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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,649 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,649
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 350
Gots: 691 | FT: 10
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 straybeer
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Nice cloudy pale yellow, one finger creamy white head, great lacing.

S: Apricot, tangerine, pine and hops.

T: Sweet up front with a little bit of citrus, kicks hard with a bitter finish.

M: Fantastic feel, perfect amount of carbonation and a nice body.

D: Alcohol hides a little. Overall simple and straightforward, but great and very drinkable.

straybeer, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of zdk9
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dark yellow or pale orange- the liquid can't really decide. Some crazy walls of lacing covering the glass.

S- The aroma is less hoppy than the taste. There's some grassiness, and then a good deal of maltiness coming through. Also a touch of alcohol singing my nose.

T- This is quite delicious. The hops aren't overbearing in their flavor profile. The bitterness is prominent but also not overbearing. The malt sings through like graham crackers and hearty dinner rolls.

M- Quite the burn. Doesn't hide it's alcohol very well.

D- A beautiful beer and well balanced. I'm not sure I'm in love with the flavors that are presented but I'd give it another try if I had another to drink. Ah, for my next trip to Michigan...

zdk9, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Bubba83
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to Kegatron for the bottle.

This pretty hue of light orange eminates from the glass topped by 1.5 finger widths of bright white head. The head doesn't seem like it's going to stick much, infact there is even some soda type bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass underneath the head. Some lacing is present, but splotchy at best. A very thin ring of head seems to stick around for a good while.

Smells quite wonderful with a lot of different things going on. It's really floral, and has a semi-dank quality that I've only really seen in Lagunitas beers before having this beer. There's also citrus and pine, and alcohol creeping through along with some underlying breadiness.

Initial sip brings some light breadiness along with some lemony zest, but following quickly we get some overwhelming raw earthy bitter character. After that there's that dank character that kind of melds into a piney/peppery finish. There's also a caramel note the whole way through, even if it is a little faint. Really well done blend of flavors.

It's hard to believe this beer is 9.4% ABV. It's pretty oily, yet feels light in body, and has pretty vibrant carbonation. Somehow it's even refreshing! I had trouble enjoying this slowly, no alcohol burn at all and just flat out delicious. Easily one of the most surprising beers I've had this year. Hard to believe it's sitting at an A- as I write this review.

Bubba83, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of BenJames1984
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed my recent four-pack straight from Founder's. A steal at 10 bucks.

Appearance- A deep straw color capped with a thin, slight film. Lacing was minimal, but present.

Smell- Awesome burst of citrus hops, with just a touch of sweet malts.

Taste- Let's say the 86 IBUs make themselves present, which is a good thing. Again, citrus hops were present, backed with full bodied malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The flavors engulfed my palate in a lightly carbonated manner. Even though this is packing a 9.4%, I could easily take on three or four in a session.

I'm going to be pretty sad when this stuff is all gone. Hopefully, we'll see it next year.

BenJames1984, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of wchesak
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a great divide brewing snifter

A - not very much head on it at all, once formed, nice clean white, lots of lacing appears immediately, orangey amber color

S - citrus and pine hops, even lemony

T - follows the smell, with the pine showing up more in the aftertaste, leaves a good dry/bitter aftertaste

M - medium body, good effervescent carbonation, drops

D - alcohol gradually creeps into the aftertaste as the beer warms, however, it is never however overpowering or hot, really starting to enjoy these founders beers

wchesak, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Medium dark golden color with about 2 fingers of head after a pretty strong pour

Smell: Strong hoppy smell with a slight earthy smell in the background

Taste: It has a bitterness to it that almost has a toasted grassy taste too it. Not as strong as I would expect but to me it is just the right amount of bitterness. Even with the high ABV the there is no alcohol taste to it which sometimes there is a hint of.

ruckus232, Jun 20, 2009
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape twisted off a little easy on this one, I hope thats not a bad sign.

