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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,057
Reviews: 1,547
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 330
Gots: 508 | FT: 7
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 soulfly1492


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

Appearance: Pale gold color. Clear. Minimal white head, but what's there is very creamy. Above average lacing. Good retention, the head never completely disappeared.

Aroma: Crisp, bitter hops. Pine, citrus, red grapefruit. Caramel.

Taste: Almost exactly like the smell. White grapefruit upfront, some orange/citrus, pine. Some sweet pale and caramel malts. The hop flavor is pretty complex. The dry-bitter pine is prominent in the aftertaste, which lasts quite a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Mostly neutral, may be a tad on the oily side.

Overall: Nice. Very rich in flavor. More complex than the average Imperial IPA. Nice mix of malt and hops. A bit on the piney side, but still very pleasant. Everything stands out, nothing is completely overpowered.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 02:05:47 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of jifigz


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A nice solid appearance. A golden/orange with a decent head and some nice lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hop burst all the way.

T: The taste is pretty mellow and really enjoyable for the 9.4% ABV and being an Imperial IPA. The initial taste is a malty sweetness that is quickly overpowered by the tangy hop bite and that lingers as the aftertaste. A pretty solid taste, but a pretty one sided taste as well.

M: Feels great on the mouth, not too carbonated or harsh.

O: Pretty solid Imperial/Double IPA. This beer vaguely reminds me of what an amped up Two Hearted would be like. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 20:37:50 | More by jifigz
Photo of jmshulk


3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this kickin' in the fridge for some time now and I have finally decided to do a little write up. Right off the bat it looks a nice golden color with a puffy white head. The foam collapsed quicker than I'd expect, but that might be due to some soap residue on the glass. All in all though, it's a pretty nice looking beer. The aroma is very heavy with citrusy hops. It's a pleasant grapefruit smell with a little malt coming through as well. This beer really starts to lose me at the taste. It's not too bad, but it just seems to be hop juice. There is a little malty caramel flavor, like the aroma, and a little alcohol burn, but it's pretty much just in your face hops. Mouth feel is a little prickly but I wouldn't say it's overly carbonated, it's just right with just enough viscosity.

Overall not to bad, especially if you're in to big hop flavor. It's just not my favorite DIPA. I think there are some others that are a bit better balanced. Certainly wouldn't turn this down, but probably won't pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:37:03 | More by jmshulk
Photo of TheBrewo


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

We pour a brew a golden, pale amber color. It holds a one and a half finger head of near white bubbles. These are thick and chunky, leaving wonderful lacing around the glass. Retention is also big, with slow recession. Carbonation is standard, and a faint haze, without sediment is noted. The aroma highlights hops and fruit. The hops are citric and sweeter, while the fruit is of the apricot, lemon rind, and red grape character. The malts are pale, with a bit of spicy pepper action from the booze within. As we sip, the flavor pops up front with booze and hops. The booze isn’t hidden well, but the hops do their best, in the way of dirty flowers, and citrus rind. The middle moves forward with dryer fruit, and fresh peach and nectarine coming through, riding on a small wave of that apricot from the nose. The conclusion is with a significant, further drying booze character. This, along with a dry hops, and booze-soaked apricot round out the flavoring definitively. The aftertaste is of bitter citric hops, mineraly grain, and cooling booze. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is with a big froth and creaminess. If not for the booze, and the dry hop character then the coat on the mouth this beer imparts would remain, but instead it dries relatively quickly, leaving the mouth on the astringent side. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the soft nose. It had robust and present hops, but still seemed to keep a lighter edge, with subdued fruit and a milder grain. These acted to acutely balance out the big hop components, making for a well-balanced brew, but with a nice fresh bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:10:42 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer poured out as a nice golden yellow with some orange colors in there. The head was thick and white. The lacing looked really nice too after each sip. The smell of this beer is floral and citrusy, the nose is very fresh smelling and has a very inviting aroma to it. The taste of this beer is really nice also. I was really impressed with the flavors in the brew. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still pretty decent. Overall It's a really nice DIPA and worth getting if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:47:20 | More by Knapp85
Photo of rhenning

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeleit chalice.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with 1.5 fingers of white head that recedes quickly leaving a covering of foam on the beer. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

Smells of citrus, pine, apricot, mango and a cotton-candy-like sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick and creamy, just the slightest bit sticky on the lips.

