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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,826 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,826
Reviews: 1,599
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 359
Gots: 747 | 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 burnstar
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with smallish but persistent dense white head. Big citrusy hop smell- sweet grapefruit and lemon. Taste has a lot of good malt sweetness. Lots of hop flavor. Citrusy. Grapefruit again. Light bitterness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Very nice full bodied mouthfeel. Easily drinkable. Very good IPA overall.

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

This just showed up on tap at my new local favorite spot... Duckworth's. What a great surprise. Founders beers are really growing in popularity around here, and definitely with me.

A: Dark golden in a brandy glass with long-lasting creamy white head. 11 oz serving glass.

S: Grassy, fresh-from-the-hop-fields aroma. Hops are strong in this one, so I had a little trouble picking up more. Seems to be something citrus in the background as well.

T: Crisp, dry hoppy bitterness. Love it. Now I get some well blended citrus flavor... somewhere between lemon and orange. This one is so very well blended together, and it gets smoother with each sip. No wonder they served in a brandy glass.

M: All those dry hops give this one a rather heavy mouthfeel, but with the perfect blending it is fantastic.

D: Unless you are a hop fan, this may prove hard to handle. For me, this is a very drinkable IPA.

With my love of hops and strong American IPAs, I have been trying just about everything under the sun lately. There have been others with stronger hop punch, but very few with this excellent blend. It reminds me of a good Scotch.

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

Slightly hazy deep golden/orange color with just shy of a finger of off white head, though it was far from an aggressive pour. Lots of grapefruit and fresh peaches. There's also a sugary sweet malt aroma coming through. The taste of this is amazing. Lots of grapefruit throughout. Hits you right in the front and then again in the bitter finish. There's also a pretty fair amount of sweetness that comes through in a heavy peach note. Resiny pine through the middle that mixes nicely with the peach. You can feel the alcohol more than taste it. Very drinkable. Count me in as a big fan.

Photo of ABOWMan
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had this ale several times in the past and remember it fondly, so I though I'd do a review this time around. In doing so, I learned something about this brew that I hadn't realized before.

As usual this ale poured an ample three fingers of cream colored head which comprised both fine and medium sized bubbles. The head had descent staying power. There was a slight turbidity to the beer with an apparent yeast halo in the glass. There was nice lacing throughout my drinking occasion.

The aroma was of resinous hops, malt and ripe fruit (apricot?).

The flavor was piny hops, fruity yeast, alcohol, brown sugar and bourbon. There is a nice bitter/sweet balance with alcohol and malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The flavor is strong and robust. It is very appealing upfront ... but, there is a very strong bitter aftertaste to this ale which I had never noticed until now. Coming from a person who loves intense IPA's this is an unusual comment.

Drinkability is average to below average due to the aftertaste I previously mentioned. In addition, the ABV. would likely limit mass consumption of this ale at a single seating. Still, not a bad beer to enjoy from time to time.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label, 86 IBUS and 9%+ abv; can't remember if I saw a date on the bottle

Appearance: Slightly hazed dark golden beer; lazy carbonation; a hard pour produces a big creamy white head which fades to a thick film

Smell: Tons of fruity, resiny herbal hop goodness. Oddly enough, sugared peaches are right up front here; that was a bit unexpected. Other than that and some firm herbally leafy notes, I'm not able to pick out much specific here; it's really nice, it just melds together really smoothly. Or maybe I'm getting sick.

Taste: Woah. Big, BIG dry hoppy bitterness. Some sparse orange rind flavors, as well as slightly medicinal herbal hops. Dry malts, not the sweetness you'd expect from this much malt being crammed in here. Ends with a light mineral flourish. You feel the alcohol making the brain full of warm fuzzies pretty quickly...

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: Medium; this one's a beast

Conclusion: Mad thanks to the wife for picking me up a 4-pack of this to celebrate my first graduate conference (and a win)! I'm honestly not quite sure how I feel about it. It's tasty, but a bit brash. I think I might actually let the remaining two sit in the cellar for awhile and see what they do w/a bit of age on 'em.

Photo of camp0474
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a white head with fine carbonation. Body is light orange with a little haze. Some light lacing.

S: HOPS!!! Grapefruit, a bit floral, and hint of skunky grassy smell.

T: Floral, grassy pine hops. Not as much fruit flavor as I expected with the strong grapefruit smell. The hop oils linger. Small traces of sweetness attempt to balance the bitter hops.

M: Medium body. Fine carbonation. Heavy hop oils stay on the tongue.

D: The bitterness and high ABV make this more of an occasional beer for my tastes. Very good beer when looking for a hoppy good time.

Very good hop forward beer. Would enjoy again.

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. poured light gold color with a thin white covering barely covering the top of the beer. It left moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is not surprisingly hoppy with a good amount of citrus and grapefruit flavors. It has a little sweet malt coming through as well that helps give it that sweet hoppy flavor I love in certain IPA's.

