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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,627
Hads: 6,209
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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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 Hopdam
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review.

A - Golden color, maybe quarter inch of white foam head. Nice.
S - Smells like hops -- little bit citrus, little bit piney.
T - Strong, aggressive flavor -- fruity and bitter. There is absolutely nothing off putting about the taste -- aggressive and well balanced in the same breath. As good as it gets for me for a DIPA in taste.
M - Mouthfeel was lighther than I expected. Nice bitter finish. Nothing at all syrupy.
Overall, I was very surprised in a great way. I am a fan of Founders, but not particularly of Centennial. My expectations were not great but I had to try this because it was Founders. Back to the store tonight buying 12 more! (663 characters)

Photo of openmind
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders makes amazing beers. Everyone of them is spot on! I am a big fan of their Cerise, but it has been discontinued. I am looking forward to their raspberry.

Double IPAs are my favorite style of beer, when done right. Many have a distracting malt presence that I am not fond of.

DT has a nice malt support system for the wonderful hop wham.

Appearance - looks like beer.

smell - citrusy tropical splendor.

Taste - great mouth feel, Great balance. Big body. NICE bitterness, full body. And, whoa - 9%. (509 characters)

Photo of msween21
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Perfumed and candied hop resins. Citrusy and floral hop notes abound. A bit of carmelly sugar sweetness. Clean ale yeast character.

Apperance: Cloudy light amber pour with a sticky and wispy off white head.

Flavor: Big floral and citrusy hop flavors. An orange juice-like sweetness balanced with some pithy hop resins to back it up. Balance is nearly even but hop bitterness definitely asserts itself. Finish is dry and bitter. I get most of the bitterness from the hops on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Wow! A big, easily drinkable double IPA. I can't detect any alcohol so this would definitely sneak up on you. A hop lovers dream but the drinkability is amazing. Nice job Founders! (792 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw yellow, big haze. Reminds me of a Hefe. One finger off white head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit and pineapple. Some lemon, tangerine, mango, and orange peels. Not a lot of caramel but it does poke through. I hope the taste lives up to the smell!

T: Bitter caramel upfront transitions to huge grapefruit and citrus bitterness. Mango, lemon, and bitter orange peel also. Caramel comes back in the finish but doesn't override the hops. Delicious beer!

M: Medium-light bodied. Creamy. Very dry. The hops leave a burning sensation on your tongue for a sec, not an alcohol burn tho.

O: Another awesome IPA. Loving these Eastern IPA's! WOW! review over! (727 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Accidently blurred the bottled on date, but purchased in April 2013. Poured into a chalice.

I love this type of DIPA. It has a HUGE grapefruit aroma - a favorite characteristic for me. A refreshing and quite quaffable beer. And with a well hidden ABV of 9.4%, a potentially dangerous one as well.

A - Pours a light honey/golden color, slight cloudy/hazy, with a half-finger white rocky head. Average lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit, slight pine and sweetness.

T - Clean, piney/resinous in the start, some maltiness, and then grapefruit in the finish with lingering bitterness on the palate.

MF - Smooth. No alcohol. Hides its 9.4% ABV very well. (646 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Founders Double Trouble fresh is just fantastic. It's hard to imagine a better DIPA. I've had Younger within the past week and I would say that this is almost as good. The beer was a fuzzy, bright, yellowish amber with a good head. It smelled like rubbing your face into freshly picked hops. It tasted like juicy pineapples and oranges with a solid crackery malt backbone and good clean hop bitterness. Just delicious, I might have finished my 12 tulip in 5 swallows. I wish I could have drunk it slower to savor it more, but it was just that good. (548 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 10 day old double trouble into a pint glass with some glorious carbonation and a creamy half inch white head. Bubbles slowly creep towards the top and its quite the sight. Smells like straight up grapefruit and piny hops. Tastes is phenomenal and resembles just biting into a plate of fresh fruit with a hoppy cut to the tongue afterwards. It feels real creamy and I can take these out so fast. Double Trouble is definitely one of the best DIPAs around. (462 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
9.4% ABV, 86 IBUs, Bottled 06/17/2014

A - Hazed with fine particles, this golden orange beer is capped with a giant whipped-topping-like cream-colored head. Fantastic retention keeps the foam afloat despite the high ABV and as it descended into lumpiness, it left giant patches of sticky lacing.