Tastes of sweet worty malts, grapefruit, pine sap, resinous hops, and a little bit of that 9.4% alcohol, though it's well hidden. Finish has a long-lasting, but pleasant bitterness.

Overall: Another very nice beer by Founders. One could have a few of these by flavor and drinkability alone, but the 9.4% ABV makes it a tough sell for a sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:45:10 | More by rhenning
Photo of Klym


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kenm2118 for this brew! Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours a translucent wheat gold with a medium bubbled seafoam head that leaves blips of lacing along the glass.

S: Sharp 100% natural honey bittered by hops and smoothed out by a combination of floral scents and almost mild choclate lactose. Smells interesting and full of flavor.

T: Starts out and builds up further a strong, purely bitter bite while major floral and cactus flavors and some honey spread throughout the rest of the mouth and finish with the residue thereof. Interesting, a quite different DIPA flavor experience for me.

M: Medium bodied with not too much carbonation in the mouthfeel but a weird residue like feel left on the teeth and parts of the mouth.

O: Very different DIPA and interesting. I think this is a brew I need to be in the right mood for but I won't knock it for this. Would try this again, but I'm not sure what I'd be looking for out of the next experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:24:47 | More by Klym
Photo of mocktm


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass, like the artwork, as per usual with Founders. Bottling date of 2/7/11, hope it hasn't faded too much.

Moderate pours produces about a finger of sticky white head which settles down almost immediately. Light orange in color, sporting a modest haziness. Looks wet and citrus packed, just as any juicy IPA should.

Nose is made of mainly pungent hop citrus: significant grapefruit, mango and hints of orange peel and lemon. Pleasant pine qualities, mild malt sweetness, and a bit spicy as Plenwell. Not melt your face off imperial aromas, but very pleasing as a whole.

My palate is hit with a biting bitterness that lingers throughout, prevalent hop presence with citric qualities. Mild and amiable malt backbone that supports this hop bomb appropriately. Well balanced imperial that I could definitely enjoy a few of; you just have to be careful of the well camouflaged 9.4% ABV.

Medium bodied, crisp and dry in the finish. Well carbonated and slick on the palate. This drinks rather well for an imperial.

Love this beer, just wish it was a bit cheaper. A great medium between Founders Centennial IPA and Devil Dancer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 20:01:58 | More by mocktm
Photo of NCBeerFan

North Carolina

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

When I had this brew last year, it wasn't really one of my favorites, but whether it's that Founders tweaked the recipe or my palate has evolved since then, I'm finding that this has been one of my go-to DIPAs over the past month or so.

It pours a hazy, light golden color with a nice two-finger off-white head that leaves some latticework around the edges of the glass. The nose is outstanding…notes of mango and orange dominate, with some floral notes in the mix as well. Those sweet citrus notes are what immediately hits the palate, but as it makes it's way down the throat, those spicy hops make their presence known, albeit not too overpowering….and a touch of the 9% alcohol is there, as well. This is a chewy, bitter DIPA, which is what I've grown to love for the style.

I'd love to have this side-by-side with some of my favorites…Hopslam, Dreadnaught, etc….just to see how it compares, but regardless, I'm glad it's been on the shelves as long as it has!!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:37:32 | More by NCBeerFan
Photo of Phillie

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured from bottle into Dogfish Head signature glass....

Appearance - exceptionally light for a DIPA, hazy golden honey colour; large fluffy white head.

Smell - citrus, pine, grape fruit, and some other sweet fruit that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste - syrupy pine, bitter, quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - hits the pockets w/ bitterness... medium thickness and somewhat chewy/sticky feel.

Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'm glad that I had the chance to pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:59:56 | More by Phillie
Photo of notchucknorris


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

A: Hazy honey color with a thin cream colored head.

S: At first, I got some ripe mango, grapefruit and citrus hops. As it warmed a bit, I got some pine hops, hop resin and some wet horse blanket.

T: The malts hit first with some light caramel and a very slight breadiness. Then the hops come in with some notes of pepper, pine and grapefruit. The finish is on the grapefruit note and ends on both a sweet and bitter note. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:59:21 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, from a trade with Michigan-proximate Roke87...

