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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of StJamesGate

New York

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

On tap at the East v West Coast IPA Challenge, Rattle N Hum, NYC.

Pours cloudy lemon with a patchy pure white head that leaves windows of lace. Deep boiled lemon candy nose. Lemon cake malts and long sour lemon hops. Tangy leave. Crisp, sticky but clean, lighter than expected, slight burn.

Reminds me of Hop Wallop in being a double that's paler, hotter and lighter than the single. A bit one note.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 22:22:52 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange-yellow color. The head initially has good size and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and the head deposits a solid splattering of lacing onto the glass.

S: Some mild sugar cookie-ish malt aroma. This has an impressively dank hop aroma, even for a DIPA. Definite tropical/citrus notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of tangy pineapple. There's a less evident but nonetheless pungent floral character lurking in the background as well.

T: Fairly unobtrusive pilsnery malt up front, with some sweetness. The malt here is mostly a blank canvas for the hops to stand out against. A fresh, vibrant bitterness makes a strong initial impression, with lots of tropical, citric, and floral flavors. Tangerine, citrus rind, and freshly cut floral notes are very apparent. Surprisingly, alcohol is practically invisible despite 9.4 abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is somewhat light, but acceptably prickly. A dry, hoppy finish. Surprisingly refreshing for such a big, hoppy beer.

D: This is an excellent Imperial IPA from Founders. Juicy, vibrantly fresh hop flavors and aromas make this a no-brainer. This drinks extremely easily and manages a great balance for such an inherently unbalanced style. Absolutely worth a try - another winner from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:06:59 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a slightly hazy and surprisingly bright Wit yellow. A finger of loose white head dinks and dunks to a fine frothy aureole. EKGs of lacing pulsate on the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a citrus melange of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, along with a patter of pine. The malt is taxed by the hops, but a light caramel toast joins a warm waft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the hops again take the lead as crispy grapefruit, mandarin orange, and needly pine dry the landscape. Insistently, sweet pineapple morphs into a light caramel malt and biscuit duo. Alcohol seems proud to crane its sinewy neck. Residual grain sprinkles some sweetness before the hops reassert and deliver a diligent dry bitterness that turns arid and dusty in the finish. A well developed hop profile capably holds sway here.

Medium bodied, it's flowing and creamy, while the oily resins leave a crisp glow.

On first impression it's hop-centric, but the malt ends up propping the bitterness despite an real pretense to balance. It ends up with something for everybody, and the big ABV seems to just be along for the ride, so it's nicely drinkable, if worthy of caution. Subtlety wins out over blunt force in this case, a nice turn of events.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 22:52:51 | More by Foxman
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this about a month or more ago and it was great. Same bottle date of late March just not the same...

Bottle poured into a NB snifter

A: Light clear golden straw color. Nice soft white head on top that sticks around. Swirl the glass and it comes back for more then settles down again. Some lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and some honey. Some light pine and citrus notes.

T: Sweet grain, malty, honey like flavors. I really taste pineapple in this. I think this had a great sweet tropical flavor. Slight alcohol on the end to warm you up.

M: Good carbonation. Pretty standard for an IPA or a DIPA I'd say.On the lighter side as far as body but not thin. Good dry finish.

D: This beer is 9.4% alcohol and can drag on you. I think this is a good sipping beer that slowly creeps up on you and clams you. Good single serving. I had two and am on my way to bed now.

Great beer, reminds me of Hopslam, a lot. I don't know if I like this one more but I think they are neck and neck until next year where I can do a side by side.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:28:07 | More by rwf08
Photo of smibroncos

New York

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a clear copper with a nice one finger fluffy white head.Ample lacing clinging to the glass.