S - Potent orange citrus, pineapple, and splash of grapefruit fruitiness mingle with pine-needle hop aromatics, bursting forth followed by an assertive malt backbone that holds everything together perfectly.

T - Big blast of sticky pine sap and bitter orange peel citrus hops punch you in the kisser followed closely by a potent alcohol spice and warmth. Its somewhat sweet malt backbone is there but completely overshadowed by hops.

M - Double Trouble's hefty malt backbone makes for a full body that's quickly offset by sharp hop bitterness and a spicy, drying alcohol finish that's a kick in the ass.

O - Founder's Double Trouble uses everything that's awesome about a double IPA to it's advantage; big fruitiness, pine sap bitterness, a hefty malt backbone, and the alcohol that goes along with it. In a market flooded with this style, Double Trouble is one of the better examples out there. (1,248 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely one of my top 5 favorite DIPA's out there. Poured vigorously into my Duvel glass.

A - Nice light copper color with a creamy thick 2 finger head.

S - Smell is of delicious, citrusy hops.

T - There is definitely a lot of hops that grab you right away, but they're delicious! There is a nice, sweet malt back that really balances out all of the hops. I wouldn't change anything about the taste, it's perfectly balanced and deceivingly easy to drink at 9.4% ABV.

M - The mouthfeel is perfect too. Not too thick or thin, with just the right carbonation.

O - Overall, if you're an IPA fan you should really try one of these. It holds it's own against some of the best DIPA's out there. (703 characters)

Photo of wugambino
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a healthy white head with good lacing on the glass and a golden color.
And smells like heaven - so much good hop aroma I can't wait to get some of this.

Taste is solidly grounded in some bitter hops; citrus and some earthy bite. Finishes with a puckery hop blast.

This is a great DIPA; not for those afraid of bitterness, but a reward for hop lovers. Founders does it again - I am a bigger fan of these guys every time I have a new one. (448 characters)

Photo of VoteforPaul
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

This beer is so f'ing good man. Great bitter, light flavor. Good aftertaste, strong because it's a double. I love this brew and buy it whenever I see it. (Which is rare) (169 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 05/29/14) into a 12oz ballon/snifter @ ~40F. I would also like to make mention of the incredible artwork on the label (be sure to view it both upright and inverted).

A- Pours a hazy, yellow-orange (think of the sunrise as it breaks the horizon on a tropical island). Being a winter seasonal, gives me hope that I am one day closer to Spring. Directing the fluid to the center of the glass (i.e. aggressive pour), I was able to elicit about a 1-finger of white, wispy head. (4.75)

S- Wow! My olfactory hues are engulfed with citrus...sweet orange/tangerine with notes of tropical fruits. As the head subsides, the malt backbone along with a healthy dose of pine comes out to play. Extremely mouthwatering...dank, puckering goodness. (4.75)

T- Since eloquence is fighting me, I cannot describe this any other way than dank, piney, alcoholic grapefruit juice. The malts support but never dominate, allowing the hops to shine as brightly as this beer's appearance. Despite the IBU's, the bittering hops comes in well after taking a sip and the malts quietly do their part to support hop load. (4.75)

M- The malt-to-hop ratio is near perfect for a DIPA. The carbonation is moderate, but enough to open the palate to fully enjoy the substantial hoppiness. The malt is present in the finish to prevent any level of astringency. (4.75)

O- As it warms the alcohol is noticeable on the palate and in the chest. Founders' aggressive offerings have yet to disappoint, especially with their ability of producing exceptional stouts (KBS, Breakfast Stout and Imperial Stout). Their ability to brew a world-class Imperial IPA in Double Trouble is no different. (4.75)

Final comment: Some may criticize (as I think some have written) that this beer suffers from being one dimensional by not possessing the usual plethora of aromas/flavors found in other DIPA's. However, I have never tasted anything as dank and citrusy since Stone Ruination IPA...in this case, simplicity is Double Trouble's charm. (2,034 characters)

Photo of ironarrow42
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright honey gold hue with a chill haze. The eggshell-coloured head falls quickly to a thin layer and collar with a patch of medium and large bubbles.

