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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,744
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 312
Gots: 404 | FT: 5
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 schoolboy


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

This came highly recommended by a friend, and got drank directly immediately after a Founders Nemisis. The styles are so different, it is hard to adjust.

This has one of the best aromas I have ever smelled. Perfect. The color is much lighter than you would expect - and the lack of maltiness is consistent with the color.

It is not boozy - the alcohol is covered by the thick hops. This is a winner, but it would be difficult to drink two. It's a good thing I have others! ...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 00:24:31 | More by schoolboy
Photo of kylehayworth


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

A: This beer was a nice and vibrant golden hue, with minimal head.

S: Great smells of citrus hops.

T: Taste even better then it smells. It is very well balanced with the slight maltiness you get, helping to round out all the piney/citrus hops.

M/D: Well put together, good mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 13:36:57 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of berpwillie


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy copper-orangish color with a good bit of lite fluffy head, and lots of carbonation. thin lacing covers the glass as the beer recedes. very hoppy smell and taste, with a vague hint of some citrus or fruity like flavors as well. very lite feel for such a hoppy beer, not in a bad way at all. this is a very drinkable, and delicious beer. very different from other DIPA's i've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 11:58:01 | More by berpwillie
Photo of largadeer


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

Bottle from Dyan. Thanks!

Burnished gold in the glass with a moderate haze. The first pour leaves me with a small frothy white cap, which in time recedes to a thick collar. It's a hearty looking ale.

Grapefruit is strong on the nose; flesh, peel and zest. There's a touch of orange to it as well, hints of pine, whispers of candy sweetness.

Flavors of grapefruit and pine fill the mouth upon first sip, and they're chased by a light malty sweetness, a touch of solventy alcohol and ultimately a sharp resiny bitterness. It's not an entirely dry beer, even in the finish, though it's not sweet either. Medium in body, it has a pleasant lightness to it for the hefty alcohol content. This is very good, not quite in the upper-eschelon of DIPAs, but highly enjoyable all the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 05:17:10 | More by largadeer
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up several of these in recent trades. Not sure where this exact bottle came from, but a big thanks to whoever sent it.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Nice aggressive pour yielded three fingers of fluffy white head in my Deschutes Tulip.

S - Lots of grapefruit. Floral piney esthers, well balanaced. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

T - First taste is of sweet citrus. Quickly leads into a bitter hoppy attack. The aftertaste is a mix of sweet clementine and hoppy bliss. The tongue is left very dry, the only hint of the high abv. This beer is quite tasty.

M - Medium/ full body. Thin for a DIPA, thick for an IPA, sort of inbetween. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol dries the tongue.

D - Dangerously drinkable. This beer is tasty, hoppy and has no taste of alcohol. This is probably the best non west coast IPA I've had since Hop Slam. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:39:34 | More by Genghis22
Photo of Soneast


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. Develops a 2-finger thick, light yellow colored head, that showcases great retention, and tons of lace.

The aroma is zesty and citrusy. I pick up mostly lemon notes, there is a sweetness to it as well, akin to honey. The hops shine, but some pale malt character is evident.

Wow, talk about a lemony-hop character. So citrusy and I really do not pick up any malt flavors save for a mild sweetness throughout. Mostly, I get a zesty, lemony, slightly grapefruity flavor. The finish is quite bitter and there is a fair amount of alcohol...the combination of strong bitter hops and alcohol is a touch off-putting.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low side, but complimentary to the flavors. The finish kinda ruins this one for me...too much alcohol, which when combined with such an intense bitter hop flavor, makes me grimace a bit with each swallow.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:54:00 | More by Soneast
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy, golden/orange-ish color. Thin head, maybe a quarter inch, but very well organized bubbles. Thin, but high columns of lace line the glass from top to bottom and seem to add a bit of prestige to the beer.

SMELL: Smells exactly like an IPA should. Strong floral aroma with slight hoppiness and a hint of citrus.

TASTE: Normally excessive malt is too sweet for me, but this beer begins with a IPA-like hoppy, floral flavor and quickly morphs into a delicious, bitter, malty finish. Although calling it a finish might be a bit unfair, the malty bitterness seems to kick in fairly early in the sip. The one thing that ties the front and back end together though is a mild smokiness throughout.

FEEL: The first two words that come to mind in regards to taste with the Double Trouble are light and flirty. This beer is flirting with my tongue. Very bubbly and alive for the entire sip. A fun beer.

