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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,259
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 335
Gots: 568 | FT: 8
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 droomyster


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of off-white head that sticks and clings to whatever it touches. Complex aromas that are hop-forward (floral, resinous, citrusy) but packed with sweet malty notes of honey. The taste is nothing short of amazing. The hops are aggressive but extremely well-balanced. Bathes all my senses in a floral and citrusy mist. Stunning stuff.

02-22-2011 03:22:05 | More by droomyster
Photo of joshuaseresse


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a piss, hay, golden coloring, with a decent foam cap. Lacing retention is OK.

S - Smells of a nice pineapple and citrus peels. There is also a smell of caramel malts and pine hops.

T - The taste is nice and citrus tones, with pineapple, papaya, mango, orange and lemon zest. It is also a bit malty. The finish is nice with a hoppy pine bite that lingers for a while.

M - Pretty well carbonated. The hops and carbonation leaves a nice tingly and drying feeling in the mouth. A nice bright feeling.

D - Very easy to drink. Its pretty refreshing and goes well with chicken wings and other meat products. Although the appearance lacks, the smell and taste are pretty good. Not my favorite DIPA, but it is pretty tasty.

02-22-2011 02:19:45 | More by joshuaseresse
Photo of vtfan77


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A- Light straw with a short-lived white head that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

S- Big time pineapple, grapefruit, and orange aromas with an underlying bitter edge. How does it smell bitter, you ask? I don't know, it just does.

T- More grapefruit and a creamy orange taste, almost like a creamsicle. Big time leafy, herbal hop flavors dominate the middle. Finishes with a good dose of residual sweetness and a big time aspirin-like bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation that complements the bitter hops quite well.

D- The bitterness limits it a bit but the flavor and body boost it to a high level. No sign of the 9.4% ABV.

Definitely a top-notch DIPA. It's not the best I've ever had but I'd certainly drink it anytime. It's an excellent beer and recommended to all fans of the style.

02-22-2011 01:24:55 | More by vtfan77
Photo of paulozanello


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a bright golden color with a very very light haziness and lots of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom. The head is fluffy and white and it lasts for a long time leaving lots of lacing.

Aroma is citric hops and lots of fruits like grapefruit, mango, tangerine and apricot. Not quite as strong as say a Hopslam but pretty impressive.

Taste is very fruity and hoppy with grapefruit, oranges and mango. It also has a nice bitterness all over the sip, lasting well into the aftertaste. Malt sweetness is in the background and it fits perfectly with the bitterness.

Body is medium with moderate and perfect carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Great drinkability on this beer. Probably one of the best for this style. The sweetness and bitterness coexist in a perfect harmony.

02-22-2011 00:42:10 | More by paulozanello
Photo of Janderson91


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

No sign of a bottled on date. Not sure of the freshness of this one. Picked up at Hop City in Atlanta, poured into a DFH pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy gold color with a big white two finger head. Leaves great lacing down the side.

S - Smell is a lot of grapefruit hops with some sugary sweet malts. Slightly piney as well.

T - Begins very balanced with a nice crisp bitterness. The finish is very strong with citrusy hops. Leaves a great citrus/grapefruit taste on the tongue long after swallowing.

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent for the style. Took me a while to get through the 12 oz bottle for some reason.

A lot of comparisons are being made between this beer and Hopslam. While they are similar, I found Hopslam to be slightly more balanced. A very good beer from Founders, but not the best DIPA I've had.

02-21-2011 22:49:14 | More by Janderson91
Photo of mjsheehan08


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured a bright, hazy orange with a good amount of head that leaves quickly, lacing is decent.

A really smooth IPA. Velvety, smooth, bitter and awesome. Lots of citrus up front and piney bitter in the backend. Really a great beer that has it's hops really balanced, and the silky smooth malt mouthfeel balances wonderfully with bitterness of the hops. Great beer.

02-21-2011 16:36:25 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of MarcatGSB


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured from twelve ounce bottle (no bottle dating) into La Fin du Monde Tulip. Purchased from White's Party Store in Marquette MI for $9.99 a four pack.

Appearance: Light hazy orange color. Good frothy head after vigorous pour. Good lacy on glass, head disappears quickly.

Smell: Mild hop aroma. Nothing overwhelming. Mostly grapefruit, not too piny.

