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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,438
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 346
Gots: 627 | FT: 9
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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Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

ummswimmin, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of bigaltemple
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

bigaltemple, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

This beer pours a deep amber with a nice orange tint to it. It leaves a two finger head of thick white foam with good retention followed by some thin white lacing - good looking beer. It smells of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and slightly flowery notes. The taste starts out relatively sweet with a fruity beginning followed by a bitter, pine and almost smoke like hop flavor. The mouthfeel has two main parts for me - the first being a nicely carbonated sip followed by a resonous sticky feeling on the back of my tongue and palate - very nicely put together. Overall I am very please with this beer - just wish I would have gotten my hands on it a little sooner as it was bottled on 3/15/11 - but nonetheless a very good buy!


antlerwrestler19, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3.63/5  rDev -14%

A: hazy golden, glowing yellow in appearance with a generous, fluffy layer of head...aroma seems to be a part of the appearance, as it hits your nose as you pour

S: Citrusy, mango, pine, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.. Very pleasant and warm smelling DIPA. Through the nose, makes my mouth smile!

T: See smell.

M: typical DIPA body....medium to fuller in body w/ carbonation ever present.

Overall a very good offering from founders, looking forward to how it compares to the devil dancer.

colt45n, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of sidetracked
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours clear golden orange with a thick off-white head. Thin film of head lingers. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is a mix of sweetness and bitter hops. Very citrusy with lots of grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Enticing and inviting.

Taste is dominated by hops. Bitter grapefruit, orange peel and unripe citrus upfront. Very brief bready malt middle present after it warms. Finish echoes the taste upfront with lots of hop bitterness. Bitter grapefruit mixes with some sweetness, light orange and tangerine. Lingering bitter grapefruit.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Clean finish with a light dryness.

Amazing. Great hop presence and bitterness while maintaining a light enough body to stay highly drinkable. Something about this beer makes me want more and more. 


sidetracked, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of tripelhops
4.43/5  rDev +5%

poured into a tulip glass, a nice finger's worth of off-white frothy head is present, and as it subsides, leaves traces all over the glass. The aroma is strong, smelling of a combination of citrus and pine. The color is light gold, lighter than a lot of the doubles out there. The taste is very smooth, a touch of sweet caramel followed by the bitterness. Lots of mouthfeel and very good carbonation. A wonderfuly beer.

tripelhops, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz bottle from the 2010/2011 production, well stored in a temperature controlled environment. Poured into an English Imp Pint Nonic

Served at 45-50 degrees

Pours a nice one finger head, which dissipates rapidly to a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl or two of the glass. This beer is alive!

Beautiful deep gold color.

Powerful citrus dominated aroma when first poured, after it settles down a bit you can detect distinct piney resin, fresh yeast, and some light malt. A very refined and complex aroma.

Very crisp, very full bodied, hopped up entry in the mouth, delicious yeast and bitter hops linger on the tongue forever. Some very mild malt in the background.
Great carbonation, again in perfect balance with the other components of this beer.

A very delicious, refreshing DIPA with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the aggressive hops and 9.4% ABV. In fact you do not notice the ABV at all.

A statement could be made that this is not a typical DIPA as so many make there brews in a heavier, sweeter style. But to my tastes this is a classic and has everything you could hope for in a DIPA.
At approximately $60 a case for 24 bottles this is actually a very good buy. Worth it!

JTSbeerislife, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A: hazy golden, glowing yellow in appearance with a generous, fluffy layer of head...aroma seems to be a part of the appearance, as it hits your nose as you pour

S: Citrusy, mango, pine, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.. Very pleasant and warm smelling DIPA. Through the nose, makes my mouth smile!

T: See smell.

M: typical DIPA body....medium to fuller in body w/ carbonation ever present.

O: Tasty. Not the best DIPA I've had, but it ranks towards the top 30%...

vande, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer pours a slightly orange but mostly yellow color, with a 1 finger white head. the smell is very citrusy hints of grape fruit and a nice pine scent too. the taste is very hoppy up front with a little bit of a malt back bone to it in the middle and it finishes out with a nice hop bitterness. the mouthfeel is overall pretty good not to heavy for a DIPA and its well carbonated. overall i usually dont like the DIPAs that are over 9% becase they start getting to sweet, this one manages to stay fairly dry

rowingbrewer, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle poured into tulip 23/6/11

A golden yellow with enough tiny suspended particles I thought there was a chill haze, thumbs width of soapy foam retains well slowly falling to a thick film leaving partial rings of lace well down the glass

S nose has tropical fruits like pineapple and guava with a little lemon rind, faint pine and a touch of sweet booze

T much more pine in the mouth with even more rind but not so much lemon, a little malty toffee gives it a little balance but the hops are firmly in charge of this one

M quite the bite to this one and it sticks to your gums leaving some resin behind

O went down pretty fast for how strong this one is, perhaps not the best thing to drink in the sun

pretty solid DIPA without doubt, this would be in my regular rotation for sure if I could get it in my neck of the woods

wordemupg, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

On draft at 4th Ave Pub. Golden in color, white head, sticky lace. Plentiful hops, grapefruit, pineapple, more hops. Smells delicious!

