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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,825
Reviews: 1,599
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 360
Gots: 745 | 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

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of chrisgn
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stellar DIPA! The mouthfeel is exceptional and the hop aroma and flavor come through with a strong malt backbone to back it up.

A-It pours a hazy copper color with a sticky 2 fingers of head.
S- Tropical fruit and citrus. Sweetness from malt.
T- Citrus flavors from the hops foremost with some malt in the background, just how I like it.
M- unreal...Founders makes beers with the best mouthfeel hands down.
Over- Excellent DIPA, one of my favs.

Photo of lstokes
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold with an off-white head, citrusy on the smell, citrus hops and sweet residues on the taste. Grapefruit! Pineapple! Dry, slightly bitter finish! Are there malts here? I liked it but I didn't love it, and this is a tough category, you know? It's a wonderful beer if you like your citrus hops but ultimately there's not enough complexity--I can't really put down more than one at a time.

Photo of danmcg62
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy golden color with a very small head. Decent looking DIPA.

S-Citrusy smell, specifically grapefruit. Mild floral notes.

T-Super hoppy upfront. Orange and apricots are there too. Not too bad.

M-Super spicy, hoppy feel within the mouth.

O-Overall a decent DIPA. You can certainly feel the alcohol so this is something you need to take your time with and savor.

Photo of bdo894
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smelled like a grapefruit when I cracked it open. Maybe some apples and some daisies as well.
It has about medium head.
When I tasted it it also tasted very grapefruity, less hoppy then expected but still with enough for my liking.
Very smooth mouthfeel goes down real easy, so I think it's probably a good session beer for an IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Small white head fades into a thin white layer. Good retention around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and floral hops with lots of grapefruit, orange peel, and some pineapple. Hints of caramel malts.

Taste: Lots of hoppy bitterness throughout but that bitterness is very pleasant. Strong bursts of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple up front are followed by caramel malts and honey. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter but still smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A great beer. Up in the same league as Hopslam, Abrasive, and Maharaja. An outstanding DIPA.

Photo of pratyk
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent GOlden Yellow that pours with a 3 finger thick head when poured into a Nonic. Lacy rings along the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Smells of Pineapple and citrus fruit. Maybe a hint of Mangoes (or maybe apricots).

Taste: Grapefruit with a hint of pineapple. A little bitter taste that stays through.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with medium body. Flavorful and very easy to drink.

Overall: A good, refreshing DIPA that is suited for the summer. Maybe a little too easy to drink considering it has 9.4% ABV. Recommended

Photo of philip1209
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer into a Duvel glass yields a disappointingly small amount of head, but there is lots of lacing present. Lots of lacing is present.

The smell is very enticing sweet notes of melon and honey combined with notes of pine and hops.

Malty sweetness and floral grapefruit make for a complex flavor. A bit of burn on the back of the tongue turns into a lively finish of hops that hits the whole tongue and is followed by a smokiness reminiscent of a good bread crust.

The name double trouble is quite apt because the double IPA leads to a high ABV that is disguised by a high sweetness that makes this quite dangerously easy to drink en masse.

Overall, a great summery IPA.

Photo of Yagman3000
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 4-pack of bottles and poured one into a medium glass stein. A surprising head formed off of a regular pour.

The smell was wonderful: fruity, piney, and hoppy.

I really like the taste on this and feel my BA brethren were really accurate when discussing the high level of tropical fruitiness, especially the pineapple notes.

Mouthfeel was great. Just syrupy enough yet not cloying. A complex feel as well ranging from initial sweetness to a residual hop bitterness. A fun ride!

Overall a really mice beer and definitely one that I'd purchase again. Long live a quality and relatively affordable 2X IPA.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I poured the 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass, I immediately noticed a lack of carbonation. After pouring briskly, it produced a 1 finger head of off white foam that receded very quickly leaving a ring and some islands of foam. Throughout, it produced nice lacing. It was a golden yellow/orange with straw colored highlights.

The smell was off the charts. I literally said, "Wow" as I brought it to my nose. It was a very fragrant apricot, honeysuckle, maybe some tart notes of grapefruit and pineapple, but mostly sweet ripe fruits and some floral like the honeysuckle and jasmine. Awesome. Reminded me somewhat of a muscat desert wine.

When I put it in my mouth, the hops were front and center and dominated the flavor profile. The apricot, honeysuckle, and others were all readily evident under the layer of piney hops.

It was well balanced, medium bodied, and full of flavor. Felt good in the mouth. I will definitely look for more of this. Outstanding.

Photo of blackcompg
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first opened the bottle, I was greeted with a scent of semi-sweet pine and pineapple, a very nice start.

Appearance - Poured a 1-2 finger head, bright white, dissipating to a thin white cap in a minute. Color is a slightly hazy bright yellow-orange, really a beautiful color. My first 2 sips leave their own individual sticky white lacy rings...nice!

