Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,268
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
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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 ShadyRigglesbee
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer is a hop lovers dream!
Very hoppy, very delicious. Pours a nice golden orange. Not much head and a loose lace. Very piney with plenty of citrus notes (pineapple & mango) and a nice malt backbone. For the price and availability (Jul-Sep), this is a great Imperial DIPA. Love it. Enjoy.

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Photo of Zach136
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled, 5/29/14, enjoyed 7/1/14. Reviewed from notes.

A - Clear gold with a dissipating head (3.75)

S - Great citrus notes over a malty/caramelly backbone with pine hints. No yeast character (4.25)

T - Big fruit notes, bit of melon peel, touch of booze and moderate pine astringency. (4.25)

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Slightly sticky, which is appropriate for a beer this size (4.25)

O - A killer beer, supreme drinkability and huge flavor. (4.14)

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Photo of hopflyer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/30/14

Light golden orange and a bit cloudy. Minimal head.

Smell is tangerine, orange, and a little bit of alcohol. Nothing overpowering.

Taste up front is bitter bite and acidic orange. A bit of fruit-like sweetness and and then almost a little sour grapejuice. Some alcohol burn going down but it's hidden pretty good.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Long finish. A little syrupy.

Pretty good offering. It hits the DIPA category well but lacks in aroma which follows into a moderate blend of citrus and bitter hops. Nothing in it really stands out but what is in unit blends together well. Last years batch wasn't so memorable either but I'm sure I'll be grabbing some again a year from now.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very attractive gold/tangerine. Less than half finger of very loose head (you could see down into the beer).

S: Good tropical fruit and pine. Pineapple is very prominent. Bright, juicy, sweet with a sense of pale malts, a hint of caramel and earth.

M: Pretty slick, a little sticky and a tad of cloy. Overall, medium body lacking just a bit in carbonation. Alcohol isn't warming, but their is a tingling sensation at finish.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and tangerine round out the fruit profile. Florally, pine needles and sap resin are featured. Earthy and rooty as well, biscuity notes, soft toast.

O: This is about a solid DIPA one will find that is readily available (during Summer), and that you don't have to go on a scavenger hunt for. price is equally respectable, averaging $3.50/btl. Good grapefruit tartness and the biscuit ant root malts even each other out. The tropical fruit and dank resin compliment each other as well.

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Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 6/17/14 - less than two months old, my first Double Trouble!

OK, well, let's get it on! On the pour, this is a beautiful golden-wheat colour that really is enhanced by being an unfiltered beer. A small, thin disk of head quickly dissipates into decent lace on the glass. The nose shows citrus and hops, and when I take a sip, that's the first thing that hits - immediately followed by a bitterness that I find unpleasant, and that clings to the tongue long after I swallowed and overshadows any other flavours that might have been present... I had high hopes for this one and was a bit disappointed in the taste. The alcohol is well-hidden, only becoming noticeable at the very end. The mouthfeel is of a nice, creamy brew with just enough carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but the bitterness turns me off of this one.

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Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a very thin white head that is quick to fade away leaving just a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma has very juicy orange/tangerine notes with some undercurrents of grass and earth. Just the slightest touch of dankness as well. The more I nose this beer the more the aromas reveal themselves.

The flavor, somewhat oddly, lacks the complexity found in the nose. Intense bitterness right away with somewhat buried orange and tangerine notes. A bit of a buttery component here with a little caramel and toast. Huge bitterness lingers on through the finish.

Overall, I was expecting quite a bit more from this beer. Sure the bitterness is here and the aroma is decent but I found the flavor to be really lacking. A little more hop flavor and less hop bitterness would be wonderful.

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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 Leftbob
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice amber look. Resinous nose and taste. Very piney finish. Almost astringent which is fine as at 9.4% ABV someone could get hurt if it was silky smooth.

Overall a well balanced DIPA. The EtOH is well masked with adequate malt and a serious IBU

I think I will have another....the ultimate endorsement in a world of choices

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Photo of SassieCassie
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA Speigelau glass

Very little head retention about and 1/8 of an inch, poured golden, the color is a a good representation.

Nose: Fruity, pine, and cat-box (note: after about 10-20 minutes the "cat-box" aroma went away and the nose became very piney)

Taste: Wood chips, piney, hops

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Photo of Bone53
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw four packs bottled on 6/14 sitting on a case packaged on 7/13. So i lay the four packs aside, open up the case, and pull out a four pack. Goes to show how it pays off to look for dates!!

