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Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jimj21
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single in Hyannis, MA. Bottle poured into snifter. Pours a bright, tangerine orange color. Hazy with some sediment floating around. Pour produces two fingers of off-white head. Retention is so-so, but tons of lacing.

Tons of hop aroma. Citrus all over the place. Some sweet malts are there too. The majority, however, are citrusy hops. Orange and tangerine. Some grapefruit. Not much pine.

Taste is spectacular. There is so much going on. Flavors follow the nose for the most part. Lots of citrusy hops from the start. A bit of sweet malt. Grapefruit and some tropical fruits are there. A little spicy as well. Big bitter, piney push on the finish. Really great overall.

Double Trouble is full bodied. Carbonation is low, but i like it for the style. It creates a very creamy texture. A little sticky and resiny.

This is my first beer from Founders and is one of the best beers I've had. I wish they were more widely available. This is a very good double IPA. I think more than one might be hop overload, but the one is completely delicious. I look forward to the other two Founders beers I bought.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review updated July 7, 2010.
This bottle has been cellared since July 2010 at a temp between 45 and 55 degrees.

A - Appearance hasn't changed. (4.5)
S - The smell is the same as well. (4.0)
T - The flavors have melded. There's a certain malt presence that makes for a sweeter and less hoppy flavor. It goes down extremely well. (4.0)
M - Thick and smooth with no sticky residue. It has a watery feel to it. (3.5)
~ My recommendation it to not cellar this brew. You lose allot of the complex hop flavors. That being said this is one that is still by all means a good beer. (4.0)
NOTE: I did not update my values because I felt the beer lost a little over time. I kept the higher of the two scores.

Original Review below added on 7/1/2009.

A - Thick, frothy, firm, eggshell colored head that leaves a great lace. The body is orange and hazy with very little action. It looks pretty darn tasty.

S - Light and airy hops with a citrus note.

T - Perfectly pungent hops that go on and fluctuate for what seems to be... forever. This is the most complex IPA I've ever had. The hoppy flavors actually move even after I've swallowed the pull.

M - Smooth and soft to start and then it starts moving all over my tongue. Yet it remains smooth. Very Impressive.

~ I've said it once and I'll say it again, "this is the most complex IPA I've ever had." Thank you Founder's.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Alex for helping me make this the first keg on tap at my place. Been drinking Hopslam for the last week straight, then came home to my Keg. Consumed from my SN XXX tulip.

A- A bright golden straw yellow color. Crisp and clear with a healthy soapy white head. The lacing is impressive.

S- Pungent and piney, with a slight malty sweetness. There is definitely a boozy scent that sneaks in as well.

T- It's really quite good, nice and piney fresh hops. A beautiful floral flavor then sets in and finishes with a little malty smoothness. The aftertaste is crisp and hoppy.

M- Like most things from Founder's, spot on.

D- I used to think of myself as someone that wasn't too into DIPAs. This beer, pliney, and Hopslam have really changed that for me.

I think the Hopslam bing this last week made me appriciate this beer even more this review. While it isn't as smooth or drinkable as Hopslam, the hoppiness is much more pronounced.

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Photo of jdg204
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easton, Pa has a great beer scene between Weyerbacher and the legendary Porter's Pub, but this night my friends and I were out to try a new place. So, we stopped at Pearly Bakers for a few drinks and I was excited to see this brew on tap.

A: Slightly hazed rich honey with a finger of rocky cream colored head.

S: Piney hops and lovely citrus fruits.

T: Citrus, pineapples, honey malt up front and then grapefruit, dryness & pine come on soon after. A real strong hop and warming presence make provide a fantastic finish. Pretty decent balance.

M: Semi-chewy, creamy body with a great aftertaste.

D: Fantastic brew, Founders just keeps on churning out hit after hit. This was my first venture outside of the Stouts/ Porters and their width of quality is as impressive as their depth. This was a pretty smooth drinker for a brew of this size, a real treat to be sure. A must try for all beer lovers, a truly high amazing brew!

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 4 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured slightly aggressively, gives a 1.5-finger head, reduces to a strong 1-finger head, color is cloudy gold, lacing is stronger-than-average.

Aroma is simply beautiful. Ithaca's Flower Power IPA comes to mind immediately. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple, all on a blanket of light sweet orange citrus. Oh man, this smells just like Flower Power.

Taste is loaded with a front-end of citrus, back-end of pine, mango and sweet hop resins. ABV is hidden extremely well. Tropical fruit sweetness stays on palate for about 15 seconds, and ends with sweet malts. This ought to be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of warbird07
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured at 49 degrees into New Belgium Globe

This Beer poured a slight hazy honey color with a nice head and good lacing. Excellent, clean hop and faint sweet malt aroma, piney, grapefruit and lemon. Among the flavors are pine, lemon, sweet malt, with a beautiful hop profile..you will wonder where the 9.4 apv is hidden...a very well-balanced DIPA

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass
very lovely orange with a tight white head that leaves a nice lace as the beer disappears
the smell is all grapefruit and kind of perfumey
taste is grapefruit again and sort of resiny
very nice and smoothe with a bitter kick at the end

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Photo of bark
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The colour is copper, the liquid is almost clear. The two finger head is warm white and airy; it leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, fresh and clean. Lots of citric hops, bitter herbs, hint of black pepper, sweet exotic fruits and a gentle touch of rubber.

