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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,055
Reviews: 1,547
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 330
Gots: 508 | FT: 7
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)
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Photo of LordAdmNelson


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

A- Straw color with about an inch of white head. Laces nicely.

S- A lot of citrusy hops up front. Almost tangy. I'm impressed by how much this is like just smelling a citrus fruit. Delicious and inviting.

T- Not as citrusy as the nose. Decent bitterness, a little bit of alcohol and pale malt linger in the background. While aroma is indicative of citrus hops, taste emphasizes piney ones. Kind of tastes like what I wanted Stone Ruination to be. Relatively balanced for a DIPA. Alcohol is apparent, but it adds to the flavor rather than detracting from it.

M- Astringent finish, medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D- High ABV, big DIPA, so a little tough to try to session. 1st bottle or 2 go down great though.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 05:44:26 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of jminch


4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-03-2012 00:25:01 | More by jminch
Photo of kmos27


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-16-2013 03:40:01 | More by kmos27
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scoot1969 for the bottle!

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Almost clear, golden-yellow-wheat body. A much lighter, more yellow color than you typically see for a DIPA. Leaves about one finger of foamy white head on top and some subtle lacing.

Fairly hoppy with a good amount of citrus on the nose. Lemon zest and a touch of caramel. Green, leafy, hops.

The taste is sweet upfront with lemon infused biscuits. This transitions to a somewhat jarring wave of hops, which are almost too bitter. Leaves a slightly astringent, boozy, bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth up front with a rush of hops on the finish. The ABV is somewhat masked by the hops, but still comes through on the finish. Not a huge fan of the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent DIPA, but with so many breweries pumping out DIPAs these days, Founders isn't quite cutting it with Double Trouble. Not a bad beer, but there are many other better DIPAs out there. However, the hop profile is unique enough that this might be a favorite for a few people.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 00:41:04 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of moarmare


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-28-2013 14:51:51 | More by moarmare
Photo of happygnome


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours an amber color with slight haziness. the pours produces about an inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: citrus and piny hop bitterness in the initial wiff followed by some faint sweetness surprisinly no booze
t: citrus and piny hop bitterness with a nice amount of malt backbone for balance
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this was a great brew i really enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 04:29:50 | More by happygnome
Photo of iemailjack


4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-08-2013 03:12:01 | More by iemailjack
Photo of gmendez1122


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-12-2014 20:42:35 | More by gmendez1122
Photo of djeucalyptus


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

big thanks to marvin213 for hooking me up with this one!

pours a light lemony golden citrus hue with very tiny particulate creating a nice haze. fervent carbonation in the glass helps what was for a short while a one-finger bright white fizzy head that fell relatively quickly. pretty nice looking snowflake lacing down the glass.

aroma of candied grapefruit with some other floral hops. candi sugars... fresh herbal hops. a hint of pine. mint and pineapple. smells like a hoppy mojito. interesting. grows in strength nicely as it warms.

Taste is powerful hops. pine, grapefruit and floral notes. A light toasted malt comes through just enough to give it more depth than some hop bombs. While it's really heavy on the hops, it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with some nice carbonation. Nothing amazing... it works nicely with the flavors. carbonation lends just enough to give it a bit of creaminess. a nice lingering bitterness isn't overwhelming but leaves the perfect amount of lasting feeling.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed. Everything I've had from Founders has been either good or amazing, but for some reason, I wasn't expecting the same from a DIPA. wow, I was wrong. Definitely smooth and drinkable for a DIPA, this one is up there with the best of 'em. Definitely worth seekin' out. I'll have to find a few more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 07:54:12 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of perrymarcus


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

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a bright golden tone with a solid finger + of a creamy white/off-white head; decent retention and lacing.

fantastic nose. big, aromatic aroma of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a nice malty backbone. great smelling DIPA.

wow, flavor follows the nose nicely. very, very tasty. tons of citrus hoppiness, a bit of pine, and those delicious balancing malts. well done. this isn't the freshest bottle - almost tipping to the barleywine style - but retains a ton of hop characters. a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

nice medium + body with medium carbonation. very drinkable for a DIPA. outstanding beer. from a brewery known for their stouts, IMO this is one hell of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 05:44:04 | More by perrymarcus
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no obvious bottle date despite the Red's Rye P.A.'s obvious markings (maybe they missed one?). 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a perfectly transluscent golden color with a finger of egg-shell white head that dies quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S: Strong spicy and floral hops, orange zest, lemon, tropical fruits, and mild background maltiness.

