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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 4450
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 openmind


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders makes amazing beers. Everyone of them is spot on! I am a big fan of their Cerise, but it has been discontinued. I am looking forward to their raspberry.

Double IPAs are my favorite style of beer, when done right. Many have a distracting malt presence that I am not fond of.

DT has a nice malt support system for the wonderful hop wham.

Appearance - looks like beer.

smell - citrusy tropical splendor.

Taste - great mouth feel, Great balance. Big body. NICE bitterness, full body. And, whoa - 9%.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 15:14:32 | More by openmind
Photo of Rope


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt copper, with a thin head.

Oh my goodness, like a good IPA should. The Imperial part stands out at the edge of the smell, a slight buttery vanilla note.

These does exactly what a good double/Imperial IPA should. I has the sweet thick flavor, but does not miss out on the hop bitterness, especially the end. The end is a non-lasting bitter that cleans the palate, and does not linger.

I was expecting the thickness, but the carbonation seems really demure.

Some brewing companies are just known for doing a great to superb job on all their beers, and Founders is definitely one of those rare few. This is a deadly Imperial IPA, because it is so smooth and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:40:14 | More by Rope
Photo of SSEngelbrecht


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful golden color slightly cloudy with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving light lacing behind.

S: maybe its just me today, but I don't get much out of the smell besides a light herbal / floral aroma

T: The taste is an explosion of spicy hops with bitter herbal finish. In the background you can taste the caramel malt back bone and nice citrus notes.

M: The mouthfeel is much heavier than I expected with a wonderful body that feels good going down.

O: I didn't care for my first bottle of Double Trouble, and I figured the bottles must have been mis-handled or otherwise mistreated. I waited a couple of weeks before trying another, and I'm sure glad I did. It is really nice with an interesting and unique flavor. It is well balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:16:00 | More by SSEngelbrecht
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raul been seeing it and Raul been wanting it. And guess what? Raul had it!

Malty like your gramama while cooking breakfast and hoppy like, well, nothing. This thang is overly malty like a Prussian wedding. It's cool, and it's got the hype, but not everyone subscribes to US Weekly.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:07:07 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale golden yellow. A thin film of white foam rises and quickly dissipates to a ring around the edges.

S - almost entirely hops. Herbal, resin and pine are most prominent followed by notes of citrus and tropical fruits such as fleshy pink grapefruit, bitter orange peel, pineapple rings and mangos. Light bread crust malt character.

T - lightly sweet bready malt on the front. Tropical fruit notes intensify the perceived sweetness with notes of pineapple. Grapefruit rind and racy hints of lemon pith come into play in the center. Finish is long bitter and resinous.

M - light side of medium bodied. High carbonation.

O - well made ipa. This is the style is tend to prefer for my ipa/dipas. Lighter bodied with satisfying bitterness but plenty of tropical fruit flavors for balance. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:31:17 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of richj1970


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice honey color with minimal head and almost no lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and pine. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit mixed with the earthiness of the hops.

T: All hops up front with nice citrus balanced with a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium body that coats nicely. Refreshing to drink.

O: Really nice DIPA. Will add this to my list of ones to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:31:33 | More by richj1970
Photo of dheacck11


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden orange yellow, slightly translucent. Minimal head, no real lacing.

Nose is super citrusy, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, hint of peach.

Taste is full of citrus up front. Grapefruit dominates, with a hint of honey and peach again. Follows with a biting, crisp bitter hop.

Medium full mouth feel leaves a nice coating.

Great DIPA. Super fresh. Super crisp. Tons of citrus. Not the best out there, but totally great. Balance is a little off for perfection, but flavors are dead on.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:10:42 | More by dheacck11
Photo of Cubatobaco


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A gorgeous orange color with minimal head, about 1/8" of an inch, and a lacing that sticks for a short time and then slides down the side of the glass. It shows a good amount of carbonation for a DIPA.

