Double Trouble
Founders Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #242
Ranked #1,533
4.21 | pDev: 9.5%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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
Reviews: 1,718 | Ratings: 6,669 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by nickadams2:
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nickadams2 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tao at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A Pale yellow with a thin bone white head.

S_Strong citrus with a faint piny hops mixed in.

T_ Nice and hoppy. Citrusy graoefruity and a slightly malty backbone. Delicious.

M_ Not too thick not too thin. Kind of slick. Goes down easy.

D_ Hides the ABV very well. Good DIPA for any occasion.

MaCain really fucking likey.

Jan 24, 2010
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threeviews from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 05/29/14) into a 12oz ballon/snifter @ ~40F. I would also like to make mention of the incredible artwork on the label (be sure to view it both upright and inverted).

A- Pours a hazy, yellow-orange (think of the sunrise as it breaks the horizon on a tropical island). Being a winter seasonal, gives me hope that I am one day closer to Spring. Directing the fluid to the center of the glass (i.e. aggressive pour), I was able to elicit about a 1-finger of white, wispy head. (4.75)

S- Wow! My olfactory hues are engulfed with citrus...sweet orange/tangerine with notes of tropical fruits. As the head subsides, the malt backbone along with a healthy dose of pine comes out to play. Extremely mouthwatering...dank, puckering goodness. (4.75)

T- Since eloquence is fighting me, I cannot describe this any other way than dank, piney, alcoholic grapefruit juice. The malts support but never dominate, allowing the hops to shine as brightly as this beer's appearance. Despite the IBU's, the bittering hops comes in well after taking a sip and the malts quietly do their part to support hop load. (4.75)

M- The malt-to-hop ratio is near perfect for a DIPA. The carbonation is moderate, but enough to open the palate to fully enjoy the substantial hoppiness. The malt is present in the finish to prevent any level of astringency. (4.75)

O- As it warms the alcohol is noticeable on the palate and in the chest. Founders' aggressive offerings have yet to disappoint, especially with their ability of producing exceptional stouts (KBS, Breakfast Stout and Imperial Stout). Their ability to brew a world-class Imperial IPA in Double Trouble is no different. (4.75)

Final comment: Some may criticize (as I think some have written) that this beer suffers from being one dimensional by not possessing the usual plethora of aromas/flavors found in other DIPA's. However, I have never tasted anything as dank and citrusy since Stone Ruination this case, simplicity is Double Trouble's charm.

Jul 05, 2014
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smanders from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

I poured this into a Belgian ale glass because I can really appreciate the aroma.

A - a mildly cloudy, copper color with medium head (about a half inch thick).

S - big grapefruit aroma with a clove/pine earthiness.

T - The "double" factor is definitely evident in this one (i.e. don't chug). The warmth of alcohol is mellowed by sweetness and quickly followed by bitter pine. Minimal aftertaste.

M - medium body.

Overall - This is a great example of the style. I haven't found anyone who doesn't appreciate this Double. Thanks Founders!

Nov 24, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

--William Shakespeare

Ripe apricot with banana peel borders. The beer displays a wonderful yeasty haze initially, then becomes frankly cloudy as the solids from the bottom of the bottle are added at the conclusion of the one and only pour. A softly pillowy crown of yellowed ivory (along with abundant lace) keeps the upper part of the glass looking mighty fine. Those who like the down 'n dirty look will love this one.

What a wonderful aroma! I usually wait until taste bud saturation before taking a stab at the hop bill, but it's smacking me upside the olfactory lobe with every glorious inhale. The combination of tropical fruits (tangerine, pink grapefruit and mango) just has to be due to Simcoe and/or Amarillo. Okay, now I'm expecting a doozy of a DIPA.

The big question is whether or not Double Trouble is a HopSlam killer... or whether it's even as delicious. The answers are 'no, almost nothing is' and 'no, but it's damn close'. I had the utmost faith in Founders, because those boys can brew with the best of them. Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Red's Rye, Curmudgeon, Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA... need I go on?

Those who want malt balance won't find it here. At least not when the beer is still shy of its two month anniversary. That said, the barley lays down a solid enough foundation for this hophead. There is a little sweetness, but it's quickly and almost completely obliterated by 86 IBU's worth of lupulin goodness. My tongue is getting a sound thrashing and I haven't even started the final six ounces yet.