The taste is very bitter and powerful, yet creamy and very elegant. Lots of exotic fruits (pine apples, apricots, grapefruits, limes) and a fine sweet malty flavour of fine wholemeal loaf. The aftertaste is elegant with balanced notes of citric bitter notes, some minerals and a gentle sweetness.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.
Maybe not the bitterest DIPA I have reviewed, but one of the most balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large tulip

Golden yellow body with two inches of puffy white head. Great head retention. Some lacing sticks to the sides of the glass like Elmers glue.

Explosion of piney and citrusy hops. Mango and pineapple aromas create a wonderful sweetness that counteracts the bitter, piney hops. Finishes floral with lingering hop resin.

Piney bitter hops up front followed by some tropical flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Amazing balance between piney and citrusy flavors. Finishes bitter, but some sweetness remains. Very complex and flavorful.

Light-medium mouthfeel that's a bit oily. However, it manages to be smooth and creamy. Carbonation is spot on. Very drinkable at 9.4 abv.

Another win for Founders. Double Trouble is everything I want my DIPAS to be. Piney and citrusy with a bold, complex flavor profile. Outstanding overall balance. One well work to seek and drink.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great golden clarity! Nice white foamy head too. No lacing.

Nice Fruity scents. Late hop addition did wonders! Grapefruit, mango, lemon. No off scents. Heavy bitter nose.

Nice smoothness, mild bitterness. Perfect carbonation too. Dry, wet, and thin. not as thick or creamy as I would like, but Very nice! Wonderful fruited flavors.

Great brew! Thanks Matt for sharing! Highly recommended, glad I could share this one with a friend!

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz, bottled on 6/12/15. Murky golden color with a two inch frothy head that dissipates but never fully disappears. Moderate lacing and spotting. Smell is somewhat boozy with tangerine and orange. Taste follows suit with a rind grapefruit and somewhat dry finish. Very smooth for a 9.4abv! One of my first doubles that I fell in love with. Can't go wrong with this if you like ipas and dipas. Cheers!

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Photo of xsists
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold color with a minimal head. The head seems to produce more once the beer has been poured. Goes away quickly but bubbles for quite some time. Very inviting though.

S - Holy hops. A big slap in the face with a floral scent but once you get past it there is a pretty potent pine smell with traces of citrus, mostly grapefruit and slight orange smell.

T - Like the smell, I first taste floral hops that gives way to a sharp pine smell that hangs for a bit before turning into a great roasty taste. This brew finishes with a great big hop taste with a quite dry after bite. The taste just resonates until the next drink is taken. I feel like I should wait a bit just to enjoy the taste as it matures the longer you wait.

M - Velvety bodied brew that has a great stinging sensation all the way through. The carbonation likes to tickle the tongue that invites more taste to present itself. After the beer is consumed there is a wonderful warm feeling throughout the throat and mouth. Makes you want to wait and savor it until the next taste.

D - It is a higher alcohol content but I would love to sip this all the time. I just regret not finding this brew sooner. I was only able to purchase one bottle as that was all the was left at my supplier. I will look for this more often.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living right outside of Grand Rapids Michigan, all I drink these days seems to be Founders. I LOVE this beer!
Double Trouble is the harshest beer I have had yet from Founders or anyone else for that matter. That is not a knock on this beer as you can tell from my rating of it. I started microbrews with Founders, and they are so flavorful, that most other brands just seem so weak.
If you like flavor to the MAX and love IPA's, give Double Trouble a whirl. It being the only "Double IPA" I have tried yet, it is exactly what I would imagine one being. It seems like double the taste of a Founders Centennial IPA.
Very high carbonation content, with a hint of citrus. This beer fits me to a T!

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Photo of teal
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am not an IPA fan in the least but drinking this and comparing it to what I believe the style to be - it's an excellent beer. Grapefruit is the word of the day on this for me. You can smell in, sitting there on the table in a crowded bar/restaurant. Very overpowering which isn't to say that's bad.

I enjoyed the beer rather much but wouldn't ever make it a habit and it didn't make me want to try other brewers' IPA's (singles or doubles).

Having tried more than a few different styles of beers and not considering myself to be locked into any one style when I go out or think about a beer enough to write a review - I'd say this is a good beer, worthy of trying at the least.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

64 oz growler poured into snifter glass purchased on 7/3

A: light orange color perfect clarity soapy head that sits down to a film

S: lots of melon almost a slight bubble gum candy smell

T: very fruity cantaloupe taste the booze is well hidden lots of juiciness

M: very light and clean not a lot of aftertaste or lingering flavors

O: Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink with a nice fruity melon taste fantastic beer for my money the best Hoppy beer Founders mass produces

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Photo of Leftbob
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice amber look. Resinous nose and taste. Very piney finish. Almost astringent which is fine as at 9.4% ABV someone could get hurt if it was silky smooth.

