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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,980
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 330
Gots: 479 | FT: 6
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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 JoePat


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a thick white head.
Smells range from grassy to a citrusy lemmon smell and they are strong.
The 86 IBU's really show them selves on your tongue with a sweet citrus flavor and a grassy aftertaste.
Mouth feel is smooth and easily rolls over my tongue with a bit of a dry aftertaste.
Very drinkable for a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:25:34 | More by JoePat
Photo of hoppyhobby


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale and cloudy golden color with a small head. Nice fine lacing is left around the glass as you down this one.

S: Strong, hoppy and piney aroma.

T: An excellent hoppy flavor. Citrisy grapefruit with piney overtones. A lasting flavor that satisfies the yearn for a distinct IPA.

M: A good yet not overpowing hops bite. Not overly bitter.

D: An excellent IPA and very drinkable. Careful though as the ABV is high and subtle. A nice one to settle down to in the evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:35:38 | More by hoppyhobby
Photo of Florida9


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold in color with a slight haze. Pours with a smallish white head, that has little retention, but leaves decent lacing.

S: Hoppy. Strong aroma of pine and resin. Pine foresty.

T: Low malt profile. Pine. Grapefruit. A good hop flavor with moderate bitterness and a sweet spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. With medium carbonation. A bit spicy.

D: Very good. I liked this one a lot as this beer is all about showcasing the hop. Great hop nose and flavor with minimal malt character and moderate bitterness allows the hop to shine through, without being obnoxious. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 19:30:52 | More by Florida9
Photo of chasebrownyeah1


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

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA ABV: 9.4%

A: Yellow and orange hint in color. Look in the light and you can see the sediments that are floating in the beer. Appealing beer in appearance... Lets look at the rest of the beer areas!

S: Smells of oranges (very citrusy), honey, lemons and hops. Very pungent smell that makes me ready to do some drinking.

T: On to the best part!! Very exhilerating taste. Taste bitter with a citrus taste, grassy hops and other sweet sensations.

M: This beer is called double trouble for a reason! Very good feel in the mouth... All the flavors smoothly combine together, leaving a very satisfying aftertaste.

D: This beer is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like IPA's. I want my bro to have this beer because this, I know, will be something he will like!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 21:57:37 | More by chasebrownyeah1
Photo of joemeister


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

Pours a very golden/wheat yellow, with sudsy foam about 1 inch thick. Just a little cloudy, but the light color still allows you to see carbonation in action.

I don't know if it's just because this is my first Friday night beer, but the smell is borderline orgasmic. Outright hops are punctuated by a nose-clearing pine aroma and sweet orange rind overtones. This is how an IPA should smell. It's fantastic.

WOW. The taste is outrageous. Mild carbonation unfolds into an overwhelmingly refined flavor profile: the hoppy bitterness is pine-based at first but it finishes with a short swing of sweet orange. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet-and-sour hop bouquet. This is rated at 86 IBU's, but my impression is not that this is overly bitter in any respect; in fact, the balance between bitter and sweet is so well tuned that it's kind of blowing my mind. The relatively stout 9.4% alcohol level is also well placed so as not to intrude undesirably on the flavor.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Founders is racking up some serious points in my book. This is the best "normal" IPA I have tried. I say "normal" because my favorite IPA is still DFH 120, by miles.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 23:45:24 | More by joemeister
Photo of sculls65


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 1/15/2010
Pours a hazy gold color with minimal white head that fades to a white film. The smell, while not overpowering, is of citrusy, piney hops with a bcakground of candied sugars. Taste starts with citrus hops...evolves briefly to sweet candied malt..then back to piney hops. I think its worth mentioning that the 9.4 % abv is incognito, little to no alcohol burn to the nose or mouth. As usual with the Founders brews this beer is thick with ideal carbonation for my palate. Not often i reach for more than 2 big beers in an evening but this one can tempt. Doesnt have the reputation of Hopslam and im not complaining...just more for me to drink!!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:27:28 | More by sculls65
Photo of Lunch


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (02/16/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy shade of golden amber capped with two fingers of an off-white head.

S: A fresh, tropical, sweet, hop with some great citrus tones along with a slight semi-sweet honey-like malt.

T: Tropical hops highlight this flavor profile with layers of citrus and a hint of a honey-like malt. Great DIPA and quite close in quality to HopSlam.

M: Medium-bodied with some creaminess, but felt a bit thin at times.

