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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,936
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 375
Gots: 807 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Ratings: 5,936 | Reviews: 1,617
Photo of Steverus
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First: not for the squeamish on hops. But it's a Double IPA, so you already knew that.

The nose is very traditionally the IPA scent = you get a little grass and just a note of sweetness.

First sip is clean, highly carbonated, and lingers on the back of your tongue just the way a good IPA should. The head clings to the glass- this is a very rich beer.

The meat of this beer (i.e. the space between the first and last sip) is unadulterated hophead heaven. Bitterness is high and the depth of this beer is apparent after your first sip.

If there were more ways that I could say this is a great IPA, I would. But bottom line is that this beer is the integration of everything that is IPA about an IPA, distilled by a factor of 2 ("Double" IPA). With a better glass this might have wowed further, but in a standard pint it was still exceptional.

Photo of mtparty37
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of SawDog505
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle dated 1/06/12. Pours a clear orange yellow, with a one inch fluffy white head, with attractive lace. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, pine, and some grass. Taste is all of that with nothing dominating, with a hit of grapefruit in the finish. Body is on the large side, still very approachable, in-between lush and dry, with plenty of life. This is really one of the best DIPAs period. Love this brewery.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer was about a month old. The beer was the typical IPA color, an orange and hazy beer. The smell had some hops with a lot of citrus scent.

The taste was just what was as expected given the high ABV and IBU numbers. It is citrus at the front, followed by a wall of hops, with an alcohol aftertaste at the end. Overall, this is a decent double IPA, which I probably say because I like the style so much, but I would not go searching out just for this one. It definitely satisfies those hop heads though.

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Edit - I decided to completely re-review this one based on the release of Doom (which I ended up comparing side-by-side). It faired better than last year's batch.

Single picked up from MSCM. 12 oz. into a FFF Rastal May 1st, 2013.

A - Bright golden color with a white soapy foam that leaves little retention. Some legs and marginal lacing.

S - A pop of mandarin immediately coated with mint leaves, green tea, fresh car (almost leathery or shoe-like), appropriately dirty and danky, light alcohol, and a touch of further tropical fruit that can't quite pull through.

T -Much more condensed into pulpy grapefruit and sappy pine. Nutty with slight booze. Too unbalanced.

M - Long dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation. Plentiful backing heat for less than 10%.

D - I actually really enjoyed the nuances in the aroma but the flavors (while overt) are not complex enough to match some newer recipes.

Photo of Ish1
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of mutd8710
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best Double IPA's I've had. I've had Pliny the Elder and I would have to say this is 1 step behind that. Was able to track down a case of this and fridge is stocked.

Founders continues to make some of the best beer. Am looking forward to trying the KBS.

Photo of wolfeman007
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of gkob
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of paxchristi
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of B33R501
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what's this? a beer from founders i would actually consider purchasing again? wonders never cease. and maybe someday the eagles will finally win a super bowl? nah, one miracle is enough this year.

pours clear golden, maybe little orange hue, nice head, lace. nice citrusy hoppy aroma, taste follows, citrus and hoppy. smooth and satisfying, very light body makes for an ok mouthfeel and very drinkable. went through this 32 oz growler no time at all.

big malty hoppy will always be my favorite style but this beer brought it. ill call this lagunitas sucks without the annoyances.


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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass, it1pours from my growler a golden amber color. Quite hazy peering through it, 1cm head forms on top that eventually dissipates to a thin white surface with some cling to the glass.

Lots of cascade hops aroma slams my nose. This is a complete HOP BOMB! Some citrus scents come through as well (orange peel) but mostly a big, floral & mistletoe aroma comes through.

A bit hot on the tongue, the hops are apparent with a big chunk of pine and floral flavors! Wow! Just as with the nose, this is a hop bomb! Not very sweet, except a bit of the alcohol and citrus flavors come through w/ some slight rock candy to balance it on the swallow.

Great feel! No real burn from the alcohol, and it's hidden quite well. Medium to full body.

Overall experience is great! Nothing I can say about this that I don't like. Will be difficult to drink for hte next few hours as I watch the Ravens/Patriots in the AFC Championship game, but I will do my best! Cheers!!!!

Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (bottled 1/6/12) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. I've had this so many times in the past and never got around to reviewing it...so, here we go.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber tinted golden color with a finger of dense, foamy white head with good staying power. Nice medium intensity lacing left on the glass.

S - Piney hops up front, intense and sticky. Grapefruit, pineapples and oranges also make strong appearances in the aroma too. Bitter and slightly sweaty hop aromas too. Malt is subdued and lays under the intense hoppiness. Light sugary sweetness, a bit of biscuits...a subtle touch of alcohol as well.

T - Intensely hoppy...very solid hop bitterness with lots of tropical fruitiness - pineapples and mangoes especially. The citrusy and fresh grapefruit flavor comes in behind the tropical fruits and takes over almost completely in a welcome way. Hints of sugar comes in behind the citrus towards the finish and smooths things out on the swallow.

M - Medium bodied with a stronger level carbonation that is quite prickly. Tropical fruits and citrus abound in this one...really great hop flavors...turns almost completely to fresh grapefruit juice towards the finish...just the gentlest touch of sweetness really enhances this citrus aspect.

O - Definitely a great DIPA, especially when really fresh like this bottle. Really like how the citrusy aspects stand out here...been fortunate enough to be able to have fresh Heady Topper, Hopslam, and this in the last few days...have to say this really stands up favorable against those other two fine DIPA's.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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