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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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
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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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks to HosP for sending this one my way

Pours a lovely pale deep orangey colour, not to much head but left some nice lacing on the glass. Smelled of hops as soon as it was opened and exploded with hop aroma as soon as it hit the glass. Lovely bitterness in your mouth as well as a nice malty touch with a warm alcohol taste at the end. Superb in that sense. Dangerously easy drinking for an ABV of 9.4. Great all around, this is a beer I could fall in love with.

The bar has now been set dangerously high. Also this is the first brew I have ever tried by Founders and its a great start.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:14:31 | More by peensteen
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HosP

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz. into a pint glass. Surprised to find this at my local store, glad they are starting to stock some Founders!

A- Nice golden color with slight haze to it. White head that left lacing down the glass.

S- Lots of hop aromas coming from this! Mostly pine, citrus ones are the strongest.

T- Very smooth taste, that hits your mouth with lots of hops. Citrus hops jump out right away. Good bitterness to it, the way I like DIPA's. Good malt backbone towards the end of the drink and as it warms. The warmer the more alcohol you can taste.

M- Medium body, good carbonation. Bitterness sticks with you, but still pretty smooth.

D- A very good, drinkable beer. It definitely sticks out as DIPA I'll remember. The flavors really do jump out at you. I don't know if I'd drink the whole pack, but more enjoy one at night!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:33:44 | More by HosP
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden-rod pour produced a frothy, well lasting head and a light show of steady stream carbonation bubbles. The lacing was splashy with fairly good coverage.

S: Spicy and fruity notes appear on the opening nose with a mixture of tropical fruitiness (freshly sliced pineapple and guava) along with stalky pineapple stems. Sweet and almost perfumy, with an overall good aromatic appeal.

T: The flavor parallels the nose with sweet grains, spicy citrus hops combined with a raw pineapple fruitiness. The hopping was spicy, filled with oranges and grassy notes of moderate intentions. The beer warms up finishing off with a good bite of hops with grassy-citrus notes and a dried fruitiness on the fade. I like the progression of this beer, starting out sweet with a fruity spiciness before finishing out dry and grassy with a warming alcohol sensation.

M: Full bodied with a viscose feel, dry and bitter before finishing with a spicy dried bite of hops and fruit. Nice warming from the 9.4% abv on the tongue.

D: Nice drinking IPA, spicy, fruity with a dry finish that is definitely 6 pack worthy and a fine example per style. Started out drinking this fairly cold (around 38-40F) which highlighted the lighter, fruiter, and spicy side, and finished up a bit warmer which brought out the dry grassy hops of 86ibus. Sip and savor through the temperature spectrum to full appreciate all this has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:10:28 | More by beerthulhu
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another thanks goes out to my boy,Brian in NC for the hook-up on this one.This was my first DIPA and it subsequently got me hooked on the style.

A-Two fingers of firm,billowy snow white head
that preceded some sticky,determined lacing.The beer itself is a hazy,golden orange.

S-The nose is initially very aggressive from a hop standpoint with scents of big,bright grapefruit,cream soda and dry spice.Biscuity malt helps to fill out the nose.

T-This brew has a remarkably,fresh citric hop flavor.A sort of candied grapefruit taste is dominant but there are allusions to french toast and an underlying creaminess to this beer.

M-The creaminess comes around again.This beer is oily and has a persistent,pleasant aftertaste.Nice body and smooth,slightly warm finish.Medium carbonation.

D-This beer has surprisingly high drinkability.
I actually allowed the last third of my pint to come to room temperature(accidently)but I still found this beer drinkable and complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 16:58:32 | More by StlHopHead77
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nova009

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A - pours a slightly hazy golden color, nice one finger white head that retains well, decent lacing

S - hoppy citrus with pine notes, slightly yeasty

T - definite hop flavors, pine, bitter citrus, there seems to be some sweet caramel notes mixed in

M - medium body, good balance of carbonation, silky smooth

D - solid double IPA, a nice one to sip on during a summer night

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 01:38:50 | More by nova009
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ewright

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of fluffy head. The head receded pretty quickly to a thin ring leaving just a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma has quite a bit of citrus up front and a faint hint of troical fruit underneath.