OVERALL: There seem to be some distractions at first, but the reality is, this beer is all about the bitterness. The first couple of sips mask the bitter flavor with floral scents and flavors, but as you get deeper into Double Trouble it becomes apparent that the hops are the star of the show and they are bitter. Not an easy drinkin' beer, but a fantastic beer for a hop head.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:20:08 | More by StoneTSR
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North Carolina

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

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

Appearance: Hazy orange/golden body with a one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving good lacing.

Aroma: Citrus hops right up front. Grapefruit, orange and zest. Some pine is in there too.

Taste: Nice citrus/pine bitterness just as the nose predicted. Really delicious. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Feel/Drink: Nice medium bodied DIPA. I like how the alcohol is hidden, makes this really drinkable. Thank you sir, may I have another?

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:31:43 | More by travduke
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Color is a nice golden/yellow and is quite hazy. Head is about 1 finger in thickness and dissipates pretty quickly. There is some nice frothy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful citrusy hops, grapefruit, and maybe a slight hint of alcohol. Also getting a little bit of pine and a bready sweetness from the yeast.

Taste: The malt flavor definitely plays second fiddle in this one, as the hops are the star of the show. All in all, I think the balance is pretty good though. There is a detectable malt presence in the middle of the drinking experience, but it's hops till you drop from when it hits your lips until it hits your stomach.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Full-bodied and almost creamy in texture. The hops are right on the edge of being too much, but it's not quite there yet.

Drinkability: Good for an imperial. I think the bitterness might wear on you after awhile, as might the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:05:13 | More by BuckyFresh
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: easy drinking ipa for strength. nice hop flavor of citrus and pine

mouthfeel: medum bodied

drinkability: very solid DIPA, highly recommend and would seek out again

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 01:43:08 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

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

Appearance- golden yellow to slight orange in color with a nice bright white head that quickly fades to thin white foam topping, very small bubbles can be seen in the glass,

Taste- The nose is very very nice with beautiful mix of very enticing sweet malts balanced by beautiful citrus and grapefruit notes very enticing and aromatic beer, the sweetness on nose really pulls you in

Taste- flavor is of bitter citrus(lemon and grapefruit) drying hops on the finish with a malt flavor in the background up front attempting to do strong job of keeping this beer in check, moderate but not super long finish, the hop finish though is very enjoyable

Mouthfeel- Smooth and very soft with decent amount of carbonation with drying ending, overally nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- scary drinkable considering how high the abv is on this one, very nice strong hop finish really builds up as the beer warms up and continues to get closer to a room temperature, the balance is still there though this is overall definitely a beer made for the lover of hops, very nice example of the style which I enjoy quite a bit more in this years batch that last at least as per my own current tastes, worth look for while its still around

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 01:42:08 | More by Stunner97
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3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Serving temperature approximately 40 degrees F.

Pours a slightly hazy deep burnished gold with a small cap of white foam roughly a half-finger in height. Head settles to a thin, patchy cap that leaves behind some delightful wispy broken legs of lace on the walls of the glass.

Not a lot going on in the nose, even as the temperature warms nearer to room temperature. A slight aroma of citrusy hops, lemongrass and a bit of grapefruit, with a faint alcoholic tinge. Nothing spectacular on that front.

The body is surprisingly light. Medium-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation, helping to lift things a bit; I suspect that without the carbonation, this brew would be a little heavy. Sweet malt up front, honeyish and a little fruity with a hint of apple and pineapple; the hops introduce themselves in the middle with a mildly citric note before delving straight into palate-obliterating bitterness. Bone-dry and powerfully bitter all the way into the finish, where a little alcohol shows up to dry things a little more before hitting an aftertaste that is parching a little off-putting, but one which certainly screams for another quaff.

Drinkability is fairly good for such a hefty beer, mostly due to the fairly light body and immense dryness in the finish. Difficult to determine whether to sip or slosh this one, which can be a good or a bad thing. Good, as it makes the beer more desirable, but once the alcohol kicks in, that certainly becomes a negative. Overall, though, a pretty well-put-together DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 03:53:35 | More by superdedooperboy
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New York

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

A: Poured clear golden with little in the way of a head.
S: The smell consists of floral aromas of hops with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very hoppy but there's a good balance between the hops and malt. There's some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels smooth and medium-bodied on the palate with some thickness and alcohol warming.
D: This is a good beer to sip; it's hoppy but also packs its punch by way of alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 03:38:33 | More by metter98
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4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable, just drank back to back with PTE, Green Flash Imperial, Dark Horse Double crooked Tree, New Holland Mad Hatter Imperial, and Bells Hopslam and all four of us preferred the founders, especially for the price.

