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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 TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sammy's in Belmont, NC.
Pours a very clear golden orange color with a thick white head and tons of pretty lacing. Smells of orange and tons and tons of piny and grassy hops. Tastes like Jesus, of citrus and an unrelenting blast of palate numbing hops. Just awesome. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, its just an awesome beer, by far the best I have tried from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 15:58:43 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of NODAK


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is juicy. Really juicy. Grapefruit on top of tropical fruits. Very hoppy.

Pours a nice golden color with a fair head. It likely belies how intense the taste will be.

The citrus hop bitterness stings right away with a pretty good dose of grapefruit and perhaps tropical fruits (mango and peach come to mind). The 86 IBU's show. Then, through the body, some spiciness peeks through with a little malt. It's pushed back at the end by a hoppy finish lasting into the aftertaste.

Some DIPA's are very malty and some are basically hop juice. This is in the middle of that, leaning towards hoppy. I think this stays away from being so ridiculously hoppy that it detracts. That said, it's one of the more bitter ones I've had. Definitely need to be in the mood for a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:41:32 | More by NODAK
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North Carolina

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

had on tap at duckworths in charlotte.
A: looks the part. orange and pretty
S: huge smell of hops and maybe a little bit of alcohol. but inviting all the same.
T: this beer should be illegal its so good. at the 9.4% mark you could drink, but should probably sip, many of these.
M: good mouthfeel and carbonation
O: i have been known to drink may of these and have to call a cab to get home. be sure you do the same!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 22:03:01 | More by GSmithBeer
Photo of ccm414


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. About a 1 finger head with little carbonation. Settles at a normal pace with light lacing around the glass.

S- Sweeter hops are prominent here. Much grapefruit and light sweeter fruits are what come to mind right away. Very light pine scents.

T- Very similar to the smells of this beer. Sweet hops. Lighter fruits with some piney notes. Has a good bitter finish to balance some of the sweeter tastes that poke through. The alcohol seems to be well hidden for 9.4%.

M- Lighter bodied with a crisp feeling. Not much carbonation.

D- Overall a pretty good beer, just doesn't appear to be very complex. Sweeter hops with a nice bitter finish. A little too easy to grab with the ABV.


Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:59:37 | More by ccm414
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into an oversized tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber color, two fingers of head which disappeared a tad quicker than I would have liked.

Smell: Hops. Lots of them. A truly enticing aroma.

Taste: Intense; a flavor to be reckoned with. Much as I love the powerful hop flavor, I would have appreciated a tad more malt flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery, nice carbonation.

Overall: Double Trouble brings a hop hammer down on the palate, a very good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 03:38:28 | More by Aircow86
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly translucent straw yellow with golden highlights. The dense 1-finger head leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell is all about the floral, citrusy, fruity hops. I get flowers, grapefruit, and sweet oranges. Fantastic.

I'm a big fan of floral IPAs, and not so into the bitterness. This one is right up my alley. Again, heavy on the citrus, with a really nice sweetness filling it in. Just the right amount of bitterness, which comes on in the finish to remind you you're drinking a DIPA. Delicious. Reminds me a lot of Abrasive in this respect (the floral/citrus vs. bitter balance), though not quite on that level.

Mouthfeel is right on. It's generally fairly light, despite the strength of flavor and alcohol, with nice carbonation. Some beers just feel right for the flavor, and this is definitely one.

I'm a fan of this beer. As I said above, it's quite floral and sweet for a DIPA, without the strong bitterness of, say, Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:18:28 | More by zeledonia
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The force is strong in this one. Aggressive Double IPA full of flavor. The hops prevails throughout but the piney earth note hit the tongue first and really standout. Smooth cream full body flavor with light bread, orange, lemon, pine mingle with the hops very nicely

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:24:18 | More by TheDTrain
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Liefmans Cervoise.

A-> Aggressive pour yields minimal head but the color is a gorgeous cloudy gold/amber not quite orange color. Good amount of lacing.

S-> Citrus but refined, possile bready whiffs? Pine for sure with hoppy lovelyness.

T-> pine hop resin at the forefront, some muted citrus (Possibly not the freshest DT I've had) hoppy bitterness returns towards the back, very smoooth, refreshing, gorgeous.

