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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

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4,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 4452
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 4,452 | Reviews: 1,512 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of andrewjraab


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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: growler

09-20-2013 02:07:08 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of timc100


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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


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

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 19:26:25 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tjsdomer2


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

Appearance: Soapy and golden. Good lacing.

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

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

Overall: Could have fooled me it was a double.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tap into Growler poured in tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Golden hue yellow, slightly hazy, amber with a thin white head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Strong tropical fruit presence with a nice hoppy blend. Plums, grape fruit flavors, peach, mango, and earthy simcoe hops presence.

Taste: bittery on the front end from the explosive hop presence, and a nice sweetness on the back end from the peaches, mango, and tropical fruits. Very earthy, and biter sweet. I can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great Imperial Double IPA. It is one of my favorite DIPA. It is very well balanced. I like it better than Ruination.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2013 21:10:49 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a Founders tap takeover at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a small bulbous tulip-style glass.

Appearance - Body is a bright and clear golden color with stark white head that is maybe a finger worth. Eventually settles to a rim of lacing around the edge and speckled lace on top of the body.

Smell - Wonderfully piney with undertones of fruit--grapefruit and other stark citrus notes. Very little else going on to my nose, but it doesn't matter because the aroma is so intoxicating.

Taste - Fresh and pungent with pine resin and more grapefruit goodness as well as some pineapple and a bit more sweetness peeking through as it warms. Alcoholic heat is detectible but well hidden. Notes of bitterness balance the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering and faint bitterness.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I feel doesn't get as much love as everyone's favorites, but it 's well worth a mention. I would gladly drink this again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 04:59:08 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of FLima


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a relatively thin head.
Aroma of passion fruit, rotten peaches and mango. Notes of sweet pineapples.
Sweet flavor of concentrated malt, this is counterbalanced by a good bitterness. Hints of apple juice, grapefruit, pine, honey and resins. Super bitter and dry aftertaste.
Full liquorish body with low carbonation.
Its 9.4% ABV is harmonic and just have a numbing effect.
Quite sweet, malty, alcoholic, flavorful and bitter beer, all tuned up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 19:50:18 | More by FLima
Photo of haazer


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, dark golden brew with slow rising bubbles. Nice inch thick crackly white cap that settles down. Leaves walls of lacing on the glass.

S - Big amounts of piney hops and sap. I can detect some honey, and a bit of fruits. Grapefruit and lemon in the fore, with some underlying caramel malt.

T - Heavy doses of hop resin, and pine needles. This then is followed up with grapefruit, and honey. The tail end is a strong bitter bite that leaves your mouth coated.

M - Medium bodied DIPA with high carbonation. palate coating hop bite.

O - This DIPA definitely packs a punch, and does flip your world upside down. You really cannot go wrong with Founders at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 02:38:18 | More by haazer
Photo of 57md


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper in color with a golden hue on the edges. There is just a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly. There are distinct grapefruit notes in the nose. There is a touch of malt and it is certainly hop forward. The hop bitterness oddly decreases on the finish, but there is a nice dryness that keeps this offering pleasantly bitter until the very end. There is a touch of lemon on the finish as well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 00:19:30 | More by 57md
Photo of socon67

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the Founder's event at Beer City, North Babylon NY

A - Orange pour with a white foam 1/2" high. Lacing is in tiny rings on the glass. Cloudy look and slight carbonation.

S - Strong citrus notes (orange, grapefruit) that give a tart smell. Citra and Centennial hops give off a pungent scent of resin that almost smells like tobacco.

T - A nice tart citrus flavor in the initial sip. Orange flavor and some tangerine is noted. Citra hop resin gives additional grapefruit notes. The bitterness in the finish is not overly dominant. Actually a well blended DIPA.

M - Leaves a bitter trace on the palate and has some raspy feel, but for the style this is about as smooth as it gets.

O - I could throw back a few of these. Price point is reasonable and this is a tasty IPA for the hopheads. I enjoyed this with BBQ babybacks, and some grilled meat with a dry rub seems to be the way to go,

Serving type: growler

05-16-2013 01:46:46 | More by socon67
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District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 20:42:45 | More by jacewg
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, 10oz pour.

A- Golden-orange in color, 1-finger head, quite a bit of lacing.

S-Citrus hop nose, hints of pine and biscuit malt. Floral, too. Pretty intense aroma.

T-There's pine, grapefruit, floral esters. Very hoppy. Pretty tasty.

M- thick and oily. The citrus hop bitterness lingers powerfully. Drinkable and not boozey @ 9.4% abv.

O- Looks like a house cat, prowls like a panther.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 23:34:11 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of RodneyFarva


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap into a goblet

a: a hazy golden yellow, one finger of head, dissipates quickly, nice lacing as I slowly sipped it.

s: this is what I love double trouble for: strong pineapple aroma, with some orange, and even lemon, citrus and pine strongly present as well.

t: more a strong piney than the citrus flavors in the nose. crisp bitterness, quite refreshing, some malt presence, alcohol content incredibly well hidden

o: my favorite hop bomb, dangerously drinkable yet incredibly complex from the aroma to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 22:39:15 | More by RodneyFarva
Photo of spark3148857


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders:

Ap: Clear golden with slight lacing, little retention of the eggshell white head.

Ar: Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, mango, peach notes.

Ts: What I would expect from a midwest DIPA. Great bitterness up front yet really balanced.

Mo: Smooth and slightly light bodied for the style.

