Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,618
Hads: 6,131
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 numinorian
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A A beautiful golden with a thick carbonation and a fairly thin head but a good sticky lace

S Strong scent of hopps and tropical fruit, like a sort of a buttery mango. Also a hint of honey.

T Sweet and more approachable than expected, with hints of pineapple, grain, honey. A great balance of hopps to the sweet notes was apparent

MF the mouthfeel was good, thick andsmooth. Absolutly delightfull.

Drinkability is phenominal for the style, it is so well balanced it really takes on the high alchahol bill.

Overall I find this to be a paramount of the style, a beer to set standards by, albeit a fairly high bar to hit. (623 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured aggressively and less than a half inch of white head. Cloudy orange in color

S- Sweet dark fruit scent mixed with a hopped up boozy scent

T- Sweet citrus and pine hop taste mixed with faint dark fruits up front, followed by a subtle malt taste and a faint boozy undertone. Bitter on the end but no where near overwhelming.

M- Balance is well achieved here as the viscosity, carbonation, and bitterness all work together to bring one helluva party to your mouth.

D- ABV is very well masked here. A sweet and hoppy DIP which i could find myself getting carried away with. Well done Founders! one of the better ales I have encountered (645 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with a 2 finger foamy head. Good head retention and great lacing. Smell is huge on pine and citrus hop notes. Very enticing scent with hints of lighter grains. Taste it big on hop bitterness, but not terribly bitter. Grains and malts balance the flavors nicely, and maybe a touch of honey is in there. Whether it’s honey or not, it’s got a hint of sweet. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Lighter weight with decent carbonation that supports the hops profile nicely. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall, I’m not a hop head by any means, but this is a very good DIPA, and will lead me to trying even more. Once again, Founders gives us a world class beer. (678 characters)

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured to pint glass. Over a full inch of creamy white head, fades slow. Slow n steady visible carbonation. Clear dark, bright yellow. I forced a solid head onto it with a hard pour, but this is a beaut.

Smells of lemony citrus, hops, clover, and white pepper.

Tastes smooth layers of hops, grapefruit, pepper, and hops. A beautiful layered balance.

Feels smooth and creamy with a bitter finish.

Overall, beyond decent. This is an excellent IPA. Stands out for sure. (486 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Nice golden color. Head falls quick. Good lacing. Little ring of bubbles throughout.

Smell: Enormous aroma. Very citrusy, very tropical. Some pineapple flavors and not much malt. Outstanding aroma.

Taste: Huge tropical and citrus flavors. Very juicy. Nice pale malt structure. No toast or caramel in the way. Just big fruity citrusy goodness. Some underlying pine and mild oniony/garlic Summit-y flavors that I generally don't like but smell to work well here. Everything about this is outstanding and well-constructed. Just enough bitterness laying under the waves of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbed. Medium bodied. Long, bitter finish. 9.4% is well-hidden in the flavor/

Overall: I hadn't had this beer in a long time and I've been missing out. A wonderfully constructed DIPA that I'd put up against almost anything. (838 characters)

Photo of smibroncos
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a clear copper with a nice one finger fluffy white head.Ample lacing clinging to the glass.

S. Grass, hops, citrus, floral.

T. Lots of hops but balanced. By a nice Carmel maltiness. Citrus, slightly sweet bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation

D. A superb brew. Another fine brew from founders. (322 characters)

Photo of jordanblaskey
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a metallic golden copper with a half finger off-white head that recedes into a solid ring of lacing all the way around the glass. A lively amount of bubbles billow up from the bottom middle of the glass and transcend outward.

Big hops. Big citrus. Big pineapple. Slight alcohol notes. An exceptional smelling brew. Let's hope the tongue agrees with the nose.

Catch a lot of citrusy pineapple up front. Tropical hoppiness. Double Trouble gets increasingly bitter the further it rolls back on your tongue. Seems hoppier than 86 IBU's. Rather biscuity on the backend. The 9.4% ABV is hidden very well.

