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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,266
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
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 beerorRIP
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: must have been too cold, or i didn't pour with enough gusto - only a small layer of foam showed up on top. little bits of lace stick, but not too much else. the body is a very cloudy (think hefeweizen) yellow-orange.

smells hoppy with a chance of alcohol. very citrusy hops in this one. a nice aromatic one.

some initial (and little) sweetness and caramel yield to an onslaught of hops and bitterness. some alcohol hotness shows up in the end. not overly complex but simply tasty.

a medium to light body with good carbonation that prickles the tongue. not oily or slick feeling.

easy to drink, especially with the mouthfeel like it is. it would be easy to down a few pints of this, but then the abv would no doubt rear it's head and make me feel quite the fool.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed peachy gold, with lots of stuff, tiny tiny stuff, in suspension. A thin head with some speckled and sheeted lacing styles.

Aroma - still working with an under-the-weather sniffer, I do get some good pine and grapefruit though.

Taste - a quick caramel base followed by a wave of very orangey citrus. Very syrupy and candylike is the orange flavor. Full on bitterness now, the grapefruit zest and pine hitting full force and prickly. The swallow is a quick drying, some abv heat, and intensifying bitterness, a touch medicinal but pulling back mercifully before going too far that way. The finish does have more of a mediciney aspect than anything else, but there is still some sharp citrus present.

Mouthfeel - good big body that can stand up to the carbonation level.

Drinkability - not my favorite DIPA, but I'll be interested to see how the other one cellars.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of beerman207
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks like apple cider in the glass with half a finger of head and some nice lacing left in the glass

S - Amazing - smells almost of peach or apricot. Really inviting and refreshing

T - Citrus and maybe even some honey present (very faint). Very nice flavor. Bitterness comes through pretty strong towards the end

M - Definately has a drying feeling to it but that's more from the style I'm sure.

D - I could have a few of these in a session. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. 86 IBU's and 9.4% ABV per the label. No info on the website as of now. Pours out to a slightly cloudy light amber/burnt orange with peach accents, forming a tall sticky white meringue head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lace. Thin layer of least in the bottom of the bottle. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is heavenlywith a boatload of skunky tropical fruit hops. There is skunkweed, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and pine in there...wonderfully full and fresh. Mouthfeel is smooth, sleek, with a dense body. The taste is as expected...boatloads of hops over a firm pale malt base, with a heavy accent on the grapefruit pith bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness and soft hint of vanilla which tries to regain balance to the very assertive bitterness. Alcohol adds a peppery flourish to the finish with a potent bitter aftertaste of pine sap. One bottle is gonna be hard to finish.

This is certainly well-crafted, but is honestly a bit much for my taste. I prefer my DIPA's a bit less bitter. I'd prefer HopSlam, Centennial, or even fresh Two-Hearted to this.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-27-09
Really can't go wrong with a founders brew. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a stubby twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Double Trouble pours out a light golden amber color that had a bit of a haze to it. A hard pour yielded about a finger and a half of thin, bubbly head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin ring of foam atop the beer. Each sip left some spotty lace behind on the glass. Noticed some random carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Smell: Tons of citrusy hop aromas out front, consisting mostly of orange and grapefruit peel. A somewhat subdued floral hop presence is also noticed. A bit of a medicinal hop aroma also peeks out from the background. A somewhat strong maltiness that doesn't quite hang with the hops. Faint notes of pipe tobacco with a touch of leather deep in the background.

Taste: A real resiny hop blast gets things going. Almost juicy. More of the citrus with an herbal kick. Hops really over power the sweet malt. Faint yeasty undertones with a bet of fresh cut grass. Alcohol is pretty well hidden except for a slightly warm finish. Ends with another palate smashing wave of hops.

Mouthfeel: Thickish, full bodied mouthfeel is quite pleasing. A moderate amount of tongue tingling carbonation is felt.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable despite the high ABV. A few of these may get the best of you though.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a golden peach color. There are quite a few particulates suspended within, which looks rather odd with the gentle streams of bubbles rising up. The head is an irregular film and collar that leaves a trace of lace.

Smells of red grapefruit and pine needles with a trace of powdered sugar followed by a papery dryness.

Tastes crisp and fruity with the pine and grapefruit, but it takes on a touch of doughnut, dinner roll and cardboard. Finishes with a piney tingle.

