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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,977
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 330
Gots: 477 | 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

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of divineaudio


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
Photo of GoldHorde


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
Photo of bbeerman


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
Photo of daledeee


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
Photo of tnlandsailor


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
Photo of tapman


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
Photo of david18

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
Photo of abrand


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
Photo of antoines15


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: i would say yellow-ish in color with good lacing on the glass

s: hops, pine, citrus, hops

t: bitterly hoppy and citrus

m: slightly sticky with medium carbonation

d: maybe too bitter to have more than two, but definitely easy to put down the first one.

on my fourth dipa of the night so the reviews have gotten shorter, and yet somehow sweeter. ha.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:51:44 | More by antoines15
Photo of kirkpjr


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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a sunshine yellow with a pastiness from the sediment. Three fingers of head that gives way to some impressive lacing. Head has nice retention.

S: Tangeringe, citrus, and some tropical hop varieties. A subtle balancing malt sweetness that takes nothing away from the smell.

T: Grapefruit and citrus hops. Nothing overpowering, almost the perfect level of bitterness. A nice malt backbone to balance it out but this is still on the hoppy side of the spectrum. Amazing taste for the ABV.

M: Creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Sticky hops that linger.

D: One of the more drinkable DIPAs I've had. Will have to pick some more of these up after DLD. Alcohol is hidden well. Would love to have more.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:26:44 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is cloudy golden orange with a small white head that unfortunately dissipated rather quickly leaving a thin cap.

Smell is of citrus and fruit aromas with the hops in there as well.

Taste starts off with a nice hop bitterness that mellows out with mild malts towards the finish. The citrus flavor is there but stronger in the smell. The alcohol is only faintly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It goes down nice and easy for the style and is pretty tasty. A good choice for a double if you've never had one. I'd certainly not mind having another.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 21:38:45 | More by MrStark
Photo of Minkybut


2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy golden color and poured a white foamy head. The smell of this beer was hoppy like a Christmas tree. The taste was the same, WAY hoppy. It was like putting a handful of spruce in your mouth. Too much of that I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 18:46:52 | More by Minkybut
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow great imperial IPA. Pours a bright, hazy, golden orange with an off white 2 finger head. Medium lacing. The nose is incredible on this beer. Citrus and grapefruit hops dance through your nasal passage in a delightful way. The citrus and grapefruit are well balanced with a fruity sweetness. The finish is an oily mouth coating finish of long drawn out grapefruit tartness. I will seek this beer out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 06:17:51 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It's quite bitter with some bready notes. The hops are present in the nose, but the malts go a long way in hiding the overall aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter hop punch up front with a bisquity finish. The hop flavor is quite good. It's piney up front with some light citrus notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's not your typical west coast version, but rather a more balanced and complex variety.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:23:34 | More by WesWes
Photo of jrallen34


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

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clearish light orange with a light white head, ok retention and lacing.

This has a tongs of ibu, but it totally doesn't come through on the aroma or taste. The hops are there but you'd think they would come through even more. The hops present themselves, but not in a piney or metallic way which is nice.

Overall, pretty decent, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:51:26 | More by jrallen34
Photo of skinny0ne

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When did beer get so expensive? At $12 for a 4 pack, it's a bit pricey. But given the 9.4% alcohol in the end it's worth it. Visually it is cloudy and the color is a pale amber. The head is very creamy with good lacing. The aroma is very strong. Lots of grapefruit and bread. The bitterness kicks in early and stays throughout. Under it is plenty of grapefruit and orange. A slight banana flavor. And the hops definitely spice it up. The alcohol is very "round" and helps mellow it a bit. Flavor and bitterness. Really a terrific double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:12:31 | More by skinny0ne
Photo of BeerThursdays


2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had one of these with dinner, and I must say, I was somewhat disappointed. Most of the brews I've had from Founders have been excellent, but this one was just above average in my book. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Is a hazy orange color. Kind of looks like a peach iced tea. No head at all on the pour. Leaves no lacing in the glass. The smell is somewhat nice, but not anything spectacular. Lots of pine and citrus, but nothing all that over whelming. A good smelling beer, but nothing that makes it overly memorable.

Taste is good, a little bit of an alcohol burn upfront. That's somewhat surprising for being under 10% and an IPA. Usually, you get smacked with hops on the first sip, but the Hops come through on the finish with the one. That citrus, piney taste is there, but there is a weird bitterness that just doesn't seem to belong. It's almost like an added, fake bitterness. Just feels OK in the mouth. Little carbonation, and the lack of complexity leads to a lot of alcohol taste that you wouldn't expect from a high class IPA.