M-> crisp, smooth beautiful, again refreshing, delcious. Booze is very well hidden for almost the whole glass, maybe rears it's head slightly towards the end. Not a fault by any means however.

O-> Exceptionally balanced and enjoyable. Right up there with the best double IPAs (that I have tasted anyway) and just a fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 20:43:04 | More by Fluke828
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Light honey color, one-finger head with good retention. Excellent lace.

S: Bright hops, floral and citrus. Faint malts underneath. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms, without the hops fading. Almost Belgian -- it's a treat.

T: Full range of hop flavors (citrus, pine, rose). Malt sweetness is perfectly balanced to support the hops. Alcohol totally hidden. The hops/malt balance persists as the beer warms. Very refined and consistent.

M: Smooth, good carbonation, touch of cream. Muted carbonation helps with the overall flavor balance.

O: A winner for sure-- one of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

Not my top pick for the style, but definitely in the same league. Fantastic stuff, worth the road trip to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:37:30 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brew I've enjoyed many times on tap and from the bottle. Had one on tap last night, and tonight from a bottle which is
A: Straight yellow. Maybe a very slight amber tint; very little haze. Good lacing.
S: Very hoppy; some citrus. Much more pungent on tap (freshness of hops?).
T: Strong citrus hops bite right away and linger one the edge of your tongue for a long time. Again, fresh on tap had a better crispness to it, but still fantastic.
M: Medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation, but smooth enough.
O: Great aroma and solid hops throughout the beer. It's a kick in the mouth; fantastic DIPA for those that like them.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:32:24 | More by cr0ckett
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with foamy white head that leaves spotty lacing around the glass.

Nice hoppy bitterness in the aroma. Flavor has more of the same, but with a slight citrus tough. Lasting bittterness is the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where you'd expect it to be. Overall a this is a much better than average DIPA and one I look forward to each year.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:54:05 | More by thetomG
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: delicate gold and yellow with some copper hues. Small fizzy bleach-white ring gathered on top. Plenty of movement within, many a bubbles rising. Appearance is timid, despite its big numbers. Curtains of lacing occupy majority of my glass. Sticky icky foam

S: nose is rank with hops: grapefruits (pink and white), oranges, mango, and pineapples. Quite a mix. Nothing in the way of malts, probably will change upon tasting. All in all, this is a hop blitz to the nose

T: yikes, complete and utter hop goodness. I can detect some juicy tropical fruits and the usual suspects (oranges, grapefruits, and a few pine notes). The finish is very intense and bitter, near acidic, with a slap of sweetly toasted pale malts. However, malt lovers need not apply
After a few sips it is coming on a little hot, but it's never improper or unruly. Just a great amalgamation

M: smooth and sticky at the same time. Clean and bitter. This brew has the best of both worlds going on. Classy brew

D: Founders has managed to bottle hop juice. A big...big....beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 20:17:25 | More by Magpie14
Photo of Brenden


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

This beer is a hazy dark golden color almost reaching amber. A nice white head rests at 1 1/2 fingers and holds itself together nicely, leaving some good, thick patches of lacing behind as it goes.
There's a great hops bouquet coming off the nose with a good deal of complexity. Amarillo is evident as the main hop used, imparting an array from fresh tropical fruits and citrus, accompanied by piney and herbal hops aromas underneath. Malts aren't lost completely and add a nice balance, giving up some breads and caramel; still, hops rule in this one. A bit of yeast can be smelled as well and combines nicely.
The taste follows suit: this is beautifully hoppy and citrus-forward. While balance isn't perfect, again, malts aren't completely lost here and add enough to let the hops bill shine through while adding just a touch of breads and caramel sweetness. A nice yeast thing is going on in the background as well, and grains are in the flavor behind everything else going on in here. Alcohol is here as well, but I find 9.4% hard to believe. As with Dirty Bastard, a masterful job of masking an exceptionally high ABV has been done here.
The body is pretty full, and this is a pretty smooth beer that still has a nip of crispness to it. It's semi-dry, though one might expect a hop-forward DIPA to be a little dryer. Alcohol does affect the mouthfeel a touch, but it's certainly a very nice sipper. That said, I'm definitely tempted not to sip this beer.
Drinkability must, of course, be affected by the pretty immense ABV. Other than that, yes, I'd like another. And another.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 14:20:04 | More by Brenden
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 2/7/11.

clear golden straw color, lighter than I expected. not much head, and it quickly fades.

aroma is all hops, dominated by fruity varieties - pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

taste, again is dominated by hops, and again very tropical. "light" flavors. crisp and clean. hides the alcohol well. thinner body, medium carbonation.