A vigorous pour only achieves an inch of head. it is a foamy off white and has decent retention and some lace. Body is a golden orange straw color leaning slightly towards a amber tone. Nose is vibrantly hoppy with noticeable citrus tones and some back round prickly grassy notes. A mix of sappy and citrusy hops enter the mouth and are thick on the tongue. Very marmalade like with more of an edge to rind on the citrus profile. Really silky and mineral based, maybe a bit oily on the back of the tongue. Bitterness turns more piney and thick as you continue to drink. Mouthfeel falls right in line with this. Alcohol is very well hidden. A damn fine drinkable double IPA.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really light orange, golden color with a one finger white head. The head has pretty good retention and plenty of lacing is left down the sides of the glass. Smell is great, hops, grapefruit, sweet, and both citrus and pine. Taste is really good. Not bitter at all and there is a pretty good taste of grapefruit, followed by some pine as well. Pretty hoppy and finishes smooth. Kind of a high ABV but it's not noticeable at all in the taste, making this one very drinkable. Overall a pretty solid IPA but I was pretty sure it would be coming from Founders. I'll be looking to pick this one up again.

dismal, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper brew, small one finger of white head, solid lacing.

Nose is strong syrupy hops up front, then working into a beautiful balance of caramel malt and fruity hops. Really nice, straight-forward DIPA nose.

Flavor is likewise very good and tasty. A well balanced DIPA. Big syrupy hops, fruity deliciousness. Smoky backbone. No alcohol.

Body's fine with good carbonation.

Overall a delicious, tasty beer.

soupyman10, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner flute

A - Pours a light orange color with a good one inch head that is slightly off white. Cathedral lacing is very nice.

S - Lots of hoppy pine flavor with some good citrus accompaniment. Slight grapefruit scent. A bit of caramel sugar to balance the bitter hops.

T - Starts with a touch of caramel sweetness before the bitter, flavorful hop explosion. Pine dominates, but grapefruit contributes. Very bitter and dry finish.

M - Very dry and bitter. Mild carbonation with a medium body. A bit chalky.

D - More piney and dry than many DIPA's, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Kindof one-dimensional though. Decent alcohol content. The flavor doesn't get too old after 12 oz, but a bomber might be a chore to finish.

gmcfarre, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours is a dirty gold with amber hues and a big foamy white IPA head that sticks and laces the glass. Hops smack you in the face, grapefruit reigns with some other citrus thrown in with lots of leafy hop oils giving this brew a very fresh aroma. Taste hits the DIPA barrier, thick and hoppy, a heavy bitterness coating the tongue. Grapefruit is again the dominant flavor. Great stuff, reminds me of 90 minute.

saintwarrick, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours an amber color with slight haziness. the pours produces about an inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: citrus and piny hop bitterness in the initial wiff followed by some faint sweetness surprisinly no booze
t: citrus and piny hop bitterness with a nice amount of malt backbone for balance
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this was a great brew i really enjoyed

happygnome, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this one sitting on the shelf at the local beer store... I quickly scooped it up because I love Founders and anything Michigan I can find now that I'm stuck in central IL aka the beer void of America. Cool looking label also. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep cloudy yellow color with a slight orange tinge and a HUGE frothy head that sticks around all day. The smell is a huge hit of hops; spicey, citrusy, piney and resinous. There is also a sweet malty backdrop that complements the hops nicely. No solventy alcohol smells. That is one excellent smelling DIPA. The taste only confirms what I thought about the smell, hop bomb but not in an overly bitter, mouth puckering way. All the flavor is there but it lacks that sharp bitterness that turns some people off from huge hoppy beers like this one. The citrusy, piney hops are nicely balanced with a solid backing of slightly sweet maltiness. There is only a hint of alcohol in the finish in a warming characteristic but I would never guess this rings in at 9.4%. The mouthfeel is full bodied and has a velvety smooth carbonation, almost like a nitro tap. Drinkability, considering the high ABV and IBUs is huge. I would drink this all the time if that was an option. I really like Founders in general, but I think this may be my new favorite. Spectacular beer, if you can get your hands on it... buy it!!

gmfessen, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored and slightly cloudy... two fingers of head when poured

S- Doesn't have an over powering hoppy smell. In fact, very little smell... a slight flowery smell

T- Hoppy... obviously. Surprisingly though, for the high alcohol content, has a clean taste. No high octane taste.

