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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,251
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 335
Gots: 563 | FT: 8
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 PBoegel

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle into my newish La Fin du Monde tulip. Bottle has a bottled on date of 12.2010 (smudged a bit either the 8th or 10th).

Really bright golden pale color. Orange tints and shiny copper. The head is bright cloud white with a big stand early that breaks down quick, moderate lacing.

Big tropical fruit aroma dominates the nose. This is my kind of American big full IPA. Very melon, mango and sweet orange tones. Some touches of clean bready malt and light floral alcohol come through.

The taste offers the same complimentary fruit tones as aroma. Very melon based, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some ripe raspberry and clementine. The hops are very directed toward the flavor and aroma end, as such the bitterness could be tweaked a bit higher for my palate personally.

Medium bodied, oily, no harsh hop astringency, alcohol works to cleanse the palate.

The only knock on this beer is that it goes down so so smooth that it boomerangs at you a bit. Must respect the fruity flavor and well hidden alcohol.

02-04-2011 15:54:59 | More by PBoegel
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Smells of very deep resiny pine forest with the citrus blasting through as well. There's also a sourness to the nose that mixes in with all the hop smells. The taste is crisp hops citrus hops with a pine finish. It has a very nice syrupy mouthfeel like a double IPA should. When I poured this a thick haze poured into the bottle because of how many hops they put in this beer. This is my first Founder's and it tastes like I'm drinking an IPA from the West Coast. As this warms the bitterness really builds up on the tongue in a chalky bitter type way which is awesome for the style.

Actually, I had a Lagunita's MAXIMUS before this and the two beers are definitely neck and neck as amazing IPA's. This being a double and stronger. It looks and sort of tastes like the Hop Wallop by Victory but with more pine and a thicker mouthfeel. Besides it being dry from the hops it still manages to have an almost salivating mouthfeel to it that makes you want to have another sip. Not to mention the sweet unroasted malt they use in this is a great backing for the choice of hops.

You can taste the bready like malt on the aftertaste mixing in with the hops oh so well. What an awesome beer. It also reminds me of the Ballast Point with that almost off putting smell with the ridiculous amount of hops and probably the hop variety they use mixing together to create a huge unusual aroma you normally aren't used to smelling in a beer. You can also taste the grapefruit hops. I've found with these types of higher alcohol IPA's they are best to warm a bit and the bitterness and mouthfeel really come out to play. I will definitely be trying more Founder's beers now this is an Imperial IPA they should brew year round.

02-04-2011 04:08:04 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%

many thanks for the kickdown from mike.

A - Poured a straw honey with a nice full finger of head into a Capt Lawrence SFTO tulip, the beer poured perfectly to the top. Attractive but nothing crazy.

S - In a word...Hop. Hop pop sippity pop. Balanced with some citric notes...mostly hops.

T - Somewhat Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-ish with more umph.

M/D - Overall this is a hoppy bitter, but not overly so in my opinion. There really isn't much else, but it isn't in your face (too much). Well named as halfway through my glass I feel trouble a comin...and there is still just as much left to enjoy. Worth checking out as is everything Founders does.

edit: 5/30/2011 - I've now had this beer many many times including on tap and gotta say it is one of my go to double ipas. originally I gave this beer 4.0 across the board, but gotta bump smell taste and overall to 4.5. there is a really nice sweetness balancing this out, even fresh (sipping on one bottled just over a month ago). great hop profile, but even sweetness that balances things out making it a great beer for any occassion.

02-04-2011 02:23:01 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of JayS2629


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A- Hazy amber with an off white head that fades slow and leaves nice walls of lace.

S- Herbal, floral characteristics with citrus and pine. Sweet bready undertones with a touch of booze.

T- Grassy, clean and strong grapefruit. Pungent pine and citrus riding on a butterscotch backbone with some bready notes. Nicely balanced. Alcohol barely peeks through.

M- crisp, sligtly oily, and refreshing.