The relatively pale, amberish orange hue tells me that pale malt is dominant. The taste buds agree. There's almost no caramel or toasted flavors to get in the way of the hop love. I'm sticking with the Simcoe and/or Amarillo guess. There's even a resinous, almost oily, funky, ganja-like vibe. Dee-freakin-licious!

The mouthfeel is the best of all worlds. It's unquestionably full and sap-sticky, but it's also as smooth as polished gemstones and has enough carbonation to avoid bogging down. My memory is a bit sketchy, but this might be the only area where DT has HS beat. Perhaps in appearance as well.

Founders will do themselves a massive favor if they make Double Trouble a regular release. HopSlam is slightly superior, but if it's only brewed once per year, that doesn't do those of us without easy access much good. The only negative with this brew is that it has replaced the beautifully bombastic Devil Dancer. Oh well, a scathingly hoppy DIPA is more than adequate compensation.

Mar 02, 2009
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very attractive gold/tangerine. Less than half finger of very loose head (you could see down into the beer).

S: Good tropical fruit and pine. Pineapple is very prominent. Bright, juicy, sweet with a sense of pale malts, a hint of caramel and earth.

M: Pretty slick, a little sticky and a tad of cloy. Overall, medium body lacking just a bit in carbonation. Alcohol isn't warming, but their is a tingling sensation at finish.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and tangerine round out the fruit profile. Florally, pine needles and sap resin are featured. Earthy and rooty as well, biscuity notes, soft toast.

O: This is about a solid DIPA one will find that is readily available (during Summer), and that you don't have to go on a scavenger hunt for. price is equally respectable, averaging $3.50/btl. Good grapefruit tartness and the biscuit ant root malts even each other out. The tropical fruit and dank resin compliment each other as well.

Aug 09, 2014
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jronhanson from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

champion of all beers. I've had 100s of different brews and this by far kills them all. no off bitter, skunky after taste, just pure smooth hoppy goodness.

Sep 06, 2015
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nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 06/15/2015. It was poured into a snifter at 50F.

It's light orange in color with a cream colored and creamy textured head about two fingers tall. The head lingers down to a film within around 5 minutes, leaving a few light flecks of lacing.

Upon swirling my glass, an aroma of floral and citrus hops dominate the show with a subdued sweet malt backbone lurking in the background.

It's full bodied and creamy with a resinous and oily texture. As it warms the presence of ethanol definitely becomes apparent, but that is to be expected of a beer with 9.4% ABV. It really feels like it's much greater than 86 IBUs, which is great for a hop head like myself and also fitting for this particular style.

The first tasting notes are pine, orange, and lemon. As it warms, the hops are countered by an emerging rich butterscotch malt presence.

The beer has a great, punchy hop character when closer to fridge temperature, but I think it really shines after the malt presence shows up fashionably late at around 55-60F. In my opinion, this is an extremely well made DIPA, and I would recommend it to any hop head beer connoisseur.

Aug 23, 2015
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ShadyRigglesbee from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer is a hop lovers dream!
Very hoppy, very delicious. Pours a nice golden orange. Not much head and a loose lace. Very piney with plenty of citrus notes (pineapple & mango) and a nice malt backbone. For the price and availability (Jul-Sep), this is a great Imperial DIPA. Love it. Enjoy.

Aug 19, 2014
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden honey color, slightly hazy. Smells like another sweet malty honey bomb. Taste again is honey, clover. Minor hop bitterness. Not as cloying as expected with all the sweet honey notes. Just another DIPA that doesn't stand out as different

Sep 09, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6.13.2014, poured into a Founders KBS snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of gold and orange, very clear complexion with a soft, cloudy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is abrasive, big hoppy grapefruit peel, piney resin and sappiness with strong alcohol. It's pretty blunt and not very intriguing. The flavors are a bit better, strong piney hops, light wildflower, grapefruit peel, balanced well, but those enjoyable hops don't last long as fusel alcohol and light sticky malt takes over and punishes the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats the tongue well, carbonation is mild and feels nice, finishes easily and very dry.

Verdict: A less than impressive DIPA from Founders, just way too boozy and abusive. The hop profile is nice but just gets strongly overpowered by the alcohol character which overpowers the malt which could provide a much nicer counterbalance. Just too intense for me.

Jul 31, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

How can you go wrong with 9.4%, 86 IBU's, and a lable that kinda screws with you after a few? I've heard a bit of hype about the beer, let's see if it lives up.