S. Grass, hops, citrus, floral.

T. Lots of hops but balanced. By a nice Carmel maltiness. Citrus, slightly sweet bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation

D. A superb brew. Another fine brew from founders.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 17:34:10 | More by smibroncos
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Continuing my DIPA journey. Yum.
Nice fresh sweet citrus and fruity hop aroma. Mild malt backing with a slight grain quality.
Lighter in color. Golden and very clear. Small white head that was never of any size. Mostly fine bubbles creating a white cap, with a scattering of little pimple bubbles. Heavy and dense lacing.
Nice heavier quality to the feel prepares me for hop flavors and bitterness. A seemingly never ending finish of tartness with some enjoyable astringency sucking in my cheeks. Just a touch of malt flavors of sweet fruit up front, but it is very short-lived. Malt also shows with the nice pale malt flavor. The citrus, mild resin/pine, and fresh grass hop flavors present and then blend with the building bitterness and eventually giving in to the rising intensity of the tartness.
This is heavy enough to slow down the drinking some, but light enough to take a nice drink. Ultimately the bitterness slows me down as much to enjoy the flavors as to allow the experience to pass through.
An exceptional DIPA is made by the uniqueness of the experience. This doesn't hold that. This is a very nicely balanced and flavored drink with no apparent problems or issues. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:37:14 | More by garymuchow
Photo of ridglens


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 3 of these out of a pint glass at TGI Fridays (really!)

A- just a little less than "clear", nice color, poured a finger and a half head that slowly reduced to a thin layer. nice, but nothing really special

S- Great hops, a citrus coming through. the pint glass (and the nearby food) didn't help, but this beer still smelled very tasty

T- Great taste, crisp hops but a really nice sweetness, too. definitely some citrus, but the sweet tasted a little like honey (again, food didn't help probably) but not overbearing of the bitter hops.

M - again, very solid but nothing really special. the carbonation from the tap really helped this one, making it smoother and feel pretty rich for what it was

D- Surprisingly easy, but at 9.4% i had to stop at 3 (even though they are on special for 2 bucks!) the hops could get harsh after a bit, but since i was eating as well it made it ok.

Not the best beer in the world, but definitely an entirely enjoyable experience. throw the taste in with a 2 dollar price tag and it was GREAT

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2010 19:53:49 | More by ridglens
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Trouble pours a hazy golden yellow to orange with a thin white head that dissolves quickly to leave almost no lacing behind.

The aroma consists of abundant hops including citrus and floral. There is also a charitable sweet malt backbone to follow it up.

The flavor is great with an immediate citrus hop bite, zesty, then followed by sweet malt, and an earthy hop finish.

This beer is extremely smooth for the abv with medium body and carbonation, as well as great balance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The well-balanced nose and palate combined with its smooth mouthfeel made this quite enjoyable. A great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:52:55 | More by CHADMC3
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to AWolf for throwing in this in as an extra. if Founders ever makes it to Alabama shelves I will be a very happy man.

a- pours a hazy light gold color and produced a great amount of near pure white head. sadly, the retention was seriously lacking and it left almost no lacing.

s- pungent aroma and quite unique. citrus/floral is the main attraction but it doesn't cover up everything from the malt side. some sweetness and a slight hint of the big ABV is there, too.

t- great sweetness battling the huge hop profile here. the sweetness plays so well into the citrus notes. the bitterness is relatively tame for a near 10% DIPA and is a nice surprise. a bunch of bread and bitterness dominate the finish.

m- the carbonation seems a bit lacking in this one. Otherwise, it has a nice slick mouth feel.

d- a really smooth one with no challenging flavors to slow your drinking rate on this one

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:20:16 | More by Freethyhops
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, bright amber/golden appearance, nearly orange, with a lovely, lace-leaving, long-lasting cap of snowy foam above.

Lime and orange peel aromatics, some lemon, pine, very fresh and lively. very vibrant, buzzing with hoppitude.

Taste: more of the same and then some. Simply delicious. Medium bodied, non-stop hop bitterness delivered on the palate, awash with citrus fruits, and pine needle. Brisk and bitter, zesty and refreshing, as well.

The high alcohol content is well hidden, doesn't reveal itself at all in the taste, until you get near the end. Then it quietly reveals itself, but never becomes a deterrent to drinking. For the first glass, at least.

One of the most balanced, elegant, and profoundly enjoyable Double IPAs I've ever had, and more proof of Founders' incredible winning streak.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 01:13:24 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of urwithdave


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

Thanks to TimmyP for throwing this in as an extra in the LIF I won. Yes....I said extra in a LIF. What a swell guy! Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

A- Pours golden yellow in color. The head is 2 fingers worth of a frothy white foam. Pretty good retention with nice sticky lacing.

S- Big floral hops and pine needles. Grapefruit and orange zest follow. There is a tropical smell also present....maybe mango???

