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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,982 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,982
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 330
Gots: 480 | FT: 6
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

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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had in a New Belgium Globe.
A - Pours a nice, bright golden color. A bit hazy, but not overly. Pretty normal head for the style. Started big, dissipated almost instantly. A bit surprised by the small amount of lacing. It's there, but not huge.
S - Smells fantastic. Not strong unless you get right up in it, but once you do, pretty equal nice, strong floral hops and big malt notes.
T - Absolutely fantastic. Amazingly well balanced between malt and hop. Big on both, they don't cancel each other out at all. Starts nice and hoppy, with great floral notes. Moves on to super malt on the back, along with just enough of the 9.4 ABV to notice. But overall, the booze is well hidden. Just enough there to remind you. Great flavor all the way through.
M - Great. Not too heavy, not to light. Solid, strong body.
D - One of the best DIPA's for drinkability. I really wish I had (or could get) another. So smooth and balanced, the ABV is really the only thing standing between you and an entire 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 03:24:59 | More by artcurtis
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hop-hazed but transparent gold color. The head is actually pretty nice given the ABV, although retention is a little weak.

S: Right off the bat its a huge sweetness with notes of honey, caramel, residual sugar, and big hops. Bitterness is high, but the sweetness balances. Malts are not really giving balance, but do have a nice caramel aroma. Alcohol is apparent.

T: Heavy bitterness and heavy sweetness...you would think that the two would balance each other but they don't. Lots of honey, caramel, floral/fragrant hops. West coast in style, with that big pine and resin. The alcohol makes this very spicy.

MF/D: Alcohol is a little too high for me, which kind of makes this beer a little messy in terms of flavor. Sharp bitterness and spiciness.

Notes: Too much alcohol for me, a little unrefined, and a little sloppy. Good offering from Founders, but I much prefer the stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 19:07:26 | More by scottyshades
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3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz Bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden in color with a small white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of foam left floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Mostly tropical and citrusy hop aromas, with some slight floral hints.

Taste: Begins with a mango-esque flavor, finishing with a strong piney bitterness and some buttery malt notes alongside alcohol hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A good beer, but lacks depth to be a truly great DIPA. Definitely a good beer and worth a shot, though if I'm in the mood for a DIPA, I'd look this one over in favor of others.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 04:10:03 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly bright yellow- like urinating after taking a vitamin. Wonderful aromas of pine as well as sweet malt and orange and grapefruit rind. Tastes rich and full with lots of pine and caramel malt, and very balanced. Very smooth in the mouth, if a bit thick. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 20:02:51 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy brass colored brew, an off-white head leaving some lascing and good curtains.

The smell is grassy, honey grape-fruit and fresh lemons.

The taste is upfront sweet, toffee and fresh bread, some lemon marmalade and a very good bitter finish. A hint of alcohol.

Medium carbonation, soft and pleasant, a nice dry finish.

A really nice (d)IPA, my kind of beer. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 17:33:47 | More by rarbring
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent yellow orange brew. Frothy white head forms and leaves a thin film on top with silky lacing.

Citrus aromas, lots of hops. Touch of pine and honey in the nose.

Bold hops dominate the flavor to start it off. Very citrusy with lemon, orange and grapefruit notes. Malt is sweet and honey-like. The alcohol warms the throat and the hops dry the tongue letting you know you're drinking a real beer. Finish is surprisingly clean and the drying effect is short-lived.

Medium to full-bodied, a bit lighter than I expected and this adds to the drinkability. Low amount of fizz but enough to tickle the senses. Texture is creamy at the end.

First DIPA I've tried and I am definitely impressed. A very well rounded beer. Flavors are robust yet balanced. Feel is dry then clean and crisp at the end. Alcohol is barely detectable in the taste, making it somewhat deceptive and even dangerous. My gut tells me this has been aged because the hops seem a bit restrained and the finish just a tad too smooth. Maybe I'm wrong and the beer is just that good. Another exceptional brew from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:46:05 | More by bnes09
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: Bottled on 01/07/2010

A - Pours a hazy golden orange. Nice two finger head settles to a quarter inch of pillowy bubbles. Leaves lacing all the way down.

