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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,637
Hads: 6,265
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 brokenleadedcask
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass

A-Translucent golden amber with almost a finger of head that reduced to a trace

S- First hops and honey, then the subtleties of cantelope and butter

T- Bitterness of hops first then mellows to sweet honey with pine notes

M- Nice mild and smooth DIPA not a huge pucker power and acts more like a pale ale or regular India pale ale

D- Immensely drinkable with a great hop to sweet profile

If you like a hoppy DIPA but don't like to be punched in the face and want to have more than one, this is for you

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

12oz stubby brown bottle, poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Light tawny golden straw colored with a bright tuft of half inch of thickish white head. It fades into a thin lace just hovering above the beer and leaves behind some mild lacing.

S: Light bit of alcohol, wonderfully fruity and sugary sweet hop juiciness, reminds me quite a bit of Bell's Hopslam with just a bit less honey-like sweetness, it's a bit on the lighter side here.

T/MF: Opening alcoholic heat, bitter apricot, lemon and grapefruit rind. Fairly complex but not overly so, could ask for a bit more but overall quite a unique beer, solid if underwhelming mouthfeel.

D: The one thing that stands out in this beer is how close the sweetness and bitterness in this beer work with each other. It's almost impossible to tell them apart, it's as if they have sort of blended together to form a kind of hand in hand sensation of tingly fruitiness.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden pour which turns more orange after it settles. A nice creamy, chunky head.

A pretty Fruity and hoppy aroma. Grapefruits and oranges dominate the smell with some hops and malty sweetness lingering around.

Good hoppy bitterness, malty, tastes of grapefruits and oranges that makes a very sweet combination.

A medium body thats not to heavy and not light in any way. With a creamy mouthful this beer goes down damn smooth. A nice sweet after taste leaves you wanting a second.

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

Just lost the review I had (thank you MicrosoftWord) but I do recall the ratings.

Strikes a balance between different citrus fruits--pineapple and orange mostly--some grapefruit, but not as prominent as in some DIPA's. Low carbonation, with a slight alcohol warming at the finish. Another great beer by Founders.

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

Poured from the twist off 12oz bottle into a nearly sam adams glass, some other crystal beer tasting goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours yellow and lightly hazy in the bottom of the glass, more orange and hazy towards the goblet portion. A soft half finger of white head rises and falls but lacing retains on the sides of the glass forming a perfect smiley face with horns, a coincidence, but very neat looking.

Smell- The scent on this is phenomenal, orangey citrus and grapefruit, a bit of earthy yeast, sweet base malts, perhaps even some lager malt in there. There is a sweetness that sticks around that is very pleasant.

Taste- Light bitter tanginess, so much hop but not as much as the triple IPA, Devil Dancer that caused blisters on the tongue. This is a good thing, I can drink this one and it doesn't hurt me near as badly until the alcohol catches up. The sweetness is still here lingering making this one smooth DIPA. Sad that it's only in 4 packs for the winter season. I've been going IPA bonkers this winter and in quantity.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sticky, not astringent, bitter, warming, smooth, medium full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is an excellent drinker and I would choose this as my lawnmower beer. I would be hot as hell, but I would be happy.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$12.99 4-Pack
Binny's, Orland

A soft pour from this stubby bottle and Double Trouble fills my glass with a surprisingly yellow, pale golden IPA. There was a good deal of yeast in the bottom of the bottle but I caught most of it and the body has good clarity. The bone white head maxed out at one finger and has a great creaminess that never goes away. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines all along the glass.

The second I stick my nose in the glass I'm blasted with bitter pink grapefruit pith. There's a little orange peel here and there but this beer is all about the bitter grapefruit pith without a touch of sweetness hop wise. The malt backing does bring a shade of sweetness but it's very pale and somewhat sugar cookie-like. As this beer warms there is a touch of pineapple that adds some sweet hoppiness to the mix, don't get me wrong, the grapefruit pith still dominates.

The flavor steps in stride with the aroma. The grapefruit character is all pithy, bitter, and unsweetened with orange peel and pineapple peeking out feebly. The malt backing is still barely there, being somewhat sugar cookie sweet. It's been awhile since I've drank Hop Wallop but Double Trouble reminds me of that brew a lot. It even has that same catty character and solid bitterness.

This big IIPA has a welcomed moderate body that never seems heavy or viscous like so many others. The carbonation is lively but never prickly and the generous hopping leaves behind a tongue sapping bitterness that I thoroughly enjoy.

