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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 4451
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 dogfishandi

New York

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No bottling date? (Surprising for a founders)

Pours out a somewhat lighter sunset orange, a tiny bit of cloudiness. About a 1/4 inch or so of white to off white head off of the pour that fades to a Lacey ring and patchy foam.

Not super aromatic like I might have expected. Some dankness but also some dryness as well,grapefruit citrus for sure, citrus fruits and dry tropical fruits, hints of vegetal hops at times

Hint of dank, sticky candied citrus, watermelon, lots of stinky grapefruit, orange, some vegetal onion type hop flavors. Malt makes an tempt to balance with a bit of candied light caramel. Alcohol is noticeable on the tip of the tongue and in the swallow as well.

Big sticky mouthfeel for IPA. Smooth bitterness, not overly bitter. Juicy hops. Drinks fairly smooth.

Not a bad double IPA, but I was a little letdown. Almost on par with hopslam which was a real letdown for me. That being said, I'd take this over hopslam, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek out either again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:33:59 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Omnium


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a really nice yellow color with a finger of soapy white head, mid range lacing.
S - Very floral in aroma with some nice pineapple and lime hints.
T - The floral and pine hit you first, and then you get a nice touch of some ripe pineapple and a touch of honey, some real balanced light malt and a touch of dankness as it finishes.
M - Kind of cloyingly sweet at first, but fades to a nice bitter end.
O - This is a very well done Double IPA, crisp and fresh flavors, but a bold brew by all means. A must have for IPA lovers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:14:03 | More by Omnium
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't even know where to begin. You know how after you drink an amazing IPA you taste it at random times of the day in the future? Well this beer did that to me.

Juicy hops cones, ripe blood orange, grapefruit, mango. Long sweet and bitter finish. This beer has it all, and it officially in my top 3 DIPA along with Enjoy By and Sucks.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:09:19 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
Photo of fitrock2112


4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Double Trouble in to a pint glass.

A - The hazy orange beer looks beautiful for a Imperial IPA. It has a small half finger of head with a aggressive pour.

S - First thing I get is grapefruit, some citrus, orange. The hops comes through with a little pine as well.

T - Wow, a lot going on here. It has some bitter hops, grapefruit again, malt sweetness in there to really balance this beer beautifully. Obviously there is some strong hop character with pine. Very nicely done here.

M - This is where this beer shines, its nice and smooth with quite a bit of body to it. I would put it somewhere in the medium range, it just coats your mouth really nice for a IPA. Lovely stuff here my friend.

O - Just another solid offering from Founders. Enjoy! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:11:28 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 week old bottle.

Pouring down the middle of a snifter reveals not much white head and a clear golden body.

Hops are the name of the game in the aroma. There is a slightly evident bready malt backbone and some alcohol vapors that mix well with the fruity hop aromas of orange, grapefruit, peach, mango and pine.

Fairly big bitterness here with prevalent grapefruit and resinous flavors. The hops linger in the aftertaste. Bready and sweet malt. Slight alcohol presence in the taste and warming sensation. Medium bodied and some lighter carbonation. A sipper of a beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 05:12:32 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of jimmah120


4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date served into a glass chalice

great look to it: unfiltered, hazy-orange, very fine sediment throughout. Smell is Very Fruity: pureed mangos and peaches with a pine backbone. taste follows, but with less fruit and more pine/wood, peppery/biscuity malt, and finishing very bitter with lingering spice.

top-tier, but can't quite beat sucks/hopslam/abrasive. spizy stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:51:10 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Gatch


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/17/13

Clear, golden-yellow with a fizzy, bubbly head. Nothing spectacular and no lace with very little retention. Disappointing. Big, fruity, citrusy hops with plenty of booze to back them up. Fairly sweet, lightly roasted malt. Same with the taste. All piney, citrusy, dry hops with some booze and a pungent finish. Feel and body are appropriate for the style. This is my third of the night and it's just as good as the first. Pretty easy drinking for the strength and flavor profile. Not overly hoppy but just not what I expected. A pretty standard, boozy DIPA that doesn't leave me craving more. Still a great beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 20:55:23 | More by Gatch
Photo of hopsputin