Aroma: Classic American hops with piney and citric notes, some floral character, and an almost candyish edge. Very appetizing.

Texture: Moderately full bodied. Very fine, spritzy carbonation keeps it from being too heavy or cloying.

Flavor: Loads of bitter citrus up front, heavy on the grapefruit, followed by some light caramel malt, then a resinous, piney note. Huge hop flavours dominate, with just enough malt to support the whole thing. A hophead's delight! There is some burn from the alcohol, most noticeable in the finish, mixed in with the lingering bitter, citrusy hops.

Overall Impression: Excellent double IPA with plenty of American hop character, as you'd expect.

Food Pairing Recommendations: A good bleu cheese or Buffalo wings. (914 characters)

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber to a tad red orange in the pint glass,this smell is almost a grapefruit in a glass,strong floral grapefruit hops almost a mango tropical feel,lets ya know whats coming,the hops balance the sweetness in a near perfect combo,This DIPA is real easy to drink (266 characters)

Photo of swanny28
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ahh double trouble i find the time to review you only after 1 am like all of my good reviews....

A: nice golden color a vigerous pour leaving a couple finger head quick to disapear...

S: redunkulous smell exploding from the bottle like mt vesuvius poping for the first time that i know will haunt my dreams tonight. (citrus grapefruit .. you know the drill on an awesome ipa)

T: very smooth: after having the pliny last week the booze is more up front in this beer. the pliny floated down like a slip and slide when you were 8 years old.. so smooth. this guy the taste was all there.... bam! up front... lots of floral pine grapefruit....but i loved it!

M: its like finding a lost puppy... releaved you found it and you don't want to let it go....

O: loved it: wish it was a 6er year round beer... I'll find you next year double trouble...

beers i've had like it:
pliny.. way smoother
hopslam.. its own monster
double jack.. bottom of the 4 but interesting (give it a try)... (981 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most explicitly grapefruity beer I have ever tasted. And it is delicious.

Pours a hazy, orangy golden with a short-lived fluffy head. The smell shoots out of the bottle and keeps on going - bright, fruity, citrusy hops with a backbone of strong pale malt. The flavor is just all over grapefruit, almost like a delicious distillation of the juice itself. Sharply bitter, acidic, fruity and wonderfully refreshing. Despite the hop assault, the malt stands strong, with a robust, grainy character and enough residual sugar to float the hops. The mouthfeel is slick and just a little syrupy, just enough to balance the oily, unctuous hop feel. The alcohol has a slow burn, but it hides behind the exquisite balance of hops and malt.

This is a lovely beer. (765 characters)

Photo of alkemy
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep golden/orange color with just shy of a finger of off white head, though it was far from an aggressive pour. Lots of grapefruit and fresh peaches. There's also a sugary sweet malt aroma coming through. The taste of this is amazing. Lots of grapefruit throughout. Hits you right in the front and then again in the bitter finish. There's also a pretty fair amount of sweetness that comes through in a heavy peach note. Resiny pine through the middle that mixes nicely with the peach. You can feel the alcohol more than taste it. Very drinkable. Count me in as a big fan. (586 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent aroma on Double Trouble! Mango, Peaches, Guava - a whole bouquet of assorted sweet tropical scents is coming off of this one. Incredibly pleasing.

Aesthetically the beer is a beautiful hazy gradient of light orange at it's thickest parts to a dark lemon peel yellow at it's edges. No decreeable head but laces quite well.

Flavors pack a punch with unique complexity. Sweet and resiny right off the bat and upheld by bold a bold hop profile of pineapple and mango with hints of tangerine. The malt profile is that of freshly baked crusty bread. One of the best tasting IPAs that I've had.

