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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,264
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,009 | FT: 12
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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 jngrizzaffi
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. There is a strong caramel malty aroma with some piney resin. Strong malty backbone, sweet piney resin, caramel and slight citrus taste at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Thi s is a good beer, but not my favorite DIPA.

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Photo of J30wang
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet hops. Smell also wafts of sweetness and depth. Fruity bitterness, but not overwhelming. This is going to be great on a hot summer afternoon. Pours a brilliant golden yellow and small head. borderline floral and good malt--doesn't taste dirty like sculpin or two-hearted.

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Photo of Kwak
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light golden color with a slight haze smallish to almost no head
very little sent of hops with a more malty then hop flavor
good over all you dont even notice the 9.4 abv

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour deep golden color with 1 finger of head. Big alcohol legs.

Aroma is classic west coast. Pine, dankness, grapefruit pith, big astringent hop florelness, and a bit of a honey sweetness.

I will admit this beer is out of its prime, but I'm just not in love with this beer, regardless. Beginning of the sip starts with a rather big malt sweetness, some grapefruit, and big resinous pine. This has a very minimal underlying note of peach and orange juice. One would think the sweetness would continue throughout the sip, but it randomly pivots to a rather dry finish. The final taste is of the thick, palate-coating hop bitterness that lingers for minutes after the sip and a slight alcohol heat.

I just don't find the beer balanced. I probably wouldn't get it again. I could see it pairing well with a pineapple upside down cake. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz, bottled on 6/12/15. Murky golden color with a two inch frothy head that dissipates but never fully disappears. Moderate lacing and spotting. Smell is somewhat boozy with tangerine and orange. Taste follows suit with a rind grapefruit and somewhat dry finish. Very smooth for a 9.4abv! One of my first doubles that I fell in love with. Can't go wrong with this if you like ipas and dipas. Cheers!

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Photo of CraigP83
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden honey color, slightly hazy. Smells like another sweet malty honey bomb. Taste again is honey, clover. Minor hop bitterness. Not as cloying as expected with all the sweet honey notes. Just another DIPA that doesn't stand out as different

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden color with moderate white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very mild which is mostly pine and a little sweet fruit. Flavor is heavy on the resiny bitterness. Good malt body and balance which hides the alcohol well and provides a pretty clean finish. Surprisingly smooth for such high bitterness.

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Photo of jronhanson
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

champion of all beers. I've had 100s of different brews and this by far kills them all. no off bitter, skunky after taste, just pure smooth hoppy goodness.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The refreshing smell of hops compliments the steady hop taste with a smooth easy feel. The hops are not overpowering, but they bring a crisp delight to an easy drinking ale/apa. Double trouble is definitely a good name!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle today at The Beer Store, for $3.50. Sampling time now out in The 'Zebo.

Poured into a Sammy perfect pint glass. It's slightly hazy, with a medium golden color. Has sparse, scattered carbo and a bit of white foam clinging to the edges. Not much lacing present, either. Nose is all hops, with a mix of sweetish apricot and bitter grapefruit. A fairly smooth feel combines with a medium body; no complaints.

Taste has a hint of toasty malt with some apricot and tangerine at the outset. It then leans a bit to the bitter side, with some pithy, rindy citrus hitting the palate. Though not knocking me off my chair (I'll leave that to Alewife! ), this is a tasty DIPA. Prosit!!

4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 06/15/2015. It was poured into a snifter at 50F.

It's light orange in color with a cream colored and creamy textured head about two fingers tall. The head lingers down to a film within around 5 minutes, leaving a few light flecks of lacing.

Upon swirling my glass, an aroma of floral and citrus hops dominate the show with a subdued sweet malt backbone lurking in the background.

It's full bodied and creamy with a resinous and oily texture. As it warms the presence of ethanol definitely becomes apparent, but that is to be expected of a beer with 9.4% ABV. It really feels like it's much greater than 86 IBUs, which is great for a hop head like myself and also fitting for this particular style.

The first tasting notes are pine, orange, and lemon. As it warms, the hops are countered by an emerging rich butterscotch malt presence.

The beer has a great, punchy hop character when closer to fridge temperature, but I think it really shines after the malt presence shows up fashionably late at around 55-60F. In my opinion, this is an extremely well made DIPA, and I would recommend it to any hop head beer connoisseur.

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

This is a nice-looking beer: a thick (albeit brief-lived) rocky, slightly-off-white head that leaves nice rafts of lacing atop a crystal-clear, sparkling gold body. Aromawise it presents as a strong, mouth-watering blend of citrus, pineapple, and dank, dark pine, against a less-apparent background of spicy florals with faint alcohol and caramel undertones. Up front, the palate is sweet pineapple and bitter pine; the bitterness picks up mid-palate with some caramel undertones. Alcohol notes are quite apparent at the end. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by an as-expected clinging bitterness that sets in and lingers, with hints of pine and citrus, for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, warming from the alcohol and prickly due to some very assertive carbonation. Double Trouble is really well-balanced, with just a slight bit of sweetness making it past the hop bitterness.