Starts fruity, turns hoppy (but not bitter), then malty as the bitter hops kick in. Very well balanced and not overly bitter (which is great because I dislike bitter IPAs. AKA most of them).

Medium body, nicely carbonated. A pleasant drink in all regards; exactly the type of polished brew I expect from Founders.

brystmar, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of PorterForMe
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a light hazy gold. Produced a half-finger head with no retention, but the lacing is fairly solid.

S: Awesome citrus hops and sweet caramel malt and some alcohol. Yum.

T: Very nice. Leads with bountiful citrus hops followed by lingering sweet caramel malt and slow, but steady piney hop aftertaste with faint alcohol. The balance and progression of flavors is great.

M: A little lighter bodied than I was expecting, but the carbonation is appropriate. A tad sticky on the palate, but it is a DIPA.

O: This is a nice American DIPA. The taste trumps minor issues. I'll be having a few more of these down the road...

PorterForMe, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of nasty31
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

3/8/11 bottled on Poured into snifter

A- Pours an orangish yellow with 2 fingers of frothy white tight head.

S- Fruity mango fruit smell from the hops, but the maltyness is starting to peak through a little bit with age.

T- very nice aromatic hop taste, but like the smell strong malt backing. its not a terrible thing its just got a little age on it.

M- Great carbonation for a dipa

O- Age or not still my favorite DIPA out there i think Founders overtook hopslam on this one. Seem like this got better and hopslam fell off

nasty31, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of jamespub
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Reviewed from notes for tasting on 6/9/2011. 2011 Batch

A- Golden, sparkling, clear, and good carbonation. I can't believe how light this beer is. Very misleading appearance once you take the first sip, but it is a beautiful brew. I'm not sure how they get all that hop and alcohol in such a light brew.

S- Grapefruit and alcohol come through in the nose. Smells as an IIPA should

T- Citrusy sweetness with the faintest taste of malt up front with crushing bitterness at the end. The bitterness lingers long after the drink goes down. alcohol, though noticeable in the smell, is imperceptible in the taste.

M- Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Lighter bodied that some in the same class. Very smooth drinking beer.

O- This is one of the best value priced IIPA's out there, imo. It has great flavor and really hits the spot no matter what you are craving. Drink it cold on a hot day, or room temp on a cool day. I like this beer so much that I am continuing my quest in cloning it homebrew style.

jamespub, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of matttttYCE
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance - Moderately slow pour out of a 12oz stubby bottle produces a yellow-golden color brew with nice carbonation running up the sides of the glass and about a fingers worth of white head that is lasting throughout but diminishes to a slight covering and a thicker ring around the sides with a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell - Smell is of a sweet and bitter/sour lemon cirtus. Also in there is some amount of piney hops, bready sweet malts, and another hop aroma that I can't quite put my finger on...possibly some grassy or leafy hops.

Taste - This is what I used to refer to as "a malty DIPA". Now I know that this is more of a taste of citrus hop flavors, piney bitterness, big, bready, balancing malt, caramel malt sweetness, and a bit of 'other hop flavor' that I can't quite identify. On the finish, more like late after swallowing, there is some notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit in the taste but not much. As far as the rating goes, it's just above average for a DIPA for me. I can think of a number of other DIPAs that I prefer over this one. Still a good DIPA without a doubt.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is smooth for a DIPA, with light carbonation and a light-medium body. As I mentioned before finish has more of a nice lasting quality (but not so much that can't get the taste out of your mouth), a lingering bitterness, and it is on the dryer side. Again roughly above average for a DIPA in my opinion.

Overall - I guess my preference in IPAs and DIPAs pretty easy to see. I like em West Coast, hard and hoppy, bitter as you're old Aunt Edna or as crazy fruity/tropical as the strange fruitcake she used to make, but is now too bitter to bring you anymore. Chalk that up to personal preference. I would still encourage anyone who comes across this brew and likes IPAs/DIPAs of some fashion to give it a try. For me, just above average. Thanks to McNuts for this one! I really did want to try this brew and I did enjoy it. I always LOVE trying another IPA or DIPA even if it isn't my preferred type of IPA/DIPA.

matttttYCE, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of CWBlues
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Rich, reddish-tinged light gold, half a finger creamy head.

S: Caramel maltiness and cascade hops were most apparent in my nose.

T: Just GOOD. Strong hop aftertaste, which I love in a good IIPA. The caramel malts were there too, and a tinge of roastiness to round things out.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Hangs on the tongue just long enough, and fills the mouth with each drink.

O: Really enjoyed this one. I've had some really overpowering IIPAs, but this one settled in just right. I'd buy a full sixer of it.

CWBlues, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of EnJeiBee
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange with a one finger white head

S - Very hop forward (as you would expect!). There is a great balance between piney, spicy, and citrusy hops

T - The piney flavors dominate the spicy/ citrusy hops that presented themselves in the scent. The alcohol is surprising absent in the flavor

M - Medium bodied with very little carbonation

O - This is a great IIPA/ DIPA! Founder's has made sure to stay true to style!