I can, and have, drunk a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The bitterness will put a hurting on the tastebuds but each glass flows quicker than the last.

I've always been a huge fan of anything Founder's and this IIPA is no exception. This beer has a lot of unique characteristics when compared to a lot of the others out there and I really enjoy it. I'm unsure of the availability of this IIPA but I'd love to see it brewed year round.

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm gonna get this off my chest first...

The label disturbs the shit out of me, because regardless of the direction that it is viewed, it looks exactly like some old dude with two phalluses touching right between his eyes.

Anyways, onward and sorry for the image.

The beers pours to a lightly smoky honey color with a tight white head and moderate lacing.
The aroma is juicy as can be, full of pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. A bit straightforward, and perhaps lacking depth and complexities, but delicious smelling, and more than a little similar to a certain other Michigan Double IPA (ahem, Hopslam).
Through the mouth, malt is dispensed first, and semi-quickly. There a brief shortbread note, and a quick flourish of toasted grain, slathered in honey. Then the honey lingers, for a long time. Hops lack the vitality of the nose and lose a lot of their juiciness. Pineapple and grapefruit and still stalwarts, but their ripeness is partially replaced with a crushed aspirin astringency. Pine also factors largely, and brings a resonating resiny quality. But there are sips that bring nectarous apricots. And once again, I'm reminded....

It's difficult to rate a beer that so closely reminds one of something else. And it's not really fair to anyone.

The body is medium-full...closer to full, really. The CO2 is stunted but remains steady throughout. The close is rampantly bitter with noted booze and crushed pills.

Basically, it's a very solid DIPA with some standout traits. This would impress me a lot...and does in many way...but there is so much here that screams Hopslam. And it's just not at that level, so that it seems like a pretty cool cover band.

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Photo of Payso10
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smells of grapefruit and slightly citrus. has an opaque goldenrod color to it with almost no head. the taste is smooth for 9.40%ABV with no alcohol presence. there is a lot of citrus in the flavor and would be a great complement to any spicy dish. would have many more as long as it is available.

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Photo of mjryan
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a tight white head. Excellent retention and lace. Tropical hop aroma, pinapples, mangos, citrus fruits, etc. Flavour is all about the tropical hops, with a big, sweet malt character to boot. Long, lingering bitterness. Carbonation seems a tad on the low, with a truly viscous mouthfeel. Nice DIPA, and exactly what you would expect from the style. Maybe just a touch to big and sweet for me, but good none the less.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, clear, medium head, and high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and melon dominate

Taste: honey, melon, hops, and some florals

Mouthfeel: way smooth and sweet for most of it--then there is a bitter aftertaste which lingers in the mouth long after most aftertastes are gone.

Drinkability: Another win for Founders. I was blown away by this beer. The alcohol is excellently hidden...If not for the high ABV I would have several. An excellent beer for the style and for all beers.

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Photo of b3barron
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rowland's pint glass. I believe I've had this on draft at the brewpub before but it was a while ago and I have no recollection.

A - Pours a golden straw color with decent clarity and a nice, frothy one-finger head.

S - Smells of citrusy hops and biscuity malt. A little bit of pine and floral aromas but citrus dominates.

T - Mmmmm. Grapefruit big time. I do get that little bit of pine too toward the end along with the light, biscuity malt though the bitterness does linger around for a while. Finishes dry and there is some other fruity flavor going on that I can't put my finger on.

M - A lighter-bodied DIPA with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good. I wouldn't hesitate to throw back four pack of this - especially when the weather warms.

Well done here by Founders. I hope this stays available because I will definitely be seeking this out again. A top notch DIPA that I recommend to anybody who loves hoppy beers.

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

Dark golden color with just a hint of copper/bronze. Much lighter than expected. Head drops quickly to a light soap scum head that trails just small patches of lace. Smell is a powerful grapefruit knock in the face. Taste matches the smell but somehow manages to finish somewhat dry and clean. Mouth is a little syrupy. 9.4% is well hidden. I'm tired of saying it, but once again an exceptional beer from Founders.

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Photo of TomGavin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Pale orange in color and slightly cloudy. Bubbly off-white head that maintains well--1/4 of an inch. Minimal lacing.

S: Resinous pine sap. Herbal grapefruit. Cut grass. Huge floral hop aromas ranging from spicy to sweet. A touch of toffee.

M: Just before light becomes medium bodied. Think 2% milk.

T: A sweet wave of malt--oily--rushes onto the tongue before the hops take over; bitterly sweet citrus, tropical fruit nuance, a touch metallic and long lasting. The finish is literally around 30 seconds.

