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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,651
Hads: 6,362
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,088 | FT: 12
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 mcfatty23
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a half thumb of head that subsides fairly quickly. Small amount of head remains throughout and leave a wonderful lacing on the glass.

S - a definite scent of citrus is the most overpowering sensation however, there seams to be a slightly sour scent too it. also has some notes of some sort of herb that i cant quite put my finger on.

T - amazing complexity, the first sensation is the bitterness of the dry hops, this is quickly followed the sour of some sort of citrus, likely oranges. The next sensation leads to some sort of herb or combination of herbs. the finish is a combination of the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt, neither of which is overpowering.

M - good mouth-feel, extremely light although it has a slightly milky consistency which I generally don't enjoy

D - IPA fans would love this, others should be warned. It is extremely hoppy and is not for the faint of heart. High alcohol content is noticeable but not overpowering.

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Photo of cdpike
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a modest, fine foam. Nose is HUGE of big citrus hops, among some of the most I've ever experienced. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, although shy of syrupy--any more so and I think it would be a bit much (but it's not). Big bodied, and big citrus flavor with hints of pine, spice, but tons of grapefruit. Very bitter finish in a really happy way. BIG double IPA but super drinkable as far as such a big double IPA can be. This is a really awesome beer. Go Michigan brew!

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/7/10.

A: The color is gold with a touch of orange. A slight head burns off rapidly, leaving a murky white film on top of the beer. The lacing is interesting, like beads and strings of sweat that stick to a body on a hot and muggy Michigan day.

S: A blend of super fresh tropical fruit- mango, papaya, pineapple, honeydew melon- and citrus- orange and grapefruit- leap out of this brew and into my nose. There is a slight piney hop fragrance with just a touch of sweet malt that complement the off-the-charts fruity hop profile. This is an exceptional, potent, original smell.

T: Heavier on the bitter grapefruit, pine, resin, and earthy hop flavors than I picked up from the smell. Those tropical fruits are still quite prevalent, but the bitter balance lends a nice complexity to this brew. The malt and yeast lend just enough presence to this aggressive hop profile to present a truly delicious double IPA. Quite sweet and quite bitter at the same time. Remarkable.

M: The body is a little on the thin side, because the malt bill is definitely a backseat passenger on this beer's joyride. I adore the bitter hop profile that is landing on the sides of my palate.

D: For a hophead such as myself, this is quite drinkable. There really is not any alcohol detectable and the sweet tropical fruit/bitter hop counterpoint is quite mind-expanding. I have had this beer several times and I have never been quite this impressed with its complexity and craftsmanship. It is by far the best double I have had in awhile. Congratulations, Founders. I am starting to think that if I had to choose on brewery from which to drink beer from for the rest of my life, the gem in Grand Rapids would be the one.

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Photo of Seanto
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, very fresh.

Appears very light colored starting with a nice head that remains in thin form throughout the consumption. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells fucking awesome. Round and fruity, not sharp pungency at all. Very fresh hop smell coming from this beer.

Tastes initially much like it smells. Fruity with a nice, but not overbearing bitterness coming through rather quickly. The hopping on this beer is probably very much made up of late additions.

Mouthfeel very resinous, lingering fruitiness on the tongue. Not a thick bodied beer, but not thin either. A nice middle ground.

Overall a great example of the style. Really showcases the hops, very little malt flavor to be found. At the same time very drinkeable and not overly bitter. Highly recommended for fans of a lighter colored hop focused double. How does it compare to Hopslam? How the fuck should i know, i didnt get to the store early enough in the day and probably shouldn't be spending $20+ dollars on a sixer anyway.

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Photo of Aircow86
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into an oversized tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber color, two fingers of head which disappeared a tad quicker than I would have liked.

Smell: Hops. Lots of them. A truly enticing aroma.

Taste: Intense; a flavor to be reckoned with. Much as I love the powerful hop flavor, I would have appreciated a tad more malt flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery, nice carbonation.

