Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,268
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,010 | FT: 12
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of kudsak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy taste and aroma, though not overly citrusy. Medium malt taste and body. Finishes somewhat bitter. Better IMO than Surly abrasive, still liked dreadnaught more.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poure from a 12 oz. bottle
A - looks like a pilsner but for the slight haze, retains and extremely sparse head
S - a good blend with light citrus hints, but I get that from most IPAs
T - pretty good for a DIPA (see my disclaimer below); the aftertase is lasting and is bitter,but wihtout an unpleasant bite
F - pretty smooth
O - As far as IPAs/DIPAs go, this one is fairly good, and it went well with lunch and my grilled reuben.

Disclaimer: I am generally not an IPA fan and don't typically order them when out; that said, I keep trying them out of curiosity and try to avoid my preferences when evaluating

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A: pours bronze like orange with minimal white foam which resolved to a steady trace along the edge of the glaze
S: A hoppy bouquet of citrus (lemon>orange), zest, pineapple and a medley of tropical fruits, hint of malt
T: A lot of citrus up front, grapefruit, lemon zest, hint of pine before malt softens the bitterness with only a mild aftertaste of grapefruit
Mouth: Carbonation lightens the body so its not too syrupy, good palate cleansing acidity and pushes the floral/fruit notes forward. Alcohol notes barely noticed beneath the complexity of the flavors
Overall: My tastes tend to favor maltier, darker beers – but I have to admit this is one of the finest American Style Double/Imperial IPA. Great beer at a reasonable price point.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bottle Caps in Watertown NY for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also some apricots, hops and a grassy herbal flavour.

Overall - Lots of hop bitterness and the booze is really well hidden. Tastes a lot like a hopped up version of their Centennial IPA. An above average DIPA.

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Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I poured this into a Belgian ale glass because I can really appreciate the aroma.

A - a mildly cloudy, copper color with medium head (about a half inch thick).

S - big grapefruit aroma with a clove/pine earthiness.

T - The "double" factor is definitely evident in this one (i.e. don't chug). The warmth of alcohol is mellowed by sweetness and quickly followed by bitter pine. Minimal aftertaste.

M - medium body.

Overall - This is a great example of the style. I haven't found anyone who doesn't appreciate this Double. Thanks Founders!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a clear orange amber color with a very nice head and light spotted lacing.

Smell – Smell is great! One of the better IPA nose I’ve experienced thus far. A sweet citrus – lemon/grapefruit hops smell with no bitterness. Some malt is there too. Very good!

Taste – Malt, grapefruit, a touch of pine, with a hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, dry, medium carbonation. The 9.4%abv is well hidden. Leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Not overly hoppy. Smells great, tastes real good. My only small complaint is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of texecutive
4/5  rDev -4.5%

What we have here is a delicious, boozy Double IPA in a bottle that will give me nightmares for the next week. I fell asleep after a four pack with my iPod on shuffle. . .I emailed my music video treatment to Rammstein the next day. Seriously Founders, how about some bottle art that doesn't inspire night terrors?

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Fantastic mouth feel and wonderful dry and hop taste. Poured a hazy light amber with light white head. Great pineapple and tropical fruit taste. Good finish with taste and dryness that last a long time. One of the best DIPA I've had.

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Photo of SamT
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Nice fruity aroma from the hops, mango/grapefruit. Just maybe a hint from the aroma that it is a higher ABV. Nice caramel malt aroma as well.

A- Clear copper/gold, thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Carbonation rising through the middle of the glass.

F- Definite carbonation hit to the roof of the mouth. Spicy off the bat, and through the finish! Heat after the swallow I would guess from the alcohol. Almost of little bit of pepper type bite through the finish.

M- Higher carbonation level than I would have thought and the elevated alcohol level is definitely apparent with the warmth/burn. Coats the mouth thoroughly, yet dry finish.

O- Generally like the big DIPAs to be a little smoother, though this one actually is quite refreshing. Aftertaste left me a bit off.

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Photo of Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from phone. 12 oz. bottle dated June 13th 2014, tasted September 1st, 2014. Pours a surprisingly light gold with a slight touch of amber. Solid finger of off-white head which stays for about a minute or so. Not quite hazy, but a bit of extremely fine pieces of sediment spread throughout the beer when held to the light. Sticky but thin lacing.

