Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,616
Hads: 6,117
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
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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 Pauly2X
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy light amber with floaties, and a half finger head.

S- Citrus hop aroma dominates with some piney notes evident as well.

T- Sweet simple malt comes forward as a scafolding to support the heavy hop load. The hops are primarily citrus with a piney resinous character adding depth. A dry yet smooth bitterness dominates the finish.

M- Medium/full bodied nice carbonation.

D- Pretty good for a big IPA.

For a DIPA this sure hits the spot. (455 characters)

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

I have had a lot of Founders beers, and they never fail to impress me. So I was naturally excited when I came upon this beer.


It has a nice dark golden color with a frothy bright white head that has wonderful lacing. Floral hops and a sweet maltiness are present on the nose. The initial sweet malty taste of this beer is quickly followed by a tremendous amount of bitter hoppy flavor. A medium to heavy body insures the flavors stick around for a while.

I am very impressed with this beer and definitely look forward to having it again in the very near future...like as soon as I'm done typing.

CHEERS!!!! (612 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a deep orange color and a very slight head. I expected this to be a darker color.

Definite citrus and pine going on in both the smell and the taste. There is a sweetness going on that is balanced out by the hops so it is just right for my palette. Lots of body with this beer as well. It grabs your tongue but no aftertaste. Also, not big alcohol flavor that you get with some of the high ABV beers, which makes this highly drinkable. Nice! (454 characters)

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

A stubby 12oz. brown bottle with a really cool looking label pours an almost glowing orange color with 1 finger of white head and good lacing.

Heavy on pineapple and grapefruit aroma. Floral and citrus also make up the nose.

I'm in hop heaven with this one. This is extremely good. This one is definitely an smooth drinker. 9.4% abv.? Where?? The alcohol is hidden almost completely.
Founders brews some great beers and this no doubt is up there with their best.
I've been on a bit of a reviewing slump as of late. Alot of duds and disappointments. This makes up for that and gets me back on track! (600 characters)

Photo of Baileyuk
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours lighter than expected. Small but decent head. Lacing was good but not exceptional.

S - Great smell, Piney hops balanced with some sweet, maybe slightly roasted malts. Was really good.

T - Was a little grapefruity for me. Although I can get over this personally, the oily taste of the grapefruit was a little offputting. Pineyness is also very present.

D - Looking over the grapefruit I think this is very very drinkable. So much so that even though the grapefruit turned me off I could have done another. (517 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is sweet, grapefruit and pine. Barely a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. $3.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (316 characters)

Photo of nuggetnectar01
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass.

Murky orange color that produces a mere egg-shell white one finger head. Slight lacing is left behind.

Slight citrus hops, grapefruit, apricots, pears, honey, caramelized brown sugar, and some floral notes.

The thing I hate about IPA's is how the older they are, the flavor changes dramatically. Well this certainly smells a lot better then it taste. I get mostly an upfront pretty sharp hop bitterness with a slightly sweet malty taste that tries to shine through but just does not have enough strength power to do so. IMO needs more malts to balance out the sharp bite.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with good amounts of carbonation.

Better tasting IPA's at lower cost=me not drinking this again. (734 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH clean, clear pint glass.

A Nice 2 inch head that sticks around for at least a few minutes, I can already see nice lacing appearing on glass. Body is at first glance a little basic, a straw yellow translucent but closer observation revealed some sediment floating around. I like this look.

S Hops of course but this is a straight grapefruit bitter hops and does not seem to be the worst of the bitter, one note beers that I really do not like. I detect some malt eclipsed by the intense hops.

T Well lots of hops but it is not the biggest hop bomb and there is a nice, welcome sweetness, a light one at that, near the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. This is one DIPA that I can actually drink. I have to to mention that in the middle of the taste (toward the beginning) there is an unwelcome taste of rubbing alcohol.

M Moderate with a kick of hops and even one of alcohol but the nice light sweet finish helps matters a lot in the feel.

D Good for a hoppy beer due to the nice light sweet finish.

