Double Trouble
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #236
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,466
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.5%
Reviews:
1,716
Ratings:
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Double TroubleDouble Trouble
Notes: An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.

86 IBU
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours slightly hazy dark gold with excellent smooth foamy head that lingers well for the ABV and good lacing.

The aromas are more floral than pungent, with some good earthy aromas as well. Evocative of an old school over the pond IPA, rather than a piney American. But as the brew warms, pungent resins start to bloom.

The brew has a nice balance. A solid but delicate clean malt backbone offset with an ample earthy/floral hop flavor. Hints of honey, citrus, and graham in midstream. The brew finishes with growing resin and chive and some warming booze.

The mouthfeel is actually a shade beyond medium, and grows heavier as the brew warms, but the carbonation and leaning alcohol keep things in check.

Overall, a really good DIPA that combines a lot of different hop feels. Although it gets a little all over the place and unfocused as the brew warms.

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Photo of Peach63
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a 1/2 inch tan head. Moderate lacing as you go. A bit hazy.

Aroma of orange, pine, grapefruit, floral.

Strong taste of pine, grapefruit, orange, a bit of pineapple. Resiny.

Medium to full bodied, heavy carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Outstanding. A damn good IPA.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One more drink before I hit the "hard stuff" for New Years...

...and what a good choice I have made. Great looking orange-yellow brew with frothy, thick head. Great lacing all the way down the pint glass. The smell was full of citrus and the mouthfeel was medium-bodied and full of decent carbonation. The taste is mostly what you will find when you take in an imperial IPA and overall, it's solid enough.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 7/7/13: Pours an opaque deep gold producing 2 fingers of off-white, foamy, short-lived head that leaves motes and a small webby ring of lace. Aroma is grapefruit, orange and caramel malt backed by pine and melon. Taste is intense grapefruit with notes of orange, pine resin,tropical fruits, melon and caramel. Starts sweet with bitterness entering at mid-sip and becoming predominant in the finish and aggressively so in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation, creamy, silky, a little oily in the finish and slightly chewy.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of grapefruit and spice. Taste is sweet and boozy. Good mouth feel. Creamy, easy drinking.

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Photo of Spikester
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed gold with four fingers of bone color head. Very dense lacings.
Smell is malty with grapefruit hops.
Taste is malt forward with good grapefruit pine slightly dank hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and pretty balanced.
Overall a tasty dipa. Bottled 06/19/19. The hops have most likely faded a bit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 6.21.19. Michigan craft pint.

A: pours a bright copper gold with 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to a nice thin cap of bubbles. A few streams of carbonation flowing up.

S: smells as you would expect it to: pungent citrus and floral hop notes, with a big, bold malt backbone. I know this beer is three months old and has been stored off refrigeration, but it is still a pretty potent hop bomb. The floral note to the hops is reminiscent of 3 Floyds’ Alpha King, Brewdog’s 5AM Saint, and Land Grant’s Goon.

T: super sweet and citrusy arrival, big malty sweet citrus middle with a pine resin and slightly boozy finish. This is less of a tongue scraper than Green Flash West Coast IPA, similar to Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster.

M: hefty, but not heavy. Moderately carbonated.

O: a pretty standard, sweet, hefty, traditional profile DIPA. Very nice when I want a hop wallop, but I’m just so seldom in the mood for these high alcohol beers anymore. I like it and would certainly buy again. Let it be noted that mine was an old bottle; I’d probably score a fresh one higher.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very beerish looking and very slightly hazy. Good carbonation and very little head. Malt sweetness overtakes the hops. Smells great. Taste is mixed with the malt sweetness pretty much overpowering the hops. It has a hint of bitterness but overall smooth and tasty. Not boozy either. A nice Imperial India Pale Ale. Bottled 06/21/19

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6 week old bottle. Lots of balanced bitterness, nose was mute likely due to age. In days of too much average haze, I'll happily grab this when fresh.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 6/21/19. Pours clear orange gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet bready malts with a little fruit and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and a little fruit with a resiny hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent DIPA.

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Photo of Lucular
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5 oz pour on tap. A big, boozy DIPA that comes across more like a barleywine. Sweet caramel and somewhat citrusy hops. Not all that complex. Fairly bitter but the sweetness smooths it out. Overall, not worth the abv.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This pours a clear, innocent-looking light copper in color with a nice big white head.

Smell – The hops are raw and complex and very fresh. The website doesn’t provide much detail on this ale but it almost has to be dry-hopped. The pine in particular is not resiny but fresh like right out of the ground. I also get some fresh tangerines and just cut grapefruit.

The malt is masked by the hops but a nice sweetness peeks through. It’s a very light caramel which again would probably be a sledgehammer with most beers but here barely provides balance.

Taste – The hops here are gigantic. As in the nose, it is the fresh non-resiny pine that leads the way. It is so smooth and so big I had to do a double-take. The orange provides fluidity and a nice citrus contrast. The malt comes on bigger at the taste so although not an even balance by any means it keeps this from tasting cheap.

Mouthfeel – Huge for the style, this is nearly full-bodied with a giant bone dryness that isn’t offense due to the sweetness of the orange and malt. Again, in any other beer the drying here would be almost undrinkable but with this offering it goes down quite smoothly. This beer can’t possible be more drinkable.

