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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,245
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 335
Gots: 559 | FT: 8
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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 capra12

New York

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

Reviewed on 9/7/09 from notes taken with Speedwayjim and steph.

Appearance: Poured a frothy white 2 1/2 finger head, clear wheat/yellow in color and left spotty lacing

Smell: Subtle floral and citrus hops, a rather weak nose.

Taste: Simple! Opened with floral hops which was overtaken by citrus hops from the middle to the finish leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, coarse with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again but on another night and would recommend this to those who seek a simple ale with a few hop profiles and a bittering finish

11-05-2009 04:38:55 | More by capra12
Photo of AltBock


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

I would like to thank Capone's for having this on tap. It was on tap there around 10/25/2009, but you can probably still find this beer on tap there. They poured this beer into a standard Atwater pint glass. I wish I could make some comments of the cool looking label this beer has on the bottle, but I'm going to review the tap version instead.

The Founders beer poured a wonderful dark gold color with one faint lemon yellow streak down at the bottom of the glass. I was a little hesitant saying this beer was a gold color, but I held it up to the light and I have to say that it was a solid gold color and not a plain yellow color. Sitting on top of this beer was a great looking creamy and fluffy head of foam. Not only was it as fluffy as as a cloud, but it also shared the same pure white color. This head of foam had beautiful retention that left behind a milky white film on the beer and along the sides of the glass as well. In other words, this beer had one sweet as appearance! It was eye candy in my book.

This beer had a fresh bitter citrus aroma that was filled all the way to the top with bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, more than enough pine, a splash of lemon peel, and a subtle whiff of sweet malts at the finish line. I should mention that there was something sugary in the front of all the fresh citrus aromas. I don't know if it was caramel, burnt sugar, or molasses, but I know for certain that there was something sweet just sitting there.

The taste of this beer wasn't bitter and sweet, it was just bitter! This DIPA was bitter with bitter citrus hops, about a ton of bitter and tart grapefruit, a hint of lemon peel, and enough pine that made you feel you were lost in a forest of nothing but pine trees. I could taste a speck of sweet malt trying to emerge, but the all the citrus flavors caught wind of this and quickly covered up the malts. If you like the taste of bitter citrus flavors and pine, this beer has got you covered!

This beer had a crispy, slightly dry, bitter mouthfeel. I was torn between saying that this beer was medium or full bodied. I'm on the fence and could go either way with that subject. It had a strong initial aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, tart grapefruit, and pine. it was sad to see that this bitter aftertaste didn't linger on. It came on strong and then it backed away like it had just committed a crime and had to get away ASAP.

I don't have to tell you that this yet another great and must try Founders beer. Well, it's a must try beer if you like well made bitter and tart craft beers. Even if you can't find this beer on tap, it's just as good in bottles.

11-02-2009 23:44:24 | More by AltBock
Photo of BenZ


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

First off, there is nothing otherworldly about DT. It's like a bigfoot said, "What can I do to make myself absolutely chugable; I don't mind giving up a little something." The beer looks great and the aroma is just generic "hops" - no passionfruit, no mango, no pine, no grapefruit, just "hops".

Where this beer shines is it's absolute enjoyability and ease of drinking. You don't focus on the intricacies, you just enjoy it. When I have a hopslam or a gueuze or a perfect RIS, my eyes light up. This doesn't happen here, but it is a great beer.

10-26-2009 23:40:09 | More by BenZ
Photo of becktone


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

From notes 6-5-09

Eye: The appearance of low carbonation gives this one a weighty look, like its going to be heavy or thick. Color is a darker shade of gold. Clarity on this beer is unbelievable. More than sparkling or crystal clear, its about as clear as they get. Poor head formation and retention. Its nothing more than a sickly screen atop the beer, looks like it would've been creamy though.

Nose: Big boquet of citrusy and grapefruit hops. Good strong malt backbone supports it all with some sweetness coming from crystal malts. Exactly what you want and expect. Nothing complex, just straight forward and on target.