The taste is citrusy with grapefruit and a little pine. It has a nice sweet flavor that I really like in my IPA's, but also has a moderate pine bitter finish to it that helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer and it's definitely my type of IPA. I might have to add this to the regular purchase rotation.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hop aroma bursts out upon pouring! Pours a hazy dark golden yellow crowned by a thick sticky white head leaving its oily traces along the edge of the glass. It has that sweet hop smell that I love and enjoy so much. The taste is good but bites fast and hard but dulls out as it warms. Very hopy and somewhat spiced hot. Great IIPA.
Cheers.

Photo of jampics2
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks good. A clear straw colored beer with a bright white head that quickly fades away.

Smell is big time hoppyness. Hop leaves provide for a GREAT citrus smell that just goes a touch too earthy to be a 5 from me. But this is almost as good as it gets! Grapefruit, pineapple, orange all make an appearance.

Taste is pretty much what you would expect after the big nose. This is a west coast styled DIPA hop bomb. Touch of sweet malt but barely any malt - just a vehicle for maximum lupin injection. All the citrus flavors in the nose are there, plus some piney goodness and a touch of dank herbs.

Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Carb is just a touch rough, but the body is exactly where it should be.

Drinkability is good, not great but good - this is a big time beer that even hop heads and rum runners must sip.

Photo of backfat
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

always avoided this beer for some unknown reason. probably because i got it on tap and wasn't too impressed with it. that won't happen again. it was much bigger in the bottle. pours a slight hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. the smell is strong of grapefruit hops and alpha acids. much more aromatic than from a keg. the taste is sweet and hop forward with a slight bitter finish. very heavy. slight hints of juicy fruit mmm. the feel is just a bit heavy so that was a small hit on the drinkability for me.

Photo of kalkavekkian
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Color was a light golden orange with a very small head that was gone in a squinit. As soon as i got a whiff of this beer i knew it was gonna be good. Strong hops with citrus and pine apple in the back. Taste was very good and the hops blended well with the fruity bite of citrus present. I could detect some alchohol after the finish but not unpleasant. This beer reminded me of hopslam a lot but with a more pronounced hop dominance probably due to the lack of honey. Mouthfeel was a medium- sharp sensation with the right amount of carbonation. Easy to drink but packs a wallop that seems a little stronger than advertised. Love it! Founders did their homework with this one.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is golden with a hint of red. Not much head and could be mistaken for a flat beer.

Smelling this makes me think I'm about to eat some grapefruit. My mouth is salivating at the thought.

It seems that this beer has 3 distinct sections, Pine Hops, Malt, and Citrus Hops. The pine is very subtle and leads to a chalky malt middle. The finish is the best as the aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. I wouldn't say that the flavors blend incredibly well but the sum of them is pleasant.

This beer is medium to full bodied and finishes a touch dry, more dry feeling for a DIPA.

Drinking this is pretty easy for a double and hides the 9%+ pretty well. This is good.

Photo of association330
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours deep gold/light amber and cloudy, with a finger of white head that quickly settles to a thin cap with a ring of bubbles. Lacing is solid.

S - Hops, hops, hops. Mainly grapefruit, with some pine and a touch of candied apricot in the background.

T - Muted malty sweetness up front, with a bubblegum-like character. A swallow of piney hops builds to a bitter finish with another hint of apricot. Grapefruit notes linger.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

D - Pretty good HopSlam competitor. Not something you'd put back more than two of.

Photo of happilysurly
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Nose: tropical fruit, apricot
Appearance: cloudy, pale bronze
Taste: hops hops hops with malty body, I get the bitterness full on
Finish: BITTER, BUT IN A GOOD WAY

I should note that I had this beer after a pliny the elder and while also drinking a hopslam for comparison sake, so my palate was pretty raw when I was done.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not a very thick head upon pouring. Head is very, very white and a bit thin. Color although not bad is very pale. Looks like a pilsner. Straw yellow.

S: Sweet fruity hops. Not all that bitter in the nose. Almost bubble gum like smell.

T: Nice bitter and tart grapefruit. I do get tired of all the sweet grapefruit that seems to haunt most IPA's I drink these days. Actually I would say this is more of a tart orange juice. Bitterness sticks to the tongue. It is quite nice.

M: Great carbonation. Slick and oily.

D: Very refreshing beer. Alcohol unnoticeable. Dangerously drinkable.

Glad I went back for this stuff. Passed it up before when going to get Hopslam. Then I saw it was seasonal and decided I had to try it. It is the next best thing to Hopslam along with Dreadnaught. Why do they have to release it the same time as Hopslam? Be nice to have this in the summer to tide us over. Although I can't blame them for trying to compete because they do have a competitor here.

Photo of jcnd9803
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden yellow with a nice ivory head. Great retention and lace.

S - To me, perfect IPA smells with candied grapefruit and pine. Zero malt detectable, but I went into this wanting hops, so that fits the bill.

T - Great hop flavor with right amount of bitterness. Startw with some tropical fruit followed by some pine and bitterness rounding it out.

