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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

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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 SammyDavisJrJrJr


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Lighter colored body than most, with honey tints. Average head, with some lacing.

S - Yeasty in the aroma, with big, juicy sweet citrus, a bit of alcohol bite, and grapefruit bitterness. Solid American IIPA aroma with good balance.

T/M - Big hops lead to a dry palate overall, very resiny and piney. Sweetness does come through, but mild and with tart citrus highlights. The main characteristic that seemed to separate this from other IIPAs was the alcohol, which was more assertive than I would have liked... Body is right on par with its style, with a nice creaminess.

D - Not bad, but not quite up to par for me with other Founders products. The alcohol seemed to dominate the flavor to much for this to be an elite IIPA. Still, good hop bomb, and will more than satisfy your need for hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:51:01 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of nuggetnectar01


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass.

Murky orange color that produces a mere egg-shell white one finger head. Slight lacing is left behind.

Slight citrus hops, grapefruit, apricots, pears, honey, caramelized brown sugar, and some floral notes.

The thing I hate about IPA's is how the older they are, the flavor changes dramatically. Well this certainly smells a lot better then it taste. I get mostly an upfront pretty sharp hop bitterness with a slightly sweet malty taste that tries to shine through but just does not have enough strength power to do so. IMO needs more malts to balance out the sharp bite.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with good amounts of carbonation.

Better tasting IPA's at lower cost=me not drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 23:49:47 | More by nuggetnectar01
Photo of aewinte1


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours cloudy light yellow with a 1 inch head.
S- smells hoppy, but not overwhelming. Very citrus flavored juicy hops.
T- Taste is more hoppy than the smell would suggest. Small trace of a malt backbone but the hops pretty much take over here. Hop bitterness lingers on the back of your tongue for some time.
M- Carbonation feels much higher when drinking than the initial pour would indicate. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but definitely oily from the hops.
D- drinkability is OK, but to truly enjoy it, this one is a sipper for sure. Alcohol is completely hidden by the hops but my taste buds would be decimated if I sat and drank more than 3 of these.
Overall, a good IPA, but not particularly balanced. That's OK with me!!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 21:57:59 | More by aewinte1
Photo of LikaThaHops


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- bottle poured almost orange into snifter, nice 2 finger sticky head leaves lace.

S- Not too strong, slight hoppy smell.

T- Bitter and hoppy right off the bat, finishes with a grapefruit flavor.

M- Viscous, bubbly, bitter.

D- The acidity is a bit too much for my liking, but 1 or 2 is great.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:38:22 | More by LikaThaHops
Photo of bigaltemple


3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty straight-forward golden straw color. One finger off-white head that quickly disappears to leave some decent lacing.

S - Full nose of bold, citrusy hops. Hints of grapefruit and a little pineapple.

T - Sweet, piney hops bite up front, quite tart on the finish. Nothing extraordinary stands out here.

M - Very thin with little carbonation.

O - Pretty torn about this one. It has all the potential to be a really good beer, but just doesn't come through and deliver.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:55:21 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of BhamBeerLover

3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color and malt profile were both much lighter than expected. I love IPAs but am not crazy about this lighter, more accessible version of an imperial IPA. On the other hand, those seeking an easy-drinking IPA with high alcohol and little caramel or other malt flavors would likely be pleased with this one from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:08:43 | More by BhamBeerLover
Photo of Momar42


3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip

A - Vigorous pour yeilds soft, white head about 1 finger in height. Dissipates quickly leaving a slight collar with minimal evidence of lacing. Beer pours a slightly hazy yellow.

S - Possibly due to its age (about 3 months since bottling) the hops are mild but present. Fruity but faint.

T - Flavor profile follows the nose quite closely. Fruitiness is apparent first followed by a mild hop bit towards the end. Hops dont linger long but provide a nice aftertaste. Pleasant but think its past its window.

M - Smooth and creamy. Velvety until the end when the hops finally announce themselves. I feel confident this would be a marked difference if fresh.

