Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,613
Hads: 6,101
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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Gots: 908 | FT: 11
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of ADZA
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Founders I'm pleased to drink and pours a pineapple hue with the fluffiest two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is a good combination of malts and hops with aromas of pineapple,boiled candy,lychee,caramel candy and torn orange leaves,the mouthfeel is over medium bodied with beautiful moderate carbonation and the taste starts off with pineapple,strong citrus,sweet caramel candy and finished with a passionfruit bittersweetness and overall it's very drinkable with its ABV not noticeable at all and yeah it's nice but there's better DIPA's out there cheers. (577 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good but not great. Was drinking Heyoka, Ca$h Money and Unsessionable the same night and Double Trouble was just not on the same level. Left me wanting more with every sip / gulp. Very mild flavored and slightly bitter. Very little back end. (245 characters)

Photo of VtBrew
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APP- Golden in color with slight haze. I think it may due to non-filtration. Nice head lasts less then a minute..leaves a nice ring.

Smell- Very tropical/mango/citrus aroma. Sweet malt undertones. Slightly alcohol aroma.

Taste- Pungent tropical hop flavor upfront. Takes a second for the hops to mellow and the malt to come through. Not surprising for the style but I was expecting something more mellow based on aroma.

O/D- Not sure the date on the bottle I had but can't wait to have some fresh. (Founders soon coming to Vt) There was something in the finish I didn't care for. But will give it another shot soon. (619 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold beer, mildly aromatic. Very boozy and bitter, nicely malty. This is a good DIPA but not one of my favorites; I feel its lacking a bit in the details; not a lot of floral, citrus, piney notes. Mostly I get bitter hops, malt, and expected. Just like a little more complex flavor profile..maybe something like Firestone Walker Double Jack?

Good mouthfeel on this one, with a relatively dry, short finish.

To each his own. I will buy some more of these and revisit soon enough. (496 characters)

Photo of Nuke77
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange/yellow with a small head when poured down the middle of a snifter. Hops and grapefruit just assail the nose. The taste is all hops and citrus with just a hint of pine. The bitterness is way up there. This is very dry leaving me feeling as though I need to hydrate. This one is a bruiser of an imperial IPA. The name fits well. No finessing here. No balance either. Hop monster. For my palate this bruiser was just too much of a good thing. (460 characters)

Photo of ZPB
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 02/09/12 and drank 04/04/12. This is my second time having Double Trouble, but my first time reviewing it.

A golden hue that is slightly more cloudy than a BMC. Foamy white head about an inch that dissipates down to about a quarter inch that then lingers...

Smell is piney resin with grapefruit overload. The scent is not as strong as many other DIPAs though.

Taste is more dulled hops than bright citrusy. Dull bitterness that has a nice malty backbone. When I sip it inbetween bites of bread the grapefruit really shines through. Better to offset with food than straight up.

Mouth is nice thick malty. Slightly under-carbed. Bitter finish that keeps the mouth moist. Hard to tell this is 9.4%.

Glad to try, but if I were to buy a DIPA it would not be this one. I would purchase other ones before this one. (824 characters)

Photo of dcsoke
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Looks great, light colored IIPA with little head retention.

S: Strong hop aromas that you remember long after the brew is gone.

T: Hoptastic at first taste, but then bam... intense bitterness follows. Maybe my palate just isn't used to the bitter aftertaste, but smooth it was not. Luckily there is a good amount of malt padding to keep this drinkable.

M: Smooth and lightly carbonated, feel good feeling.

D: One then that's it... This is a big hopped up beer that deserves more respect than trying to drink more than one in a sitting. (543 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the liquid topples turbulently into the glass, I am reminded of the back yard of my childhood. The Perfectly clear golden, like the afternoon sun shining down through the English ivy that covered all of the trees. An ample head sprouts up. It disappears in short order, but leaves a beautiful sheet of lacing.
And so i would climb up the dead trees, some leaning on others just to stay up, but I was too light for it to matter. The ivy leaves would break and crush under my hands and feet, and a distinctly "green" aroma... is this Nugget? So resiny. There is a balance there, but it's more of just a sugary-sweet rather than a real malt "character." Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar... but the high alcohol doesn't come without a price. There are some fusels in there as well.
And the flavour is much the same, the sweetness of cane sugar, not bready malt, the resin of pine trees or the ivy I used to make pretend "salads" of when I was but a chap. The alcohol comes out as well, in a disappointing way. Were this toned down to 8%, I could see it being much better.
The body is big and syrupy, very warming as a result of the alcohols... lightly dry in the finish.
The memories only go so far... Everything seems hazy now, how long ago... how many places I've lived, people I've touched... the world was innocent then. No longer. The finish, the warming, the effects... show this beer to be a lot like life. It may remind me initially of happier times... but the finish is dry.