T- Bitter hops and citrus up front. There isn't a real malty presence, but there is definitely some sweetness present. Almost like honey. The bitterness from the hops is extremely intense, it blends well with the aforementioned sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. A little of the bitterness sticks around, but nothing to intense.

D- A perfect 5...I could drink this by the pitcher!!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 21:46:26 | More by urwithdave
Photo of btorsdog


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This need to be available year round, GREAT Beer !
Nice looking gold color , slightly cloudy.
The smell of this beer should be packaged and made into a incense product or a car freshener, absolutely amazing heavy hops aroma! JOY
Taste gots so much going on it take a minute or two to put it in perspective, beautiful hops sums it up!
Mouthfeel is somewhat "stingy" but in a good way.
These baby's go down way to smooth IMO, real easy to polish of the 4 pack! you've got to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 02:46:55 | More by btorsdog
Photo of bskrtz


3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served cold from tap to beer challice, at "Revolution Brewing Co" in Chicago

A) Appearance is slightly cloudy but light easily passes through, golden, 1 inch white head that lasts several minutes

S) Strong, robust, spicey, alcohol is abundant

T) Bam! Strong bitter hoppy smack. Pungent, Pinesol, sour, grassy. Strong sweet malt as well.

M) Long lasting, ample carbonation. Stays consistent through the pour.

D) One was plenty for me. I acknowledge this style -- Imperial IPA -- is really not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 02:23:15 | More by bskrtz
Photo of arglynn


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

it has a very citrusy hop nose with some floral notes. Golden-bronze color with suspended particulate giving it a slightly cloudiness, which is common in Imperial IPAs but still not necessarily impressive. Nice white head. Almost a bit creamy on the front end as it coats the mouth. Appropriate bitter finish but not too strong. I good imperial IPA but not the best i have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 20:16:29 | More by arglynn
Photo of Cylinsier


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours clear gold with a medium white head. So-so retention.

Smells citrusy and of floral hops. White range of fruity and floral aromas here, and very pronounced.

Tastes a bit citrusy and pretty hoppy, but not as bitter as the hoppiness suggests. Still bitter, just not super bitter. The floral notes come through.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Pretty good. An IPA that makes itself interesting with some range beyond the basic hop taste. A bit strong to drink a lot of, but I'd probably have it again, and this coming from someone who tends to shy away from hoppy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 02:07:06 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, pine, and orange.

t - Tastes of citrus and piney hops. Decent amount of bitterness.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - A pretty good IPA. I enjoyed the pine and citrus hops smell and taste, and it had some nice bitterness. Something I'm sure I'll have again.

Edit: 01/14/12. Haven't has this in over a year and a half but liking this a lot better. Bumping the overall up to a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 01:18:59 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Wisconsinality


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a clear golden straw with two finger's worth of pillowy head. The head leaves great lacing and a nice little cap on the beer.

S- Big burst of hops, citrus and pineapple mostly. A little bit of a biscuit lingers in there as well. And I am picking up just a little bit of a funny smell, almost like hot dogs.

T- Like the nose, big hops, the citrus variety and a little sweet pineapple. Some pine creeps in there and some breadiness. No sign of that hot dog scent that I picked up in the nose which is a good thing.

M- Medium bodied but a little lighter than expected for a DIPA. A good amount of bitterness and a pretty dry finish.

D- I would never be able to tell you that this beer weighs in at 9.4%. Great job on that Founders. I could put a few back in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:34:14 | More by Wisconsinality
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this at my buddies wedding, much better than the BMC that is the alternative. Has a nice golden color to it with nice big white head. Smell is glorious, just a masterpiece of hoppy smells, one of the best smelling ipa's I have ever had. Taste is very very good, each sip is better than the next.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:36:54 | More by 1fastz28
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Small, one-finger head. Gold, clear with obvious good carbonation. Nice lasting lacing. Nose is pine and resin with a fruit, especially orange, background. Taste is grapefruit, sweet malt background leaing to a bitter finish, but not overwhelmingly so. Kinda' just requires another sip, which I can handle... Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but oily. There is certainly no hint of the 9.4% ABV. This actually gets sweeter as it warms. Nicely balanced beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 19:53:40 | More by regspeir
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, with a slight cloudiness, mild carbonation

S: Grapefruit and citrus

T: Wow, alot of good things that happen at once! A nice sharp shot of hops, followed quickly by a sweet and slightly creamy citrus bite, with a dry, light alcohol finish.

