Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,014
Reviews: 1,632
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 402
Gots: 853 | FT: 12
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of wagenvolks
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a Foothills pint glass. Props to cfhamm for breaking his trading cherry and sending me this one!

Double Trouble pours much differently than I was expecting, with a hefeweizen-esque haze that clouds up its golden-peach body. Were it not for the well-retained inch of thick, white foam and superb lacing, I would've easily mistaken this for a Hefeweizen at first glance. Thankfully, the aroma sets this beer back in the right style category, with big hoppy notes that drop layers of mandarin orange, fresh pine sap, mango, spice, pear, and peach. Lots of yeasty fruitiness, and the pale crystal malt note does a nice job of balancing it all out.

Mmmmm...this is what Double IPA's are all about. Starts off sweet and viscous, with layers of boozy fruit draped all across the front & sides of the tongue. A nice malt presence smooths things out in the middle, right before a bitter onslaught of raw pine resin and leafy-green hop cones. A touch of mango and ethanol heat lingers after the bitterness fades. The body is thick, but not overly so, and the carbonation level and bitterness are on-point for the style. All in all, a delicious IIPA from the good folks at Founders, and a must-try for any Hop Head.

Photo of AlexCuse
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of blaje
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, thanks to Jeff from the Winooski Beverage warehouse for this one!

Bright Golden straw in colour, slightly hazy topped with a nice white head that stands up for about 4 minutes.

The nose of this 2IPA is outstanding. Citrus scent dominates; Grapefruit and tangerine. Add some kiwi and some other tropical fruits that I have trouble to sort out. Sweet floral aromas, even cannabis scent do come up.

Mouth is almost creamy to me. Carbonation is medium-low. Would like to sip this one on tap.

Taste: Wow, this is really a good 2IPA. Tons of hops flavours. really resinous ones. Really complex and full of subtleties. Alcohol is very well integrated. Aftertaste seems to never ends. Wow...

Overall: Certainly in my top 5 Imperial IPA so far. Highly complex and pleasantly drinkable. A truly wonderful discovery! Highly recommended.

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

Bought this beer for 9.99 a 4 pk. Poured into
a pilsner glass its color is golden with a faint tinge of orange. Carbonation is very balanced.

The smell is very hoppy/floral with a faint sweetness.

Bittersweet carbonation dances on the tongue before exiting down the throat leaving a trail of hoppy bitterness that causes my taste buds to crave another sip.

Very "light" for the style which I happen to like. aftertaste is pleasurable and does not coat tongue.

4 of these will be plenty as far as drinkability goes. Sometimes too much of a good thing is exactly that.

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

Bottled 01/27/09 etched on neck of bottle.

Golden straw color pour with some hop chunkies floating around. Slight chill haze. Two solid fingers of fluffy near white head. Very creamy looking head.
I am getting mainly pine sap hop aromas out of this thing. Sweet aroma, piney & pungent grapefruit.

Huge first sip of piney, honey hop flavor. Big and bold...so far so good. Quite citric tangy and bitter with a noticeable current of 9.4%. Dry with that lingering huge hop bitterness and piney action going down the throat.

Damn good offering from Founders. Now, I need to have this on draft.

Photo of JToad
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 Pack of this IIPA for $11.95, was excited to try something I had not seen before from Founders.

I poured this directly from the bottle, into my Michelob Celebrate goblet. It's an hazy amber, almost hefe like in color. Very little head, with minimal lacing on the sides.

Intial smell of hops right away. Grapefruit is very noticeable.

Bitterness attacks the side of your tongue. Notes of tobacco linger on the back end. Finishes crisp and clean. Nice mouthfeel, even maybe a little thin. For such high ABV at 9.4%, this isn't all that boozy. Many DIPA's tend to be a bit thick, this isn't, which Im not sure is a good thing or not. There's a little metallic taste present, but not overpowering.

All in all, another solid American Double IPA. Not sure it is in the league of 90 Min, Hop Slam or some of the west coast powerhouses, but it is a great DIPA, that I would gladly drink whenever found. Well done Founders.

Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Wasn't overly impressed with this one...

It looks the part here but the hops are very floral and not so much citrusy or piney... They almost seem a little faded?

Fairly citrusy but still a little more floral tastewise... They're sweet but dry.. Not bad at all, but not, in my opinion, a top notch DIPA...

Glad I tried it, but I'll take several others over this one anyday...

EDIT: ok, I revisited this one and it is loads better this time around. The hops really pop here. They are loaded with both citrusy and piney flavors and make this a really terrific little brew. I like the heck out of it and I'm going to get more.

