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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,274
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 335
Gots: 571 | FT: 8
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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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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
Photo of psuKinger


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle dated 2/1/2010 (12 days old), poured into a standard curved rim pint glass. This has always been one of my favorite beers, brewed by one of my favorite breweries, so I'm excited to see how it stands up to a formal review.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thick forthy white head on top that takes that "pancake batter" appearance towards the middle that I like so much.

S: Huge nose of grapefruit and sweetness, evident as it pours out of the glass before you even press it to your nose for a sniff.

T: Pure, smooth, hoppy bitterness. This beer was built to showcase the hops. It's light in the mouth, the hops come in early and stay til the finish. I pick up maybe a hint of apricot and sweet tangerine, but it's mostly grapefruit with a touch of malt sweetness to give the bitterness some balance. And the bitterness is there, for sure. Dominanting, particularly on the finish.

M: Light bubbly with good carbonation, this beer is built to showcase the hops.

D: This is a great beer. It smells great, it tastes great, and it's quite drinkable. One of my favs. I'm docking it just a *touch* on drinkability because of the high alcohol content and presence in the flavor. Hop heads, especially those who like those bitey-west-coast style IPAs, will enjoy this one.

02-12-2011 20:03:00 | More by psuKinger
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz bottle (bottled 12/8/10) poured into a tulip/snifter.

A: Pours hazy gold, 1.5 finger white beautiful fluffy head that sticks around for a while and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Heavenly! I can smell tons of apricot, tangerine, mango, and other citrus from FEET away!

T: Wow this is juicy. Tropical citrus is absolutely bursting out. The main trio of flavors seems to be the apricot, tangerine, and mango with some grapefruit/pine bitterness in the background and a little lemon. Malt character is fairly strong and caramel sweet, but compliments the juicy hops just about perfectly. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, it's just a little spicy and has a nice sharp warming finish. This isn't as bitter as I was expecting, especially on the finish, but I'd bet the 2 months has muted the bitterness to an extent. I've heard that this is quite similar to Sculpin in taste and I concur. Delicious!

M: Light to medium carbonation, body is pretty thick and viscous for the style. Extremely chewy and sticky, coating the entire mouth. Really smooth. Only improvement would be more bitterness, though fresh might just do it.

D: 9.4% ABV is nothing to sneeze at, but the alcohol is well integrated and it's too delicious to keep the beer out of my hands. Sculpin so far is my favorite IPA, with Double Trouble I think I've found my favorite DIPA.

02-12-2011 05:23:58 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of turfy


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a snifter, with a slightly cloudy deep golden color. Formed a thin, white head that disapated into slight ring around the edge. Smell was a somewhat muted piney/ grapefruit with a scent of apricot. Taste was great - a creamy mouthfeel of hoppy bitterness and slight grapefruit taste. Also a trace of sweeteness, just enough to round out the experience. Overall a very smooth tasting experience. Another top notch brew from Founders. This would be ranked as one of my favorites. Thanks to McNuts for the extra!

02-12-2011 03:08:43 | More by turfy
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours a surprisingly light gold color with some light orange hues. The beer is completely transparent with about a finger of white head which quickly recedes into a thin white ring. There is some lacing but not much. Looks more like a pilsner than a DIPA.

S: Sweet citrus up front--oranges and tangerines with some sweet grapefruit. There's a grassy aroma on the finish, though, which mixes interestingly with the sweeter citrus aromas.

T: The taste is quite unique and different than most DIPAs. Where there was citrus on the nose, the taste is all pine and grass. There's a very herbal and spicy characteristic to the taste as well, leaving an aftertaste of resiny bitterness and peppercorns. The bitterness does not linger, though. The malt does begin to show a bit more of a presence as the beer warms, but ultimately still takes the back seat.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation that goes pretty well with the peppery bitterness.

D: With the light body without too much malt or bitterness, this beer goes down pretty easily.

Overall, a pretty good and very unique DIPA. Where most DIPAs are either very citrus or pine forward, this beer has a very grassy, spicy, and herbal flavor to it.

02-11-2011 08:41:59 | More by n2185
Photo of rrski198


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Gave it a fairly heavy pour and received a big time fluffy white head. Translucent golden color.

