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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 Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very hazy, yellowish color. Nice two finger white head with very nice head retention. Lacing was thick and sticky the whole way down. Nose is of citrusy hops, some earthy tones - grain, slight grass, and a bit piney. Taste is definitely of citrusy hops, most notibley grapefruit. Some floral hops present in the taste, with a touch of pine. There are some faint malt taste - possibly pale malts but it definitely doesn't detract from the bite of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight sticky finish to it, carbonation is good. To sit and have 1 or 2 would be the ideal based on the ABV but taste wise, I could sit with this for an evening.

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Photo of genog
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4pk here in columbus at Grandview carryout for $11.99.

Poured a clear color with a bronze tint. Lacing was short lived, but it did pour with a strong presence of darker than white colored head. Smell is initially citrusy with grapefruit, and a strong malt presence as well. On a second waft some pine hops can be noticed as well. Taste is strong on citrus with floral notes. Alcohol blends in nicely with this for 9.4%, but every once in a while it pops up. Mouth feel is not as strong as hop slam, but still balanced.

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Photo of ralree
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy gold, white head, nice retention, decent lacing.

S: Toasted malt, sweet hops, tiny hint of grapefruit.

T: Very very strong hop flavor - wow. Just about blew my head off. The malt is nice and strong as well, and it backs the hops up nicely. Toasted just a tad - not too burnt. Barely any fruit flavor here, but there's just a hint of citrus. This is not a sweet IPA. Crazy nectar.

M: Thick, chewy, very oily, medium heavy-bodied, not quite enough carbonation.

D: Goes down alright, but the lack of sweetness makes it a little hard to put down fast.

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Photo of regspeir
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Small, one-finger head. Gold, clear with obvious good carbonation. Nice lasting lacing. Nose is pine and resin with a fruit, especially orange, background. Taste is grapefruit, sweet malt background leaing to a bitter finish, but not overwhelmingly so. Kinda' just requires another sip, which I can handle... Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but oily. There is certainly no hint of the 9.4% ABV. This actually gets sweeter as it warms. Nicely balanced beer overall.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent light amber with very little head to speak of. There is a thin ring of small bubbles along the rim of the glass, and only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine cones, sweet sticky hop resin, and a touch tangerine rind. I am excite!!!

T: I get a good amount of sweet malt up front. It's pretty wild, considering hoppy the nose of this beer is. It tightens up in the middle with a touch of pine and a good serving of orange citrus. But that malt never seems to leave the palate. The finish is a great mix of bitter and sweet (mainly bitter) without much harsh overly hopped sting.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer has some good heft to it. It's also super sticky, oily, and it coats the palate like, WHAT!!!!

O: This is a really good DIPA, but it can be pretty harsh on the palate. Mine is blasted right now. PALATE BLASTER! I'm confused with sticky sweets, oily bitters, and alpha acids that just won't go away. I will drink this again, but I'm reminded why I an not a fan of most DIPAs and TIPAs.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event.

Apperance: Double Trouble displays a slight yeast haziness with a golden color and a pillowy white head. Nice retention on the head, and sheets of lace down the glass.

Smell: Piney hop presence. Tangerine, grapefruit, and mango contribute to the hop aroma. Lightly floral as well.

Taste: A light malt presence to start. Clearly pale malt was used to accentuate the hoppiness. Then hops; spicy, resiny pine, bursts of citrus, and a twist of ganja. Bits of alcohol here and there.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slightly grainy at the same time. Sticky on the lips. Full creamy carbonation and a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: Part of this is just purely bitter, which is not really my style. I prefer more citrus and tropical fruit. This has a good hoppy emphasis though.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazed orange amber color with a finger of bone white head. Good retention with solid lacing.

S- big orange/tangerine hop aromas with hop resin and floral notes. Dry biscuity malt sits under the pungent hop aromas.

T- sticky hop resin, citrusy tangerine/orange and grapefruit smack the palate. Slight malt sweetness in the middle with a biscuity characteristic. Prickly hop bitterness and lingering citrus peel hop flavor on the long lasting finish.

MF- slick juicy mouthfeel light medium body and good medium carbonation.

D- super drinkable

Overall an exceptional double IPA.

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Photo of enfield249
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden-yellow color, with a white head of 2 fingers that fades to a thin layer.

S - Hops yes, but what kind? Not altogether pine, not altogether citrus or flower. Maybe a delicious mix?

T - Very strong hop forward flavor, spicy. This is more resin/pine then the smell, as I don't taste much citrus/floral.

