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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,474 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,474
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 349
Gots: 638 | 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

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law while in Michigan this summer.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, darker golden color into a pint glass. About a finger of white head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, spices, slight bitter citrus notes, and a malty/caramel aroma.

Taste - First and foremost, sweet malts and caramel. This is a very malt forward beer which I was not expecting. Granted, there are definite hop, pine, and bitter citrus flavors, however, it is just too damn malty for me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice balance of carbonation, finishes a bit bitter/dry.

Drinkability - Ehh, for the ABV yes, but when I had Founders Centennial and Two Hearted in the refrigerator, I most defiantly went to grab those over this. Will not get this in the future.

SpdKilz, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cdkrenz for this generous offering, that he had celleared since July '09.!

A - Poured a hazy light amber in color with tiny chunks of black sediment that fell to the bottom of the glass. White head with good retention. The head left a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - It didn't smell as hoppy as I would have expected it to...this could however be due to the fact that it was cellared for about a year before we cracked it. Don't get me wrong, the citrus hops still smell delicious, just on the muted side.

T & M - The same citrus hops I smelled in the nose were present in the taste, and still a tad muted. I think cellaring this IPA may have mellowed it quite a bit. The alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

D - I should go out anf find a fresh one to see just how much of a hop bomb this really is, as I think this is one that should probably not be cellared. Still was very delicious and a definite recommendation.

drizzam, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a white rocky head. The head itself is about 1/2 finger to pin stipe depth that's mostly lasting with a very sticky lace.

S: A strong aroma of sweet grapefruit is evident in this beer as well as honey, citrus hops, pine, & some bread.

T: This beer was a flavorful journey on my tongue if I can say the least. There's a initial sweetness on the front of the tonque, but is quickly replaced with a spiciness. It then goes mellow in the middle and ends with bittering hops. A crisp and light flavor beer that masks the booze very well is, to me, very balanced. A more mild IPA, it has a very dry flavor, and it has a long lasting bittering aftertaste (not the best aspect of it).

M: Good carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and crisp. Mouth coating with a oily texture.

D: I love this beer. Would be able to drink a lot of these if it didn't leave such a bitter aftertaste. Some bitter hops can be good, but this isn't.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a light sun-kissed tangerine color with a substantial, bright white head that took its time to reduce into a thick foam leaving a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Spicy tangerine hops with a good dose of grapefruit and faint biscuit and toasted malt. Honey covered citrus notes come through as well.
T: Resinous citrus hops that follow the nose with big notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and honey. Caramel malt undertones are faint and picked up mostly in the finish. Slight biscuit.
M: Lighter body than I was expecting but there is still some viscous thickness from all the hop oil and alcohol. Speaking of which, no alcohol is present on the tongue.
D: Nothing at all wrong with this DIPA. There is just nothing that really stands out about it. I mean I love it, but it doesn't jump out at me. Maybe I've just been drinking too many hops beers lately. I would drink this again and again if available, but there are better DIPAs out there.

scottfrie, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of TommyW
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, gold body with a very sticky, white head.

S- A fairly balanced aroma of bready malts with a herbal, slightly pine/citrus hop profile; kind of sweet, honey aroma is also mixed in there too.

T- Hops seem to dominate the front of the palate, but mostly through an herbal, resiny, tea-like hop profile (reminds me a lot of summit hops). A quick flash of bready malts comes in and then is overtaken by the bitter finish that lingers on for a bit.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a terrible IPA, but the hop profile is a little one-dimensional (sort of reminiscent of oskar blues gubna, but a bit sweeter and maltier); it was hard for me to finish this one.

TommyW, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A:Poured a golden semi cloudy orange with a fingers worth of head slowly residing leaving awesome lacing on the side of the glass

S:Strong grapefruit aroma coming throught with lots a hops coming up to the senses

T:Solid hops up front with a small amount of malt in there as well. Finish has more of that gloreuos grapefruit hops taste coating the palate with a small alcohol burn

M:Nice body to this one with decent carbonation and solid mouthfell

D:All around great brew. Easy drinkability, fantastic taste, and what can I say....HOPS!!!
As I said before another great offering from Founders, these guys just know how to brew a fantastic beer

SuperNova777, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of MKEHophead
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Snifter

Appearance - Beautiful Golden/solid copper color, nice head that disipates in about a minute.