Tongue: Alcohol is noticeable, graininess comes through easily. Citrus and grapefruit type hops are there, big bitterness too that blends with the graininess to give an overall impression of a dry character. This is great, but it really doesn't wow me. A good beer, but I was hearing from some that this is supposedly an answer to Hopslam. Its got nothing on Hopslam. Pretty much a different beer altogether. This doesn't have the great balance the Hopslam has, a blending on both the hops and the malt, this is mostly just hops, alcohol, and some grainy malt. Good but nothing that I'm going to brag about. Kinda piney character too.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-light with just enough carbonation so that it doesn't interfere with the rest of the beer. This is one thats easy to drink, and definitely enjoyable. Alcohol is apparent and creates a warming sensation. Finish is semi-dry, the flavors going on lead you in direction but then the actual finish isn't all that dry. I'll definitely come back to it, its up there with some of my favorite DIPAs. Its one that I'd recommend, and I'll enjoy the rest of the four-pack. But for me there still is nothing quite like Hopslam. $9.99 for a four pack is fair, and worth it. I'll be checking out more DIPAs but this one so far ranks as very good, nothing godly or heavenly but I'll say that its holy.

10-18-2009 20:52:41 | More by becktone
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Sep 25, 2009
12oz bottle, also had it on tap back in August. The Bottle was from Janurary, but it was still damn tasty. Pours a slight yellow/orange hazy colour, incredibly easy to drink for 9.4%. The Double Trouble I had on tap back in August was ridiculous. Best beer I have ever had on tap. So damn beautiful, easy to drink. Great amount of hop bite, no alc% taste. very damn good beer over all.

2010 Janurary - Picked up a 4 pk that was bottled Dec 31/09. Very smooth and easy drinking beer, considering the higher alc %.

10-16-2009 00:54:38 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of mattcrill


4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Aroma: Perfumed and candied hop resins. Citrusy and floral hop notes abound. A bit of carmelly sugar sweetness. Clean ale yeast character.

Apperance: Cloudy light amber pour with a sticky and wispy off white head.

Flavor: Big floral and citrusy hop flavors. An orange juice-like sweetness balanced with some pithy hop resins to back it up. Balance is nearly even but hop bitterness definitely asserts itself. Finish is dry and bitter. I get most of the bitterness from the hops on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Wow! A big, easily drinkable double IPA. I can't detect any alcohol so this would definitely sneak up on you. A hop lovers dream but the drinkability is amazing. Nice job Founders!

10-12-2009 00:15:19 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Natural510


4/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a bright gold with orange hues. Suspended particles (hop flakes?) giving it a thick, syrupy appearance. Nice white head dissipates into a just-ok lacing.
Nice malty-sweet aroma with the hops kicking around. Somewhat subdued, for the style.
Grapefruit, pine make up the bulk of the flavor. A bucket-load of hops in every sip, leaving the expected dry bitter finish.
Bitter, bitter, bitter. What else did you expect?
Yet another DIPA on the market; gives you the hop-fix you crave. Not particularly balanced, but should it be?
This is often compared to its competitor Bell's and their Hopslam, but there's no comparison in my opinion. Still, a good take on the style and worth the price of admission.

10-06-2009 15:06:35 | More by Natural510
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. No noticeable date. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - Yellow with a slight haze and a small white head. Good lacing with clear rings.

S - Grassy and piney hops with a touch of toasted malt and yeast.

T - A combination of piney hops and a firm alcohol bite. It finishes with a nice citrusy bitterness. I enjoyed this beer more and more as I went on.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink for a stronger beer. More bold than fascinating but an enjoyable drink.

10-01-2009 09:56:15 | More by GJ40
Photo of BWH3


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA at 45F from a chalice

A: Golden yellow, white head single fingers height, recedes fast to a thick ring. Very clingy suds.

S/T: Strong pine and resin, floral notes as well. Citrus flavors seem down played. Malt is just enough to prevent bitterness from being overpowering but not truly rich or deep.

M: Medium bodied, nice viscosity, average retention.