M: One of my favorite parts of this beer. It has a rich feel to it that is balanced by the slight creaminess that I mentioned, allowing you to roll it around to try and pick up all that is going on!

D: I think a few of these would start to creep up my, but I wouldn't mind it one bit. This is just a phenominal beer that I always grab when I see it available. Founders just can't do wrong IMHO!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:06:00 | More by MarkFy
Photo of weatherdog


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

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il, served in a 10oz. snifter

It poured a clear honey with a bright white head on top. There was medium lacing that stayed on the glass sides.

The aroma is unlike anything I've smelled before. I swear I could smell grapefruit coming from the faucet. I've had many a citrusy IPA's and have smelled grapefruit before but this was insane and twice as strong as any other I've ever smelled. Since I'm a sucker for citrusy IPA's this beer really got to me. I'm gonna guess this beer is dry-hopped with insane amounts of Amarillo.

The taste had a similar intensity of grapefruit hops with an addition of a firm intense bitterness. Malt is really nowhere to be seen. Like I previously said I love me a citrusy IPA the bitterness was too intense and lingered for too long for me to rate it higher.

The carbonation was pretty high and tingly. There was this weird mouthfeel thing about halfway through the taste. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it but the mouth suddenly becomes dry. I get a similar mouthfeel in beers that are Brett heavy or have a lot of smoked malt, neither which this beer has. My only guess as to what causes it would be hop resins but I'm not positive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 19:20:02 | More by weatherdog
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden honey with a good amount of carbonation bubbles releasing through the glass. decent white head that doesn't hang around too long. lacing is minimal

sweet hoppy smells on the nose... grapefruit, pineapple, pine & perhaps mango. I am now expecting a really nice IIPA!

yeah, this is a good beer! starts out sweet on the palate... lots of fruits: pineapple, tangerine, with a little banana. then the hops hit with a bitter pow! not overpowering... just enough in your face without loosing the balance. the taste is very similar to hopslam. nice!

medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

this beer is very drinkable. again, reminds me a lot of hopslam. could be dangerous because it is so smooth and comes in at 9.5% abv. can't get founders in nashville but will pick up a sixer of this every time I come through KY.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:42:19 | More by haddon
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to russpowell for the extra.

Poured into my Spiegelau tulip.

Beautiful pale copper with tenacious lacing and moderate retention.

All floral, tropical sweetness in the nose, orange and grapefruit. Maybe a nod of pine around the fringe.

Big juicy mid palate of grapefruit and passion fruit that dries out nicely. HintsFinishes with an aspirin tinged bitterness. Balance isn't really to be found, but when the malts are allowed their brief burst in the middle they do shine. Flawless process. Alcohol is only there in the aftermath, providing a solid framework.

I'm struggling on taste. It might be a 4.5. When I have another I may revise upwards.

Founders never seems to disappoint. No exception here.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:13:21 | More by errantnight
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear, pale orange with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a thin lacing around the glass. For a big Double IPA, the color is very light and reminds me more of an Imperial Pilsner.

S - The smell is heavenly for a big IPA. Huge pine, juicy pineapple, grapefruit & citrus tang, with a light bisquit malt in the background. Has a little bit of a dank, pungent aroma.

T - Bitter pine hits the tongue up front with a vengeance and the sweet bisquity malt lies underneath throughout. About midway through the citric fruit blends in and takes over until the proverbial "bitter end". Lingering orange/pepper citrus bitterness after the sip and a slight metallic feel in the mouth is what you're left with.

M - Mild pricklies on the tongue, finishes semi dry, medium bodied, and best of all, it's fairly crisp. Very nice mouthfeel and finish.

D - I could drink several of this one.

For some reason, DT reminds me of a Smuttynose Big A meets PtE. Just a small character of both beers and yet not a clone. Also, there's really not much balance in this beer so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the D-IPA for you. I'm O.K. with that, the more bitter the better and Double Trouble delivers the goods. Well done, Founders.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:39:55 | More by jzeilinger
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 23:46:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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