D- Very easy to drink. Too easy to drink. Slight booze burn. A definite sipper. This will sneak up on you.

02-03-2011 20:21:49 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Buddha22


4.22/5  rDev 0%

A: A gold honey color, with a one finger head that subsides but a thin layer remains throughout.

S: A presence of alcohol is strong in the nose, but there is also a nice hop aroma.

T: For being bottled almost three months ago, it is still real tasty. The hops still seem very fresh in the taste. Very fruity hop taste that goes nice with the 86 ibu's.

D: Pretty drinkable for 9% abv

02-02-2011 20:08:00 | More by Buddha22
Photo of tewaris


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottled 01/11/11 poured into a big snifter on 02/01/11.

Appearance 4.5/5
Amber tangerine with appropriate haze of a hopped up beer, and with an off-white head that sticks around. The lacing is not as good but I am positive that the wide glass is to blame for that. However, that would be made up in aroma!

Aroma 4/5
This beer is indeed all about hops even though it doesn't have the word "hop" in its name. There's a sharp, herbal-piney character combined with a floral, fruity character from late and dry hop additions. However, I really like the fact that it's not overly fruity, that has been my complaint against some of the recent IPAs. There's an impression of sweetness that could be from malts, or fruity hops? Upon more thought, this could be alcohol too.

Taste 4.5/5
Kickass bitterness riding on a solid backbone pretty much describes the taste. Pine sap, and relatively less, but present grapefruit notes along with some spice. But mostly unadulterated bitterness. I like it. Clean and bitter finish with no residual sweetness, but some warming effect. I like it even better. A straight up DIPA.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Solid backboned, well carbonated, and crisp for its size, Double Trouble nails it. Another home run for Founders.

Drinkability 4.5/5

02-02-2011 05:04:39 | More by tewaris
Photo of jimbus


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Off-white frothy head swells above a hazy, pineapple yellow-orange body. Smells of pungent grapefruit and sweet aromatics. A smooth, yet lively burst of citrus, grassy hops lead the taste -- finishes with a nice bitterness and tingled taste buds. Medium mouthfeel; hops oils linger on the enamel. One of my favorite imperials, and yet another one that I would never guess was 9.4% As was once said by a great man, "If you call that a beer, I'd rather have another one."

02-02-2011 03:48:07 | More by jimbus
Photo of Pellinore1


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clear straw yellow, producing two fingers of white head.

Bright, citrus hops fill my nose. I'm thinking grapefruit, and maybe just a bit of pine. I really enjoy the smell of this beer, straight and to the point.

While hops are certainly the main event here, there is more balance in the flavor than I expected from the smell. Great citrus and pine flavors, followed by some lightly sweet and bready malts. A lingering, bitter finish rounds the whole thing out.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, this is perfectly pleasant beer on the tongue.

Quite drinkable as well, with no detectable alcohol.

02-02-2011 02:40:57 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of mavbrew


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into DFH signature glass, bottled 12/8/10.

A: Pours a transparent golden color with a finger thick, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose has some serious piney hop characteristics up front. Hidden by the hoppy scent is a slight scent of grapefruit/citrus.

T: The taste is as expected from the nose, huge pine hops up front with some sweet malts following close by. The sweetness leads into the grapefruit/citrus flavor and finishes with some bitters.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, nice hop and citrus mouthfeel throughout.

D: Very drinkable DIPA, basically no trace of the high ABV present. This is a nicely balanced beer, the up front hops is complimented by the sweet malts and citrus flavor, a solid DIPA.

02-02-2011 00:39:46 | More by mavbrew
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

pours a hazy golden orange into my 'ephemere' 16oz tulip and puts up a 1/2 finger head - spotty lacing works it's way down the glass -a very hoppy nose with grapefruit and pine up front - taste is right there with the grapefruit and pine resins accentuated by a prickly carbonation on the tip of the tongue, smoothed out and balanced with a nice malt finish - very flavorful - good body with a slick mouthfeel - I could easily drink the whole 4 pack in one sitting if I wasn't more careful....

