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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,439 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,439
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 346
Gots: 628 | 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

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Love this label! Founders does it again with a killer presentation that reflects the good energy put into the outside as much as the inside. Much appreciated.

Pours into my Garre sampling glass a clear golden orange color. Much lighter than i anticipated for a DIPA. Somehow it works and makes me even thirstier for what appears to be a honey-nectar brew. A small light head froths up and quickly settles into a spotty cap resembling the glue left on a bottle with the label peeled off. Small spotty lacing creep up the sides of the glass.

On first smell I'm bowled over by the tropical fruit flavors, reminiscent of, shall I dare say it...Hopslam: melon, passionfruit, ripe grapefruit, mandarin orange, pineapple that blends into a stronger aged cheddar cheese. Again, somehow it works really well. A really subtle, but welcome, alcohol note permeates deep down giving some warmth but not enough to overtake the more delicate fruit and floral aromas on top. Truly bouquet-like!

The flavor is equally light, refreshing but complex and nice. Flavor starts light and sweet with a good citrus hop flavor. The pale malt flavors compliment the soft fruit hop notes. Slight honey and warming alcohol move the beer toward the middle palate. At this point the fruit flavors really come out: cantaloupe, melon, mango resting on top of a more aggressive pine hop flavor. The beer finishes like a fresh grapefruit juice, tart, quenching and asking to be drank. The alcohol is very well hidden which makes it even more exciting to drink.

Mouthfeel is right on. Clean, crisp, light on the palate but full in character. Moves through the mouth extremely well and carries the flavors on an active carbonation base.

A great beer from Founders, well done. Will definitely look for more of this!

NoLiberty, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Received as an extra from csmiley in the Black Booty BIF 09.

Totally pale without a trace of carmel malt. Tons of fine yeasty haze and a big sticky head of foam...looks great! Besides the yeast floaties its a brite beer without protein.

Smells bomb. Big wafts of citrusy hops, mostly Simcoe I presume. Excellent aroma of pure hop bliss.

Tastes much as expected from the look and smell. Huge hop presence; almost too much to believe. Surely dry-hopped but probably with oils of aroma tabs in addition to pellets (NZ hops?). Malt provides mouthfeel but doesn't get in the way, in fact gladly bows down to the hops. I'm thinking lots of dextrin malt. Nice esters suggesting juicy ripe tropical fruit. Bitterness and malt sweetness are definitely there in big quantities but totally balance each other out, letting the huge hop aroma plow through. A tiny bit of alcohol burn comes through in the fallout as it warms, along with massive hop aroma of course. Delicious hop burps to follow.

Interesting mouthfeel that totally fits the beer. Just a bit chewy, but not cloying at all. Medium carbonation i just right to cut through the sweet malt.

Refreshing an very drinkable, especially fresh. I drank it at 49F and it was just right. Highly recommended for hop heads! This is the real San Diego style IPA, for those that think Big Head is. Cheers!

rayjay, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to jdoncbus for this one in trade!

Pours into a pint glass with very pale golden yellow color. At least it's very pale for a DIPA. Nice thick head can be coaxed out and it sticks to the glass very nicely. Lacing everywhere.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with tons of hops. Great pineapple and mango in there. Enough goodness coming out that my nosehairs perk up.

Flavor is certainly hoppy but maybe not as much as expected from Founders. The bottle says 86 IBUs but this may have faded slightly. It's nicely bittered and fairly well balanced for the style. Some wheat bread flavor and earthy hops make it an unusual example.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. Lighter than full bodied and medium-light carbonation. Drinkability is good too although I wouldn't have two back to back.

Definately a different double IPA. It starts to makes sense when I remind myself this isn't a west coast brewery. Then again, neither is Bell's but this doesn't hold a candle to Hopslam.

GilGarp, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of hsway
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured on tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA. Very nice orange/copper color with an unusually creamy head for a DIPA. Lots of lacing. The smell was beautiful citrus, as was the taste - more grapefruit than orange. Very, very flavorful, not not so intense that I couldn't have a few. If you're not into this style then stay away!

hsway, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to whatever MN BA that posted this little gem was available in Hudson, WI. I ran over the next day to grab a six pack; love me a good DIPA, & have enjoyed almost all of Founder's brews to date, so what's not to like.