I like my DIPA's more balanced, with some decent malt balance, of which this has none. My high expectations, based on other Founders beers, wasn't met.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:33:43 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of MrOH


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

Light golden with a nice, dense, white head. Healthy lace.

Big hops. A lot of tropical aromas, most notable pineapple and mango, with a healthy dose of citrus, some funk, and a touch of pine underneath it all.

Taste follows the nose, and the fruit is overripe. There is no really maltiness to speak of, which is not a bad thing, as the crispness works to keep the fruit from tasting cloying.

The mouthfeel kinda throws me for a loop. I tend to expect a beer this sweet to feel sticky, but it clears up briskly.

I like it a lot, but I don't think that I'd want more than one at a time. Still, very, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:04:40 | More by MrOH
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with small, thin head

S - Very, very good smelling. A good amount of grapefruit hops and peach, a bit of pineyness in the background.

T - Very, very sweet at the beginning, a lot of grapefruit hits right up front with mixtures of peach and orange before fading into floral and bitter pine hops.

M - The bitterness of the beer leaves the mouth a bit dry and parched. It seemed to kidnap all the moisture in my mouth. Cannot at all feel the heat of the alcohol, it's hidden very well. I do feel that the balance is just a bit off--a little more bitter than I would expect.

Overall - A great DIPA, I felt that the bitterness detracted just a bit from making it truly outstanding, as it felt like there was a little bit off in the balance. But a very, very good DIPA

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 00:47:47 | More by BeerBuckeye
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South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Born on date about 1 month ago.

Pours a wonderful golden - orange with a slight haze. The head diminished fast leaving lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity and spice

Taste is dead on for the style although with the ABV I expected something sweeter. Great hop bomb with a lingering bitterness that isn't too harsh. A bit thick for my taste but true to style.

Overall another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 21:20:20 | More by Jslay77
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While just past a month old, this big-boy is still pretty fresh (and with these hop-bombs - the fresher, the better). Pours a beautiful golden with a slight orange-hue into my tulip glass.

Mmmm, what a great smell - reminds me of a peach-cobbler pie; juicy fruits & crushed graham cracker pie-crust.

Wow! The taste surprised me... I think I was expecting something sweeter, but I'm quite pleased. I get a mouthful of a boozy, full-palated bitter warming and a spiciness that kicks-in just as I swallow. Like eating a grapefruit, my lips numb slightly, my tongue dulls, but not my taste-buds.

A wonderful mouthfeel and an overall pleasurable experience. This is like a Hopslam, but different. Kinda like a Surly - Abrasive, but different. It's a thing unto itself and as it's name suggests, I enjoy only one as I melt into the warm bathwater, then cut myself off; I figure two can only lead to trouble.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 14:05:25 | More by burnheartsMKE
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in the international BIF thanks to gratefulbeerhead, cheers!

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a 3cm off white head that hangs around for a while.
S - Citrusy hops; orange and grapefruit pith with a light pale malt sweetness.
T - Very much the same as the smell.
M - Medium bodied and quite an aggresive bitterness - just how a DIPA should be.
O - A bit one dimensional but I still dig it and would drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 10:25:19 | More by brendan13
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A clear golden color. Light for a double IPA. Slight head retention and lace.

S - Lots of hops, as expected. Various floral aromas as well.

T - Very piney hops. A very big alcohol kick at the end.

M - Alot of carbonation. Full bodied.

D - Good, but a little too much hops. Not enough balance. A little too piney for my preferences.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:01:31 | More by BeerDawgs
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottled 02/07/11

Pius a light golden colour, with a fingerwidth of bubbly white head that begins to dissipate quickly.