Aroma is massively hoppy, as to be expected. Tropical and citrus fruits mingle beautifully with a piney, resiny, and slightly floral bouquet of hops. Grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of lemony zing. Fresh-cut grass. Slightly bready with a touch of DMS indicating some pilsner malts, which would explain the surprisingly pale color. Hint of straw. Slightly spicy phenols.

Flavor follows the nose, with the grassy and piney bitterness making gains and matching the juicy and fruity flavors. Surprisingly balanced for the style and the light malt base initially threw me off a little. Alcoholic sweetness that isn't too much combines with a slightly sweet but subtle malt base. Hops are still kicking with a just-bitter-enough finish.

Medium bodied and reasonably carbonated. This doesn't taste and especially doesn't feel like a 9.4% beast, but it is. Warm but crisp. The bitter finish is dry but doesn't cross the line into astringency.

Stylistically, I'm not sure this is a perfect DIPA. With that said, this is a phenomenally tasty beer. Extremely well-balanced in every way and a few surprises thrown in. Another winner from Founder's.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, sweet malt and ripe pears. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate, while biscuit malt and ripe fruit provide some support. Finish is long, dry, and bitter. Excellent brew.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good but not great. Was drinking Heyoka, Ca$h Money and Unsessionable the same night and Double Trouble was just not on the same level. Left me wanting more with every sip / gulp. Very mild flavored and slightly bitter. Very little back end.

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Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Reddish-orange with a quickly thinning tan head. Smells herbal and oily with faint fruits. Has a precise, floral bitterness on the palate that ends with a splash of orange, a hint of spice and consistent all the way through. Medium with enough heat to keep you warm. A potent yet refined, classic DIPA.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Very hoppy - just how I like my IPA's. For some, the bitterness could be a bit overwhelming, but I find it very enjoyable. The pine & citrus basically punched me in the face upon the first taste. There's a slight bit of malt, once you get past the hops. Gotta love the higher alcohol content too.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.41 degrees.

Look - Very carbonated pours a hazy orange color- similar to a blue moon.Very bubbly 2 inch head that is quickly leaving. Some spotty lacing left behind..not much though.

Smells like a typical IPA - notes of grapefruit coming through with some minor fruit. I can definitely notice some simcoe. As it warms about halfway through your glass you will notice some sweet carmel maltiness coming through.

Tastes like a very good double. All the notes in the head come through in the taste. pretty well balanced. I can taste a very minor hint of alcohol, reminding me that I'm drinking a 9.4. some malt balances out the strong bitterness from the hops...but still hoppy enough to make the hophead very happy with this brew.Definitely a sipper.

Has a nice creamy like mouth feel to it...semi heavy DIPA. Well carbonated as well.

Overall this is a solid beer. Liked this a lot more then Founders Devil Dancer TIPA....that was just too boozy for me(as are most triples in my opinion)...this beer is pretty well balanced...lots of hop bitterness, some malts push through to calm them slightly......I have had tons of DIPAS and by no means would i give this beer a 94 rating on here and i wouldn't go out and BUY this again, BUT..... if somebody offered me one i would not turn it down. in a nutshell, glad i picked it up and tried it out and if you haven't, give it a go.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 20 oz pint, not very aggressive head, slight lacing. Color is a hazy orange. May have been chilled a little too much, (my fridge is around 40-41 degrees). Also my sample was bottled 6/13/14.

Aroma-Nice citrusy up front, crisp hoppiness, a little malt.

Taste- I was very impressed with the flavor. The alcohol is hidden, and the hops are very pronounced and flavorful. One of the things I noticed right away, is that there is a very good balance of bitter, alcohol, and just the right notes. Nothing is getting in front of good flavor.

Mouthfeel to me is almost dry, good carbonation, but a little astringent at the finish. Nothing shocking considering the ABV

Overall- I would definitely order again, especially on draft. Excellent quality. Feel a huge nap coming on….

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Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle of Double Trouble looks without problem - a dense but sediment-free and well-polished golden complexion, the beer shines brightly and supports a respectable amount of head, a healthy chunk of which attaches itself to the glass and refuses to let go.

Many of the best DIPAs have a kind of wild herb, resiny, yet tropical character. Double Trouble fits this bill. It smells of tree bark, wet mildewy leaves, and also bright citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. At three months of age, this particular bottle has also adopted notes from its malts; fresh-baked bread and toffee squares are equally appreciable.

If you've never had a Double IPA, Double Trouble will indeed turn your world upside-down. It is not just "imperial" insofar as its over-sized hoppiness; the maltiness is gigantic too. Here the two worlds exists as one: brown sugar caramelized grapefruit, orange marmalade on crunchy toast, flower and citrus skin potpourri lit during the morning rush at a bakery.