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 40°F

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a very small off white head. Not extremely impressed by the look. But looks are deceiving

Smell: Now this is what I call balanced! Right out the fridge it's one part citrus hops and one part toasted malts. As it warms, I pull out more vibrant citrus with a undertone of malt sweetness

Taste: Right out the fridge I get bright citrus grapefruit and pine upfront, toasted malts in the middle, then the citrus and pine again in the finish that lingers on the palate. As it warms, grapefruit is showcased with a bready sweet malt undertone

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; Low carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: This is one of those IPAs (and beers in general) that has different aromas and flavors when cold than closer to room temperature. The toasted malt is more prominent when chilled, resulting in a more balanced beer per se, but as it warms, the citrus is where i like it to be with malts becoming sweeter and playing more in the background. My ratings are based on this beer being closer to room temperature which i enjoy more than straight out the fridge. However, this is not up there with my absolute favorites in the style, but close! Founders is my favorite brewery for a reason: They make great representations in any style! I highly recommend it for someone who enjoys a well balanced IPA. LET IT WARM UP! Cheers!!

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Photo of kevanb
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6.13.2014, poured into a Founders KBS snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of gold and orange, very clear complexion with a soft, cloudy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is abrasive, big hoppy grapefruit peel, piney resin and sappiness with strong alcohol. It's pretty blunt and not very intriguing. The flavors are a bit better, strong piney hops, light wildflower, grapefruit peel, balanced well, but those enjoyable hops don't last long as fusel alcohol and light sticky malt takes over and punishes the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats the tongue well, carbonation is mild and feels nice, finishes easily and very dry.

Verdict: A less than impressive DIPA from Founders, just way too boozy and abusive. The hop profile is nice but just gets strongly overpowered by the alcohol character which overpowers the malt which could provide a much nicer counterbalance. Just too intense for me.

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Photo of benloho
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful bright golden orange color. Half finger of head. Lots of tiny floaties which I like in my hopped up ales. Decent lacing. Swirling the glass brings back some of the head.
S: Aroma is a very strong resinous hop profile of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. It is bright and juicy on the nose.
T: Reminds me much of Stone Enjoy By. Awesome hop character which follows the nose exactly. Super balanced between the bitter finish and the sweetness of the malt.
MF: Decent. I could use a bit more carb. Doesn't coat my mouth the way I would like, but I don't really hint the alcohol which is nice.
O: Definitely in the caliber of Enjoy By, Dirt Wolf and Hopslam in my opinion. This one is excellent for a brewery that is more known for its stouts.

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Photo of zhivago373
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served from bottle, slightly over a month old.

pours a hazy straw-yellow. small rocky head that dissipates and clings to side of glass.

smells of pungent hops, cannabis, pine, and tropical notes with citrus (this beer is brewed with Summit, Simcoe and Amarillo hops)

front of the tongue has a big wallop of bitterness that quickly transitions to a pungent, dank taste - the sort of typical Simcoe taste. follows with a nice sweetness, citrus and tropical notes, slightly sugary. really well balanced!

overall, this is a great DIPA. great representation of the style, and this brew is incredibly balanced between pungent bitterness and sweeter notes.

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Photo of delta490
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep clear gold with a thin and short lived white head. A little bit of lacing hangs on. The initial aroma is pure Cascade: deep and piney, but developing some malt depth as it warms and open up. The taste is equally big, with deep malts balance off of huge citrus and floral hops. It has nice solid weight to the body and is an excellent Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another DIPA at near 10%. Frankly, I prefer my beers at the 6-7% range, as the 50% increase in alcohol often loses as much as it gains. Back to re-review, liking this better 2nd time around.

Appearance: Not much retention and a bit of lace. I expect a DIPA to look rich and sticky. Not much carbonation, but that's ok, it's wine-like.

Smell: Great. Grassy hops, oily, resinous, with rind of grapefruit and pineapple, and brown sugar.

Taste: Oily with with the grapefruit and pineapple almost coated in sugar and could be cloying, except that after the swallow, the finish is peppery, pungent and resinous. Despite the sugar and alcohol, almost as complex as a grand-marnier or after-dinner drink and just as warming.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with low carbonation; almost brandy like, with warmth and buzz on the tongue.

Overall: Sweeter and more liquor like that other DIPAs, a great winter beer, or last one of the night - so long as you need not drive, it's bitter, resinous and cloying. Let it warm.

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Photo of Quercus67
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours golden straw yellow with thin white head. alcohol legs present.

smells of citrus, some pine very forward . in yo face hopsilicious and so inviting.

taste = bam. upfront bitter citrus, grapefruit, hoppy goodness. biscuity crystal malts , perfectly balanced with the high alcohol and bitterness. moderate mouthfeel. slight warm alcohol taste. finish is quit lovely with nice sugary grapefruit bitterness lingering.

I love this beer. One of the best DIPAS out there and one of the reasons I rank Founders in the top 10 Breweries in the Country.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear golden color with a small white head
S-pine resin aroma with a orange smell coming in heavy
T-hop taste with the orange background that turns into a pine resin aftertaste that does not fade from you taste buds.
M-medium body and low carbonation
O-it was an outstanding flavor and smell. The hops was strong, but the alcohol was well hidden

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Photo of spacebear09
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light golden color, small head.

Smell- Very delicate smell for a double IPA. Hints of citrus and light hop aroma.

