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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,900
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 364
Gots: 785 | FT: 10
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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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of doughanson78
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw yellow, big haze. Reminds me of a Hefe. One finger off white head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit and pineapple. Some lemon, tangerine, mango, and orange peels. Not a lot of caramel but it does poke through. I hope the taste lives up to the smell!

T: Bitter caramel upfront transitions to huge grapefruit and citrus bitterness. Mango, lemon, and bitter orange peel also. Caramel comes back in the finish but doesn't override the hops. Delicious beer!

M: Medium-light bodied. Creamy. Very dry. The hops leave a burning sensation on your tongue for a sec, not an alcohol burn tho.

O: Another awesome IPA. Loving these Eastern IPA's! WOW! review over!

Photo of laituegonflable
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, head is dissipated to a film with some bubbles around. Lace is lacklustre, as is most of this beer's appearance.

Smell is nutty and tasty. Sweet, with caramel, but salted caramel really, nice balance. Some leafy foliage on there, some lemon thyme, pineapple and tempura batter. Sweet, but so much else going on, each sniff is a new journey. Funderful.

Taste hits you on the front with big malt, caramelised barley that dwindles a bit midway, but leaving flavours of endive and some pineapple sweetness. Oaky on the back with big woody hop notes and lots of nutty character as well - almond, pecan and peanut. A bit lacking on the mid but otherwise, front is deliciously sweet, back is deliciously organic and cleansing. It seems like a little beer with lots of flavour.

Bit boozey on the back, kind of leaves with a lingering heat. Otherwise smooth but not greatly full. Not bad.

This beer seems like a 9-year-old schoolgirl with her hair in plaits who produces from her Hannah Montana schoolbag a massive morning star and proceeds to garrot every mofo in the vicinity with huge fucking spikes. It seems mild and harmless at first, but brother, it ain't.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from my notebook.

Slightly clouded golden yellow with a nice fluffy two finger head which sticks around for several minutes and leaves minor amounts of lacing behind. Smells strongly of grapefruits, apricots, and pineapples, pine resin overlaid on a nice rich malt base. Taste follows the standard DIPA of hop blast turning into sweet malt turning back into a lingering pine-bittered finish...actually this one is really quite well balanced with the sweetness level matching the bittering just how I like it. Texture is unusually thin for the heaviness of the flavors it supports, but yet not quite thin enough to be overly distracting....

Overall this one is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in New York and brough tot Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours an exceptionally light yellow colour, with a frothy but dissipating head of pure white. Really surprisingly light, both in body and colour. Exceptionally fine carbonation forms, and although the body looks fluid, the bubbles stay in suspension for a long time. Looks surprising, but pretty good.

Nose is a joy. Lovely fresh and crisp hop characters, giving slight citric overtones to a basis of rich stonefruit aromatics. Plenty of peach and apricot stone, with characters of lemon and pine. It's so fresh, bright and enjoyable. And way, way brighter and fresher than I expect from a DIPA, especially one of this weight.

Taste is also exceptionally good. The lightness on the body is no lie, although the fact that it's so high in alcohol is a continual shock. Here we get fresh orange-flavoured hoppiness with just enough body to cushion the increasingly sharp bitterness that comes through on the back, but without giving up any of the limelight the hops so rightly deserve. It's cleansing and fresh and bright, with citric aromatics still coming through and a lightness that makes you want to drink it all night.

Wow. I can't believe just how light, fresh, aromatic and drinkable this is for 9.4% ABV. But the extra potency allows for an absolute bombardment of hoppy freshness, which gives it a intoxicatingly bright and aromatic core. An absolute joy to drink. I'm sure I've not had a more drinkable beer of this weight.

Photo of pigc
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 03/29/11

A - Golden yellow with one inch head that fades quickly.

S - Grapefruit, orange and citrus. Noticeable alcohol in the background.

T - Bready malts followed by a wave of bitter grapefruit. Some orange in there as well.

M - Medium with low to average carbonation.

