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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,608
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 351
Gots: 684 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of Scott_Anderson_
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is confounding. After a fairly vigorous pour, it appears a bright, shiny gold but offers little head on the glass. From my reading this is not typical, so its possible I got a got a bum batch. It smells fantastic, and the aroma might be its best quality about it. Very citrusy; lots of grapefruit and not overly piney. The taste is sharp and seems to try to do too much. The citrus holds throughout, but the beer seems very malty, almost like homebrew extract. Not nearly as smooth as many other IIPAs. Overall, this beer is overrated. I am a big Founders fan, but this beer underdelivers. After finishing my four pack, it left me wanting more.

Scott_Anderson_, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ArrogantJaron
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 10 oz snifter.

A- pours a sweet, golden brown! A slight haziness that appears to almost be sediment. Low, pretty head with good lacing that has staying power!

S- Dominated by heavy grapefruit! Past this mostly booziness! I've read other reviews that get into a lot more detail. I just can't get anything else out of it!

T- Very bitter to start! The malts are sweet at first and follow that with the citrus flavors ( lime and grapefruit). It finishes With citrus bitter hops that, honestly, leave me wanting more. It's hard to describe, but I would say it is a dirty flavor the beer leaves you with. In spite of this, when the you take a deep chug of it, that terrible aftertaste is not so dominant!

M- Again I have to put this down as dirty! Just not a clean or smooth flavor!

D- Now here's something funny, the bigger the gulps you take, the better this nbeer tastes! Not good for sipping but great for tearing through. The only problem with this is the 10% ABV, you can't keep up that pace very long!

ArrogantJaron, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of klewis
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small foamy head. Spotty lacing.

S: Strong hops smell with aromas of grapefruit and celery.

T: Lots of centennial flavor, but that's about it. Hoppy, but lacking any kind of depth or complexity. A gritty bitterness finishes it off.

M: Medium-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. A dry, lingering bitterness.

D: A bit overboard on the centennial IMO. Decent and worth a try, but less than impressive.

klewis, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of MaximalC
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot color with a minimal white head. Tiny streams of bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is quite pleasant, smelling of passion fruit, peach, grapefruit, and some pine. In spite of the pine's modest presence in the nose, it comes through full force in the flavor--we're talking full-on Pine Sol here. Any fruits are very difficult to discern behind the resinous backbone. Perhaps some grapefruit sneaks through? There's also a grassy funkiness--the hop bitterness isn't quite as "clean" as I've found in other high caliber IPAs. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but acceptable for the style.

The bottle says Imperial IPA, and this has all the fierce bitterness you'd expect with that. If I liked IPA's, I'd probably be really enjoy this.

MaximalC, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Hazy golden honey, 0.5 inch white head that dissipated quickly
S-Citrus grapefruit, slight carmael honey malt background, melon flavor as well
T-Grapefruit melon citrus, pine flavor with pine really lingering on back end(slightly overpowering), crushed aspirin astrigency at the end, very drying, nice up front flavor but finish leaves bad impression
M-Full and creamy, low carbo, nice feel in mouth until drying astrigency
D-Good flavor but finish kills the desire to have another one. Good try might be better in 6 months when hops die down a bit.

hopsleeroy, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light hued apricot body with a slight hazy hint. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles with a thin sudsy snow white head that last for a bit.

S- There is a big pineapple weed hop aroma that turns more perfumed with an interesting sweat sock quality, but in a good hoppy way. There are not many malt flavors that cut through the hops but there is a soft fusel note at the finish.

T- This beer has a full pine tar hop flavor that is very floral with a soft pale malt flavor that has a slight sweetness to it. There is a bitter hop punch at the finish that dominates and grows stronger as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol kick that grows as the beer warms.

D- The alcohol heat and the bitterness of the hops really dominate this one. There is not enough hop flavor or aroma to support the bitterness and alcohol and the malt flavor is pretty hidden. I love big hops but not when the bitterness that dandelion pungent bitterness without flavor.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of techfed87
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, frothy head to it, traditional of ones that are common to IPA's.