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: pale orange with a nice amount of hop haze. almost looks like some yeast haze too. 3 finger solid white head. looks real nice

s: juicy grapefruit and pine right away. solid sweet malt, pineapple, mango, passionfruit. the hops smell really juicy and smooth - i'm detecting not bitterness in the aroma. this one makes your mouth water

t: the initial sip is a little bit of a let down from the aroma. i taste mostly pine and grapefruit in this one. maybe a hint of mango. theres some sweet malt too, but it isn't the dominant flavor. this ends with a grassy/earthy/dank bitterness that is quite smooth and not really in your face.

m: this is a solid medium. carbonation is there, but not huge

o: the reason i was a little let down from the flavor was because the aroma had much juicier tropical fruit than the taste. i'm also a fan of that so its all subjective. this is not a bad beer though, its got a lot of solid full flavors (as you usually find in DIPAs) and it is well balanced. most people can enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:24:12 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Vigorous pour of hazy pale copper gives way to a 1 finger white head. Sticky lacing and decent retention. Free flowing carbonation bubbles. My only complaint is that it is pale in comparison to most DIPAs.

S- Nice hop profile on the nose of citrus (ruby grapefruit), some pine and floral notes as well. Mango and peaches. Candy coated pale malt base.

T- Huge citrus leads the way. Rush of it comes at you with gusto. Faint touch of a spicy, pale malt backbone calms the hops just for a brief moment before the hop bitterness takes hold of the finish. Outstanding start, but the lack of malt leaves allows the finish to be a little harsh.

M- Full body. Wet over the palate before finishing dry. Warmth of the alcohol sets in nicely. Wonderful carbonation

O- Another well done brew by a fantastic brewery. Tons of hops as the pale malt takes a backseat causing this beer to taste more like an IPA than a DIPA imo. Nitpicking though...solid brew that i would drink again.

Bottled on 4/24/13
Consumed on 5/16/13

$10.49 for a 4 pk

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 17:06:20 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange with a one finger white head.

S - Grapefruit and orange with big dank hops.

T - Big grapefruit with a nice sweetness from the malts. Hops are present and balance the sweetness with nice bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A very smooth drinking beer.

O - Another outstanding beer from Founder's. Very smooth and easy to drink. If you're a DIPA you will love this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:11:11 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of patpbr


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured an orange haze with little head
S - strong hop aroma and very citrus And pine
T - fruity, grapefruit mostly. hop forward with citrus and bitterness filling it out
M - medium body and alcohol bite.
O - bought this about a week ago, Would have boiught another already if I knew it tasted like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:39:12 | More by patpbr
Photo of Cobrito


4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4-17-13

A--Fairly transparent, golden, almost mass-produced lager-like. Head is nice but dissipates quickly.

S--Very strong, eye-opening aroma, dominated by grapefruit. Will beer be this one dimensional?

T--Thankfully, no, there is a great deal of complexity here, with a nice balance between a slight sweetness and hops that add up to more than a grapefruit bomb. Beer is potent and somewhat hot, with a a bitter finish that makes the back of the tongue curl. It's a pretty nice combo, somewhat reminiscent of Deviant Dale's.

M--A somewhat weird combination of dry and syrupy.

Overall, I am sympathetic to the reviewer who said he never knew quite what to make of this, and I'm not sure I do, either, but I just finished one 12 oz. bottle, I enjoyed it, but I now need a nap, and after the nap I will switch to something else. But I must say as a hophead I am enjoying the bitter, tongue-curling finish that lingers nicely. Certainly a quality DIPA that ipa lovers must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:57:20 | More by Cobrito
Photo of 57md


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper in color with a golden hue on the edges. There is just a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly. There are distinct grapefruit notes in the nose. There is a touch of malt and it is certainly hop forward. The hop bitterness oddly decreases on the finish, but there is a nice dryness that keeps this offering pleasantly bitter until the very end. There is a touch of lemon on the finish as well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 00:19:30 | More by 57md
Photo of mntlover


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hay orange color with some yellow thrown in. White head almost two fingers in size falls to ringed scum with some descent lace.

Aroma is nice bright hops grapefruit, pineapple, mango nice fruit hops abound. Malt base is just for holding the hops some light sweetness is all the malt notes you can pick up over the hops.