Notes: Founders demonstrates its master craftsmen status again. (1,129 characters)

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

This bottle has been sitting for about three months I'd say. I was interested to see how the flavor changed from when I'd been having it fresh. It still pours a deep copper with a giant white head. Extremely lively beer still. The head is very thick and as it disappates, it leaves heavy lacy and even some white fluff.
This smells strongly of hop oil still, very piney. There's a much stronger caramel undertone than I last remember. Bit of honey sweetness and sensing almost graham cracker sweetness/breadiness out of it also.
The taste was much sweeter than I previously remembered, but it balances very well with the still impressive hop profile. Strong sweetness when it first hits the tongue, again caramel, followed by strong citric punch of hops. Leaves the mouth high and dry. Nice weight on the beer, quite heavy feeling for a DIPA, nice and sticky also. This is extremely drinkable for 9%. Alcohol is hidden well and it all goes down smooth. (952 characters)

Photo of olmatty
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained thru a trade with Gibby. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, deep golden beer with a bright-white foamy head.

Smell- Hops which are slightly bitter, more citrus and a bit vegetal a slight nose of malt.

Taste- Citrus hop and malt in nice balance. A touch of sweetness. A crispness that is mainly inhabited by a citrus bite.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, medium heavy body.


Drinkability- Surprisingly light for a DIPA of nearly 10% ABV. (455 characters)

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

12oz stubby bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy light amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Somewhat light hop aromas, very herbal, along with earthy yeast tones. The malts add a bit of a sweet bready background.

A solid malt base, with plenty of spicy hops. Less on the citrus side, but plenty of pine and a bit of minty herb. Full bodied.

Don't have too much to say about this one, but it's still a solid DIPA. For the style, the drinkability is pretty high, and the alcohol can sneak up on you. Recommended. (552 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orangeyellow body, topped by a level two fingers of white froth. Sticky lacing forms quickly.

Inviting fruity aroma - grapefruit, mango, orange.

Thick slab of gooey sweet malt coats the tongue, followed by a sudden orchard of fruit bursting with grapefruit, orange, mango forming aall around the mouth. Bitter surfer rides the crest from the first drop, they crashes into a big burst of bitter bite at the swallow. Afterglow hop tingle lasts and lasts.

Big mouthfeel coats all. Surprisingly and delightfully drinkable for the size of everything.

It may be Double, but no trouble here. Unless the store is out of more.

10/12/10 - over the last two days I've been sampling from a four pack buried in the back of the beer fridge since Easter, and they held up perfectly. (777 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Golden-colored body crowned with a half inch of rocky white head. Head disappears fast, but leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - Tropical fruit - mango, pineapple - orange, red grapefruit. Very lush and juicy.

T - Starts sweet and juicy, with flavors of pineapple and orange. Hop bitterness comes in in the middle and builds on the palate through the long, subtly bitter finish. Nicely balanced - more of an East Coast DIPA.

M - Soft, medium body.

D - A different and enjoyable take on the DIPA. Well done. (538 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (566 characters)

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

Beer pours orange/copper in copper is color with a nice 1 finger head that fades to a slight lacing. Decent lacing left in glass. Smell is very floral with a grapefruit/citrus aroma. Sweet caramel malt is also present. Initial taste is a sweet caramel that is followed by a nice citrus/grapefruit taste that finishes slightly grassy. Mouth feel is good, not too much carbonation and alcohol is well hidden.

A good beer. Not sure I like it more than the Centennial IPA they offer, but that's me. The hops are nicely complemented by the sweet malt in the beer but not too much overpower what should be the focus of any good DIPA...the hops. (639 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Poured with a small head with decent retention. Color was bright golden with a slight haze. Smell is citrusy and floral from the hops. There is very little malt detected from the scent. The flavor is highlighted by citrus and grapefruit notes. There is a nice sweetness within the hop flavor. Pine and floral notes are present in the backgoruns and offer a nice contrast to the citrus notes. Mouhtfeel is crisp and nice, which works well for this beer. The drinkablity is good considering the ABV. I can see having 2 or 3 of these in one sitting.