O - This one is definitely a hop bomb with plenty of tongue buckling bitterness. Seems a bit one dimensional to me though.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a stange. Bottled 01/27/09 stamped on neck.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow-orange body with 2 finger white head.

Smell - Grassy hop. Banana malt undercurrent. Great balance. definitely two-faced beer. If you focus on the malt, you smell only malt. If you focus on the hop, it's strongly flowery. Strong and balanced on both fronts.

Taste - kick of hop, alcohol in the front. Malt throughout. Finish is malty and hoppy between alternate sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Perfect balance. Tug of war.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Murky yellow orange in color with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention and some spotty lace

Smell: Citrus hops that remind me of grapefruit juice very pleasant

Taste: Muted citrus notes not nearly as crisp as I was looking for

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation a little dry and tart

Overall: A good but not great DIPA if I lived in the midwest I would probably drink this on quite a bit

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Founders quest continues and takes me to Double Trouble. I wish this bottle had a born on date and my beer guy told me that this bottle had a bit of time on it but should still be good. I poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter glass to find hazy golden yellow body with a small white head. The aroma was pretty standard for a double ipa, strong grapefruit notes that went into some hints of sweetness.

The taste was pretty standard for a double IPA nothing special or anything that makes this one stand apart from the more popular doubles. Don't get me wrong I still like it, but this is a pretty straight forward double. The pine hops stand out the most with some sweet malts and some lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, a decent amount of carbonation and the alcohol was hidden pretty well.

Overall a solid double IPA, I enjoyed this one and can't wait to get a fresh one next time it comes out and review it again.

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

No visible bottle date, WTF?

A: Pours a hazy grainy ale with a transient single finger of white foam which falls to a sheet with a central cap of the same. Ringed lace.

S: Lots of pine and a bit of black olive. Citrus rind as well. Pretty solidly light and sweet malt undercarriage.

T: Bitter and malty with more citrus and resin than I had anticipated. The black olive flavor still comes through here, but ever so slightly. The finish is a little hot, but this tandems with the bitterness pretty well.

M: Surprisingly thin with low carb and a dry finish.

O: This is a decent brew. I dig the matchmaking of the malts with the hops. This is not balanced, and rightfully so. As a DIPA, I would expect the beer to be dry, hoppy and crisp; kinda like a high quality czech pilsner on roids.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with minimal foam and decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus and lemon. This one is definitely hoppy.

Taste is very bitter as you would expect, but it's a smooth bitterness. Citrus pine bitterness hits right away, but it rounds out into a little bit of malt character before finishing with a good lingering bitter aftertaste. A little bit boozy as well.

Mouthfeel is almost chewy, but not quite there. Carbonation levels good.

Well it's Founders so yeah it's good. Very solid brew, but not their absolute best and the bitterness and alcohol would prevent me from drinking more than 1-2 of these per sitting. Solid DIPA.

Photo of CushyGig
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear and scary yellow with a white head. Unadulterated grapefruity hop nose with super sharp grapefruit/citrus hop eyeopeners. Dry, bitter, grapefruity hop flavors..different hop variety than I’m used to out west, but nonetheless, i like the flavor profile generated from them regardless...pretty dry and hop forward for midwest, too...bitter, dry, grapefruity...tasty as all get up, really.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a tint of orange throughout. Decent off-white head leaves pretty good lacing.
Smell is full of hops, lemon, slight malt, pepper and vanilla.
Taste is hops, grapefruit, alcohol with a light malt note.
Full-bodied, rich and not nearly as hoppy as I expected it would be. Fairly heavt coating of the palate, downright sticky. Fortunately, this is not a hop monster IPA like so many currently produced American, just a seriously good Imperial IPA

Photo of ike4tay45
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden amber. About a 1.5 fingers of white head that lingers quite a while, leaving a fair amount of lace in its wake.

S - Citrus and a floral hop. Really no malt present in the nose, just hops.