A decent amount of carbonation lets this beers bubbles dance around on your tongue. Leaves the mouth slightly dry post-swallow.

An extremely drinkable yet dangerous IPA given the alcohol content. This ranks in my top three brews in this category. A wonderful balance of sweetness and hops. My current session beer. (988 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly yellow yielding mostly orange. Good head at pour, retention and some lacing.

S: Sweet hops - piney and sappy.

T: Bitter hops up front with a nice strong malt balance also present on the back.

M: Medium body but leaning towards heavier despite color and flavor.

O: Really enjoyable. (301 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear golden orange color with a half inch off-white head that drops to a skim that retains quite well. A bit of lacing is left behind.

The aroma is of course very hop-centric, with citrus being the dominant characteristic. Some tropical fruit is also present as well as a bit of pine but it's more subtle. There's also a sweet maltiness behind the hops that blends quite well with them.

Taste is citrusy to the max with some hints of the tropical fruitiness coming through as well. There's a bit more pine in the taste than the aroma which comes through especially towards the end of the swallow. The malt sweetness never really gets a moment of its own, but it serves to compliment everything for a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice creamy texture to it. Damn drinkable.

Interesting to have this released around the same time as Hopslam. I am having the two back to back and am definitely enjoying the Hopslam more, though this is definitely in my top 5 all time DIPAs without a doubt. (1,089 characters)

Photo of edfish
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with little head and lacing.
Smell- WOW! a hop explosion in the nose cirtus/pine
Taste - another hop bomb! This brew is loaded with the hops walks up to the too much hop line and then stops. Has a almost sweet dry finish.
Mouthfeel- full rich hoppieness.
Overall a great IPA warms you all over. (321 characters)

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A: Is this a Belgian tripel or an IPA? A clear light straw color which reminds me of many tripels. The head almost didn't exist, but the ring of bubbles did leave some rings of lacing.

S: I have used "citrus hop aroma" many times before. After smelling this one, those beers didn't deserve it. It smells like a mix of grapefruit and orange juice. Very appealing.

T: This one is definitely NOT balanced, but it still works. The hops definitely attack the mouth with every sip. Beautiful citrus goodness on the tongue. It tastes more like pineapple to me than grapefruit which is a good thing. Why didn't I get a 4 pack of this outstanding brew?

M: Nice in mouth carbonation and the hop bitterness join together to give it almost a spicy character. A very full body for what appears thin in the glass.

D: Although this is loaded with hops like it should be, they do not make you pucker when you drink it. Many others in the style are a struggle to get down. This one is extremely drinkable. I just wish I had another. (1,118 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright golden orange/yellow with a 1" white head. The bubbles vary from small to very large. Decent retention and some spidery lace.

Smell: Fuckin' awesome. Very floral, piney and citrusy. It smells like a high alpha hop variety like Simcoe, Zues or Tomahawk. It's really powerful. I can't imagine a better hop aroma. Sweet, underlying pale malts.

Taste: Piney and quite full of citrus. Lots of IBUs and a multi-spectrum of hop subtleties. A calm start of bitterness mixes with sweetness but then turns to a lingering bitterness and alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Lots of hoppy flavor that lasts and lasts. Not overly bitter initially, but it comes on soon afterward. Medium body with a slightly boozy finish.

Drinkability: The aroma and taste are off the charts for this beer. It's exactly what a DIPA should be. Highly complex and drinkable. NICE!!! (943 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber, 2” finely bubbled white foam collar,
S: Citrus and resin.
T: A mouthful of frothy cream with light fruits sweetened by malt condenses into an assertive grapefruit rind bitter elixir.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation
O: Big alcohol and malt balance assertive hops for an outstanding imperial IPA. (360 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a 12oz tumbler. Having had this out of the bottle this should be a fun comparison.

Lemon to gold yellow body which is cloudy, sporting an absolutely nowhere to go antique white creamy head. This beer also leaves fantastic lacing in the glass.