D: An above average dIPA from Michigan, but not even the best IPA from Founders

09-30-2009 16:19:18 | More by BWH3
Photo of jimj21


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Bought a single in Hyannis, MA. Bottle poured into snifter. Pours a bright, tangerine orange color. Hazy with some sediment floating around. Pour produces two fingers of off-white head. Retention is so-so, but tons of lacing.

Tons of hop aroma. Citrus all over the place. Some sweet malts are there too. The majority, however, are citrusy hops. Orange and tangerine. Some grapefruit. Not much pine.

Taste is spectacular. There is so much going on. Flavors follow the nose for the most part. Lots of citrusy hops from the start. A bit of sweet malt. Grapefruit and some tropical fruits are there. A little spicy as well. Big bitter, piney push on the finish. Really great overall.

Double Trouble is full bodied. Carbonation is low, but i like it for the style. It creates a very creamy texture. A little sticky and resiny.

This is my first beer from Founders and is one of the best beers I've had. I wish they were more widely available. This is a very good double IPA. I think more than one might be hop overload, but the one is completely delicious. I look forward to the other two Founders beers I bought.

09-29-2009 01:46:24 | More by jimj21
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

A- poured a golden straw color. nice white two finger head with medium lacing.

S- sweet malts with a nice strong grapefruit hop scent.

T- tastes just how it smells.... delicious! has a very hoppy grapefruit taste.

M- a solid medium body. nice carbonation.

D- totally good. can drink the whole 4 no problem.

Overall- this is one amazing double ipa. i'm glad i chose this over the trusted 90 min. from dogfish i've had before. if you're a fan of ipa's and you have an opportunity to grab this one i say do it. KAPAISCH!!@$

09-25-2009 05:28:03 | More by claminat420
Photo of BigAl723


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Purchased from my local market. Poured into my Founders KBS snifter.

A: DT pours a beautiful yellow/orange color. Very little head, a pretty serious looking brew. It's a little cloudy too.

S: A nice floral hop aroma becomes very potent. Spicy and peppery, grapefruits and citrus. Very pleasant.

T: Oak and smoke. Pretty bitter and hoppy at the start but it leaves a fairly heavy malt feel on my tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly bitter so you can really feel it swishing around in there.

D: It's pretty drinkable. Although the intense hops and bitterness could turn some people away. But if you're into the hops you'll love this one.

Overall, a really good beer from Founders. I've been waiting for a DIPA from Founders and they put out a good one.

09-23-2009 20:21:07 | More by BigAl723
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

355ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a golden orange colour. Slightly off white head poured quite big and foamy then faded fairly quickly to wispy covering with thick edging... no carbonation at all... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of (over) ripe tropical fruits (pineapples, limes, mangoes, grapefruits), strong piney resin, citrus and grassy hops, some rubberiness, floral honey, very perfumed, oaky traces, some vanilla, faint chalky notes, light almond nuttiness...

Taste - Lots of strong piney and citrusy hop bitterness to the fore with some medicinal notes in the background, quite herbal - hints of basil and rosemary, very floral and perfumed, sweet malts come through after the hops, very spicy and juicy fruits (grapefruits, limes, sour apples, pears), some chalkiness, faint vegetal traces...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... medium bodied... probably couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting...

Overall - An excellent and very well balanced DIPA... recommended...

09-23-2009 09:04:59 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Hazy dirty golden in color; surprising, as most in this style have a more orange-leaning tint. The head is thin, even non-existent in a matter of seconds. With just a little swirl a thin sheet of foam revives and there is some lace left on the glass.

Aroma is hop-centric, although on the flowery, delicate side of the citrus spectrum. No nostril-hair burn or grapefruit rind intensity. What appears is nice, clean and enjoyable, just barely on the "imperial" side of an old-school IPA really. Never would've guessed this was a double IPA based on appearance and smell.

At first I thought the taste was as so-so as the appearance and as polite as the smell, but no, the middle to end of the sip finds a flame of fruity hops growing and then flaring, which proceeds right into the finish where a raw grassiness lingers for some time. Maltiness ekes into butterscotch territory, and a firm alcoholic warmth underscores everything above it. Damn near perfect, although not the kind of hop bomb would might have expected.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lightly sticky, not too thick or syrupy but with enough commanding weight to cruise along parallel and in cahoots with the complexity of the flavor.