Great Aroma, Mouthfeel and taste. I wish this was a beer that easily cloneable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 03:12:26 | More by boostsr20
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter, bottled 2/2/09. This beer is over a year old, but I just picked up the 4 pack a couple weeks ago. Kind of disappointed, but can't complain being I can't get it in CT.

A - Poured a bright golden yellow with a 1/8" head that dissipated quickly to a foam covering. Leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Orangey and piney with some malty sweetness that I can't put my nose on.

T - Orange citrus is there in the flavor as well with some earthy flavors as well. Balanced somewhat at the end with a smooth toffee malt aftertaste that was playing with my nose in the aroma.

M - Leaves a sticky feeling in the mouth as most DIPAs do, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable for a DIPA but I wouldn't drink this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 23:49:53 | More by HopNuggets
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New Jersey

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

On Tap @ Local 44

Look: Light copper color, small frothy head, thin lacing

Smell: Hoppy, pine, citrus, honey

Taste: Up Front: Malt, grapefruit, grass, caramel, pepper, alcohol. Finish: Slightly bready and sweet, then the spiciness of the hops hit

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a touch of carbonation

Drinkability: YOWZA! So much going on! If it wasn't for the high ABV, I could drink this all day!

Overall Impression: This one goes on the Mikey Likey List for sure! A nice hoppy punch in the face with a sweet malty backbone makes this one a winner!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 20:31:00 | More by BeerGodz
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3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz dated bottle into a pint glass.

pours a hazy golden yellow and forms a thin, bubbly head right away. head calms quickly to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lace, but not enough to stand on.

smells mostly of resiny, piney hops with a little citrus fruit. not bad, but weaker than i was expecting.

taste is like hops shaking your hand, then punching you in the mouth. a little malt (toffeeish?) at first, then BAM! sharp. bitter. piney. hops. notes of juniper in the finish maybe? the aftertaste reminds me of drinking gin. alcohol content becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium bodied with just the right amount of co2.

definitely not sessionable. drinkability is average i guess, unless you like your beer as bitter as possible. i generally like ipa's but i might have to steer away from double ipa's. certainly not a boring beer, but i can't see myself drinking this often.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:04:21 | More by divineaudio
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4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I expected the hop kick but I was really surprised by the fruity snap on this one. Another great breakfast/buffet beer. Color was cloudy, bouquet was very hoppy without a hint of the grapefruity kick that was to come on the first sip. Good for breakfast or a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 15:50:44 | More by GoldHorde
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3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A..A somewhat light golden color. I was hoping for something a tad darker, but with this being an IPA, it was not too surprising.

S..A bit fruity, but certainly hop-heavy.

T..A little above average, but lacking something I cannot put my finger on. Fruitiness is present as it was in the scent, but the taste is a bit "flat" from what I expected. The hops are heavy as you might imagine, but I felt there was too much of a hops presence.

M..Good mouthfeel. The high ABV hits you quick; the mouth begins to dry out relatively early on during this beer.

D..Easy enough to drink, especially given the 9.4% ABV. However, with the taste being a small disappointment, the overall drinkability is diminished. Somewhere between an average and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 08:09:39 | More by bbeerman
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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the label. The double trouble face is funny.

I poured this and noticed it was liquid gold pouring. Very bright clear gold as a matter of fact. The head was medium but stayed throughout the drink.

The nose was clean and fresh and grapefruit with sweetness.

Taste is the same with lots of grapefruit and hops with some floral undertones. Very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Right now this is my favorite IPA. What a flavor profile!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:44:13 | More by daledeee
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1.48/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

In keeping with the double IPA moniker, the 9.1% ABV is substantial. The color is unusually light considering the style, but pours beautifully and is very clear. That's where the kind words stop.

I put my nose over the glass and was aromatically assaulted. Huge amounts of resiny, piney hops lept out of the glass and ripped out my nose hairs. The descriptor that I cannot overstate is "grapefruit". I have smelled grapefruity beers before, but this is the most intense of any that I have ever encountered - homebrewed or commercial. It is sour, slightly fruity, and nauseatingly intense. It's hard to dig through all that aroma and pick out any malt to speak of, so I'll just say that picking out malt aroma in this beer is akin to finding redeeming value in child porn.

