. First and foremost. Hop oil. Some citrus undertones and earthy-tones to it as well. Alcohol was completely hidden.

T: Wowzers - so balanced, so smooth, so complex, so full. This is one of the best DIPA's I've ever tasted. Not as punch-you-in-the-face like Hoptimum but really very nice. Excellent!

M: Moderately carbonated, smooth, frothy, hop-oily. Really nice mouth feel

D: Wonderful for 9+%. Alcohol was really hidden nicely which makes this DIPA dangerous. Could have burned through a 4-pack if I wasn't careful.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 00:06:44 | More by suspect
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4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz Bottle into Duvel Tulip

A: Gold with light orange hues. Two finger fluffy off white head. Lacing is thick and sticky.
S: Citrus, orange grapefruit, some danky resin and pine. Touch of sweet malt and a bit of bozziness.
T: Tastes as the nose predicted, ton of citrus, orange grapefruit. Nice malt backbone but not too balanced, as I prefer. Starts and finishes bitter!
M: Smooth creamy mouth feel.
D: This drinkability is outstanding, the 9.4 is fairly well hidden overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 22:34:42 | More by jmich24
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Bottled 4 days prior to opening.

A- Pours a burnt, golden orange with a thin white head.

S- Strong grapefruit and hop scent. Very nice.

T- Has a great bitter hop flavor. The citrus and grapefruit really shine. The reason I buy beer is the taste and this one certainly has it.

M- Medium-full bodied. Well carbonated, almost perfect.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9.4%.

This is one of my favorite DIPA I have had the pleasure to enjoy. The great thing is, I don't have to go out of my way to get it like I do with Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:57:10 | More by GehenHerzog
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a well-crafted example of what is swiftly becoming a "standard" american DIPA. Orange body with a sticky white head, aroma of grapefruity citrus hops with some malt putting up a futile battle for recognition, taste bears out the promise of the aroma, with puckering hop bitterness and flavors smoothed out by a fairly heavy malt body and sweetness that get a word in edgewise on the palate if not in the nose. Pretty well balanced, which is no mean feat with this amount of hops. This ain't no session brew, both from an ABV standpoint and by how much sticky hop resin you can have on your teeth and still pry your mouth open for the next swig.

Nothing really new here, and there are some examples of the style that are at least marginally better, but this is no slouch, either. Worth an effort to sample.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 03:34:41 | More by MillRat
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Nice honey yellow, orange tint. Head pours thick and white, settles to a foamy layer with nice lacing.

S - Terrific huge grapefruit smell, citrus is my preference for hops and this is right on. Caramel and toffee malt rounds it out.

T - First sip hits like a ton of bricks, big piney hops. Not so much citrus as expected. Hops give way to a nice smooth malt profile, caramel and butterscotch. Ends with a surprising spicey/grassy hop taste. After a few sips it settles down is quite smooth.

M - Outstanding, big chewy DIPA. Thick, medium carbonation, as good as I've tried.

D - Fine for the style, I get a little overwhelmed with piney hops otherwise it would be higher. Smooth and balanced after a few sips.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:09:04 | More by chilly460
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Sun kissed clear yellow body, small white head.

S- Thats some fresh hops! grapefruit and citrus makes the biggest splash, some pine notes, and some malt.

TM&D- All of the aroma and then some, where this brew really shines is its drinkability its 9.4 and tastes about 6%. It goes down ridiculously easy and its thirst quenching. I cant remember a brew with such a high IBU and ABV that was this is easy to drink, I would almost call it sessionable but I know im going to feel this later.

Founders didnt break any new ground here in the Double IPA category but its one of the most balanced drinkable IPA's Ive had so its totally worth filling up your fridge with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 22:37:06 | More by foogerd
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District of Columbia

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

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/6/11

A: Signifigantly lighter in color and overall appearance then I had expected from a Founders DIPA. It's brilliant gold that, when poured, yields a 2+ finger head - wow. Once the bottle is fully drained into my glass, I will note that it seems to be unfiltered as it is cloudier then when the first ounce or two was poured. Rich, thick lacing remains present throughout my entire tasting.

S: It's as if I had just peeled a clementine and held the rind to my nose. Citrus gives way to malty alcohol that really tinges the nostrils.

T: Passion and other tropical fruits send signals to my brain that oh yes, I'm enjoying a fresh DIPA. Persistant notes of alcohol overwhelm the delicate fruit juciness I was loving so much, but are in no way off-putting.

M: I believe part of the reason Founders has had the success they've had is because of this very reason: the mouthfeel. They always knock this out of the park, and their Double Trouble is no exception. It's creamy, well carbonated, medium to heavy in body and simply perfect.

O: Put another check in the win column for Founders. Their Double Trouble is great drinking, and one that I will certainly be returning to. The balance between the hop oil, malt and alcohol is awesome. Another high gravity beer done right by one of the best breweries in the business.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 19:49:27 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter for first Superbowl Sunday drink.
A- Gold colored, with a little head and some carbonation.

S- Strong hop smell, also very fruity, with lemon and other citrus fruit scents.

T-Hoppy! Little forward at first, nice bitterness on the tongue.
M- Very tasty and easy to drink.