Overall a well balanced DIPA. The EtOH is well masked with adequate malt and a serious IBU

I think I will have another....the ultimate endorsement in a world of choices

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Photo of hurricanelars
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange with a half inch head in a goblet. Foam was a creamy white and the beer was slightly translucent.

Smell: Tons of hops. As a hophead, this is exactly what I'm looking for in a brew. Lots of floral and citrus notes, especially grapefruit.

Taste: Again, boatloads of hops. The floral accents really come out when you drink it. Starts off with some sweetness and continues with citrus hops and a clean finish. It's very easy to overlook this is more than 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth brew with a fresh feel in the mouth. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability: This goes down so smooth it would be easy to drink 4 or 6 in a session, but that would not be my recommendation. A couple of these are enough to enjoy the evening.

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Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Orangish tinted copper with a medium yellowish light tan head that reduced slightly and left decent lace.

S-Bright, sharp grapefruit, pineapple, floral and a touch of spicy hops up front. A bit of backing malt sweetness but this one is first and foremost about the hops.

T-Sharp, hop citrus bite and malt sweetness battle toe to toe for supremacy. Big hops might win out in the end but it is without question a 16 round fight! For such a massively hopped brew with is very well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and smooth with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-An A+ for me. So happy to get a chance to try this brought back from the dead brew. Save the hops by not making Devil Dancer and make more of this! My kind of DIPA for sure.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden yellow to slight orange in color with a nice bright white head that quickly fades to thin white foam topping, very small bubbles can be seen in the glass,

Taste- The nose is very very nice with beautiful mix of very enticing sweet malts balanced by beautiful citrus and grapefruit notes very enticing and aromatic beer, the sweetness on nose really pulls you in

Taste- flavor is of bitter citrus(lemon and grapefruit) drying hops on the finish with a malt flavor in the background up front attempting to do strong job of keeping this beer in check, moderate but not super long finish, the hop finish though is very enjoyable

Mouthfeel- Smooth and very soft with decent amount of carbonation with drying ending, overally nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- scary drinkable considering how high the abv is on this one, very nice strong hop finish really builds up as the beer warms up and continues to get closer to a room temperature, the balance is still there though this is overall definitely a beer made for the lover of hops, very nice example of the style which I enjoy quite a bit more in this years batch that last at least as per my own current tastes, worth look for while its still around

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into my Gandhi-Bot snifter. About a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, some lacing left behind. Glorious red-tinged golden body.

Scent of the pine, the grapefruit, the tropical fruits, raw cane sugar.

Very fruity and syrupy going down. Absolutely delicious. I'm not drinking this one completely cold either. Could have sat in my fridge a little longer, but I got anxious. I had to try it. It certainly delivered.

Double Trouble, you say? I'll take two!

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Photo of spree92
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Double Trouble, wasn't sure if I would ever have this.
Bottled 03/29/11.

A strong hay color with golden highlights, which seems right for this. Almost no head to speak of which is the reason for a 4 in appearance. The nose is exquisite. Plenty of hops that bring grapefruit, orange zest and a couple exotic fruits like pineapple and apricot. Bitterness throughout the taste buy the fruit hops still shine. Mellows out with a touch of malts on the finish.
This is the type of beer that would get me in trouble, maybe where they got the name. They claim 9.4% but this is so light and easy to consume I just can't wrap my head around it. A few of these, they are so good I could, would start to work. Overall, I had no expectations coming in and am blown away. I put this at the top with Stone Lucky Bastard as my favs.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Bottled 4 days prior to opening.

A- Pours a burnt, golden orange with a thin white head.

S- Strong grapefruit and hop scent. Very nice.

T- Has a great bitter hop flavor. The citrus and grapefruit really shine. The reason I buy beer is the taste and this one certainly has it.

M- Medium-full bodied. Well carbonated, almost perfect.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9.4%.

This is one of my favorite DIPA I have had the pleasure to enjoy. The great thing is, I don't have to go out of my way to get it like I do with Hopslam.

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Photo of Gear54
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass. 5/1/14 is the bottle date.

A: pure gold with very little head and nothing for lace on the glass.

S: nothing but hops on this one. Possibly some floral notes mixed in but with the overwhelming hops it's tough to pick out.

T: hops from start to finish. A bit of fruitiness like grape or pineapple accompanies the hops. No malts at all.

M: heavy on the bitterness. Coats the whole mouth with hops. The flavor sticks around for a good minute before starting to fade.

O: So so good. One of the best DIPA's I've had to date

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Photo of daledeee
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the label. The double trouble face is funny.

I poured this and noticed it was liquid gold pouring. Very bright clear gold as a matter of fact. The head was medium but stayed throughout the drink.

The nose was clean and fresh and grapefruit with sweetness.

Taste is the same with lots of grapefruit and hops with some floral undertones. Very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Right now this is my favorite IPA. What a flavor profile!

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