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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,644
Hads: 6,323
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,048 | FT: 10
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Founders got it right with the "pale" part... it's quite a light blonde, not a whole lot darker than most 'macro offerings' out there. A great, thick seafoam of white head tops it off, leaving a filmy lace all over the glass walls

S: A medley of citrus fruits, tree bark, pine scents, and there even seems to be the slightest hint of maltiness peering through it all.

T: A big, but not "palate-assaulting" hop flavour. Citrus rind, some woody notes, and a juicy evergreen flavour - most of the flavours are much like the nose.

M: The carbonation is about bang-on with this one... a little prickle, no real sting... assertive enough to have a presence, but not aggressive or flimsy. Body is maybe just a wee bit heavy... with a slippery residual feeling left behind.

D: The 9.4% ABV is shocking, as it really does not show... this isn't even really a case of being 'well-hidden' so much. It's more like there was nothing to hide. A little bit of an exaggeration, but it is very smooth and one that could easily be sipped at and repeated. Very good.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago.

A: Light, slightly hazy honey dew amber color with plenty of carbonation action. Popped up a nice clean and creamy 2 finger head. Superb head retention and epic lacing. Love the label BTW - one of my favorites.

S: Hops all the way. Gapefruit, pine, lemon. Slight earthiness.

T: Lovely. Nice bit of malt caramel sweetness but followed with a swift kick in the pants from the hops - a mix of the citrus and pine. Ends with an aggressive piney bite but never becomes too overbearing. Nice progression - makes you want to pound it down.

M: The malt gives a nice medium body roundness to it. There's a good amount of carbonation but it is well done and doesn't interfere with the smoothness of the mouth and the crisp dryness of the finish.

D: Would drink this all the time but it costs a million dollars for a 4 pack. It's as simple as that. Highly drinkable - don't notice the fairly high ABV.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--1 1/2 finger head, golden color. Spotty lacing

S--Mostly hops, orange peel and a little grapefruit. Exactly how I like my DIPA's to smell if there was a little more power behind it.

T--Oh wow I was worried I had a bad bottle but the taste says NO. This is great. Bold hop flavor, nice mix of citrus and pine tastes with medium bitterness on the back end.

M--Standard for the style, maybe a little extra carbonation which is weird considering the lack of head

D--As easy to drink as any DIPA, but there are others I would look for first so this gets knocked down a notch

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Photo of CountLupulus
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Shockingly pale for an IPA, Double Trouble reads like a summerglow of bee's honey. It pours a pillowy, voluptuous head that crumples and tracks a tenacious trail of lacing: a strong confirmation of what will prove a well-hopped brew.

Smell: A dense, low cloud of pine clings close to the surface, distinguishing its more secretive aura from that of the loud, classic, highly-diffused American IPA aroma. You've really got to put your nose in this one to glean its brimming, potent core.

Taste: Bright, sharp, lingering grapefruit, which hangs high in the back of the mouth, but doesn't drag like the classic bitter of a heavy early-wort hopping. Gives ample room for the spacious light malt that keeps the whole thing buoyant and balances those swift ripping hops. A nip of Double Trouble will keep the mouth refreshed for as long as it pleases before that next tug, and it stays as clean and vibrant as the instant it first went down. A really fine phenomenon if you're taking it slow.

Mouthfeel: Keeps its head but doesn't swell with a sudsy slosh.

Drinkability: Sailors declare "pan pan" not long before they cry "mayday mayday" as the ship goes down. Be sure to have a steady, studied colleague keeping you in check as you imbibe this sneaky and irascible brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: 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.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, even though I've had better 2IPA's this is still a really good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of jlb307
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, but a little lighter than I would have hoped. No head to really speak of, but there was some nice lacing around the edges which made up for it. A little hazy with some yeast floaters. Looks more like a Tripel than an IPA.

S: Just what you'd expect from an IPA, strong pine and citrus with an underlying sweetness. The hoppyness goes well with a very light floral scent.

T: Just a great taste. Semi-sweet aftertaste which finished very clean. The sweet and bitter complimented each other perfectly, like salt and chocolate.

M: Thick and smooth. Perfect balance with very little alcohol taste. Completely coats the palate without lingering for too long.

D: Very easy to drink beer. For a DIPA, this might be just the right kind of beer to introduce to a hop virgin.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Double Trouble
12 oz brown bottle
Served in my sweet Smuttynose Big Beer Series Tulip glass

Pours a light orange/deep yellow color with an awesome head on top. Actually, the head and the corresponding sticky trails are amazing. Great looking beer from the start.

Yowza - nice aroma. Floral and citrus combine and have an offspring. Whiffs of fresh daises, sliced orange wedges and lime juice.

This brew has a Pilsner meets double IPA flavor. I really like this pilsner malt backdrop with an incredible hop profile. Strong citrus flavors of grapefruit, orange and lemon with a caramel malt presence. The resin hop profile and freshly squeezed orange juice association is quite prominent and truly adds to this great beer.