At least I can awake to new purpose! (1,522 characters)

Photo of jmshulk
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this kickin' in the fridge for some time now and I have finally decided to do a little write up. Right off the bat it looks a nice golden color with a puffy white head. The foam collapsed quicker than I'd expect, but that might be due to some soap residue on the glass. All in all though, it's a pretty nice looking beer. The aroma is very heavy with citrusy hops. It's a pleasant grapefruit smell with a little malt coming through as well. This beer really starts to lose me at the taste. It's not too bad, but it just seems to be hop juice. There is a little malty caramel flavor, like the aroma, and a little alcohol burn, but it's pretty much just in your face hops. Mouth feel is a little prickly but I wouldn't say it's overly carbonated, it's just right with just enough viscosity.

Overall not to bad, especially if you're in to big hop flavor. It's just not my favorite DIPA. I think there are some others that are a bit better balanced. Certainly wouldn't turn this down, but probably won't pick up again. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz Bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden in color with a small white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of foam left floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Mostly tropical and citrusy hop aromas, with some slight floral hints.

Taste: Begins with a mango-esque flavor, finishing with a strong piney bitterness and some buttery malt notes alongside alcohol hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A good beer, but lacks depth to be a truly great DIPA. Definitely a good beer and worth a shot, though if I'm in the mood for a DIPA, I'd look this one over in favor of others. (688 characters)

Photo of wenkalman
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass...purchased from Curtis Liquors in Cohasset, MA.

Appearance - Poured a hazy golden color with 2 fingers width of white frothly head. After the head settled, nice lacing could be found.

Smell - Strong hop smell. Notes of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and earthy pine.

Taste - Very little malt flavor. Obviously there is a strong hop flavor. The citrus from the smell really comes through in the taste. The pine isn't as noticeable in the taste. The higher alcohol can be detected towards the end of the sip, but is overall well masked.

Mouthfeel - Has a thicker more syrupy feel which is expected from a DIPA. Very low carbonation, almost too low.

Drinkability - Pretty good considering this is a DIPA. I wouldn't want to have to many in one sitting but overall, this is a good beer. (840 characters)

Photo of CPeterson
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- A golden brew that pours into a two finger head and dissipates quickly into a light skim leaving light beads of lacing.

S -- A great hit of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, and light essences of apricot and citrus rind.

T -- Citrus zest, grapefruit, bitter pineapple, a hint of malt peeks through but lacks the will to attempt balancing the brew.

M -- Slightly syrupy and resinous, fitting to the style. Highly drying with a long linger.

D -- Definitely worth a shot, a hint off balance but still solid. (514 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scoot1969 for the bottle!

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Almost clear, golden-yellow-wheat body. A much lighter, more yellow color than you typically see for a DIPA. Leaves about one finger of foamy white head on top and some subtle lacing.

Fairly hoppy with a good amount of citrus on the nose. Lemon zest and a touch of caramel. Green, leafy, hops.

The taste is sweet upfront with lemon infused biscuits. This transitions to a somewhat jarring wave of hops, which are almost too bitter. Leaves a slightly astringent, boozy, bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth up front with a rush of hops on the finish. The ABV is somewhat masked by the hops, but still comes through on the finish. Not a huge fan of the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent DIPA, but with so many breweries pumping out DIPAs these days, Founders isn't quite cutting it with Double Trouble. Not a bad beer, but there are many other better DIPAs out there. However, the hop profile is unique enough that this might be a favorite for a few people. (1,068 characters)

Photo of danielsonc
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like hops this beer is the way to go.

Both smell and taste contain an overabundance of hops. With the smell you get the strong scent of piney hoppiness and with taste you get a punch of hoppiness with a slight sense of sweetness that passes quickly and leaves the robust flavor of bitter hops in your mouth. And that flavor sticks for a while. The feeling it leaves is of a crisp, powerful IPA: A big bite with a hoppy aftertaste. Personally this is a strong IPA for me. I like an IPA with a little more balance to it, this beer seems to give too much hops. If you love hops and just hops in your beer than this beer is a winner. As for me I did enjoy it but just a hint too much bitter with only a little malt or sweetness to balance it out. (751 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque straw color with no head. It smelled like lemon and cultured yeast, with a bit of grapefruit. It tasted like lemon and orange hops, with bready yeast and a bit of honey and tea and grapefruit. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a pretty clean flavor, but it wasn't as tasty as I was hoping. I had this right after Maharaja, and it reminded me of when I tried Ruination immediately following HopSlam. The flavor ends up getting a lot more tea leafy, for some reason. I might have to try this again by itself. Body was nice, and alcohol was well hidden, so it was certainly easy to drink. I just imagined this would have been more crisp and delicious. (729 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz dated bottle into a pint glass.

pours a hazy golden yellow and forms a thin, bubbly head right away. head calms quickly to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lace, but not enough to stand on.

smells mostly of resiny, piney hops with a little citrus fruit. not bad, but weaker than i was expecting.

taste is like hops shaking your hand, then punching you in the mouth. a little malt (toffeeish?) at first, then BAM! sharp. bitter. piney. hops. notes of juniper in the finish maybe? the aftertaste reminds me of drinking gin. alcohol content becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium bodied with just the right amount of co2.

definitely not sessionable. drinkability is average i guess, unless you like your beer as bitter as possible. i generally like ipa's but i might have to steer away from double ipa's. certainly not a boring beer, but i can't see myself drinking this often. (930 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper colored body with good clarity. One finger of foam on top that settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Nice, citrus and pine hop aromas; very resiny. Some sweet malt and light caramel underneath, but hops dominate.

