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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 ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me a good DIPA, & have enjoyed almost all of Founder's brews to date, so what's not to like. The beer is clearer than most IPAs, innocent enough looking brew but holy crap the hops are coming off this thing in a hurricane-strength storm surge. This is good.

The first sip is such a riot of hoppyness that it just about sears the top of my mouth...you know, like when you have too many sweets? That's what I'm getting. The second & third sips follow close behind. C'mon, geez, where's the balance? Nowhere to be found. Good! Bring your hops to the party, DIPA, & leave them nasty malts behind.

My tummy is warming after about 2 oz. My nose is numb. My mouth is going numb. Maybe they should sell this in those tiny liquor bottles, because after that I'm already starting to long for that first blast to the head.

Truly a top-shelf beer & a first class DIPA. These are folks who know that you CAN'T PUT TOO MANY HOPS IN DIPA. Kudos to them!

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Photo of DavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, slight haze, one finger head poured into a tulip. Mild lacing, not aggressive. A very pretty girl.

S: Pineapple is what stands out to me. Supporting roles of grapefruit citrus and hops, and mildly sweet malt ending things out.

T: Hops right at the forefront of the mouth; Hops that immediately diminish to a mild citrus fruity mid section which trails out to the back of the mouth. Dry, moderately hoppy, mildly sweet malty finish, with the quintessential double IPA-bitter aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, slightly syrupy and resiny on the palette well after drinking, which is not a problem for me. Very drinkable.

O: A friggin fantastic brew from Founders. Picked up a four pack for first time today, and very glad to have done so. I recommend trying this beer if you're a IPA fan.

Now Igor- bring me my second Founders Double Trouble of the night!

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this. Poured to a big pint glass. Color is light orange. Amazing nose of citrus, hops, and lots of melon. Lacing all the way down the glass and the head lasts the entire time I'm drinking. Tons of melon on the flavor. Lots of citrus and hops, with a bitter back end, but it's the melon that really stands out. Mouthfeel is medium and the bitter finish hangs on the tongue for quite a while. Very smooth and went down entirely too fast. 9.4 is very well hidden. Overall, this was really tasty. I've definitely had hoppier DIPA's, however the flavor stood out, and the melon was really nice. Yet another stud beer from Founders.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yummy, yum, yum...Super DIPA...it was perfect. And the BBQ meal I had to go along with it (at Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY), made it that much better. Color, nose, pour, palate, finish. This beer had it all. Find it. Buy it. Drink it...and then look the menu, and order it again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers to jwc215, thanks Joe!

Pours a slightly hazed honey with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Great effervescence to the end, good lacing & & head retention

S: Piney & rindy hops, plus breadyness, plus some booze presence

T: Lemons, pineapples, honey malt; then a sledge hammer of grapefruit, dryness & pine up front. Grapefruit & leafy hops, biscuitty malt & pine needles are all there as this warms. Finishes slightly honey sweet, bready & then much herbal & piney hops & a touch of booze; nothing I can really find fault with here...

MF: Semi-chewy, then creamyness, great balance for the style, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, but you're well aware you are imbibing in a serious DIPA here. Well done Founders, I sure hope I see in my neck of the woods soon ( since Founders is planning on Mizzou distribution soon ) !!

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Photo of heebes
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Thanks to BA TheSevenDuffs for the opportunity to try this beer! One of my top wants.

Pours a cloudy bright citrus golden with pure white foamy half inch head. Lacing hangs on down the tulip glass. Strong nose was picked up before the cap was fully off; so much hops in the auroma! All citrus and grapefruit. First sip reveals this to be a very hop-forward and dominate DIPA. Still mostly citrus hop taste, the faintest malt touch, and bitter/dry into the finish. Great mouthfeel, medium to heavy on the palate, still well carbonated. Almost no alcohol presence all the way down, amazing for a 9.4% beer. Overall, this is one of my all time favourite beers I've ever gotten to try! Great example of the American hop-bomb Imperial IPA. Wow, I really hope Founder's future expansion plans bring them permanently into Ontario. They are quickly becoming a favourite brewery.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden and deep yellow body with a little pure white head and good lacing.

Smell: Piney and aromatic hops and lots of it supported by good bit of citrus followed by grapes and golden raisins with a hint of malt fading into a very slight alcohol note, which is ok because it suits the hop character.