Smell - Citrus, Apricot, pineapple and pine aromas, a very pleasant fresh aroma.

Taste - Lots of apricot and citrus. This beer has very well balanced hops. Maybe because it isn't overly bitter since it is brewed to 86 IBUs. A dangerous beer due to such a smooth/ crisp/light dry taste that you hardly notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Sharp carbonation at the beginning with a nice fruity, apricot/pineapple, and citrus taste that lingers for a good 25 to 30 seconds. As the beer warms up you can taste the toasty caramel flavor that really stands out.

Drinkability - Really enjoyed the experience of this beer. A real pleasure to drink due to the fresh aromas and well balanced flavors. I had to restrain myself from drinking this too quickly because of all of the nice fruit flavors and smooth crispness of this brew. Very well balanced and smooth for a DIPA. It does not have the hop intensity or as rich and complex flavors as some DIPAs, but that's not all bad. The balance of the fruit and hops makes this a worthy DIPA. Definitely look forward to having future sessions with this beer and sharing with family/friends who enjoy Big IPAs!!

MKEHophead, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden/ yellow with a thin but steady head; lacing is good--especially for the style

S: Alcohol stings the nostrils; sweet pine and floral nodes balance a sweet malty presence

T: Very mild for what I expected; balanced hops and malts with a subtle sweetness that is very well contained; fairly calm and, dare I say, slightly boring for a DIPA

F: Fairly decent mouth feel; a touch thin

D: The alcohol sneaks up on you but it is hidden well making this a pleasant sipper

dbossman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a snifter

A: Pours a hazy light copper, more on the orange side than brown. After the pouring the beer into my glass there is about and inch of fluffy head that disappears quickly.

S: Sweet aroma of citrus and pine hops on the nose invite me to take a drink from my glass.

T: Very good balance of hop and malt gives the taste a sweet flavor of buttered bread, oranges, and pineapple, which transforms into a nice piney finish.

M: The mouth if nice and full-bodied feel to it, with a slight touch of carbonation. In taking a sip of this beer the mouth is where once can most appreciate the balance of this beer.

D: Founders Double trouble is dangerous as it is a delicious hop/malt combo that is easy to drink without the slightest hint of alcohol "heat". At 9.4% abv, I should not drink as many of these as I would want to.

SiepJones, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HosP for sending this one my way

Pours a lovely pale deep orangey colour, not to much head but left some nice lacing on the glass. Smelled of hops as soon as it was opened and exploded with hop aroma as soon as it hit the glass. Lovely bitterness in your mouth as well as a nice malty touch with a warm alcohol taste at the end. Superb in that sense. Dangerously easy drinking for an ABV of 9.4. Great all around, this is a beer I could fall in love with.

The bar has now been set dangerously high. Also this is the first brew I have ever tried by Founders and its a great start.

peensteen, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz. into a pint glass. Surprised to find this at my local store, glad they are starting to stock some Founders!

A- Nice golden color with slight haze to it. White head that left lacing down the glass.

S- Lots of hop aromas coming from this! Mostly pine, citrus ones are the strongest.

T- Very smooth taste, that hits your mouth with lots of hops. Citrus hops jump out right away. Good bitterness to it, the way I like DIPA's. Good malt backbone towards the end of the drink and as it warms. The warmer the more alcohol you can taste.

M- Medium body, good carbonation. Bitterness sticks with you, but still pretty smooth.

D- A very good, drinkable beer. It definitely sticks out as DIPA I'll remember. The flavors really do jump out at you. I don't know if I'd drink the whole pack, but more enjoy one at night!

HosP, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden-rod pour produced a frothy, well lasting head and a light show of steady stream carbonation bubbles. The lacing was splashy with fairly good coverage.

S: Spicy and fruity notes appear on the opening nose with a mixture of tropical fruitiness (freshly sliced pineapple and guava) along with stalky pineapple stems. Sweet and almost perfumy, with an overall good aromatic appeal.

T: The flavor parallels the nose with sweet grains, spicy citrus hops combined with a raw pineapple fruitiness. The hopping was spicy, filled with oranges and grassy notes of moderate intentions. The beer warms up finishing off with a good bite of hops with grassy-citrus notes and a dried fruitiness on the fade. I like the progression of this beer, starting out sweet with a fruity spiciness before finishing out dry and grassy with a warming alcohol sensation.

