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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 Thingus
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle dated 1/23/12 into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger of minimal straw colored head.. Retention is minimal, with head falling to nothing in a minute or so, lacing is also minimal, with tiny spots of lace...

Smell; is fairly unimpressive compared to some of the other IPA's I've had lately (Heady Topper, Just Outstading, etc) with subtle pine and resin notes...

Taste; a smooth resin character overtakes the palate with hints of pineapple and mellow notes of tropics (mango, tangerine) sneaking in...

Mouthfeel; is medium bodied, with medium carbonation... A gentle resinous finish lingers, with a mellow bitterness that is rather enjoyable hanging around to remind you that you are drinking an IPA...

Overall; I have yet to have a bad brew from Founders, 'nuff said!

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- pours a hazy dark golden color. The white head pours about a 1/4 inch but doesn't last too long. Looks mighty citrusy.

Ar- smells, crisp and clean. Not a ton of aroma though for a DIPA. Grapefruit and other citrus notes are the most prevelant.

T- orange, grapefruit, some kind of spiciness and some sort of soapy flavor. The malt is biscuity and sweet.

M- a little sticky, medium body, good carbonation for the style. The alcohol warms on the hold.

O- A good solid DIPA. Some of the flavors are a little distracting though. I do love the heavy citrus flavor.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting for this one to make it to PA. Picked up a single at The Beer Stop for $3.50. Poured into my nonic pint glass a hazy golden yellow with a green hue. The head is a solid two fingers deep and off-white in color. Smells of grass, stinky citrus and piney hops with very little malt presence. Did they dry hop this with skunk weed? Upon my first sip, a huge flood of bitterness attacks my taste buds. Notes of white grapefruit, lemon peel, and pine needles, more bitterness, and an almost non-existent malt backbone. Finish is dry and a little boozy. Medium in both body and carbonation. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle was poured into a cervoise. It appears a cloudy, straw yellow with a puffy white head that leaves good lacing. I smell floral hops, some grapefruit, orange peel and pine. This very hoppy beer has more of the earthy, piney, woody hop taste rather than the citrus. Decent sweet malt background. The mouthfeel is dry and semi-tacky. I enjoyed this one and could drink a couple.

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Photo of spacebear09
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light golden color, small head.

Smell- Very delicate smell for a double IPA. Hints of citrus and light hop aroma.

Taste- Delicate floral subtleties atop a finish of grapefruit and pill bitterness. Not my favorite flavor profile, but it's good for what it is. Seems to have a very light malt profile, barely detectable. Still than Centennial.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, drinks quite light for a double.

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Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redbird for this one.

A: A bit light in color but it's well within the range that I've seen. The color is yellow gold with a white head that leaves good lacing.

S: A bit generic for a DIPA but still very hoppy and delicious. The caramel malt is there underneath the hops, but it gets a little boozy in the aroma and flavor.

T: Orange and floral hops dominate. There's enough malt to hold up to the hops, but it doesn't quite blend as well as the best DIPAs. Again, a bit boozy and not quite bitter enough for my taste.

M: Good, oily with hop essence.

D: It's definitely a good beer, but it doesn't stand out from the pack of DIPAs for me. Good beer but there are better entries in the style.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Not all that great looking... Reminds me of some weaker beers. Pale, straw body with an extremely thin head that dissipates quickly. Weak carbonation. The only strength is in the clarity.

S - Hints of grapefruit and grassy hops. Faint, aromatic sweetness give it a nice balance.

T - Strong, sprucy hops and sweet, grapefruit flavors. A powerful hop bitternesses as it hits the back of the tongue really sends me reeling, but in a good way! Very potent flavor.

M - Creamy, smooth body with perfect carbonation. Dances around the tongue. Finish is easy, clean, warming and pleasant. Excellent.

