Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,984
Reviews: 1,625
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of alkemy
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of kevinconroy
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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'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

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of vic21234
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden yellow and very hazy. I love seeing a DIPA this pale in color. Lots of bubbles rising to the top help to maintain a thin, foamy white layer on top. After the initial pour the head was not much, but the foam does coat the glass.

S - Yes! Big blast of juicy hop goodness. Tropical and citrus fruits with lots of pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of lemon. There is also a nice sweetness to the nose reminding me a little bit of honey. The hops are on splendid display in this one.

T - Light, biscuity sweetness initially that is quickly overcome by a big citrus hoppiness. The tropical pineapple notes are still present as well, just not as strong as they were in the nose. The hoppiness maintains its bitter hold through the drink and finishes with a crisp lingering bite.

M/D - On the lighter side of medium bodied with an excellent crisp carbonation. The hops dont have the mouth coating feel of some oter big DIPA's, but that is about the only criticism I can come up with. An excellent DIPA.

Photo of mwill7287
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date reads "1/6/2012" (consumed on 2/5).

Appearance: When put in the light, this beer appears a mild straw color with a little bit of cloudiness in the body. A standard pour produces a light white head which quickly fades to a thin ring of surface lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles skirt through this brew. This time through the beer, there's virtually no lacing left behind on the glass. The ring of surface lacing fades away about halfway through the drink. 4.5/5

Smell: A beautiful pine and citrus bouquet compose the nose. Bright orange, tangerine, bitter grapefruit pack a strongly aromatic punch without being pungent. Lovely. 5/5

Taste: Starts with a jab of bitterness with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. It's strong on the piney resin. Bitterness rides the wave of each sip and sticks around for awhile in the aftertaste. However, the bitterness is never overwhelming - it's just right. Citrus textures flesh out the hoppiness beautifully. Just a bit of malt crispness balances this one out to keep it sane, but it's really hops all the way. Marvelous. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble turns out to be fairly light and easy drinking for a double IPA. It's a bit more carbonated than I expected based on appearance; it turns out just right. The bitterness creates a desirable dry spot, just enough resistance to prevent over-imbibing. 4.5/5

Overall: Founders, as they so often do, win the battle here again for me. Hopslam is great, but Double Trouble takes things to just higher a level with the full aromatics, juicy flavor, and just a bit of resistance in the mouthfeel. Love, as always. 5/5

Photo of secondtooth
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque gold/yellow..moderate head. Not especially attractive.

Aroma, though? Try strong and fragrant. Happy green hops galore. Fresh, strong, pine-grapefruit. I liken it to enjoying a sunny day in a meadow. Impressive and beautiful.

Flavor is amazing...grassy, earthy, bitter...much citrus. And the high ABV isn't masked by the rampant hops overflow. It's altogether a powerful assault on the tastebuds that I, for one, welcome.

Absolutely delicious, and a benchmark Imperial IPA to me.

Photo of brurevu
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: It poured a deep gold with a solid white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was full of tropical fruits, floral hops and citrusy grapefruit notes. The initial taste was a huge grapefruit rind bitterness that deftly slid into a lingering floral hop bitterness and dry finish. The bready malt backbone helped hide alcohol that was undetectable. As the beer warmed the flavors became more intense and well balanced taking you through it’s robust hop flavor profile with every sip. A troublingly tasty and tippable brew despite it’s high ABV and bold hop flavors.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: light amber; moderate head
S: striking aroma of honey and lemon; the scent lingers for some time
T: fulsome hoppy flavor; bitter (NB the 86 IBU rating) with strong hints of pine needles
M: foamy, silky mouthfeel; I've not felt a beer with this kind of delicate mouthfeel in a long time
D: the beer invites you to have more, remarkable considering how hoppy this beer is (but not remarkable considering how happy this beer drinker is).

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle dated 5/29/14 into IPA glass. Not quite fresh but this is New Hampshire, so that will have to do. Slight white foam head and minimal lacing. Beautiful aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is of strong grapefruit and warm burn from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is peppery and a little carbonation as well. Overall, a very well done Imperial IPA that I'm glad I got to try!

Photo of troegaarden
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Poured vigorously into the glass with the result being a very present, off-white head which quickly subsides. There's a nice 1/2 a finger head retention throughout after it subsides. The brew is a very deep, almost Tootsie Pop orange in color.

