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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 416
Gots: 967 | FT: 11
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 morimech
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large white head that had great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Huge pungent hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit but there is also other citrus fruits involved such as oranges and apricots. The flavor is one dimensional. More grapefruit and citrus flavors. Very high bitterness even at the proclaimed 86 IBUs. Alcohol is the only other flavor other than hops. Has a good body and carbonation but it can only do so much against the harshness of the hops. This beer is a poster child for palate fatigue. The high alcohol does not help either. Hopheads only need apply. (615 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mid taking care of another want of mine. Thanks Allen!

12oz format w/ a 10oz Nonic style taster glass
-03/05/12 notes

A: Double Trouble pours a light goldenrod hue with great clarity. Minimal off-white head that dispels rather quickly leaving light streaks of lace with each sip.

S: Aroma is packed with a real dense pine character. I get some light citrus zest, lemony and tropical even. Some fruity pale malts and a bit of alcohol perks as the brew climbs towards room temp. Pretty nice nose. Real zesty.

T: Taste is piney for sure with a nice prickly upper-moderate bitterness to it. Sweet pale malts and some light tropical passion fruit notes. But way less actual fruit flavors than what is suggested by the nose. A touch of warming alcohol. Nice but a real step down from the nose for me.

M: Mouthfeel is medium in body with a nice creamy froth feel. A light sleekness and bit of resinous hop pucker with a crisp dry finishing on it.

D: Big piney bitter DIPA just about sums it up for me. Somewhat smooth balance and nice but a bit one dimensional in flavors.
Would have again but preference would be super fresh or on tap. Not Founders best work. Could use some more depth of flavor. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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 (1,034 characters)

Photo of Lolli1315
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale golden yellow color with a small bubbled ivory head. It is a slightly hazy, maybe more so than it should be and likely a result from dry hopping.

S- Hop character comes pretty quickly with citrus in the form of oranges and grapefruit. This citrus character is followed by a resinous grassy and slightly piney nature. A slight malt character is noticeable behind the hops. Alcohol is also apparent towards the end of the beer, but not overpowering.

T- Strong hop flavor from the get go, a grassy and resiny character with little of the citrus flavor that I was expecting but there was a little orange in the background. The bitterness picks up towards the middle of the beer and a malty character as well. The bitterness continues to the finish off the beer and lingers on the palate. The grassy flavor of the hops is a little too strong and lacks the complex character of some other DIPAs I have had.

M- Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Some alcohol warming towards the end with slight drying sensation.

D- The dominating grassy and resinous character of this beer is a little off putting and makes this one harder to drink. A good DIPA, but I would prefer one with a more complex hop character. (1,215 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into my darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden rod with a, white, one finger head. Dissipated rather quickly, but left behind some decent lacing.

Nose is typical dipa, very fruity. Not as citrusy as some, more of a mango, apricot thing going on. There is that expected sweet malt backbone.

The taste follows the nose. Peaches, with some pine and grass, bit of candy malt, and a subtle touch of alcohol. Well balanced for the style.

Mouth feel is appropriate. Light, but assertive. Hop oils coat the mouth nicely, leaving a moderate bitterness. Clean on the finish.

Overall this a solid dipa and a pretty tasty beer. However this is nothing spectacular in a world with PtE, Abrasive, and Heady Topper. This is a more widely distributed brew than those others so it gets some points for accessibility. Worth a try if you like the style. (865 characters)

Photo of cetherid
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


beer pours a nice clear golden straw color. About 1 fingers worth of white head that leaves some decent lacing around the glass.


Very hoppy. I'm getting SOME citrus (not as much as some other reviews I'm seeing)..but mainly dank aromas. (grassy or pot smell to it). A fellow friend mentioned an onion like smell, which I agree. a touch of malt aroma in there as well but hop dominant.


very bitter from beginning to end, tapering off slightly. Some sweetness in here but then getting some resiny aftertaste in there. nothing spectacular. I was hoping for something resembling dreadnaught or hopslam. I'm not really getting that.


not quite medium bodied, but almost. Nice carbonation in this beer. A resiny/sticky mouthfeel to it but you also get a dry finish. Kind of a weird combo.


I'd say good for a hophead but it's a little pricey, not my favorite style of hops and kinda limited so I rank this a little low. I'm surprised to see this many great reviews on this beer. It's ok, but definitely no A in my book. (1,057 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip -

Poured a cloudy light orange with two finger head that formed into a thick webbing, decent carbonation.

Smell -Lots of hoppy citrus

Taste - Very hoppy upfront with decent malts ,plenty of graefruit and pine notes.