M - Full, clings to my tongue. Hot on the tail end of the swallow from the alcohol.

D - This is a really good IIPA that I recommend. Cheers!

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick gold amber brew with lacing on top.

Smell: A floral bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus. It's nice and crisp.

Taste: Thick malt character with a nice assortment of hops. Ends with a lingering bitterness. Very smooth flavor overall. 9.40% ABV doesn't have much of a presence until the end.

Drinkability: Incredible mouthfeel and easy to drink. This is a good DIPA, but not a real standout; which isn't a bad thing, it just doesn't have the wow factors some of the other "great" DIPAs have. This is a well done basic DIPA. One issue that needs to be fixed is the foam head left after a pour: the head quickly dissipates into lacing.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear straw colour with a hint of orange. Decent size head that fades.
S: Tons of grapefruit, citrus and pine.
T: Same as the smell. Kind of honey like sweetness. Awesome hop flavour with not too much bitterness.
M: Nice carb. Sweetish finish (like hop syrup)
O: Great Double IPA

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of sjverla
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Briefly yeasty and bready, but quickly overpowered by sweet, crisp citric hops. Lightly caramelly malt mingles with blueberry and blackberry esters that are mild, but present. Very crisp and fresh.

Appearance: Hazy blonde-gold with no head, just a ring of bubbles around the edge.

Taste: Very bitter and deep. Dank and woody - slight grapefruit dryness, but the taste is largely chlorophyllic and dark green. Alcohol bite and some minor berry characteristics provide some balance and the mild sugaryness of the malts is briefly, vaguely caramelly. Mildly astringent and semi-dry.

Overall: A heavy-handed dose of hops in this. Big and bitter, but some balance would have been nice - though maybe that's just my mood.

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Photo of Briken
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw edges with bubbly orange center, frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Light sweet floral aroma. Strong alpha hop lightly sweet citrus/floral quickly gives way to resinous hop then melding to a light barley and yeasty finish. Moderately high hop linger nicely settles to an unusually, precariously balanced position. Slick and syrupy with no stickiness.

Not a whole lot of clear flavors but well-crafted and interesting display of ingredients. Strong but never overbearing, it’s particularly interesting without a big malt backbone. It may be as much as 6 months old (the dates were smudged) but it still has an interesting quality, possibly because of the yeast strain. At any rate, I easily downed 2 and would hope to try on tap at some point.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/30/14

Light golden orange and a bit cloudy. Minimal head.

Smell is tangerine, orange, and a little bit of alcohol. Nothing overpowering.

Taste up front is bitter bite and acidic orange. A bit of fruit-like sweetness and and then almost a little sour grapejuice. Some alcohol burn going down but it's hidden pretty good.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Long finish. A little syrupy.

Pretty good offering. It hits the DIPA category well but lacks in aroma which follows into a moderate blend of citrus and bitter hops. Nothing in it really stands out but what is in unit blends together well. Last years batch wasn't so memorable either but I'm sure I'll be grabbing some again a year from now.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; gold colored; 1 finger pillowy off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: ripe peaches and apricots;

T: tropical fruit up front with a little bitterness; pine at mid-palate with tropical fruit in the background and bitterness building; finish is moderately bitter with piney undertones;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really like the aroma The taste, while not as good, is still very nice;

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Photo of vdoz3
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an arrogant bastard pintglass. Last of my fourpack from my trip to OH earlier this year.

A - extremely noticeable head or lacing except for the tiny ring that stays with the beer on its journey down the glass

S: sweet fruity hops with a bit of the malt ((carmel ~?) in the background

T: An intial malt blast with some more sweet, fruity hops belies the sharp, bright, fruity/citrusy hops that dominate, leaving a bit of a hop drymouth and a citrus afterbite. Not the most balanced DIPA, but certainly tasty.

M: sweet and smooth. Nicely carbonated.

D: Good...but I guess there's a reason I didn't polish off my entire fourpack in one sitting.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color leaving a little head that went away quickly. Lacing around the sides of the glass from swirling of the beer.

S- Fruity hop smell (pineapple) with a very faint malty background. I only caught a whiff of it come one or two smells.

T- Crisp hop bite from the start to finish. Pineapple and citrus overtones come through very nicely as it lingers after you swallow it.

M- Little heavy the whole way through. that's not a bad thing though. Oily resin covering over the tongue which locks in the hops flavor after swallow.