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow colour, with a half finger of thin soapy off-white head, which produces some random streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, mildly sour bready malt, and a bit of soft menthol-like alcohol. The taste is strong, bitter pine hops, a bit of tangy mustiness, caramel cream, and a slight rising booze warmth. The carbonation is apparent, but quite soft, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but smooth overall. It finishes off-dry - cubed, the malt stepping up against the latent bitter pine hop strength.

A pretty decent DIPA, the hops definitely represented, in a non-left-coast manner, and balanced well enough. 86 IBUs? Sure. 9.4% ABV? Could have fooled me - oh, wait, it did.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:37:50 | More by biboergosum
Photo of huhl23


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Founders beer. Was super excited. Poured a medium amber with a small amount of head. Lacing was medium. Great nose. Grapefruit and citrus. Taste is well balanced. Not blown away by this like I thought I would be but overall a very good beer. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 17:05:33 | More by huhl23
Photo of Tree43088


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

Poured it into a Sam Adams pint glass

Pours Amber with little head

Smells of citrus/piney hops with a nice malty background. Almost smells like grapefruit

Tastes very heavy on the citrus hops and at first seems very bitter. Can definitely tell its 86 IBU. This does a great job of hiding the nearly 10%. At second examintation theres a sweet maltiness in the background.

Mouth feel is slick and medium/full bodied.

A great DIPA and my second taste of founders after KBS. I think I might be looking for more soon

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 20:23:50 | More by Tree43088
Photo of lbower860


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Ligher than I expected from for a 9 percent DIPA. Pretty light amber color that was fairly clear (also surprising) that turns more of light straw when held to the light. There was a really nice white head from the pour that lasted for quite a while and left some white specks down the glass.

S: Not overly powerful, does not smell like a 9 percent DIPA. Citrusy, piney and some sourness also.

T: Very, very drinkable for a DIPA. I had a real tough time tasting the 9 percent. Nice and sweet with some tasty pleasant malt on the back of the palate.

M: This felt more like a standard IPA than a DIPA. Crazy how drinkable and smooth this is.

O: Pretty surprising for me. Very drinkable for a 9 percent. I think it drank more like a 6.5 or 7. All around a really really good option and good tasting DIPA. Not quite at the top of my list my really good.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 04:31:45 | More by lbower860
Photo of chilidog


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, lower carbonation for a slaller white head that did fade abit quickly. No lace to be had.

Aroma of citric grapefruit.

Taste of citric grapefruit, hoppy citric with hop oil coat. Some maltyness with a sour bread-dough hint.

Mouth is smooth at first, but soon a hoppy sting lingers in the aftertaste.

Ok drinker, even at 9.2%. The hop burn lingers in the after-. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:58:10 | More by chilidog
Photo of Mooch273


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin eighth-inchhead floats atop a yellow-golden, slighty opaque body. Cloudy yeast ribbons throughout after emptying the bottles contents. Very little to no lacing.

S: Pine and citrus tones dominate.

T: Strong piney characteristics upfront, with grassy aftertaste. A little heat detected, which isn't surprising given the 9.4% abv. A slighty dry bitterness on the palate after every sip.

M: Consistency matches the style. I was displeased that the carbonation disappeared quickly; age of the bottle may have had something to do with that.

Overall, the strong pine and grassiness is a bit much for my palate; I prefer a little more citrus balance. Pretty decent IIPA though. I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:48:29 | More by Mooch273
Photo of rtepiak


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another brew that i've had a number of times and failed to review til now.

a bit of honey a bit of pilsner hint and actually quite light and robust at the same time. pours a bit lighter then most... yellow a bit of murk. great protein with a sticky head and good hopping. nice is pine lemon with a pilsner hint in the back. palate is a nice tight floral first and foremost. sweet of honey malt hints. wouldn't say it drops off but it feel rather crisp. nice tingle. reminds me of the long trail for some reason... just as textbook feel but interesting accents.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 04:16:45 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Gambrinus1184


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

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow with an orange tinge beneath a two-finger head of creamy, off-white carbonation which retains well and leaves some patchy lace. Carbonation is moderate and the brew displays with muddled clarity through a chilled haze.

S: Herbal, peppery and bright, citrusy hop resins dominate the nose. Sweet and fruity with hints of peach and lemongrass in the aroma.