D: Extremely drinkable fresh as the 9.4% abv. is hidden fairly well and the bitterness is kept to a minimum.

Overall this is a great DIPA and another solid offering from Founders. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 16:27:14 | More by Lunch
Photo of JMC_TM

North Carolina

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

Had on draft at the Flying Saucer Charlotte, NC.

Double Trouble pours a slightly hazy light orange with a fluffy white head that clings to the glass. The nose contains notes of bitter citrus, pine, and on the back end some slightly sweet malts. The taste follows through on the promises made by the nose with strong floral hops, grapefruit, and orange peel. Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation, and the finish is long with lingering citrus and hop bitterness. This is a BIG DIPA from Founders, similar to Bell's HopSlam and if you take the wet hop of HopSlam from the equation, it matches up quite well!

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 07:45:27 | More by JMC_TM
Photo of Ezekiel81923


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

Picked this up at Hawthorne's Cafe after a Villanova game in the city. Poured into my Troegs pint glass.

Appearance: Finger tall white head rises and recedes to a pretty thick film that lasts the duration of my drinking experience. Real solid rings of lace all the way down. A pale amber/gold in color, lighter than I expected.

Smell: Whoa. Popped the cap and got a strong whiff of hop aroma right away. Poured away from my nose to keep the rest a surprise. Real oily, resinous pine aroma. Some malt in the background, a little bready a little caramel, but mostly a delicious barrage of hops.

Taste: Definitely a strong pine hop presence, as well as citrus, some orange and some grapefruit. Solid malt backbone that keeps everything very balanced. A hop loves paradise.

Mouthfeel: Very oily and resinous from the hops. Not very bitter at all, and just a faint tickle from the carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: The massive hop presence might limit it slightly, as does the ABV. But overall for what it is, really pretty good.

Great brew...going out to get a case tomorrow!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:26:24 | More by Ezekiel81923
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new DFH signature glass. It has a slightly hazy deep golden color with a little over a finger worth of head that is leaving some great lacing as it recedes. The smell is incredible. There are some great orange and grapefruit citrus notes coupled with the hint of pine. The taste has a nice bitter presence upfront. The citrus taste is much more subdued than I was expecting. The pine come to the fore front on this beer and in a great way. The bitterness doesn't linger too long which leaves a nice finish. Overall this is definitely one of the best DIPAs I have had. I am curious to see how I have ranked it compared to others I have had, but it should be up there if not at the top. It is another beer by Founders that has impressed the hell out of me. Thank God they have arrived in Georgia.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:02:46 | More by ugaterrapin
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It is hazy gold in color with a sticky little white head. Big, flowery pine aromas with a sweet citrus backdrop. Double Trouble is heavy on citrus and troprical fruit. The lingering finish has nice bitter counterpunch to the sweetness up front. The beer is full bodied and has a very sticky mouthfeel. My only regret with this is I waited so long to try it, a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:43:14 | More by bonkers
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got 22oz of this on tap at Capital Alehouse in Fredericksburg.

Pours a little lighter than I would like from an imperial ipa, with a decent head that leaves decent lacing down the glass. Not bad, but not great either. Smells a little light for a dipa, with a little citrus and more pine than anything. Tastes stronger than the smell, just a bit bigger. More citrus is noticeable. Nice tasting. Not my favorite dipa, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 01:51:06 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

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

Drank on: 2/13/10

86 IBU's 9.4% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice thin head leaving a perfect halo around the glass. Great 'golden ray of sunshine' color. Mid-sized bubbles stream from the bottom of this hazy brew.

S= Hoppy alcohol aroma with delicious piney hints. Hops completely dominate the aroma.

T= Nice bitterness. Good lingering hop flavors of pine and citrus.

MF= Smooth and mellow. Nice alcoholic warmth accompanied by a thick heady feeling which coats the back of the tongue and the roof of your mouth.

D= A delicious brew too hard to consume in proper moderation.

A favorite of mine from Founder's Brewing. Should not be missed by hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 17:23:44 | More by evansrdbrew
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an arrogant bastard pintglass. Last of my fourpack from my trip to OH earlier this year.

A - extremely pale...no noticeable head or lacing except for the tiny ring that stays with the beer on its journey down the glass

S: sweet fruity hops with a bit of the malt ((carmel ~?) in the background

T: An intial malt blast with some more sweet, fruity hops belies the sharp, bright, fruity/citrusy hops that dominate, leaving a bit of a hop drymouth and a citrus afterbite. Not the most balanced DIPA, but certainly tasty.