Carbonation on the high side with a full body and a sipping-quality of drinkability, overall Double Trouble hits the spot. (723 characters)

Photo of kevinconroy
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer to say the least. I tried it at freshcraft in Denver. The bar tender and I began discussing beers when a bottle was brought out from the back. The bar tender got it from a friend whom brought it out from the midwest...it's not sold in the west yet. As to the appearance it was hard to judge but taste and smell wise this thing was hoppy like a m-f****er as Samuel Jackson would say. Sometimes with double ipa's you loose a lot of hoppiness and gain more malt. Not with this double ipa...from the moment the aroma hit my nose I knew this was going to be an exceptional beer and needless to say it is one of the best ipa's I've had (653 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted July 25th 2011 (from review)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

Double trouble

A - pale straw, half finger white head and some lacing

S - very sweet, tons of citrus, lots of tropical fruits and flowers, very sweet, lots of malt, slight pungent yeast and all around awesomeness

T - super hoppy, lots of sugar, tons of fruit, grass, yeast, wheat, nice sweet malt, boozey but not to boozey, very slight MJ note. Very simple but tons of flavor

M - Full bodied, excellent balance, simple complexity, medium acidity and a very nice almost perfect hop, malt and sugary booze finish

D/O - This is the kind of beer that makes me want all beers to be readily available all over the America's! One of the better DIPA's I have had and most definitely makes founders worth the "hype"

Final Thoughts - at 9+ ABV this beer kicks it into gear and is one of the better DIPA's. Still, not being easy to obtain, make this beer obnoxiously awesome! (939 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light hazy orange. Nothing special
S: Fruity orange, like a candy fruit cup. Very nice.
T: Again very impressive. Floral taste then hoppy, then fruity, then a touch of alcohol, then an orange finish.
M: Great. No lingering bad flavors. Very sharp and concise flavor.

Overall very great. Maybe not quite as good as Bells Hopslam but damn close. So good that even my IPA hating friend liked it. That's when you know it's good. (428 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours gold in color, on the hazy side, with a creamy two finger white head that left very good spotty lacing with rings as it goes down; not the most impressive looking beer, but on par for a DIPA and good looking overall.

Wow, the nose blasted my senses with sweet floral and piney hops, mixed with citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel and some nice hop spices; this smells like the fresh hops are still in the glass and the hop oil is still in the mix. The hops don’t let up, except to allow some flowers and potpourri whiffs through and then to give way to the grapefruit and citrus notes. Smells like fresh squeezed hops.

Holy Delicious Batman! This tasted of massive hops, but it was sweet without any spice or heat to negate the flavor; the spice is there in the form of coriander or pepper, with some light heat, but this beer is all about the hops. Flavors include floral hops, flowers, piney hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, sweet malt, caramel and/or brown sugar, grass, oily resin, light spices, mild grains and a hint of wet bread; this is a hop dominant beer, yet manages to stay tasty and doesn’t cross the line into hop overkill thanks to just enough malts and grains in the mix. It’s zesty, sweet, oily, citric and has some mild alcohol burn in play, but it still works perfectly for me and went down very easy.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy and oily smooth, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that trails off with a little hop spice pucker. The citrus pucker ends on the bitter side, but again it was just right for this beer to be very enjoyable with tasty citrus fruit flavors trailing.

To me this is what a DIPA should be, as I found this easy to drink and so delicious that I wish I had another growler full of it. An unbelievably good beer that I highly recommend. I've also had this from a bottle and both ways the ABV is masterfully contained for a smooth drinking experience.

Drinking Notes: As I was typing this review up news broke that Osama Bin Laden was finally killed by US Troops in Pakistan; that news made this world class beer taste even better. I salute all our military and intelligence personnel and raise my glass to those killed in battle protecting us, and of course those murdered 10 years ago on 9/11. (2,316 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear amber, light-orange color. About a fingers worth of head forms on the top and slowly fades. Nice lacing is apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- A hop bomb, I could smell this one as I opened the bottle. The hop characters noted are mostly of citrus.

T- An awesome beer. Front of the sip is all hops. Tons of citrus notes, with some piney resin as well. Finishes bitter and dry.

M- Bitter, slightly boozey but extremely drinkable.

Double Trouble is an awesome beer, and its up there with Hopslam as one of my favorite DIPAS. (586 characters)

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