Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,615
Hads: 6,112
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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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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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WTH? I didn't review this? I went through like a case of it!

A - Pours a nice light amber with a mild bit of haze. A nice pour produces at least a half inch of foamy sticky white head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, bit of grapefruit rind, and alcohol which is subtle but there.

T - I think I like this one really cold as to cover up most of the alcohol burn but even then you still get a ton of floral hops, bitter grapefruit and playful citrus, and a slight bread malt to cover the ABV. Enjoyable.

M - Careful with this one. Drinks rather quickly with a medium body.

Overall it's one of my favorite DIPA's and even though my case was 2-3 months old, it drank nice and hoppy all the way to the last one. I would totally get it again next year fresh. Solid offering From Founders. (781 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the 2010/2011 production, well stored in a temperature controlled environment. Poured into an English Imp Pint Nonic

Served at 45-50 degrees

Pours a nice one finger head, which dissipates rapidly to a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl or two of the glass. This beer is alive!

Beautiful deep gold color.

Powerful citrus dominated aroma when first poured, after it settles down a bit you can detect distinct piney resin, fresh yeast, and some light malt. A very refined and complex aroma.

Very crisp, very full bodied, hopped up entry in the mouth, delicious yeast and bitter hops linger on the tongue forever. Some very mild malt in the background.
Great carbonation, again in perfect balance with the other components of this beer.

A very delicious, refreshing DIPA with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the aggressive hops and 9.4% ABV. In fact you do not notice the ABV at all.

A statement could be made that this is not a typical DIPA as so many make there brews in a heavier, sweeter style. But to my tastes this is a classic and has everything you could hope for in a DIPA.
At approximately $60 a case for 24 bottles this is actually a very good buy. Worth it! (1,207 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a thick foamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, piney and floral hops, lemon and some spice.

The taste was of moderately bitter piney and floral hops, citrus, lemon, and spices.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, the flavors were very noticeable, almost something different with every sip. This was also incredibly easy to drink, a bit dangerous with the higher abv. (486 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from csmiley in the Black Booty BIF 09.

Totally pale without a trace of carmel malt. Tons of fine yeasty haze and a big sticky head of foam...looks great! Besides the yeast floaties its a brite beer without protein.

Smells bomb. Big wafts of citrusy hops, mostly Simcoe I presume. Excellent aroma of pure hop bliss.

Tastes much as expected from the look and smell. Huge hop presence; almost too much to believe. Surely dry-hopped but probably with oils of aroma tabs in addition to pellets (NZ hops?). Malt provides mouthfeel but doesn't get in the way, in fact gladly bows down to the hops. I'm thinking lots of dextrin malt. Nice esters suggesting juicy ripe tropical fruit. Bitterness and malt sweetness are definitely there in big quantities but totally balance each other out, letting the huge hop aroma plow through. A tiny bit of alcohol burn comes through in the fallout as it warms, along with massive hop aroma of course. Delicious hop burps to follow.

Interesting mouthfeel that totally fits the beer. Just a bit chewy, but not cloying at all. Medium carbonation i just right to cut through the sweet malt.

Refreshing an very drinkable, especially fresh. I drank it at 49F and it was just right. Highly recommended for hop heads! This is the real San Diego style IPA, for those that think Big Head is. Cheers! (1,346 characters)

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled, less than a couple weeks old...

A: Very nice sunset orange, slightly hazy. Thick resinous head, a lot of alcohol legs and lacing on this one. Very nice looking DIPA.

S: Wow, super hoppy and astringent! Very pungent, grapefruit piney, somewhat citrusy, slight malt sweetness coming through.

T: Wow, awesome to say the least, great hop bomb right here. It's right up there w/ Hopslam IMO. Not super drinkable, but it's pretty damn drinkable for the ABV.

MF: Some what thick, resinous mouth feel.Which makes it not super drinkable, because if it was a little lighter, this would be dangerous. Cream, some what oily mouth feel.

Oerall, I like this beer and find it to be underrated. It's up there with the best of them! (739 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden straw colored with a rather foamy pure white head.
hops just fill the room, slightly boozy, pine and sharp grapefruit.
ive waited till the end of this 4 pack over the span of a few days to review this beer, and it just gets better and better. grapefruit and orange rind with a brisk carbonation make for a rather aggressive mouthfeel, but this is the style i love. it really just smacks you across the face with hops.
its sticky and oily, as it leaves lacing all around the glass. it leaves a resiny coating on your tongue that makes sure you remember what youre drinking. im glad i got this fresh as possible to know what it was all about.
after a few sips, the alcohol does come up to bite a little bit, but not overly so, however i can see how it may offend some people. highly recommended. (802 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Reddish-orange with a quickly thinning tan head. Smells herbal and oily with faint fruits. Has a precise, floral bitterness on the palate that ends with a splash of orange, a hint of spice and consistent all the way through. Medium with enough heat to keep you warm. A potent yet refined, classic DIPA. (306 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done. (832 characters)

Photo of cpone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden body with a foamy slightly off white head.

