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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

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4,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 4450
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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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at Charlotte's Duckworths.

Appearance is unusually yellow for a DIPA. Very nice finger wideth foamy white head that stays for a while.
Smell is full of floral hops and notes of grapefruit. Pine and lemon round out the nose.
Taste is a little sweet malt, mostly tart and nearly sour. Blended together with lots of hops that are mostly piney and grapefruit in character. Little lemon hop end. Bitter up front and actually pretty mild in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and a little sharp.
Good beer for hop enthusiast, not for everyone though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 13:22:42 | More by chaz410
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3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this beer on tap last night. It was served in a tulip-shaped glass. It was golden yellow with no head. I blame that on the serever. It was opaque and hazy and easy on the nose. It smelled sweet and grapefruity and really piney. It tasted like bitter pine cone and lime with quite a bit of alcohol warmth. I recall a moderately thick and sweet texture, but not syrupy. It didn't go down to easily. It was a good beer but I only ordered one. It went well with my raw oysters.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 02:32:37 | More by berserker256
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New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at Pizza Plant in Williamsville. Served in a goblet. Somewhat hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head. Heavy pine aroma. Sharp crisp flavor with a mellow maltiness in the middle and a slightly sweet finish. Again, pine and some citrus. Somewhat thick, chewy mouthfeel. Not sure how many of these I could drink with it pushing 10%, but it certainly is tasty! If you enjoy hops, seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 13:22:59 | More by TheBCrew
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North Carolina

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

Found this one on-tap at Raleigh Times, served in a Raleigh Times tulip a crisp light orange with a frothy eggshell head that's slow to diminish and leaves great lacing. The aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops with a hint of sweet malts. The taste is an interesting balance of citrus hops and sweet malts with a great bitter finish. The beer is slightly heavy but maintains a nice smoothness, especially as it warms. This one was enjoyable on-tap, but I prefer it from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 01:30:35 | More by atsprings
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Drafting room, shared w/ carlos and evets on separate occasions. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A light amber/straw golden hued ale w/ 1/4 inch of white cap that leaves sticky lace. The light color is slightly out of the ordinary for Double IPA's and I like it. It has a crescent moon for head and the clarity is lightly hazed w/ minute bubbles

S - Sweet + crisp w/ grapefruit scent high in the aroma w/ moderate scent of alcohol. The nose warns of pine cone type hops w/ yeasty esters which are fruity

M - the feel is sweet upfront w/ moderate bitterness apropos to style w/ med high acidity and bitterness. The texture stays sweet and has a warming finish w/ residual smooth resinous note with the bitterness lasting

T - A light sweet crystal tinged malt mixed w/ grapefruit and pine upfront w/ acidity and mild malt in the taste w/ light alcohol taste increasing as it warms w/ gentle dry malt flavors. The citrus and herbal hops bring the bitter intensity to this flavor w/ a gentle pine cone accent and mild grassiness. A nice warmth of alcohol and mild sweet light malt w/ an intensely bitter strong finish

D - Not the most drinkable DIpa, but certainly delivers the hops in an extreme way no question. It goes big or goes home. A great IIPA just very tasty and fits the west coast style well.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2009 00:21:10 | More by Slatetank
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Pours a nice golden color, with a nice white head, crystal clear.

S- Some citrus notes, flowery, the fresh hops are powerful.

T- Citrusy, nice and clean, the hops don't overwhelm the malt however.

M- Smooth, fresh, coats the tongue nicely.

D- Very drinkable, nice a light for such a big beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 23:48:39 | More by cichief
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA

Pours an orangegolden color with a small amount of white head..

Interesting nose, hops are definitely present, some fruit (citrus) comes out as well. A malt balance appears toward the end

The fruit flavors come through in the taste as well, soft and smooth, not what I could describe as a big DIPA

A really nice beer, not the most complex DIPA out there, but fun to drink and enjoy - you can easily have several of these in one sit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 10:29:10 | More by mhatters
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, fresh keg, in a snifter.

A. Appears ruddy orangish with a decent foaming and stickage.

S. Smells strongly of hops. Grapefruit comes to mind.

T. At first, just stinging of hops. Grated orange zest. Some spice from the citrusy hop boquet. As it warms, a bit of clean alcohal cuts into the hop flavor. Malt is kind of overpowered here.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and zesty hops to the tongue.

D. This one drinks slow, and the alcohal is a bit hot. Still pretty good, but for some reason I liked the Centennial IPA more. True to the style though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 00:32:41 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange with a smallish off-white head... decent lacing... good retention...