Taste is very nice just like the nose big fruity hops. Juicy Fruit notes everywhere with hints of sweetness to start, then good bitterness kick in grapefruit and pine bitterness. Some lingering pine and earthy bitterness lasts a while. No notice of the 9.4% at all.

Mouthfeel is only medium with some lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall this is very enjoyable, easy drinking a very nice I2PA. Wishing I had bought more then a four pack now.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 23:26:56 | More by mntlover
Photo of Zbyler


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Beautiful hazy dark orange color. Looks almost like orange juice in the light. Nice two finger off white head.

S- Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, other tropical fruits, a slight sweet bready character on the nose as well.

T- Great hope profile. The grapefruit notes on this beer are fantastic. A nice tart citrus presence really mixes with the resinous hop flavors well. Slightly sweet but not overly. Great resiny hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Great carbonation, smooth, and very refreshing.

O- I was very excited to try this beer as I had heard great things. It definitely lives up to its recommendations and I would gladly drink this beer on a daily basis if it was easier to get around here. I can't stress how delicious the grapefruit notes are on this beer. Another great beer from founders.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 21:44:30 | More by Zbyler
Photo of msween21


4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First time writing a full review. Poured bottle into pint glass. Light orange color. Plenty of lacing. This is one amazing smelling beer. So much citrus aroma... like a fresh peeled orange. Tastes incredibly smooth for 9.4% ABV. Some hop bitterness, but mostly citrus, some sweetness on the back. No alcohol burn. Nice mouth feel, good amount of carbonation. Dry, but not overly dry. Overall, a really incredible beer. As long as it is available it will be my go to beer. I also like that its available in 12 oz 4 packs as opposed to the 22 bombers. Better price and it make is easier to drink on a random weeknight.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 17:52:47 | More by msween21
Photo of rodlavers


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this over a year ago and went through a little over a case, but never wrote a review. Pleased with the release this year.

Bottled 4/24/13, poured into a Founders snifter. Quasi hazy bright yellow/orange, holds light really well, about two fingers of white head at first. Head things out to almost nothing, leaving traces of lacing behind.

Smell is sweet and dry, with loads of hoppy citrus aromas with malt undertones.

Taste is really similar, but I'd say less malt is noticeable. There is a serious pulpy rind flavor on the end. It's sweet up front.

Does not feel smooth. It's dry and bitter, but not unpleasant. Total citrus aftertaste/feel. It's also a little dank/resinous.

Overall this is one of my favorite DIPAs, and one of my favorite Founders offerings. I toke a lot of heat for what I'm about to say, but Double Trouble "ages" exceptionally well for a DIPA. I'm not saying to throw it in the cellar, but the flavors do not diminish terribly over time. Probably wondering why I am mentioning aging this beer, but my first experience with it was aged for 6 months (not on purpose), and I thought it was exceptional then, and I think it's exceptional now with just about 3 weeks on it. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:49:34 | More by rodlavers
Photo of socon67

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the Founder's event at Beer City, North Babylon NY

A - Orange pour with a white foam 1/2" high. Lacing is in tiny rings on the glass. Cloudy look and slight carbonation.

S - Strong citrus notes (orange, grapefruit) that give a tart smell. Citra and Centennial hops give off a pungent scent of resin that almost smells like tobacco.

T - A nice tart citrus flavor in the initial sip. Orange flavor and some tangerine is noted. Citra hop resin gives additional grapefruit notes. The bitterness in the finish is not overly dominant. Actually a well blended DIPA.

M - Leaves a bitter trace on the palate and has some raspy feel, but for the style this is about as smooth as it gets.

O - I could throw back a few of these. Price point is reasonable and this is a tasty IPA for the hopheads. I enjoyed this with BBQ babybacks, and some grilled meat with a dry rub seems to be the way to go,

Serving type: growler

05-16-2013 01:46:46 | More by socon67
Photo of davey101


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date stamp is smudged off but its definitely from April, 2013. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow/orage with a cap of white foam. Really nice lacing and retention.

S&T- Tropical fruit juice, tons of bitter grapefruit and a touch of onions. Taste is bitter grapefruit juice and some pith. Earthy and a bit danky. A nice bready malt backbone. A really solid grapefruit heavy brew.