Taste: Super bitter at the front with quenching piney hops, they're not resinous though, so they don't coat the mouth in sticky gunk. These hops fade into a complex sweet taste supported by a malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Flowing on the tongue like liquid silk supported on excellent carbonation, this is surprisingly drinkable for the ABV and hops, it's session-able because the hops are resinous and the alcohol isn't really obvious.

Overall: Wish I could get this as a go to IPA, I think it's VERY similar to hop stooped without the resinous hoppy coating that the other beer has, I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful gold under a fat white head; settles into a bubbly film with ample lace

S: crisp hops and bright yeast; notes of citrus and wood

T: dry and crisp grapefruit and pine; subdued sweetness

M: full, creamy, nice dry/sweet balance

O: I'd forgotten how good an Imperial IPA this was - been quaffing down Palate Wreckers, 471's, 90 Minute IPAs, Shipyard's XXXX, and the like for some time now without returrning to an old favorite. As is true with most? all? Founders brews, this is a top-notch beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright gold with an orange hue. Fairly light for the style with a slight glow to it. Slightly above average size, light, foamy, tightly bubbled, white head. Good retention with a nice sticky lacing remaining.

S - First whiff is full of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, apricot, peach, etc.). Grapefruit and citrus comes out on subsequent sniffs along with a touch of rind on the backend of the smell. Smells juicy with a touch of sweetness throughout.

T - A bit more bite than the nose suggested. Some pine resin and a little more rind than the smell; this comes out on the finish along with a slight bitterness. Starts with that sweet juicy fruitiness with a substancial malt backbone throughout. Grapefruit and orange take over the tropical fruit mid sip which leads way to the rind, etc. mentioned.

M - Medium to light body with above average carbonation. Clean finish with a just a bit of a stickiness to leave the sweet and bitter flavors to clash on your tongue.

D - Alcohol and sweetness are present but not overbearing. Clean and fairly pretty easy to drink. Quite hoppy but with enough balance that it's easy to put down.

Notes: Bottled 2/23/12. Grabbed a 4 pack to celebrate Founders coming to Iowa. Overall a nice DIPA. Not over the top but a balanced hoppy treat. A touch sweet but not overly cloying. Overall a very nice beer to sip on during a beautiful spring day.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack of Founder's Double Trouble for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. When I saw the first batch in stores I passes it up since there was a bunch of other seasonals I wanted more, but when a second batch arrived I figured I should give it a try after reading all the positive reviews and hearing that it could hold it's own against Hopslam. Bottled on February 23, 2011. Poured from a short 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is really cool, I have never seen a label with an optical illusion on it before, more brewers should try it since it is really eye catching. It poured a nice golden straw colored yellow with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that left lots of nice lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by citrus hops, a total citrus bomb. The citrus hops imparts a lot of fresh tropical and citrus fruit aromas that lean towards grapefruits, mangos, and pineapples. The aroma is all about the hops and I love it, I can't stop smelling it.

T- Wow the taste sure does live up to the aroma. It is full of tropical and citrus fruits, I mainly pick up grapefruit but there is also some mangos, tangerines and pineapples. Just like the aroma, the flavor is all about the hops. There is some pine on the finish with some moderate bitterness that works well and helps balance everything. The alcohol is hidden expertly, no sign of the 9.40%.

M- Medium bodied and a slightly dry finish with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall this was one damn good DIPA. There was a lot of claims that this could go head to head with Hopslam, and after trying it I fully agree and would love to try the two side by side. Everything was on par for its style, a really well done DIPA that had great drinkablity, this one could sneak up on you if you aren't carefull . Even though it is 9.40% it never feels hot, just a little warming as it goes down, as it should be. I can't say enough good things about this beer, one of the best DIPA's I have had, its right up there with Hopslam. It is nice to know that if I miss out on hopslam next year I can still get my fix with this great brew. I am glad I bought this and will buy some more next time it is released. If you love the style or consider yourself a hop head you need to try this beer, it will cure what ails ya. Founders puts a 100% into all their brews and it really shows with this brew, and thats what makes them one of my favorite brewery's.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WTH? I didn't review this? I went through like a case of it!