T: Sweet, floral and biscuity up front, the brew's potent hop onslaught begins with a rush of scathing, fruity esters throwing grapefruit, orange and lemon peel at the palate. The flavor settles with some alcoholic and spicy viscosity before washing back with an herbal, stingingly bitter and slick hop finish.

M: Full-bodied, slightly creamy, slick and viscous, this brew coats the palate in hop resins and pricks the tongue with its stark IBUs.

O: A very robust, flavorful and boozy DIPA at 9.4%, Double Trouble is just that indeed -- trouble. You likely won't go beyond a second one over the course of an evening session, and the big time hops and alcohol tinge might only play with a spicy Mexican dish. Its a DIPA of unusual quality that is worthy of being called a great beer for those who love killer hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:21:21 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of JDizzle


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap and from the bottle. This review is from the bottle poured in a snifter.

A:Golden copper and orange with a sweet white head.

S:citrusy hops, grassy, resiny bliss. A little malt comes through as well as some alcohol. Great smelling DIPA!

T:Bitter Grapefruit, orange, booze, with a light malt bill. Explosive bitterness! One of my favorite beers on the planet. Barely notice the alcohol content, sure do feel it though.

Founders keeps winning me over time and again! This beer is available for about half the year which makes it that much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 16:05:46 | More by JDizzle
Photo of jmvecchio1


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out of the keg golden in color with a thin head and some nice lacing. The look is appetizing, but doesn't do the beer justice on first inspection. Not to sell the taste/drink of this beer short, but the aroma off this beer is outstanding! Off the nose you get all kinds of citrus fruits - tangerines, oranges, grapefruits - which really showcase the high IBU levels of the beer. Despite the large nose, this beer is very well balanced by malts. While balanced, this is still a bruiser of an IPA. You're going to get resin and citrusy hops throughout the drink and finish of this beer. Overall, this is a great beer for all manner of beer lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:18:10 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of Bfarr


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw edges with bubbly orange center, frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Light sweet floral aroma. Strong alpha hop lightly sweet citrus/floral quickly gives way to resinous hop then melding to a light barley and yeasty finish. Moderately high hop linger nicely settles to an unusually, precariously balanced position. Slick and syrupy with no stickiness.

Not a whole lot of clear flavors but well-crafted and interesting display of ingredients. Strong but never overbearing, it’s particularly interesting without a big malt backbone. It may be as much as 6 months old (the dates were smudged) but it still has an interesting quality, possibly because of the yeast strain. At any rate, I easily downed 2 and would hope to try on tap at some point.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:18:51 | More by Bfarr
Photo of JayAre46


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

A - pours a transparent yellow orange color with 1 finger of head surprisingly, then falls to a thin layer. decent retention

A - very floral, citrusy. hints of mango and pineapple sweetness with a very small amout of pine, notice the alcohol...

T - big beer, again citrus but grapefruit, less mango sweetness, then goes into a pine sap and tobacco boldness, a good hop bitterness that finishes dry. alcohol is present but not overwhelming and very clean.

M - definitely the low point for this one, medium bodied at best, carbonation is done well and moderate. not very coating but for such a big beer it is has a refreshing quality.

O - a slight dissapoinment, slight. but overall a good beer and i can't remember the last time i finished a beer this quick unknowingly, not sure if its me or it has a good drinkability for a big beer. i like the bitterness and sappy characters very much, i would like to see more body and more pungent aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 04:17:29 | More by JayAre46
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

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

I found this buried in the back of the beer vault. I remembered really enjoying this beer, so I refrigerated it in hopes that it hadn't oxidized. The bottle was dated for 12/8/10. It didn't stand much of a chance.

On the pour I smelled the beer many times. Each time I didn't get the oxidization. This beer had a lot of hop smell to it still. I got a ton of pine, citrus, and floral to it.

The body was well balanced, with some bitterness. Overall this beer was in great shape. Sorry it took me so long to write this down.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:36:27 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of bigaltemple


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty straight-forward golden straw color. One finger off-white head that quickly disappears to leave some decent lacing.

S - Full nose of bold, citrusy hops. Hints of grapefruit and a little pineapple.

T - Sweet, piney hops bite up front, quite tart on the finish. Nothing extraordinary stands out here.

M - Very thin with little carbonation.

O - Pretty torn about this one. It has all the potential to be a really good beer, but just doesn't come through and deliver.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:55:21 | More by bigaltemple
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