Overall/notes - Really tasty IIPA! Lacks h punch it really needs to be one of the top examples, but worth revisiting for sure. Drank this one over a long period of time, and it really improved as it warmed. All of the flavors became stronger. I'll have to get another pack of this sometime soon.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2 months ago.

A - Golden tan
S - sweet bread, definitely getting more malt coming through than anticipated. Maybe a hint of pineapple...
T - minimal hop up front, but really comes through in the middle. More balance as I drink this with minimal grain coming through. Definitely getting the alcohol taste in the back complementing the bitterness...
M - astringent, yes
O - Maybe its the bottle date, but I'm not getting nearly the amount of pine and citrus as others report. With all the complexities that go into it, nothing in this beer that blows me away. While its pretty bitter, can definitely tell the IBUs are not maxed out. I'd like to try to find this one fresh on draft somewhere just to see if it is this batch, but hey i'm just happy I found it in my area.

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Photo of laza1979
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a 1 finger white head that quickly faded to a thin lacing on the glass.

S: Well balanced nose, mixture of citrusy floral hops and a toasted malty sweetness.

T: Hop forward with a smooth malt finish. Mild bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

D: Well hidden ABV, making it dangerous due to a high drinkability. Good DIPA, probably a bit old at tasting time, but a very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark copper that is very hazy. Small white head and very little visible carbonation.

S: Floral, citrus, melon and pine hops with a light malt aroma in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but it really doesn't follow through with the promise. The sweet malt dominates, and the hop character is pine bitterness primarily. The flavor seems a little excessively boozy as well.

M: Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, carbonation seems just a notch too low. Alcohol is noticeable.

O: Good, not great. I wish it had tasted as good as it smelled. I wouldn't seek another one out, but am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from my notebook.

Slightly clouded golden yellow with a nice fluffy two finger head which sticks around for several minutes and leaves minor amounts of lacing behind. Smells strongly of grapefruits, apricots, and pineapples, pine resin overlaid on a nice rich malt base. Taste follows the standard DIPA of hop blast turning into sweet malt turning back into a lingering pine-bittered finish...actually this one is really quite well balanced with the sweetness level matching the bittering just how I like it. Texture is unusually thin for the heaviness of the flavors it supports, but yet not quite thin enough to be overly distracting....

Overall this one is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of silentjay
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a hazy, yet glowing golden copper color with just a bit of an almost white head that quickly recedes but leaves some nice lacing.

lots of citrus hops with just a bit of pine and some tropical fruit.

again, citrus up first and its relatively sweet rather than bitter, with a surprising and nice amount of tropical fruit. malt is there in the background, slightly toasty. a touch of peppery spice and some alcohol heat.

almost medium bodied with very little resin left behind, and a bittersweet citrus aftertaste.

goes down well. nothing I haven't had many times before, but with a pleasant tropical fruitiness that makes it sweet, but not cloying. a good beer, but overall its forgettable.

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Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Bright golden in color - almost yellow in places. Head formation is vigorous and bright white in color. Must be a bottle conditioned beer as the pour stirred up a fair amount of floating yeast.

S - Citrusy, piney, and sweet hop nose - very potent. Some grapefruit notes as well. Hops all the way - no malts or yeast.

T - Starts off with the only half second of sweetness, then a very bitter bite takes over. Mid-stream starts to show some of those piney/earthy hops. Finishes with an almost harsh grapefruit hit from the hops. Aftertaste is almost like a resin of bitterness.

M - Surprisingly light in body to me - amazing considering both the malt and hops bill that went into it. Carbonation bite is noticeable. As noted in the taste, a very clingy resin is left on the tongue.

D - Not a session beer for sure - but certainly a beer to spell a session with a hop bomb. ABV is a little edgy as well. I'd say its moderate for the IIPA style.