S: Juicy, smells like the rind of an orange/lemon/grapefruit. Fresh, forest cut pine. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

T: juicy, full, sweet, bitter. The taste follows the smell with the bitterness of citrus rinds dominating. There is a nice sweet backbone that tries to balance this beer out, but the hops dominate. What is really amamzing here is that I am half way done with this beer and if the ABV wasnt listed on the label, I would tell you that this beer was around 6-8%. Very nicely hidden.

M: Full, sweet, bitter. Average carbonation. This beer coats the mouth really well and the body is perfect. Not as sweat and chewy as hopslam, but damn good.

D: For the ABV, this is absolutely amazing. Very nicely done. Founders is an amazing brewery and I would expect nothing less. I could put down the four pack and think nothing of it.

02-11-2011 03:33:18 | More by rrski198
Photo of Bbloom1989


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%

While I tend to stay pent up during the winter months, the release of double trouble allowed me to see the beauty of this time of year. More double IPA or IIPA's tend to come out this time of year, and it makes me love winter. Double trouble is one example of how great winter IPA's can be. Mango, orange, pineapple, and pine dominate this beer's profile and I love it. A nice golden color, and perfect clarity (I assume due to filtering) keep this beer visually appealing. A great beer, it gonna keep me coming back.

02-11-2011 03:03:02 | More by Bbloom1989
Photo of Brunite


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

App- A hazy golden honey color. With an aggressive pour a 3 finger head developed but settled quickly. Very artistic lacing down the glass.

Smell- Great smell. Grapefruit & pine notes.

Taste- The bitterness is very pronounced. Initial mild malt sweetness leads to citrus on the back mixing with the bitter at the finish.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a decent carb level.

Drink- Very good. A great example of a DIPA.

02-11-2011 02:25:45 | More by Brunite
Photo of Skitowneric


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured into a Begian tulip glass.

Dark yellow to orange. Catches light for a very nice bright colorful look. Small white head. Not very good head retention.

Smells like tangerine to tropical fruit.

Big mouthfeel. Sweet and thick when it hits the tongue and then it finishes with a great bitter kick.

Super drinkable for a 9%+ abv beer. Very well balanced for its style.

This is normally the first beer that I order when I visit their taproom.

02-11-2011 00:36:03 | More by Skitowneric
Photo of goalie33

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass. No 'best by' date on the bottle.
A) Very hazy orange-gold in color with one finger of white head. Head is almost creamy. Cannpt see carbonation through the haze.
S) Smells like a West Coast IPA. Very hop forward. Big grapefruit and citrus notes.
T) First thing I notice is the bitterness. Once you get past that, the flavor is well balanced between the hops and the malts. Slightly citrusy beginning with a smooth transition to a sweet ending. The bitterness returns on the finish along with a bit of the citrus.
M/D) Medium body. A bit resiny and leaves the mouth feeling very dry after each sip begging for the next. Definitely a sipper. Not a sessionable beer.

02-10-2011 17:37:58 | More by goalie33
Photo of OnThenIn


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

A: The head is half a finger of white foamy goodness on top of a decently clear light copper body that has just a slight tinge of red. The head dissipated quickly, but a little bit of lacing was left.

S: The aroma is very citrusy, with a tony of straight forward grapefruit. Underneath the grapefruit there is a flowery aroma.

T: The taste starts out with a very forward bitterness that is actually present throughout. It really surprisingly dominates the flavor of the beer. The piney hops really enhance this bitter hop presence. It is backed with a tiny bit of a grassy flavor and the smallest hint of sweet malt flavor. Alcohol is present in a very small amount towards the finish of the beer.

M: Medium to full body with slightly lower than desired carbonation.

D: This is my fourth time having this beer and I have just had it back to back with a Bell's Hopslam. Honestly, it is more of a sipper and the bitterness is way more upfront. Also, the alcohol and just general size of the beer is a lot more apparent than in the Hopslam, which felt like it was almost half the size in abv as this beer. None the less, this beer was really enjoyable.

02-10-2011 04:42:02 | More by OnThenIn
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,274 ratings.