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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

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4,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 4451
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with little head from the keg... some sediment as well.

Smell is what the color looked like... lemon citrus. At 9.4% ABV, this beer comes across much lighter.

Taste is sweet with notes of honey and lemon. Easy drinking, but not exactly what I expected coming from a double IPA.

Overall, a little bit of a let down coming from Founds, but different. Sure some love it and that's what the beer world go 'round.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 00:31:00 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Southern Tier tulip glass.

A: Pours much lighter in color than I recalled - light orange/yellow - looks pretty harmless for a 9.4% brew, thick long lasting head and wonderful lacing, light string of bubbles escaping the hazy depths of the glass.

S: HOPS - citrus, orange peel, grapefruit.

T: Nice blend upfront - hops and warmth from the alcohol, fades to bitterness in the finish.

M: Oily, creamy, with a dry finish.

O: A very nice beer teetering on the verge of being boozy, ultimately balancing out with a blast of sweet sweet hops. Another great beer from one of the best breweries in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 00:04:23 | More by Mantooth
Photo of LittleDon


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint served in a fat tulip shaped glass at Bella Mia in Cary, NC on 1/31/12.

Golden and clear with plenty of head and healthy lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, but toned down, earthy, with a hint of pine. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking and body is light side of medium. Drinks like a DIPA. Lots of citrus and grapefruit middle through the end and noticeable alcohol. Laid back bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 22:07:03 | More by LittleDon
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Poured a hazy yellow with a big, white, foamy, head that has good retention. The nose is mildly bready and heavily citrusy. The flavor is similar to the nose; lightly bready but with heavy notes of grapefruit and lemon. There is a bitey, piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little crisp.

This is a very enjoyable, drinkable IPA. I have had it on several other occasions and will probably have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:14:29 | More by tdm168
Photo of B33R501


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what's this? a beer from founders i would actually consider purchasing again? wonders never cease. and maybe someday the eagles will finally win a super bowl? nah, one miracle is enough this year.

pours clear golden, maybe little orange hue, nice head, lace. nice citrusy hoppy aroma, taste follows, citrus and hoppy. smooth and satisfying, very light body makes for an ok mouthfeel and very drinkable. went through this 32 oz growler no time at all.

big malty hoppy will always be my favorite style but this beer brought it. ill call this lagunitas sucks without the annoyances.


Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 13:27:59 | More by B33R501
Photo of elNopalero


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light gold with a nice thin line of foamy lace.
It’s hoppy, with an aroma of grapefruit zest and pine trees after a summer rainstorm, matched on the palate by flavors of citrus, pine, and a big resiny chewiness. Another excellent Founder’s brew. Those folks in southwest Michigan are so lucky, aren’t they?

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 19:19:10 | More by elNopalero
Photo of vandemonian


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Big Hunt in DC. Founders Double Trouble is a delicious hoppy DIPA. The bitterness builds after a full pint, so don't expect this to be a session beer or anything.

A: Yellow colour with a good head and lacing. 4.5

S: Delicious citrus hops. Yum. 4.5

T: Good mixture if piney and citrussy hops. Really tasty with a crisp and slightly bitter aftertaste. 4.5.

M: Foamy. 4

O: Excellent, but the bitterness builds a little. 4

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 05:46:27 | More by vandemonian
Photo of soulfly1492


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold color. Clear. Minimal white head, but what's there is very creamy. Above average lacing. Good retention, the head never completely disappeared.

Aroma: Crisp, bitter hops. Pine, citrus, red grapefruit. Caramel.

Taste: Almost exactly like the smell. White grapefruit upfront, some orange/citrus, pine. Some sweet pale and caramel malts. The hop flavor is pretty complex. The dry-bitter pine is prominent in the aftertaste, which lasts quite a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Mostly neutral, may be a tad on the oily side.

Overall: Nice. Very rich in flavor. More complex than the average Imperial IPA. Nice mix of malt and hops. A bit on the piney side, but still very pleasant. Everything stands out, nothing is completely overpowered.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 02:05:47 | More by soulfly1492
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out of the keg golden in color with a thin head and some nice lacing. The look is appetizing, but doesn't do the beer justice on first inspection. Not to sell the taste/drink of this beer short, but the aroma off this beer is outstanding! Off the nose you get all kinds of citrus fruits - tangerines, oranges, grapefruits - which really showcase the high IBU levels of the beer. Despite the large nose, this beer is very well balanced by malts. While balanced, this is still a bruiser of an IPA. You're going to get resin and citrusy hops throughout the drink and finish of this beer. Overall, this is a great beer for all manner of beer lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:18:10 | More by jmvecchio1
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at 4th Ave Pub. Golden in color, white head, sticky lace. Plentiful hops, grapefruit, pineapple, more hops. Smells delicious!