Certainly worth trying - not quite a Pliny, Racer5 or a Gordon, but a worthwhile IIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Tbub18
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A--Nice golden color the way I would expect it to be
S--Lemons, oranges--Hops are forward, but for me the toffee smell comes through first. Not sure how I feel about that
T--For a 9% the booze is not overwhelming as it warms you up as you go. Nice bitter hops as expected followed by sweet malt, then finishing bitter hops
M--Good carbonation, medium for the body
O--Very nice IIPA for sure. Loved the hops citrusy smells with crushed pine needles. I prefer my IPAs to have a little dank/resin scent so I was missing that here, but overall this is a great IIPA that I would definitely have again. Definitely could see this one sneaking up on you after a few

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Photo of jminsc76
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass. Forms a large, white head atop a golden/yellow body. The head forms a lot of dancing bubbles, with (initially) thick lacing down the side.

Aromas of citrus, orange, malts, and even a little bit of vanilla. Somewhat intense at times, but overall a mellow yet refreshing bouquet.

Bitter flavors include grapefruit, caramel, pine, and a bit of sweetness on the finish (which is different considering most non-West Coast IPAs exhibit sweetness up front and bitterness in the back). An excellent flavor spectrum, but the carbonation may be overly cleansing the pallet as the hoppy, piny flavors that a good DIPA should exhibit are slight at best. Perhaps the hop flavors have died out. I don't know, but the malt-iness overwhelms the hop profile and I feel like I am hanging out in a caramel store rather than a pine forest.

The mouthfeel is light, the body is a full yet medium thickness, and the heat practically non-existent, which is impressive for an ABV of 9.4%.

This is a decent DIPA, and I would drink it again, but (here comes my regionally elitist moment) it ain't got squat on some of our West Coast DIPAs (e.g., Pliny the Elder, Yulesmith, Ruination). So I reach for one of those before this.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear golden with little in the way of a head.
S: The smell consists of floral aromas of hops with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very hoppy but there's a good balance between the hops and malt. There's some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels smooth and medium-bodied on the palate with some thickness and alcohol warming.
D: This is a good beer to sip; it's hoppy but also packs its punch by way of alcohol content.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a nice, two finger off-white head. Retention is decent, and it leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is full of hops, citrus and flora, much like a west coast IPA. A firm malt backbone lies in waiting in the background, but this one is all about the hops.

Taste starts out mellow and sweet, from the malts. Up front, no hop characters are present. As soon as I swallow, I get a lot of resiny and piney hop bitterness. The floral and citrus notes in the nose are not represented well in the taste. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter than I expected. Light to medium in body, with a crisp carbonation and lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok, about average for a DIPA.

Overall, a nice DIPA. Coming from Founders, however, I was expecting a little bit more. It's definitely a great DIPA, but from a world class brewery such as Founders, I was expecting just a little bit more.

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Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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...

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance- Golden, tan, very slight amber hue. Pours a one finger head head from a straight on (non-tilted) aggressive pour.

Aroma- The aroma is big on pungent grapefruit and a sweet maltiness in the background.

Taste- Grapefruit once again dominates the hop flavor with citrus, pine, and mango complimenting the hop flavor profile as well. Towards the end a smooth caramel/cracker malt rounds this out perfectly leaving only a tiny bitterness to linger.

Mouthfeel- This is a very easy drinking double ipa with minimal bitterness and an incredibly smooth finish. As this warms up an astringency pops up, which is minor, but mildly unpleasant.

Overall- This is a really good DIPA with big grapefruit flavors and excellent balance provided by the malt. For me this is a notch below world class dipas like dirtwolf, double jack, etc as it is a bit too astringent, but that's really the only knock I have on this beer. Other than that this balanced and flavorful dipa that I'd be hard pressed not to pick up when it gets released again.(88/100)

note: bottled on 8/03/14

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Photo of mfavoino
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 2/23/12.

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbles. About one inch of foam settled down to the top of the body quickly.

Smell: Pine aroma along with some less pronounced citrus notes. Hoppy, but not jumping out of the glass like some DIPA hopbombs.