Overall: Double Trouble brings a hop hammer down on the palate, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I poured the 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass, I immediately noticed a lack of carbonation. After pouring briskly, it produced a 1 finger head of off white foam that receded very quickly leaving a ring and some islands of foam. Throughout, it produced nice lacing. It was a golden yellow/orange with straw colored highlights.

The smell was off the charts. I literally said, "Wow" as I brought it to my nose. It was a very fragrant apricot, honeysuckle, maybe some tart notes of grapefruit and pineapple, but mostly sweet ripe fruits and some floral like the honeysuckle and jasmine. Awesome. Reminded me somewhat of a muscat desert wine.

When I put it in my mouth, the hops were front and center and dominated the flavor profile. The apricot, honeysuckle, and others were all readily evident under the layer of piney hops.

It was well balanced, medium bodied, and full of flavor. Felt good in the mouth. I will definitely look for more of this. Outstanding.

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Photo of johnkale
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale straw, impressive tight head, lingers pretty well for such high ABV, dissipates to lacing eventually

S - awesome, pineapple, grapefruit, a little caramel, a whiff of peach, a touch of pine, very fruity, super enticing

T - a little caramel sweetness but mainly hops, lemon zest, a lot of grapefruit, pine in the finish, awfully bitter at the end with warming alcohol

M - surprisingly light in the body, combined with all the citrus would pair really well with fish, carbonation moderate

D - goes down way easier than it should, good thing it's expensive or I could overindulge on this one. Excellent offering.

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Photo of philip1209
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer into a Duvel glass yields a disappointingly small amount of head, but there is lots of lacing present. Lots of lacing is present.

The smell is very enticing sweet notes of melon and honey combined with notes of pine and hops.

Malty sweetness and floral grapefruit make for a complex flavor. A bit of burn on the back of the tongue turns into a lively finish of hops that hits the whole tongue and is followed by a smokiness reminiscent of a good bread crust.

The name double trouble is quite apt because the double IPA leads to a high ABV that is disguised by a high sweetness that makes this quite dangerously easy to drink en masse.

Overall, a great summery IPA.

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Photo of beerbully
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A-clear, 1/4 inch head, some bubbling, golden color

S-amazing, aroma exploded from bottle upon opening, lots of juicy citrus fruits, mango, gratefruit, pineapple

T-similar to the nose, lots of gratefruit, lemon finish, alcohol well hidden

M-crisp and refreshing a bit dry mild carbonation

O-very drinkable especially for its ABV. great beer for a summer day

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Photo of Polycarp55
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: I am not experienced in rating beers, but this beer reminded me of my favorite beer Plinny the Younger. I bought the Founders at an ABC Liquor, the beer was located on the checkout table, and it appealed to me. I figured $4.50 was a fair price... not cheap but not too expensive. So I tasted the beer and was impressed by its tart and biter features. It was a perfect thing to drink after a long day at work.

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Photo of plutoniumpete
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap Room in Dublin OH during lunch.

Amazing beer. I now know again why this is one of my favorite beers of all time. After being duped a few weeks ago with buying a bottle that was from 2013 and throwing my tastebuds for a twist, this redeemed that experience. Its a huge beer at 9.4%, but the tast is just out of this world. After that year old, I took a sip of this, and was expecting just a mouthful of bitter hops (which would have been fine!), but then there was the more complex aspect. There was something else in there to cut that biterness a little, but didnt take away from the double IPA flavor. There was a fruity aspect in it, after the initial bitter hop taste. Not fruity like a belgian IPA, but fruity like a cross between a peach and a grapefruit that had sex with a hop plant and brought forth a forbidden fruit - a fruit/hop hybrid that we have all grown to love.

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Photo of meatyard
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap and from a bottle today. There is a difference, tap is noticeably better (for me) even though it's very good from the bottle. If you get the chance, find it on tap. I'm reviewing the tap version. Thank you Matt Capone for getting this on tap.

It was poured into a pint glass with a short head by the bartender in order to fill the glass.

Appearance is a hazy, golden/yellow with a small white head that left what lacing it could.