M: Full bodied with a viscose feel, dry and bitter before finishing with a spicy dried bite of hops and fruit. Nice warming from the 9.4% abv on the tongue.

D: Nice drinking IPA, spicy, fruity with a dry finish that is definitely 6 pack worthy and a fine example per style. Started out drinking this fairly cold (around 38-40F) which highlighted the lighter, fruiter, and spicy side, and finished up a bit warmer which brought out the dry grassy hops of 86ibus. Sip and savor through the temperature spectrum to full appreciate all this has to offer.

beerthulhu, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another thanks goes out to my boy,Brian in NC for the hook-up on this one.This was my first DIPA and it subsequently got me hooked on the style.

A-Two fingers of firm,billowy snow white head
that preceded some sticky,determined lacing.The beer itself is a hazy,golden orange.

S-The nose is initially very aggressive from a hop standpoint with scents of big,bright grapefruit,cream soda and dry spice.Biscuity malt helps to fill out the nose.

T-This brew has a remarkably,fresh citric hop flavor.A sort of candied grapefruit taste is dominant but there are allusions to french toast and an underlying creaminess to this beer.

M-The creaminess comes around again.This beer is oily and has a persistent,pleasant aftertaste.Nice body and smooth,slightly warm finish.Medium carbonation.

D-This beer has surprisingly high drinkability.
I actually allowed the last third of my pint to come to room temperature(accidently)but I still found this beer drinkable and complex.

StlHopHead77, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of nova009
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A - pours a slightly hazy golden color, nice one finger white head that retains well, decent lacing

S - hoppy citrus with pine notes, slightly yeasty

T - definite hop flavors, pine, bitter citrus, there seems to be some sweet caramel notes mixed in

M - medium body, good balance of carbonation, silky smooth

D - solid double IPA, a nice one to sip on during a summer night

nova009, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of ewright
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of fluffy head. The head receded pretty quickly to a thin ring leaving just a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma has quite a bit of citrus up front and a faint hint of troical fruit underneath.

Taste is dominated by bitter hoppyness up front with a thin cereal malt character underneath. There's a bit of an alcoholic aftertaste to this one; it's just a bit hot, which detracts a bit from the drinkability.

It's a good double IPA, but there are better ones out there that better hide their alcohol.

ewright, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/7/10.

A: The color is gold with a touch of orange. A slight head burns off rapidly, leaving a murky white film on top of the beer. The lacing is interesting, like beads and strings of sweat that stick to a body on a hot and muggy Michigan day.

S: A blend of super fresh tropical fruit- mango, papaya, pineapple, honeydew melon- and citrus- orange and grapefruit- leap out of this brew and into my nose. There is a slight piney hop fragrance with just a touch of sweet malt that complement the off-the-charts fruity hop profile. This is an exceptional, potent, original smell.

T: Heavier on the bitter grapefruit, pine, resin, and earthy hop flavors than I picked up from the smell. Those tropical fruits are still quite prevalent, but the bitter balance lends a nice complexity to this brew. The malt and yeast lend just enough presence to this aggressive hop profile to present a truly delicious double IPA. Quite sweet and quite bitter at the same time. Remarkable.

M: The body is a little on the thin side, because the malt bill is definitely a backseat passenger on this beer's joyride. I adore the bitter hop profile that is landing on the sides of my palate.

D: For a hophead such as myself, this is quite drinkable. There really is not any alcohol detectable and the sweet tropical fruit/bitter hop counterpoint is quite mind-expanding. I have had this beer several times and I have never been quite this impressed with its complexity and craftsmanship. It is by far the best double I have had in awhile. Congratulations, Founders. I am starting to think that if I had to choose on brewery from which to drink beer from for the rest of my life, the gem in Grand Rapids would be the one.

TCHopCraver, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy (from the bottle conditioning) golden color with a thick head that is well retained

S - strong citrus and pine of American hops in aroma with some malt sweetness as well, what little yeast esters might be there are totally overwhelmed by the hops

T - strong hop flavors ranging from citrus to very slight resiny pine (as noted in aroma) with a satisfying hop bitterness on the finish; the malt is very adequate in supporting the extreme hops here but is fairly simple; a slight yeast fruity ester is noticed but definitely in the background

M - medium to full body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a fine example of the style. The malt takes a back seat here and is somewhat 1-dimensional, but that allows the hops to really shine and the blend is quite nice and satisfactory. Overall, this is an above average double IPA.

