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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 OldManMetal
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice-looking beer: a thick (albeit brief-lived) rocky, slightly-off-white head that leaves nice rafts of lacing atop a crystal-clear, sparkling gold body. Aromawise it presents as a strong, mouth-watering blend of citrus, pineapple, and dank, dark pine, against a less-apparent background of spicy florals with faint alcohol and caramel undertones. Up front, the palate is sweet pineapple and bitter pine; the bitterness picks up mid-palate with some caramel undertones. Alcohol notes are quite apparent at the end. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by an as-expected clinging bitterness that sets in and lingers, with hints of pine and citrus, for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, warming from the alcohol and prickly due to some very assertive carbonation. Double Trouble is really well-balanced, with just a slight bit of sweetness making it past the hop bitterness. (12 oz bottle, 85 days after pkg.)

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/23/11. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a bright golden orange color with a finger of sticky white head, leaves great lacing.

S- Big juicy burst of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, also some nice floral notes and pine. It smells awesome.

T- Big, heavy-handed hops on this beer. Nice solid bitterness with layers of oil and tropical fruit on top of it. There's some sweet pale malt at first, but the hops make quick work of it. Alcohol is nicely hidden for approaching 10%.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, finishes slightly dry with lots of bitterness.

O- Man what a fabulous DIPA, a real showcase for delicious hops. Some people might not agree with me, but personally I slightly prefer this to Hopslam, it's less boozy and sweet but has such a great vibrant fruit flavor and great bitterness, exactly how I like my IPAs. I mean damn, Founders.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had tried last year's version of this beer a few times, but the hops were faded and it was not the best experience. Well now I have a fresh four pack... it's time to review it!

A: hazy orange/yellow with dense white head, heavy lacing on glass

S: the smell starts with a tropical explosion of hops. Notes of mango, orange, lemon, and papaya all come through. It reminds me of the tropical kick that Hopslam has, but this beer is heavier on the orange notes. The smell is sublime!

T: The hops come through on the tongue much like on the nose, but not quite as tropical. The hops aromatic qualities of the hops show up on the front of the palate and then drown out in favor of a prominent malt backbone. The taste fades with some hop bitterness on the end. This is an exquisite DIPA and is so much better than the past tastings I've had of this beer.

MF: the high gravity malt bill comes through in the body as it has a somewhat syrupy texture and a medium level of carbonation that suits it well

D: the balance is amazing, the aroma is probably the best I've ever experienced in a hop forward brew, it is delicious and affordable

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Photo of stimulus
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 5.5 taster glass from a Founders tasting @ Tavern on Liberty in Allentown.

A: Pours a bright, clear golden with a pretty good white head (for the glass size).
S: Citrusy hop bouquet followed by some malt to balance the hops a bit.
T: Beginning with citrus flavors, this brew quickly shifts to the sweet malts and goes back and forth between the malts and a pretty high level of hop bitterness.
M: Light body, great carbonation, and a smooth finish.
O: Great double IPA, top 5 for me at the very least, and I've finally been able to try it on tap to confirm that. The balance from the malts is the key to making this beer as good as it is.

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Photo of gr0g
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy straw/gold color. Head is about two fingers tall, and there's a nice ring of lace left behind. The aroma leaves no doubt that a hop bomb is in store - pungent grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, and some tropical fruit character.

On the palate, it's bitter, of course. Lots of bitter citrus rind, especially grapefruit. The malt body is just big enough to provide complexity and a slight touch of sweetness, but the hops are the star. There's some pineapple in there, too, and plenty of hop oils amidst the vigorous but fine carbonation.

Having first had this in 2012, this year's release brings back fond memories. The more I drink this, the more I like it. Very easy-drinking for an 8%+ ABV IPA, and probably one of my top ten DIPAs.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is really good. I drink more 2 Hearted than any other beer, so I believe the folks at Bell's know something about hops, and this beer just reconfirms it.