T - Floral and citrus with very little malt to speak of considering the amount of hop bitterness. The bitterness of the hops encompasses the entirety of the finish.

M - Medium bodied, slightly sticky.

Overall: Very solid overall.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and some malt aromas. Taste is of sweet malt up front, followed by citrus zest and pine hops, and some pineapple/tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice hop and fruit flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

Photo of jm1229
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date opened on 9/7/11 and poured into my Founders pint glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow. A bit hazy. Very little head but it does leave some lacing around the glass.

S- Citrus hops (mainly grapefruit and orange) dominate followed by some malt. Some pine, too. Smells nice, but just a bit underwhelming.

T- Follows the nose, of course. First, it's bitter and fruity, but then the malt and alcohol flavor come in. Nice bitter aftertaste, too.

M- Maybe a little boozy but it's extremely refreshing for the abv.

O- I've had this before (in the winter) and was a bigger fan of it then. Of course, this all boils down to preference, but I do prefer my IIPAs to be hop bombs and almost overwhelmingly so. As it stands, it's a great beer.

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold beer, mildly aromatic. Very boozy and bitter, nicely malty. This is a good DIPA but not one of my favorites; I feel its lacking a bit in the details; not a lot of floral, citrus, piney notes. Mostly I get bitter hops, malt, and booze...as expected. Just like a little more complex flavor profile..maybe something like Firestone Walker Double Jack?

Good mouthfeel on this one, with a relatively dry, short finish.

To each his own. I will buy some more of these and revisit soon enough.

Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a hazy yellowish orange. More orange onward the bottom of the glass. Decent small bubbled head that leaves lacing and thins to a covering on the top of the beer.

(S) Sweet malts, residual sugars, and hops make the aroma of this brew. Not overly hoppy in the nose, but the hop presence is there wrapped in sweetness. Some slight citrus and floral notes.

(T) Sweet citrus and hops are the bulk of the taste. Has some light malts and some lemon and orange peel.

(M) Ends with a nice bitter feel. Medium body. Oily but full.

(O) One thing I really like about this beer is it's a pretty straight forward brew. There's not a lot of complexity and it's a solid DIPA. You want a good hoppy beer but with the balance of a great malt foundation, this is a really good beer to reach for.

Photo of Badbobx
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy golden yellow with a persistent 1/4" of creamy foam. There was a minimal lacing on the glass. The head was long lasting.
The aroma was a strong fruity floral grapefruit.
The taste is incredible. Like drinking a slightly foamy grapefruit juice. For a high alcohol beer there was very little alcohol impact. I felt a bit of dryness, but the mouth feel was full, creamy and lasting. I drank this with a bit of cheddar and nut thins for a nice complement.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold color. Clear. Minimal white head, but what's there is very creamy. Above average lacing. Good retention, the head never completely disappeared.

Aroma: Crisp, bitter hops. Pine, citrus, red grapefruit. Caramel.

Taste: Almost exactly like the smell. White grapefruit upfront, some orange/citrus, pine. Some sweet pale and caramel malts. The hop flavor is pretty complex. The dry-bitter pine is prominent in the aftertaste, which lasts quite a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Mostly neutral, may be a tad on the oily side.

Overall: Nice. Very rich in flavor. More complex than the average Imperial IPA. Nice mix of malt and hops. A bit on the piney side, but still very pleasant. Everything stands out, nothing is completely overpowered.

Photo of jifigz
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A nice solid appearance. A golden/orange with a decent head and some nice lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hop burst all the way.

T: The taste is pretty mellow and really enjoyable for the 9.4% ABV and being an Imperial IPA. The initial taste is a malty sweetness that is quickly overpowered by the tangy hop bite and that lingers as the aftertaste. A pretty solid taste, but a pretty one sided taste as well.

M: Feels great on the mouth, not too carbonated or harsh.

O: Pretty solid Imperial/Double IPA. This beer vaguely reminds me of what an amped up Two Hearted would be like. I enjoyed it.