scoobybrew, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of somewhatdamaged
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more like a wheat beer than a IPA, cloudy with a sun-kissed hue vs the amber rust of a traditional IPA. There is a slight creamy head that sticks to the edge of your glass. The alluring aroma has a fairly standard sweet pine vapor, maybe a little sweeter than most IPA's but it definitely draws you in. When first you touch glass to lips visions of the mad scientists at Founders pureeing whole hops and stuffing them into bottles dance through your cranium. A very powerful pungent spice hits you like a ton of bricks. Either you raise your glass in triumph or recoil in horror. This beer is not for those who enjoy a pale, but for those who wish hops to become one with their soul. A sweet piney bitterness surrounds the experience. A dominant sweet taste rushes the palette at first with a strong bitter backside. After a few deep pulls at 9.4 A.B.UV. a warmth rushes the body. The lines are drawn either you praise the hop gods or you cruse spending 9 bucks on a 4 pack! Tis not a beer for the faint of heart but a true treat for the hop hounds.

somewhatdamaged, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruisin' Ales. Pours golden with abundant off-white head. Citrus aroma, and delicous citrus grapefruit taste. It is a fantactic drinker and goes too quick. Above average mouthfeel.Incredible DIPA. Juicy wth pink and white grapefruit, and apricot. Good malty offset.

Sammy, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear straw yellow orange with an inch of foam

S - smell is all citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, lemon, amazing aroma

T - taste is all hops, grapefruit citrus taste with just a bit of hoppy bitterness, not alot which lets you enjoy the flavor even more

M/D - easy drinking, way too easy for 9%, light bodied and amazing taste. I will have this again and again

mikereaser, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is semi-transparent without being cloudy. Has a fair head.

Smell: Very strong, citrusy hop aroma. I didn't notice any grapefruit aroma as I have in other DIPAs, but nevertheless, the aroma made me want to drink it right away.

Taste: Very bitter, yet quite smooth. Has a bit of fruit and citrus in the background that balance out the hops nicely. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected from the look of it, but not bad.

Drinkability: Great beer. The only knock is the high alcohol content would limit me to one or two a sitting.

civilizedpsycho, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 3 finger head. Color is nice golden orange. Very thick lacing. Good retention.

S. Smell is all about citrusy hops. Grapefruit is very dominant. A touch of sweet malt. Tropical fruit small. Very citrusy.

T. Big Wallop of grapefruit and pineapple flavored hops. Very delicous. Not overly bitter and actually pretty sweet. Not much malt and almost all hops. I like grapefruit heavy IPA's and DIPA's, so this is right up my alley.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Sweet with just a slight bitter aftertaste.

D. Drinkable. The high abv shows through only slightly. I like big citrus grapefruit hopbombs and that is what this is. Is it Pliny or Hopslam, not quite but it probably the next best thing that I have had.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, very good aroma, appearance, and blend.

Tone, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, almost straw color with not a very impresive head (and I poured aggressively). Smell is very sweet. I pick up lots of honey and sweet malts. Also maybe a bit of tropical fruits (mango, papaya). Wow, this taste is intense. Intense and delicious! I get hit with a truckload of hops up front and slowly fades to a nice, sweet honey flavor. I get lots of honey from this (similar to Bell's Hop Slam IMO). The high abv is present but is balanced well with the honey, fruits, malts, and hops. The mouthfeel is awesome and not too thin, not to thick. Drinkability is scary considering the abv. I could get myself into some trouble if I could get this beer where I live. Founders has yet to let me down so far. Great beer from a great brewery.

DovaliHops, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My (attempted) aggressive pour yielded only a thin layer of whitish bubbles on top of the hazy, goldenrod body. The film of foam quickly vanished, leaving small, doily like patterns on top of the beer. Some lacing can be seen, but rather weakly.

The nose has lots of piney hops right up front. Some lighter fruits, citrus and malts can be detected in the background, but very, very distantly.

Ok...the taste of this offering grows more and more intense throughout the drink. The hops hit first and start out tame...almost sweet. They take a turn toward the center and some of the pine resin can be detected. The finish is a bitter blast that crawls under the back of your tongue and bites away! You even get a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

Medium mouth feel, pretty slick and oily with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Man...this is a complex, thinking man's beer! Very drinkable and highly recommended. Another Founders winner...big surprise!!

mgbickel, Jun 21, 2010
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