A - Pours a nice light amber with a mild bit of haze. A nice pour produces at least a half inch of foamy sticky white head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, bit of grapefruit rind, and alcohol which is subtle but there.

T - I think I like this one really cold as to cover up most of the alcohol burn but even then you still get a ton of floral hops, bitter grapefruit and playful citrus, and a slight bread malt to cover the ABV. Enjoyable.

M - Careful with this one. Drinks rather quickly with a medium body.

Overall it's one of my favorite DIPA's and even though my case was 2-3 months old, it drank nice and hoppy all the way to the last one. I would totally get it again next year fresh. Solid offering From Founders.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the 2010/2011 production, well stored in a temperature controlled environment. Poured into an English Imp Pint Nonic

Served at 45-50 degrees

Pours a nice one finger head, which dissipates rapidly to a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl or two of the glass. This beer is alive!

Beautiful deep gold color.

Powerful citrus dominated aroma when first poured, after it settles down a bit you can detect distinct piney resin, fresh yeast, and some light malt. A very refined and complex aroma.

Very crisp, very full bodied, hopped up entry in the mouth, delicious yeast and bitter hops linger on the tongue forever. Some very mild malt in the background.
Great carbonation, again in perfect balance with the other components of this beer.

A very delicious, refreshing DIPA with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the aggressive hops and 9.4% ABV. In fact you do not notice the ABV at all.

A statement could be made that this is not a typical DIPA as so many make there brews in a heavier, sweeter style. But to my tastes this is a classic and has everything you could hope for in a DIPA.
At approximately $60 a case for 24 bottles this is actually a very good buy. Worth it!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a thick foamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, piney and floral hops, lemon and some spice.

The taste was of moderately bitter piney and floral hops, citrus, lemon, and spices.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, the flavors were very noticeable, almost something different with every sip. This was also incredibly easy to drink, a bit dangerous with the higher abv.

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Photo of rayjay
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from csmiley in the Black Booty BIF 09.

Totally pale without a trace of carmel malt. Tons of fine yeasty haze and a big sticky head of foam...looks great! Besides the yeast floaties its a brite beer without protein.

Smells bomb. Big wafts of citrusy hops, mostly Simcoe I presume. Excellent aroma of pure hop bliss.

Tastes much as expected from the look and smell. Huge hop presence; almost too much to believe. Surely dry-hopped but probably with oils of aroma tabs in addition to pellets (NZ hops?). Malt provides mouthfeel but doesn't get in the way, in fact gladly bows down to the hops. I'm thinking lots of dextrin malt. Nice esters suggesting juicy ripe tropical fruit. Bitterness and malt sweetness are definitely there in big quantities but totally balance each other out, letting the huge hop aroma plow through. A tiny bit of alcohol burn comes through in the fallout as it warms, along with massive hop aroma of course. Delicious hop burps to follow.

Interesting mouthfeel that totally fits the beer. Just a bit chewy, but not cloying at all. Medium carbonation i just right to cut through the sweet malt.

Refreshing an very drinkable, especially fresh. I drank it at 49F and it was just right. Highly recommended for hop heads! This is the real San Diego style IPA, for those that think Big Head is. Cheers!

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Photo of GlassFreeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled, less than a couple weeks old...

A: Very nice sunset orange, slightly hazy. Thick resinous head, a lot of alcohol legs and lacing on this one. Very nice looking DIPA.

S: Wow, super hoppy and astringent! Very pungent, grapefruit piney, somewhat citrusy, slight malt sweetness coming through.

T: Wow, awesome to say the least, great hop bomb right here. It's right up there w/ Hopslam IMO. Not super drinkable, but it's pretty damn drinkable for the ABV.

MF: Some what thick, resinous mouth feel.Which makes it not super drinkable, because if it was a little lighter, this would be dangerous. Cream, some what oily mouth feel.

Oerall, I like this beer and find it to be underrated. It's up there with the best of them!