Poured into my new Dunedin pint glass, the beer is clearer than most IPAs, innocent enough looking brew. Well...I physically staggered when I stuck my nose in DT while walking out of the kitchen, I'm glad I didn't spill any. Holy crap. The hops are coming off this thing in a hurricane-strength storm surge. My inner hop-head is yowling at me to drink it. DROP THE KEYBOARD, MORON, TAKE A DRINK.

This is good.

The first sip is such a riot of hoppyness that it just about sears the top of my mouth...you know, like when you have too many sweets? That's what I'm getting. The second & third sips follow close behind. C'mon, geez, where's the balance? Nowhere to be found. Good! Bring your hops to the party, DIPA, & leave them nasty malts behind.

My tummy is warming after about 2 oz. My nose is numb. My mouth is going numb. Maybe they should sell this in those tiny liquor bottles, because after that I'm already starting to long for that first blast to the head.

Truly a top-shelf beer & a first class DIPA. These are folks who know that you CAN'T PUT TOO MANY HOPS IN DIPA. Kudos to them!

maximum12, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%

12 oz bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Hazy golden honey, 0.5 inch white head that dissipated quickly
S-Citrus grapefruit, slight carmael honey malt background, melon flavor as well
T-Grapefruit melon citrus, pine flavor with pine really lingering on back end(slightly overpowering), crushed aspirin astrigency at the end, very drying, nice up front flavor but finish leaves bad impression
M-Full and creamy, low carbo, nice feel in mouth until drying astrigency
D-Good flavor but finish kills the desire to have another one. Good try might be better in 6 months when hops die down a bit.

hopsleeroy, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%

A - Lighter colored body than most, with honey tints. Average head, with some lacing.

S - Yeasty in the aroma, with big, juicy sweet citrus, a bit of alcohol bite, and grapefruit bitterness. Solid American IIPA aroma with good balance.

T/M - Big hops lead to a dry palate overall, very resiny and piney. Sweetness does come through, but mild and with tart citrus highlights. The main characteristic that seemed to separate this from other IIPAs was the alcohol, which was more assertive than I would have liked... Body is right on par with its style, with a nice creaminess.

D - Not bad, but not quite up to par for me with other Founders products. The alcohol seemed to dominate the flavor to much for this to be an elite IIPA. Still, good hop bomb, and will more than satisfy your need for hops.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of akokandy
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A- 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. Beer is a bright orange-gold and translucent, hazy. The beer sports a small head which quickly fades and leaves minimal lacing. Really noticeable carbonation.

S- A myriad of tropical fruits. Orange, melon, lemon, and even pineapple. Citric hop aroma. Sweetness.

T- Extreme grapefruit, with some orange and lemon are apparent in the initial citrus hop taste. This is followed quickly by some standard maltiness, but not nearly enough to balance the flavor of this beer (not necessarily bad for an IPA). A dry finish with lots of hop bitterness. No alcohol flavor is detectable.

M- Medium-full body, with a little more carbonation than I usually like in an IPA.

D- Great flavor but high abv in this brew. Hard for me to drink more than 2 in a night, but those 2 sure go down easy.

akokandy, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

--William Shakespeare

Ripe apricot with banana peel borders. The beer displays a wonderful yeasty haze initially, then becomes frankly cloudy as the solids from the bottom of the bottle are added at the conclusion of the one and only pour. A softly pillowy crown of yellowed ivory (along with abundant lace) keeps the upper part of the glass looking mighty fine. Those who like the down 'n dirty look will love this one.

What a wonderful aroma! I usually wait until taste bud saturation before taking a stab at the hop bill, but it's smacking me upside the olfactory lobe with every glorious inhale. The combination of tropical fruits (tangerine, pink grapefruit and mango) just has to be due to Simcoe and/or Amarillo. Okay, now I'm expecting a doozy of a DIPA.

The big question is whether or not Double Trouble is a HopSlam killer... or whether it's even as delicious. The answers are 'no, almost nothing is' and 'no, but it's damn close'. I had the utmost faith in Founders, because those boys can brew with the best of them. Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Red's Rye, Curmudgeon, Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA... need I go on?

