Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,836
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 361
Gots: 759 | FT: 9
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 gtermi
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a nice cloudy gold, with a thick white head. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: A lot of wet hops in this beer. It smells fantastic and even has a nice bit of malt too.

T: For sure a lot of hops present in the taste. It is pretty fruity with a nice pineapple style taste.

M: This beer could be a little bit smoother, but it is a very strong beer, so a lot of times thats hard to do. It is still plenty good and doesnt make me enjoy it less.

O: This is a very solid Imperial IPA. It has strong fruity flavors, looks very nice and is pretty easy to drink. I wouldnt say the best on the market, but it holds its own.

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2/5  rDev -52.5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled, less than a couple weeks old...

A: Very nice sunset orange, slightly hazy. Thick resinous head, a lot of alcohol legs and lacing on this one. Very nice looking DIPA.

S: Wow, super hoppy and astringent! Very pungent, grapefruit piney, somewhat citrusy, slight malt sweetness coming through.

T: Wow, awesome to say the least, great hop bomb right here. It's right up there w/ Hopslam IMO. Not super drinkable, but it's pretty damn drinkable for the ABV.

MF: Some what thick, resinous mouth feel.Which makes it not super drinkable, because if it was a little lighter, this would be dangerous. Cream, some what oily mouth feel.

Oerall, I like this beer and find it to be underrated. It's up there with the best of them!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jtingue
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Batch. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Golden straw color. Pours hazy with finger of head, which dissipates to a layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is great and just sticks to the glass and refuses to leave. There is also a nice column of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Grassy and citric hops. Also some malty sweetness to accompany the hop forward nose.

Taste. Starts out slightly bready, but is almost immediately dominated by a grassy, but not overly bitter hop flavor. Bitterness starts to build, as does a grapefruit like citrus flavor. Some bready or cracker-like malt presence returns. The finish is pretty balanced with a bready sweetness and citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Great creamy body with very tight carbonation.

Lots of hop flavor trying to break through, but the bitterness just overpowers a lot of what I think is in there. The substantial malt presence helps to balance this though. Either way, an enjoyable and very midwest imperial IPA.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large tulip

Golden yellow body with two inches of puffy white head. Great head retention. Some lacing sticks to the sides of the glass like Elmers glue.

Explosion of piney and citrusy hops. Mango and pineapple aromas create a wonderful sweetness that counteracts the bitter, piney hops. Finishes floral with lingering hop resin.

Piney bitter hops up front followed by some tropical flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Amazing balance between piney and citrusy flavors. Finishes bitter, but some sweetness remains. Very complex and flavorful.

Light-medium mouthfeel that's a bit oily. However, it manages to be smooth and creamy. Carbonation is spot on. Very drinkable at 9.4 abv.

Another win for Founders. Double Trouble is everything I want my DIPAS to be. Piney and citrusy with a bold, complex flavor profile. Outstanding overall balance. One well work to seek and drink.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a year "aged" bottle (2010) I received in a recent trade (2011).

Golden honey body with almost no head formed upon pouring, although there was a transient and thin blanketing for half a minute max.
There is very little lacing, and it's definitely not sticky. Furthermore, there is no sediment or haziness. The beer doesn't appear watery, actually it seems slightly syrupy.

Strong notes of ethanol and sweetness from the malt. There are notes of a sticky, piney type of hop(s) as well as fruitier notes of pineapple, kumquat, and golden raisin.

Very sweet in the initial sip with loads of sticky, napalm bitterness that sits on the back of my palate. The fruitiness carries through the sip, however, I'm reminded of grapefruit rind when it's mixed with the lingering bitterness.
Breakdown: Honey sweetness mixed with tropical fruits, ending with a juicy and bitter aftertaste.

There is a light to medium body, which is substantially boosted by all the sugar and alcohol that went into making this 9.4% beast. The carbonation is relatively light, but it doesn't fizzle completely. By the end of drinking the beer is especially syrupy with loads of grapefruit rind bitterness sitting heavily on my palate.

This beer is drinking like a barley wine at this point (which I expected), and it would be interesting to try it fresh for comparison. I think it's lacking in some of the aromatic citrus notes I prefer in the nose of a hearty DIPA, but I understand that a lot of hops fade after a year of aging. Considering the IPAs I've had from Founders already, I'd say this one is pretty much on par with tho other ones I've had.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of TheCondor
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a deep amber color, very cloudy and murky, like brown swamp water or something. Decent one finger head with mediocre retention, little lacing. Like the packaging, kind of creeper but cool.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, biscuits and breads are upfront on the nose. Not at all what you would expect out of a DIPA, most of the time you are overwhelmed with hops, but not with this one. Very unique!

Taste - This is a true example of what a "balanced" beer is supposed to taste like. Sweetness from the caramel and toffee, a good biscuity backbone, and finally the hoppy bitterness you would expect from a DIPA. Not one element overpowers the others, everything is in balance. Exceptional

Mouthfeel - Smooth finish, light to medium carbonation, a little sweet and dry on the palate. Nice.

Overall - This is a beer worthy of the Founders label and of the hype. Founders seems to hit on all cylinders as a rule, not an exception, but this beer takes it to another level. Highly recommended, does not overwhelm your taste buds with nuclear amounts of hops. So good, smooth, drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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