S: Tons of citrus. Ruby red grapefruit is almost overpowering, but it is in no way offensive. Floral in addition to strawberry and mild hop bitterness.

T: Mild bitterness that slowly builds in strength, met with a mild malt sweetness. Finishes like a grapefruit, bitter and slightly tart. Hides the abv very well, much like PtE but this has even more.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, with a lot of structure. No hint of wateriness.

O: Awesome. It's a great choice for hopheads used to west coast ales but are looking to try a slightly different flavor profile. (625 characters)

Photo of philly224
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a light golden color like almost every other beer of its type. Pretty good head on this one and it lats for a decent amount of time.

S: Lots of pine and honey scent, seems just about right although not as much hops as I would have expected.

T: Moderate amount of hops with a good bit of honey. Overall taste great!

O: Great beer that I will probably revisit in the future when I can't get hopslam. (439 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update with 2011 batch. 12oz bottled January 26, 2011, two weeks old today. Noticeable improvement in the aroma, all the great citrus notes but increased strength. Add in some cannabis and cat spray (smells like Simcoe). Flavor is about the same as previous review. I might actually be enjoying this as much if not more than this year's Hopslam. Damned good stuff, at least when super fresh!

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12oz bottled Jan 7, 2010. Pours hazy amber with a large 2-3 finger white head. Retains a nice cap with plenty of sticky lacing. Nice swirls of haze in the glass.

Aroma is citrusy hops, grapefruit & orange, some grass, light caramel. A little quiet overall.

Flavor is big on citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, grassy hops up front, some caramel sweetness, then a lasting bitter finish. A tiny touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, slick, oily, prickly carbonation.

Can't help but compare this to Hopslam. Double Trouble is more bitter, for sure, but lacks the strength and complexity in the aroma. I like 'em both, and I like they have different strengths. (1,115 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel tulip

A- pours a slightly orange golden, very clean and crisp with a half a finger of white head that settles into a film, nice lacing.

S- pinneaply citrus, pine, alcohol, a hint of malt, a very nice hop aroma.

T- similar to the nose, bitter pine hops with a slight alcohol bite, pineapple , not overly sweet, and very well balanced. Resinous hop flavor. The alcohol is well hidden on the hops.

M- medium body, with a nice medium carbonation that Works beautifully here, I'd say the body is dry overall and very well rounded, for all that bitter hop flavor it doesn't heavily coat your mouth with hop resins leaving a long bitter after taste. Very very drinkable.

O- an awesome dipa, one of my top for the style, inwishbi could drink this beer all the time, a great brew . (816 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Founders brewery. Has all the typical characteristics of the style.. orange-ish color, grapefruit-ish hoppy aroma and flavor, strong alcohol backbone. Was balanced appropriately as some beers of the style can be too overwhelming in terms of bitterness or strength. Really enjoyed this one and picked up a few to come back to later. (354 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong golden color with some copper hints. A nice .5 inch head is present. When it recedes in leaves a nice thin film with some sticky ring.

S - Sweet grapefruit hints with a citrus backbone as well. Nice grassy hops! SO appealing. Some nice biscuit like grain is in the nose as well.

T - Nice grapefruit citrus quality first off with a nice mix of sweetness. A nice grain back bone guides the massive hop character of this beer. I can see why all the comparisons with HopSlam. Some nut like quality right before the massive hop bitterness and citrus character carries the beer down. Nice bittern dry finish.

S - Crisp, medium body with a nice hop earthy tone. Nice CO2 content.

D - Incredible for and IPA and a beer with 9.4 ABV. Good Job. (795 characters)

Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I poured this into a Belgian ale glass because I can really appreciate the aroma.

A - a mildly cloudy, copper color with medium head (about a half inch thick).

S - big grapefruit aroma with a clove/pine earthiness.

T - The "double" factor is definitely evident in this one (i.e. don't chug). The warmth of alcohol is mellowed by sweetness and quickly followed by bitter pine. Minimal aftertaste.

M - medium body.

Overall - This is a great example of the style. I haven't found anyone who doesn't appreciate this Double. Thanks Founders! (542 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy deep golden yellow with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Hops, pine and citrus. Sweet caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. The bitterness is up front and the sweet malt follows. Matches the nose. Very good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: This is a really good Double. I was surprised to see 9.4% ABV - I couldn't tell. (451 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 4/6/13 served in a tumbler glass. It pours a nice clear gold body with a chunky white head. Double Trouble smells of big juicy hops, resinous pine, light caramel malt, and a touch of booze.

It starts with pungent hop flavor of grapefruit, citrus, lemon, some malt, and finishes with bitter pine flavor in my mouth. It's not overly bittersweet and not too resinous. Lots of juicy fruit flavor to be had in this one. It has a nice medium mouthfeel that drinks easy but is lethal.

It reminds me a lot of HopSlam and turns my world upside down / : (559 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Enticing light golden honey color with a finger of bone white head. Very admirable lacing.

S: As soon as your nose gets even slightly close to the glass you get a humungous burst of tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, papaya. Smells like heaven to me!