The smell is wonderful. Very floral, citrusy, pine & resin along with a sweet maltiness.

The taste is very much the same as the smell though a bit more balance with an increased malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little oily, just right.

Drinkability is excellent. Sure, after 3-4 (I am an alcohol lightweight) of these I may not recall my name but who cares?

The main differences I see between the bottle & tap is in the smell & taste, both of which are more intense on tap. I notice the alcohol in the bottle and not at all on tap. More balance on tap for me as well and not as bitter.

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Photo of biga7346
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - Bright copper hue, bronze-ish, lots of soapy lacing, big white foamy head

N - Massive pine cone, honey, soap, hop resin, very fresh tropical fruit like mango, apricot; some orange peel, orange pith.

T/M - Resiny and coating mouthfeel, rib sticking maltiness; more of the hop resin, pine resin, hop bitterness, woody like cedar or fresh oak; some of the citrus hope notes shine through, orange peel, pineapple.

D - Awesome drinkability for a massive Cascade-forward double IPA. I load up when this one comes around.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: a light copper. poured a two finger head that quickly disappeared into a half finger head that lingered.

S: burnt caramel, roasted pineapple, apricots, with a slight herbal quality. a lot of lingering grapefruit. Can't wait to drink!!

T: a tart citrus and grapefruit up front with that sweet malt. then come the hops! not a palate wrecker by any means but wonderful bright tropical fruit flavors with an earthy herbal quality that leads to a semi dry finish that leaves you wanting more. the hops are never too bitter but you definitely know they are there. nice and balanced.

M: i know there is almost 10% abv in here but i dont taste it at all! the mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side with hardly any carbonation to speak of.

O: I love this beer! its a wonderfully balanced DIPA that hits all of your taste buds. its sweet, dry, a nice acidic quality, easy drinking and full of dank hops. awesome stuff. i think i'd give this a 94 or 95.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and a few bottles. Fresh 2010.

Pour is slightly darker yellow with white head. Looks like an IPA/DIPA (what else would it look like?)

Smells good. Very good. Citrus, pineapple, grassy, piney, some floral notes, but citrus/pine/grass moreso. Potent.

I love Founders Harvest Ale, and this is that with more hops, grassy bitterness, ABV, thickness, etc. Juicy. Orange peels. Grapefruit. Earthy pine cones. Bites strong on the palate. No subtle or muted flavors here.

Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect for the style. Bitter palate busting bite on the aftertaste rounds out the nearly perfect drinking experience, and distinguishes it from Hopslam's honey sweetness.

Very drinkable, if you really like hops.

Luckily....

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Photo of jimbus
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white frothy head swells above a hazy, pineapple yellow-orange body. Smells of pungent grapefruit and sweet aromatics. A smooth, yet lively burst of citrus, grassy hops lead the taste -- finishes with a nice bitterness and tingled taste buds. Medium mouthfeel; hops oils linger on the enamel. One of my favorite imperials, and yet another one that I would never guess was 9.4% As was once said by a great man, "If you call that a beer, I'd rather have another one."

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden yellow/orange color with a huge fluffy white head that satys around for a long time,huge amounts of sticky lace all over the insides of my glass. Smells of grass(skunk weed,in a good way)pungent citrus and piney hops with very little malt presence.Flavor at first is ultra sugary/tart grapefruit,oily lemon peel, and pine needles, more bitterness,if you let it warm enough you can detect some of the faint caramel malt tones,and this very faint note of honey. Finish is dry and a little boozy. Medium in both body and carbonation.One of the best growlers of beer ever drank. Super Ultra Good !

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours(near room temp) a slightly hazy golden yellow with a good 2 finger head of foam. I see some nice lacing here.

The smell is super hop dominated with lots of tropical fruits hitting my nosebuds. After a few more whiffs, I do get some caramel malt sweetness but it's on the faint side.