Smell - The nose is a strong pine and pineapple scent, a slight sweetness, I can't wait any longer...

Taste - Oooooh! The nose starts you off with the piney hops and pineapple, and the first taste is semi-sweet pineapple juice & some malt sweetness up front. The sweetness continues just past the center of the tongue, then fades quickly to a wonderful piney hop bite as it reaches the back of the tongue, accentuated by the tingle of bubbles - followed by a sharp, hoppy, dry pine bite at the end...and then a wonderful alcohol warmth starts in the back of the mouth, and then forward as you exhale. Lingering taste is big hops and some grapefruit rind. Not boozy in the least, in fact, the 9.4% ABV is hidden so well, it is only noticeable in the slowly building warmth after each sip is finished.

Mouthfeel - This DIPA is really smooth! The carbonation is perfect - really small bubbles, tingly, effervescent, a nice compliment during the transition from semi-sweet pineapple to blissful bitter hops to grapefruit rind. But be careful, the almost unnoticeable high ABV makes it easy to throw back a bottle (or two) quickly...and then you realize that the name Double Trouble is VERY appropriate :)

Overall - This is really a great DIPA. Wow - the malt sweetness becomes more pronounced as it warms. I wish you could see my glass right now, I've got about 10 well defined lace rings on my glass, some of the best lacing I've ever seen. This perfect blend of pineapple malty sweetness followed by a very sharp, but pleasant resinous hops, followed by a wonderful alcohol warmth and satisfied smile means that I'll be purchasing lots of Double Trouble in the future. (per the Founders website, this is seasonal, and available Jan thru May - would love to know what an aged one tastes like!) I really like DIPA's, and this is a Very Fine example - highly recommend!

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WTH? I didn't review this? I went through like a case of it!

A - Pours a nice light amber with a mild bit of haze. A nice pour produces at least a half inch of foamy sticky white head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, bit of grapefruit rind, and alcohol which is subtle but there.

T - I think I like this one really cold as to cover up most of the alcohol burn but even then you still get a ton of floral hops, bitter grapefruit and playful citrus, and a slight bread malt to cover the ABV. Enjoyable.

M - Careful with this one. Drinks rather quickly with a medium body.

Overall it's one of my favorite DIPA's and even though my case was 2-3 months old, it drank nice and hoppy all the way to the last one. I would totally get it again next year fresh. Solid offering From Founders.

Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Bright, semi-cloudy orange color. Small one and a half finger, bright white colored head. Frothy and sticky in appearance. Lace looks as if it wants to play for a while.

Smell is bright, orange blossom, citrus scent. A hint of sweet bread and just the slightest alcohol.

The taste is bitter citrus hop, maybe a yellow grapefruit mixed with the sweetness of a pineapple. The bitter is pretty intense. As this warms the bitter does mellow and the sweetness takes over. Just a hint of boozyness warming in the throat. Very nice!!

Mouth is bright and zesty. Well carbonated and full to the end.

Overall I really enjoyed this DIPA from Founders. Thanks to xanok for the extra. Highly recommended!!

Photo of 3dudesbeerblog
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a pour into a Delerium Snifter, Double Trouble produced a solid 1 finger head. With such a intimidating name as Double Trouble along with the 86 IBU's and 9.40% ABV, I was unsure of what to expect. The pour gave way to a beautifully straw colored, slightly unfiltered haziness.

The aroma is incredibly strong and overwhelms my senses. Floral hops dominate, but don't overpower (and actually compliment) the aroma of a crisply cut grapefruit on a summer morning. The nose is also slightly boozy, but in such a way that it pairs perfectly with the other aromas to make such a dynamic smelling beer.

Taste is exceptional...slightly bitter with a definite citrusy taste. There's something I can't put my finger on with the taste...almost like a Belgian Trippel honey-like sweetness. The hops cover my taste buds but not in a way punches me in the face...it ends with hoppy finishing bite. I have no idea where the alcohol is hiding.

There is a smooth mouthfeel for this beer. Obviously being all about hops on the nose (along with 86 IBUs) I expected a true punch in the face. But instead I found a perfect blend of hops from all spectrums.

Overall: I am convinced this beer fell from the heavens. Founders yet again did an incredible job of putting some special loving into a standard brew...in this case an incredibly well balanced DIPA that is all about the hops BUT doesn't leave you puckering after each sip. My expectations were truly exceeded. I can see why the Trouble is in the name now...incredibly smooth and balanced yet the alcohol is no where to be found. I want another.

Plus it has one sweet label.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yummy, yum, yum...Super DIPA...it was perfect. And the BBQ meal I had to go along with it (at Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY), made it that much better. Color, nose, pour, palate, finish. This beer had it all. Find it. Buy it. Drink it...and then look the menu, and order it again.

Photo of nbeattie
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottles to a snifter.