Overall, a nice crisp Double IPA with nice citrus and pine notes. A clean, refreshing beer. (675 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to the amazing generosity of rhinos00. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a nice bright yellow to almost brown, a light honey brown if you will. Held to the light you get a lot more golden yellow coming out. The pour produces over finger of bright white head that seems to be pretty tight. The foam holds up really well and the lace is nice and sticky. Getting lots of sticky lines that barely slide down the glass. The brew is pretty clear and the carbonation is lazy.

A: Lots of hops coming out here with a really fragrant presence. There are some nice grapefruit smelly hops going on here. Nice and tart smell. Then you get some nice resiny hops presence. Getting a really fragant floral presence as well. Touch of bready malt coming out on the back end, but the hops are the show here.

T: Yet again, mostly all hops going on here but thats what we want right? Lots of grapefruit coming out here with some more tropical fruit, maybe a touch of pineapple. Then you get the nice earthiness that pine resin can easily provide. Bready malt tries to come in a bit, but to no avail. Getting some more citrus as well with a touch of lemon and orange. Sure its not that dynamic I suppose, but the flavors all mold together nicely and create a nice flavor profile.

M: Getting a nice medium bodied fell with a nice slickness. Slightly oily from all the hops in here and it really clings to the teeth causing that hop ache a bit. The brew has a nice dryness to it that I am coming to expect from DIPAs. Alcohol is actually pretty nicely hidden and I was shoked this weighed in at 9.4%. Aftertaste is all grapefruit and pine.

D: Its not bad at all. The drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. Goes down pretty easy and doesn't sit too heavy. The teeth hop ache is a bit much at times, but it is manageable. This does remind more of a West Coast DIPA from a none west coast brewery. It works and gets the job done. Glad I had the chance. (1,966 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (682 characters)

Photo of Gigantis
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright apricot color and is somewhat cloudy. Good head and lacing.

S: Very nice. Lots of tropical, citrusy fruits. The hops just pop out. Beautiful.

T: Does not have the strong malt backbone of the Centennial IPA, but so long as you have this fresh, there's no need for it to. A blast of complex citrus hops blows the palate.

M: Good amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

D: Very, very solid all around. Not quite as good as HopSlam, but this one has got most DIPA's solidly beaten. (498 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy, amber/gold color with a one inch slightly off white head. Nice retention and some nice lacing as it receeds.

The aroma is quite good. A nice hop profile with a big dose of citrus dominates the nose.

The taste is decent. A decent hop profile, again with citrus taking the lead. A pine sap flavor comes through on the finish and the bitterness of the hops linger. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but seemingly watery with a very low dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor is decent which makes for an enjoyable beer. The alcohol, though well hidden, is on the high side which will certainly limit the beer some. Appropriate for the style nonetheless. Definitely a solid offering. (733 characters)

Photo of MDekker
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lacking a snifter, tulip or oversized wine glass, I poured it into my big goblet.

A: Not much head on the pour, but a continual rising cascade of bubbles helped maintain a nice layer on the top. A golden honey hue in color. Just a slight opaqueness to it.

S: Potent, crisp early morning pine needle hoppiness, coupled with some rich, mead-like sweet fruit notes, like peaches and apricots. A little booze too.

T: A bitter punch in the mouth, I tell you - the sourness gave the heebie jeebies a little. Sweet honey flavors, not much maltiness, just crazy hops. It feels like I'm drinking liquid gold.

M: This aspect is the star of the show - perfectly thick, smooth, chewy, but not too much so. Just....nice. The carbonation is excellent.

D: I can't put away many of any double IPA, and it's the same for this one - it's clearly high quality but the sour aspects keeps me from wanting more. (894 characters)

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Spicy/Citrus. Very pungent.
A: Golden with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.
T:Spicy hops with loads of citrus hops in the background. A nice firm bitterness as well. A grapefruit flavour comes through the most. Just all around great balance between citrus hops, malts, and spicy hops.
M: Thick creamy mouthfeel.
D: Pretty drinkable. (347 characters)

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.