Definitely not typical, and definitely not as insane as expected, this is one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had, and one of the most balanced as well. Be sure to give it a chance and contemplate it carefully before passing judgment. Thanks to super-cool BA kels for the assist!

09-21-2009 22:30:54 | More by Metalmonk
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured into a tulip. Pours a cloudy honey color with a very thick tiny bubbled white heading. Leaves some heavy soapy looking ring's.

Smell is all grapefruit at first but a nice maltiness takes over and seems kind of juicy.

Taste is well I was wrong a bit overly hoppy and very sweet light malts. To the point of were this turns into a hop juice.

Mouth is very syrupy light - medium bodied. Full of carbonation.Heavy lingering hoppiness sticks to the palate and holds on for a while.

Drink is good does not taste like a 9.4% ABV.More juicer than I expected.

09-19-2009 18:20:25 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of dasenebler


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold. Head is nice, clumpy and creamy. Brilliant lacing. Big, hoppy aroma with tons of citrus and notes of woodiness.

This is a really bitter Imperial IPA. Reminds me of Ruination to a certain extent, with its strong citrus and grapefruit flavors. But, it's a little more sweet. After taste is damn bitter. You can definitely taste the alcohol as well. Hop flavor is distinctively woody and spicy in addition to the citrus notes. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with nice medium-low carbonation. For nine and a half percent, this beer goes down very smoothly. One of the better double IPAs out there.

09-14-2009 03:32:43 | More by dasenebler
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a brassy gold with tiny bubbles of carbonation that maintain a bone white head. Plenty of pine and citrus hop aroma, along with some sweet malt and creamy banana. A lovely perfume. Those translate pretty well to the flavor, but i am less impressed because of the apparent alcohol. Pine, citrus, and tropical fruit flavors are enjoyable along with bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Sweet flavors never become cloying, but at 9.4% and a full body, drinkability is limited. A good DIPA--you can certainly do worse.

09-12-2009 18:51:29 | More by qchic
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

I am desperately trying to deplete my stash of IPA and Double IPA as I somehow have way to many. A nice problem to have but some have been sitting around for longer than I would like.

Pours a clear velvety golden color with a soapy off white head that recedes to a nice thin ring on top of the beer.

The smell is a wonderful mix of citrus and grassy hops backed by a subtle toffee sweetness. Elements of grapefruit, melon, lemon, and herbal grassiness shine through in the hop bill.

The taste is nicely hoppy and full of complexity. Plenty of floral citrusy flavor up front with an intensely bitter finish that lingers. There are notes of lemon and grapefruit, with an almost tea-like menthol kick near the end. There is a present alcoholic heat in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium low carbonation.

Drinkability suffers a bit because of the intense bitter and alcoholic finish that lingers well into a minute after a swallow. For hopheads, though, this is an original take on the style.

09-11-2009 03:40:34 | More by ahalloin
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

look at that opulent foam. sudsy and assertive, and supported by larger-than-average bubbles. the head's recession reveals its sudsy nature and leaves good sticky tentacles up my glass. color is an orange-tinted gold

the suds release sweet citrus into the local atmosphere and without bringing the glass to my nose i can tell what i am in for. the aromatics or strong and complex

the % is evident but neatly sequestered behind layers of hop and malt. first comes the hop sweetness, then some fruitiness and butterscotchy richness from the malt. the bitter, hop-induced pine forest expedition is to follow

a good DIPA, though the malt side of things could be a little less sweet and more robust. just because we are hoploading this one doesn't mean the malts can't have a nice character independently. not to mention that the hops bring plenty of sweetness of their own

09-05-2009 03:50:20 | More by bruachan
Photo of GClarkage


4/5  rDev -5.2%

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light clouded orange colored pour. 1/2 inch head with decent staying power and decent lace markings.

Smell- Nice fruity hop aroma and light caramel notes from the malt.

