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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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1,643 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,643
Hads: 6,320
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,046 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 1,643 | Hads: 6,320
Photo of DIM
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy, pale yellow color. It poured with a thin, short lived head.

s: Big fresh aromas of earthy grapefruit, and vanilla cookie dough.

t: Bit of a let down here. Starts well with toffee and vanilla flavors. Next up are some lemon zest with a little pine. The finish is abrasively bitter and a little solventy.

m: Decent body, but maybe a little undercarbonated.

d: I love Founder's, but this came up a little short.

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Photo of Curloftheburl
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. 9.4% 94 IBU's

A- Double Trouble is a very pale bright gold color that comes with a 1 inch head that's quite foamy. Some nice streaks of lace are seen on the glass as the liquid disappears.

S- The usual piney hop flavor that comes with much bitterness. The blend of hops create a very earthy nose. DT has some citrus notes including some pineapple but not pronounced. Malts are almost non existent.

T- Very bitter hops up front with obvious dry hopped qualities. DT. The hops give of a lot of piney taste and a minimal amount of ripe fruit which is what i look for in my double I's. I still do get some grapefruit which is pleasant. Not much in the way for malts as they are drowned out by the bitter nature of this beer. Alcohol is in the background lingering in the distance.

M- Medium bodied with much bitterness & not much too offset that. A bit of workout on the mouth after a big gulp. A nice amount of carbonation though. At 9.4% the alcohol is noted but does not distract. DT leaves a very slick oil feel as it glides throughout.

D- The 9.4% can't be denied and this may burn out my taste buds after a few but this is on par with many of the top tier double ipa's. More enjoyable with some food and a good counterpart to founders centennial, let's not get started on Devil Dancer as that one is all over the place.

A good addition to the Founders line-up.

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Photo of Thanby
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey color with a finger of foamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the hops, a good blend that I can't quite distinguish from one another. Citrus notes, especially pineapple, a bit floral, sweet malt in the background.

First taste is an explosion of hops, spicy and a bit more floral than citrus here. Potent, but well-blended, and the light malt rounds out the background.

Medium body, smooth with good carbonation, the finish is a tiny bit thick with lots of lingering hops, almost a little soapy in the very end.

Trouble is a good word for it. The hops will knock you on your ass if you aren't expecting them, though they are balanced very well. The ABV is thoroughly masked. Not for the faint-of-palate but if IPAs are your thing, this is worth a try.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had this ale several times in the past and remember it fondly, so I though I'd do a review this time around. In doing so, I learned something about this brew that I hadn't realized before.

As usual this ale poured an ample three fingers of cream colored head which comprised both fine and medium sized bubbles. The head had descent staying power. There was a slight turbidity to the beer with an apparent yeast halo in the glass. There was nice lacing throughout my drinking occasion.

The aroma was of resinous hops, malt and ripe fruit (apricot?).

The flavor was piny hops, fruity yeast, alcohol, brown sugar and bourbon. There is a nice bitter/sweet balance with alcohol and malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The flavor is strong and robust. It is very appealing upfront ... but, there is a very strong bitter aftertaste to this ale which I had never noticed until now. Coming from a person who loves intense IPA's this is an unusual comment.

Drinkability is average to below average due to the aftertaste I previously mentioned. In addition, the ABV. would likely limit mass consumption of this ale at a single seating. Still, not a bad beer to enjoy from time to time.

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Photo of TommyW
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, gold body with a very sticky, white head.

S- A fairly balanced aroma of bready malts with a herbal, slightly pine/citrus hop profile; kind of sweet, honey aroma is also mixed in there too.

T- Hops seem to dominate the front of the palate, but mostly through an herbal, resiny, tea-like hop profile (reminds me a lot of summit hops). A quick flash of bready malts comes in and then is overtaken by the bitter finish that lingers on for a bit.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a terrible IPA, but the hop profile is a little one-dimensional (sort of reminiscent of oskar blues gubna, but a bit sweeter and maltier); it was hard for me to finish this one.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit hoppy smell and citrusy.

Taste: Citrus hoppy flavor and bitter. Not the most balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. Would seek this out again and drink more.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A medium light golden color. A little cloudy, not crystal clear. Poured into a pint glass with a white one finger head.

