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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,917
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 368
Gots: 796 | FT: 10
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of mgbickel
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My (attempted) aggressive pour yielded only a thin layer of whitish bubbles on top of the hazy, goldenrod body. The film of foam quickly vanished, leaving small, doily like patterns on top of the beer. Some lacing can be seen, but rather weakly.

The nose has lots of piney hops right up front. Some lighter fruits, citrus and malts can be detected in the background, but very, very distantly.

Ok...the taste of this offering grows more and more intense throughout the drink. The hops hit first and start out tame...almost sweet. They take a turn toward the center and some of the pine resin can be detected. The finish is a bitter blast that crawls under the back of your tongue and bites away! You even get a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

Medium mouth feel, pretty slick and oily with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Man...this is a complex, thinking man's beer! Very drinkable and highly recommended. Another Founders winner...big surprise!!

Photo of kwjd
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow colour with a thick white head and spotty lacing. A huge hop smell of mostly pine and citrus, but some sweetness too. Taste has a refreshing hop blast, lots of grapefruit and a bit of sticky pine. Some toffee in the taste too. Really nice carbonation level, pretty spot on for the style. This is a sipper at this abv, but I am having no trouble downing this beer fairly quickly. I wish I had more than just one bottle.

Photo of Merchant46
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders Double trouble pours a thin white head which dissipates, but stays throughout due to lots of carbonation. Color is fairly light for an IPA with a little cloudiness. Strong hop aroma dominated by grapefruit w/a pinch of sweetness. Taste follows up the smell and is strongly bitter, somewhat covering up the 9.4% alcohol content. Mouthfeel is substantially thick and foamy. For an imperial IPA, quite drinkable, which means average vs. most beers. That's fine, because one is like two on alcohol content.

I prefer IPA to Imperial IPA, and Founders Centennial is, in my opinion, a better beer. This beer is, however, a fine representative of it's category.

Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour is a nice hazy apricot-peach, nice head with little lacing. Quite cloudy.

Smell: Big wet hops, lots of grapefruit and tangerine and a touch of pineapple/papaya

Taste: I actually prefer this to HopSlam. Tons of big wet juicy hop flavors like grapefruit and tangerine. Nice faint sweetness to it as well. Never overtly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full and sappy

Drinkability: This is good stuff. Alcohol is a bit high to make it regularly drinkable; although you would never guess that it is near 10%.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: light amber; moderate head
S: striking aroma of honey and lemon; the scent lingers for some time
T: fulsome hoppy flavor; bitter (NB the 86 IBU rating) with strong hints of pine needles
M: foamy, silky mouthfeel; I've not felt a beer with this kind of delicate mouthfeel in a long time
D: the beer invites you to have more, remarkable considering how hoppy this beer is (but not remarkable considering how happy this beer drinker is).

Photo of Augustiner719
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass:

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange yellow color with 1 finger of honey comb colored head. Lots of honeycomb like bubbles left to a film after about a minute.

Smell: Smells very very toffee, piney, slight grapefruit and lots of mandarin orange like flavors comming through.

Taste: Tastes a tad thin, not up my alley on this one. sort of a caramalized brown sugar meets old mango fruit with some bitter grapefruit pith. Intense flavor and offbalaced approach to my palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and undercarbonated for me. big flavors dissapear due to the lack of viscosity on this one.

Drinkability: To me, this isnt a great example of the style but it is good, not great. I think they come in 4 packs. this was a single and it might have been out of date so i cant only rely on this one tasting to make my final judgement. Nice package though.

Photo of IPASetter
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden color with a little haziness. A slight head that had a nice retention and created some lacing throughout.

S- Hops are bursting out of this one as expected. Many citrus flavors come out smelling good.

T- A pretty mild taste when it first enters your mouth considering it is a double IPA. But then the hops hit you in a wonderful way pleasing your taste buds. For such a high ABV you don't get an alcohol taste which is nice.

M- Pretty mild mouth feel with some light carbonation going on.

D- The drinkability is good for a few but after that you might want to be switching to something a little more mild in taste because your taste buds will be working with this one. Overall a very good beer but I did expect a little more out of Founders considering all their other beers have been exceptional.