Appearance is a clear but slightly dull brass color with a fairly small amount of head which quickly fades to the side of the glass. Aroma is pineapple-y hops, dried fruit, and a touch of butterscotch. Flavor is more hops, which offer both fresh fruit and a nice dry hop bite. There is also some malt backing to this beer and a nice dry finish. In addition to being delicious, this beer is dangerously drinkable, particularly at 9.4% ABV.

As time goes by and all the Double Trouble sitting on the shelf goes from being days to weeks old, I suspect some of the appeal of this beer will temper, but right now it is really good.

I bought this at the Blacklick Wine & Spirits in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

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Photo of Quercus67
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours golden straw yellow with thin white head. alcohol legs present.

smells of citrus, some pine very forward . in yo face hopsilicious and so inviting.

taste = bam. upfront bitter citrus, grapefruit, hoppy goodness. biscuity crystal malts , perfectly balanced with the high alcohol and bitterness. moderate mouthfeel. slight warm alcohol taste. finish is quit lovely with nice sugary grapefruit bitterness lingering.

I love this beer. One of the best DIPAS out there and one of the reasons I rank Founders in the top 10 Breweries in the Country.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 6/17/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a dark yellow and fairly clear. Small amount of white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma of citrus and floral hops and maybe a bit of malty sweetness in the background.

T-Taste follows the nose with up front hops and some bitter citrus, grapefruit, mango with floral mixed in and a hint of sweetness.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with great carbonation.

O-Overall great DIPA from Founders that is well balanced and awesome flavor and aroma. Definite must try.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very light orange body. Little lacing. Thinner than average white head.

Smell - Malt but when swirled Pineapple and grapefruit. I'm glad to see citrus come through on this imperial.

Taste - Smell translates to taste. Stronger citrus flavor than DD.

Feel - Not a carb bomb. Heavy. Alcohol doesn't stick to tongue.

Overall - Better than devil dancer. I like the characteristics of a lighter beer with this heavy.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Founders 4-8-09. This is the palest DIPA I have ever seen: a very clear light golden color with an off-white head. The nose contains a strong influence of floral hops, with citrus (especially grapefruit) and candied pineapple, as well. This is a beer that should definitely be enjoyed at around room temperature. I've tasted it cold and I've had it at the proper temperature, and it's really not fair to the beer to drink it cold. When it's warm, it's very easy to appreciate pine sap, tropical fruits, apricots, fresh tart apples and floral notes. All of these are very nice, but the candied pineapples are amazing. Caramel and toffee gain in prominence as it warms. The finish is nice and bitter; everything I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. This is a very drinkable, delicious DIPA. But did you expect any less from Founders?

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Photo of Dave128
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm excited for this one as many compare it to hopslam in terms of flavor.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, not really what I was expecting from an ale called "double trouble" Head is shortlived but I'm not too worried.

S - Fruity and Hoppy.

T - Not quite the amount of flavor that hopslam delivered, but still damn good. super citrusy and bitterness kicks in after. Alcohol pretty noticeable but not to bad.

M - good.

D - The bigness of this beer does not take away from its drinkability... Although 2 of these in one sitting would be enough, I could def drink them in a row.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with fizzy off white head. Unexpected. Laced the bulk of the glass.

Subtle pine hops aromas paired with more noticeable malt sweetness to the nose.

Taste a boatload of piney bitter hops, with some spicy notes up front. This is balanced by malt sweetness. Not completely caramel, but sweet and somewhat tropical fruity. Fairly bitter finish.

Medium to light mouthfeel. More carbonation than expected.

This beer surprised me. From the appearance I thought this would be different. Superb DIPA. Good bitter hops here. I was gonna review another beer, but I think my palate is destroyed.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the brewpub. Arrives a slightly hazed golden color, a finger of head that sticks around for a minute or two - light lacing.

Smell is so fruity. Pineapple on the initial attack, oranges and lemons follow with a hints of pine in the background.

Taste is so citrusy with just the right amount of drying, bittering finish. Loads of pineapple which makes it light and buoyant on entry, a clean middle and a drying (but not a strong) finish. A well rounded DIPA that stands out as a little fresher as its competitors. Bold any yet light.