T - Strong, spicy hops up front with a distinct pine character. A lot of malt sweetness is trying to balance out the hop flavors, but fails as a strong, harsh and soapy bitterness comes out in the finish. Somewhat acrid aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish with lingering astringency from the hops.

D - This beer begins with a lot of potential, great hop aroma and initial hop flavor, but the harsh bitterness ruins it for me. It has very nice hop aroma that is almost on the level of Hopslam, but the acrid bitterness reminds me of Ruination. There is a lot of malt in there trying to balance the beer, but the heavy handed bitterness all but obliterates any sweetness. If you like extreme, harshly bitter beers, this might be nice, but I prefer hop character and for me the excessive bitterness makes this an unbalanced beer that I will not drink again. (1,171 characters)

Photo of pigc
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 03/29/11

A - Golden yellow with one inch head that fades quickly.

S - Grapefruit, orange and citrus. Noticeable alcohol in the background.

T - Bready malts followed by a wave of bitter grapefruit. Some orange in there as well.

M - Medium with low to average carbonation.

O - This one is definitely a hop bomb with plenty of tongue buckling bitterness. Seems a bit one dimensional to me though. (406 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 2/7/11.

clear golden straw color, lighter than I expected. not much head, and it quickly fades.

aroma is all hops, dominated by fruity varieties - pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

taste, again is dominated by hops, and again very tropical. "light" flavors. crisp and clean. hides the alcohol well. thinner body, medium carbonation.

I like my DIPA's more balanced, with some decent malt balance, of which this has none. My high expectations, based on other Founders beers, wasn't met. (507 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/copper color. A two finger white head forms instantly, and gently recedes to a ring. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Hops up front. Lightly floral and grassy. Some grapefruit bitterness. Grainy, sugary malt lingers.
T: Floral, grassy, and grapefruit hops. Lightly bitter. Actually this one might be more astringent than bitter as it warms up. Some very light sugary malt lingers.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin for my liking. Crisp and dry. Really not hard to drink considering the style and alcohol.

Not bad at all. A fairly standard DIPA. Certainly enjoyable, and worth a try (especially for those that are hop heads). It is just not my favorite of the style or brewery. (726 characters)

Photo of colt45n
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden, glowing yellow in appearance with a generous, fluffy layer of head...aroma seems to be a part of the appearance, as it hits your nose as you pour

S: Citrusy, mango, pine, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.. Very pleasant and warm smelling DIPA. Through the nose, makes my mouth smile!

T: See smell.

M: typical DIPA body....medium to fuller in body w/ carbonation ever present.

Overall a very good offering from founders, looking forward to how it compares to the devil dancer. (482 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange and hazy. Modest head that dissipates pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Grapefruit and other hoppy, fruity smells. Not very strong, but nice.

T/M: Fruity, citrus-heavy hops right up front, fairly strong and sweet, with some earthy vegetative flavors mixed in, chased by an equally strong hit of bitterness on the back end.

O: A nice, distinctive IPA with an interesting blend of flavors. (409 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a creamy, big bubble head. Lacing is the same and slightly sticky. Hazy. Visible upward CO2. Gold in color.
S) Hoppy citrus - orange and pineapple. Earthy. Malty sweetness lingers just below the surface.
T) Caramel. Banana. Orange. Midway through the hops kick in but not overpowering. Hops and alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Slightly syrupy. Alcohol effervescence. Fizzy. Light tannin feel.
D) Decent. I was hoping to be "wow'd" but not - oh well. (479 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra received from KJGAGNE in a recent trade. Thanks!

Bottled on 2/2/09. There's some age on this for sure. Will review accordingly. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark gold/orange with a thin off-white head on top. Smells of peppery hops, earth, and sweet candy. The mouth still retains a crisp, bubbly feel. Thought this would be a bit more flat. Starts out slightly sweet, but is still plenty bitter. Tons of peppery spicy hops still present. Dulled from time for sure, but still packs a punch. Gets more unbalanced as it warms. Sweetness flees, more bitterness takes its place.

There is still plenty of body and depth to this beer after 10 months. I bet this is a beast when fresh. I'll have to pick up some more next spring. Thanks for the opportunity, Kevin. (768 characters)

Photo of vishneda
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double trouble is good... it's just not great. It is very hoppy, and that's certainly a good thing. The hop flavor blows away HopSlam both in violence and persistence. However, I just think DT lacks the delicate balance usually found in an excellent big beer, including the aforementioned Bell's product. This is especially noticeable in the flavor profile, but also comes through in the aroma of the beer. A good beer if you can get your hands on it, but there are better options at this ABV and in this style. (511 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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