S - Citrus candy, caramel malt, and a hint of pine. No alcohol to trace. Quite nice overall.

T - Sweet and citrusy like the smell. I haven't tried this beer before, and since it was bottled over a half year ago, I wasn't expecting much hops. Well I ended up getting plenty of hops for me, and this ended up being as well balanced of a beer that I have tasted. The sweet caramel malts come out big time, but there is a near perfect balance of bitter and maltiness throughout the drink. The only trace of alcohol is right after the swallow, but it quickly turns to a faint bitter tropical fruit taste, something I can't quite pinpoint.

M - Not as big as I would expect in a DIPA, but smooth to go down and refreshing as well. Very little carbonation here, fine by me.

D - I'm guessing this one has mellowed out a tad in the last 6 to 7 months, as it was probably the most drinkable beer I have experienced at 9.4%. I'd like to try it fresh at some point, but this one is very drinkable with a little age on it. So beware, four of these would probably put you on your ass.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 20:25:22 | More by Bonis
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in to my cantillon glas

A : beautifull dark golden colour with à 2 finger head that comes down to à half à finger , very Nice lacing

S: very hoppy , citrus , orangepeel , you can smell that this beer is bitter ,

T: follows the nose , very Nice hop flavour , the bitternes comes from the citrus and the orangepeel , sweet , Nice honey flavour,
Very well balanced , little bit of alcohol warms the beer but most of the alcohol is very well hidden

M: smooth and creamy , medium to low carbonation
Ti's is à perfect brew for à Nice hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 19:27:08 | More by beerpirates
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a bright, hazy, golden-orange color which catches the light. As the head fades, it reveals a delicate lace. The one detraction here is that there is not much head- even with an aggressive pour and it doesn't last long.

S. Piney and tropical hop aromas overlap malt sweetness. The smell reminds me of Hawaiian Punch and pine resin. There is also a slight hint of Honeysuckle flowers.

T. Sweet and floral, followed by some hop bitterness. While the dominating flavor is pink grapefruit, there is honey and some vanilla as well.

M. I think that DIPAs tend to be a little thin but that was not the case here. The 9.4% alcohol is well hidden and the beer is actually quite refreshing in spite of it.

D. Hop heavy without being overly bitter and because of the, well hidden, high alcohol content it's likely to get you into trouble quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 16:01:59 | More by hopstradamus
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West Virginia

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

Poured a nice orange with a slight haze to it. Two fingers of soft off white head left behind plenty of sticky lace. The smell is nothing but hops. All I picked up was fresh fruit and pinesol...awesome. The taste was right on the money with the smell. Lost of fresh hops up front giving it a wonderful grapfruit and apricot taste that is backed up by a sticky pine freshness. Mouthfeel was full and smooth. Drinkability was very nice also. I couldn't tell it was 9.4% but could sure feel it after drinking two.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 08:28:43 | More by russellaaron69
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, my first Founder's experience. 341 ml, bottled March 5, 2010 into a tulip. Might be past it's prime.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a couple fingers of soapy white head. Tons of webbed, sticky lace. Immediately I get a whiff of this stuff, and haven't even dug my nose into this yet. Upon further olfactory investigation, I get a giant wave of pineapple, mango, orange and other tropical fruits. Solid malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol in here as well. I wanna get into this now. Hint of the malt and the hops lead the assault here, chased on its heels with a significant bitterness and a light wave of alcohol. Mostly pineapple and orange in the hops here. Wow this is solid. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-high carbonation and the drinkability is through the roof. The alcohol pops its head through at the end of every gorgeous sip, teasing me. I know it's coming, and yet can't resist another sip of this. I need another.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 03:44:40 | More by liamt07
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Russian River Brewing Company goblet.

Pours a light orange with about a one finger head that laces the glass as it resides. The first whiff and what hit me was the malts. Again, expected from a non-West Coast IPA, but still to this day always a bit of surprise since we (in California) are not generally accustomed to the malt forward IPAs. First sip and again the malts make themselves very present. Almost a piney, caramel flavor with a hint of lavender. You get the stickiness that is reminiscent of resin. This, to say the least, is a thick IPA. The back end is bitterness from the hops.