Bouquet is a great burst of grapefruit at first and perfect sugars. It feels like sprinkled sugar on grapefruit litteraly. Wonderful aromatic hops, and a somewhat dense body, but with a fantastic soft pillow sensation in the mouth. There's a sense of carmalized sugars with this that gives way to a "sense" of cardamom spice too. Really great tasting.

Drinkability is flat out fantastic, a real great beer just got better this way. (714 characters)

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank You Founders for this beer.
Appearance - Thin head, decent lacing golden hue
Smell - Huge Citrus aroma, I always look forward to sticking my nose into the snifter
Taste - Hope up front, Incredible, Grapefruit, dry hops, sweetness! Hops in the finish too!
Mouthfeel - awesome
overall - IMO one of the best beers ever made! (327 characters)

Photo of joemeister
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very golden/wheat yellow, with sudsy foam about 1 inch thick. Just a little cloudy, but the light color still allows you to see carbonation in action.

I don't know if it's just because this is my first Friday night beer, but the smell is borderline orgasmic. Outright hops are punctuated by a nose-clearing pine aroma and sweet orange rind overtones. This is how an IPA should smell. It's fantastic.

WOW. The taste is outrageous. Mild carbonation unfolds into an overwhelmingly refined flavor profile: the hoppy bitterness is pine-based at first but it finishes with a short swing of sweet orange. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet-and-sour hop bouquet. This is rated at 86 IBU's, but my impression is not that this is overly bitter in any respect; in fact, the balance between bitter and sweet is so well tuned that it's kind of blowing my mind. The relatively stout 9.4% alcohol level is also well placed so as not to intrude undesirably on the flavor.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Founders is racking up some serious points in my book. This is the best "normal" IPA I have tried. I say "normal" because my favorite IPA is still DFH 120, by miles. (1,171 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of off-white head that sticks and clings to whatever it touches. Complex aromas that are hop-forward (floral, resinous, citrusy) but packed with sweet malty notes of honey. The taste is nothing short of amazing. The hops are aggressive but extremely well-balanced. Bathes all my senses in a floral and citrusy mist. Stunning stuff. (374 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed medium lemon gold. A medium sized tuft of a whitish foamy head is displayed after pouring with some lacing sheets spewn about with a few craggly strings and spots being left behind.

Aroma is a favorably welcome in a tropical citrusy realm of pineapple, peach, mango, white grapefruit, and orange. Very akin to Hopslam but just a nudge or so less booming.

Flavors are streaming full of the tropics, spiked pineapple with a twist of mango and peach in the front. Mid ranges are kind of crunchy, grabbing, and bold with a slightly toasted bready backing as it then quickly gains a huge fullness of everything as it then rolls into a huge finish of very well-rounded tones of bittering orange and grapefruit peels, pith, and fuzz. Dryness ensues equally among its bitterness which keeps tropical but also touches a bit on some oily pine underneath.

Incredibly easy going, smoothly solid, bigger medium to full body packed full of tropical warmth and delightfully balanced hop tones amidst all sorts of pithy peels, juicy sourness, and drying, parching piney ascents.