Taste: Great taste. Isn't overwhelming with grapefruit or hops, but great flavor. Complex malt backbone to support the hop and grapefruit flavor.

Mouth: Good amount of carbonation...Mildly bubbly. I like the use of lighter malts, and tastes very fresh.

Drinkability and overall: Great DIPA. I've read alot of comparisons to Hopslam, but I don't think they are close. No honey in this, less citric, and less astringent. Great double IPA, always a treat when it's in season.

02-21-2011 04:43:27 | More by MarcatGSB
Photo of nhindian


3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

No bottling date.

A - Pours a hazy, light orange peel color that is more reminiscent of a saison than an IPA. Builds a nice, 2.5-fingered, white head with moderate retention. Can see the very sporadic rise of carbonation even through the murky body. Great lacing twists its way down the glass, covering a large portion on the way down.

S - Smell is very intense citrus fruits and quite similar to Bell's Hopslam. There's a noticeable malt-backbone as well which supplies a chewy, grain-like aroma as well. I'm also getting some alcohol heat at the end of the bouquet.

T - After my first sip, I automatically think back to Hopslam once again. In my opinion these beers are very similar, even done to the not-so-friendly alcohol bite on the back-end. I don't know if its a certain kind of hop that both use that just doesn't sit right on my palate, but both kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Besides that, this beer is very bitter throughout, including on the very long finish. I think the malts come into play a bit more here than in the nose, as the grapefruit isn't as well-defined in the taste. At first, it's quite balanced, but as it goes on, the bitterness takes over. I'd like to know the date on this beer, as in my opinion I feel the hops are a bit faded given the lack of ... 'flavor' in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Finish is long and bitter, and afterward the palate is sufficiently coated.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This beer is pretty similar to Hopslam in my opinion, although a bit more balanced and bland. I'd like to have this on tap to guarantee freshness, as I believe this may be a bit dated.

02-21-2011 02:49:35 | More by nhindian
Photo of DAllspaw


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

If dreadnaught is the standard, this is the understudy for when dreadnaught fails to show up for work.

Light apricot color, Intense grapefruit aroma, slightly biscuity malt with a crisper finish than others.

This is a great IIPA, another wonder from Founders.

02-20-2011 03:04:33 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of KidsDoc


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz bottle (no freshness date printed on the neck but assured it was a fresh shipment from my usual VA beer store)

A: straw/bronze with thin white head that is very sticky.

S: grapefruit dominates, some pine, sweet malt and faintness of bready yeast

T: initially all I could get was the abundance of grapefruit with each sip and it was over the top puckering. Towards the middle of drinking this beer and certainly on the last few sips I found more of the complexity and balance: smooth light caramel malt blended with more pine/earthy hops that mixed well with the still dominant citrus/grapefruit flavor. Amazed that this has such a high ABV - there is aboslutely no alcohol burn on this one.

M: took awhile for the carbonation to settle, so a little bubbly at first, then mellowed to a medium bodied brew with a buttery smooth feel on the tongue following by the hops bite making everything sticky.

D: This beer evolved for me and got better with each sip leaving me wanting more by the time I finished the glass. The ABV is felt but not tasted.

02-19-2011 23:34:48 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of bbarrows


2.88/5  rDev -31.8%

Poured to pint glass.
A: Light amber yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly
S: Resiny, grapefruit aroma
T: Grapefruit and lemony with boozy, alcoholic finish. A bit sweet
M: Dry
D: Due to the boozyness of this beer, I can't drink more than a few ounces.

02-19-2011 23:08:26 | More by bbarrows
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a stubby brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with a thick foamy two-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves great sticky lacing and a frothy white cap that lasted throughout.

Smell: Deep musky green hops aroma with a nice pine and citrus profile beneath. Little or no malt detected.

Taste: The first sip is a bitter blast of hops, as you would expect from a Double Imperial IPA, but it gives way to a smooth and robust flavor that brings a little malt and a good alcohol burn (but at nearly 10% ABV, the alcohol isn't too strong tasting). Gets a little smoother and the hops get a little more complex as the beer warms. A very nice Double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lower carbonation and slick. A little different than most IPA's, but in a good way.

Drinkability: A four pack of this (which is how I bought it) is perfect for a session. Six might be too many, three would leave you wanting more. Just right. I will definitely look for this one again when I'm in the mood for a hoppy Double IPA...which is right now, so I'm going to have another.