Comment: This is a seriously bitter beer. In a good way. I enjoy the initial malt rush because it provides a platform for the enormous hop entrance. Balance. Balance. Balance. My main criterion for a great beer.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish-orange, with one finger of white head. The head subsided fairly slowly, and left a decent bit of lacing.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and grapefruity hops. The piney notes dominate. Slightly more muted than I would have expected, but still awesome.

Taste: A slightly-sweet, piney hop bite right off the bat, with a backbone of citrus. The pine notes linger for quite some time. The 9.4% ABV is masked very well. A little bit watery in the aftertaste and the taste overall, which is the one drawback. The flavor is not as full as it could have been.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, but very nicely carbonated. Makes it very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an IIPA, making it easy to go through more than one. It's a very, very good IIPA, but it seems to just fall short of its potential. To me, it tastes like a slightly watered-down version of Hopslam. It is still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Cresant
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the dull/pale golden body. The modest off-white head faded to a ring.

Smell was very complex and ever changing. Candied grapefruit and pine needles upfront. Later there was a bit-o-sour -rag. Apricots. Jolly Ranchers. Cat piss. Floral notes. Interesting.

Taste was hops oils and lingering grapefruit zest bitterness. Flavors of rind and pith linger forever. This one reminds me a little bit of HopSlam but it does not have the balancing sweetness. Some alcohol comes on late but overall it is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. There was less carbonation than expected.

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

12oz bottle out of the fridge.

Pours hazy pale gold with a half inch head of white foam. Nice ringed lacework throughout the glass and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Candied hops and citrus lead off the nose. Resin-laced fruit and light malt. Bits of pine sap and orange zest follow through. Pungent and floral.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. Lingersome.

Juicy hops, zesty citrus, and resin drops. Sugared grapefruit with orange pulp, spruce bark, and light malt. Bittering and drying.
Alcohol steps up slowly with a slight warmth trying to rise above the hop bite.

Finishes with numbing hops, a drying bitterness, and a building warmth.

Another kickass Founders Brew. Spot on for a IIPA.

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Photo of gatornation
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a light orange color with a 1" head with beautiful lacing thru-out..smell is of strong pine and grapefruit upfront with delicious strong bitter hops and a malt sweetness that perfectly balances the high 9.4 abv... it is perfect!! to follow the taste is of exceptional hops floral citrus and malt all blending together with the smoothest DIPA ive ever tasted you will not taste the alcohol but you will feel it later. the mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional. this edges out HOPSLAM.. this is a perfect DIPA... well done founders your brews are fast becoming my favorite brewery. the beer comes in a 4-pak and is pricey per bottle but 100% worth it! it is a gem and a treat for your beer senses...A-plus.. also i like the double look label unique.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, John! I've been looking for this puppy for a while (well, not really, but still) Into my Duvel tulip

A: When decanted, this beer is a surprisingly light pale golden yellow with a finger-thick pure white head. There's a faint hint of haze but not much. Head retention and lacework are pretty good, there's a steady stream of visible carbonation to boot

S: Heady pine goodness, orange sweetness and a pleasant lightness to the body. There's a certain biscuit-like character to the malt that's unique and refreshing. Mildly floral, mildly spicy, this is a delicious smash-up of East and West-Coast style DIPAs

T: Opens up with some orange marmalade-like bitterness with plenty of hop flavor. Citrus, pine, mild floral notes and grapefruit dominate, with a mildly spicy/peppery note definitely present. Malt body is not really noticeable, this beer finishes hoppy and bitter, almost astringently so

M: Light in body with a great hop character both in bitterness and flavor, this beer is could exceptional. Mildly resiny with soft carbonation. Astringency on the finish is the only drawback

D: Enjoyable, it will put me to sleep. Would drink again

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Photo of cbw1978
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden straw with a cream-colored head rising to 1". Beer is clear until the bottle is fully emptied into the glass, when there is a slight haze that comes into play. Some spotty lacing as I drink.

Smell - Hoppy, with notes of citrus, apples, and honey.

Taste - Crisp and sharp, with a slight honey sweetness, and layers of hops with a bitterness that doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation levels from the sip through the swallow. Dry & pleasant.

Drinkability - Very solid as IPAs go. ABV over 9% sneaks up on you, doesn't dominate the drinking experience.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden yellow color with one finger of frothy white head that will dissipate to a thin layer as you drink the beer. Leaves white lacing down the entire glass.