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden straw colored with a rather foamy pure white head.
hops just fill the room, slightly boozy, pine and sharp grapefruit.
ive waited till the end of this 4 pack over the span of a few days to review this beer, and it just gets better and better. grapefruit and orange rind with a brisk carbonation make for a rather aggressive mouthfeel, but this is the style i love. it really just smacks you across the face with hops.
its sticky and oily, as it leaves lacing all around the glass. it leaves a resiny coating on your tongue that makes sure you remember what youre drinking. im glad i got this fresh as possible to know what it was all about.
after a few sips, the alcohol does come up to bite a little bit, but not overly so, however i can see how it may offend some people. highly recommended.

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Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Reddish-orange with a quickly thinning tan head. Smells herbal and oily with faint fruits. Has a precise, floral bitterness on the palate that ends with a splash of orange, a hint of spice and consistent all the way through. Medium with enough heat to keep you warm. A potent yet refined, classic DIPA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done.

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Photo of cpone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden body with a foamy slightly off white head.

S: Tons of citrus. Ruby red grapefruit is almost overpowering, but it is in no way offensive. Floral in addition to strawberry and mild hop bitterness.

T: Mild bitterness that slowly builds in strength, met with a mild malt sweetness. Finishes like a grapefruit, bitter and slightly tart. Hides the abv very well, much like PtE but this has even more.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, with a lot of structure. No hint of wateriness.

O: Awesome. It's a great choice for hopheads used to west coast ales but are looking to try a slightly different flavor profile.

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Photo of philly224
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a light golden color like almost every other beer of its type. Pretty good head on this one and it lats for a decent amount of time.

S: Lots of pine and honey scent, seems just about right although not as much hops as I would have expected.

T: Moderate amount of hops with a good bit of honey. Overall taste great!

O: Great beer that I will probably revisit in the future when I can't get hopslam.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update with 2011 batch. 12oz bottled January 26, 2011, two weeks old today. Noticeable improvement in the aroma, all the great citrus notes but increased strength. Add in some cannabis and cat spray (smells like Simcoe). Flavor is about the same as previous review. I might actually be enjoying this as much if not more than this year's Hopslam. Damned good stuff, at least when super fresh!

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12oz bottled Jan 7, 2010. Pours hazy amber with a large 2-3 finger white head. Retains a nice cap with plenty of sticky lacing. Nice swirls of haze in the glass.

Aroma is citrusy hops, grapefruit & orange, some grass, light caramel. A little quiet overall.

Flavor is big on citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, grassy hops up front, some caramel sweetness, then a lasting bitter finish. A tiny touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, slick, oily, prickly carbonation.

Can't help but compare this to Hopslam. Double Trouble is more bitter, for sure, but lacks the strength and complexity in the aroma. I like 'em both, and I like they have different strengths.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel tulip

A- pours a slightly orange golden, very clean and crisp with a half a finger of white head that settles into a film, nice lacing.

S- pinneaply citrus, pine, alcohol, a hint of malt, a very nice hop aroma.

T- similar to the nose, bitter pine hops with a slight alcohol bite, pineapple , not overly sweet, and very well balanced. Resinous hop flavor. The alcohol is well hidden on the hops.

M- medium body, with a nice medium carbonation that Works beautifully here, I'd say the body is dry overall and very well rounded, for all that bitter hop flavor it doesn't heavily coat your mouth with hop resins leaving a long bitter after taste. Very very drinkable.

O- an awesome dipa, one of my top for the style, inwishbi could drink this beer all the time, a great brew .

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Founders brewery. Has all the typical characteristics of the style.. orange-ish color, grapefruit-ish hoppy aroma and flavor, strong alcohol backbone. Was balanced appropriately as some beers of the style can be too overwhelming in terms of bitterness or strength. Really enjoyed this one and picked up a few to come back to later.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong golden color with some copper hints. A nice .5 inch head is present. When it recedes in leaves a nice thin film with some sticky ring.

S - Sweet grapefruit hints with a citrus backbone as well. Nice grassy hops! SO appealing. Some nice biscuit like grain is in the nose as well.

T - Nice grapefruit citrus quality first off with a nice mix of sweetness. A nice grain back bone guides the massive hop character of this beer. I can see why all the comparisons with HopSlam. Some nut like quality right before the massive hop bitterness and citrus character carries the beer down. Nice bittern dry finish.

S - Crisp, medium body with a nice hop earthy tone. Nice CO2 content.

D - Incredible for and IPA and a beer with 9.4 ABV. Good Job.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 6,408 ratings.
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