EnJeiBee, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mryuk
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

pours an unfiltered orange with a finger of head.

smell is hops and a bit of sweet.

taste is very smooth for an imperial ipa @ 9.4%. not as alcoholic as expected. starts out slightly sweet with a nice bitter hoppy finish.

mouth is medium-thick bodied with good carbonation.

overall very drinkable and nice. this was definitely an ipa leaning imperial. hoppier than other imperials i have had and i liked it.

mryuk, Jun 11, 2011
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Serving Type: on tap

Appearance : This beer is golden yellow in color and had a white head with medium to large bubbles . The head shrinks after only a couple minutes. This looks like it would be refreshing.

Smell : This beer is big on aroma. Lots of grapefruit citrus aromas.
Lots of big fresh pine and hop aromas

Taste : This beer really delivers on flavor. This beer could be my go to beer . Lots of hop bitterness and mild sweetness. Can't get enough of this beer. I hardly notice its 9.4 abv .

Mouthfeel : Medium bodied with average carbonation

Overall : I my opinion this beer is very well done. Its refreshing crisp and clean. This is exactly what im looking for when I drink this style. Can't say enough good things about this one.

BUNZILLA, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

nice, light yellow pour, but even with an aggressive pour, a disappointing head - fades to a 1" wisp in the middle with nominal lacing.

pretty good nose - well-rounded hop profile, spicy, a little peppery. understated maltiness.

taste - sharp piney hop blast, not a ton of malt, but what's there drifts towards the sweet side. clean dry finish. mouthfeel is more than adequate, but the lack of carbonation was distracting.

overall, it's a reasonable IIPA, but i'm not sure how this rates to an A-??? i think the fact that it's 'FOUNDERS!!!' might be leading to a bit of grade inflation. blind taste test with other B rated IIPA, i think it finishes middle-of-the-pack.

robbrandes, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Finally got to try my first beer from Founders, I pour the beer with great excitement.

A- pours a golden honey with a half inch foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing all the way down, but not the color of a DIPA.

S- this smells awesome. Along with the usual suspects of pine and grapefruit there is a nice tropical fruitiness, it smells both sweet and bitter. The smell is this beer's best feature.

T- more tropical fruitless, especially mango, and some peach or apricot. Lots of hops and pine. It is remarkably smooth, but not as much of a punch as I would have hoped. The alcohol is hidden at first, but becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

O- a nice DIPA here, perhaps a little sweet but really smooth and well balanced.

Tschnab, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of chromemittenman
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance-Golden Yellow, alot of lacing on the glass from the head, about 2 fingers of head

Smell-Tropical Fruits, citrus. Mango, Pineapple, maybe orange?

Taste-Very well balanced, one of the better DIPA's I've had

Mouthfeel-Great! A little hard up front, but smooths out nicely at the end.

Overall-Awesome flavor, once again, not let down from Founders!

chromemittenman, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance-Bright yellow, cloudy. Off White 1 finger head. Nice lacing.

Smell-Pineapples, Mangos, Tangerines. Nice boquet of floral and piney hops. In your face, beautiful aroma, comparable to Pliny.

Taste-Big bitterness upfront. Followed by tropical fruits, very juicy. Finish is sweet with some light bitterness. Floral. IBUs are apparent from start to finish. Very nice flavors, extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, Low carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall-Excellent IIPA, glad I have more in the fridge and will probably drink another right now. Up there with Pliny, Ghandi Bot, Maharaja and others. West Coast style IPA with all the tropical fruits. Oh ya, and great artwork. Founders needs to come to Texas!

SWMeyer4141, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

A - Frankly, this is a little light to be an appearance-solid DIPA, in my opinion. The color I've come to expect from a DIPA is mid to dark orange, and this is fairly pale yellow. There's a bit of head off the pour, but it dissipates fairly quickly.

S - From the first crack of this beer, the smell is great. Fruits are in the forefront, with a bit of bitterness. Great smell, I don't think it gets a whole lot better than this.

T - Unfortunately, the taste isn't as great as the smell. The bitterness takes over powerfully in the taste, while the fruitiness is lacking. This is still a phenomenal tasting beer, but comparing it to the smell, it lacks a bit.

M - Mouthfeel is good, slightly syrupy and the bitterness fades at a good rate.

Overall, this beer is great. I've had it several times and I have found that if you let it sit for a while, the bitterness dies out a bit, but the fruitiness goes with it.

gdrydenc, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass. Great label!

A- Double Trouble pours a hazy golden amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, and leaves some good lacing on the sides. Rather light colored for style. Significant amount of sediment in bottle was added, for better or worse, about 3 sips in.

S- nice aroma featuring piney and floral hops with an underlying sweet caramel scent. Slightly earthy. High ABV apparent.

T- Good grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying caramel malt backbone. Rather earthy mid-palate onwards.

M- smooth; medium body; low/moderate carbonation.

O - Double Trouble is a respectable DIPA worth trying. I'd probably like this better with a lower ABV.

chinchill, Jun 03, 2011
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,438 ratings.