This is a very well-balanced IPA. I generally enjoy the maltier IPAs because it provides exactly this - balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:49:23 | More by teamizm
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, hops, mixture of grapefruity and pine hops. In the taste, sticky sweet grapefruity hops and a hint of alcohol. A small bite, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruit hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, a bit sticky, but really nice, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 20:05:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Very light, clear, orange-yellow pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Lots of citrus in the nose dominated by lemon and tangerine. Slightly herbal and medicinal. Big, spicy, bitter, wet hop bite that dominates the sweet malt, but not to the point where it's too much. Complex with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, tea, orange, and pine. Just enough sweetness to keep it honest. Slightly medicinal as the alcohol warms from start to finish. Nice, crisp, dry finish that's a bit resiny at the same time. And even though the alcohol isn't totally hidden, it's still quite drinkable. I'm three for three with Founders beers. Can't wait for four!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 16:41:58 | More by beerdrifter
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful cloudy amber. One finger head.

S - Hops have a floral/citrus quality. Something in the citrus arena I can't quite identify. No alcohol aroma I expected from the higher ABV.

T - The citrus from the nose is all over the taste along with a slight alcohol bite. Fantastic experience for the style. Lingering citrus in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with very muted carbonation.

D - Good. One at a time to appreciate the experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:47:32 | More by Swill5786
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this one in the late months of winter.

A: Pours a orangish yellow with with a 2 finger head. There is pretty good lacing on this one.

S: Smells of sweet grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops.

T: There is a great balance of malt to hops the accompanies the bright citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple. There is a good taste of pine at the end too.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation.

D: This stuff is awesome. It's super easy to drink and the 9.4% ABV is very well masked.

I can't wait for this to hit the shelves again late this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 13:25:15 | More by curly31989
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3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law while in Michigan this summer.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, darker golden color into a pint glass. About a finger of white head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, spices, slight bitter citrus notes, and a malty/caramel aroma.

Taste - First and foremost, sweet malts and caramel. This is a very malt forward beer which I was not expecting. Granted, there are definite hop, pine, and bitter citrus flavors, however, it is just too damn malty for me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice balance of carbonation, finishes a bit bitter/dry.

Drinkability - Ehh, for the ABV yes, but when I had Founders Centennial and Two Hearted in the refrigerator, I most defiantly went to grab those over this. Will not get this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:37:19 | More by SpdKilz
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cdkrenz for this generous offering, that he had celleared since July '09.!

A - Poured a hazy light amber in color with tiny chunks of black sediment that fell to the bottom of the glass. White head with good retention. The head left a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - It didn't smell as hoppy as I would have expected it to...this could however be due to the fact that it was cellared for about a year before we cracked it. Don't get me wrong, the citrus hops still smell delicious, just on the muted side.

T & M - The same citrus hops I smelled in the nose were present in the taste, and still a tad muted. I think cellaring this IPA may have mellowed it quite a bit. The alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

D - I should go out anf find a fresh one to see just how much of a hop bomb this really is, as I think this is one that should probably not be cellared. Still was very delicious and a definite recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 21:36:10 | More by drizzam
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a white rocky head. The head itself is about 1/2 finger to pin stipe depth that's mostly lasting with a very sticky lace.

S: A strong aroma of sweet grapefruit is evident in this beer as well as honey, citrus hops, pine, & some bread.

T: This beer was a flavorful journey on my tongue if I can say the least. There's a initial sweetness on the front of the tonque, but is quickly replaced with a spiciness. It then goes mellow in the middle and ends with bittering hops. A crisp and light flavor beer that masks the booze very well is, to me, very balanced. A more mild IPA, it has a very dry flavor, and it has a long lasting bittering aftertaste (not the best aspect of it).

M: Good carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and crisp. Mouth coating with a oily texture.

