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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,899
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 364
Gots: 785 | 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 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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, pine, and orange.

t - Tastes of citrus and piney hops. Decent amount of bitterness.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - A pretty good IPA. I enjoyed the pine and citrus hops smell and taste, and it had some nice bitterness. Something I'm sure I'll have again.

Edit: 01/14/12. Haven't has this in over a year and a half but liking this a lot better. Bumping the overall up to a 4.5.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a clear golden straw with two finger's worth of pillowy head. The head leaves great lacing and a nice little cap on the beer.

S- Big burst of hops, citrus and pineapple mostly. A little bit of a biscuit lingers in there as well. And I am picking up just a little bit of a funny smell, almost like hot dogs.

T- Like the nose, big hops, the citrus variety and a little sweet pineapple. Some pine creeps in there and some breadiness. No sign of that hot dog scent that I picked up in the nose which is a good thing.

M- Medium bodied but a little lighter than expected for a DIPA. A good amount of bitterness and a pretty dry finish.

D- I would never be able to tell you that this beer weighs in at 9.4%. Great job on that Founders. I could put a few back in a sitting.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this at my buddies wedding, much better than the BMC that is the alternative. Has a nice golden color to it with nice big white head. Smell is glorious, just a masterpiece of hoppy smells, one of the best smelling ipa's I have ever had. Taste is very very good, each sip is better than the next.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Small, one-finger head. Gold, clear with obvious good carbonation. Nice lasting lacing. Nose is pine and resin with a fruit, especially orange, background. Taste is grapefruit, sweet malt background leaing to a bitter finish, but not overwhelmingly so. Kinda' just requires another sip, which I can handle... Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but oily. There is certainly no hint of the 9.4% ABV. This actually gets sweeter as it warms. Nicely balanced beer overall.

Photo of MarkFy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, with a slight cloudiness, mild carbonation

S: Grapefruit and citrus

T: Wow, alot of good things that happen at once! A nice sharp shot of hops, followed quickly by a sweet and slightly creamy citrus bite, with a dry, light alcohol finish.

M: One of my favorite parts of this beer. It has a rich feel to it that is balanced by the slight creaminess that I mentioned, allowing you to roll it around to try and pick up all that is going on!

D: I think a few of these would start to creep up my, but I wouldn't mind it one bit. This is just a phenominal beer that I always grab when I see it available. Founders just can't do wrong IMHO!

Photo of weatherdog
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il, served in a 10oz. snifter

It poured a clear honey with a bright white head on top. There was medium lacing that stayed on the glass sides.

The aroma is unlike anything I've smelled before. I swear I could smell grapefruit coming from the faucet. I've had many a citrusy IPA's and have smelled grapefruit before but this was insane and twice as strong as any other I've ever smelled. Since I'm a sucker for citrusy IPA's this beer really got to me. I'm gonna guess this beer is dry-hopped with insane amounts of Amarillo.

The taste had a similar intensity of grapefruit hops with an addition of a firm intense bitterness. Malt is really nowhere to be seen. Like I previously said I love me a citrusy IPA the bitterness was too intense and lingered for too long for me to rate it higher.

The carbonation was pretty high and tingly. There was this weird mouthfeel thing about halfway through the taste. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it but the mouth suddenly becomes dry. I get a similar mouthfeel in beers that are Brett heavy or have a lot of smoked malt, neither which this beer has. My only guess as to what causes it would be hop resins but I'm not positive.

Photo of haddon
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden honey with a good amount of carbonation bubbles releasing through the glass. decent white head that doesn't hang around too long. lacing is minimal

sweet hoppy smells on the nose... grapefruit, pineapple, pine & perhaps mango. I am now expecting a really nice IIPA!

yeah, this is a good beer! starts out sweet on the palate... lots of fruits: pineapple, tangerine, with a little banana. then the hops hit with a bitter pow! not overpowering... just enough in your face without loosing the balance. the taste is very similar to hopslam. nice!

medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

this beer is very drinkable. again, reminds me a lot of hopslam. could be dangerous because it is so smooth and comes in at 9.5% abv. can't get founders in nashville but will pick up a sixer of this every time I come through KY.

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

Thanks to russpowell for the extra.

Poured into my Spiegelau tulip.

Beautiful pale copper with tenacious lacing and moderate retention.

All floral, tropical sweetness in the nose, orange and grapefruit. Maybe a nod of pine around the fringe.

Big juicy mid palate of grapefruit and passion fruit that dries out nicely. HintsFinishes with an aspirin tinged bitterness. Balance isn't really to be found, but when the malts are allowed their brief burst in the middle they do shine. Flawless process. Alcohol is only there in the aftermath, providing a solid framework.

I'm struggling on taste. It might be a 4.5. When I have another I may revise upwards.

Founders never seems to disappoint. No exception here.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear, pale orange with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a thin lacing around the glass. For a big Double IPA, the color is very light and reminds me more of an Imperial Pilsner.

S - The smell is heavenly for a big IPA. Huge pine, juicy pineapple, grapefruit & citrus tang, with a light bisquit malt in the background. Has a little bit of a dank, pungent aroma.

T - Bitter pine hits the tongue up front with a vengeance and the sweet bisquity malt lies underneath throughout. About midway through the citric fruit blends in and takes over until the proverbial "bitter end". Lingering orange/pepper citrus bitterness after the sip and a slight metallic feel in the mouth is what you're left with.