T: Juicy hops lathered in tropical fruit flavors. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. Finish is slightly malty, but not overpowering. Not cloyingly sweet like some DIPAs.

M: Just the right amount of bitterness. Amazingly refreshing finish.

O: This is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. Founder's never disappoints! (603 characters)

Photo of Apom
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those double ipa's that is so drinkable it's scary, would love to try the barrel aged version of it. The aroma and taste on this one match up perfectly.only picked up a single, now wishing I had just bought the 4-pack. Founders has never really disappointed me and they still haven't. (299 characters)

Photo of adnauseam007
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottled 6-Jun-2014, Drank 9-Sep-2014

Aroma (11/12) - A bit of caramel malt notes up front accompanied by a huge burst of hop aroma. Mostly centered around orange/tangerine aromas but a definite bit a floral and grassy aromas too. No additional perceived esters may be a slight alcohol/solvent aroma to this.

Appearance (3/3) - Pours a light copper with a thick white head that lingers on the top of the beer for as long as I'm writing this review. Very dense almost Belgian-type head to this one and there is some lacing as it goes down. Brilliantly clear.

Flavor (17/20) - Amazing balance of malts and hops here--the hops are prominent and have a wide range of complex flavors including orange citrus/pith, floral, spicy (perhaps phenolic?) notes. The malt is still playing an important role in this beer by not letting the hops get too aggressive.

Mouthfeel (5/5) - Finished smooth without much dryness or bitterness lingering on the palette. Perhaps the most underrated part of this beer is the creaminess which really makes you want to keep drinking this and savor every sip.

Overall (8/10) - An excellent beer that I would happily purchase again when it's available in season. Not as bitter and hop-centric as some of the bigger IPA names out there but I'm completely fine with that--this is well balanced and the flavors are complex enough to keep you guessing. (1,379 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt copper, with a thin head.

Oh my goodness, like a good IPA should. The Imperial part stands out at the edge of the smell, a slight buttery vanilla note.

These does exactly what a good double/Imperial IPA should. I has the sweet thick flavor, but does not miss out on the hop bitterness, especially the end. The end is a non-lasting bitter that cleans the palate, and does not linger.

I was expecting the thickness, but the carbonation seems really demure.

Some brewing companies are just known for doing a great to superb job on all their beers, and Founders is definitely one of those rare few. This is a deadly Imperial IPA, because it is so smooth and delicious. (720 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Bright yellow, cloudy. Off White 1 finger head. Nice lacing.

Smell-Pineapples, Mangos, Tangerines. Nice boquet of floral and piney hops. In your face, beautiful aroma, comparable to Pliny.

Taste-Big bitterness upfront. Followed by tropical fruits, very juicy. Finish is sweet with some light bitterness. Floral. IBUs are apparent from start to finish. Very nice flavors, extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, Low carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall-Excellent IIPA, glad I have more in the fridge and will probably drink another right now. Up there with Pliny, Ghandi Bot, Maharaja and others. West Coast style IPA with all the tropical fruits. Oh ya, and great artwork. Founders needs to come to Texas! (720 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Double Trouble in to a pint glass.

A - The hazy orange beer looks beautiful for a Imperial IPA. It has a small half finger of head with a aggressive pour.

S - First thing I get is grapefruit, some citrus, orange. The hops comes through with a little pine as well.

T - Wow, a lot going on here. It has some bitter hops, grapefruit again, malt sweetness in there to really balance this beer beautifully. Obviously there is some strong hop character with pine. Very nicely done here.

M - This is where this beer shines, its nice and smooth with quite a bit of body to it. I would put it somewhere in the medium range, it just coats your mouth really nice for a IPA. Lovely stuff here my friend.

O - Just another solid offering from Founders. Enjoy! Cheers! (765 characters)

Photo of basics
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely light golden color. Slightly hazy but vibrant overall. One finger head with aggressive pour.

S: Beautiful, one of the best aromas I've ever gotten. Load of astringent fruity hops. Grapefruit, Papaya, Prune juice.

T: the taste matches the smell, except even more fruit. Biting bitterness all the way through, but especially on the back. It lingers on the tongue for quite a bit even thought it's not a "syrupy" hop presence. Reminds me of the same hop profile as 'sucks' except bigger and better. Hardly any malt.

M: Medium to thick-- Slick and oily at first, breaks down into slightly sticky lingering bitterness, near perfect.

O: My new favourite IPA-- severely underrated. I put this above Hopslam in a heartbeat. (732 characters)

Photo of BenJames1984
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed my recent four-pack straight from Founder's. A steal at 10 bucks.

Appearance- A deep straw color capped with a thin, slight film. Lacing was minimal, but present.

Smell- Awesome burst of citrus hops, with just a touch of sweet malts.

Taste- Let's say the 86 IBUs make themselves present, which is a good thing. Again, citrus hops were present, backed with full bodied malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The flavors engulfed my palate in a lightly carbonated manner. Even though this is packing a 9.4%, I could easily take on three or four in a session.

I'm going to be pretty sad when this stuff is all gone. Hopefully, we'll see it next year. (656 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.