Lots of grapefruit in the nose, quite sour. Clearly a hop filled beer, but more on the citrus side than pine, of which I smell little to none.

Lots of hops in the taste, quite bitter. The juicy citrus flavour is present, particularly at the end. A bit of pine (more than the nose, but not like some DIPAs). Alcohol is well hidden, especially given the strength of the beer.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate to low carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, definitely a good beer. Very nice flavour, but not terribly complex. If you like hops, you will like this beer. If not, you will not.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:05:12 | More by jrenihan
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North Carolina

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

Bottled on 3-4-11 and reviewed on 3-19-11
A-Poured into a snifter. It is a nice honey color with a thin white head that doesn't last very long and leaves only some slight lacing.

S-Citrus and tropical fruit dominate the nose. Grapefruit, apricot, and peach notes. It is very hoppy and sweet smelling.

T-Much like the nose. It is very hoppy beginning with grapefruit and ending with some pineapple. The flavor profile is very fresh and tropical, the most tropical fruit tasting DIPA I have tried. Of course it is very hoppy but the hops are rounded out with the right amount of malt.

M-Syrupy and thick with just the right amount of carbonation. I can't imagine the mouthfeel being any better.

D-This beer is delicious and even though it has a high abv. one could drink a few in a session without any problem.

Overall, this beer was better than I was expecting flavor wise. It is not quite as good as Hoplsam, but it is delicious. I recommend it for any fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:29:42 | More by thegodfather2701
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle.
Thanks to BA TheSevenDuffs for the opportunity to try this beer! One of my top wants.

Pours a cloudy bright citrus golden with pure white foamy half inch head. Lacing hangs on down the tulip glass. Strong nose was picked up before the cap was fully off; so much hops in the auroma! All citrus and grapefruit. First sip reveals this to be a very hop-forward and dominate DIPA. Still mostly citrus hop taste, the faintest malt touch, and bitter/dry into the finish. Great mouthfeel, medium to heavy on the palate, still well carbonated. Almost no alcohol presence all the way down, amazing for a 9.4% beer. Overall, this is one of my all time favourite beers I've ever gotten to try! Great example of the American hop-bomb Imperial IPA. Wow, I really hope Founder's future expansion plans bring them permanently into Ontario. They are quickly becoming a favourite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:55:59 | More by heebes
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3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like hops this beer is the way to go.

Both smell and taste contain an overabundance of hops. With the smell you get the strong scent of piney hoppiness and with taste you get a punch of hoppiness with a slight sense of sweetness that passes quickly and leaves the robust flavor of bitter hops in your mouth. And that flavor sticks for a while. The feeling it leaves is of a crisp, powerful IPA: A big bite with a hoppy aftertaste. Personally this is a strong IPA for me. I like an IPA with a little more balance to it, this beer seems to give too much hops. If you love hops and just hops in your beer than this beer is a winner. As for me I did enjoy it but just a hint too much bitter with only a little malt or sweetness to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 05:43:28 | More by danielsonc
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the mood for hops, hopefully this will do the trick.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Short's glass, this beer is a cloudy, yellowy-gold color. Despite a rough pour, there's not a lot of head going on...maybe a half inch worth of bone white, soapy foam.

Smell: Not quite the hop bomb I was hoping for. Not much in the way of hops at all. Bottled on date is December, 2010...after three months we got ourselves some serious hop fade I guess.

Taste: Well, the hops are a bit more pronounced here...but not by too much. The hops take on a sweet citrus sort of quality, but it's tough to pick it out given the maltiness of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, good carbonation. There's a bit of a resiny sort of quality to it, but nothing that detracts from the beer.

Overall (Drinkability): I'm torn with this beer. It's three months old, and while age certainly accounts for the hops fading I'm having a tough time rationalizing this much fade. What flavor I can pick up is good, so I really want to try this brew when it's fresh. So, with that said...Founder's has not yet disappointed me with any of their brews, so I will absolutely seek this one out again to get me some fresh hoppy goodness. I will, of course, update my review to reflect a fresher brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:33:18 | More by krisandajt
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