02-01-2011 22:25:39 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of dmfrench


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A round, well balanced, simple-ish and retardedly drinkable DIPA


A: Sweet, innocent-looking sunny yellow body with few carbonation bubbles and plenty of nebular particulate which eventually settles out into a general cloudiness, topped by a 1.5 finger persistent cotton white head. To look at it, I might think it were an American Wheat.

S: Tons and tons of grapefruit hops... as aromatic as a Three Floyds hop nose, but somehow a bit more round. There's some underlying and counterbalancing diacetyl, but mostly the nose is all about a huge citrus hopping.

T: Wow.... much more dark and round that I expected from the nose. Much butterscotch and biscuity malt to be had. Finish is definitely on citrus hops, but the finish is also quite wet, and unfortunately a bit short. All in all, an excellent balancing act, though to me, it comes off a bit small when compared to, say, Dreadnaught, for example.

M: I think a hair on the thin side for the style... I like to be able to chew a big 9.4% DIPA a bit more.

D: No alcohol to be tasted, uncommonly simple flavor and easy, wet finish.... oh yeah, extremely high :o

02-01-2011 20:35:08 | More by dmfrench
Photo of kiddwhiz


4/5  rDev -5.2%

a: A 12 oz bottle poured in to a New Belgium tulip forms one finger of lacey white head.

s: Hop oils, citrus, apple, grapefruit

t: Initial flavors of citrus and apple followed by well balanced hops. Although its an Imperial IPA, the hops are not over bearing and forceful.

m: Slightly unctuous with a good established carbonation holding it up.

d: This is a very drinkable Imperial IPA and wish that I had more. It's not a monstrous explosion of hops but a well delivered, balanced hoppy craft brew. Well done Founders in not chasing after the 100+ IBU mark.

02-01-2011 03:28:51 | More by kiddwhiz
Photo of Neffbeer


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: Yellow to gold in color with a two finger white head. Great retention with a ton of lacing, great clarity.

S: No question about what style this is, funky pine and citrus come wafting from the glass. The yeast makes it's presence known with a hint of strong booze.

T: The taste does not let down. Hops are in the forefront, piney, resinous, and citrusy with a touch of spiciness. The back side is slightly boozy with a hint of toast. Dry and bitter on the finish.

M: Full bodied and well carbonated.

D: This a quite a drinkable DIPA in my opinion, wonderfully piney and tropical funky.

02-01-2011 03:09:25 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

Ok, to preface, this is my favorite DIPA to date...

A: Murky golden , vibrant and dangerous!

S: Astringent citrus , bright hoppy heaven. If you stuck this under my nose blindfolded I might claim it to be grapefruit juice. Only, there are some very faint malt scents at the end and alcohol is detectable.

T: Oh yes baby! This is the brew for me! I have had this on tap a number of times recently and only today found it as a 4 pack for 11.99. I am pleasantly surprised that it tastes just as fine from the bottle as it does on tap. In fact, I think it is is even better from the bottle than the last time I had it on tap. Ok...back to the tasting notes...

The first thing I notice about this beer is how well rounded it is. Surely it is extremely hoppy and bitter, but the initial impression it leaves is bitter then immediately sweet and fruity, floral and then bitter grapefruit and a gentle sweet mellow malt to close. It is as if the brew dances in your mouth, a beautiful round circle of balanced flavors. At the bar when discussing with the bartender last I had this on tap, I made a circle motion with my finger and he understood what I meant. The flavor cadence dances in your mouth! Your mouth is laced with a deep bitterness, almost like drinking grapefruit juice on an empty stomach in the morning. BAM. This is a masterful brew.

M: Silky sweet, smooth and thin and mellow but potent carbonation. Drink a few of these and you definalty feel the bubbles in your gut...The carbonation is certainly present but does not distract from the flavor. It feels slightly tingly in your mouth. It ends up feeling much lower in APV than the 9.4% that it is. Velvety smooth and prickly sharp.