A proper DIPA will likely numb your tastebuds. It will do so, however, in the most easing and pleasing way. This one provides all the wholesome, semi-sweet maltiness and juicy citrus satiation but does so without registering as overly astringent or having the presence of acidity that it'll split your gums open. This has an approachability and casualness that rarely befalls its style.

Cars aren't nicer to drive just because they have more horsepower. Music does not necessarily sound better if it's played louder. Likewise, beers aren't superior the stronger they are or the more loudly they're hopped. All in all, for something to the tune of 86 IBU and 9.4%, Double Trouble has the technical specs to intimidate, but it's an unusually and exceptionally well-balanced, mellow DIPA. For hopheads, the best time to visit Michigan is June through September.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle, bottled 07/29/14
a - hazy gold
a - floral hop, some citrus, bready malt.
m - super creamy
t - floral hops bite, alcohol is there. significant malt balance-bread, a little candy. some alcohol burn.
o - very good IIPA. It seems very tough to stand out as a IIPA as an American ale these days. not sure
it does(though i guess that would be saying it doesn't, right?)

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four pack in early August from Total Wine. Bottled on 6/4/14.

Beer poured golden orange with very little head.

Nose is wonderful, definitely catching mango.

Taste is well balanced. Grapefruit rind dominates with a bit of mango lurking in the background. Bready malts attempt to balance but fall short. Not overwhelmingly hoppy but just about right.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall another solid brew from Founders. I am thouroughly enjoying all the regular lineup and the special releases during its first year of distribution to the Valley of the Sun. Recommend it if you have not tried it!

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber with a thin white head. Aroma is floral citrus hops, some grapefruit with a pungent notes, some orange marmalade as well. Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by some citrus fruity notes, grapefruit and earthy hops. Palate is a medium to full body, smooth goes down easy, good carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet bitter caramel malt, fruity and some lingering earthy grapefruit pungent, tangy hops. Alcohol seems well behaved. Overall a very good, full flavored, easy on the palate DIPA

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Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev -1%

12 oz bottle poured into a guinness pint glass.

A - Pale, hazy golden orange with a half finger head that quickly moves to a thin lace.

S- tropical fruit, mango especially, with some pine.

T - similar to the smell, with some malt balance, a resinous finish

M - low carbonation, decent heft, slightly sticky as it warms.

O - fairly delicious.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottled 5/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity and flowery
Head small (1.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare strip of tiny bubbles
Body – light orange, hazy
Flavor begins with bitterness with some melony overtones, ends bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score 3.825.
A good IIPA – high IBU, good hop flavor.

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottled 6-Jun-2014, Drank 9-Sep-2014

Aroma (11/12) - A bit of caramel malt notes up front accompanied by a huge burst of hop aroma. Mostly centered around orange/tangerine aromas but a definite bit a floral and grassy aromas too. No additional perceived esters may be a slight alcohol/solvent aroma to this.

Appearance (3/3) - Pours a light copper with a thick white head that lingers on the top of the beer for as long as I'm writing this review. Very dense almost Belgian-type head to this one and there is some lacing as it goes down. Brilliantly clear.

Flavor (17/20) - Amazing balance of malts and hops here--the hops are prominent and have a wide range of complex flavors including orange citrus/pith, floral, spicy (perhaps phenolic?) notes. The malt is still playing an important role in this beer by not letting the hops get too aggressive.

Mouthfeel (5/5) - Finished smooth without much dryness or bitterness lingering on the palette. Perhaps the most underrated part of this beer is the creaminess which really makes you want to keep drinking this and savor every sip.

Overall (8/10) - An excellent beer that I would happily purchase again when it's available in season. Not as bitter and hop-centric as some of the bigger IPA names out there but I'm completely fine with that--this is well balanced and the flavors are complex enough to keep you guessing.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Golden honey in the glass. A thin head. The nose and flavors seem consistent, and of fruit, pineapple and mango, and honey. A good bitter finish, but not overwhelming. Overall a nice, drinkable double.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Founders Double Trouble IPA has a thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, brilliant, orange-gold, bubbly apppearance, and some light lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, but not overwhelming, hop resin and white bread. Taste is of that, with a strong, but still, not overwhelming, hop bitterness to back it up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Founders Double Trouble IPA finishes dry and easily drinkable, even with the high abv.


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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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