Drinkability - Not to impressed with the double trouble, for the price I was expecting a better balanced and blended beer, It wasn't awefull just not a world class beer in my opinion. (439 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/??/11. Tulip glass. Thanks to mdfb79 for this!

A: Light golden with a finger and a half of white, wispy head. Good retention. Leaves some dots and streaks of lace. Looks pretty appetizing.

S: Sugary caramel melds very closely with citrus and a whiff of floral. Caramel forward, but the hops are there.

T: Dry caramel and bitter hops, kind of creamy citrus, with lingering bitterness on the palate. I'm getting more bitter than flavor from the hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Pretty good. The caramel and citrus hops integrate really, really well on the nose, but the taste is something of a let down. Reminds me a bit of West Coast IPA with a little less hop flavor. (691 characters)

Photo of Beergelden
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a golden yellowy, orange color with an off white head that does not stick around, very little head retention. The beer glues itself to the side of the glass making me think the mouthfeel will be sticky.

Appearance Rating: 2 out of 3

Aroma: Dank, piney hops and a huge sweet malt dominate the first part of the aroma. The grapefruit and citrus hopiness and a small amount of apricot come in next, followed by a warming alcohol. To be expected at 9.4% ABV! Smells like a great IPA should!

Aroma Rating: 11 out of 12

Flavor: My first taste was hit with the same resiny, piney hops from the aroma. They almost come across as onion-like to me, with their green bitterness. The middle has the malt and somewhat of a peachy hop flavor, giving you a nice relief from the initial hop attack. The warming alcohol sensation finishes it off. A persistent bitterness hangs on the back, not my favorite characteristic of some IPAs.

Flavor Rating: 14 out of 20

Mouthfeel: Despite my assumption at the beginning about the body being heavy, it actually comes across on the medium side, with low carbonation. Again the alcohol warmth comes into play, with little carbonation there isn’t much to help mask it. And still the bitterness lingers on the back and sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel Rating: 3 out of 5

Overall: The color, aroma and all the hype surrounding this one by the BA community, set you up to think that you’re going to enjoy another stellar IPA from Founder’s. The bitterness and malt hold on longer than I would expect from an ELITE IPA these days, not that I don’t like bitter in my IPAs, it just takes over on this one and leaves your palate wrecked after one of these guys. It seems to be more bitter than the 86 IBUs it states on the bottle.

The elite IPAs recently have taken that turn towards a bitterness that hit you hard up front but goes away quickly so you can enjoy your next sip with its full glory. And to be honest, I kind of like that! A little age would do this one wonders, I think, so away one goes for a year or so and another review!

So that leads me back to Double Trouble, not a bad brew by any means, but not nearly as elite as I was led to believe!

Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

Total Rating: 37 out of 50 (2,267 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep golden orange hue with a head that never quite forms. Leaves no lacing.

S - Medium pine up front, followed by strong malt, grapefruit, hop resin, and a small amount of wheat and banana. Smells like a true IPA.

T - Strong bitter malt bite up front, followed by a lingering bitter hoppyness. The grapefruit makes a slight appearance as well but it stays bitter and malt forward.

M - Mouthfeel retains all mentioned flavros with low carbonation and a heavy body. Mouthfeel really allows the 9.4% to shine as well. It seriously doesn't even make a half assed attempt to mask it.

O - Overall, this beer was good, however not something that I would pick up again. It was simply too bitter in my opinion. Not that bitter is a terrible thing, it's just that usually when I'm wanting to enjoy an IPA I actually want to enjoy the flavors and not just the ridiculous boozyness. BUT, for it being 9.4%, I guess I can't complain. However, for $4 a bottle, I will definitely pass in the future. (1,001 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly burnt orange color. Above average carbonation. Two fingers of head on the pour. Sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Looks like a DIPA should.

Smell: Pine probably sticks out the most. Tangerines, oranges, lemon, with some light caramel, and buttered popcorn. A nice balanced aroma, nothing is too strong and nothing is seriously lacking. At the same time nothing blows me away, its just very solid all the way around.

Taste: A syrupy pine flavor hits right away. Saturated tangerines and some bright fruits like melon and pineapple. A slightly dry hop finish sticks on the palette. The high alcohol content adds to this dryness. Pretty solid hop action and nice fruity accents but again nothing is knocking me over.

Mouthfeel: Dry with some fruity hops lingering.

Overall: A solid DIPA. I've never been too impressed with Founder's IPAs but this one is better then the others. With how competitive the DIPA field is this day, this one falls short on being something truly memorable. A good easy drinker for sure though. (1,051 characters)

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 booze...as 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)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.