D: Usually I would not place a beer at 9.4% as a 5 for drinkability, but alas, this beer is just so damn tasty that is is utterly drinkable. The few times It has been on tap at my craft beer bar I start , and end with it, maybe trying one other beer in the middle and deciding it was a mistake to abandon perfection. A+

02-01-2011 01:24:09 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of busterthecat


4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured into oversized ale mikasa glass.

A- Clearish golden hay with slight orange hue. Some rocky/ fluffy head, great lacing.

S- Fresh hop burst. Tangy and piney hops with some tropical fruit sweetness. Awesome.

T- Very hop forward with little malt presence. Piney and citrus hops (grapefruit). Light body that is crisp and rather dry. A zesty bitterness.

M- Medium in size. Bitterness is mild and lingering. Not overpowering. Semi-coating, light on palate.

D- No alc, would have guessed 5%. Extremely easy to drink. A great beer if you want just hops. I have to stop myself from trying to drink more.

02-01-2011 00:19:44 | More by busterthecat
Photo of biglobo8971


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

poured from bottle to pilsner glass.
appearance - nice light yellow hue, poured 1/2 inch head, laced from top to bottom, very "tv" ready looking beer.
smell - very citrusy, nice floral and aromotic
taste - citrus, with a hint of pine, very enjoyable and pleasant taste
mouthfeel - cant say dances on tongue, but it definitely hangs out and makes you aware its there
drinkability - very drinkable, easy to handle and makes you wnat to drink more.
personal - it took me many times looking at this beer before i finally bought it, not dissapointed and will buy this one many times in the future

01-31-2011 02:59:48 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of jbertsch


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Hazy gold in color, yet not opaque. Stark white head isn't huge but substantial enough when poured aggressively.

Wow! - an explosion of pineapple, sugared grapefruit, peach, and pine. Tremendous.

The taste is sweet up front from sugared grapefruit notes and caramel apple-like malt. The malt lays a foundation for all the bright citrus flavors to dance on - and boy are they dancing. Finish has a soft, forgiving bitterness that's almore more bittersweet and also provides a faux crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerous. I do not taste 9.4%ABV.

I just had my first bottles of fresh Pliny the Elder not too long ago. And I have to say, as much as I liked Pliny, I prefer this one to Pliny because it offers more complexity as opposed to Pliney's one-note character.

01-30-2011 13:35:04 | More by jbertsch
Photo of nickthegun12


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

i aged this beer 10 months before i drank it!

the appearance is a murky dark yellow almost orange color...with a full beautiful white head...and wonderful lacing...

smells of strong malt and subdued hop presence...

the taste is very malty with a pleasant hop presence....very well balanced...definitely a well balanced pale ale...

feels very creamy in the 'ol mouth...nice carbonation...not too much or too little...

great drink ability although it will catch up to you!

01-30-2011 03:49:22 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of 33nickadams


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

A translucent golden color, not much head on the top of the pour, gives way to slight lacing as it is consumed. A piney and citrusy smell is given off. I taste grapefruit and other citrus notes. It has a medium mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation. I could drink several of these in one sitting, although with the high abv, not the best idea. One of my favorite dipa's along with Hopslam. This one is not as sweet though.

01-30-2011 02:02:16 | More by 33nickadams
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

It's yellow fizzy beer! Well more like straw gold and hazy, with a thing white head that produces some lacing. Piney and citrus on the nose. Really not much going on here. Flavors of pine, citrus and slight resinous hops. Not much if any malt presence with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Very bitter lingering aftertaste. Very hop forward, lacking balance. Tasty but lacking in the category of X2IPA.

01-29-2011 21:18:06 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of craftfreak


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

After a few glasses of Breakfast Stout I decided to switch it up to close out the night, so I poured a glass of Double Trouble... and at 9.4% abv it was perhaps a poor choice and certainly was my night cap. The name is spot on as I knew I was in trouble from the first sip. Unlike Hopslam or other Double IPA's that balance the large amount of hops with equal amounts of malt to add a touch of sweetness to cut the bitterness, Founders seems to have left that out with this one. It instantly drys the mouth with a bitter puckering that made me feel like I was in one of the old warhead sour gum commercials.