Smells strongly of earthy and piney hops, with undertones of citrus.

For a beer with 9.4% ABV the alcohol is hidden nicely by a strong up front hop taste, with the citrus that I smelled coming into play as well. Washes down dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, carbonated and dry.

This is a solid beer by Founders that I definitely enjoyed. It's a little bit dryer then I would like it to be but the hop flavor in it is delicious. Not something I would drink regularly, but I could see myself picking up another bottle or maybe an entire 4-pack somewhere down the road. Not a session beer by any means.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the liquid topples turbulently into the glass, I am reminded of the back yard of my childhood. The Perfectly clear golden, like the afternoon sun shining down through the English ivy that covered all of the trees. An ample head sprouts up. It disappears in short order, but leaves a beautiful sheet of lacing.
And so i would climb up the dead trees, some leaning on others just to stay up, but I was too light for it to matter. The ivy leaves would break and crush under my hands and feet, and a distinctly "green" aroma... is this Nugget? So resiny. There is a balance there, but it's more of just a sugary-sweet rather than a real malt "character." Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar... but the high alcohol doesn't come without a price. There are some fusels in there as well.
And the flavour is much the same, the sweetness of cane sugar, not bready malt, the resin of pine trees or the ivy I used to make pretend "salads" of when I was but a chap. The alcohol comes out as well, in a disappointing way. Were this toned down to 8%, I could see it being much better.
The body is big and syrupy, very warming as a result of the alcohols... lightly dry in the finish.
The memories only go so far... Everything seems hazy now, how long ago... how many places I've lived, people I've touched... the world was innocent then. No longer. The finish, the warming, the effects... show this beer to be a lot like life. It may remind me initially of happier times... but the finish is dry.

At least I can awake to new purpose!

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

Bottle from crazynelson. Consumed side by side with hopslam...I agree both are awesome.Golden with some haze. Citrus and pine come out in the nose. Flavor brings citrus hops, sweet melon, and a nice bittersweet finish. Excellent beer. Nicely hidden nine-four ABV. If it was local I'd drink definitely buy and enjoy more often.

Awesome artwork on the label as well.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sholland for this gift! Good meeting you! Poured into a tulip. Pours a light, hazy yellow. Thin white head. Smells of huge citrus! Grapefruit, orange etc. Wonderful sweet aroma. Tastes fairly similar. Lots of hops- mostly bitter grapefruit with little malt to back it up. Some spearmint gum flavor, too. I usually love this profile, but this is a bit thin. Very good, though. Will definitely seek out more when it hits the area.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Marty's Corner Store in Milford, OH (this has become a bier destination when you're looking for something out of the ordinary). I'd never seen Double Trouble anywhere else.... but I enjoy most of the other Founder's offerings, so I decided to pick this one up.... it came in a FOUR PACK.

Poured into my pint glass to produce a 2" head of off-white, thick, creamy foam. The beer is slightly cloudy and the color of honey. Foam left good lacing on the glass.

Nose was pretty subdued. You could definitely pick out a citrus smell though (like grapefruit rind).

Taste: Very good. First wave (albeit brief) is a slight malty sweetness. But this is quickly overwhelmed by a bitter, almost metallic (like biting right into the rind of a grapefruit) taste. As a DIPA, this is supposed to be a HOP BOMB.... and it doesn't disappoint. Finishes with a woodsy characteristic.

MF: Nice and creamy, adequately carbonated to give this ale a nice body on the heavy-ish side. On the thin side of chewy,

Drinkability: Again, this is a HOP BOMB. You're not going to sit back and kill the four pack in an afternoon... This ain't no session beer... But for a DIPA, I would say this ale has good drinkability. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a dark yellow with just the faintest copper color and a very nice white head. It appears to be sticky and fluffy like a cloud. As I drink more the lacing adds a nice look to the glass.

As soon as I popped off the cap it was a burst of grapefruit and fresh floral aromas. Very sweet notes and it smells more like white grapefruit than pink.

The taste is tart like a grapefruit but very delicious. There is a sweet finish that is dry and pungent. I'm getting lots of citrus and pine from the hops but that is what I expected. There is a warming feeling in my stomach but the alcohol is not overally noticable. As I drink more the tartness is making my mouth pucker.

This is a smooth drinking double ipa and it goes down well. The aftertaste is strong and bitter. More of a grapefruit finish than pine and there is an earthy tone to this beer. Very fresh and overall a solid double ipa.

I'm not sure if I'm blown away by this but I would recommend this as a great example of the style.

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