S: The aroma is definitely very hop-forward with this beer. Definitely something you could expect with a double IPA. The hops are pretty astringent in the nose. Also, the hop character is very citrusy in nature with this beer.

T: Big hop presence in how it tastes with a big malty background as well. I think that the hops definitely dominate this beer, but you can still taste the malt going on in the background. This beer finishes rather dry and the hops linger slightly on the tongue. I get a little Pine along with some citrusy fruitiness.

M: The mouthfeel is generally smooth, although the hops disrupt this a little bit.

O: This beer is definitely a solid DIPA. Very tasty and hoppy as you could expect from Founder's Brewing.

Photo of JohnQVD
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bronze colored with a thin wispy head that dissipates to a ring on the edge of the glass. Scents of citrus (tangerine and grapefruit) and a bit of pine resin or maybe spruce. Taste is citrusy and floral, with a lingering bitterness. Feel is light, with light carbonation.

This is definitely hop forward, but is still really excellent overall. It's high alcohol, but the hops are more prominent than any booziness.

Photo of david18
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I had the Centennial and wasn't impressed. i had the pale ale and the porter and was blown away. I think of all of them this was my favorite.

I'm not sure which hop i'm tasting and smelling but there's something there that I haven't had with any other double ipa. I guess it's piney but whatever it is it's very unique.

The drying effect of the hop is great! You feel the drying but are very refreshed at the same time.


Photo of Packforever1976
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in my 12 oz. tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger off-white head. Ok retention for the style, leaves a nice layer on top. Very sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is full of big hops...lots of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits. Wow. I have no words, smells amazing.

T: Taste echoes the aroma, and it's better than I imagined it would be. This beast is just so juicy, full of juicy hops. There is a spicy bite in the back, like a peppery rye.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Carbonation is right-on for the style. Finishes dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable, this one could get me in trouble...if I had more that is. So damn tasty. I'm thrilled that we'll finally have Founders here in Minnesota in the coming months, as they make some fantastic stuff.

Photo of JDizzle
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap and from the bottle. This review is from the bottle poured in a snifter.

A:Golden copper and orange with a sweet white head.

S:citrusy hops, grassy, resiny bliss. A little malt comes through as well as some alcohol. Great smelling DIPA!

T:Bitter Grapefruit, orange, booze, with a light malt bill. Explosive bitterness! One of my favorite beers on the planet. Barely notice the alcohol content, sure do feel it though.

Founders keeps winning me over time and again! This beer is available for about half the year which makes it that much better.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sammy's in Belmont, NC.
Pours a very clear golden orange color with a thick white head and tons of pretty lacing. Smells of orange and tons and tons of piny and grassy hops. Tastes like Jesus, of citrus and an unrelenting blast of palate numbing hops. Just awesome. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, its just an awesome beer, by far the best I have tried from Founders.

Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint rich honey golden with a dense head that quickly fell, leaving a sticky lace throughout. Waves of pine resin and grapefruit citrus rise from the glass to the nose. The beer strikes the mouth thick with an alcohol warmth. While the hops attack in a floral pine bite, they are backed equally by a toasty malty backbone of sweet balance. The hops never subside, the tongue tingles from their spice, but the malt continues to deliver sweet burnt caramel. Grapefruit citrus swirls around the mouth. After it's gone, the tingle of hops and the warm glow of 9.4% abv are the obvious remains. this is a huge beer that brings a massive balance between a mountain of hops and an ocean of malt. The alcohol takes a flavor back seat but punches harder than some 11%s I've had (unearthly for one). To steal from Shaefer: this is the one beer to have when you're having only one! Afterwards, the mouth is corrupted and the mind is fogged. Founders has balanced it's no-prisoners hop attack with a huge malt presence that warms the mouth. DIPA it it's finest.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow golden color with a light two finger bubbly head.

The smell is of HOPS!!! Tons of citrus hops with some grass and straw aromas as well.

Taste is grapefruit and citrus hops smacking you in the palate. The hops absolutely dominate here. Fantastic IIPA, I very to Founders Harvest Ale in taste but much more hoppy. Not too much malt present going on here. Definitely a top tasting IIPA, so much hop goodness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light for an IIPA. Very crisp finish.

Very drinkable, alcohol is detectable though coming in at 9.4%. One of the best IIPAs out there, absolutely delicious.