Light-ish carbonation for an IPA but it goes down smoothly - let's do this again!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Greenland Cafe, Salem MA

Arrived in a wee 11oz. glass sans head and only a tiny collar of foam clinging on for dear life. Bad pour.

The aroma of Double Trouble is akin to sticking a package of Starburst up one's nose. Taste follows up the Starburst theme, particularly the pink ones (grapefruit?) and is buoyed by an impressive malty backbone. Even without the hops the sweet, supple maltiness is pretty good in and of itself.

Founders rocks my socks.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one messed up label. My 11-year-old son doesn't want to even look at it.

The pour gave me a one finger, rocky head atop a hazy yellow body. Didn't expect the haze - but not put off by it either.

Aroma was of massive grapefruit, with hints of orange zest. Pretty nice combination. Makes me wonder what my taste buds are getting into.

Taste was a huge blast of intense bitter pine and citrus, with hop resins thrown in. IBU's are VERY apparent in this one. Good thing I'm a hophead. Throughout the consumption of this beer, the bitterness grew on me, until by the final swallow I was sorry to see it gone. The citrus had begun to bloom. The malt was a nice support, but the hops were definitely to the fore.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but a nice body.

Drinkability is deceptive for a brew with this high an ABV. It went down fast and easy, and I could easily have gone for another two or three. Makes me wish I'd bought more. Oh, the woes of one who wants to try as many different beers as possible. Oh well. I know that if I need to bring something to a housewarming or a party this summer, this is going to be it.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date was not legible but this was just released so I'm assuming it's very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a golden honey hue with great clarity and a one finger soapy off-white head. I wasn't sure what kind of DIPA this would be but it's looking like west coast.

Aroma: Sugar-crusted grapefruit and pineapple hop character. Not much malt in the aroma so expecting a good hop bomb.

Taste: Pretty close to what I was expecting based on the aroma. Nice strong bitterness with a piney/grapefruit/somewhat tropical hop character. There is an understated barley flavor to keep all that bitterness in line and provide something of a balance, but Double Trouble is very much hop dominated in flavor, which is great! At times the pine flavor sticks out more than the fruity flavors which makes it drink like a blend of east coast and west coast DIPAs (think 90 Minute mixed with Sucks). Don't taste any of the 9.3% ABV which is no surprise given that alcohol is usually undetectable in DIPAs. A finish that is both juicy and dry at times.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body and super smooth on the palate with easygoing carbonation. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Another great seasonal from Founders! On a personal level this beer delivers my favorite style with an ideal mix of flavors. It is probably best when fresh and is good on its own or would pair nicely with a spicy dish. Would I drink it again? Yes, in my immediate future.

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Photo of adam42381
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on March 20, 2012 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy snow white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, pine, pineapple, candied fruits and sweet malt. Aroma reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Lucky 13.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine dominate throughout with a bit of sweet and lightly toasted malt in the background. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. The hop oils really coat the mouth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This one goes down very easily for a beer with 9.4% ABV. I could see myself drinking multiples before the alcohol told me to stop.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. While the bottle I had was over 4 months old, the hops really hadn't faded like I feared they would have. I'd love to try it fresh. I would highly recommend trying this one. I really wish I had more than just the one bottle. Too bad Founders doesn't distribute down here in southwest Florida.

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Photo of Docrock
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep Dark golden with a slight thin head with minor lacing

S- Great Hop aroma, pine strong but not overpowering.

T- Tastes just like it smells, nice hop start with dry finish. Malt balances hop strength nicely, Hops very forward and rightly so.

M- Light to medium carbonation with a decent body. very well balanced hop to body. Very drinkable.

O- Very ncie beer, will probably try to find some bottles to stock up on. Hops strong but not overpowering for the style. Would rate close to Pliny the Younger but not as good as 3 Floyds Dreadnaught.