The taste is simply a tactical nuclear grapefruit bomb. Acidic, and resiny to the point of wanting to scrape my tongue after the first sip. The flavor was neither enjoyable nor worthy of a courtesy second sip. But considering the price I paid for the 4 pack, I grimaced and finished the glass. Again, I tried to find malt among the lupulin jungle, but was having a hard time. The bitterness was intense and clean, but even that was dwarfed by the sour grapefruit of the hop flavor. After a couple of sips, between all of the alcohol and the hops, my tongue felt like it had been mugged in a back alley and left for dead. Sadly, my malt flavor report came up empty on this beer. Now, the owner of a 3 pack, I found others in my circle of friends that were more receptive to the "gifts" that this beer has to offer. I don't recall anyone thanking me.

I like a good hoppy beer. I think the Founder's Cenntennial is a fine IPA. The problem is, more is not better. Just because you can pour an obscene amount of hops in a beer does not make it enjoyable. I realize that double IPA is a bit a of a daredevil beer by definition, but this beer misses the mark on hop character by a wide margin. It is not done artfully or well, just brash and decadent. The intensity is not fresh or floral, but resiny and overpoweringly grapefruit. I think even the most extreme beers need just a modicum of balance. There was none. Just grapefruit, grapefruit, and yes, more grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 19:07:57 | More by tnlandsailor
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcnd9803 for this one!

Pours a nice golden color with a respectable head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

This smells wonderful. My nostrils are kicked by a fair amount of hops and a little malt peeking through.

The taste follows the smell. Lost of hops up front, some sweet malt in the middle and both in the finish. The hops linger a while, too. No hint of the 9% ABV, nice.

This is one of the creamiest beers of the style I've had. Very easy on the mouth and the carbonation is nice, too.

I'd say this was pretty drinkable, too bad I can't get it in Florida.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:10:45 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know '5's are rare, but check it..

Light orange with a white, frothed milk, 1 1/2 finger head. Body is looks refreshingly light and clarity is a bit hazed (my guess is due to aggressive dry-hoping and no filtering which agrees with my beer politics.) Lacing is thick and sticky.

Earth/light vegetal, pineapple pie (filling and crust), and apple juice. Smells refreshing and better yet, at 9.4% the is NO FUSELY ALCOHOLS AT ALL!!!

This time the alcohol hits me rather quickly with a firm, distilled flavor opposed to sick-yeast flavor. High-alpha dry-hop bite with a hint of the vegetation, though not as much in the nose. No pineapple, or even apple, and the bitterness is big although hints of sweet citrus can be found as it warms.

Very dry. Sucks the moisture right out of your cheeks...
...and it would have to be to balance all the malt in this one. Heck, the amount of fermentable sugars, (maltose or otherwise) could easily make a syrupy brew at this abv%. On the other hand, what stickiness there is helps that light orange fruit flavor stick to the mouth in a way to help cover up that up front alcohol taste, which really doesn't last too long per sip and even fades as your palate becomes more accustomed to the brew. (Or if your brain gets more "accustomed" as well thank to the high abv%)

A superbly crafted beer by any measure. For something so big the balance is professional quality. However, this brew is in the same class as Hopslam, Pliny (Older ad Younger), the stuff put out by Sierra Nevada, and many other greats and I find that it doesn't stand up to those so well.

I would have liked more fresh hop taste and the alcohol to be slightly cleaner. I had this one at a bar on accident and thought it was the best thing ever. I feel the bottled one is considerably different.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:22:40 | More by tapman
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New York

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

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I had the Centennial and wasn't impressed. i had the pale ale and the porter and was blown away. I think of all of them this was my favorite.

I'm not sure which hop i'm tasting and smelling but there's something there that I haven't had with any other double ipa. I guess it's piney but whatever it is it's very unique.

The drying effect of the hop is great! You feel the drying but are very refreshed at the same time.


Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 19:09:50 | More by david18
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 1/24/10 poured into a snifter glass.

The Double Trouble pours a bright orange color with some haziness that prevents visibility through the glass. No lacing is noticed but there is some bubbly retention. Smell is dominated with sweet citrus fruits and pines. Some hops and caramel malts are also noticeable. Much more of the hop presence (86 IBU's) comes through on the palate. Other than the hop dominance in the quaff there is also a citrus presence. No alcohol is noticed in the taste. Mouthfeel is seemingly dry and bitter. Drinkability is solid, nothing compared to the bigger DIPA's but for the price definitely a go-to for those hoppy afternoons.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 04:24:13 | More by abrand
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,744 ratings.