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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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4,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 4453
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 scotorum


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date visible, but I imagine this is the last leftover of the April 2013 production run. As such the hop profile may be weaker than when it was fresh. I did see it as part of a fourpack a week or two earlier at the same store, and passed on it then. When I returned, only this one bottle remained in the carton.

a: A nearly clear gold with a tall rocky white head which receded to. Just had a brand new Founders Harvest Ale before this tonight, and they look very similar.

s: Slightly funky pine, perhaps due to the age.

t: Pine hops forward in moderate strength. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue like it should with a DIPA.

m: Medium. Good body considering the light color. Silky smooth.

o: Still excellent after all these months. Can't wait to try the new model next Spring!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 05:13:49 | More by scotorum
Photo of bleggs


4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

~$10 for a 4-pack at Harlem Fairway, NYC

A: Golden yellow, cloudy, with a slowly receding two finger head. Moderate lacing on the glass.
S: Extremely pungent. Strong musty hops, pine, a little citrus.
T: Strong, but not overpowering hops. Bitter lemon, pine. Crisp.
M: Medium bodied, with definite hop stickiness.
O: A remarkable DIPA, definitely on-par with Heady Topper. Generally, "balanced" is a throwaway term when it comes to beer, but this one manages to maintain a strong, fresh hop flavor without sacrificing a clean, lemony-crisp smoothness. About as close to perfect as it can get. Very reasonably priced, but tough to find in the northeast.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:36:53 | More by bleggs
Photo of ONUMello


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 4/6/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Hazy dirty orange with a one-finger head
S: Nice balance of citrus/pine/floral/malt
T: Again well balanced, mostly grapefruit along with tropical fruit, pine and caramel
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, the alcohol doesn't show
O: Well made, good balance, pleasant to sip

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:12:53 | More by ONUMello
Photo of shootingbox


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look-golden orange and light haze
Taste-grapefruit,citrus, orange, fantastic
Served -10oz glass
Drank at Millers Ale House which was surprising as they ate not known for their craft beer selection , but I was pleasantly surprised. I have had before and it has always been a nice end to the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 02:02:38 | More by shootingbox
Photo of andrewjraab


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a growler at the newly finished Founders Brewery downtown. That place looks amazing and I have to pinch myself that I live in the backyard of such a world class brewery.

A - Pours a deep burnt orange with good clarity and huge silky smooth head. Nice retention and foamy lacing with every drink.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, piney, hop resin, caramel, malt.

T - Lip smacking citrus hops, piney, nicely balanced with malts and caramel undertones. Really smooth mouthfeel for a DIPA and easy to drink.

O - This is one of the top DIPAs out their and I would put it up against any of the top dawgs. Fits my flavor preference for a DIPA - huge citrus notes and nicely balanced with some caramel malts. This is a must have.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2013 02:07:08 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of snaotheus


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle code appears to be 1421026131916. Bought it at Binny's in Orland Park a couple days ago.

Pours slightly hazy, medium amount of active carbonation, almost no head. Smell is pretty but muted, fresh pine smells and lemon and citrus flowers.

Taste is very nice, honey and lemon dominate for me with a nice bitter aftertaste of lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is light, maybe a little flat. Overall, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 22:52:59 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Hoptron_3000


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear straw colour with a hint of orange. Decent size head that fades.
S: Tons of grapefruit, citrus and pine.
T: Same as the smell. Kind of honey like sweetness. Awesome hop flavour with not too much bitterness.
M: Nice carb. Sweetish finish (like hop syrup)
O: Great Double IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:30:54 | More by Hoptron_3000
Photo of mpedara429


3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Great retention and a ring of lacing all the way around the glass.

S: Sweet grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit.

T: Similar to the smell with a bitter bite on the finish. Not as malty as expected for a double.

M: A luscious medium and creamy body. Carbonation is on the lighter medium side.

