Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

Added by CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of tnlandsailor
1.53/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

In keeping with the double IPA moniker, the 9.1% ABV is substantial. The color is unusually light considering the style, but pours beautifully and is very clear. That's where the kind words stop.

I put my nose over the glass and was aromatically assaulted. Huge amounts of resiny, piney hops lept out of the glass and ripped out my nose hairs. The descriptor that I cannot overstate is "grapefruit". I have smelled grapefruity beers before, but this is the most intense of any that I have ever encountered - homebrewed or commercial. It is sour, slightly fruity, and nauseatingly intense. It's hard to dig through all that aroma and pick out any malt to speak of, so I'll just say that picking out malt aroma in this beer is akin to finding redeeming value in child porn.

The taste is simply a tactical nuclear grapefruit bomb. Acidic, and resiny to the point of wanting to scrape my tongue after the first sip. The flavor was neither enjoyable nor worthy of a courtesy second sip. But considering the price I paid for the 4 pack, I grimaced and finished the glass. Again, I tried to find malt among the lupulin jungle, but was having a hard time. The bitterness was intense and clean, but even that was dwarfed by the sour grapefruit of the hop flavor. After a couple of sips, between all of the alcohol and the hops, my tongue felt like it had been mugged in a back alley and left for dead. Sadly, my malt flavor report came up empty on this beer. Now, the owner of a 3 pack, I found others in my circle of friends that were more receptive to the "gifts" that this beer has to offer. I don't recall anyone thanking me.

I like a good hoppy beer. I think the Founder's Cenntennial is a fine IPA. The problem is, more is not better. Just because you can pour an obscene amount of hops in a beer does not make it enjoyable. I realize that double IPA is a bit a of a daredevil beer by definition, but this beer misses the mark on hop character by a wide margin. It is not done artfully or well, just brash and decadent. The intensity is not fresh or floral, but resiny and overpoweringly grapefruit. I think even the most extreme beers need just a modicum of balance. There was none. Just grapefruit, grapefruit, and yes, more grapefruit.

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1.6/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1.75/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Group tasting notes from 2-18-11
Poured out of a bottle.
Served in oversize wine glass.

A- DT pours a light gold color. Not too much head or lacing at all.

S- One taster said it best: "it smells like citrus-scented pine solve". That's it, you get a little citrus, then an entire forest of pine. It's aggressive, it attacks the nose.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, but it definitely coats the mouth, dries the mouth out.

T- Tastes like pine solve. There was a little citrus taste at the beginning, but middle and end tastes are all pine. Not balanced at all, or maybe balanced perfectly for pine lovers.

Food: We paired the DIPAs with spicy pork tacos and spicy chicken wings. This actually overpowered the pork and made it taste bad. The spicy and sweetness of the wings actually brought out the citrus a bit more.

Overall: This didn't win over our non-ipa testers, everyone finished their glass but didn't want to kill our test bottle.

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.28/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice pale orange with a spicy/tart aroma.

Taste was more than disappointing, the alcohol obliterating all the potential flavors (I could make out grapefruit and spice/floral hops) leaving a metallic aftertaste.

Given the other ratings, I gave this a second chance a few hours later. What to do with the other two?

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2.43/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very harshly sharp, bitter and boozy, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Founders really loves their bitter hop bombs, and struggles differentiating between barleywines and IPAs. I'm not sure this is either, but it's certainly a tongue thrasher.

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2.47/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I'm sad to give this a low score after hearing so many good things about it. Poured from a keg tapped just 4 days prior, it looked very promising with it's staying head, and deep body. The nose brought a strong hop smell but a predominant smell of body odor. The taste is the same with some sweet malt flavors and hop bitterness and pine resinous feelings/flavors. I say this from a very objective standpoint as I was looking forward to trying this beer for the first time, but I must say, a disappointment.

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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