M - Mild pricklies on the tongue, finishes semi dry, medium bodied, and best of all, it's fairly crisp. Very nice mouthfeel and finish.

D - I could drink several of this one.

For some reason, DT reminds me of a Smuttynose Big A meets PtE. Just a small character of both beers and yet not a clone. Also, there's really not much balance in this beer so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the D-IPA for you. I'm O.K. with that, the more bitter the better and Double Trouble delivers the goods. Well done, Founders.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founder's Double Trouble pours yellow with a slight amber tinge with a white head from a brown half gallon growler. The aroma is all hops, grapefruit comes to mind. The flavor is intensely hoppy, pineapple and grapfruit like flavors dominate. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable, but this one packs quite a punch. Excellent beer, recommended.

Photo of Thur123
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a much lighter almost yellow orange color with a thick head about two fingers high. There is a yeast haze and slow carbonation. The smell is super juicy citrus...lemon, pineapple, grapefruit and apricot. The smell has that musky lightness that hop heavy IPA's have. The malt is lying very low in the nose.

Glug glug glug

Big hop impact, this is truly bitter but not in a bad way. The flavor is big herbal hop blast with the fruitiness showing up towards the middle of the flavor. The after taste is strong and bitter. A very complex hop taste with the dank basement taste paired with flowery herbs and a citrus edge. Mouth feel is fine and this beer is truly a DIPA in that it's surely twice as big and bitter.

Photo of jsh420
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 1/28/10

pours bright golden with a orange tinge - with an agressive pour left a 2 finger white head with spotted lacing left all down the glass

smells of citris pineapple grapefruit and small amount of bready malt

taste - do you love hops? i do and love this - big tropical flavors and a honey malt sweetness. - this dipa holds up so much better then hopslam (which i love) but the nod goes to DT(not close)

mouthfeel is perfect with this high abv beer some how they keep a dipa light with strong citris hop flavors with a creamy finish.

overall this beer lives up to its name double trouble or hell a triple threat or a five tool beer it has the looks, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. def. an All-Star DIPA

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

Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, grassy hops, and garlicky hops. Flavor is quite similar -- lots of citrus, hop oils, garlicky hops, some caramel malt. Quite tasty, about equal to the bottle form.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a thin white head. It looks like a sunset with an orange center surrounded by gold and amber highlights. The aroma is dominated by citrus, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and even some peach. I get the fruity flavor up front followed by grapefruit bitterness. There is a faint whiff and taste of alcohol from time to time. I absolutely love the mouthfeel of this beer. It is nice and syrupy.
This is quite a tasty brew. I wish I would have gotten a four pack instead of a single.


Photo of Dubber55
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with some orange highlights. About 1 cm of head and some nice lacing. Smell- lots of citrus, pine. Taste- Sweet malt in the very beginning and then a big blast of hops, pine, grapefruit. I think I am tasting resin as well. Medium on the mouthfeel, right on point for the style. Prickly carbonation. The alcohol gets a little hot as the beer warms and the bitterness wears on me a bit which doesn't help the drinkability.

Photo of zoso493
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a narrow Southampton pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an exceedingly hazy banana amber that's more banana and less amber. Double Trouble is also a very cloudy beer despite being lighter in color, which I like. A vigorous pour generates a thick two-finger head that has above-average retention and leaves a respectable amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a glorious scent of sugar-crusted fruity and citric hops. Grapefruit is the predominant smell to my senses, but there is a whole lot of other fruity goodness going on as well. The fruitiness, is not one-dimensional, however, and is quite a complex and sweet nose.

Taste: Double Trouble is just what the doctor ordered for a hop head. This is a double IPA that remains true to its hoppy roots, without paying heed to balance. Despite being two and a half months old, this bottle still hits that bitter sweet spot, again with grapefruit being the most powerful flavor. The malt, however, still lays a key foundation and provides an appreciated amount of sweetness to an an otherwise bitter brew.

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble is a relatively highly carbonated beer, and you can even see this in all the bubble of carbon dioxide trying to escape the beer. This makes the beer a little bit thinner than I would prefer in a DIPA, but I can have no real complaints. The hops are pretty sticky without being cloying and I'm enjoying their aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally drinkable DIPA, especially considering it's flirting with the 10% mark in ABV. The alcohol is only minutely evident, and even then you have to be looking for it to notice it. This bottle is getting gulped down and another one will probably follow suit.

Overall, this is a wonderful example of a DIPA. It's bitter and hoppy, while still paying a decent amount of respect to the malt. The fact that's it's widely available is also a major, because this is a beer that I will certainly have again. Another standout beer from a brewery that never disappoints.

Photo of zimm421
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark yellow with an orange and copper tint. Has a nice thick white head that leaves good lacing.

Smells strongly of hops, lots of citrus. The taste is very similar, starts out with some sweetness from the malts, but very quickly moves to citrus and bitterness from the hops, as well as some alcohol flavors. Finishes bitter and the taste lingers for quite a while.

This is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. This is actually pretty drinkable. Can be tough at times because of the ABV level and the strong bitterness, but everything puts together makes this an enjoyable beer.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,899 ratings.