M- Feels good. Gives that hoppy bite feeling in your mouth.

D- This beer could definately get me in trouble, or any other hophead out there. Like I said before, very drinkable with no alcohol taste... CHEERS!

bbeane, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of cnjohn19
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So right off the bat i'm torn with my review...the appearance is a cloudy, almost urine color...not too impressed...but the white head has magnificent lacing and stays rich (almost seems to grow as you drink more)

Smell is lacking for the imperial ipa...a little sweet orange peel, strong alchol presence, and hint of malt sweetness...that's about it...

But damn this is a tasty beverage...hops dominate the palate...what i was expecting was a sharp hoppiness but this beer is very rich in flavor...you'll get a tad bit of the malt backbone...very crisp and rich in hops flavor...

Founders hit the mark with this one...i'll come back for more, and try others from this Michigan brewery...


cnjohn19, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another growler shared by Eric - cheers!

Rich golden pour with a decent sized white head that diminished to a light film, but did leave some lace. Pine resins and citrus in the aroma with an underlying sweetness. Very decent flavour, and good balance - tangerine and grapefruit mix in with a touch of pine, and are married to a strong sweet malt background. The alcohol is expertly hidden in this beer. While it has all the amped up flavours of an imperial (more hops and more malt), it drinks like a session beer, which is dangerous! Smooth and clean mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Great stuff.

bobsy, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to abbddull for this growler. Poured into a tulip.

The beer pours a nice amber/orange that lets a good amount of light through. It has a small white head with a good amount of the traditional oily DIPA lacing.

The smell is very interesting. The first smell is pine, but it's not the strongest smell, just a faint pine that introduces the beer. The dominant smells are citrus hops and a little sweetness, like a pineapple perhaps. Not much booze in the smell, which is unexpected.

The taste is bitter, bitter pine and citrus, just an awesome example of the style. The hops are there at the start, middle and finish of the taste and it leaves you with a nice dry finish.

The beer was surprisingly well carbonated (this was my first growler trade, didn't know what to expect). The bitterness was spot on for the style and I really like a double IPA with a dry finish. The high abv is well hidden and the beer is delicious, something I am definitely going to revisit in the future.

rpstevens, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of mobyfann
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.79 for a single at The Party Source...

Pours a heavy golden color, huge head from pour, very good retention, excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma, think fresh field hops to the "nth degree".

The taste was a little thicker than one would expect from an Imperial IPA, chewy... yes, carbonation is moderate, fairly smooth all the way. The head retention makes this beer smooth enough (even with the excessive hop action) and at 9.4% is a two-beer session.

Final Thought: Great start, solid finish; a well crafted Imperial IPA!

mobyfann, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the brewpub. Arrives a slightly hazed golden color, a finger of head that sticks around for a minute or two - light lacing.

Smell is so fruity. Pineapple on the initial attack, oranges and lemons follow with a hints of pine in the background.

Taste is so citrusy with just the right amount of drying, bittering finish. Loads of pineapple which makes it light and buoyant on entry, a clean middle and a drying (but not a strong) finish. A well rounded DIPA that stands out as a little fresher as its competitors. Bold any yet light.

Light-ish carbonation for an IPA but it goes down smoothly - let's do this again!

ritzkiss, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh Yeah!! A citrusy hop bomb, worthy of comparison with Avery Maharajah but smoother. Pours a dark, hazy straw color like a hefe. Nice size white head with thick lacing.

