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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,921
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 369
Gots: 796 | 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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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 64OZ Growler from Cicero's Italian Restaurant in the Loop (St. Louis), MO for $17.50. Poured from the Growler into a 16oz HotShots Pint Glass and enjoyed 1 day after purchasing from Cicero's.

Aroma- Has a strong citrus and hop aroma from the beginning. Above average and finishes with a piney note. Very powerful!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that stays for a good amount of time. Has a medium orange/copper colored body with a bit of haziness. Leaves great lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a strong citrus hop taste and light grapefruit in here. Medium-High bitterness and very strong attributes! Seems almost dry hopped from the tasting but either way, fresh and enjoyable!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and awesome hop flavor on the palate afterwards.

Overall Impression- While enjoying the Centennial IPA weekly this past year, I was happy to come back to this 2X IPA from Founders again! I definitely recommend this one with its strong citrus hop flavors and punch to the mouth. A hop heads dream! I definitely didn't know this one was over 9% though! I had this for the first time @ the Founders Beer Dinner @ The Stable in Benton Park. Love coming back to good beers!

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

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is hazy golden/straw yellow. Head is off white, 1 in., dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Nose is very hoppy, with some malt coming through. Notes of citrus.

T: Hop forward, then countered by malt. Slight carmel note. Hops are very sharp. Alcohol is noticable. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy.

M: Hops hit, followed by alcohol. Not at all overly boozy. Malt creates a slightly bigger mf.

O: Very drinkable for a 9.4% DIPA. Flavors are balanced yet pronounced. Excellent beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 2/5/11; couldn't see date, but bottle is 2011 release, so pretty fresh.

A - Pours a slight hazy straw color. An aggressive pour yields one finger of sort-lived head.

S - Strong pine scent with a bit of citrus underneath. Overall aroma is actually pretty subdued.

T - Pungent pine, citrus and some pineapple hops start off strong. Awesome. After initial hop punch, some florals come through, followed by some nice biscuit malts. This is a very well balanced DIPA.

M - Oily, medium mouthfeel. Leaves some lingering bitterness and dryness on the tongue. Nice.

O - A solid DIPA all the way around and one of my favorites.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
Bottled on date of 6/15/11.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a burnt tan head, about 1.5cm tall, decreases over a few minutes and leaves a bit of lacing. Head eventually becomes a ring around the glass with an island or two. Body is yellow-gold in color, slightly hazy.

Aroma is of citrus hops atop a strong malt sweetness, almost cloying, and noticeable ethanol.

Flavor begins with malt sweetness. Surprisingly, this tastes less bitter than their Centennial IPA, is noticeably sweeter from the amount of malt used. Transitions then to a short flash of tropical fruit, particularly mango and pineapple. Grapefruit is present as the other fruits begin to fade, along with classic hop bitterness. Again, malt sweetness present behind all this. Ethanol becomes apparent in the close, more noticeably as this warms.

Medium-heavy bodied with medium levels of carbonation. Slight harshness on the palate from the ethanol burn, also heat from the alcohol felt in the mouth and nostrils. Finish dry/puckering.

A good DIPA, plenty of flavor, perhaps too sweet for my tastes, and the ethanol burn and obviousness is a bit of a let down. I'd look for slightly more balance between the alcohol, sweetness, and hops, though still expecting extremes in all of those. For me, the combination here just isn't the right one.

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

Founders Double Trouble, from BA MarcatGSB. 12oz bottle dated 3/15/11, so 7+ months old on this one...I was hoping to try it fresher when I ticked it. Poured into a whisky snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color, with about a fingers worth of brilliant white head that laces the glass well.

S: The nose is primarily bitter tropical fruits, pink grapefruit, faint dried pine needles, grass and hop leaves...lots of candy sugars too. Decent malt backbone; dry, yeasty and biscuity. Suprising amount of hops at this age.

T: Grapefruit right up front, followed by some pine...bitterness is front to back and constant! Some candy sugars (Sour Patch Kids), sweet malts, and a little alcohol heat.

MF: Still on the lighter side of medium, with low carbonation and puckering dryness.

O: Not bad, still very bitter this far down the road...has some barleywine characters while still maintaining a lighter body.

Photo of Atlas1
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a nice package of Founders beers in the mail from my sister-in-law recently and there were a few Double Troubles in the batch. Now, that's a good sister-in-law.

Pours a cloudy lemon-apricot color with a small head. I think this is a pretty color, thought it's not entirely what I was expecting. The nose is light and fruity, which also wasn't expected. I thought, for the style, it would be much hoppier up front. Yes, the hops are there, but it's got strong notes of lemon, orange and peach. Not much pine. Quite nice, in fact. The taste is dense and not in line with the fruity nose. Earthy and somewhat herbal. Nice bitter hop finish and aftertaste. Big, but not too boozy. Mouthfeel is chewy.

A fine beer here. Not my favorite DIPA out there, but still a tasty beer. It's a shame we can't get Founders here in TX, because I know it would sell like gangbusters. Good stuff here.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a proper amber body and off-white sticky head.

S: Deep, luscious, grapefruit and orange notes with a hint of white pepper and boozy depth.

T: Big grapefruit flavour. Nice and lip-smacking bitter, with a decent helping of sticky malt sweetness to balance it out.

D: Its actually a bit boozier than some bigger DIPAs, but it isn't anywhere near undrinkable.

Overall: This was one of the first DIPAs I ever had, so I love revisiting it. It still is a great no-coast IPA that provides that crazy burst of grapefruit that we Midwesterner hop-heads love!

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

From notes. Clear, light golden, modest acidity, a finger of dense fluffy white head and good retention.

Strong peach and tropical fruity boozy esters. Some malty sweetness lies beneath. Some boozy warmth too. I really like the fruity character. ... Some cat piss like hops come in late.

Bitterness is defining, yet moderate. The malty base backing this beast must be solid, but its sweetness is only a tick higher than barely detectable. Hop flavor is fruity and piny. The bitterness increases to nearly San Diego style territory in the dry finish.

Well carbonated, medium full body, mild viscosity, and a dry bitter finish.

This was my first DT. Impressed, but not blown away like i was with my first sixes of Hopslam. But they are different beasts. And I prefer my DIPAs meltier and more tilted to hop flavor/aroma rather than bitterness. So Hopslam is definitely more my type. But Double Trouble is a hop heads delight, to be sure.

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.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,921 ratings.