T: Tongue-tingling spicy hops and deliciously juicy citrus that slowly transforms into sweet caramel malts at the end with a bitter and dry finish; nice.

M: It has a creamy and medium-thick body with very long-lasting flavors.

D: No alcohol is noticed despite the listed 9.4%. The flavors and body are more akin to a 7.5% brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 15:34:54 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of jucifer1818


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a: This beer is crystal clear and light yellow in color. For a beer as strong as this one is, such a light color is fairly surprising! Little to no head is detectable, and any that formed dissipates very quickly.

The presence of hop oils and alcohol can explain that one away.

S: light, resinous, and reminiscent of dark fruits, all mixed in with the caramely smell I assioate with stronger, maltier beers. Overall this aroma leans a lot more in the malts direction, but plays well with the hops.

Its good, but its not increadable

t: This beer just slams you in the gut with hops, and I for one kinda like it. It hits with a very resinious, neutral flavor. Their was a bit of hoppy raisins/prunes to this one (dark fruits) The bitterness lasts quite a long time, and resonates on the tongue. The beer also has a heavy, sweet malty presence, but its hard to taste because of all the hops (you really can only feel it on the mouth-feel)
I rather like this one. It hits hard with the hops, and has the sweetness from its malt to keep it from being a problem.

M: The feel of this brew is very nice and heavy. It feels like very light honey or caramel, and I like it a lot....with just the right touch of carbonation to keep it from making you sick.

O: I picked up this beer because I love founders: I have pretty much developed a need to pick up their new brews on a whim. And this beer (similar to what I've heard about devil dancer) is not worth the money its being charged. It is a very, very fine Imperial IPA, but its flavor does nothing much different: just a punch of fruity american hops and a lot of malt. I feel that its worth a try, but I feel a bit of remorse about the 15 I spend on a 4 pack, when I might had been able to get something far, far more interesting for the same price.

but as I said before, its a fin imperial ipa. It does the job it needed to do...but it sadly isn't that unique or interesting to people who have indulged in many, many fine IPA's

Worth picking up if the price is right at a bar, or split up between a friend if you need to try all the founders brews (like me)

Ill probably not pick it up again...but who knows?

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 21:30:06 | More by jucifer1818
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-29-2014 21:54:24 | More by JMScowcroft
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-11-2013 22:25:25 | More by Kinsman
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-12-2014 00:27:37 | More by DavidHume
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 20:01:25 | More by khiasmus
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: rusty gold; 2-finger, white head leaves a fair amount of patchy lace.

S: bright citrus aroma; sweet; smells great!

T: citrusy, light resin hoppiness; bready / cracker malts in the back; nice.

M: medium-full; higher carbonation; as it warms, some heat shows up.

O: a superb double IPA; glad I tried it and I'll have it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:23:34 | More by jpro
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New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

05-22-2013 02:45:08 | More by CreightonSM
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a stange. Bottled 01/27/09 stamped on neck.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow-orange body with 2 finger white head.

Smell - Grassy hop. Banana malt undercurrent. Great balance. definitely two-faced beer. If you focus on the malt, you smell only malt. If you focus on the hop, it's strongly flowery. Strong and balanced on both fronts.

Taste - kick of hop, alcohol in the front. Malt throughout. Finish is malty and hoppy between alternate sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Perfect balance. Tug of war.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:18:46 | More by ZenAgnostic
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-17-2013 21:13:38 | More by riemster
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-11-2013 05:47:28 | More by MCain04
Photo of JLapadura

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-30-2012 21:41:02 | More by JLapadura
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-17-2013 21:21:36 | More by spw109
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-27-2013 15:52:02 | More by Hopsiam14
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, tangerine hue with a small, eggshell head.

S- Citrus, bready

T- Very bready upfront which leads to a wave of citrus and an ass kicking barrage of hops of the back end. Grapefruit all the way through with a grapefruit bitterness to match.

M- Fairly viscous with medium-high carbonation for the style.

D- This is a great effort by founders and I love the grapefruit qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:45:55 | More by Lothore
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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