D- I enjoyed this beer, very smooth and easy to drink. Light tasting. With 86 IBU's and 9.4 ABV it packs a punch that is easy to enjoy. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:22:23 | More by SalukiAlum
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I would call it burnt orange and golden. Nice little white head on it as well.

S - not overpowering, hoppy with some cirtus fruit notes, but very subtle.

T - Great hoppy flavor with sweet citrus notes in the middle and then fading to bitter that is not overpowering at all in fact it's pleasant. The best quality of this beer. Dynamic taste.

M - Not too full bodied. With the citrus it is actually crisp and pleasant in the mouth.

D - Considering it is a 9.4% DIPA this is very drinkable. I was warned that it was a palate destroyer, but that was not the case at all. Good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:39:15 | More by CuttDeez
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four-pack at work...not a huge IPA or Imperial IPA fan, but I've yet to hate a beer from the Founders Brewing Co...

A: Golden yellow -- very translucent and fresh. Nice white head that sits comfortably atop the brew for the whole ride. For an Imperial IPA I was expecting a little more copper color...

S: Pine resin and rosemary -- savory and somewhat sweet. Lemon zest, hint of coriander and kaffir lime leaves, but also a yeasty aroma close to saltine crackers.

T&M: A rush of citrus flavor (lemon-lime) balanced with a nice earthy hop bitterness. A bit of white pepper, maybe some fennel seed, but mostly fruit and rosemary come through on the palate. The beer is creamy but crisp, I don't feel overwhelmed with sugar or alcohol as I do with a lot of other brews of the same style. Refreshing and full of flavor (and alcohol).

I really like this -- reminds of a Smuttynose IPA, but a lot more intense both in terms of fruit, savory herbs, and alcohol. I'll definitely buy another pack of this...so well balanced with a long finish and excellent mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:35:00 | More by IceTrey9785
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3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale golden yellow color with a small bubbled ivory head. It is a slightly hazy, maybe more so than it should be and likely a result from dry hopping.

S- Hop character comes pretty quickly with citrus in the form of oranges and grapefruit. This citrus character is followed by a resinous grassy and slightly piney nature. A slight malt character is noticeable behind the hops. Alcohol is also apparent towards the end of the beer, but not overpowering.

T- Strong hop flavor from the get go, a grassy and resiny character with little of the citrus flavor that I was expecting but there was a little orange in the background. The bitterness picks up towards the middle of the beer and a malty character as well. The bitterness continues to the finish off the beer and lingers on the palate. The grassy flavor of the hops is a little too strong and lacks the complex character of some other DIPAs I have had.

M- Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Some alcohol warming towards the end with slight drying sensation.

D- The dominating grassy and resinous character of this beer is a little off putting and makes this one harder to drink. A good DIPA, but I would prefer one with a more complex hop character.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:06:01 | More by Lolli1315
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- this beer was kind of light in the appearance.

s- I thought that the aroma was pretty good. I could definately smell tons of citrusy hops.

t- The flavor of this beer is awesome. Their is tons of citrus and there is a little bite of alcohol that isnt to overpowering.

m- Crisp and clean mouthfeel.

d- I could drink about a dozen of these. I am really enjoying the hops on this one. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 03:36:08 | More by leakyfaucet12
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank You Founders for this beer.
Appearance - Thin head, decent lacing golden hue
Smell - Huge Citrus aroma, I always look forward to sticking my nose into the snifter
Taste - Hope up front, Incredible, Grapefruit, dry hops, sweetness! Hops in the finish too!
Mouthfeel - awesome
overall - IMO one of the best beers ever made!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:56:58 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color w/ a very thin white head. The smell is very fruity and sweet, almost like a fruit basket- very nice. Nice malt and hop taste mixed w/ a sweet fruity taste. Very nice sweet aftertaste, w/ a hoppy tinge to it. This beer isn't quite up to the reviews I've read on it, but it's very good, and I'll definitely try it again to confirm my opinion. This is the first time I've tried Double Trouble, and I'll definitely try it again. Very good beer, just not World Class for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 16:38:54 | More by jayhawk73
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in color with a soapy white head...moderate haze. It's got a wonderfully fresh citric, fruit, and pale malt. It's a mildly sugary, very sweet taste, with a lot of bitterness for balance. Good fresh, fruity, lemon-orange hop flavor. Not overly bitter. Orange blossom. Mildly peppery. Overall, this is a hoppy, perfumy, and very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:48:36 | More by Suds
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brian44556 to getting this one for me..

A-yellow golden with a thick white head. nice lacing

S-mmm smells like sweet and spicy hops. has that stale grass scent to it as well. has a good strength to it.

T-starts with an amazingly strong hit of bitterness. the bitterness is quite strong throughout the experience. the after-taste is of citrusy and grassy hops. wow this is one of those kick-in-the-mouth IPAs.

M-medium carbonation and a...bitter...finish? its so bitter haha

D-its a great IPA, a slow drinker, and something I wouldn't mind having all night. I'll definitely be recommending this to friends. I just wish it were available in Florida.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:24:13 | More by AdamBear
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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