Taste is dominated by bitter hoppyness up front with a thin cereal malt character underneath. There's a bit of an alcoholic aftertaste to this one; it's just a bit hot, which detracts a bit from the drinkability.

It's a good double IPA, but there are better ones out there that better hide their alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:37:01 | More by ewright
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/7/10.

A: The color is gold with a touch of orange. A slight head burns off rapidly, leaving a murky white film on top of the beer. The lacing is interesting, like beads and strings of sweat that stick to a body on a hot and muggy Michigan day.

S: A blend of super fresh tropical fruit- mango, papaya, pineapple, honeydew melon- and citrus- orange and grapefruit- leap out of this brew and into my nose. There is a slight piney hop fragrance with just a touch of sweet malt that complement the off-the-charts fruity hop profile. This is an exceptional, potent, original smell.

T: Heavier on the bitter grapefruit, pine, resin, and earthy hop flavors than I picked up from the smell. Those tropical fruits are still quite prevalent, but the bitter balance lends a nice complexity to this brew. The malt and yeast lend just enough presence to this aggressive hop profile to present a truly delicious double IPA. Quite sweet and quite bitter at the same time. Remarkable.

M: The body is a little on the thin side, because the malt bill is definitely a backseat passenger on this beer's joyride. I adore the bitter hop profile that is landing on the sides of my palate.

D: For a hophead such as myself, this is quite drinkable. There really is not any alcohol detectable and the sweet tropical fruit/bitter hop counterpoint is quite mind-expanding. I have had this beer several times and I have never been quite this impressed with its complexity and craftsmanship. It is by far the best double I have had in awhile. Congratulations, Founders. I am starting to think that if I had to choose on brewery from which to drink beer from for the rest of my life, the gem in Grand Rapids would be the one.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 19:34:30 | More by TCHopCraver
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy (from the bottle conditioning) golden color with a thick head that is well retained

S - strong citrus and pine of American hops in aroma with some malt sweetness as well, what little yeast esters might be there are totally overwhelmed by the hops

T - strong hop flavors ranging from citrus to very slight resiny pine (as noted in aroma) with a satisfying hop bitterness on the finish; the malt is very adequate in supporting the extreme hops here but is fairly simple; a slight yeast fruity ester is noticed but definitely in the background

M - medium to full body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a fine example of the style. The malt takes a back seat here and is somewhat 1-dimensional, but that allows the hops to really shine and the blend is quite nice and satisfactory. Overall, this is an above average double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:11:44 | More by scoobybrew
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somewhatdamaged

Wisconsin

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

Pours more like a wheat beer than a IPA, cloudy with a sun-kissed hue vs the amber rust of a traditional IPA. There is a slight creamy head that sticks to the edge of your glass. The alluring aroma has a fairly standard sweet pine vapor, maybe a little sweeter than most IPA's but it definitely draws you in. When first you touch glass to lips visions of the mad scientists at Founders pureeing whole hops and stuffing them into bottles dance through your cranium. A very powerful pungent spice hits you like a ton of bricks. Either you raise your glass in triumph or recoil in horror. This beer is not for those who enjoy a pale, but for those who wish hops to become one with their soul. A sweet piney bitterness surrounds the experience. A dominant sweet taste rushes the palette at first with a strong bitter backside. After a few deep pulls at 9.4 A.B.UV. a warmth rushes the body. The lines are drawn either you praise the hop gods or you cruse spending 9 bucks on a 4 pack! Tis not a beer for the faint of heart but a true treat for the hop hounds.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 01:43:52 | More by somewhatdamaged
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruisin' Ales. Pours golden with abundant off-white head. Citrus aroma, and delicous citrus grapefruit taste. It is a fantactic drinker and goes too quick. Above average mouthfeel.Incredible DIPA. Juicy wth pink and white grapefruit, and apricot. Good malty offset.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:50:21 | More by Sammy
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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

A - pours a clear straw yellow orange with an inch of foam

S - smell is all citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, lemon, amazing aroma

T - taste is all hops, grapefruit citrus taste with just a bit of hoppy bitterness, not alot which lets you enjoy the flavor even more

M/D - easy drinking, way too easy for 9%, light bodied and amazing taste. I will have this again and again

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 20:18:15 | More by mikereaser
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is semi-transparent without being cloudy. Has a fair head.