The taste is yummy and hoppy but not, in my mind, overly bitter. Good for that. Lots of grapefruit and mango tickle my palate but I can definitely taste the malt influence of some nice sweet tones...maybe more than others that have reviewed it. Hey, I'm a hop head at times and a malt head at other times so I'm drinking this brew and yes, it has a wonderful bitterness to it but I also like what the malt is doing here and it has a bigger presence to me than what I notice in others' reviews. Come on folks, give the malt some well deserved credit here! ;^) Ok, so no, it isn't anywhere near perfect balance but it has enough malty goodness to take the edge off of what could have been a DIPA that went over the top with the hops and made your mouth pucker with every sip. It didn't do that to me and it *worked* for me. Good show, Founders. I salute you yet again.

Nice medium mouthfeel with a lowish level of carbonation, it feels very smooth and silky.

Drinkability? The big abv is, what can I say but....very well hidden indeed! Dangerously drinkable so I'm glad I can't get this locally or I'd be in <see name of beer>. Ok, I tell a lie, it would be awesome to have this beer at my beck and call. This is damned delicious and I thank you hugely, John!

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Photo of craftfreak
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a few glasses of Breakfast Stout I decided to switch it up to close out the night, so I poured a glass of Double Trouble... and at 9.4% abv it was perhaps a poor choice and certainly was my night cap. The name is spot on as I knew I was in trouble from the first sip. Unlike Hopslam or other Double IPA's that balance the large amount of hops with equal amounts of malt to add a touch of sweetness to cut the bitterness, Founders seems to have left that out with this one. It instantly drys the mouth with a bitter puckering that made me feel like I was in one of the old warhead sour gum commercials.

It smells fantastic! All those hops throwing the classic citrus with pineapple and grapefruit tones all followed up with an almost spruce tree like hint of pine. A golden murky yellow almost honey colored with a rich creamy head, it definitely looks the part.

The first thing you notice when it hits your tongue is unabashed hops. Bitter, citrus and pine, it tastes just as it smells with very little malt to balance the insane amount of hops in this beer. A hop heads dream! Medium bodied but still very substantial mouth feel that lingers nicely after each sip leaving your mouth dry and wanting more. With 86 IBUs it ranks right up that at one of the most bitter IPA's, not in the top 100 but it holds its own.

On Tap at Shark Club of Howell, MI

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I know that I keep saying that I am trying to divest myself of bottles, but when I was over at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on Wednesday following a doctor's appointment for swollen ankles, I needed one to fill out a mixed six and amazingly, I have not reviewed this previously.

My aggro pour not only caused a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention, but it released a lot of esters. So much so that my eyes watered briefly and I even sneezed! In the interim, the head began to fall, leaving sticky acing in its wake. I would need a jackhammer later to remove all of it. Color was reminiscent of the old television show, Solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity! This, of course, brought forth the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Croesus and Midas, all clamoring for some of my gelt. I went for a deeper sniff instead and found the nose to be a combination of pine tar and caramel, but in a very nice way. Mouthfeel was dense and heavy, like a dollop on the tongue. It came with a boxer's one-two punch with the fusel alcohol heat softening up my poor, bruised tongue and then the intense pine hops hitting right behind. Holy ...! I was rendered at a loss for words for a moment and it caused me to wonder what kind of havoc its brother, Devil Dancer, might be like. Phew. 86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, just the way I like to start every day. I know that fresher is better, especially when it comes to hops and this read "Bottled 06/17/2014" and I began to wonder what it might be like aged. Phew. Did I say that already? My eyes were watering, my nose was running and I was beginning to doubt my self-proclaimed hophead status. Finish hit like a belt to the solar plexus and if you have never had the pleasure, try this. It was literally breathtaking. Dry and hot and suddenly, the Zephyr winds could be heard blowing across the Sahara! OMFG. I had better stick to AIPAs in the future.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gold orange with a head that quickly dropped to just a mere skim leaving some nice lacing behind. The smell is extremely interesting, behind the hops it just reeks of fresh peach to me. I kept sniffing the beer throughout my time with it, just because it was so much fun to get that strong of a peach smell from a beer. The taste is hop-forward, tropical with an accent of pine, but mostly tropical. The finish was quite bitter, but in a contradiction, also smooth. I don't know how that gets pulled off, but I enjoyed it very much. It's a little heavy in the mouth, but still very drinkable. In fact, at 9.4% it is dangerously drinkable.
Like a lot of people, I had this beer side-by-side with Hopslam. Even though they are the same style they are very different beers. Hopslam gets a slight edge in my opinion, but I really enjoyed Double Trouble and the two beers compliment each other very well. There are definetly days and settings where I would prefer Double Trouble to Hopslam.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy bright golden orange/yellow with about a finger of off white head which recedes within 2 or 3 minutes to a thickish/bubbly outer ring, pretty decent lacing.