This one is definitely not a sipper. Get one, try it, drink it down, and move onto something better. If you have access to founders, you have access to stuff better than Double Trouble.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:16:55 | More by BeerThursdays
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3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange, almost a nuclear orange, with a single finger of creamy white head. The head dissipates to a cap. There is a moderate amount of lacing. 4.0

S: Smells like a centennial hop bomb, bring it on!. Tropical fruits and citrusy aromas dominate with a hint of crisp malt in the background. Nothing new or overly interesting here, but the aroma is quite nice. 4.0

T: Starts with a strong bitterness that eventually tones down and gives way to a strong, almost perfume-like, hop flavor. Malts are completely masked by hops. Hop flavors are tad resiny with quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some citrus. The finish has a bit of undesirable hop bitterness that lingers. There isn't too much that is new or interesting in this beer, but it is solid overall. Strong hop flavors don't muddle that well together and fall up flat in the end, other beers with 90+ IBUs can do a better job. 3.5

M: Luscious and creamy for a DIPA. Perfectly carbonated with a medium body. 4.5

D: Not complex enough to warrant a second serving. A lingering bitterness that makes this one not so refreshing and makes me not want to take another sip. 3.5

O: A decent DIPA that doesn't satisfy by high expectations from such a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 05:21:46 | More by icetraxx
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Re-reviewing a fresh bottle on 1-16-11. Bottle date 12-23-10. Previous review (noted below) was about a 3 month old bottle.

A - Pale yellow colour with a slight orange tinge and a small amount of white head that disappeared quickly.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, pine. Caramel malt backbone.

T - Bitter hops up front with grapefruit, pine and a substantial malt backbone. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light carbonation.

Original review from 3-16-10: 4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 B+

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:17:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Light, clear golden color. Poured with a thin film of white, which died quickly to a thin lace. The second pour redeemed the first, achieving a head, which slowly died to a thin film.
S: Apple juice and some pineapple, but mostly just bright--not piney--hops. There is a very sweet, alcoholic golden raisin and faint bread aroma in the background.
T: Gin alcohol and apple juice, but with less of the citrus pineapple, which comes off like orange extract. It is mildly sweet, but the gin alcohol lingers harshly. The taste is overwhelmed by the biting hops... and not in a good, complex way. It reminds me of drinking tea that's been steeped for too long.
M: Very thin, with little carbonation. It has a nice crispness to it, but it is too light for the alcohol.
D: Very good for the high 9.4% ABV. That being said, I probably wouldn't order more than one in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:51:06 | More by ne0m00re
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a half thumb of head that subsides fairly quickly. Small amount of head remains throughout and leave a wonderful lacing on the glass.

S - a definite scent of citrus is the most overpowering sensation however, there seams to be a slightly sour scent too it. also has some notes of some sort of herb that i cant quite put my finger on.

T - amazing complexity, the first sensation is the bitterness of the dry hops, this is quickly followed the sour of some sort of citrus, likely oranges. The next sensation leads to some sort of herb or combination of herbs. the finish is a combination of the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt, neither of which is overpowering.

M - good mouth-feel, extremely light although it has a slightly milky consistency which I generally don't enjoy

D - IPA fans would love this, others should be warned. It is extremely hoppy and is not for the faint of heart. High alcohol content is noticeable but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 05:07:31 | More by mcfatty23
Photo of Morey


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

Pours a pale orangish yellow color with an impressive frothy white head featuring a good mix of bubble sizes. Good head retention too.

Aroma is a good mixture of citrus fruits and pine. Somewhat lemony.

Wow, this beer is bitter, yet it finishes so smooth. The bitterness lingers a bit on the roof of your mouth, otherwise it fades rather quickly.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium with not too much carbonation to get in the way of the hops.

This is one of the most drinkable DIPAs that I have ever tasted.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is my first go-round with this fine ale, and it really is up there with the best of em'. A well crafted beer to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 16:03:12 | More by Morey
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, sunset yellow with a smallish head that leaves a small trace of lacing.

S: Fresh hops and citrus. In particular, tangerines.

T: Sweet citrus with tart grapefruit and tangerines. Very tasty. This beer is a notch below the some of the best DIPA, in my opinion (Pliny, Dreadnaught, Hopslam). That being said, it is very drinkable, the 9.4% ABV is hidden well, and overall, it's a solid example of an American DIPA.

M: Adequate carbonation, slightly sweet hoppy aftertaste.

D: Sure I'd have another. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:15:44 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of edegnan

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. It has a wonderful color and exquisite smell where you can really pick out the different flavors. The only area it lacks is it drinkability as it can be a little harsh but again this might be nitpicking as I believe it is fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 23:49:01 | More by edegnan
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,977 ratings.