Starts fruity, turns hoppy (but not bitter), then malty as the bitter hops kick in. Very well balanced and not overly bitter (which is great because I dislike bitter IPAs. AKA most of them).

Medium body, nicely carbonated. A pleasant drink in all regards; exactly the type of polished brew I expect from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 04:00:17 | More by brystmar


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: on tap

Appearance : This beer is golden yellow in color and had a white head with medium to large bubbles . The head shrinks after only a couple minutes. This looks like it would be refreshing.

Smell : This beer is big on aroma. Lots of grapefruit citrus aromas.
Lots of big fresh pine and hop aromas

Taste : This beer really delivers on flavor. This beer could be my go to beer . Lots of hop bitterness and mild sweetness. Can't get enough of this beer. I hardly notice its 9.4 abv .

Mouthfeel : Medium bodied with average carbonation

Overall : I my opinion this beer is very well done. Its refreshing crisp and clean. This is exactly what im looking for when I drink this style. Can't say enough good things about this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 16:56:17 | More by BUNZILLA
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4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Haymarket Chicago

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, capped with a picture-perfect white head, and deposits its fair share of lace upon the glass' side.

S/T - Amazing from the get-go; the nose suggests that this may be the best DIPA ever, and the first sip pretty much confirms. Ungodly amounts of citrus, pine, and mango waft from the glass and saturate the palate. Mango. More mango. Passion fruit. Evergreen forest. Ganja. Organic earthiness. Lemon. Grapefruit. Tangerine. These notes are all so sharp, and so supremely integrated. Fantastic, ridiculous, amazing, perfect.

M - Definitely a lighter feeling DIPA; really enhancing.

O - Beautiful in all ways. Drinking this side-by-side with Port Mongo and FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf, I am amazed how exponentially better it is than the aforementioned, which are very very good in their own right.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 10:59:42 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of aasher


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this last night at MacNiven's in Indianapolis. The beer pours a very bright and clear gold in color with a minimal white head. It's very, very light in color for a DIPA. It smells of delicious grapefruit and has a light resinous hoppy aroma. God, this beer smells delicious! The flavor too is of fresh grapefruit and is wonderfully right in between sweet and bitter. The fruit is just downright superb. It drank light and very crisp. It has a nice bite and the alcohol is barely present at all. Overall this is a top notch beer and one of my favorites. I'm glad it doesn't disappoint out of the bottle OR on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 17:31:41 | More by aasher
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yummy, yum, yum...Super DIPA...it was perfect. And the BBQ meal I had to go along with it (at Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY), made it that much better. Color, nose, pour, palate, finish. This beer had it all. Find it. Buy it. Drink it...and then look the menu, and order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 00:19:40 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of robwestcott


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at yogi's a crisp, clear, translucent sunlight gold to a 12oz kentucky bourbon barrel ale goblet with a 1/2 finger snow white head leaving spotty lace to the rim.

aroma of floral hops and honey.

great big floral hops up front, super bitter bite that's muted only by the chili I've got in front of me. pine resin, honey sweet after.

light bodied, big carbonation, bitter hop slap.

drinkable - only if you're sitting in the backyard and you don't hav to go pick up your kid from soccer practice.

overall - great example of style. big beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:51:28 | More by robwestcott
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I've had this on tap a couple times. Tasty, strong, and a bit citrusy. Pours slightly hazy orange-gold with a nice white head that recedes a bit. Pine and grapefruity citrus in the nose. Pine and grass in the taste, with citrus and bitter hops following shortly after, and a mild malt backdrop. Mostly dry finish, with a twinge of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, and an overall pleasantly drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:43:44 | More by Rifugium
Photo of BeerCon5


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a thick foamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, piney and floral hops, lemon and some spice.

The taste was of moderately bitter piney and floral hops, citrus, lemon, and spices.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, the flavors were very noticeable, almost something different with every sip. This was also incredibly easy to drink, a bit dangerous with the higher abv.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 13:38:37 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Pale gold with a white head.

S – Great hop character with a bright orange and lemon citrus, and clean pine note.

T – Hops, with pine, tarragon, and green cedar dominating the profile. Almost no malt to speak of. Faint honey sweetness.

M – Medium body with a lingering campari bitterness. Finishes lightly dry.