M - Thick with the right amount of carbonation. A nice mouthfeel.

D - Bottom line, most may not agree, but this is better than HopSlam. A great beer by a great brewery.

Photo of ekardz
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I travel a lot for work, just deployed to Atlanta, so stopped by Hop City to grab some Founders which I don't have back in NY.

Appearance - golden amber, minor carbonation. Small head that quickly disappeared leaving only minor lacing. Right now seems somewhat lackluster. Not cloudy at all.

Smell - very fruity/citrusy. Strawberries, peach, pineapple, smell lots of fruit in this one. Very sweet, floral. Fruity esters.

Taste - AMAZING! So much flavor on this imperial ipa. All the sweet/sourness of a fruit salad. Definitely taste some blackberries. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very light and thin. Not much carbonation as I'm used to in an ipa, but goes down incredibly smooth.

Drinkability - So easy to drink this 9.4% IIPA. Alcohol is hidden very well by the amazing fruity/hoppy flavor. I would have another. So much for saving the 3 left out of my four pack to bring back to NY!

Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Head falls to practically nothing. Very thinnest if lace.

Has a bit of a citrus hop aroma backed by mild alcohol.

Big hop taste yet pleasantly sweet. Nice citrus fruit flavor and surprisingly I'm picking up licorice. Ends with a slight hop bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth with low carbonation and a slight alcohol bite.

Yet another great beer from Founders. Try it.

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

On tap after having bottle of DDG at Armsby Abbey :) Poured to Founder's tulip.

A: Hazy golden with great off white head. Big and fluffy. Bubbles form on inside of glass.

S: Really nice citrus hops. Some piney in there, not getting much malt, but this one is hop driven.

T: Starts smooth, nice at beginning, then the hops kick in with a nice bitter punch. Puckers my mouth like a grapefruit. Really good.

M: Nice and active with carbonation. Medium bodied. Dry bitter finish.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for 9.4, possibly dangerously so. I've had both bottle and draft and although both are good, I preferred draft.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this soon after finishing a Centennial IPA so I could better tell the difference between Fonders single and their double. This one looked gorgeous. The cloudy chill gaze to the liquid was dark amber in color with a 2 finger fluffy white hewd sitting on the surface. I love DIPA's for their tropical aromas and this did not disappoint. Pineapple was abundantly detectable along with dank hops. The flavor was more bitter and less floral than I prefer but still showed some nice exotic DIPA characteristics. An excellent offering AGAIN from Founders.

Photo of kshankar
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a tiny white head. Minimal lacing on this one

The aroma is a blast of pine and hops. I like it.

The taste is similar. Problem with this one is that the malt backing is muted so the taste is nothing more than a hop blast. I love hops, but come on. A little balance would do some good!

Mouthfeel is lighter with decent carbonation. Drinkability is okay, it tastes good (even with the hop blast), but its relative lack of a malt profile isn't a point in its favor

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

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a thick white head.
Smells range from grassy to a citrusy lemmon smell and they are strong.
The 86 IBU's really show them selves on your tongue with a sweet citrus flavor and a grassy aftertaste.
Mouth feel is smooth and easily rolls over my tongue with a bit of a dry aftertaste.
Very drinkable for a double IPA.

Photo of hoppyhobby
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale and cloudy golden color with a small head. Nice fine lacing is left around the glass as you down this one.

S: Strong, hoppy and piney aroma.

T: An excellent hoppy flavor. Citrisy grapefruit with piney overtones. A lasting flavor that satisfies the yearn for a distinct IPA.

M: A good yet not overpowing hops bite. Not overly bitter.

D: An excellent IPA and very drinkable. Careful though as the ABV is high and subtle. A nice one to settle down to in the evening.

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold in color with a slight haze. Pours with a smallish white head, that has little retention, but leaves decent lacing.

S: Hoppy. Strong aroma of pine and resin. Pine foresty.

T: Low malt profile. Pine. Grapefruit. A good hop flavor with moderate bitterness and a sweet spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. With medium carbonation. A bit spicy.

D: Very good. I liked this one a lot as this beer is all about showcasing the hop. Great hop nose and flavor with minimal malt character and moderate bitterness allows the hop to shine through, without being obnoxious. Very drinkable.

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA ABV: 9.4%

A: Yellow and orange hint in color. Look in the light and you can see the sediments that are floating in the beer. Appealing beer in appearance... Lets look at the rest of the beer areas!

S: Smells of oranges (very citrusy), honey, lemons and hops. Very pungent smell that makes me ready to do some drinking.

T: On to the best part!! Very exhilerating taste. Taste bitter with a citrus taste, grassy hops and other sweet sensations.

M: This beer is called double trouble for a reason! Very good feel in the mouth... All the flavors smoothly combine together, leaving a very satisfying aftertaste.

D: This beer is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like IPA's. I want my bro to have this beer because this, I know, will be something he will like!

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,826 ratings.