O: Wouldn't expect any less than a fantastic brew from Founders. The bitter bite can arguably be off-putting for some but it is not overwhelming. What was surprising is that this seemed a lot less malty than many of the other DIPAs out there and it stands out with a wondeful creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:11:58 | More by mpedara429
Photo of timc100


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a foamy pure-white head - great retention and lacing. Aroma of great astringency - overripe pineapple and mango - a lot of peach sweetness, some pink grapefruit and mild resin. Hints of strawberry as well. More light biscuit malt comes through in the flavor as well as huge citrus and tropical fruit astringency.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 01:41:48 | More by timc100
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer-- I think that it's almost beyond the IPA style.
In someways w/o knowing that it's an IPA -- I wanted to call it a Bock but
then again it is an IPA.

It produced a flowery and fruity nose--

First sip added to the notion of the flower-shop nose.

Body galore!

Maybe there's no malt in the brew-- but I swear there's a sweetness- that loaf of bread.
The hops are there too in abundance.

Even with the 9.4% ABV I can put down the four pack in a sitting while in total beer ecstacy


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:24:57 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of jdhowe


4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to JohnnieNepal for the bottle!

I've been warned that this is likely slightly past its prime, but am excited to try it anyway.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimmal straw-colored head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Little to no lacing left down the glass.

S: Clean malt sweetness backed by a little bit of citrusy hop character. A very small bit of earthiness shows through. Malts and hops complement one another very well, but the hops could be a little more prominent.

T/M: This is definitely just a little past its prime, as warned. Up front is a swelling sweet malt taste with a little prickliness from carbonation and alcohol. Hop bitterness is evident on the finish and not really anywhere else, and a little alcohol shows through toward the end, but not too much -- I'd not guess this for a 9.4%abv beer aside perhaps from the hints from the brief head retention. A nice citrus taste follows the malts toward the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is very good... a solid medium with plenty of carbonation (but not overdone). This is really pleasant to drink, although I do wonder if it might be better fresher. I imagine it would be.

O: Very happy I have gotten to try this. Hopefully I will get to try it a little fresher next time around, but this is still a very good beer even with some age... just a little muted from what I imagine it should be. Very drinkable... almost scarily so for something this high in abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 23:47:56 | More by jdhowe
Photo of MikeWard


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled date of 5/25/13, so 3 months old.

Poured a nice yellow with some orange hints, very faint haze. White foamy head of about 1/2 inch retained for a while before becoming a collar with a faint cover. Lacing was light but stuck. This beer looks almost harmless when sitting there. "Come on, drink me"

Nice hops smell, with just a hint of the alcohol behind it.

Taste is just great, a medium hop assault on the roof of the mouth and sides of the tongue.

The finish is clean, with a slow and not overpowering alcohol burn taking over from the hops bitterness. Mouth is somewhere betweeen light and medium, a bit surprising for such a high alcohol DIPA. About 2/3rds of the way through the beer, the burn became more prevulent than the biting hops. Very soothing and satisfying.

Overall, a very good DIPA from a very good brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:17:29 | More by MikeWard
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great big ipa, just how we like em. pours a dead sexy radiant honey color with a puffy white head, lasting, and maybe two inches tall. its got just the slightest haze to it, with mellow rising bubbles backlit by a setting Adirondack sun. ahhh. the nose is real hoppy, oily and dank, definitely in the west coast mold. some citrus notes, but also some more traditional bittering stuff, and some high alpha varietals too. medium pale and crystal malt middle, enough body and back bone, but gentle enough to lets the hops do the talking, or should I say screaming. this is an aggressive brew, bold and bitter, crisply refreshing for its size, but still sticky in the mouth, sappy, huge. alcohol is obvious but not unpleasant, just a reminder of the power of this beer, and that I probably shouldn't have more than a pint. great carbonation, this drinks pretty easy for what it is. founders has gotten the hops dialed lately, and this beer is a real testament to that, just a real well done example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 19:26:25 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of StaveHooks


4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/25/13

A - Pours a golden pale color with a small white head. Nice head and lacing.

S - Green dank hops, grapefruit peel, pine sap, sweet ripened apricots, rich malts, almost get an eggy mineral aroma.

T - Bittering hops surround a sweet fruity center, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and stone fruit. Then heavy amounts of pine bleed in with a bitter green bite. The pale malts have a honey sweetness and do their best to balance the bitter green hops. Finishes dry with a lemon herbal bitterness.