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Photo of SGerrard
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've really enjoyed this beer in past years but when I tried it for the first time several days ago (on draft) the taste was not as smooth as I remembered. Could be a bad batch and will definitely try it again.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden with a 2 finger white head; light to no lacing

Smell - light aroma, not much here that impresses

Taste - very smooth, decent chew but good hop flavor

Feel - medium body; average chew for a double ipa

Overall: would fall well behind my favorite IPAs; good but not memorable.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Aggressive pour yields three fingers of soapy suds that settles to a solid finger with nice, sticky lacing. Apricot in color, nice carbonation. The aroma is tropical fruit, cocktail syrup sweetness. Taste follows, not too cloying, tropical fruits and mandarin oranges, just a touch of bitterness and pine. Smooth, creamy feel. Freakin fantastic.

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Photo of car2052
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Hazy pale orange, with a small white head.
S: Intense simcoe hop aroma of orange, grapefruit, funkyness, along with a bit of sweetness.
T: Begins with a sweet maltiness, followed by a sharp hop bite, mostly of orange and grapefruit. Ends with a sweet finish.
M: medium. sweet aftertaste.
O: Nice balanced DIPA. A slightly greater hop bite would have set this over the top. Maybe I had an old bottle.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2 months ago.

A - Golden tan
S - sweet bread, definitely getting more malt coming through than anticipated. Maybe a hint of pineapple...
T - minimal hop up front, but really comes through in the middle. More balance as I drink this with minimal grain coming through. Definitely getting the alcohol taste in the back complementing the bitterness...
M - astringent, yes
O - Maybe its the bottle date, but I'm not getting nearly the amount of pine and citrus as others report. With all the complexities that go into it, nothing in this beer that blows me away. While its pretty bitter, can definitely tell the IBUs are not maxed out. I'd like to try to find this one fresh on draft somewhere just to see if it is this batch, but hey i'm just happy I found it in my area.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nose and taste follow each other. You get a lot of pine, pine needles, some dank bitterness, some floral/herbaceous notes, a little citrus and a splash of pineapple. Slight alcohol finish. Cant say that I was overly impressed with this one. I was expecting more to be honest. Definitely doesn't fit in my top DIPA category.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Clear orange golden in color. Thick white head quickly fades. Fruity smell, peach n mango. Really great tasting IPA, fruity with citrus peel finish, sweet malt is there for balance but mostly hops dominate. Very clean n crisp mouthfeel. One of my favorite readily available double IPAs.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color and has a slightly herbal / flowery aroma. Mouthfeel is nice but dies off at the end. Flavor is hoppy floral with a touch of maltiness. Overall a really nice beer with great flavor

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice orange amber color with minimal head, minimal haze
S - grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, orange zest, pine, some dankness to it but not crazy dank - you definitely get the simcoe and Amarillo
T - Big fine, grapefruit, orange zest. Not getting the mango and passion fruit I was getting from the smell.
M - light - medium mouthfeel. Distinctly bitter. Alc reasonably well covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit, very bitter.
O - Great beer. I'd buy it again. Definitely one i'd pick up yearly when I see it fresh.

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Photo of justinp444
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright orange yellow with a frothy slightly yellow off white head of 2 inches. Smell is of biscuit-y malt, grass, citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, and some earth. Taste is of lots of grapefruit, honey, nice dry biscuit-y malt, citrus, earth, grass, smaller pine notes, and a good amount of bitter. It has a crisp moderate mouth feel and body.

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Photo of Tilly
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber pour. Small frothy head that went away. Real nice lace on the glass..
Huge citrus aromas. Mostly grapefruit and orange with a touch of sweetness. Maybe honey.
Typical IPA without to much broohaha! I like this beer, I pretty much like anything I've tried from Founder's.
Tastes are real close to the aroma. Great grapefruit, lemon, orange and honey.
Nicely carbonated, great fresh mouth feel, crisp and clean.
Great job by Founders.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So glad we're seeing Founders more and more in Texas. Except for Rubaeus, they've all been fantastic. Finally had the KBS at the Untapped festival and...damn.

I don't know if I could tell this and Double Jack (Firestone) apart in a taste test, one of my fave DIPAs. Along with the label that I can't keep staring at, the aroma is unforgettable. If you happen to do woodwork and have cut into a wet piece of alligator juniper, this is close. I tried the single and will be back for the 4-pack.

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Photo of Beerds
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not that impressive on the head but that's the only not so great thing I've got to say about this beer. Nice golden straw color. Great taste and very smooth, light aftertaste of alcohol but an excellent drink.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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