Photo of Magpie14
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: delicate gold and yellow with some copper hues. Small fizzy bleach-white ring gathered on top. Plenty of movement within, many a bubbles rising. Appearance is timid, despite its big numbers. Curtains of lacing occupy majority of my glass. Sticky icky foam

S: nose is rank with hops: grapefruits (pink and white), oranges, mango, and pineapples. Quite a mix. Nothing in the way of malts, probably will change upon tasting. All in all, this is a hop blitz to the nose

T: yikes, complete and utter hop goodness. I can detect some juicy tropical fruits and the usual suspects (oranges, grapefruits, and a few pine notes). The finish is very intense and bitter, near acidic, with a slap of sweetly toasted pale malts. However, malt lovers need not apply
After a few sips it is coming on a little hot, but it's never improper or unruly. Just a great amalgamation

M: smooth and sticky at the same time. Clean and bitter. This brew has the best of both worlds going on. Classy brew

D: Founders has managed to bottle hop juice. A

Photo of Clydesdale
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange-yellow color. The head initially has good size and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and the head deposits a solid splattering of lacing onto the glass.

S: Some mild sugar cookie-ish malt aroma. This has an impressively dank hop aroma, even for a DIPA. Definite tropical/citrus notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of tangy pineapple. There's a less evident but nonetheless pungent floral character lurking in the background as well.

T: Fairly unobtrusive pilsnery malt up front, with some sweetness. The malt here is mostly a blank canvas for the hops to stand out against. A fresh, vibrant bitterness makes a strong initial impression, with lots of tropical, citric, and floral flavors. Tangerine, citrus rind, and freshly cut floral notes are very apparent. Surprisingly, alcohol is practically invisible despite 9.4 abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is somewhat light, but acceptably prickly. A dry, hoppy finish. Surprisingly refreshing for such a big, hoppy beer.

D: This is an excellent Imperial IPA from Founders. Juicy, vibrantly fresh hop flavors and aromas make this a no-brainer. This drinks extremely easily and manages a great balance for such an inherently unbalanced style. Absolutely worth a try - another winner from Founders.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in New York and brough tot Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours an exceptionally light yellow colour, with a frothy but dissipating head of pure white. Really surprisingly light, both in body and colour. Exceptionally fine carbonation forms, and although the body looks fluid, the bubbles stay in suspension for a long time. Looks surprising, but pretty good.

Nose is a joy. Lovely fresh and crisp hop characters, giving slight citric overtones to a basis of rich stonefruit aromatics. Plenty of peach and apricot stone, with characters of lemon and pine. It's so fresh, bright and enjoyable. And way, way brighter and fresher than I expect from a DIPA, especially one of this weight.

Taste is also exceptionally good. The lightness on the body is no lie, although the fact that it's so high in alcohol is a continual shock. Here we get fresh orange-flavoured hoppiness with just enough body to cushion the increasingly sharp bitterness that comes through on the back, but without giving up any of the limelight the hops so rightly deserve. It's cleansing and fresh and bright, with citric aromatics still coming through and a lightness that makes you want to drink it all night.

Wow. I can't believe just how light, fresh, aromatic and drinkable this is for 9.4% ABV. But the extra potency allows for an absolute bombardment of hoppy freshness, which gives it a intoxicatingly bright and aromatic core. An absolute joy to drink. I'm sure I've not had a more drinkable beer of this weight.

Photo of AmishBrew
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma- piney,citrusy,woody,catty,fruity. No sign of malt in the aroma. No yeast character.

Appearance- Pale gold, Brilliant clarity. Poured a very nice head that lingered a bit and then just forms a film on the top of the beer that lasts. Good lacing.

Flavor- This beer runs through almost the whole aroma in the flavor. Nothing dominates, all the hop flavors take turns coming through in the flavor. I get a Simcoe flavor and aroma that I don't really care for, but I can over look it. The way the hops are delivered in this beer is incredible, all clean and well defined. A touch of malt in there. Bitterness is done well, its high but not overpowering. No sign of the alcohol in flavor, but it is warming.

Mouth Feel- Medium- light body, medium carbonation. Drys out nicely which leads to easy drinkability (suck it bud light billboards). warms the belly.

Overall Impression- Ignoring the Simcoe characteristics of this beer. Double trouble is another example of the phenomnal abilities of the brewers at Founders! They must have alien technology to deliver some of the beers they produce. This is no exception. If your not drinking Founders your just not drinking a quality beer. They do have the occasional bombs (Devil Dancer), but I never have a problem laying out the duckets for Founders. West Coast brewers beware!

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,984 ratings.