Smell: Very strong, citrusy hop aroma. I didn't notice any grapefruit aroma as I have in other DIPAs, but nevertheless, the aroma made me want to drink it right away.

Taste: Very bitter, yet quite smooth. Has a bit of fruit and citrus in the background that balance out the hops nicely. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected from the look of it, but not bad.

Drinkability: Great beer. The only knock is the high alcohol content would limit me to one or two a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 21:15:39 | More by civilizedpsycho
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 3 finger head. Color is nice golden orange. Very thick lacing. Good retention.

S. Smell is all about citrusy hops. Grapefruit is very dominant. A touch of sweet malt. Tropical fruit small. Very citrusy.

T. Big Wallop of grapefruit and pineapple flavored hops. Very delicous. Not overly bitter and actually pretty sweet. Not much malt and almost all hops. I like grapefruit heavy IPA's and DIPA's, so this is right up my alley.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Sweet with just a slight bitter aftertaste.

D. Drinkable. The high abv shows through only slightly. I like big citrus grapefruit hopbombs and that is what this is. Is it Pliny or Hopslam, not quite but it probably the next best thing that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 00:40:03 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Tone

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, very good aroma, appearance, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 00:29:30 | More by Tone
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DovaliHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, almost straw color with not a very impresive head (and I poured aggressively). Smell is very sweet. I pick up lots of honey and sweet malts. Also maybe a bit of tropical fruits (mango, papaya). Wow, this taste is intense. Intense and delicious! I get hit with a truckload of hops up front and slowly fades to a nice, sweet honey flavor. I get lots of honey from this (similar to Bell's Hop Slam IMO). The high abv is present but is balanced well with the honey, fruits, malts, and hops. The mouthfeel is awesome and not too thin, not to thick. Drinkability is scary considering the abv. I could get myself into some trouble if I could get this beer where I live. Founders has yet to let me down so far. Great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 05:49:56 | More by DovaliHops
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My (attempted) aggressive pour yielded only a thin layer of whitish bubbles on top of the hazy, goldenrod body. The film of foam quickly vanished, leaving small, doily like patterns on top of the beer. Some lacing can be seen, but rather weakly.

The nose has lots of piney hops right up front. Some lighter fruits, citrus and malts can be detected in the background, but very, very distantly.

Ok...the taste of this offering grows more and more intense throughout the drink. The hops hit first and start out tame...almost sweet. They take a turn toward the center and some of the pine resin can be detected. The finish is a bitter blast that crawls under the back of your tongue and bites away! You even get a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

Medium mouth feel, pretty slick and oily with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Man...this is a complex, thinking man's beer! Very drinkable and highly recommended. Another Founders winner...big surprise!!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:41:02 | More by mgbickel
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a hazy yellow colour with a thick white head and spotty lacing. A huge hop smell of mostly pine and citrus, but some sweetness too. Taste has a refreshing hop blast, lots of grapefruit and a bit of sticky pine. Some toffee in the taste too. Really nice carbonation level, pretty spot on for the style. This is a sipper at this abv, but I am having no trouble downing this beer fairly quickly. I wish I had more than just one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:46:39 | More by kwjd
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Merchant46

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders Double trouble pours a thin white head which dissipates, but stays throughout due to lots of carbonation. Color is fairly light for an IPA with a little cloudiness. Strong hop aroma dominated by grapefruit w/a pinch of sweetness. Taste follows up the smell and is strongly bitter, somewhat covering up the 9.4% alcohol content. Mouthfeel is substantially thick and foamy. For an imperial IPA, quite drinkable, which means average vs. most beers. That's fine, because one is like two on alcohol content.

I prefer IPA to Imperial IPA, and Founders Centennial is, in my opinion, a better beer. This beer is, however, a fine representative of it's category.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 21:31:22 | More by Merchant46
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craytonic

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Pour is a nice hazy apricot-peach, nice head with little lacing. Quite cloudy.