O - Kept waiting to drink several of my IPA/IIPA with a buddy but schedules just didnt permit so I am making my way through them. This beer is tasty and as its a Founder's brew I am sure its amazing at its peak. However due to its age now, its not what it should be (my fault not the beers). Rating is based on this one but will be revised once I lay hands on a fresher version. It's Founder's...its got to be good!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:46:31 | More by Momar42
Photo of zrab11


3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear pale orange with a nice 1 finger head

S-Has amazing smell. Huge tropical flavors

T-Very bitter tasting to me and the flavor sticks around awhile in my mouth

M-Medium bodied,syrupy

D-Im sure i might review his again in the future. as i was told this was alot like or even better than hopslam(which i love) but i was dissapointed with how bitter this one was. ONly able to drink about half the glass.. It looks and smeels wonderfull. Will give this beer a try next yr. but for right now it wasn't for me!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 03:03:33 | More by zrab11
Photo of radshoesbro


3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark straw with a lot of carbonation and basically zero head and pretty much no lace. not looking very good to be honest.

floral hops, almost fruity. it's a very sweet aroma and not exactly what i'm expecting to smell.

this isn't a very strong beer by any means. it is very light compared to the double IPA's i'm used to drinking. it's got sort of sweet quality to it that makes it very easy to drink, but i'd prefer a stronger flavor over ease of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 00:14:23 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of capra12

New York

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/7/09 from notes taken with Speedwayjim and steph.

Appearance: Poured a frothy white 2 1/2 finger head, clear wheat/yellow in color and left spotty lacing

Smell: Subtle floral and citrus hops, a rather weak nose.

Taste: Simple! Opened with floral hops which was overtaken by citrus hops from the middle to the finish leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, coarse with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again but on another night and would recommend this to those who seek a simple ale with a few hop profiles and a bittering finish

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 04:38:55 | More by capra12
Photo of LiquidBread219


3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured a nice Golden Yellow nice foamy head with some moderate lacing.

S= fantastic nose. big, aromatic aroma of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a nice malty backbone. great smelling DIPA.

T= To me it tasted a little bit boozy and didn't really pick up anything from the nose that much kind of a shame for me.

M= It had a medium body and medium carbonation.

D= I couldn't drink about one of these wouldn't really want to drink anymore than that pretty boozy for me but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:15:51 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of nhindian


3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

No bottling date.

A - Pours a hazy, light orange peel color that is more reminiscent of a saison than an IPA. Builds a nice, 2.5-fingered, white head with moderate retention. Can see the very sporadic rise of carbonation even through the murky body. Great lacing twists its way down the glass, covering a large portion on the way down.

S - Smell is very intense citrus fruits and quite similar to Bell's Hopslam. There's a noticeable malt-backbone as well which supplies a chewy, grain-like aroma as well. I'm also getting some alcohol heat at the end of the bouquet.

T - After my first sip, I automatically think back to Hopslam once again. In my opinion these beers are very similar, even done to the not-so-friendly alcohol bite on the back-end. I don't know if its a certain kind of hop that both use that just doesn't sit right on my palate, but both kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Besides that, this beer is very bitter throughout, including on the very long finish. I think the malts come into play a bit more here than in the nose, as the grapefruit isn't as well-defined in the taste. At first, it's quite balanced, but as it goes on, the bitterness takes over. I'd like to know the date on this beer, as in my opinion I feel the hops are a bit faded given the lack of ... 'flavor' in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Finish is long and bitter, and afterward the palate is sufficiently coated.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This beer is pretty similar to Hopslam in my opinion, although a bit more balanced and bland. I'd like to have this on tap to guarantee freshness, as I believe this may be a bit dated.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:49:35 | More by nhindian
Photo of VMWhelan


3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden orange with little head a decent lacing.

Smells like very fruity hops, grapefruit, orange, and mango are prominent. A slight malty sweetness is there, but it is hard to get past the hops to smell it.