Taste- Delicate floral subtleties atop a finish of grapefruit and pill bitterness. Not my favorite flavor profile, but it's good for what it is. Seems to have a very light malt profile, barely detectable. Still than Centennial.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, drinks quite light for a double.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an amber/gold color. Small head with good lacing.

Smells like citrus. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. Some floral notes. Maybe even some slight honey?

Not as hop forward as I was expecting. The taste begins with a slight maltiness that I didn't expect from a double IPA, which subdues. Hops take over and provide a nice bitterness. Getting some herb flavor with lingering hops.

Almost a creamy mouthfeel. Thicker than most IPA's I've had. Still very good though.

I was surprised by the subdued hops, and actually enjoyed the slight maltiness. The thought occurred to me to maybe age one... but it is an IPA...

Overall a good beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
9.4% ABV, 86 IBUs, Bottled 06/17/2014

A - Hazed with fine particles, this golden orange beer is capped with a giant whipped-topping-like cream-colored head. Fantastic retention keeps the foam afloat despite the high ABV and as it descended into lumpiness, it left giant patches of sticky lacing.

S - Potent orange citrus, pineapple, and splash of grapefruit fruitiness mingle with pine-needle hop aromatics, bursting forth followed by an assertive malt backbone that holds everything together perfectly.

T - Big blast of sticky pine sap and bitter orange peel citrus hops punch you in the kisser followed closely by a potent alcohol spice and warmth. Its somewhat sweet malt backbone is there but completely overshadowed by hops.

M - Double Trouble's hefty malt backbone makes for a full body that's quickly offset by sharp hop bitterness and a spicy, drying alcohol finish that's a kick in the ass.

O - Founder's Double Trouble uses everything that's awesome about a double IPA to it's advantage; big fruitiness, pine sap bitterness, a hefty malt backbone, and the alcohol that goes along with it. In a market flooded with this style, Double Trouble is one of the better examples out there.

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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 ocelot2500
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright fruity hops.

Tastes of the bright hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with bright citrus notes coupled with some pine and floral notes. Not particularly bitter. Malts come through next and a touch of syrupy sweetness and bread. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good, but I don't see it as one of the best. Maybe I got an older bottle.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice, clean head that borders on creamy but is very bubbly and leaves a lot of lacing. The beer itself is a clear bright orange with a very light brown note. The beer smell has strong grapefruit and resin notes. The overall smell is also fairly crisp. The grapefruit notes dominate the nose but the resin seems to dull it a little bit and make it floral. Also, there seems to be a slight black peppery smell. The taste is fairly surprising and different from the smell. The grapefruit notes are much stronger in the taste than it is in the smell but there also appears to be a more citrus and floral flavors appearing with a tiny hint of sweetness but overshadowed by the hops. The taste also has a slight note of black pepper and the pine flavors are also there. The mouthfeel is crisp and surprisingly light for a Double IPA but still heavy bodied. Overall, a fantastic Double IPA and one worth getting if you can. This is definitely the easiest and most complex DIPA that I have had to date.

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Photo of CJRubes
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on 7/19/14 with a 'Brewed On' date of 6/17/14 making this bottle a little over a month old. 12 oz. Bottle poured into my Tree House Brewing tulip glass.

A – Poured with a thin, white head that dissipated quickly leaving clumps of small bubbles on top. Has decent lacing on the glass but doesn't really cling tremendously well. It has a slightly hazy, gold color. I find it a bit lighter in color than other DIPAs I've had.

S – Nice citrusy, fruity hops right up front. I'm getting some pine/resin with a lot of mango, tangerine, and orange. The malt sweetness is hiding in the background and isn't overpowered by the hops. Really nice smelling's making my mouth water waiting for my first sip!

T – Mmmm, very nice. I get the tropical fruit/citrus hops right up front which melds right into piney, resinous hops. It leaves a long, bitter and dry aftertaste, which isn't unpleasant. There's a lot of hop oils in this's really coating my mouth well. Malts are subdued and offer a solid background for the hops to shine on. After a few sips I'm starting to notice the 9.4% abv. Certainly not overpowering but it has enough alcohol presence to notice it's there. Overall a very nice tasting DIPA.

M – The oily hop resin really stands out to me in the beer. It fills my whole mouth. Above average carbonation...a bit high in my opinion but I don't think it takes anything away from the beer. Not the most creamy IPA but the mouthfeel is still smooth and luscious.

O – Very good DIPA. It would be well worth checking out for any hophead out there. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I didn't know how well Founder's would do with a DIPA but they really succeeded with this one.

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Photo of Gear54
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass. 5/1/14 is the bottle date.

A: pure gold with very little head and nothing for lace on the glass.

S: nothing but hops on this one. Possibly some floral notes mixed in but with the overwhelming hops it's tough to pick out.

T: hops from start to finish. A bit of fruitiness like grape or pineapple accompanies the hops. No malts at all.

M: heavy on the bitterness. Coats the whole mouth with hops. The flavor sticks around for a good minute before starting to fade.

O: So so good. One of the best DIPA's I've had to date

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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