S - Loads if citrus notes such as orange, grapefruit, star fruit and pineapple. No alcohol present which is a plus. Maybe some sour notes on the back end.

T - very citrus forward with the flavors of the aromas mentioned before. Layers of resin pine and malt linger after each sip. The finish is at minimum 30-45 secs with mild bitterness.

M - This is a delight to hold in the mouth. Nice and creamy with a mild spice from the alcohol on the cheeks. No burn at all upon swallowing. Very well balanced.

O - Founders does it again! When these were released this year, I drank a 4pj right away only to reveal they were very young and abrasive. With a few months in the bottle, they have calmed down and started to come into their own. Very complex and enjoyable even to a novice just getting into beer. Need another 4pk before they are gone for the year.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 14:54:14 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of MaximalC


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot color with a minimal white head. Tiny streams of bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is quite pleasant, smelling of passion fruit, peach, grapefruit, and some pine. In spite of the pine's modest presence in the nose, it comes through full force in the flavor--we're talking full-on Pine Sol here. Any fruits are very difficult to discern behind the resinous backbone. Perhaps some grapefruit sneaks through? There's also a grassy funkiness--the hop bitterness isn't quite as "clean" as I've found in other high caliber IPAs. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but acceptable for the style.

The bottle says Imperial IPA, and this has all the fierce bitterness you'd expect with that. If I liked IPA's, I'd probably be really enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:31:07 | More by MaximalC
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin white head.

The smell is citrus and piney hops.

The taste is bitter, citrus hop and pine. There is a sweet malt back bone but the bitterness takes the forefront.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily. My youngest feels like it is coated in bitter hops.

A very good and hoppy bitter dipa. Hides its abv very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:06:24 | More by Dave1999
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/27/13, consumed 6/15/13. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice orange amber with a rocky creamy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Fresh citrusy and grassy hops. A little sugary sweetness. Dank.

T/M: Big grapefruit hops dominate. Nice bitterness. Resinous. A moderate sweet malt backbone to balance it out. Body is very full and sticky -- robust, almost syrupy.

O: A real DIPA lover's DIPA. Everything about it screams "double."

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:20:28 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a orangish yellow. finger plus of a whitish head that slowly fades. a touch hazy.

Smell: pretty standard, hop forward IIPA. citrusy, piney hops

Taste: i get some of a malty backbone but not much. mostly hops citrusy and piney. a bit of lemon too. good but not quite my style

Mouthfeel: strong bitterness but seems a bit light to me

Overall: a decent good tasting beer but I prefer a different approach to my imperial ipas. but well done and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:00:34 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of Swift989

District of Columbia

2.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a red wine glass

A: Barely any head at all and it did not retain. after a few sips was totally gone with only minuscule wisps of white on the top. mainly just color of the beer. A amber gold, a color slightly darker than apple juice from concentrate. tiny bubbles few and far between for carbonation.

Smell: Uninspiring. Maybe something is wrong with this batch compared to other reviews. I can barely smell it. And I have been working in the beer industry the last 6 months and smelled a lot of great hops. A little bit of a whiff of a dessert wine, like a Bordeaux style sauterne.

Taste: Also surprisingly weak for 9%. I mean its hoppy, but nothing compared to some Double/Imperial IPAs. Certainly a smooth finish as they claim, but the bitterness is about equal to the uninspiring Port City Monumental IPA. Seriously.

M: Very little carbonation or bubbles. Again mouthfeel is like a dessert wine of about 14-18% Not even as much body as a port.

O: I really don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe its because I drank Weyerbacher Double Simcoe shortly before this, but I would much rather have that beer or He'Brew Hop Manna. This beer has a boring smell and just masks a ton of alcohol. Maybe if your trying to get drunk drink these beers at 9%. It is smooth. overall I'm on the east coast, this is from Michigan...PASS.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 05:32:14 | More by Swift989
Photo of rdilauro


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dirty golden light amber with really not much of any head. (Perhaps there was something in the glass I was using)
The aroma was close to perfect, the balance bouquet of hops and barley were very satisfying.