02-18-2011 23:29:00 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of jhimstedt


4.6/5  rDev +9%

Man, what a pleasant surprise. Thanks to AdamU726 for this bottle.

Fantastic nose. Warmed up a bit and got even better. All citrus here. Great pale color, right balanced bitterness. Not the most bitter DIPA i've had, but great proportions. A lot less earthy/piney notes than expected but a perfect compliment to the light malt profile. Mouthfeel was still a little on the thicker side for me, but was not cloying or sticky at all. Super drinkable, and the 9.4 abv is actually hard to believe. Could drink a lot of these.

Very pleasant surprise. Would definitely seek out more. A very welcome deviation from current DIPA's. They stayed away from darker malts and the usual cloying sweetness. In the current debates where barleywines and DIPAs are almost interchangeable, this one is not confused about what it is.

02-18-2011 14:55:19 | More by jhimstedt
Photo of vw73182


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

The smell of this beer is amazing and lets you know exactly what you are getting into. Nice hop profile with smooth clean citrus finish. Drinkablity is outstanding if you can get your hands on some of this fresh it is one of the best IMO. Comes in a 4 pack for around $10 well worth the price.

02-18-2011 04:34:11 | More by vw73182
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Bright and clear light orange body, small off-white head.

S - Citrus and pine hops, Some fresh cut grass or some vegetable smell. Complex hops, not sure about malt profile.

T - bitter, grapefruit, some light sweetness. Big flavor, nice balance and complexity.

M - big and creamy, this is great.

D - big and flavorful, this is great and easy to drink, but you kind of want to savor it more.

02-18-2011 03:09:45 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of treehouse


3.25/5  rDev -23%

nose...copper...nuts...heathery malt....fruity....grassy and vegetal..


mineraly metallic..hopped...bitter..this is a brave forward one...9.4%...turns hot once it goes down...relatively more complex than most double ipa's out there...

i would drink this again..curious as to its on tap taste...

02-18-2011 00:53:47 | More by treehouse
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottled on 12/28/10

Purchased through West lakeview Liqours, Chicago Illinois

Price - $11.99/4-pack

Appearance: Pours a lite hazey golden color with a 1" soapy white head. Very little carbonation. Tiny bubbles here and there rising from the depths of the glass. A fair amount of lacing left behind.

Smell: Aroma is a bit mild and somewhat disappointing. A hint of grapefruit is present but not as dominate as I expected.

Taste: Strong hops right out of the gate followed by pine and citrus. Hop feel is noticeably stronger as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some malt sweetness that's short lived followed by a strong bitterness in the finish. Not as smooth as advertised.

Drinkability: I started this out with a grin but in the end the bitterness became a little overwhelming. If your looking for a hop bomb based on a pine feel look no further.

02-18-2011 00:53:02 | More by 05Harley
Photo of phillybeer7779


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Nice orange/gold color with a nice amount of head with lacing thoughout drinking.

Smell- Amazing citrus hops smell, totally inviting me to enjoy the beer.

Taste- Citrus hops right out in front, with a solic malt backbone to hold the beer together. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Very bitter, but not overwhelming at all, exactly the mouthfeel that I would expect from this type of beer.

Drinkability- This beer is very dangerous! I would never have put this beer at 9.4. I have had some beers half as strong that do not go down as easily. Very drinkable, everytime I have one, I already want another. This may be the most underrated beer out there right now!

02-17-2011 06:22:04 | More by phillybeer7779
Photo of Dave128


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

I'm excited for this one as many compare it to hopslam in terms of flavor.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, not really what I was expecting from an ale called "double trouble" Head is shortlived but I'm not too worried.

S - Fruity and Hoppy.

T - Not quite the amount of flavor that hopslam delivered, but still damn good. super citrusy and bitterness kicks in after. Alcohol pretty noticeable but not to bad.

M - good.

D - The bigness of this beer does not take away from its drinkability... Although 2 of these in one sitting would be enough, I could def drink them in a row.

02-17-2011 04:34:41 | More by Dave128
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz single bottled 12/6/10, reviewed on 2/16/11.

Pours a very cloudy gold. Not translucent at all. Lots of nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like sweet citrus fruit.