Taste: Initial caramel malt flavor is overtaken by the piney hops. Citrus flavors came out more as it warmed, with a dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and average carbonation. Dry finish and minimal alcohol tasted.

Overall: A good DIPA that is not quite in the top tier for the style.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Pours a hazy, golden orange color. One-finger head of nice, white, foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is spotty and very oily.

Huge nose of citrus hops. Tons of ruby red grapefruit floating in fresh squeezed orange juice, with some orange zest thrown in. Good (mild) hints of sweet malts. Nice presence of pine.

My tongue has gone back to hop city, once again. Strong citrus hops explosion. Big grapefruit notes. Oranges and lemons follow, with pineapple(!) making a surprise cameo. Hints of pepperey spice. A slight base of caramel malts keeps this one from being too over-the-top, but don't really get a chance to do much more than that. The hops are what shine here.

Good medium body with a solid medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and lightly creamy.

Probably one of the more drinkable DIPA's, IMO. The alcohol is well-hidden. Although the malts don't shine, they do manage to keep the hops reigned in a little bit. It's still out-of-balance, but not overly so.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer-- I think that it's almost beyond the IPA style.
In someways w/o knowing that it's an IPA -- I wanted to call it a Bock but
then again it is an IPA.

It produced a flowery and fruity nose--

First sip added to the notion of the flower-shop nose.

Body galore!

Maybe there's no malt in the brew-- but I swear there's a sweetness- that loaf of bread.
The hops are there too in abundance.

Even with the 9.4% ABV I can put down the four pack in a sitting while in total beer ecstacy


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Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 02/23/11

Clear golden body, slightly lighter than what I expect from the style. Two finger fizzy white head sits atop. The head fades back quite quickly, a fair amount of broken lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

A healthy dose of resinous pine and dank hop aroma greets your nose. There is a fair amount of citrus aroma underneath though the greener aromas are definitely the focal point. Very subtle pale malt can be noted but it does require some searching to find it.

The flavor is rather similar to the nose. Highly resinous hop flavor lays on the tongue. Bittersweet grapefruit and some tropical fruit flavors lay beneath. The pine flavors are not really there as I expected from the aroma though the malt is still fairly lacking. I like the malt bill but wish the hop flavor came off a bit cleaner.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly dry but again the hop resin flavor just coats the tongue.

Decent DIPA, one worth checking out. Many people enjoy this beer but I have a couple issues with it. The hop flavor does not come off clean and that really effects the beer all the way through. The way the flavor just digs into and lays on the tongue really hurts the beer. One in my limit, after that I need to move to something a bit cleaner.

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Photo of antoines15
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: i would say yellow-ish in color with good lacing on the glass

s: hops, pine, citrus, hops

t: bitterly hoppy and citrus

m: slightly sticky with medium carbonation

d: maybe too bitter to have more than two, but definitely easy to put down the first one.

on my fourth dipa of the night so the reviews have gotten shorter, and yet somehow sweeter. ha.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. 86 IBU's and 9.4% ABV per the label. No info on the website as of now. Pours out to a slightly cloudy light amber/burnt orange with peach accents, forming a tall sticky white meringue head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lace. Thin layer of least in the bottom of the bottle. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is heavenlywith a boatload of skunky tropical fruit hops. There is skunkweed, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and pine in there...wonderfully full and fresh. Mouthfeel is smooth, sleek, with a dense body. The taste is as expected...boatloads of hops over a firm pale malt base, with a heavy accent on the grapefruit pith bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness and soft hint of vanilla which tries to regain balance to the very assertive bitterness. Alcohol adds a peppery flourish to the finish with a potent bitter aftertaste of pine sap. One bottle is gonna be hard to finish.

This is certainly well-crafted, but is honestly a bit much for my taste. I prefer my DIPA's a bit less bitter. I'd prefer HopSlam, Centennial, or even fresh Two-Hearted to this.

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