Those who want malt balance won't find it here. At least not when the beer is still shy of its two month anniversary. That said, the barley lays down a solid enough foundation for this hophead. There is a little sweetness, but it's quickly and almost completely obliterated by 86 IBU's worth of lupulin goodness. My tongue is getting a sound thrashing and I haven't even started the final six ounces yet.

The relatively pale, amberish orange hue tells me that pale malt is dominant. The taste buds agree. There's almost no caramel or toasted flavors to get in the way of the hop love. I'm sticking with the Simcoe and/or Amarillo guess. There's even a resinous, almost oily, funky, ganja-like vibe. Dee-freakin-licious!

The mouthfeel is the best of all worlds. It's unquestionably full and sap-sticky, but it's also as smooth as polished gemstones and has enough carbonation to avoid bogging down. My memory is a bit sketchy, but this might be the only area where DT has HS beat. Perhaps in appearance as well.

Founders will do themselves a massive favor if they make Double Trouble a regular release. HopSlam is slightly superior, but if it's only brewed once per year, that doesn't do those of us without easy access much good. The only negative with this brew is that it has replaced the beautifully bombastic Devil Dancer. Oh well, a scathingly hoppy DIPA is more than adequate compensation.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

It is Sunday. I just bottles 10 gallons of IPA. What I am in the mood for?

A: A fairly clear golden color. Not the usual copper color you associate with a DIPA. Not that much head but some lacing.

S: A bitter hop nose balanced out with some malt. A little bit of booze as well. Not that impressed with the nose.

T: Actually tastes like an excellent pale ale. Some nice clear citrus notes in there. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Nothing to really stand out either way.

D: A decent DIPA. I expect more from Founders. A big part of that is that I either need to trade or travel to get their stuff. Glad this was a travel. A good beer but nothing amazing.

aerozeppl, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, effervescent, with a one finger, dense creamy head that just off of white. Spotty lacing.

Nose is grapefruit pith, a bit of fusel alcohol, some sweet caramel malt poking through and mixing it up with the citrus to hint at candied oranges.

Taste is big and sweet up front, caramel, with a mildly astringent, citrusy bitterness that emerges early and sticks around. Candied pineapple, resiny pine, and a bit of aspirin all come through. Finish is long, bitter, with a lingering caramel juiciness.

Mouthfeel is slick, juicy, perfectly carbonated - crisp but never aggressive.

Drinkability is... interesting. Very nice DIPA, but also huge - by the end of the glass, I was ok being finished.

JohnQVegas, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Clear golden yellow color with light orange center, two finger white head, nice sticky lacing. I love these golden DIPAs. No caramel malt to get in the way of the hops. Smell is unbridled piney and citrus hops. Taste is great! Nice and bitter, lots of grapefruit, orange, citrus goodness with just light malt sweetness. Very dry on the finish. This is definitely a hop bomb and a delicious one at that. Is it better than Hopslam? Not quite. But it's pretty darn close!

KeefD, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz stub bottle, riley's

appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip, beautiful copper-apricot body, thin fluffy white wave with soapy lacing - very lovely

smell: punchy citrus, apricot, grapefruit and other tropical aroma

taste: very balanced and well rounded DIPA - syrupy caramel body with an underlying bite of grapefruit and pine, not an overwhelming hop bomb but quite balanced with a great mouthfeel

mouthfeel: full and heavy, a nice aperitif

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a golden cloudy brew with white frothy head that leaves some lacing. A citrus aroma with spices that is very attractive. Viscous mouthfeel with grapefruit, hop center, fruit tang, alcoholic booze toward the finish. A real hoppy potion of a brew that could well with any season.

JRed, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a hazed pale golden color, surprisingly light albeit dense looking, with three fingers of off-white head. Head is pretty creamy and retains well, leaving some spiderweb lacing on the sides and keeping a pretty full head.

Smells of fresh grapefruity hops with some pineapple and pine, as well. There's also an herbal quality to the hops, but something is a bit funky with this nose - like stinky cheese. Some grass and grain, as well. A weird, or I guess you could say interesting, nose.

Taste bursts forth with piney, herbal and grassy hops, and then gives way to some semi-sweet ruby red grapefruit. No sign of the funky character that was present in the aroma. Hop bill seemed a bit odd in the nose but I'm liking it on the palate. Also some pineapple and a bit of passion fruit. Lots of complex fruity flavors here; very nice. There's a bit of sweetness here, honey like I'd call it, with some grain, as well. The hoppy fruitiness makes this quite enjoyable, with only a moderate bitterness for the style which really lets the flavor shine.