The grapefruit dominates the taste and is backed by a mellow sweetness from the malt and some boozy flavors. The sweetness comes through more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium, seems light for the style. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. A little too much grapefruit and the booziness makes this less enjoyable than it should be, although it got better as it warmed up. I'm starting to think I got a bad bottle, as the flavors and smells just didn't pop, carbonation was low, and there was very little head. Will pick up another in a few weeks and try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:55:59 | More by VMWhelan
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – It has a nice slightly hazy golden-orange color with a lighter white head formed upon serving. The head faded fast, but left some nice lacing and a very persistent film on the top of the beer.

Smell – The smell is a nice mix of citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and lemon, piney hop aromas as well as a bit of sweeter aromas as well. Quite nice.

Taste – A bitter citrus hop flavor really is potent at the straight away and at the very end of the taste. In the beginning it is mainly of lemon and is mixed with a smoother maltier biscuit flavor. The hop starts to lose ground in the middle to more bready and sweet flavors. But the hop only loses strength very momentarily, as toward the end a huge bitter grapefruit hop flavor comes and leaves its lingering mark on your tongue. The aftertaste is quite grapefruity and seems to linger a bit longer then my personal preference for that particular flavor.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is on the creamier side. It really coats the mouth nicely, which with the lower carbonation level makes for a rather nice smooth mouthfeel.

Overall – It has very good qualities that many Double IPA fans would like. Its appearance, nose, mouthfeel and initial taste are all great, with the only thing that doesn’t do it for me being the very persistent grapefruit flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:36:16 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of smcolw


3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow in color (almost straw). It's very cloudy. Good moderate head that lasts a very long time. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Strong pineapple hop aroma. In the background is an earthiness that I wasn't expecting. I find it eerily similar to fresh body odor.

Very bitter with a decently rich body. The carbonation is also high. The malty beginning portion is relatively benign. The hop is the story--it completely dominates the swallow and the aftertaste, which goes on seemingly forever. Although the taste does not reflect the smell, it's hard to ignore on the initial taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:31:01 | More by smcolw
Photo of BeTheBall


3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orangey gold color with a nice two finger head, which dissipated quickly and left little lacing in the glass. Very pronounced grapefruit-like hop smell; I got nothing else. Taste was incredibly almost like drinking grapefruit juice, much more so than any other IPA I've tried before. Remarkably, no real bitterness along with this very citrus and hoppy taste. I was looking and hoping for some bitterness in the finish from a DIPA, but the citrus kick up front stays put. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability was good, even with the high ABV, just because of the low bitterness and nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 11:32:33 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of bbeerman


3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A..A somewhat light golden color. I was hoping for something a tad darker, but with this being an IPA, it was not too surprising.

S..A bit fruity, but certainly hop-heavy.

T..A little above average, but lacking something I cannot put my finger on. Fruitiness is present as it was in the scent, but the taste is a bit "flat" from what I expected. The hops are heavy as you might imagine, but I felt there was too much of a hops presence.

M..Good mouthfeel. The high ABV hits you quick; the mouth begins to dry out relatively early on during this beer.

D..Easy enough to drink, especially given the 9.4% ABV. However, with the taste being a small disappointment, the overall drinkability is diminished. Somewhere between an average and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 08:09:39 | More by bbeerman
Photo of DanielRP


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pearling white inch and a half foam. Bronze-yellow color, reminds me of a weissbier.

Smell: A _lot_ of citrus, with a hoppy sting. Not quite unlike a citrus flavored detergent to be frank, but not necessarily in a bad way :-) I like the wild smell.

Taste: Starts floral and hoppy, but quickly I sense walnut rolling over to finish on the bitter side. The citrus I scented is drowned a bit in the other flavours.

Mouthfeel: Simple to the feel, with good carbonation. The bitterness is felt directly in the mouth.