Feels a little heavy with a fine, raspy carbonation that keeps its distance.

A fine beer, but a bit too heavy and present for something of it's ABV.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders Double Trouble pours a slightly hazy gold color into the glass. A flurry of bubbles floats up to the surface. On top, a small white head forms on top and quickly dissolves to a ring around the surface of the beer. Some netted lace patterns cling to the glass.

The aroma is all hops. Lots of citrus with mainly grapefruit and orange notes. Hints of pine mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly hops. Grapefruit, lemon and orange citrus dominate. Lots of bitterness and hints of medicine. Towards the end some malt sweetness makes a feeble attempt at balancing out the flavor. It finishes somewhat hot with an mild alcohol burn. Once gone a citrus bitterness lingers on the palate.

If you like hops you'll love this beer. The alcohol notes brought the drinkablilty down a bit for me, but otherwise this is a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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

A-Cloudy peach color...little head

S-Somewhat subdued but enticing....bright citrus fruits...mandarin oranges, tangerines, pineapples, and some mango/papaya...

T-Citrus notes are similar and toss in some peaches too....there is also a little asprin like astringency..

M-Medium to full bodied....a little syruppy...closes with a slightly harsh hop bite...

D-Everyone wants to compare this to Hopslam and I was hoping this could compete....it doesn't....it's not that it isn't good because this is one of the better DIPA's I've had but it is not on the same level as the Slam...(.I did a blind taster of this, Torpedo, and Slam and it came in second behind Slam)....it has some similar characteristics of Slam but is not as assertive in the sweet citrus flavors....DT also does have a little more harsh bitterness on the finish too..

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine color with a wet, bubbly white head.

A big hoppy blast of grapefruit, lemon, and pine lets you know that this beer means business.

Like the aroma, the taste is hops and more hops. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine attack the palate. Which is fine. I like it when that happens. The caramel malts are present but timid. The finish is hoppy, bitter, and a tad boozy.

Light-to-medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

I knew I'd like this one. Very drinkable, very enjoyable, and very Founders.

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Photo of mirish72
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that this beer defies any pre-conceived notions of what a DIPA is. First,this is the lightest DIPA I have ever drank. When I first poured it into a glass, I actually thought I had a mislabled beer, it looks almost orange.

Second, when you sniff and expect to smell malty hops, you are hit with the overwhelming smell of...pineapple. The first time I drank this, I was shocked to the point of thinking I had the wrong beer, but I checked and it is a DIPA.

Once I got over the fact that this is a very different DIPA, I actually enjoyed the beer. It is very drinkable and packs a punch. I wouldn't say it would be the first DIPA I would pick up, it definitely stands out.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Photo of sarahspat
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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?

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

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x and beerbeagle.

Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, with nice touch of citrus/pines. The taste is very nice/bitter/hoppy, little bit of malts thrown in, citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice hoppy/bitter DIPA.

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Photo of FarmHouseJam
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Great 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 big light colored DIPA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light hued apricot body with a slight hazy hint. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles with a thin sudsy snow white head that last for a bit.

S- There is a big pineapple weed hop aroma that turns more perfumed with an interesting sweat sock quality, but in a good hoppy way. There are not many malt flavors that cut through the hops but there is a soft fusel note at the finish.

T- This beer has a full pine tar hop flavor that is very floral with a soft pale malt flavor that has a slight sweetness to it. There is a bitter hop punch at the finish that dominates and grows stronger as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol kick that grows as the beer warms.

D- The alcohol heat and the bitterness of the hops really dominate this one. There is not enough hop flavor or aroma to support the bitterness and alcohol and the malt flavor is pretty hidden. I love big hops but not when the bitterness that dandelion pungent bitterness without flavor.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of kkulacki. Pours a dusky brown to orange with a nice half inch head. Laces slowly and stickily. Smells of hops, sweet grapefruit, alcohol. Big lupulin oil blast right up front. Tingling bitterness. Grapefruit and pineapple on a caramel malt base with obvious but complementary alcohol mingling with the bitterness. Bitterness lingers and alcohol warms. Full bodied for the style. Not syrupy, but close. A good IIPA, but personally I like them to feature the hop flavors, not the bitterness. Still, very excited to have gotten to try this. thanks, Konrad.

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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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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.