Very pronounced and good aroma of citrus hops. Taste is great. Citrus hops but not just harsh grapefruit..some people say tangerine...that works.. because there is a little sweetness here as well. Good hoppy bitterness but not too much.

Mouthfeel is rich and not harsh. There is a soft, pillowy quality like Blind Pig.

Drinkability is good. High abv means 2 12 oz'ers would be about max. I would enjoy 2 of these. Very nice!!! Glad we have Founders in Virginia now!!

JayQue, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottle date at all, in fact none of the founders beers do!
(A)- Poured a light yellow/orange with lots of particles within (its not sediment). It had a great 2+ finger off white head that took a few minutes until it went down to a light layer of bubbles. Some lacing present

(S)- Strong pine,orange,pineapple,and lemon aromas with a touch of spice. The hops are definitely prevalent, but its also got a tiny twang of malt in the background. Its even a tad creamy like vanilla? no, more like a cream soda!

(T)- Hops 'o plenty in this brew! Yet it has a lemon pie accent with orange peel. The malts really show well on the finish, the hops in the beginning, and some refreshing and sweet fruit flavors in the middle. Nice complexities.

(M)- Lots of hops present that dries out the mouth, but once you swallow the fresh fruit and malty finish really shines. Great balance!

(D)- At 9.4%, this is a heavy hitter for sure! However, it has an awesome dry, yet refreshing and sweet combination that is balanced really well! A superb example why IPAs / DIPAs are one of my more favorite summer beers currently.

sweemzander, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Heavy gold with hint of ruby, thin layer of spider web-like head, a few patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: Lots of citrus, tropical fruit and some bubblegum, based on a recent tasting involving Amarillo I'm guessing they are part of the build - 4.50, T: Sharp hop bite, on the side of earthy, malt is present but can't stand up to the huge hop flavor, pine sap, alcohol is noticeable but not prohibitive - 4.25, M: Slightly chewy, medium to heavy body - 4.50, D: This is a mammoth of a beer and perfect for sipping - 4.00

deereless, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got home from Louisville, with a couple of bottles of this one and got one chilled down enough to drink. The 12 ounce bottle pours a bright and radiant golden hued body with a small, but creamy, offwhite head. Some suspended "floaties" are present in the body but eventually settle to the bottom of the glass. Lavish, clingy lacing sticks all over the glass.

Aroma is pungent hops. Mostly citrus, with notes of orange rind, pink grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot. Grassy and pine whiffs are also present, and some alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and quite sticky with hop resins. Lots of IBU's are easily sensed, as well as a alcohol presence.

Taste opens with a lot of citrus rind, orange and grapefruit. Leafy and grassy hop bitterness quickly jumps into the fray. A hint of pine abets the array of a massive hops assault. Geeez! This is one hoppy, bitter, DIPA. Alcohol is certainly present, but is covered up pretty well. Some fruity apricot sweetness appears in the middle, but only a vague hint of caramel struggles to balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

This one absolutely fries your taste buds. One of the most massively hoppy ales I've encountered in many months. Similar to Bells HopSlam, maybe better.

merlin48, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber body...a big pillowy cream head...sticky lacing the entire glass

S - Great smell...grapefruit...lots of citrus hops

T - Once again...all hops...there is hardly any malts present...this leads to a bitterness...which is a lot better once the beer warms up a little

M - Medium body...crisp

D - This is a drinkable weighing in at 9.4%...a very solid IIPA...Founders does it again

thain709, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow/amber with a modest, white puffy head that settles rather quickly.

S - Sweet citrus zest (grapfruit)and big bag of hops. Did I mention the hops?

T - Nice. Very hop-laden up front and throughout with a semi-dry finish. Has a bit of a fruity swing to it but it's not sweet in the traditional sense. The alcohol is there for sure

M - Clean and refreshing w/nice carbonation (not quite so obviously).

D - Yup - one will do it for ya, however!

pinotboy007, Jun 05, 2009
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 5,649 ratings.