It's rather surprising to see a 9.4% ABV. Very enjoyable and recommended. A winner.

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Photo of jcompton
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a lighter gold with a 1 fingered head which leaves a decent lacing

smell: pine and citrus hops. by the smell you know your palate is getting ready to get slammed!

taste: immediate hop kick. bitterness. juicy grapefruit and pureed pine needles. a small amount of malt to add a slight sweetness in the finish. very true to being a west-coast style DIPA

mouthfeel: by the light color you wouldn't think it would have the slight syrup consistency it has. low carbonation makes this one nice

drinkability: if i wanted to completely destroy my palate for a few days i would drink a 4-pack or more. i'll judge the drinkability on that and the fact that i will definitely seek this one out next year. cheers, Founders. you've made me happy again

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Photo of Seanibus
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most explicitly grapefruity beer I have ever tasted. And it is delicious.

Pours a hazy, orangy golden with a short-lived fluffy head. The smell shoots out of the bottle and keeps on going - bright, fruity, citrusy hops with a backbone of strong pale malt. The flavor is just all over grapefruit, almost like a delicious distillation of the juice itself. Sharply bitter, acidic, fruity and wonderfully refreshing. Despite the hop assault, the malt stands strong, with a robust, grainy character and enough residual sugar to float the hops. The mouthfeel is slick and just a little syrupy, just enough to balance the oily, unctuous hop feel. The alcohol has a slow burn, but it hides behind the exquisite balance of hops and malt.

This is a lovely beer.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color with a white head and lacing that lasts. The smell is wonderful - a little bit of sweet pine, with some grapefruit and generalized citrusy notes. The taste is superb - incredibly smooth from start to finish. Some mellow maltiness up front, followed by some passion fruit and lemon zest, and finshes crisp and slightly bitter. The alchohol is hidden well for the most part, a little bit of esters in the nose and warmth at the end of the taste. Another phenomenal offering from Founders - Well done!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A hazy stray/hay like color, providing a 1 finger white foam head.

S: Not surprising, an abundance of hops. A beautiful, hoppy explosion. Pine, citrus, resin with some alchol scents are most prevalent.

T: The hops provide a nice bitter taste, but there is a little sweet taste and some spices that balance out this flavorful beer.

M: Leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate, but there is just a tad too much alcohol flavor left as well.

D: Well, I certainly enjoyed this IPA, but 2 would be my max. A really solid IPA

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Photo of mjl21
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thank you Josh.

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info given. Comes in at 86 IBUs and 9.4%.

A-Pours a hazy honey yellow/orange with a half finger white head that sticks around.

S-A lot of sweet caramel malt and some orange zest.

T-The caramel malt hits first. Get grapefruit bitterness on the back. Definite warming alcohol as the beer goes down. Also pick up on the orange notes as well as some honey.

M-Medium bodied. This was lighter than I expected for a high abv DIPA.

D-I think the sweetness would prohibit me from drinking more than one in a session. Good as a one off.

My first beer from Founder's. Overall I thought it was a good DIPA. I would love to try it fresh from the tap. Given all of the choices of DIPAs that I have available to me, I would probably go with something else, but if offered, I would not pass this one up.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a Foothills pint glass. Props to cfhamm for breaking his trading cherry and sending me this one!

Double Trouble pours much differently than I was expecting, with a hefeweizen-esque haze that clouds up its golden-peach body. Were it not for the well-retained inch of thick, white foam and superb lacing, I would've easily mistaken this for a Hefeweizen at first glance. Thankfully, the aroma sets this beer back in the right style category, with big hoppy notes that drop layers of mandarin orange, fresh pine sap, mango, spice, pear, and peach. Lots of yeasty fruitiness, and the pale crystal malt note does a nice job of balancing it all out.

Mmmmm...this is what Double IPA's are all about. Starts off sweet and viscous, with layers of boozy fruit draped all across the front & sides of the tongue. A nice malt presence smooths things out in the middle, right before a bitter onslaught of raw pine resin and leafy-green hop cones. A touch of mango and ethanol heat lingers after the bitterness fades. The body is thick, but not overly so, and the carbonation level and bitterness are on-point for the style. All in all, a delicious IIPA from the good folks at Founders, and a must-try for any Hop Head.

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

This is a fantastic double IPA, just about perfect. Not much head on this one, and it disappeared very fast. Did leave a nice lacing on the glass though. Start is not quite pine, but maybe spruce or cedar. After that, the citrus kicks in. This beer has PLENTY of malt to back up the hops though, and comes across very balanced. Much more drinkable than the ABV suggests.

I would strongly recommend this beer to anyone who loves hops.

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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.

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Photo of moosiz
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer for 9.99 a 4 pk. Poured into
a pilsner glass its color is golden with a faint tinge of orange. Carbonation is very balanced.

The smell is very hoppy/floral with a faint sweetness.

Bittersweet carbonation dances on the tongue before exiting down the throat leaving a trail of hoppy bitterness that causes my taste buds to crave another sip.

Very "light" for the style which I happen to like. aftertaste is pleasurable and does not coat tongue.