Taste- Very easy drinking. Very mellow and well rounded with a nice fruity and mid range bitter hop kick...nice toasted caramel base as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and slightly silky with a sharp but brisk carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not in the top tier of DIPA's, but a nice flavorful brew that could be considered sessionable for it's easy drinking ability.

09-04-2009 23:46:53 | More by GClarkage
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim, several clusters of ringlets and a thin band around the edges. Some spots and specks of grouped lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is grapefruit - some sweetness and some piny hops, as well as an earthy quality and a hint of booze in the mix. Taste follows nose, but somewhat muted - nothing really stands out on this one in terms of the grapefruit sweetness or the hops; somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and also slightly oily on the tongue. Decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away - nothing really popped on this; however, this feature does enhance drinkability - not to mention an extremely well-hidden abv at 9.4%.

08-29-2009 23:00:39 | More by Jwale73
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4.05/5  rDev -4%

Kicking back after a nice night of Chinese food and Three Sheets, this one pours a very nice hazy orange color with moderate retention on its soft white head. Great lacing on the initial pour, but further down the glass, there isn't much.

Smell is strongly of sweet malts with a good hit of citrus from the hops. Orange, vanilla, tangerine and apricots.

Taste is really malty as well, though not overwhelmingly sweet. Carmelly and slightly bready with citrusy flavors all over. Tangerine, orange and grapefruit make up the hoppy flavors, and the finish has the bitterness of orange peel with a slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is really creamy, oily and slick, which would be perfect were it not for the astringency caused by the bitter bite at the finish. Chewy.

The alcohol in this one is hidden well, and there isn't enough sweetness to be cloying. A smooth drinking, tasty beer, I would buy this occasionally were it available in my region.

A- is the perfect grade for this one. Well done, community.

08-29-2009 04:19:34 | More by photomike
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured this into a pint glass. Forms a large, white head atop a golden/yellow body. The head forms a lot of dancing bubbles, with (initially) thick lacing down the side.

Aromas of citrus, orange, malts, and even a little bit of vanilla. Somewhat intense at times, but overall a mellow yet refreshing bouquet.

Bitter flavors include grapefruit, caramel, pine, and a bit of sweetness on the finish (which is different considering most non-West Coast IPAs exhibit sweetness up front and bitterness in the back). An excellent flavor spectrum, but the carbonation may be overly cleansing the pallet as the hoppy, piny flavors that a good DIPA should exhibit are slight at best. Perhaps the hop flavors have died out. I don't know, but the malt-iness overwhelms the hop profile and I feel like I am hanging out in a caramel store rather than a pine forest.

The mouthfeel is light, the body is a full yet medium thickness, and the heat practically non-existent, which is impressive for an ABV of 9.4%.

This is a decent DIPA, and I would drink it again, but (here comes my regionally elitist moment) it ain't got squat on some of our West Coast DIPAs (e.g., Pliny the Elder, Yulesmith, Ruination). So I reach for one of those before this.

08-28-2009 16:08:28 | More by jminsc76
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy yellowish orange with a finger or two of foamy white head and some white lacing. Some light carbonation.

The smell is a bit hoppy, with some citrus flavor at first. A small hint of banana and vanilla as well, which is very surprising.

The taste is a only a light hoppy taste at first with a wisp of bitterness that stays in your pallet. The bitterness warms the tongue just a bit. Some yeast in the back end just behind the bitterness along with some some slight sugar flavor.

This beer does not jump right up in punch you in the mouth it seems to slide into your taste buds before pronouncing it's bitterness. It goes down easy and it pretty crisp.

08-23-2009 05:17:08 | More by Duhast500
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to gford217 for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a bright golden amber with a one-finger bubbly off-white head that fades quickly to a sticky ring.

Smell is predominantly citrusy hops, with lots of lemon zest, oj, and grapefruit. Just a tiny bit of alcohol in there as well.

Taste is slightly sweet, citrusy hops up front, before some bitter grapefruit. Alcohol makes itself known midway, before finishing dry with more bitter grapefruit.

Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable, although the alcohol reminds you that this is a sipper.

08-22-2009 18:42:37 | More by MrMonkey
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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