Smell: Big wet hops, lots of grapefruit and tangerine and a touch of pineapple/papaya

Taste: I actually prefer this to HopSlam. Tons of big wet juicy hop flavors like grapefruit and tangerine. Nice faint sweetness to it as well. Never overtly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full and sappy

Drinkability: This is good stuff. Alcohol is a bit high to make it regularly drinkable; although you would never guess that it is near 10%.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 15:38:10 | More by craytonic
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: light amber; moderate head
S: striking aroma of honey and lemon; the scent lingers for some time
T: fulsome hoppy flavor; bitter (NB the 86 IBU rating) with strong hints of pine needles
M: foamy, silky mouthfeel; I've not felt a beer with this kind of delicate mouthfeel in a long time
D: the beer invites you to have more, remarkable considering how hoppy this beer is (but not remarkable considering how happy this beer drinker is).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:28:25 | More by Arithmeticus
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Augustiner719

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass:

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange yellow color with 1 finger of honey comb colored head. Lots of honeycomb like bubbles left to a film after about a minute.

Smell: Smells very very toffee, piney, slight grapefruit and lots of mandarin orange like flavors comming through.

Taste: Tastes a tad thin, not up my alley on this one. sort of a caramalized brown sugar meets old mango fruit with some bitter grapefruit pith. Intense flavor and offbalaced approach to my palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and undercarbonated for me. big flavors dissapear due to the lack of viscosity on this one.

Drinkability: To me, this isnt a great example of the style but it is good, not great. I think they come in 4 packs. this was a single and it might have been out of date so i cant only rely on this one tasting to make my final judgement. Nice package though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:39:05 | More by Augustiner719
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IPASetter

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden color with a little haziness. A slight head that had a nice retention and created some lacing throughout.

S- Hops are bursting out of this one as expected. Many citrus flavors come out smelling good.

T- A pretty mild taste when it first enters your mouth considering it is a double IPA. But then the hops hit you in a wonderful way pleasing your taste buds. For such a high ABV you don't get an alcohol taste which is nice.

M- Pretty mild mouth feel with some light carbonation going on.

D- The drinkability is good for a few but after that you might want to be switching to something a little more mild in taste because your taste buds will be working with this one. Overall a very good beer but I did expect a little more out of Founders considering all their other beers have been exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 01:06:38 | More by IPASetter
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mn6

Minnesota

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

Bottle to a pint glass.

A-opaque golden orange color. Small head, 1/2 finger that quickly disappears. Slight lacing. throughout

S- Hops, faint fruitiness,heavy caramel malt

T-Smooth malt, followed by bitte hop and carbonation tingle, finishes warm. Very nice.

M- Not heavy. Smooth and creamy.

D- If not for the ABV i could session this beer. One - two tops. Good, not great IIPA for the price $9.99/4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:06:21 | More by mn6
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Pours a hazy rich golden light amber that glows yellow when held to the light. Moderate creamy white head.

S-Delicious citrus hops hit the nose: Grapefruit, tangerine, and something a bit sweeter like mandarin orange is coming through. Caramel malts detected in the background.

T-As this beer hits the palate the first thing that is detected is rich creamy malt goodness, then the tastebuds are assaulted (in a good way) with strong bittering hops in an astringent finish with alcohol slighly present. This is not terribly complex, but what it does, it does well. The citrus that seems so present in the nose only partially comes through mid-palate as more grapefruit rind. I'd like to see a bit more citrus here, but this is a damn nice tasting brew.

M-Creamy medium-full with well balanced carbonation.

D-Very enjoyable, and I would definately buy again, but I could see how this would become tiresome after a few. Great for a hop fix, but I think my palate may be shot for the evening....

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:06:06 | More by caddybuyer
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

Double Trouble pours the color of dark tree sap (amber) with a small, creamy looking off-white head. OK retention and a small amount of lacing.

The aroma packs a good amount of hops. Slightly floral with grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of pale malts underneath.

Double Trouble comes out with guns blazing, with loads of grapefruit and bitterness from the hops. A general citric fruit flavor mixes in there also, with orange and others represented. There is also a moderate pine flavor. A touch of sweetness from the pale malt rounds out the beer, but doesn't really do anything to provide balance, as the hops are far more powerful than the malt. There is also a moderate alcohol warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel has a slightly oil feel to it. The body is a touch above medium and the carbonation is pretty average.

I think I like just about everything Founders makes, and Double Trouble is no exception. It's a pretty solid IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 20:08:01 | More by Hojaminbag
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,057 ratings.