Appearance was a thin white head. Dissipated quickly. Color is a transparent yellow amber.

Smell was faint citrus and mellow malt.

Taste was hop forward, more more earthy than citrus. Left a lingering bitterness.

Feel was thin, dry.

Overall it's on the milder side as far as imperial IPAs go. Not quite the hop kick-in-the-mouth most of them end up being. I would drink it again but won't list it among my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/8/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with whitish head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lots of fruity hops both tropical and citrus with some alcohol and sweet malts. So far so good. Alcohol and bitterness increase noticeably as this warms up.

T: Lots of sweet tropical fruit hop flavors with hints of citrus and herbs. Some hop bitterness that is balanced perfectly with pale and caramel malts. Some alcohol warmth in there as well, this is absolutely delicious.

M: Really smooth almost creamy medium body with moderate carbonation a a bit of heat.

O: For 9.4% ABV this is dangerously delicious and drinkable, I would be buying this all the time if it were available in my neck of the woods. Great hop presence, great balance, simply great all around IIPA.

Photo of sirdillon
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dated 12/8/10

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow/tangerine color with a half finger white head. Very tight head that leaves a thin film on the beer, good lacing.

Smell- Very sweet smelling IPA, lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, orange, etc.

Taste- Again rather sweet, but not in a bad way. Fruit and hops up front, finishes with some biscuit and a slight dryness. Not astringent or bad at all. Really impressed, this is an IPA that still tastes delicious 5 months after being bottled. Hallelujah.

Mouthfeel- Awesome, very creamy, low carbonation, minimal dryness. Excellent.

Photo of ballz50401
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 2/23/11.

Appearance: Hazy golden color. Very little carbonation. Head not very impressive.

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus aroma. Light malt sweetness in the backround.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very fruity. Orange, grapefruit, mangos, and other tropical fruits. Some residual sweetness from the high amount of malts used. Meduim bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Very tastey DIPA. Wonderful aroma/taste and well hidden ABV.

Photo of kevinconroy
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer to say the least. I tried it at freshcraft in Denver. The bar tender and I began discussing beers when a bottle was brought out from the back. The bar tender got it from a friend whom brought it out from the midwest...it's not sold in the west yet. As to the appearance it was hard to judge but taste and smell wise this thing was hoppy like a m-f****er as Samuel Jackson would say. Sometimes with double ipa's you loose a lot of hoppiness and gain more malt. Not with this double ipa...from the moment the aroma hit my nose I knew this was going to be an exceptional beer and needless to say it is one of the best ipa's I've had

Photo of Amdy
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very hazy orange color, very minimal head....
smells a bit fruity, citrus, copperish. Tastes pretty hoppy, very bitter, lingers in the back of your mouth bitter. A bit sweet, not too carbonated... not too boozy for a Imperial IPA 9.4%

Would like to taste one down the line to see what age does to it...

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The nose is a potent bouquet of fresh orange, clover, and grapefruit aromas. The flavors pretty much mirror the nose; a very dry American style IIPA with a nice lingering finish.

I was expecting this to be a real mouth-puckerer, but it is actually quite smooth and refreshing. Even though it has some serious hop bitterness, it's not overwhelming. To my taste, this is about as hopped up as a beer should be before the quality is compromised. I wouldn't care to drink this every day, but once in a while it's a nice treat.

Photo of Tripphop
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light golden color with whispy white foam. Not much lacing or bubble formation, very light look to it. Aromas are nice, big piney hop and light grain. Flavor is intense. Huge bitterness and a bit of citrus fruits. The hops on this one rip away at the taste buds, very cool. The mouthfeel in interesting, very bitter with a slightly prickly carbonation, but still drinkable. Overall, a very solid DIPA, a staple in my Spring drinking.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending me a handful of these beers back in January. This beer was drank fresh, it just took me a while to enter the review.

The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The beer is hazy in appearance.

The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a ton of mango as well as some oranges and apricots. One of the more fruit smelling IPAs I have tried.

The flavor is heavy on the bitter mango and papaya. I also get some orange and pineapple notes as well as a little bit of bread from the malt. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This definitely lived up to the hype. One of the best Double IPAs I have ever tried.

Photo of philly224
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a light golden color like almost every other beer of its type. Pretty good head on this one and it lats for a decent amount of time.

S: Lots of pine and honey scent, seems just about right although not as much hops as I would have expected.

T: Moderate amount of hops with a good bit of honey. Overall taste great!

O: Great beer that I will probably revisit in the future when I can't get hopslam.

Photo of DangQuesadilla
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, has an overpowering honey taste and texture to it. The honey does seem to mellow out the bitterness of the hops. At 86 IBU, I wouldn't have believed it unless it said so on the bottle. I enjoyed this 4 pack, but don't think I would buy again for a IIPA.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,825 ratings.