The initial taste proved to be somewhat hoppy. But as I finished the fist sip, it calmed down to a real full mouthful and pleasant and lingering aftertaste.

On the second pour, I could not help but notice that the smell was much bigger than the actual taste. There were hints of grapefruit and other mild citrus fruits.

This has only been my second brew from Founders and I am very happy so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:17:09 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Roguer


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful translucent orange, with minimum head, quickly fading. Maybe a fresher bottle would have had better head.

S - Grapefruit peel and bright hops. A little floral or honey note.

T - Immediate grapefruit peel and sweet pulp, followed quickly by sweet fruity hops. A dry hop finish, mostly orange peel.

M - Medium carbonation and alcohol sting, very smooth; oil coats the back of the throat. A little alcohol warmth on the finish.

O - This is a very tasty DIPA, but it's definitely not my favorite. Bottled 2 months ago, which I had assumed would still be fresh enough; indeed, it does taste good, but I think I need to give this another try with a fresher bottle. If I notice a significant difference I will revise my review accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:36:51 | More by Roguer
Photo of Moose90


4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of ufmj
Bottled on 04/10/13
Tasted on 06/07/13

A – Poured into the snifter. Pale bright yellow in color, translucent with some orange hues as well. Head is thin but white in color and sticks around leaving nice lacing.

S – Woah tropical citrus! Lemon, lime, orange, mango, pineapple. Lots going on here, but geared heavily towards a big citrus bomb.

T – Hops take the stage, obviously. The malt background is not overtly sweet, it is quite balanced. Notes of lemon and mango, a light caramel nuttiness develops as this one warms. Some pine and earthy notes come through on the tail end of things.

M – Very smooth on this one, carbonation errs on the high side of things, though it does serve to provide a nice crispness to the beer. A stickiness develops and is true to the style. Finishes dry and bitter.

O – This is a very nice double IPA, it is not as audacious as Hoptimum, it has a great balance to it, and its booziness is nicely hidden. This is quite drinkable, each sip rounds out with a nicely astringent note that leaves you coming back for more. Overall, this is a great beer.

This beer is definitely a solid DIPA. Very tasty and hoppy as you could expect from Founder's Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:31:49 | More by Moose90
Photo of haazer


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, dark golden brew with slow rising bubbles. Nice inch thick crackly white cap that settles down. Leaves walls of lacing on the glass.

S - Big amounts of piney hops and sap. I can detect some honey, and a bit of fruits. Grapefruit and lemon in the fore, with some underlying caramel malt.

T - Heavy doses of hop resin, and pine needles. This then is followed up with grapefruit, and honey. The tail end is a strong bitter bite that leaves your mouth coated.

M - Medium bodied DIPA with high carbonation. palate coating hop bite.

O - This DIPA definitely packs a punch, and does flip your world upside down. You really cannot go wrong with Founders at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 02:38:18 | More by haazer
Photo of atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an orange straw color with a foamy white head with nice retention
S-grassy pine aroma with bright lemon citrus
T-Very hop forward with more pine and lemon and finishes with some malt sweetness, lingering pine and resin bitterness
M-medium bodied, hides abv quite well
O-Pretty solid DIPA that really nails the american style. Bitterness definitely lingers but I would probably still drink it again

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:30:36 | More by atr2605
Photo of KFBR392


3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly burnt orange color. Above average carbonation. Two fingers of head on the pour. Sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Looks like a DIPA should.

Smell: Pine probably sticks out the most. Tangerines, oranges, lemon, with some light caramel, and buttered popcorn. A nice balanced aroma, nothing is too strong and nothing is seriously lacking. At the same time nothing blows me away, its just very solid all the way around.

Taste: A syrupy pine flavor hits right away. Saturated tangerines and some bright fruits like melon and pineapple. A slightly dry hop finish sticks on the palette. The high alcohol content adds to this dryness. Pretty solid hop action and nice fruity accents but again nothing is knocking me over.