S- Smells fantastic. Very citrusy, Mandarin is the most prominent scent. Alcohol is hardly detectable if at all.

T- Hoptastic. The hops are definitely up front here. The fruitiness is not detectable just a good bitter hops flavor. Probably the least balanced Double IPA I've had. Alcohol is detectable. The finish keeps going with a hoppy bitterness.

M- Just what I would expect from a DIPA. Nothing more, nothing less.

D- Very good beer but not seductive enough to make me want another four pack. I think I'll try a different DIPA next time. That said, It is worth trying, especially if you are an IPA fan.

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Photo of NODAK
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is juicy. Really juicy. Grapefruit on top of tropical fruits. Very hoppy.

Pours a nice golden color with a fair head. It likely belies how intense the taste will be.

The citrus hop bitterness stings right away with a pretty good dose of grapefruit and perhaps tropical fruits (mango and peach come to mind). The 86 IBU's show. Then, through the body, some spiciness peeks through with a little malt. It's pushed back at the end by a hoppy finish lasting into the aftertaste.

Some DIPA's are very malty and some are basically hop juice. This is in the middle of that, leaning towards hoppy. I think this stays away from being so ridiculously hoppy that it detracts. That said, it's one of the more bitter ones I've had. Definitely need to be in the mood for a beer like this.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukaski for the hook-up.

The color is a mix of straw and tea. Pretty clea and bright in color. The head starts at about one finger, and slowly recedes to nothing. Th aroma is a bitter orange zesty nectar with some gummi bear sweetness. The coarse, bitter hop citrus nectar hits the palate upfront. Some dry pilsner malts mix to cut some of the hop bitterness that evolves into somthing a little more resiny and smooth for the finish. This a a hop bomb sipper in my opinion. Well integrated 9.4% alcohol too.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap at Founders the other day. Wow it sure is HOPPY. Not that nice flowery hoppy either, just piney. This thing is all sting. Luckily I was in dire need of a hop jolt so this beer was satisfying. There isn't much of a backbone to this beer just all hops, for that reason I marked it down in drinkability. It really is out of balance and isn't for the faint of heart. My tongue was gone after one pint. I was tasting the hops the rest of the day, not that that is a bad thing.

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Photo of jbone78
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buddy brought me this beer from North Carolina a few months ago. So, I am down to my last one. I guess I have to review it. Here we go...

A- Poured yellow/orange color with a very common cloudyness to beers dry hopped. Nice head, lasts for several minutes.
S- Not a lot to talk about, but hints of citrus.
T- Taste way better than it smells. Citrus, fruit, hops, malts. Good. Almost want to say there is some grapefruit in there.
M-The reason I want to say there is grapefruit in there is because of the feel you get at the end. It is like grapefuit. I have had a few IPA's with grapefruit and I dig it.
D-If Founders would get off their high horse and ship to florida, I would drink more. Otherwise, I guess I will keep on bugging people on the website for trades.


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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass. Great label!

A- Double Trouble pours a hazy golden amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, and leaves some good lacing on the sides. Rather light colored for style. Significant amount of sediment in bottle was added, for better or worse, about 3 sips in.

S- nice aroma featuring piney and floral hops with an underlying sweet caramel scent. Slightly earthy. High ABV apparent.

T- Good grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying caramel malt backbone. Rather earthy mid-palate onwards.

M- smooth; medium body; low/moderate carbonation.

O - Double Trouble is a respectable DIPA worth trying. I'd probably like this better with a lower ABV.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice.
No B.O.D. on bottle

Aroma: Bright citrusy hops, biscuity malt, a faint green apple twang, followed by pineapple and grapefruit on the end.

Appearance: Beautiful clear (for style) yellow-golden body. 2-finger head slowly collapses to an off-white foam cap w/ nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Flavor: Honey sweetness, bold bitternes, musky grapefruit, followed by a sharp bitterness that hangs on at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light body for the style. Medium carbonation. Hops are slightly drying on the tongue.

Overall: A decent DIPA with bracing bitterness and fruity hop aroma and flavor. A little bit less than I'd hoped for in the malt department, but it's clear that Founders was aiming for a cleaner, lighter DIPA rather than one with a malty whallop.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.