Mouthfeel is a medium to full body, smooth and well balanced. Appropriate carbonation, and slightly dry in the finish.

This is a very solid DIPA; one of the fruitiest you'll ever find I'd say. And the fruit flavors are all over the map - pretty damn complex. I still don't know what's up with the smell - it's weird, but whatever it is doesn't hinder the taste. This is a very nice addition to Founders' lineup.

number1bum, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours hazed golden with a thin creamy white head that is well-retained. Lacing sticks.

The smell is piney, herbal, citric/tropical with some caramel.

The taste is of pine and citrus - grapefruit and tropical fruits. It has a rounding caramel sweetness in the finish, along with some rum-like fruity alcohol. It shows the 86 IBU's, but so well-rounded that the bitterness doesn't linger. It has a nice, dry finish.

It is full-bodied without being too thick. Carbonation level is just right to keep it smooth.

Very drinkable, especially for the abv/intensity. This is appropriately named, as I would be in "double trouble" if I drank this as a "session" brew. This is the kind of DIPA I like!

jwc215, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.22/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle, 9.4% ABV, 86 IBU. Pours a hazy gold color, with a slight peach hue. White rocky head. Very nice head retention. Nice patches of lace.

A good amount of juicy, sugar coated citrus in the nose, with a faint piney note. A bit of tropical fruit as well. Very nice on the nose.

Malt character is very light, but just enough. Good amount of sweetness up front. Bitterness packs a pretty good punch, without being undrinkable. Very juicy hop flavors. Citrusy, piney and a bit grassy. Bitterness lingers for some time.

Some warming from alcohol. Medium body, lower carbonation. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to the king of Illinois' bear hunting, joe1510 for this awesome extra.

Pours a suprisingly clear yellow color, almost lager colored. A good stark white head retains well and leaves good lacing all the way down.

Nose has quite a bit of WC hop flavor in it. Grapefruit and pine are there. I get some malt sweetness in the nose that makes me think the color of this one may be deceiving and that there could be a good malt backbone in there. A bit of a flowery aroma as well, but very blindpigesque for the most part in the nose.

Wow. A fine beer from Founder's. This one is defenitely west coast in style. San Diego style. Taste starts off like its gonna be a bit too mellow, but quickly jumps into action. A bit of sweet malt, not too sweet at all, but malt presence starts off, but hops quickly take over. Grapefruit and pine start to emerge with a bit of citrusy orange peel type of twinge. These flavors rise and rise as we head toward the finish. A tiny hint of citrus peel in here as well. On the finish, bitterness is still getting stronger, and even builds into the aftertaste. This beer really hits its hardest after you have already put your swig down. A touch of floral flavors come out here. The aftertaste is chock full of hop bitterness. Not as resinous as I would like here, but quite a dry hoppiness. Pretty dry all around after the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but maybe just a slight touch thin. And a bit too dry on the finish. Founder's, use some fresh wet hops in this one next fall, and i think it would be borderline orgasmic. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Drinkability is solid, and the 9.4% abv doesn't even begin to show up. Incredibly easy drinking for such an abv. The slight overdryness hampers this a bit, but the hidden abv is so amazing i dont care.

Overall a shockingly good DIPA from Founders. This one is very RResque, except not as solid in the malt profile and just BARELY doesn't hit quite as hard and this one is much dryer on the finish. I think if they threw some Fresh hops in this one in the fall or made the malt presence a touch more forward, it could easily compete with some of America's best. It's great as it is anyway. Very impressive from Founder's and one I would defenitely be drinking regularly if I had access. Great brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
4.6/5  rDev +9%

Pours a pale golden color with a good head. Amazing nose of tropical fruit, pine, citrus, honey, biscuit...you name it. And it only gets better with the taste. Tons of pine ala simcoe hops, tropical fruitiness, mango, grapefruit, biscuity malts, sweet and bitter, just all over the pallette in a fantastic way. Good body that tingles on the tongue...clean yet dry finish. Hops linger on the tastebuds with a deathgrip. Immensely drinkable for 9.4%..where is the alcohol presence? It isn't there! Unbelievable DIPA. This beer has renewed my love for beer, to be honest.