Photo of mn6
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a pint glass.

A-opaque golden orange color. Small head, 1/2 finger that quickly disappears. Slight lacing. throughout

S- Hops, faint fruitiness,heavy caramel malt

T-Smooth malt, followed by bitte hop and carbonation tingle, finishes warm. Very nice.

M- Not heavy. Smooth and creamy.

D- If not for the ABV i could session this beer. One - two tops. Good, not great IIPA for the price $9.99/4 pack.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Pours a hazy rich golden light amber that glows yellow when held to the light. Moderate creamy white head.

S-Delicious citrus hops hit the nose: Grapefruit, tangerine, and something a bit sweeter like mandarin orange is coming through. Caramel malts detected in the background.

T-As this beer hits the palate the first thing that is detected is rich creamy malt goodness, then the tastebuds are assaulted (in a good way) with strong bittering hops in an astringent finish with alcohol slighly present. This is not terribly complex, but what it does, it does well. The citrus that seems so present in the nose only partially comes through mid-palate as more grapefruit rind. I'd like to see a bit more citrus here, but this is a damn nice tasting brew.

M-Creamy medium-full with well balanced carbonation.

D-Very enjoyable, and I would definately buy again, but I could see how this would become tiresome after a few. Great for a hop fix, but I think my palate may be shot for the evening....

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Trouble pours the color of dark tree sap (amber) with a small, creamy looking off-white head. OK retention and a small amount of lacing.

The aroma packs a good amount of hops. Slightly floral with grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of pale malts underneath.

Double Trouble comes out with guns blazing, with loads of grapefruit and bitterness from the hops. A general citric fruit flavor mixes in there also, with orange and others represented. There is also a moderate pine flavor. A touch of sweetness from the pale malt rounds out the beer, but doesn't really do anything to provide balance, as the hops are far more powerful than the malt. There is also a moderate alcohol warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel has a slightly oil feel to it. The body is a touch above medium and the carbonation is pretty average.

I think I like just about everything Founders makes, and Double Trouble is no exception. It's a pretty solid IIPA.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the East v West Coast IPA Challenge, Rattle N Hum, NYC.

Pours cloudy lemon with a patchy pure white head that leaves windows of lace. Deep boiled lemon candy nose. Lemon cake malts and long sour lemon hops. Tangy leave. Crisp, sticky but clean, lighter than expected, slight burn.

Reminds me of Hop Wallop in being a double that's paler, hotter and lighter than the single. A bit one note.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange-yellow color. The head initially has good size and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and the head deposits a solid splattering of lacing onto the glass.

S: Some mild sugar cookie-ish malt aroma. This has an impressively dank hop aroma, even for a DIPA. Definite tropical/citrus notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of tangy pineapple. There's a less evident but nonetheless pungent floral character lurking in the background as well.

T: Fairly unobtrusive pilsnery malt up front, with some sweetness. The malt here is mostly a blank canvas for the hops to stand out against. A fresh, vibrant bitterness makes a strong initial impression, with lots of tropical, citric, and floral flavors. Tangerine, citrus rind, and freshly cut floral notes are very apparent. Surprisingly, alcohol is practically invisible despite 9.4 abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is somewhat light, but acceptably prickly. A dry, hoppy finish. Surprisingly refreshing for such a big, hoppy beer.

D: This is an excellent Imperial IPA from Founders. Juicy, vibrantly fresh hop flavors and aromas make this a no-brainer. This drinks extremely easily and manages a great balance for such an inherently unbalanced style. Absolutely worth a try - another winner from Founders.

Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy and surprisingly bright Wit yellow. A finger of loose white head dinks and dunks to a fine frothy aureole. EKGs of lacing pulsate on the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a citrus melange of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, along with a patter of pine. The malt is taxed by the hops, but a light caramel toast joins a warm waft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the hops again take the lead as crispy grapefruit, mandarin orange, and needly pine dry the landscape. Insistently, sweet pineapple morphs into a light caramel malt and biscuit duo. Alcohol seems proud to crane its sinewy neck. Residual grain sprinkles some sweetness before the hops reassert and deliver a diligent dry bitterness that turns arid and dusty in the finish. A well developed hop profile capably holds sway here.