Taste is full of bitter grapefruit and some pine. No real malt bill noticeable here. Neither too sweet not too bitter, which makes this one a really nice DIPA. Finishes with some lasting bitterness. Surprisingly, the ABV is nowhere to be found despite being high.

Mouthfeel is medium, thinner than expected for the robust flavor.

This is a very good DIPA--it's not sweet and cloying or enamel-destroying bitter. Probably the most drinkable 9% ABV-plus beer I've had.

02-17-2011 00:43:54 | More by musicforairports
Photo of PreacherBrewer


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Pours a deep golden color with a slightly off white head. About 1 finger's worth. Lacing is soapy and abundant while head retention suffers due to the high ABV.

S - Ruby red grapefruit, pear/apple skin, mandarin oranges, clean freshness, peach?, light alcohol in the back.

T - Citrus fruit (similar to nose fruits) hits the palette followed by a grassy hop character. Maltiness is smooth but overtaken by the hop profile (not necessarily a bad thing).

M - Medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. Pleasure to sip.

O - A unique and flavorful experience. The hop profile is different than other DIPA's. A nice change from the norm indeed. It's a pleasure to drink and worth seeking out.

02-16-2011 03:48:47 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of madvermin


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Shoutout to my main man Buddha22 for this, got it in a trade with him. Pours an apple juice-like deep golden color, with similar juice clarity as well. Lots of bubbles keep rising in the glass, and at least a two finger pure white, coarsely bubbled head was generated with minimal effort. Lacing is exquisite. Awesome looking beer.

Cleanly citrusy on the nose, with mainly grapefruit coming to the forefront. Rind is also evident, and sweet malt lurks in the background, offering a shout from time to time. Not too complex to my nose, but very pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is a grapefruit burst to start, and moves to an herbal hoppy feeling after. Hops are leafy and raw, and not really countered by malt a whole lot. This one is clean and dry in the finish. Get a little bit of a fruity sweetness, like mango sugars or something like that. Not mango itself, but the tropical sweet scent of it. Herbal character gets stronger the further along in the sip you get. Grapefruit turns from flesh to rind as well.

Mouthfeel is light yet oddly creamy and thick at times. Grapefruit rind/herbal dry finish helps drinkability out a great deal. Really soothing and nice beer.

02-15-2011 07:52:23 | More by madvermin
Photo of InebriatedJoker


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip -

Poured a cloudy light orange with two finger head that formed into a thick webbing, decent carbonation.

Smell -Lots of hoppy citrus

Taste - Very hoppy upfront with decent malts ,plenty of graefruit and pine notes.

Drinkability - Not to impressed with the double trouble, for the price I was expecting a better balanced and blended beer, It wasn't awefull just not a world class beer in my opinion.

02-13-2011 14:56:18 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of dfclav

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into snifter

A - cloudy golden color with a good amount of active carbonation. Relatively small head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing. (note: I fell asleep without washing my glass and a huge amount of lacing was stuck on my snifter in the morning, more then I originally thought!)

S - Nice citrus smell with a slight note of simcoe. Decent amount of bready yeast but not too much else. 

T - this beer is huge on grapefruit so if you are a fan of that then this is your beer. This is another hop lovers dream beer but there are a few better DIPA's in my personal opinion.

M - I really don't find fault in any of Founders mouthfeels. All are exceptional or almost exceptional. This one doesn't disappoint. Ideal for the style.

D - well, fantastic. It's a DIPA. All of them go down like water, but it's not the best. I still think Founders is the best brewery in the USA, just not the best makers of IPA's.

02-13-2011 05:56:50 | More by dfclav
Photo of plfahey


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance-Medium gold, quite clear. Tall white head with moderately good retention and nice lacing.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Aroma-Super hop bouquet-Citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), pineapple, light pine and resin. In the background, some grain, faint caramel, and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Light malt presence, mostly hop flavor (pine, resin, hints of citrus) followed by a profound bitter finish, with some notes of the pine flavor lingering. Aftertaste is drawn out and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel-smooth, medium full body with moderate carbonation. Quite sharp on the tongue, but not astringent.

This is a solid DIPA, but certainly not my favorite. The aroma is pretty fantastic, but the flavor is lacks the complexity and subtlety of the aroma. Light hop flavor up front followed by a bitter smack down for your tongue. Still pretty drinkable, and still pretty good.

02-13-2011 05:31:24 | More by plfahey
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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