D: I love this beer. Would be able to drink a lot of these if it didn't leave such a bitter aftertaste. Some bitter hops can be good, but this isn't.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:43:23 | More by BrewCrew2010
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a light sun-kissed tangerine color with a substantial, bright white head that took its time to reduce into a thick foam leaving a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Spicy tangerine hops with a good dose of grapefruit and faint biscuit and toasted malt. Honey covered citrus notes come through as well.
T: Resinous citrus hops that follow the nose with big notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and honey. Caramel malt undertones are faint and picked up mostly in the finish. Slight biscuit.
M: Lighter body than I was expecting but there is still some viscous thickness from all the hop oil and alcohol. Speaking of which, no alcohol is present on the tongue.
D: Nothing at all wrong with this DIPA. There is just nothing that really stands out about it. I mean I love it, but it doesn't jump out at me. Maybe I've just been drinking too many hops beers lately. I would drink this again and again if available, but there are better DIPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 22:42:06 | More by scottfrie
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, gold body with a very sticky, white head.

S- A fairly balanced aroma of bready malts with a herbal, slightly pine/citrus hop profile; kind of sweet, honey aroma is also mixed in there too.

T- Hops seem to dominate the front of the palate, but mostly through an herbal, resiny, tea-like hop profile (reminds me a lot of summit hops). A quick flash of bready malts comes in and then is overtaken by the bitter finish that lingers on for a bit.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a terrible IPA, but the hop profile is a little one-dimensional (sort of reminiscent of oskar blues gubna, but a bit sweeter and maltier); it was hard for me to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:12:51 | More by TommyW
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A:Poured a golden semi cloudy orange with a fingers worth of head slowly residing leaving awesome lacing on the side of the glass

S:Strong grapefruit aroma coming throught with lots a hops coming up to the senses

T:Solid hops up front with a small amount of malt in there as well. Finish has more of that gloreuos grapefruit hops taste coating the palate with a small alcohol burn

M:Nice body to this one with decent carbonation and solid mouthfell

D:All around great brew. Easy drinkability, fantastic taste, and what can I say....HOPS!!!
As I said before another great offering from Founders, these guys just know how to brew a fantastic beer

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 04:33:59 | More by SuperNova777
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Snifter

Appearance - Beautiful Golden/solid copper color, nice head that disipates in about a minute.

Smell - Citrus, Apricot, pineapple and pine aromas, a very pleasant fresh aroma.

Taste - Lots of apricot and citrus. This beer has very well balanced hops. Maybe because it isn't overly bitter since it is brewed to 86 IBUs. A dangerous beer due to such a smooth/ crisp/light dry taste that you hardly notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Sharp carbonation at the beginning with a nice fruity, apricot/pineapple, and citrus taste that lingers for a good 25 to 30 seconds. As the beer warms up you can taste the toasty caramel flavor that really stands out.

Drinkability - Really enjoyed the experience of this beer. A real pleasure to drink due to the fresh aromas and well balanced flavors. I had to restrain myself from drinking this too quickly because of all of the nice fruit flavors and smooth crispness of this brew. Very well balanced and smooth for a DIPA. It does not have the hop intensity or as rich and complex flavors as some DIPAs, but that's not all bad. The balance of the fruit and hops makes this a worthy DIPA. Definitely look forward to having future sessions with this beer and sharing with family/friends who enjoy Big IPAs!!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:38:35 | More by MKEHophead
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden/ yellow with a thin but steady head; lacing is good--especially for the style

S: Alcohol stings the nostrils; sweet pine and floral nodes balance a sweet malty presence

T: Very mild for what I expected; balanced hops and malts with a subtle sweetness that is very well contained; fairly calm and, dare I say, slightly boring for a DIPA

F: Fairly decent mouth feel; a touch thin

D: The alcohol sneaks up on you but it is hidden well making this a pleasant sipper

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:23:09 | More by dbossman
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a snifter

A: Pours a hazy light copper, more on the orange side than brown. After the pouring the beer into my glass there is about and inch of fluffy head that disappears quickly.

S: Sweet aroma of citrus and pine hops on the nose invite me to take a drink from my glass.

T: Very good balance of hop and malt gives the taste a sweet flavor of buttered bread, oranges, and pineapple, which transforms into a nice piney finish.

M: The mouth if nice and full-bodied feel to it, with a slight touch of carbonation. In taking a sip of this beer the mouth is where once can most appreciate the balance of this beer.

D: Founders Double trouble is dangerous as it is a delicious hop/malt combo that is easy to drink without the slightest hint of alcohol "heat". At 9.4% abv, I should not drink as many of these as I would want to.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 23:35:28 | More by SiepJones
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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