M: sweet and smooth. Nicely carbonated.

D: Good...but I guess there's a reason I didn't polish off my entire fourpack in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:25:28 | More by vdoz3
Photo of HitokiriNate85


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/07/10.

A - Yellow-gold that had nice clarity for a few seconds until I finished the pour and a big cloud of yeast plummeted into the glass. Nice white head that's already sticking to the glass. Pretty ample carbonation. Coming back to it, while it's a bit cloudy, I don't think that's something to hold against the style. Everything about it looks nice, and it's leaving a ton of great lacing.

S - This is what a DIPA should smell like. Multi-dimensional hoppy goodness. Grapefruit jumps out of the glass, followed by pine sap and a noticeable dankness that I wish I could find in more IPAs. I think the only thing keeping it from a five is that I've found just as good of a nose out of a regular IPA(Founders Harvest, anyone?).

T - While I couldn't really detect any malt in the nose, it's definitely evident in the taste. However, it's straight pale malt, so it's more providing a sweetness to back up the hops. As great as the nose is, and it's great, the taste isn't quite up to the same level. It's still delicious, but it's not on the level of say, Hopslam, which I've been drinking lately. Pine and some pithy grapefruit dominate, but not quite with the veracity that the nose promised. Alcohol warmth is present in the finish, but aside from that it's covered up really well.

MF - Surprisingly light, but not too light for me to mind. The carbonation is dead on and it's slicky and oily, leading to a finish that's is more than sticky enough to let you know it was there.

D - The alcohol being hidden so well is a big plus, and so is the light body. I'd gladly have another, but considering how harsh it is on the taste buds, I'm not sure that's necessarily. If the taste kept up with the nose it would be even more drinkable based on the amount of goodness it provides. As it stands, it's still really good, and I'd love to have some more while it's still this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:36:25 | More by HitokiriNate85
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big, very sticky head. It leaves tons of lacing. The beer is a nice semi-clear golden color.

S- All sorts of hops. Floral, citric and piny. Malts are also present in the smell. They provide notes of bread crust.

T- Sharp, bitter and biting. Piny hops at first that turn to juicy citrus grapefruit. The finish is big on citrus like oranges and sightly toasted malts. Pine lingers.

M- Soft and smooth. Nice dry finish. Leaves you wanting more.

D- Really a hop bomb. Quite bitter. This beer lives up to most of the hype. I like this a lot better than Ruination and 2hearted but it obviously is no where near HopSlam.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 20:55:08 | More by MbpBugeye


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bottle to wine glass. Bottled on Dec 22, 2009. This review is from my notes but I'm also sipping on one as I type.

A: Average size head, foamy, stark white and long lasting. Eventually the head settles into a sudsy collar and film. Very few active bubbles are visible. Excellent lacing. The body is a light honey colored orange and mildly hazy.

S: Sweet malts of cookie, toasted or better yet, fresh-out-of-the oven. Heavy hop content, orange, grapefruit and pine, in that order. Slightly perfumey. Awesome profile.

T: The alcohol isn't completely hidden, but the wildly intense aroma and flavor more than make up for it. First thing that comes to mind is the clementine punch, followed up by peach and pineapple. The balance of these secondary flavors could not be in better equilibrium. The flavors last long in the mouth and are adequately sweet and bitter.

M: The body isn't light but it certainly isn't much fuller than medium. Creamy texture with just above average carbonation. Finishes slightly chalky and definitely bitter.

D: I don't buy many cases of beer, but a brew that drinks this well, I need to have at my disposal. Basically a steal for $60 a case.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 21:55:45 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze in Athens. Poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice (split pour). Big, frothy white head leaves soapy lacing all over the glass. Aroma is piney citrus and some grapefruit. Taste is everything you would expect out of a world class dipa plus a bit of spice on the backend. Bitter and juicy in every good way possible, improving even more upon warming. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 05:17:35 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of elgiacomo


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update with 2011 batch. 12oz bottled January 26, 2011, two weeks old today. Noticeable improvement in the aroma, all the great citrus notes but increased strength. Add in some cannabis and cat spray (smells like Simcoe). Flavor is about the same as previous review. I might actually be enjoying this as much if not more than this year's Hopslam. Damned good stuff, at least when super fresh!

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12oz bottled Jan 7, 2010. Pours hazy amber with a large 2-3 finger white head. Retains a nice cap with plenty of sticky lacing. Nice swirls of haze in the glass.