D- Overall, pretty good Founder's product like usual. Since Hopslam is around 7 or 8 dollars more I would rather drink this and have a good DIPA.

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Photo of nc41
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is a re edit.

I guess my taste buds have changed significantly since I first tried this one, but I had it on tap the last week or so at the Pub. Still a great looking Double, great head retention. A big malt backbone to carry the hops and nicely balanced, Also not leaning towards sweet which in a Double i don't really care for. Drinks more like a juiced up bitter IPA, if fact it kinda reminds me of Smuttynose, but obviously a little more boozy. Decent finish. Overall a pretty good Double, but I really like my citrus monsters, and I don't get even a hint of Grapefruit with this one which knocks the taste back a notch. I can appreciate an earthy piney brew, and this one is more so than I remember. I also knocked down the drinkability a bit because it is a little hot, and good for one pint, two would be too much.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased in Warwick, RI.

A- Pours a hazy, dull honey-mustard colored body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to some frothy foam and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells like it has a heavy malt backbone - sweet caramel and bread. The hops are more on the piney, resinous, floral side with some citrus hiding in there.

T- Pretty much matches the nose.. big pine and resin notes sitting on a heavy malt backbone. Some soapy notes in there. Aftertaste is hugely bitter and somewhat off balance. Some booze.

M- Medium body, medium high carbonation.

This is a mini version of Founder's Devil dancer, which I wasn't a huge fan of. Pretty drinkable but the hops were a little off balance in my opinion. I could put down two before becoming sick of it.

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Photo of Payso10
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smells of grapefruit and slightly citrus. has an opaque goldenrod color to it with almost no head. the taste is smooth for 9.40%ABV with no alcohol presence. there is a lot of citrus in the flavor and would be a great complement to any spicy dish. would have many more as long as it is available.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear brassy color with small head that fades to a sticky ring. Aroma is a pungent combination of mango, pineapple, dank weed, and woodsy evergreen. A welcome change from the grapefruit/citrus bombs that seem to be ubiquitous. It's a little too sharp though.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but better and more complex. Tropical fruit dominates, with some resinous and herbal notes in the background. Pale malt is squashed. Ripe peach comes in on the very end as the pithy bitterness lingers.

The medium body has a nice stickiness, thanks to the hop oils. Carbonation is medium as well. Double Trouble is a very good beer by one of my top 5 breweries, but there's just too much of a flavor I can't pinpoint that comes a little close to oniony/chemical/medicinal. Overdone Simcoe or Summit? Don't get me wrong: If I brewed this I would be ecstatic. But there are more than a few IIPAs out there that are better (and cheaper) than this.

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Photo of ToddT
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a slight orange tint. Small white head that is somewhat sticky and leaves a decent lacing pattern on the glass.

S- Big smell of grapefruit and hops.

T- Hop bitterness takes over at first followed by grapefruit and then a quick, clean, dry finish.

M- Medium to light body with a fair amount of carbonation. No oily finish or the unpleasant residue of hop oil in this one, nice finish and aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable, hides the 9.4% ABV very well, a little on almost too bitter side since the hop bitterness carries through from the upfront taste to the finish.

Solid DIPA, just wish the was a little more complexity going on to break up the hop bitterness upfront and the dry citrus finish.

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Photo of lbower860
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Ligher than I expected from for a 9 percent DIPA. Pretty light amber color that was fairly clear (also surprising) that turns more of light straw when held to the light. There was a really nice white head from the pour that lasted for quite a while and left some white specks down the glass.

S: Not overly powerful, does not smell like a 9 percent DIPA. Citrusy, piney and some sourness also.

T: Very, very drinkable for a DIPA. I had a real tough time tasting the 9 percent. Nice and sweet with some tasty pleasant malt on the back of the palate.

M: This felt more like a standard IPA than a DIPA. Crazy how drinkable and smooth this is.

O: Pretty surprising for me. Very drinkable for a 9 percent. I think it drank more like a 6.5 or 7. All around a really really good option and good tasting DIPA. Not quite at the top of my list my really good.

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Photo of CWBlues
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich, reddish-tinged light gold, half a finger creamy head.

S: Caramel maltiness and cascade hops were most apparent in my nose.

T: Just GOOD. Strong hop aftertaste, which I love in a good IIPA. The caramel malts were there too, and a tinge of roastiness to round things out.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Hangs on the tongue just long enough, and fills the mouth with each drink.

O: Really enjoyed this one. I've had some really overpowering IIPAs, but this one settled in just right. I'd buy a full sixer of it.

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