S: Tropical fruit hop presence... grapefruit, pineapple, orange... refreshing qualities with a nice bitterness and some malt sweetness

T: Don't get me wrong... the taste is lovely... its one flaw is the lack of complexity... mostly a grapefruit/pineapple/orange blast, while not all dIPAs need to be piney, resinous or floral, this beer lacks any hints of those other hop characters...

M: Smooth, medium body, good carbonation, crisp finish

D: I docked this some points for lacking complexity, but the flavorful nature of this beer gets some points here... nice to see on tap at the Institute

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 00:06:29 | More by callmemickey
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Got a growler of this fine DIPA from the brewery.

It pours a hazy orange color with a pretty substantial head on it. It is a strikingly bright beer which made me think at first that it looked thin. Upon closer inspection, however, I realized that it was darker and thicker than I originally thought.

The smell is delicious fruit rind and citrus with a nice, subtle hops to back it up. Good and flowery and not too sweet. Great aroma for a beer like this.

It tastes great. No alcohol presence at all which is something I usually don't like. Double trouble has enough going on though, that I let that slide. Delicious piney hops go well with the mango/passionfruit flavoring. The malt is there to back it all up but it isn't big by any means.

Usually, I don't mind when an IPA coats your mouth. This one doesn't kick the shit out of your taste buds, but that makes it feel more elegant, I think. There is nothing cloying about the sweetness in this beer and the bitterness, while certainly there, is so out of your face. I guess I would call this a "nice" Double IPA.

I would probably drink the entire four-pack (why four pack? ask Founders about this) save for the abv. It's a sneaky alcohol presence for sure... I guess that's where the trouble is! Fantastic beer. One of my favorite DIPAs or IPAs.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2009 18:23:26 | More by Gigantis
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Founder's Double Trouble is their double india pale ale. It is extremely hoppy with a bitter citrousy after taste. The aroma is incredible and filled with fruits, ranging from bananas to pears. Overall, it is an incredible beer, but hard to finish. However, on a full stomach you'll be tanked after two, as this beer is 9%

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 22:19:51 | More by jefferyc
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a dense cream coloured cap. Great head retention with sheets of lace and rings indicating each sip. Intense aroma with lots of grapefruit rind, pine, fruity and floral notes. Medium to strong bitterness with fruity sweetness, plenty of grapefruit but less pine than in the aroma. Alcohol towards the end followed by lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Very smooth with a creamy texture and alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall with a sharp hoppiness, but the alcohol was a bit forward.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 00:55:26 | More by DrJay
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Strongly hoppy, citric-smelling scent that socks you in the nose so hard, you can't help but check for a nose bleed. Fragrant notes of tangerines, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and pine resin. As I was leaning back from the glass, I got slapped with a bouquet of fresh-picked flowers.

Taste: Sweet, though short-lived perfunctory maltiness upfront. Now that that's out of the way, it's time for some citric, acidic hints as we transition into the fruity, floral, tropical and pine-packed hop flavors. There's definitely a warming alcohol presence contained within, but I'm not picking up too much in the overall flavor, as my taste buds are probably far, far too busy contending with all of the hops. There's only one final touch of sweetness; a faint dieing gasp from the thin maltiness. Finishes dry and sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A punchy, downright intense Double IPA that's in the same vein as Bell's HopSlam, though, and this is just me, I feel I'd prefer the Bell's just a tad over this one.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2009 16:01:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brother brought me a growler for my birthday.
A: Pours a nice golden color with a lacey white head. Head slowly falls leaving a coaster sized white, small bubble head
S: Smells like hops!
T: Smooth flavor followed by the very strong hops that overpower your mouth
M: Very good mouthfeel
D: Very drinkable but it will get to you after a few!
For a DIPA it is very good!

Serving type: growler

04-10-2009 20:18:54 | More by kbutler1
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Founders 4-8-09. This is the palest DIPA I have ever seen: a very clear light golden color with an off-white head. The nose contains a strong influence of floral hops, with citrus (especially grapefruit) and candied pineapple, as well. This is a beer that should definitely be enjoyed at around room temperature. I've tasted it cold and I've had it at the proper temperature, and it's really not fair to the beer to drink it cold. When it's warm, it's very easy to appreciate pine sap, tropical fruits, apricots, fresh tart apples and floral notes. All of these are very nice, but the candied pineapples are amazing. Caramel and toffee gain in prominence as it warms. The finish is nice and bitter; everything I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. This is a very drinkable, delicious DIPA. But did you expect any less from Founders?