Aroma is citrusy hops, grapefruit & orange, some grass, light caramel. A little quiet overall.

Flavor is big on citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, grassy hops up front, some caramel sweetness, then a lasting bitter finish. A tiny touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, slick, oily, prickly carbonation.

Can't help but compare this to Hopslam. Double Trouble is more bitter, for sure, but lacks the strength and complexity in the aroma. I like 'em both, and I like they have different strengths.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:04:40 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single bottle purchased and poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark golden yellow color with some white head. Spiderweb lacing.

S- 100% hoppy nose. This is obviously the star of the beer. Grapefruit and grass. Strong and pungent at times. Lemony?

T- Hop Bomb. Straight up. As evident by the nose, the hops really stick out. There is hardly any malt to speak of. Medicinal and citrusy hops. Nothing too complex.

M- Too light for me. I wanted more of a creamy texture. This was somewhat thin.

D- Decent drinkability. It was easy going down and the booze was tempered. Very bitter. Wanted more balance.

This was good and should satisfy anyones craving for a mouthful of hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 01:19:03 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold body with just a slight shade of orange. Two finger foamy head, moderate retention, leaving spotty lacing.

This has a really juicy nose that is mouth watering. Sweet citrus hops dominate in the form of grapefruit and tangerine.

Great hop profile. Grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, then a bit of floral bouquet in the middle. The sweet malt doesn't lay much of a backbone, but that's fine with me. Hops are definitely over the top.

The mouthfeel is extremely clean and resinous. It tastes of fresh quality ingrediants. Dry and bitter finish.

The alcohol is there but not distracting. Only the high abv slows down the drinkability, but no other issues here.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 03:30:19 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of THORN


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

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Consumed 01/03/2010.
A: Light yellow brown. Pours very little head and retains none. Thin CO2 trails form around pint. Sticky white lace left around pint.
S: Sweet and full of bitter fruity hops.
T: Sweet fruity hop: citrus, pine, and resiny. Very smooth and lightly toasted malts. Lingering bitterness.
M: Light on tongue, somewhat warming.
D: More malt character would round out strong hops.l

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:40:15 | More by THORN
Photo of samie85


3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 12/31/09.

A- Pours a clear goldenrod color with a one finger head.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple and caramel malt are present aromas.

T- Bitter grapefruit, pine, and orange with a mild caramel malt backbone, and finishes with an unpleasantly dry bitterness. The pine comes across the most in this department.

M-The dryness extends to the mouthfeel and it's something I'm not a fan of. It's medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol is palpable on the way down.

D- Not very high, I was expecting something a little more complex. I let this warm quite a bit and I think the negative qualities (dryness, one note flavors) became even more obvious. I'm actually struggling to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:05:34 | More by samie85
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA. Purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga. Poured into a Spiegalau Tulip.
appearance - Hazy golden with a substantial white head that leaves a bunch of lacing as it recedes.
Smell - Tropical fruit, flowers. The Founders site reads, "Pungent aromatics up front". Don't really get that in the nose.
taste - Again from the site " a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish". Yep....delicious.
Nice and creamy. Drinkability is ridiculous. I'm gulping like a session. Great beer.

Edit 6/11/11:
I do love me some Founders (i must qualify). I'm downgrading this. I keep going back for Southern Tier Unearthly which i rated lower than Double Trouble so i had to revisit. Still a fine beer but i think i got carried away by memories of KBS and Breakfast Stout, and oh yes, Backwoods Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:31:14 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/7/10, I wish I could try it fresher, but I was caught up in Hopslam mania last month.

Pours a very similar color and has a similiar appearance to Hopslam, maybe a bit paler. It is gold, lightly orangeish, with a nice white head, the Founders has more lacing.

The nose on this one is more similar to a west coast IPA, it is a citrus/grapefruit surge, not very malty or sweet smelling, it smells like a hop bomb. The smell pinches your nostrils and sends perfumey hops into your nose.

This one is a nice hoppy DIPA, the hops are very bitter and citrusy, the malt doesn't back the hops as much in this one like it does in Hopslam. It is a good DIPA though. This is like drinking Hop concentrate, whereas Hopslam is like drinking Hop nectar.

The mouthfeel is nice and the drinkability is silly, like most DIPAs. Another great brew I've tried from a great brewery. Tis might be even greater of a score if i could get it even sooner, though it is still just a month old.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 19:18:24 | More by crossovert
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,980 ratings.