I find the word smooth coming to mind every few seconds. Everything about this ale screams it. This is the embodiment of how to make a big, giant beer drinkable without requiring 10,000 baby sips to finish the bottle.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/26/15; drank 8/9/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap, mango & honey notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honey, caramel & dry citrus flavors up front; a dry, bitter finish.

Booze heat emerged as this warmed. Basically an American barleywine in my opinion; not a great example either.

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Photo of DavidD3
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Trouble has an amber appearance with a surprisingly mild aroma (slight pine scent). I was surprised at the amount of malt in this beer, but it had a really good hop bite at both the front and the back of the taste. The feel, due to the malt, was slightly creamy. A very good Imperial IPA, even with the high malt content in the body (which itself was good, just unusual for an imperial style IPA).

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Photo of TerryMills
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More piney and bitter than I like in a IPA but if thats your style you may like this .. I'm more of a juicy new England style IPA guy myself so take that into account with my rating..

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Photo of BeerStine
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5-25-18
Consumed 12-11-18

Pours a light amber with a thick white fluffy head. Almost looks like soap suds.

Smell is fairly mild. Smells of corn and barley with a hint of hops. Surprisingly not a stronger smell.

Taste is hoppy both front and rear of mouth. Good balance with some seeeter malt but leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light with lower carbonation.

Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of DerAudi
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great quality IPA, however founder’s tends to make their stronger IPAs more on the malt-forward side which creates for a creamy, slightly heavier body. Heavier on the pallette but full of beautiful malt and hop flavor.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into pint glass in October 2018. Bottled-on date of 05/17/18 listed on the label, and drank less than 1 month after purchase.

Appearance: Medium gold body with 2-finger light-tan head. Beer is a clear and brilliant coloring, and not much hazing like other Imperial IPAs. Head lasts a minutes before decreasing to a thin covering, and it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus, pepper, and pine smells. A little more sweet than some other IPAs or APAs. The aroma filled the area as soon as I opened the bottle.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected from an IPA. There is strong bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus, but the hops bitterness is not overpowering. This is not as bitter as some other IPAs. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time. Not overly bitter or hoppy, and has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Strong alcohol, which matches the 9.4% posted on the label.

This is a smooth strong-bodied beer, that is easy to drink. It is a good and strong Imperial IPA, and is very well balanced. The aftertaste is really enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again.

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

Golden and slightly hazy, with slow rising bubbles. Topped with 3 fingers of yellow tinged head.

Smells of pine, citrus, pineapple, and candied ginger.

Tastes of the same, with a big alcohol backbone, and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Medium to slightly heavy, syrupy body with lots of carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Oct 9th, 2018.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a 2 finger head, very thick foam. It dissipates slowly, but a nice film is left over. Color is like a harvest orange zinfandel. The lacing clings nicely, almost like frosting.

S: Smell of pine, bright hops, pineapple, grass

T: A beautiful tug of ware between the hops and malt, with the bitter hops ultimately winning out. A light bitterness lingers for some time. There's sweetness, though I can't quite place where it's coming from, maybe pineapple or honey. There's a wheaty creaminess. This beer has my tastebuds beat.

O: I'm usually not a fan of DIPAs because they're typically just hop bombs. This one shows how it should be done. And when done well, the results are fantastic. This is simply a well crafted, complex, brew. Well done.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid DIPA that with all the haze craze still holds it own. Dank beyond belief but not off-putting at all. Simcoe is great for that, clean beer with a great complex malt backbone.

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Photo of EMH73
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a well retained one inch white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of citrus, malts, pine and alcohol. Taste is very well balanced between caramel malts and citrus hops, with grapefruit, apricot, lemon, mango,orange, grass, pine and an alcohol bite. Medium bodied and carbonation, mildly dry finish that is also slightly sweet.

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Photo of Squire
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper gold color with off white color cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich malt overlain with piney, spicy, citrus hops.

Taste is richly malty with a strong hop presence. There's nothing mild mannered about this one as it pushes it's broad shoulders through the crowd in a way that you would notice even if you weren't looking. Malt is rich and deep with an equal hop presence marching alongside. Quite a mouthful, so to speak. A fairly complex flavor that's moreso in most all ways that I could describe a beer.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

I don't see this as a food matching brew, or even one I would want in several doses. It is an interesting take on how much a brewer can cram into a beer when they put their mind to it. Some reviewers have mentioned a "booziness" that I don't notice but I take my whisky straight so what do I know. It won't knock a casual drinker over or grow hair on a bald man but this is one big boy take on beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a a medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing, looks nice. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, light stone fruit. Flavor follows with caramel malt, citrus and lightly tropical hops, orange, grapefruit, mango and light stone fruit, finishes with citrus and lightly piney hops with a little lingering lemon and orange. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A great traditional style imperial IPA with the caramel and citrus profile that I am always happy to return to after a few of the newer styles. My taste definitely runs to lingering caramel and aggressive hop bitterness with good herbal notes. Nicely done and welcome to our market (one of the last standard Founders to reach the northwest).

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a light haziness. There's a fingernail of off white on top. Moderate soapy lacing. The aroma is of pine sol and grassy hops. I'm tasting very resinous piney hops with just an edge of cedar and light malt. The mouth is sticky and chewy.

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