M - Medium weight but semi viscous at times. Low and slow carbonation. Dry finish.

Here is a dank, bitter, circle of hop flavor, kind of DIPA. This has the flavor and bitterness to match. Pale malts hold up so it's not a thin bitter mess like some IPA's I've had. This leans the toward green pine and grapefruit hops. Alcohol comes out a bit but works with the finish. This is the best Founders I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:23:00 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of brurevu


4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 17:42:50 | More by brurevu
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Soapy and golden. Good lacing.

Smell: Mild lemon. Surprisingly light, especially for a double.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very refreshing lemon, grass, and lemongrass. Again, it's very light for the style with a clean, pilsener finish.

Overall: Could have fooled me it was a double.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:46:44 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Big_V


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this while at the Churchkey for brunch.

A-Lovely deep orange with minimal head

S-Citrus, floral, grapefruit and oranges

T-Citrus, Grapefruit bomb

M-Med carbonation, very smooth

O-Can't help but compare this to OTWOA. A little brother maybe. Don't know. Very similar grapefruit bombs. I will definitely seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 16:39:21 | More by Big_V
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: A nice straw color with an orange hue. 1-2 fingers of head settling to a nice collar. Minimal lacing.

S: Big hop nose dominated by citrus (oranges, tangerines) with lots of piney and grapefruit notes.

T: Big hops from the start, dominated by floral/spicy American bittering hops; layered in is some nice citrus (grapefruit and oranges); a touch piney. A nice malt backbone. Finish is very dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and creamy.

O: Very good balance but maybe a bit on the dry side for an imperial, a bit heavy on the bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 17:29:09 | More by mtomlins
Photo of Wukk


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Double Trouble's scent rises out of the bottle immediately after the cap is removed. Pouring it, into a snifter in this case, only further released the citrusy/hoppy/piny sensation. It's a beautiful golden amber color. I've been waiting to drink this a few days now, and it did not disappoint. Huge hops--malts come through, but don't touch the hoppy bitterness of the brew.

Delicious. Founders can really do no wrong, especially with these rotating beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:07:59 | More by Wukk
Photo of CarlosDanger

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4-pack of Double Trouble at my local supermarket, and again I am astounded when I find really good craft beer in a standard supermarket.

This beer was sharp, had a ton of bite all over my palate, citrusy, hazy, overall very nice.

I prefer my IPA's with a bit of dankness and funkiness, which was not really present here.

Beautiful hazy golden color when I poured it into a glass.

Another solid Founders offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 15:11:26 | More by CarlosDanger
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a quickly fading white head. Aroma almost exclusively of hops. Herbal and pine resin up front with hints of grapefruit, orange rind, and tropical fruits. Sweet malt hits the palate first followed by tropical fruit and citrus pithiness. Finishes bitter. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced and well crafted Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:28:05 | More by JohnG190
Photo of ADZA


3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:37:44 | More by ADZA
Photo of brewtus


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into teku. Pours hazy bright orange with a single finger head. Smell is bready, piney, tropical fruit, earthy. Taste is full of pine, some melon, lots of lemon, I get a little bit of lavender. Mouthfeel is creamier than a typical ipa, as to be expected. Over all this is a great Midwest style dipa. It's got a great appearance, a nice nose, and a lot of unique bold flavors that are still surprisingly smooth. Great label, better beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:34:33 | More by brewtus
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale golden color with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. A little bit of lacing in the beginning as the head dissipates quickly.

S: Strong grapefruit aroma, lots of hops in there.

T: Strong grapefruit taste that finishes with a hint of pine resin, honey and minute amounts of toasty bread in there.

M: Thin fizzy mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty brew. I enjoy hop forward beers and this one does not disappoint. Very good citrus hop flavor that finishes with the flavor of the hops as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:38:10 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of Tonerelia

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin white head.

citrus smell along with pine.

The taste is complex with a subtle bitterness, citrus hop and pine. There is a nice malty back bone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A very good and good representation of an Imperial Ipa. Hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:32:58 | More by Tonerelia
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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