Double Trouble is just that! As its double the hoppy tasty fun and definately troubled in its way too easy drinkability! (1,202 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After my fantastic experience a few nights ago with a Centennial IPA, I'm ready to meet it's big brother. In holding the bottle up to the light, I see enough sedimentary goodness to do a Belgian brewer proud, here goes "double" lupulin "trouble."
Pours out a brilliant bright apricot tone of golden lemony goodness. Touch of brownish-tangerine flaked tones, capped by a suprisingly fluffy ever-so-tan head of a foamed cup of a hoppy aromatic explosion that I'm already experiencing just from the pour. Founders seem to have a knack for producing beautifully effevecent IPA's.
What a glass of goodness. My hop-singed nose is experiencing a "Cascade" of tangerines, grapefruit, a sweetish white-peach in there, peppercorns, and the lightish touch of maple smelling pale malt that adds a thin but perfect back to this hop bill. I can't really ask for more from a DIPA, so a high score is in order.
I'm glad I am typing rather than speaking right now, because my goofy, happy smile is too big right now for words. After an upfront thourough tongue-spanking of hoppy fruity deliciousness, I think I am in some "double trouble" with this brew, which means I'll be spending alot of money on many future four-pack of this one. A slight malt backing is the perfect base line for the symphony of hops, spicy citrus, peppery herbs, fresh young greens, wildflower-like earthiness that follow. Outstanding.
Mouthfeel is medium, ending on an excitingly spicy note of fresh citrus that keep the contents in the glass steadily diminishing. The ABV is noticed only in the warmness of the finish, but does provide a nice lightness in the body as well.
This is a phenominal DIPA, one of the best I've experienced and reingnites my excitement for futher exploration for hoppy bliss (1,762 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: easy drinking ipa for strength. nice hop flavor of citrus and pine

mouthfeel: medum bodied

drinkability: very solid DIPA, highly recommend and would seek out again (257 characters)

Photo of Wukk
4.61/5  rDev +10%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of blaje
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, thanks to Jeff from the Winooski Beverage warehouse for this one!

Bright Golden straw in colour, slightly hazy topped with a nice white head that stands up for about 4 minutes.

The nose of this 2IPA is outstanding. Citrus scent dominates; Grapefruit and tangerine. Add some kiwi and some other tropical fruits that I have trouble to sort out. Sweet floral aromas, even cannabis scent do come up.

Mouth is almost creamy to me. Carbonation is medium-low. Would like to sip this one on tap.

Taste: Wow, this is really a good 2IPA. Tons of hops flavours. really resinous ones. Really complex and full of subtleties. Alcohol is very well integrated. Aftertaste seems to never ends. Wow...

Overall: Certainly in my top 5 Imperial IPA so far. Highly complex and pleasantly drinkable. A truly wonderful discovery! Highly recommended. (844 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In general, it nails the look for the style. Not quite as dark as some, it's a pale copper orange color with a slight haziness to it. Despite the haze, it tries to be translucent, but just misses. The head is very contrasting bright white. Frothy with different sized bubbles, it retains well and leaves the classic DIPA lace behind.

Good luck finding a better smelling beer. Think Pacific Northwest. A variety of citrus fruits, some pine, even a bit of malt so the hops have a palatte to play on.

The malt and the pine do most of the shining to the taste buds. I didn't pick up much in the way of orange, grapefruit or pineapple that I smelled, but it's still a great tasting beer as the malt and pine work well together.

I can't think of many beers of the type that can approach this in terms of smoothness and ease in drinking. This is a big beer, a DIPA with big high ABV, and yet I'm almost gulping it because it tastes so good and goes down so easily. I can see this beer causing trouble because it'll sneak up on you. It's borderline light bodied, though the body comes on stronger as the beer works from lips to throat. There is a lingering bitterness in the swallow, just to make sure you remember it's an IPA.

Overall, it's a pretty extraordinary beer. I could easily drink this any time of the year and might just make sure to keep several in the fridge at all times. (1,383 characters)

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta say this brew was amazing. Bottle date was 1/6/12 I had this brew on 1/12/12. Damn this brew was fresh and hoppy as hell yet balanced and very smooth. Big cat pee smell. Which to explain I hate cats but love my DIPA's when they smell like it sorta like cheese I guess. All kidding aside this brew as it all. Big hop smell and taste. I agree with others just a step behind Hopslam. But, considering I can find and buy as much as I want of Double Trouble it just might be better.

Cheers (491 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Semi-opaque straw gold color with a ton of bubbles and a big foamy white head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. Massive weed-like scent. Fantastic.

T. Very lovely floral hoppy taste. It taste like a weed inspired brew. Some sweetness. Not too overbearing on the hops or other tastes.

M. Nice tingly, refreshing feel.

O. Very lovely. Nicely balanced. A really flavorful IPA. (384 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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