O - I really enjoy this one, however its hop profile is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:15:23 | More by davey101
Photo of barnzy78


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, deep golden colored body topped with with a bubbly, white head that holds good retention and fades to a foam leaving some lace on the glass. Juicy, tropical aroma, with citric grapefruit, bready malt, caramel. Bready, sweet, caramel malt backbone can't stand up to the bitter, pungent hop bitterness of grapefruit, mango, and pine. Juicy and sweet, but bitter and a bit hot. Medium body, resinous hop, lingering bitter finish. Overall, I never know what to think of this one - I love Founders, but it's not my favorite of theirs, still a reputable DIPA though.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 03:05:44 | More by barnzy78
Photo of brureview


4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a tulip glass. Beautiful light golden color with less than a 1/2 finger head. Some carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma was an intense grapefruit- more intense than most other DIPAs. There was a also a an earthy farmhouse quality to the aroma often present in Saisions.

The beer is highly carbonated which enhances its overall character: fruity, earthy, and somewhat bitter.

The taste was grapefruit- almost pink grapefruit, a flavor I haven't found in most DIPAs. This quality makes the beer stand out- a singular grapefruit taste heightened by sweetness, good carbonation and bitterness.

Warming brings more earthiness, pungency, sweetness, and forward hops.

Overall, an excellent DIPA, especially due its distinctive pink grapefruit taste, carbonation, a good finished bitterness, and an added sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:16:55 | More by brureview
Photo of obrike


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders now avalable in Texas? Sign me up.

Bought a 4 pack at Specs Round Rock for 11.99.

Pours a clear goldish yellow with some lacing. Off white head doesn't last too long in my Firestone Walker pint glass.

Man, that's a pungent scent. Freaking great. Getting some strong citrus hop aroma... grapefruit, mango, peach notes...add in a little kind bud scent as well and you've got a really great smelling DIPA here.

Yum, great bitterness up front from the hops, but a very nice sweet malt kick on the backend. Puckering bitter mixed with a sweet dryness. Uber smooth finish, fairly light for over 9abv though.

This is just a great DIPA. Up there with some of the big boys for sure. It will be a staple of mine, expecially when I'm in the mood for big citrus hops with great balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:21:02 | More by obrike
Photo of Alextricity


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$3 bottle bottled 4/11/13 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 5/12/13.

Appearance: Hey, good lookin'. ;) A sunset orange sort of color with a slight hop haze -- two finger head goes down to one. The lacing is decent.

Smell: A lot of sweet grape fruit aromas. I don't find it to smell particularly complex, but it definitely has a great aroma. There may be a trace of alcohol as well as some sort of spice.

Taste/feel: Grapefruit and tropical flavors are dominant in the taste with a pretty nice balance -- though not perfect. There's a nice, solid bitterness in there that I don't too typically find in Imperial IPAs. Extremely smooth with each sip, and easy drinking. The bitterness and slight alcohol taste cause a somewhat drying effect to try and slow you down.

Double Trouble is a beer that I'd definitely recommend. I heard some people say it was "sort of" like Hopslam, but it's not at all. MAYBE the aroma is SOMEWHAT like it, but nothing else is close. Hopslam is extremely sweet (but not in a way that's cloying), and this is rather dry and bitter -- it's all about your personal preference. They're both completely different beers with an identical price tag -- try them and decide for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:15:34 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Roman5150


4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into tulip glass

appearance: cloudy orange with 1 finger white head

smell: heavy grapfruit, citrus, piney notes, pineapple

taste: decently bitter with heavy grapefruit and citrus, follows the nose. strong floral hop presence, but very refreshing, alcohol is disguised.

mouthfeel: lots of carbonation, very refreshing

overall: A great fruity DIPA from Founder's, I could drink this all day and session it even though it's 9.4% abv. One of my favorite DIPAs, and one of my favorites from Founder's, this is a well balanced highly drinkable beer, very hoppy but not a huge bitter hop bomb like most other DIPA's on the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 04:34:38 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Curloftheburl


3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is good not great. It color is a little more pale than beers in its style, and the smell is muted. It smells of orange pine and grapefruit. Taste is very mineral like with hints of pine and citrus followed.by a spicy finish. Not as flavorful or refreshing as current ipas/dipas out there such as enjoy by, flower power, or sucks. I love founders but have come to expect more. brand aside this is a solid beer but it didnt wow me.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:15:42 | More by Curloftheburl
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