Photo of ndekke39
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle decanted into a pint glass. Bottle was marked with a January bottling date. Pours a pale straw color with a small white head. It's leaving a nice ring of lace around the glass as I drink it. When you stick your nose in it, you first get a big whiff of hops. Very sweet and citrusy, like orange or grapefruit. Some apricots and honey, too.

Tastes are hoppy and sweet - it's a really nice balance, and one not often found in double IPAs. The hops bloom nicely on the middle of the tongue. Again with the citrusy qualities, balanced by soft fruit like peaches or apricots. The alcohol is completely hidden, so watch out with this.

Nice moderate mouthfeel - perfect complement to everything going on here.

This is a great double IPA. Great balances between the hoppiness and sweetness. Nice character to it. I will definitely return to this one.

Photo of brewintheLou
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy golden with a soft white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell softer than expected, and has a piney aroma with a little grapefruit coming through.

Taste is hoppy and piney right of the start. Aftertaste has a sharp hop bite. I do not get a lot of balance with hop and malt on this beer. Definitely heavier on the hop side. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected with a 9.4% ABV. I would never pass a this beer, but I am not going to seek it out.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Aroma is very grapefruity, grassy, and quite piney as well. Loads of overall citrus with minimal malt aromas.

Awesome 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 perfect DIPA. Perhaps this and Pliny the Elder are tops in my book. Wonderful.

Photo of numinorian
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A A beautiful golden with a thick carbonation and a fairly thin head but a good sticky lace

S Strong scent of hopps and tropical fruit, like a sort of a buttery mango. Also a hint of honey.

T Sweet and more approachable than expected, with hints of pineapple, grain, honey. A great balance of hopps to the sweet notes was apparent

MF the mouthfeel was good, thick andsmooth. Absolutly delightfull.

Drinkability is phenominal for the style, it is so well balanced it really takes on the high alchahol bill.

Overall I find this to be a paramount of the style, a beer to set standards by, albeit a fairly high bar to hit.

Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw gold with a good 2-finger head that recedes quickly. Nice lacing.

Big fruity nose. I'm picking up strawberries for some reason. Lemon and wheat also present.

Hits the tongue ever so sweet, but only for a fleeting moment. Hops come on very strong after that and build to an amazingly bitter, dry finish.

The alcohol isn't as bold as I would have expected for the abv. Nice touch.

Photo of hwwty4
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a nectarine orange with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a decent amount of lace as it disappears from my glass. The aroma is a hop smack to the olfactory nerve. Huge notes of apricot and pink grapefruit. Just a slight hint of a malty sweetness. The flavor is just about the same. If you're looking for a DIPA that's malt bill lives up to the hop bill, this is not it. Huge notes of apricot, grapefruit, lemon zest with a blast of alcohol at the finish. There is also a almost medicinal bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light with very little malt body. Also the hop flavor doesn't coat the mouth like it does in many DIPA's. To me this is more like boozy hop water then a DIPA. Give this beer some body and mellow out the alcohol burn and this beer could be fantastic.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukaski for the hook-up.

The color is a mix of straw and tea. Pretty clea and bright in color. The head starts at about one finger, and slowly recedes to nothing. Th aroma is a bitter orange zesty nectar with some gummi bear sweetness. The coarse, bitter hop citrus nectar hits the palate upfront. Some dry pilsner malts mix to cut some of the hop bitterness that evolves into somthing a little more resiny and smooth for the finish. This a a hop bomb sipper in my opinion. Well integrated 9.4% alcohol too.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop allergies be damned!

Pours nicely. Foggy yellow orange with a thick creme head that leaves a very thick lacing on the way down. Nose is tangy citrus with heavy pine tones. Flavor is extremely smooth. Extremely. There is still a bite of pine and hop tones with fairly strong bitter aftertastes and a slight salty thing in the back of my mouth. But like I said, it is really easy to swig this one down. Feel is smooth on liquid, carbonation is lower. I can dig this. A bit acidic and biting, but in the right ways.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apple cider colored body with mountainous white head that left lace patches. A mix of hops with citric and heavy fruit smells (pear, grape) along with a strong malt base. The hop taste is pretty strong in this beer, as it hops piney citric flavors and some grapefruit. Overall, medium-bodied and slightly smooth with some chewey, malty breadiness in there for a slightly sweet sensation. Finishes dry thanks to some herbal hop bitterness. A clean and refreshing DIPA that I appreciated.