S - Tons of citrusy grapefruit/orange rind, some sweet caramel malts, pine and maybe a bit of honey. Smells phenomenal.

T - Definitely a hope bomb. Citrusy and slightly spicy initially but the explosive bitterness quickly kicks in, which lingers a good bit. Really cant get much past the overwhelming (in a good way) bitterness initially, until my palate adjusted after about 1/4 of the brew. At which point the sweet juicy citriusyness is more recognizable, the malts are certainly overpowered in this one. Fantastic flavors by the second half of the beer.

M - Medium bodied for sure, quite refreshing due to the bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O - After half of one of these my palate has fully adjusted and is able to pick up more flavors than the powerful bitters, founders doing its thing as usual.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a clear golden straw yellow with a white cap head that is leaving some lacing, but could lace a little more.

S: The aroma is lacking a tad in complexity, but is on the hairy edge of a 4.5. The main notes are piny hoppyness, small notes of grapefruit linger in the background waiting to bust out.

T: The flavor is blissful bitterness. Grapefruity, citrus, hoppy bitterness. The complexity of the hops is just about the best you'll find in an IPA.

MF: Mouthfeel has perfect carbonation, but I would have preferred a little thicker body.

O: Overall this is an excellent IPA. Definitely in my top 5. I just wish I could get this fresh in Florida!

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

Pours into a Dogfish glass golden orange with some translucence. Aggressive pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates to a centimeter. Scant amounts of lacing.

Caught a whiff of this right when I opened it, I love when that happens. Up close the first scent I get is white grapes. Interestingly I've never gotten that from a beer before, let alone an IPA. Lots of mango, pineapple, hoppy aroma. Slight booze on the nose. Smells amazing.

Following the aroma, the taste is also great. Front end is some aggressive bitterness. White grape again dominates. Also tropical fruits as well. Not getting any malt backbone here. No noticeable booziness in heat or taste. Nice dry finish.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. Aftertaste of white grapes lingers nicely.

Overall this is a fine offering from Founders. I've had trouble finding a true DIPA from them (Devil Dancer was more of a barleywine) so this one is great. Glad I got a 4 pack instead of a single. Will definitely try to find this again.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to Kegatron for the bottle.

This pretty hue of light orange eminates from the glass topped by 1.5 finger widths of bright white head. The head doesn't seem like it's going to stick much, infact there is even some soda type bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass underneath the head. Some lacing is present, but splotchy at best. A very thin ring of head seems to stick around for a good while.

Smells quite wonderful with a lot of different things going on. It's really floral, and has a semi-dank quality that I've only really seen in Lagunitas beers before having this beer. There's also citrus and pine, and alcohol creeping through along with some underlying breadiness.

Initial sip brings some light breadiness along with some lemony zest, but following quickly we get some overwhelming raw earthy bitter character. After that there's that dank character that kind of melds into a piney/peppery finish. There's also a caramel note the whole way through, even if it is a little faint. Really well done blend of flavors.

It's hard to believe this beer is 9.4% ABV. It's pretty oily, yet feels light in body, and has pretty vibrant carbonation. Somehow it's even refreshing! I had trouble enjoying this slowly, no alcohol burn at all and just flat out delicious. Easily one of the most surprising beers I've had this year. Hard to believe it's sitting at an A- as I write this review.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.