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 01:07:43 | More by sarahspat
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 02:48:33 | More by AlexCuse
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Christopher's, Cambridge, MA, and served in a 12oz. tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow hue, accompanied by a dense one-finger head that's almost pure white with medium-sized carbonation bubbles. The lacing involves an intricate array of these little globs and spots on the sides of the glass. Terrific presentation.

S: Hoppy, resinous, along with grassy fragrances and pear juice. Some malty/alcohol sweetness after swirling the glass around.

T & M: First sip is a deliciously bitter hop bite with big carbonated texture to boot. Not syrupy in taste or mouthfeel. Piney with some citrus notes (grapefruit, blood orange). The malts assert themselves to balance the taste out as the beer warms up a bit. Provides a lovely hoppy aftertaste.

D: Invigorating, complex, and incredibly drinkable. It was a late Saturday afternoon beer so I hadn't eaten in awhile, and I could feel the alcohol warming my cheeks. But this is profoundly drinkable for any hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 04:01:38 | More by timmay41
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Institute the other day. The bar tender had just tapped the keg a few minutes beforehand, assuring that this beer was fresh and delicious.

The beer pours a light peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks exactly the way a good IPA/DIPA should. On the nose I get lots of hoppy orange citrus, which is attractive. That's really about all I get, but what's there smells very nice indeed. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose to some extent, but with noticeable pepper and pine as well. This is a very serious DIPA, and I appreciate the fact that Founders did not over do it on the malt. The sweetness and alcohol are both kept at bay in this very fine DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty decent, fairly long finish. I get a hint of alcohol at the very end, but overall drinkability is not too bad.

This is very fine DIPA from Founders; at least in my opinion, much better then the wretchedly sweet Devil Dancer they make. Other then the somewhat excessive alcohol bite in the finish, there really was nothing I didn't like about this beer. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 16:59:42 | More by johnmichaelsen
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA. Very nice orange/copper color with an unusually creamy head for a DIPA. Lots of lacing. The smell was beautiful citrus, as was the taste - more grapefruit than orange. Very, very flavorful, not not so intense that I couldn't have a few. If you're not into this style then stay away!

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 16:33:50 | More by hsway
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden pour which turns more orange after it settles. A nice creamy, chunky head.

A pretty Fruity and hoppy aroma. Grapefruits and oranges dominate the smell with some hops and malty sweetness lingering around.

Good hoppy bitterness, malty, tastes of grapefruits and oranges that makes a very sweet combination.

A medium body thats not to heavy and not light in any way. With a creamy mouthful this beer goes down damn smooth. A nice sweet after taste leaves you wanting a second.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 19:21:36 | More by Stockfan42
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh sixtel tapped at home into my Maudite snifter glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a nice one finger white puffy head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Hops? Yes, hops. Big nose of grapefruit and citrus hops with a sugary sweetness.

T: Massive floral citrus hops flavors but not a ton of grapefruit like on the nose. The malt sweetness in the middle is strong and does not back off the hops. Finish is nice and smooth with a nice hoppy bitter kick. Alcohol can be tasted for sure, but it is very welcomed. Great beer.

M: Medium to full and very coating. Alcohol lingers but is enjoyable.

D: High for such a high abv beer. One can have a few of these for sure.

Overall another awesome beer from Founders. They continue to amaze me. Keep em coming Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 14:34:34 | More by Kadonny
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, light golden color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated. Broken, inconsistent lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big floral hops and sweet malts. A burst of ctrussy and piny hops settle-in.

T: Slightly sweet malts just ahead of big citrus and pine flavoring hops. Big bitter finish to balance, some hot alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Warming alcohol.

D: No want for hops in this one. You'll have your fix and be ready to rest and then have maybe one more - and enjoy them both.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 05:01:50 | More by Haybeerman
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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 !

Serving type: growler

02-08-2009 14:04:01 | More by WakeandBake
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 03:27:03 | More by meatyard
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in a bottle and on tap and am reviewing the tap experience (I think it's better).

Presented in a standard pint glass and too cold. Beer had a much-appreciated cloudy appearance.

Wonderfully stinky hop aroma. Citrus and pine all the way through. Sweet hop flavor and clean, dry, bitter finish.

Very nice. A model DIPA in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 01:23:29 | More by Yetiman420
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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