Photo of timmay41
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redbird for this one.

A: A bit light in color but it's well within the range that I've seen. The color is yellow gold with a white head that leaves good lacing.

S: A bit generic for a DIPA but still very hoppy and delicious. The caramel malt is there underneath the hops, but it gets a little boozy in the aroma and flavor.

T: Orange and floral hops dominate. There's enough malt to hold up to the hops, but it doesn't quite blend as well as the best DIPAs. Again, a bit boozy and not quite bitter enough for my taste.

M: Good, oily with hop essence.

D: It's definitely a good beer, but it doesn't stand out from the pack of DIPAs for me. Good beer but there are better entries in the style.

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

A- Hazy with a thick foamy head. Lots of lacing. Very common appearance with this type of beer.

S- Sweet smell of grapefruit.

T- This is sweet tasting, lots of citrus mostly grapefruit with a pithy bitterness. I'm getting a good malt profile, but the hops are there. The more you drink this the more bitter this becomes.

M- Thick syrupy in feel. The bitterness attacks the tongue like ants on a sugar cube.

D- Easy to drink for sure.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden,orange tint with a decent sized head and lace.

The aroma of citrus with big,floral hops. A mango aroma also accompanied the hops.
The taste starts off sweet,some bitter hops and then alcohol warmth follows with a touch of grapefruit/fruit flavors.

The feel is medium body,low to medium carbonation with a smooth,clean superior feel.

Notes: No trouble here as I had two and enjoyed every drop.

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

A - A very pale, light yellow. Almost as light as lite, God forbid. Strange for a DIPA. Nice bright white head - less than half a finger with a slow, "tilted" pour. Disapated soon, but little wisps remained throughout the glass. It was hazy - clearly not filtered :-)

S - No perfumy hop aroma, but hops evident. I could smell the malt, which was surprising given the 86 IBU stamp on the label and the light color. The malt aroma was simple rich malt - no complexities - consistent with a non roasted, non-crystal malt grainbill.

T - Ay, yi, yi! A bit bitter. Not perfumy, aromatic hops, just strong bitter hops. I expect this in a DIPA - the balance is certainly tipped in the hops direction - danged if I could taste the malt that I smelled!

M - Certainly full-bodied. Not quite syrupy. Perfect for the style.

D - This is way too drinkable. It doesn't seem boozy. It is not sweet in any way, and within a half of a glass, the hops have burned the taste buds enough so that it seems no so bitter - at 9.4 ABV, it is as dangerous as a martini.

Photo of far333
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale orange, nearly yellow colored with a bright white tightly bubbled head that forms craters and dimples.

Fresh, bright citrusy aroma full of tangerine and grapefruit, bits of honey and pine.

Flavor is more piney than citrus, high in bitterness. A moderate amount of sweetish biscuity malt rides along. Finishes very bitter and piney. Lots of hops here.

Thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly. Definite warming in the cheeks. Decent drinkability, but would like a little more complexity and balance.

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

Pretty, bright tangerine-orange colored beverage, with an even fine haze. The near white head, large at first, turns to a dense soapy 1/8" layer. Sparse bits of lace remain... Hoppy stinkiness floads out of the glass and up into my head. Flowery citrus soaked wood and a whole lot more. Frankly I'm not sure what's going on right here. Everything comes together into a tight blend of mouth watering punge-itude. Taste is loaded with all sorts of hoppy flavors. Orange, lemon, pine, cedar, grape skins, grapefruit rind, and more. Tingly carbonation throughout. This beer is a delicious treat, and also dangerously easy to consume.

Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, good head.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and fresh bread.

Grapefruit and orange are the predominant hop notes. Fresh baked bread present is in the background, and the sip ends with a fading grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel slick, appropriate for the style.

This was quite nice. Not among the very best, but I'd gladly have it again.

Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the great Neil St. Piccadilly. Clear dark golden body topped with two fingers of white foam. Good duration and lacing, fine start for this DIPA. Amazing aromas, lots fruit--tangerine, orange, apricot--and much more hop-skewed than malt-leaning. The sweet, aromatic smell wreaks of Simcoe hops. Excellent taste, very fruity and citrusy, definitely well-hopped. The texture is more gritty than resiny, dry instead of wet-hopped. Delicious, through and through.

Yet again, Founders has created a gem, a standout beer and stellar representative of the DIPA style. This is a terrific beer, another notch on the Founders belt. What's with those top-notch Michigan breweries. Between Founders, Bell's and New Holland, Michigan breweries are hard to beat.

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,014 ratings.