Drinkability: It has taken me a while to get it down, about two periods of hockey. The bitterness is a bit too much for me to drink it easily. It's a 9.4% DIPA after all, but I usually get them down easier than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 10:59:23 | More by DanielRP
Photo of Soneast


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. Develops a 2-finger thick, light yellow colored head, that showcases great retention, and tons of lace.

The aroma is zesty and citrusy. I pick up mostly lemon notes, there is a sweetness to it as well, akin to honey. The hops shine, but some pale malt character is evident.

Wow, talk about a lemony-hop character. So citrusy and I really do not pick up any malt flavors save for a mild sweetness throughout. Mostly, I get a zesty, lemony, slightly grapefruity flavor. The finish is quite bitter and there is a fair amount of alcohol...the combination of strong bitter hops and alcohol is a touch off-putting.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low side, but complimentary to the flavors. The finish kinda ruins this one for me...too much alcohol, which when combined with such an intense bitter hop flavor, makes me grimace a bit with each swallow.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:54:00 | More by Soneast
Photo of Anthony1


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is of citrus, floral hops and some caramelized malts. The taste starts out a strong burst of fruity citrus sweetness and another strong burst of hops bitterness that complement each other well. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and it allows the hoppy and sweet flavors to be more intense. Likewise the after-taste is sweet and hoppy. Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky. Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 16:37:00 | More by Anthony1
Photo of Overlord


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange. No head, just a thin white crust. Strange .. you don't usually see that from members of the IPA family tree.

Smells like pine resin, solvent, and a whiff of grapefruit. Hmm...I hope it isn't as boozy as it smells. I like me some booze, but I don't think DIPAs normally can support direct alcohol tones.

It's pretty boozy, but tastes better than it smells. Rich, succulent, borderline rotting grapefruit, heavy bittering pine, and a solvent tone that's really unfortunate. Get rid of that, the beer would be much better. Still, interesting to try.

Needs more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 06:11:02 | More by Overlord
Photo of Amdy


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very hazy orange color, very minimal head....
smells a bit fruity, citrus, copperish. Tastes pretty hoppy, very bitter, lingers in the back of your mouth bitter. A bit sweet, not too carbonated... not too boozy for a Imperial IPA 9.4%

Would like to taste one down the line to see what age does to it...

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:01:39 | More by Amdy
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a orangish yellow. finger plus of a whitish head that slowly fades. a touch hazy.

Smell: pretty standard, hop forward IIPA. citrusy, piney hops

Taste: i get some of a malty backbone but not much. mostly hops citrusy and piney. a bit of lemon too. good but not quite my style

Mouthfeel: strong bitterness but seems a bit light to me

Overall: a decent good tasting beer but I prefer a different approach to my imperial ipas. but well done and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:00:34 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of possumfollower2

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Night dos for new Founders for me. Color is golden straw and fairly hazy?? Curious. Nose is pure and simple grapefruit. Haven't smelled a New Zealand Sauv Blanc with quite that much fruit. Mouthfeel is a a little disappointing---expected something lush and stick to the roof of your mouth but this guy is lean and sleek.
On the palate though the fruit is a little superficial and gives way quickly to a dry finish marked with a little bit of pepper??? Not much on the mid-palate. Curious. Over all an easy quaffer. A summery take on the Double IPA idea. A good picnic Dbl IPA, maybe if there is such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 00:41:40 | More by possumfollower2
Photo of mirish72


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that this beer defies any pre-conceived notions of what a DIPA is. First,this is the lightest DIPA I have ever drank. When I first poured it into a glass, I actually thought I had a mislabled beer, it looks almost orange.

Second, when you sniff and expect to smell malty hops, you are hit with the overwhelming smell of...pineapple. The first time I drank this, I was shocked to the point of thinking I had the wrong beer, but I checked and it is a DIPA.

Once I got over the fact that this is a very different DIPA, I actually enjoyed the beer. It is very drinkable and packs a punch. I wouldn't say it would be the first DIPA I would pick up, it definitely stands out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:34:10 | More by mirish72
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