Update: Like all IPA's ...make sure this is FRESH!!!! I had a slightly older one after this and it totally disappointed.

Doomcifer, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

This beer was acquired in a beer trade with Pudge43. Thank you very much!

I have yet to have a Founders product that I didn't like. This is no exception. Poured into a Duvel glass the golden straw color and extremely white fluffy head are beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful double IPA's I've ever had.

The aroma is a little muted but the strong presence of intense fresh hops is present. There is a strong floral and grapefruit aroma.

The first taste is very intense. I thought from the nose that this would be a little lighter in hops but immediately you get a Simcoe hop flavor. The taste is a little harsh and biting but great nonetheless. Very hoppy with very little malt backbone. This is completely unbalanced in a good way.

The mouthfeel is light (much ligher than 9.4% it would seem but that appears to be the strength. The head does lend a rather creamy touch.

Although this is a great tasting beer I would not reach for another in one session. The hop flavor is a little harsh (but good) and the alcohol is a bit high if one were to have more than a couple. This is a great brew with a great character. A big beer from a big brewery. Thank you Founders!

PerzentRizen, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz. bottle, poured into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden amber color. A smooth pour produced very little head, but it retained well. Sediment was visible but just hung around.

A: Piney and citrus hops are huge, as expected from a DIPA. Some sweet malts give this one an unexpected balance.

T: Very good for the style. The hops stand out, as they should, but the sugary sweetness of the malts is very interesting. You definately get orange, grapefruit, and pine cones, but vanilla, and honey also come through.

M: Medium body. I really like the mouthfeel for this selection. A little heavier than what I was expecting, but very nice.

D: Just right for a DIPA, two or three in a session is just perfect. Not over the top, but definately something I would have often, if I could get my hands on it. A very nice selection from Founders. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Founders- Double Trouble IPA

A- Bright golden orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Big sweetened grapefruit with buttery caramel malt. Slight touch of alc.
T- Thick sour grapefruit with sugar and a sweet buttery caramel maltiness. Hops overpower the malt but balance out in the end.
M- Very thick and bittery sweet. Big dry bitter hop finish.

Overall- Sweet, yet bitter. A definite must have amongst BA'ers!

NJpadreFan, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +5%

12 oz. Bright golden pour, fairly clear. Little white head. Great hop aroma with a little sweet malt. Taste is incredibly balanced hop and sweet malt profile. Little biscuit, yellow raisin peeks through, then is immediately matched by the piney hops, very little citrus really. Slightly bubbly light medium body. Very interesting clean double IPA. Dangerously drinkable for 9.4%. Nice bottle art as well. Definetely a beer to compare pros and cons to Hopslam with. I tend to like a sweeter, stickier brew, but it is hard to argue with the quality of this.

Bung, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into an Imperial pint glass

A-Translucent golden amber with almost a finger of head that reduced to a trace

S- First hops and honey, then the subtleties of cantelope and butter

T- Bitterness of hops first then mellows to sweet honey with pine notes

M- Nice mild and smooth DIPA not a huge pucker power and acts more like a pale ale or regular India pale ale

D- Immensely drinkable with a great hop to sweet profile

If you like a hoppy DIPA but don't like to be punched in the face and want to have more than one, this is for you

brokenleadedcask, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz stubby brown bottle, poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Light tawny golden straw colored with a bright tuft of half inch of thickish white head. It fades into a thin lace just hovering above the beer and leaves behind some mild lacing.

S: Light bit of alcohol, wonderfully fruity and sugary sweet hop juiciness, reminds me quite a bit of Bell's Hopslam with just a bit less honey-like sweetness, it's a bit on the lighter side here.

T/MF: Opening alcoholic heat, bitter apricot, lemon and grapefruit rind. Fairly complex but not overly so, could ask for a bit more but overall quite a unique beer, solid if underwhelming mouthfeel.

D: The one thing that stands out in this beer is how close the sweetness and bitterness in this beer work with each other. It's almost impossible to tell them apart, it's as if they have sort of blended together to form a kind of hand in hand sensation of tingly fruitiness.

bluemoonswoon, Feb 27, 2009
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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