Color is light yellow, similar to a lager or common IPA.

Scent is heavy on hops, as one would expect a Double IPA, especially with the Founders Brand to it.

Taste is also heavy on hops; it almost feels like what the beer was made for. As Double IPA's go, its mouthful and consistency are everything what you'd expect for a beer of its caliber.

In terms of drinkability, this beer is a true monster. It's a hop monster that takes no prisoners. In that regard, those that can take on the hop can really get to this beer.

techfed87, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a nectarine orange with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a decent amount of lace as it disappears from my glass. The aroma is a hop smack to the olfactory nerve. Huge notes of apricot and pink grapefruit. Just a slight hint of a malty sweetness. The flavor is just about the same. If you're looking for a DIPA that's malt bill lives up to the hop bill, this is not it. Huge notes of apricot, grapefruit, lemon zest with a blast of alcohol at the finish. There is also a almost medicinal bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light with very little malt body. Also the hop flavor doesn't coat the mouth like it does in many DIPA's. To me this is more like boozy hop water then a DIPA. Give this beer some body and mellow out the alcohol burn and this beer could be fantastic.

hwwty4, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bone white half finger head of mainly microfoam with a few oddly placed huge bubbles, above average lacing in thin sheets. Solid murk lends translucency to the light orange to yellow colored liquid, traps the light to increase luminescence. Somewhat high-toned nose, zips through there without much thought on sitting for a spell, pine needle and grass sourness and then more slightly bitter tea leaf scents hit you first, honestly the first few sniffs you miss the caramel and butterscotch notes, mandarin orange to white grapefruit citrus also has your nostrils on edge, as it starts to dissolve the peach, apricot scents almost an afterthought. Full-bodied, dense and doesn't get more than an inch or so into the mouth before sinking in fully. The carbonation may be too fine to cajole things back into motion. Some bitters but mostly grass, green hay and pine bark next to sour grapefruit pith. As in the nose, the caramel and malts in general too little, too late. Sweetest part is the apricot, peach, guava fruit, adds some residual sugar. More scone or muffin baked good qualities than breadiness. Very dry finish, overall the flavor intensity and weight last until the very end.

farrago, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of stonermouse
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very clean yellow, with few bubbles but an impressive and persistent head.

Smell is nice enough; a muted and generic hop aroma that is fairly potent.

The flavor is super clean and dry. I checked out some reviews on this one before sampling, obviously, and lots of folks were able to tease out a variety of flavors. I couldn't get past the bitterness and dryness to get to anything else. The hops are floral, but it's a struggle to really taste anything. Malt and sweetness is non-existent. The brew gets points for cleanliness, but I wish the flavor was more complex.

Mouthfeel is dry and sticky, and the flavor is tough to get out once you've started in on it.

Drinkability is OK, but you have to know what you're in for. It's a sipper for sure.

I truly don't believe this is a great representation of east coast DIPAs, west coast DIPA's, or DIPA's in general. It's just simple, bitter, and dry.

stonermouse, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - a nice hazy orangey body. thin creamy head that goes very very quickly.

S - grapefruit and hops. some pine grass in there as well. pretty nice smell brew.

T - pine and a bit of grass upfront lead into grapefruit. hops hit in the end and are nice. mouth puckering sourness on this one.

M - pretty good carbonation.

O - its a good beer not my particular favorite by them but a pretty good DIPA.

celticfutblclub, May 01, 2011
Photo of Jmick28
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%

Jmick28, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

woodchipper, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Schlafly33, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

RichardMNixon, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Omegaf0x, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ipc2000, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Weavagra
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Weavagra, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

MADPolo, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

riktronics, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

fiedler84, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Ace1117, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

brenjames, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

aztraz, Aug 02, 2012
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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