O – A classic hop-bomb, but still drinkable and not overly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 20:43:36 | More by vfgccp
Photo of AleWatcher


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at FFF.
Couldn't resist...
Served in a goblet-like snifter

A nice pale gold. Thick white head of two fingers settles to a film and leaves begone a legacy of awesome lacing rings. Very nice lace... But average retention.
Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops. Pungent and aromatic... Very little malt on the nose, but it stands up fine on the taste. Good sweet caramel malt with huge hops and a dry bitterness... This is DAMN tasty! I cannot believe this is nearly 10%! This is dangerously drinkable.
The body is medium-full with excellent carbonation and a prickly feel. The hop oil is resinous as it coats my teeth.
Wow is this good.

Well done founders. Well done indeed!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 17:07:18 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Topaz in color. Very fine head with mild retention. Dissipates quickly.

S: Very piney. There is a bit of citrus in there as well, like orange/grapefruit zest.
Good malt character is also very prevalent.

T: Wonderfully complex hop profile. Pine and citrus notes cascade across the tongue. The malt body is sweet and slightly pilsner-esque. Well rounded. The 9.4% ABV is run over by the awesome floral Kraken that's released when this beer swirls around in your mouth.

M: This beer builds a hop cabin in your mouth, then plants rihzomes. Big, acidic and powerful.

D: This is a very palatable ale, true to its American IPA roots. If you're a hop head, this one is for you.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 04:04:36 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, this beer arrived at our table with a 3/8" foamy off-white head that dissipated quickly. Head lacing was fair. Body was a cloudy golden color with soft carbonation.

AROMA: Noticed a STRONG hop aroma off the bat. Citrus and orange with floral highlights. Also noticed a pleasing, heavy scent of pineapple.

TASTE: Again, HEAVY hops taste -- like HopSlam only a little better. Citrus, floral, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple were all present and well-balanced.

MOUTHFEEL: The beer had a nice medium body and smooth texture. Carbonation was fair. There was a modest amount of body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was a sort of moderately bitter cold pineapple that changed to orange as the beer warmed. The finish was more heavily bitter with an aftertaste that lasted for a moderate amount of time.

DRINKABILITY: Loved this beer -- a real competitor to HopSlam. It might even displace it as my favorite Imperial IPA. Because of the high alcohol content, I wouldn't want to stick to this as my beer for an all-night poker session, but one or two sipped with friends would be appropriate. The cost is reasonable and I'll definitely be having many more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 20:41:31 | More by paulginva
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 5.5 taster glass from a Founders tasting @ Tavern on Liberty in Allentown.

A: Pours a bright, clear golden with a pretty good white head (for the glass size).
S: Citrusy hop bouquet followed by some malt to balance the hops a bit.
T: Beginning with citrus flavors, this brew quickly shifts to the sweet malts and goes back and forth between the malts and a pretty high level of hop bitterness.
M: Light body, great carbonation, and a smooth finish.
O: Great double IPA, top 5 for me at the very least, and I've finally been able to try it on tap to confirm that. The balance from the malts is the key to making this beer as good as it is.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 16:33:48 | More by stimulus
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sammy's in Belmont, NC.
Pours a very clear golden orange color with a thick white head and tons of pretty lacing. Smells of orange and tons and tons of piny and grassy hops. Tastes like Jesus, of citrus and an unrelenting blast of palate numbing hops. Just awesome. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, its just an awesome beer, by far the best I have tried from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 15:58:43 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of GSmithBeer

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at duckworths in charlotte.
A: looks the part. orange and pretty
S: huge smell of hops and maybe a little bit of alcohol. but inviting all the same.
T: this beer should be illegal its so good. at the 9.4% mark you could drink, but should probably sip, many of these.
M: good mouthfeel and carbonation
O: i have been known to drink may of these and have to call a cab to get home. be sure you do the same!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 22:03:01 | More by GSmithBeer
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: delicate gold and yellow with some copper hues. Small fizzy bleach-white ring gathered on top. Plenty of movement within, many a bubbles rising. Appearance is timid, despite its big numbers. Curtains of lacing occupy majority of my glass. Sticky icky foam

S: nose is rank with hops: grapefruits (pink and white), oranges, mango, and pineapples. Quite a mix. Nothing in the way of malts, probably will change upon tasting. All in all, this is a hop blitz to the nose

T: yikes, complete and utter hop goodness. I can detect some juicy tropical fruits and the usual suspects (oranges, grapefruits, and a few pine notes). The finish is very intense and bitter, near acidic, with a slap of sweetly toasted pale malts. However, malt lovers need not apply
After a few sips it is coming on a little hot, but it's never improper or unruly. Just a great amalgamation

M: smooth and sticky at the same time. Clean and bitter. This brew has the best of both worlds going on. Classy brew

D: Founders has managed to bottle hop juice. A big...big....beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 20:17:25 | More by Magpie14
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