4 of these will be plenty as far as drinkability goes. Sometimes too much of a good thing is exactly that.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/27/09 etched on neck of bottle.

Golden straw color pour with some hop chunkies floating around. Slight chill haze. Two solid fingers of fluffy near white head. Very creamy looking head.
I am getting mainly pine sap hop aromas out of this thing. Sweet aroma, piney & pungent grapefruit.

Huge first sip of piney, honey hop flavor. Big and bold...so far so good. Quite citric tangy and bitter with a noticeable current of 9.4%. Dry with that lingering huge hop bitterness and piney action going down the throat.

Damn good offering from Founders. Now, I need to have this on draft.

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Photo of JToad
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 Pack of this IIPA for $11.95, was excited to try something I had not seen before from Founders.

I poured this directly from the bottle, into my Michelob Celebrate goblet. It's an hazy amber, almost hefe like in color. Very little head, with minimal lacing on the sides.

Intial smell of hops right away. Grapefruit is very noticeable.

Bitterness attacks the side of your tongue. Notes of tobacco linger on the back end. Finishes crisp and clean. Nice mouthfeel, even maybe a little thin. For such high ABV at 9.4%, this isn't all that boozy. Many DIPA's tend to be a bit thick, this isn't, which Im not sure is a good thing or not. There's a little metallic taste present, but not overpowering.

All in all, another solid American Double IPA. Not sure it is in the league of 90 Min, Hop Slam or some of the west coast powerhouses, but it is a great DIPA, that I would gladly drink whenever found. Well done Founders.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Wasn't overly impressed with this one...

It looks the part here but the hops are very floral and not so much citrusy or piney... They almost seem a little faded?

Fairly citrusy but still a little more floral tastewise... They're sweet but dry.. Not bad at all, but not, in my opinion, a top notch DIPA...

Glad I tried it, but I'll take several others over this one anyday...

EDIT: ok, I revisited this one and it is loads better this time around. The hops really pop here. They are loaded with both citrusy and piney flavors and make this a really terrific little brew. I like the heck out of it and I'm going to get more.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle decanted into a pint glass. Bottle was marked with a January bottling date. Pours a pale straw color with a small white head. It's leaving a nice ring of lace around the glass as I drink it. When you stick your nose in it, you first get a big whiff of hops. Very sweet and citrusy, like orange or grapefruit. Some apricots and honey, too.

Tastes are hoppy and sweet - it's a really nice balance, and one not often found in double IPAs. The hops bloom nicely on the middle of the tongue. Again with the citrusy qualities, balanced by soft fruit like peaches or apricots. The alcohol is completely hidden, so watch out with this.

Nice moderate mouthfeel - perfect complement to everything going on here.

This is a great double IPA. Great balances between the hoppiness and sweetness. Nice character to it. I will definitely return to this one.

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Photo of brewintheLou
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy golden with a soft white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell softer than expected, and has a piney aroma with a little grapefruit coming through.

Taste is hoppy and piney right of the start. Aftertaste has a sharp hop bite. I do not get a lot of balance with hop and malt on this beer. Definitely heavier on the hop side. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected with a 9.4% ABV. I would never pass a this beer, but I am not going to seek it out.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges slightly hazy due to the beer being unfiltered. Bronze golden in color which tells me I am going to enjoy this one. The color shows a lack of caramel color, therefore, a lack of caramel flavor (which I like in DIAP). Small white head leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is very grapefruity, grassy, and quite piney as well. Loads of overall citrus with minimal malt aromas.

Awesome flavor and exactly what a DIPA should be like. Slight sweetness immediately, then leaves immediately, with some more bitterness up front and more in the back. Loads of grapefruit with the grass being a little more subdued in flavor as compared to aroma. Bitter but in no way out of balance. Absolutely perfect.

Perhaps a touch thin for most but I really like the thinness. Without the chewy maltiness, this is one perfect DIPA. Perhaps this and Pliny the Elder are tops in my book. Wonderful.

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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.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw gold with a good 2-finger head that recedes quickly. Nice lacing.

Big fruity nose. I'm picking up strawberries for some reason. Lemon and wheat also present.

Hits the tongue ever so sweet, but only for a fleeting moment. Hops come on very strong after that and build to an amazingly bitter, dry finish.

The alcohol isn't as bold as I would have expected for the abv. Nice touch.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a nectarine orange with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a decent amount of lace as it disappears from my glass. The aroma is a hop smack to the olfactory nerve. Huge notes of apricot and pink grapefruit. Just a slight hint of a malty sweetness. The flavor is just about the same. If you're looking for a DIPA that's malt bill lives up to the hop bill, this is not it. Huge notes of apricot, grapefruit, lemon zest with a blast of alcohol at the finish. There is also a almost medicinal bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light with very little malt body. Also the hop flavor doesn't coat the mouth like it does in many DIPA's. To me this is more like boozy hop water then a DIPA. Give this beer some body and mellow out the alcohol burn and this beer could be fantastic.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.