It smells fantastic! All those hops throwing the classic citrus with pineapple and grapefruit tones all followed up with an almost spruce tree like hint of pine. A golden murky yellow almost honey colored with a rich creamy head, it definitely looks the part.

The first thing you notice when it hits your tongue is unabashed hops. Bitter, citrus and pine, it tastes just as it smells with very little malt to balance the insane amount of hops in this beer. A hop heads dream! Medium bodied but still very substantial mouth feel that lingers nicely after each sip leaving your mouth dry and wanting more. With 86 IBUs it ranks right up that at one of the most bitter IPA's, not in the top 100 but it holds its own.

On Tap at Shark Club of Howell, MI

01-29-2011 20:53:30 | More by craftfreak
Photo of FosterJM


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

219th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe

App- A hazy golden honey light yellow. Even with an aggressive pour a minimal head presented. Some nice lacing down the glass.

Smell- Three great smells. Pineapple, hops and some piney resin. Pretty decent IPA smells

Taste- The bitterness is very different and I like it. Very citrus on the back mixing with the bitter as well. Its very tasty and a good beer that I was hoping it would be.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Pretty substantial drink to it. Nice bitter after taste well after each sip.

Drink- I like what Founders does. 4th beer and again a really good one at that.

01-29-2011 05:37:53 | More by FosterJM
Photo of wrightro07


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

A: The appearance is a light yellow honey colour with some white head retention.
S: Smells strongly of pine and citrus hops
T: The taste of this beer is not extraordinary for me. I found the hops impressive but the malt backbone was very weak. I know some hop heads love this, but I feel that the beer comes off a little too bitter and dry.
D: The overall drinkability is decent. Double Trouble is a great beer for the hop head that likes a beer of straight hops and little malts. I personally would rather drink a Surly Abrasive or Bell's Hopslam.

01-28-2011 03:55:59 | More by wrightro07
Photo of hopheadjuice


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle, Bottled 12/08/2010 10:03

Pours a very pale clean golden yellow almost pilsner with haze. Tight 1 finger head fluffs itself up and recedes leaving some lace.

Scents of strong bitter tropical fruits and a big blast of pine resin. Grapefruit Pineapple and pine stealing the show with very little malt presence at all! HOPS!

Taste is similar to the aroma, big on the hops thrashing away at your taste buds with strong citric rind and huge amounts of pine and lemon. This IIPA is not for the faint of heart this shit is HOPPY.

Medium-full mouthfeel with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

For the 9.4% abv its hardly noticeable, so for that i tip my hat to founders. Extremely aromatic and flavorful, if your a fan of the tropical fruit like IIPA's then this is a must try! Almost like Lagunitas A Little sumpin' sumpin' on crack and steroids.

01-27-2011 18:54:28 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of Chico1985


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Had this one only once so far, over a year ago. Been waiting since then for the fresh batch and a review. Bottle date is 12/8/10.

Pours a dark, mostly translucent orange, lots of carbonation bubbles. Creamy white head drops to a very thick ring and cap and leaves great lacing.

Nose is pretty aromatic. Orange + lemon peel, dank earth and pine, slightly tropical/pineapple. A hop party with no malt invited.

The taste pretty much follows the nose, but truthfully I always prefer these kind of IPA flavors more in the scent. Earthy/pine/herbal hops are huge and smothered in dankness. Big citrus, grapefruit and some biscuit malt as well, but hops steal the show on this one.

Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, very oily. Hops are big but not as overpowering and harsh as I remember. A little alcohol warmth.

I'm usually not a fan of the super-danky DIPA's but this is one of the better ones I've had. The hop assault is tough but nice flavors make it worthwhile.

01-27-2011 00:29:47 | More by Chico1985
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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