Medium bodied, it's flowing and creamy, while the oily resins leave a crisp glow.

On first impression it's hop-centric, but the malt ends up propping the bitterness despite an real pretense to balance. It ends up with something for everybody, and the big ABV seems to just be along for the ride, so it's nicely drinkable, if worthy of caution. Subtlety wins out over blunt force in this case, a nice turn of events.

Photo of rwf08
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this about a month or more ago and it was great. Same bottle date of late March just not the same...

Bottle poured into a NB snifter

A: Light clear golden straw color. Nice soft white head on top that sticks around. Swirl the glass and it comes back for more then settles down again. Some lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and some honey. Some light pine and citrus notes.

T: Sweet grain, malty, honey like flavors. I really taste pineapple in this. I think this had a great sweet tropical flavor. Slight alcohol on the end to warm you up.

M: Good carbonation. Pretty standard for an IPA or a DIPA I'd say.On the lighter side as far as body but not thin. Good dry finish.

D: This beer is 9.4% alcohol and can drag on you. I think this is a good sipping beer that slowly creeps up on you and clams you. Good single serving. I had two and am on my way to bed now.

Great beer, reminds me of Hopslam, a lot. I don't know if I like this one more but I think they are neck and neck until next year where I can do a side by side.

Photo of smibroncos
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a clear copper with a nice one finger fluffy white head.Ample lacing clinging to the glass.

S. Grass, hops, citrus, floral.

T. Lots of hops but balanced. By a nice Carmel maltiness. Citrus, slightly sweet bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation

D. A superb brew. Another fine brew from founders.

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

Continuing my DIPA journey. Yum.
Nice fresh sweet citrus and fruity hop aroma. Mild malt backing with a slight grain quality.
Lighter in color. Golden and very clear. Small white head that was never of any size. Mostly fine bubbles creating a white cap, with a scattering of little pimple bubbles. Heavy and dense lacing.
Nice heavier quality to the feel prepares me for hop flavors and bitterness. A seemingly never ending finish of tartness with some enjoyable astringency sucking in my cheeks. Just a touch of malt flavors of sweet fruit up front, but it is very short-lived. Malt also shows with the nice pale malt flavor. The citrus, mild resin/pine, and fresh grass hop flavors present and then blend with the building bitterness and eventually giving in to the rising intensity of the tartness.
This is heavy enough to slow down the drinking some, but light enough to take a nice drink. Ultimately the bitterness slows me down as much to enjoy the flavors as to allow the experience to pass through.
An exceptional DIPA is made by the uniqueness of the experience. This doesn't hold that. This is a very nicely balanced and flavored drink with no apparent problems or issues. I like it.

Photo of ridglens
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 3 of these out of a pint glass at TGI Fridays (really!)

A- just a little less than "clear", nice color, poured a finger and a half head that slowly reduced to a thin layer. nice, but nothing really special

S- Great hops, a citrus coming through. the pint glass (and the nearby food) didn't help, but this beer still smelled very tasty

T- Great taste, crisp hops but a really nice sweetness, too. definitely some citrus, but the sweet tasted a little like honey (again, food didn't help probably) but not overbearing of the bitter hops.

M - again, very solid but nothing really special. the carbonation from the tap really helped this one, making it smoother and feel pretty rich for what it was

D- Surprisingly easy, but at 9.4% i had to stop at 3 (even though they are on special for 2 bucks!) the hops could get harsh after a bit, but since i was eating as well it made it ok.

Not the best beer in the world, but definitely an entirely enjoyable experience. throw the taste in with a 2 dollar price tag and it was GREAT

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Trouble pours a hazy golden yellow to orange with a thin white head that dissolves quickly to leave almost no lacing behind.

The aroma consists of abundant hops including citrus and floral. There is also a charitable sweet malt backbone to follow it up.

The flavor is great with an immediate citrus hop bite, zesty, then followed by sweet malt, and an earthy hop finish.