Served in half pint glass at New Albanian's Gravity Head.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new DFH signature glass. It has a slightly hazy deep golden color with a little over a finger worth of head that is leaving some great lacing as it recedes. The smell is incredible. There are some great orange and grapefruit citrus notes coupled with the hint of pine. The taste has a nice bitter presence upfront. The citrus taste is much more subdued than I was expecting. The pine come to the fore front on this beer and in a great way. The bitterness doesn't linger too long which leaves a nice finish. Overall this is definitely one of the best DIPAs I have had. I am curious to see how I have ranked it compared to others I have had, but it should be up there if not at the top. It is another beer by Founders that has impressed the hell out of me. Thank God they have arrived in Georgia.

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Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (bottled 1/6/12) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. I've had this so many times in the past and never got around to reviewing, here we go.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber tinted golden color with a finger of dense, foamy white head with good staying power. Nice medium intensity lacing left on the glass.

S - Piney hops up front, intense and sticky. Grapefruit, pineapples and oranges also make strong appearances in the aroma too. Bitter and slightly sweaty hop aromas too. Malt is subdued and lays under the intense hoppiness. Light sugary sweetness, a bit of biscuits...a subtle touch of alcohol as well.

T - Intensely hoppy...very solid hop bitterness with lots of tropical fruitiness - pineapples and mangoes especially. The citrusy and fresh grapefruit flavor comes in behind the tropical fruits and takes over almost completely in a welcome way. Hints of sugar comes in behind the citrus towards the finish and smooths things out on the swallow.

M - Medium bodied with a stronger level carbonation that is quite prickly. Tropical fruits and citrus abound in this one...really great hop flavors...turns almost completely to fresh grapefruit juice towards the finish...just the gentlest touch of sweetness really enhances this citrus aspect.

O - Definitely a great DIPA, especially when really fresh like this bottle. Really like how the citrusy aspects stand out here...been fortunate enough to be able to have fresh Heady Topper, Hopslam, and this in the last few days...have to say this really stands up favorable against those other two fine DIPA's.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy golden hue with a slim white head. Spotty lacing all the way down. Beautiful.

Smell -- Juicy citrus, peach and apricot, jasmine, pine resin, and caramel.

Taste -- Big, bold hop flavors from the onset evoking pink grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and pine resin. Hop bitterness is pronounced,Malting is exceptional with a base of caramel and freshly macerated drupes. Lingering flavors of grapefruit pith and peaches.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with nice carbonation - lively, but not at all harsh. Great stuff.

Drinkability -- Wow. This year's batch of Double Trouble is killing it! Having consumed fresh Hopslam for a week, this is definitely as good as its heralded Michiganian cousin, if not better. Lots of great juicy citrus, solid bitterness, and a caramel malt base that is really exceptional. Love it.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle thanks to R Moe Nay

Cloudy scarecrow yellow with a thin white head. Nice lacing throughout.

Earthy, grassy hops up front with some citrus hop goodness towards the end. Notes of alcohol and spice as well.

Very similar to the aroma. A Little added fruit in the background. Wonderful hop profile.

Nice level of bitterness with a dry ending

Founders really does some nice work and this a fine example

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Photo of jhartley
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on March 2, 2012. Bottled on January 1, 2012.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A-Poured a hazy orange-gold with a thin head, to be expected.

S-Wow! Tropical fruit and citrus salad here! Oranges, pineapple, mango; tons of fruity hoppy aromas!

T-Tastes just like it smells: Orange, pineapples, spicy. Nice amount of bitterness to malt sweetness.

M-Nice carbonation, coats the mouth with a great flavor.

O-Great DIPA! Easy drinking even with the high ABV, it's well hidden. Definitely at the top of my list.

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Photo of prg1976
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, straw coloring.
1/2" head, dissipates quickly with good lacing.

Very pungent citrus aroma. Definitely grapefruit, pineapple.

Initial taste is hops....citrus. But fades pretty fast. Not overly bitter, just about right. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

Overall, pretty solid. Lots of hops, but not overwhelming. I'd buy it again, for sure.

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