The pour brings an unexpected strong straw color with hint of golden highlights shining through. A dainty but withstanding foamstand leaves a lot of lacing on the snifter. Light haze, likely from dry-hopping. A prototypical look except for the Pilsner dominant color.

An immense aroma of grapefruit rises from the glass and demands attention throughout. The firm pilsner malts provide a mere pedistal for the far stronger hop flavors. Light decoration of pineapple, lemon-grass, and fresh cut grass round out the aromas. Light nail-polish character comes from the alcohols as the beer warms.

Flavors closely mimic the character found in the nose. Emphasis is still on the agressive American 'C' hops while the softer pilsner malts give a light sugar-cookie or confectionate sweetness that, in no way interferres with the hoppy ambitions. Light on fruity esters, but moderate on the phenolics. Again, the ethanol taste rises late--the only distraction.

The beer starts of heavy, rich, and full, but finishes with a crisp, dry, IPA attitude. Not overyly syrupy, sweet, or mouth-coating. Warming and a bit numbing throughout. Bittered by the 86 IBU's and gives much more of a punch than the pilsner malts demand. Still, the alcohols are thin, bitey, and convolute the clean hop character just a bit.

Overall, I appreciate the pilsner malt base. It give just enough of a foundation to support the hops, but don't challenge them as more highly kilned malts would. Though out of style, these malts showcase the hops well. Light on complexity, variety, and depth, many may consider this a bit to simplistic.

Mar 13, 2009
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CJRubes from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on 7/19/14 with a 'Brewed On' date of 6/17/14 making this bottle a little over a month old. 12 oz. Bottle poured into my Tree House Brewing tulip glass.

A – Poured with a thin, white head that dissipated quickly leaving clumps of small bubbles on top. Has decent lacing on the glass but doesn't really cling tremendously well. It has a slightly hazy, gold color. I find it a bit lighter in color than other DIPAs I've had.

S – Nice citrusy, fruity hops right up front. I'm getting some pine/resin with a lot of mango, tangerine, and orange. The malt sweetness is hiding in the background and isn't overpowered by the hops. Really nice smelling's making my mouth water waiting for my first sip!

T – Mmmm, very nice. I get the tropical fruit/citrus hops right up front which melds right into piney, resinous hops. It leaves a long, bitter and dry aftertaste, which isn't unpleasant. There's a lot of hop oils in this's really coating my mouth well. Malts are subdued and offer a solid background for the hops to shine on. After a few sips I'm starting to notice the 9.4% abv. Certainly not overpowering but it has enough alcohol presence to notice it's there. Overall a very nice tasting DIPA.

M – The oily hop resin really stands out to me in the beer. It fills my whole mouth. Above average carbonation...a bit high in my opinion but I don't think it takes anything away from the beer. Not the most creamy IPA but the mouthfeel is still smooth and luscious.

O – Very good DIPA. It would be well worth checking out for any hophead out there. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I didn't know how well Founder's would do with a DIPA but they really succeeded with this one.

Jul 22, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle label info: BOTTLED ON 06.21.19 1338 2

First review ratings: 4.0 4.0 3.75 4.0 3.75 (rDev - as of 08-03-19: -8.8%)

Clear, golden body sporting a thick and creamy head. Smell of pine resin spicy pepper. Excellent light malt base with a spicy and bitter quality throughout; pine resin. Heavy body; smooth and creamy with some fine alcohol heat and dryness.

This second go-around is way better than my first try over four years ago. The beer appears clearer and definitely has a sharper and more pronounced hop presence. This is one damn fine imperial IPA.
Bottle label info: BOTTLED 07/20/15

Slightly hazy, golden body; thick, foamy, sculpted head. Malt sweetness and pine and floral hop nose. Flat, malty sweetness; dull citrus element; prominent hop bitterness grows along with the finish. Medium body; fizzy from carbonation yet relatively full mouthfeel; sticky; mild yet dense sweetness.

I had this one past its prime yet its still a solid DIPA. I picked this up in Ohio back in mid-October of 2015. Still, in 2016, it looks good and has remnants of solid hop base, flavor and aroma-wise. There's very little hint at the high ABV. Its characteristics still emphasize malts and hops. My next trip back east of the Mississippi River will have me looking for a fresher version and a new look at my review scores. Even "old", this is an awesome DIPA...