This beer is extremely smooth for the abv with medium body and carbonation, as well as great balance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The well-balanced nose and palate combined with its smooth mouthfeel made this quite enjoyable. A great example of the style.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to AWolf for throwing in this in as an extra. if Founders ever makes it to Alabama shelves I will be a very happy man.

a- pours a hazy light gold color and produced a great amount of near pure white head. sadly, the retention was seriously lacking and it left almost no lacing.

s- pungent aroma and quite unique. citrus/floral is the main attraction but it doesn't cover up everything from the malt side. some sweetness and a slight hint of the big ABV is there, too.

t- great sweetness battling the huge hop profile here. the sweetness plays so well into the citrus notes. the bitterness is relatively tame for a near 10% DIPA and is a nice surprise. a bunch of bread and bitterness dominate the finish.

m- the carbonation seems a bit lacking in this one. Otherwise, it has a nice slick mouth feel.

d- a really smooth one with no challenging flavors to slow your drinking rate on this one

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, bright amber/golden appearance, nearly orange, with a lovely, lace-leaving, long-lasting cap of snowy foam above.

Lime and orange peel aromatics, some lemon, pine, very fresh and lively. very vibrant, buzzing with hoppitude.

Taste: more of the same and then some. Simply delicious. Medium bodied, non-stop hop bitterness delivered on the palate, awash with citrus fruits, and pine needle. Brisk and bitter, zesty and refreshing, as well.

The high alcohol content is well hidden, doesn't reveal itself at all in the taste, until you get near the end. Then it quietly reveals itself, but never becomes a deterrent to drinking. For the first glass, at least.

One of the most balanced, elegant, and profoundly enjoyable Double IPAs I've ever had, and more proof of Founders' incredible winning streak.

Photo of urwithdave
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to TimmyP for throwing this in as an extra in the LIF I won. Yes....I said extra in a LIF. What a swell guy! Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

A- Pours golden yellow in color. The head is 2 fingers worth of a frothy white foam. Pretty good retention with nice sticky lacing.

S- Big floral hops and pine needles. Grapefruit and orange zest follow. There is a tropical smell also present....maybe mango???

T- Bitter hops and citrus up front. There isn't a real malty presence, but there is definitely some sweetness present. Almost like honey. The bitterness from the hops is extremely intense, it blends well with the aforementioned sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. A little of the bitterness sticks around, but nothing to intense.

D- A perfect 5...I could drink this by the pitcher!!

Photo of btorsdog
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This need to be available year round, GREAT Beer !
Nice looking gold color , slightly cloudy.
The smell of this beer should be packaged and made into a incense product or a car freshener, absolutely amazing heavy hops aroma! JOY
Taste gots so much going on it take a minute or two to put it in perspective, beautiful hops sums it up!
Mouthfeel is somewhat "stingy" but in a good way.
These baby's go down way to smooth IMO, real easy to polish of the 4 pack! you've got to try this one!

Photo of bskrtz
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served cold from tap to beer challice, at "Revolution Brewing Co" in Chicago

A) Appearance is slightly cloudy but light easily passes through, golden, 1 inch white head that lasts several minutes

S) Strong, robust, spicey, alcohol is abundant

T) Bam! Strong bitter hoppy smack. Pungent, Pinesol, sour, grassy. Strong sweet malt as well.

M) Long lasting, ample carbonation. Stays consistent through the pour.

D) One was plenty for me. I acknowledge this style -- Imperial IPA -- is really not my favorite.

Photo of arglynn
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

it has a very citrusy hop nose with some floral notes. Golden-bronze color with suspended particulate giving it a slightly cloudiness, which is common in Imperial IPAs but still not necessarily impressive. Nice white head. Almost a bit creamy on the front end as it coats the mouth. Appropriate bitter finish but not too strong. I good imperial IPA but not the best i have had.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours clear gold with a medium white head. So-so retention.

Smells citrusy and of floral hops. White range of fruity and floral aromas here, and very pronounced.

Tastes a bit citrusy and pretty hoppy, but not as bitter as the hoppiness suggests. Still bitter, just not super bitter. The floral notes come through.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Pretty good. An IPA that makes itself interesting with some range beyond the basic hop taste. A bit strong to drink a lot of, but I'd probably have it again, and this coming from someone who tends to shy away from hoppy beers.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,917 ratings.