Ov: This comes close to rivaling Hopslam, I prefer 3F Dreadnaught slightly. A great DIPA. I originally had an old bottle purchased in NYC and was much impressed with the improvement when I had this on tap at Founders. A must try if fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 22:33:58 | More by spark3148857
Photo of BodaSwo

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA. Grapefruit nose. Awesome. And when it first hits your taste buds, you get that grapefruit. Then the explosion of hops. When compared to any other IPA (my favorite class of beers) this one simply is hard to beat. My favorite Founder's Brew hands down.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 01:23:11 | More by BodaSwo
Photo of thydarkprevails


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with one finger of white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine resin, and citrus. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, apricot, and caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky and lightly syrupy. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 04:26:31 | More by thydarkprevails
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden color with copper tinting. One finger of head that fell immediately to nothing. Slightly hazey. Decent lacing develops.

S: Not overly fragrant for me. Grapefruit, flowers and some dinner roll in the back.

T: Flavors are as the nose advertised but much bigger and richer. Grapefruit comes right up front but is on the tart and tangy side (bordering on lemon notes), then floral hops flavors smooth in and fade out to a tame amount of bitter bite. Very nice. The alcohol is there but hidden. The more i drink some astringent bitterness and alcohol come out in the end.

M: A bit heavy and sticky. Has weight and no fizz. Very good.

O: This is a very good beer. I seem to like it more towards the end of a pint and I dont think thats the 9.5% talking. Letting it warm up brings it to life. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 20:59:26 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of akorsak


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Al's. Kegged two weeks ago.

A: The double IPA is a bright golden amber color, very clear radiant even. A finger of white head leaves strands of lace behind, attempting to layer around the far side of the glass.

S: Citrus and pine come together in a tropical lushness. Very rich and strong, these hops have grapefruit, pine and orange zest driving them. A biscuity underbelly, not much of an attention-seeker, provides light breadiness in contrast to the hops.

T: Very big. The hops are at the forefront of each sip and never release their grip. They bring citrusy grapefruit, resins, and tropically lush fruits to the table. The flavors bring the booze, unavoidable I think, but I just powered through. The lightness, biscuity breads, do a great job of keeping the body from getting too heavy. The result is a very enjoyable drink, albeit one that one must limit to, well, one.

M: Abundant tropical fruits, the tingly bitterness, the hoppy goodness. The other night, I tried this beer blended with KBS. Sounds incredible and doesn't taste half bad. A good IPA from Founders.

Serving type: growler

04-15-2012 01:23:19 | More by akorsak
Photo of Jlucc23

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I just finished off a growler (64oz) of this beautifully concocted beer. What appeared to be almost a blonde, was full of great aroma, robust floral taste with large hoppy greatness, and a very sweet finish. Looking forward to enjoying this tasty treat in the future.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2012 01:50:48 | More by Jlucc23
Photo of DesMoinesMike


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I've had from Founders, thank you for entering the Des Moines market!

On tap at el Bait Shop. A pretty orange color with plenty of foam. Even with my allergies going crazy I can still smell the fruity hops and a touch of pine. The taste is just fantastic. Lots of citrus, with some grape and pine. It seems just a tad on the earthy side. It finishes with some lingering tartness, and you start ot feel the alcohol about 1/2 way through the glass. I'd say it's comparable to Hopslam but it's available for more than 2 weeks of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 14:48:03 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy, semi-transparent golden with an average white head. Strongly hoppy aroma has a hint of evergreen. Powerful hoppy flavor has firm tones of evergreen and grapefruit, quite sour. Lively, fizzy texture has firm body and is quite pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 20:29:57 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Jamesthebrit


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light hazy orange. Nothing special
S: Fruity orange, like a candy fruit cup. Very nice.
T: Again very impressive. Floral taste then hoppy, then fruity, then a touch of alcohol, then an orange finish.
M: Great. No lingering bad flavors. Very sharp and concise flavor.

Overall very great. Maybe not quite as good as Bells Hopslam but damn close. So good that even my IPA hating friend liked it. That's when you know it's good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 00:57:09 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of Docrock


4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep Dark golden with a slight thin head with minor lacing

S- Great Hop aroma, pine strong but not overpowering.

T- Tastes just like it smells, nice hop start with dry finish. Malt balances hop strength nicely, Hops very forward and rightly so.

M- Light to medium carbonation with a decent body. very well balanced hop to body. Very drinkable.

O- Very ncie beer, will probably try to find some bottles to stock up on. Hops strong but not overpowering for the style. Would rate close to Pliny the Younger but not as good as 3 Floyds Dreadnaught.

Served in half pint glass at New Albanian's Gravity Head.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 02:32:04 | More by Docrock
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a very bright, vibrant, orange-gold coloring with a fluffy, big bubbled, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are amazingly blended, with a light orange and grapefruit citrus blend mixing with a floral, wet, fresh hops aroma. This smells really friggin good. Flavors are lighter than you would expect, with a solid toasty and rich caramel backbone giving rise to a hop forward blast of tart and bitter grapefruit and spicy, wet, fresh hops. Palate is amazingly blended, and the body is smooth and light, which helps the beer to avoid becoming overpowering. Decent lacing along the glass, and this is an easy drinker. The aftertaste is smooth, with a slight touch of hops cleaned up by the citrus notes. Clean, smooth, and slightly dry finish. This is a good damn beer!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 16:58:17 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of stampfler07


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden with a thin head that leaves nice lacing

S- Strong pine hop aroma, not so much to be overwhelming through

T- Dry pine hop flavor that builds through to a nice bitter finish, just enough light golden malt taste to offset the hop, but no more. Very hop-forward and deliciously so

M- Lightly carbonated with a very light body feel as well. Not much of an alcohol feel, even with the high abv, making it very drinkable

O- Very enjoyable, this beer is definitely a vehicle for the robust hopiness that any hop-head will love

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 14:25:02 | More by stampfler07
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