Photo of jmshulk
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this kickin' in the fridge for some time now and I have finally decided to do a little write up. Right off the bat it looks a nice golden color with a puffy white head. The foam collapsed quicker than I'd expect, but that might be due to some soap residue on the glass. All in all though, it's a pretty nice looking beer. The aroma is very heavy with citrusy hops. It's a pleasant grapefruit smell with a little malt coming through as well. This beer really starts to lose me at the taste. It's not too bad, but it just seems to be hop juice. There is a little malty caramel flavor, like the aroma, and a little alcohol burn, but it's pretty much just in your face hops. Mouth feel is a little prickly but I wouldn't say it's overly carbonated, it's just right with just enough viscosity.

Overall not to bad, especially if you're in to big hop flavor. It's just not my favorite DIPA. I think there are some others that are a bit better balanced. Certainly wouldn't turn this down, but probably won't pick up again.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew a golden, pale amber color. It holds a one and a half finger head of near white bubbles. These are thick and chunky, leaving wonderful lacing around the glass. Retention is also big, with slow recession. Carbonation is standard, and a faint haze, without sediment is noted. The aroma highlights hops and fruit. The hops are citric and sweeter, while the fruit is of the apricot, lemon rind, and red grape character. The malts are pale, with a bit of spicy pepper action from the booze within. As we sip, the flavor pops up front with booze and hops. The booze isn’t hidden well, but the hops do their best, in the way of dirty flowers, and citrus rind. The middle moves forward with dryer fruit, and fresh peach and nectarine coming through, riding on a small wave of that apricot from the nose. The conclusion is with a significant, further drying booze character. This, along with a dry hops, and booze-soaked apricot round out the flavoring definitively. The aftertaste is of bitter citric hops, mineraly grain, and cooling booze. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is with a big froth and creaminess. If not for the booze, and the dry hop character then the coat on the mouth this beer imparts would remain, but instead it dries relatively quickly, leaving the mouth on the astringent side. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the soft nose. It had robust and present hops, but still seemed to keep a lighter edge, with subdued fruit and a milder grain. These acted to acutely balance out the big hop components, making for a well-balanced brew, but with a nice fresh bite.

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden yellow with some orange colors in there. The head was thick and white. The lacing looked really nice too after each sip. The smell of this beer is floral and citrusy, the nose is very fresh smelling and has a very inviting aroma to it. The taste of this beer is really nice also. I was really impressed with the flavors in the brew. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still pretty decent. Overall It's a really nice DIPA and worth getting if you see it.

Photo of rhenning
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeleit chalice.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with 1.5 fingers of white head that recedes quickly leaving a covering of foam on the beer. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

Smells of citrus, pine, apricot, mango and a cotton-candy-like sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick and creamy, just the slightest bit sticky on the lips.

Tastes of sweet worty malts, grapefruit, pine sap, resinous hops, and a little bit of that 9.4% alcohol, though it's well hidden. Finish has a long-lasting, but pleasant bitterness.

Overall: Another very nice beer by Founders. One could have a few of these by flavor and drinkability alone, but the 9.4% ABV makes it a tough sell for a sessioner.

Photo of Klym
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kenm2118 for this brew! Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours a translucent wheat gold with a medium bubbled seafoam head that leaves blips of lacing along the glass.

S: Sharp 100% natural honey bittered by hops and smoothed out by a combination of floral scents and almost mild choclate lactose. Smells interesting and full of flavor.

T: Starts out and builds up further a strong, purely bitter bite while major floral and cactus flavors and some honey spread throughout the rest of the mouth and finish with the residue thereof. Interesting, a quite different DIPA flavor experience for me.

M: Medium bodied with not too much carbonation in the mouthfeel but a weird residue like feel left on the teeth and parts of the mouth.

O: Very different DIPA and interesting. I think this is a brew I need to be in the right mood for but I won't knock it for this. Would try this again, but I'm not sure what I'd be looking for out of the next experience.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,900 ratings.