Jan 31, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look-Pours a nice sunset orange, big frothy off white head, thin lace, retains well.
Smell- Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, citrus zest. Hoppy herbal aroma that is dank. A fun sniffer.
Taste- Very hop forward and juicy at the same time. Complex. Bitter passion fruit and grapefruit zest. Piny hops flavoring.The hops bittering is medium to high and semi-intense. Malt backbone; burnt caramel malt. Alcohol warming. Bittersweet dry finish.
Feel-Heavy side of medium body; neither a chugger nor a sipper. Soft but prickly and tight carbonation. Feels boozy and syrupy at times, but settles as the drink warms and the carbonation loosens up.
Overall-Definetely a big drinker and complex IPA. A good brew that satisfies both the need for a hops fix and for something juicy.

Dec 31, 2015
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spinrsx from Canada

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

12oz Bottle from Bottle Caps in Watertown NY for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also some apricots, hops and a grassy herbal flavour.

Overall - Lots of hop bitterness and the booze is really well hidden. Tastes a lot like a hopped up version of their Centennial IPA. An above average DIPA.

Nov 29, 2014
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Kwak from New Jersey

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

light golden color with a slight haze smallish to almost no head
very little sent of hops with a more malty then hop flavor
good over all you dont even notice the 9.4 abv

Sep 13, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended by a friend, and got drank directly immediately after a Founders Nemisis. The styles are so different, it is hard to adjust.

This has one of the best aromas I have ever smelled. Perfect. The color is much lighter than you would expect - and the lack of maltiness is consistent with the color.

It is not boozy - the alcohol is covered by the thick hops. This is a winner, but it would be difficult to drink two. It's a good thing I have others! ...

Apr 16, 2010
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timtim from District of Columbia

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

hazy burnt gold with an off white head that leaves nice lace but doesn't hold extremely well. nose is pineapple pineapple pineapple with a touch of sweet, fruity maltiness in the background as well as hints of toasted honey nut cheerios. considering the fact that this is a dipa, i find the balance to be extraordinary. the line is blurred between hop and malt, and i think that is exceptional. i didn't expect anything less from founders. i'm glad to see them branching out and producing at a level that makes their sweet sweet nectars available to those of us that used to have to go to great lengths to find them. nice body as well. on the lighter side of full. easy to drink, but not deceptively so. definitely a winner. maybe not the greatest dipa of all time, but worth a go in my opinion.

Apr 15, 2009
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JohnQVegas from Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, effervescent, with a one finger, dense creamy head that just off of white. Spotty lacing.

Nose is grapefruit pith, a bit of fusel alcohol, some sweet caramel malt poking through and mixing it up with the citrus to hint at candied oranges.

Taste is big and sweet up front, caramel, with a mildly astringent, citrusy bitterness that emerges early and sticks around. Candied pineapple, resiny pine, and a bit of aspirin all come through. Finish is long, bitter, with a lingering caramel juiciness.

Mouthfeel is slick, juicy, perfectly carbonated - crisp but never aggressive.

Drinkability is... interesting. Very nice DIPA, but also huge - by the end of the glass, I was ok being finished.

Mar 02, 2009
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PthPndr from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Jan 13, 2012
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Jun 03, 2013
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robriley from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

Oct 23, 2013
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joemeister from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very golden/wheat yellow, with sudsy foam about 1 inch thick. Just a little cloudy, but the light color still allows you to see carbonation in action.

I don't know if it's just because this is my first Friday night beer, but the smell is borderline orgasmic. Outright hops are punctuated by a nose-clearing pine aroma and sweet orange rind overtones. This is how an IPA should smell. It's fantastic.

WOW. The taste is outrageous. Mild carbonation unfolds into an overwhelmingly refined flavor profile: the hoppy bitterness is pine-based at first but it finishes with a short swing of sweet orange. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet-and-sour hop bouquet. This is rated at 86 IBU's, but my impression is not that this is overly bitter in any respect; in fact, the balance between bitter and sweet is so well tuned that it's kind of blowing my mind. The relatively stout 9.4% alcohol level is also well placed so as not to intrude undesirably on the flavor.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Founders is racking up some serious points in my book. This is the best "normal" IPA I have tried. I say "normal" because my favorite IPA is still DFH 120, by miles.

Feb 19, 2010
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GVJoemomma from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Jan 28, 2013
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shootingbox from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look-golden orange and light haze
Taste-grapefruit,citrus, orange, fantastic
Served -10oz glass
Drank at Millers Ale House which was surprising as they ate not known for their craft beer selection , but I was pleasantly surprised. I have had before and it has always been a nice end to the evening.

Oct 01, 2013
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