Mouthfeel: Dry with some fruity hops lingering.

Overall: A solid DIPA. I've never been too impressed with Founder's IPAs but this one is better then the others. With how competitive the DIPA field is this day, this one falls short on being something truly memorable. A good easy drinker for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:02:36 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Wufdogger


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love IPAs but this one stayed on the pallet too long. Great smell and initial taste but long lasting hops taste. Does not have a smooth feel to it after swallowing but fells good initially in the mouth. I probably will not try this one again but was better than the pallet wrecker from night before.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:13:12 | More by Wufdogger
Photo of troegaarden


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Poured vigorously into the glass with the result being a very present, off-white head which quickly subsides. There's a nice 1/2 a finger head retention throughout after it subsides. The brew is a very deep, almost Tootsie Pop orange in color.

S: The aroma is definitely very hop-forward with this beer. Definitely something you could expect with a double IPA. The hops are pretty astringent in the nose. Also, the hop character is very citrusy in nature with this beer.

T: Big hop presence in how it tastes with a big malty background as well. I think that the hops definitely dominate this beer, but you can still taste the malt going on in the background. This beer finishes rather dry and the hops linger slightly on the tongue. I get a little Pine along with some citrusy fruitiness.

M: The mouthfeel is generally smooth, although the hops disrupt this a little bit.

O: This beer is definitely a solid DIPA. Very tasty and hoppy as you could expect from Founder's Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:48:03 | More by troegaarden
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very hazed gold color with a fluffy, but rapidly diminishing off-white head. Little bit of lace.

Nose is juicy citric and tropical hops all up in yo face, kid! Malts are soft and somewhere in between grainy and biscuity. Smells nice...

Taste is all about the hops, very resinous and tropical fruit pith...grapefruit peel, lime zest and papayas. Unlike many DIPAs that are big on hop flavor, this one also packs a helluva bitterness punch. Malts are pretty non-existent on actual flavor, but it does have a very smooth and creamy body...typical of Founders with a very fine-bubbled carbonation. I like it well enough, but there are a couple local DIPAs that I am surprised to say I would probably buy over this, freshness being equal of course. I like that it is available in 4-packs though as opposed to the bomber format.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:37:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: rusty gold; 2-finger, white head leaves a fair amount of patchy lace.

S: bright citrus aroma; sweet; smells great!

T: citrusy, light resin hoppiness; bready / cracker malts in the back; nice.

M: medium-full; higher carbonation; as it warms, some heat shows up.

O: a superb double IPA; glad I tried it and I'll have it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:23:34 | More by jpro
Photo of Oakenator


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly yellow yielding mostly orange. Good head at pour, retention and some lacing.

S: Sweet hops - piney and sappy.

T: Bitter hops up front with a nice strong malt balance also present on the back.

M: Medium body but leaning towards heavier despite color and flavor.

O: Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:09:41 | More by Oakenator
Photo of mikem0487


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. No fresh date.

A-A dark golden straw colored body. Minimal white head. The body is slightly turbid. Minimal lacing is left on the bottle as I consume this beer.

S- Has a very pungent nose. Dank hop resin gives way to tropical citrus notes. Grapefruit and apricot are the main culprits. As the beer warms the smell becomes more volatile and even more enjoyable than when I first poured it.

T-Like the smell the taste has citrus notes mixed in with some of those hop resin's. Has a nice balancing malt back bone that gives some balance to the hop forwardness of this beer. Leaves you with a great fruity-earthiness after taste.

M-Nice carbonation and good medium mouthfeel. What you are looking for in this style. Finishes on the sweet side with that awesome after taste I described above.

O-Overall a very good double IPA. The 9.4% abv is not even apparent in this beer. Smooth with the hops being the dominant factor. The malts definitely help to give some balance to the taste but the hops come in well executed. Drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 01:17:50 | More by mikem0487
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