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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 hopsolutely
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Balanced taste / palate until a real alcohol-fueled kick at the end. A very bitter finish - quite pleasant, if that's what you're looking for - but a much boozier taste than I'd expected. At 9.4%, alcohol flavour is to be expected, and without the (super) sweetness of many barley wines. Something to enjoy on occasion, but definitely not a session beer.

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Photo of treehouse
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose...copper...nuts...heathery malt....fruity....grassy and vegetal..


mineraly metallic..hopped...bitter..this is a brave forward one...9.4%...turns hot once it goes down...relatively more complex than most double ipa's out there...

i would drink this again..curious as to its on tap taste...

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Photo of yourefragile
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a filtered light golden amber with a frothy off white head that quickly fades to a clumpy film with streaks of lacing.

Aroma is mildly solventy with a pleasant grapefruit citrus struggling to gain the upper hand. Generally overly sweet and boozy in the nose.

Body has a strong caramel malt sweetness with a lingering, excessively dry sweet citrus finish. Thicker side of medium body with light carbonation, the net effect is an overly sweet, tangy DIPA.

A solid DIPA if you find it fresh (and don't mind some harsh booze), but nowhere near the class of this style.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Sampled a while back. Bottled 1/7.

A: Hazy gold with some yeast residue. Thin white halo with a little bit of lacing.

S: Pine, musty earth. Pretty muted sadly.

T: Hops have faded I think. Malt is taking over, making it a bit messy. Some sweetness, but it seems less hop forward than last year's.

M: Tingly carbonation that doesn't linger too long.

O: I loved it last year, but just liked it this year. Would have loved a fresher bottle or on tap, but I worked with what I had.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

86 IBUs. 9.4% ABV. Bottled 03/08/2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which I'm liking more and more.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of smooth fluffy soft creamy goodness, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour of the body is a pretty dull uninspired semitransparent dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hop-dominant, with heavy floral character, some light citrus, and emergent bitterness. Clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, with good rounded floral character concealing the bitterness nicely. Clean malts form the foundation. Some underlying cream. Light citrus, maybe even hints of pine. Pleasant to drink. Refreshing. Nicely balanced, if simple. Built well for an IPA; these brewers know that brewing IPAs is not a dicksizing competition to see who can use more hops. I like it, though its simplicity holds it back. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too much so on both counts. Dries slightly in the third act, a nice effect that encourages the next sip. Adequate carbonation. A bit too thick.

Dr: A drinkable little IPA. It's not horribly complex or unique, but it'll satisfy any IPA fan's needs. I like it. Hides its ABV very well; I'd guess it's 5.4% if I didn't know the true figure. Another solid brew from Founders, but nothing truly great.

Would pair well with spicy food.

Low B-


Additional truncated notes from a bottle I'm drinking on 09/07/13:

A: 3 finger head of white colour. Fluffy. Nice thickness and creaminess. Inconsistent sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of above average vibrance. Overall, it's a bit paler than most imperial IPAs. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Lots of bursting hop character: floral, piney, nectary, and citrusy. Orange peel, a bit of grapefruit. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Peach, mango, maybe apricot? Any bitterness seems nicely tamed. A bit resinous. Some might call it dank. A pleasant clean aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-flavours.

T: Flirts with that stale orange juice note that plagues so many IPAs; I'm not a fan of that at all. Some orange citrus, a dash of grapefruit. Light oily hops. Floral hop character. Pilsner malts provide a more reticent foundation than most imperial IPAs feature. Pale malts lend it some additional body. Resinous. A bit too much bitterness does come through. Oniony - especially on the climax. Balance isn't ideal by any means. There's complexity here, but not much subtlety.

I do notice the alcohol.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent body. Nice presence on the palate. Approachable. Sticky.

Dr: I may have actually enjoyed this more the first time I reviewed it. The alcohol is more evident than I'd remembered and the balance is worse. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends, but I think it's just my personal taste. It's an imperial IPA that will please many fans of the style.


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Photo of LikaThaHops
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- bottle poured almost orange into snifter, nice 2 finger sticky head leaves lace.

S- Not too strong, slight hoppy smell.

T- Bitter and hoppy right off the bat, finishes with a grapefruit flavor.

M- Viscous, bubbly, bitter.

D- The acidity is a bit too much for my liking, but 1 or 2 is great.

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Photo of aewinte1
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours cloudy light yellow with a 1 inch head.
S- smells hoppy, but not overwhelming. Very citrus flavored juicy hops.
T- Taste is more hoppy than the smell would suggest. Small trace of a malt backbone but the hops pretty much take over here. Hop bitterness lingers on the back of your tongue for some time.
M- Carbonation feels much higher when drinking than the initial pour would indicate. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but definitely oily from the hops.
D- drinkability is OK, but to truly enjoy it, this one is a sipper for sure. Alcohol is completely hidden by the hops but my taste buds would be decimated if I sat and drank more than 3 of these.
Overall, a good IPA, but not particularly balanced. That's OK with me!!

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Photo of BhamBeerLover
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color and malt profile were both much lighter than expected. I love IPAs but am not crazy about this lighter, more accessible version of an imperial IPA. On the other hand, those seeking an easy-drinking IPA with high alcohol and little caramel or other malt flavors would likely be pleased with this one from Founders.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date too smeared to read, but looks like the last two digits are 13, which won't bode well if true.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Deep caramel aroma, off-set by touches of light pine and citrus.

Taste - Caramel. Stale cardboard. Faint grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish.

Moutfeel - Medium to full body with light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - Yeah, I'd say this bottle is well past its prime. I'm now reading on Founder's website that this beer's limited run is July-September, and considering this is June, I declare this about as dead as IPAs get. A shame. Hate to review it like this, but let this review be a reminder: IPAS DO NOT AGE WELL... DISTRIBUTORS PULL THESE OFF THE SHELVES! A definite candidate for a re-review.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden orange with little head a decent lacing.

Smells like very fruity hops, grapefruit, orange, and mango are prominent. A slight malty sweetness is there, but it is hard to get past the hops to smell it.

The grapefruit dominates the taste and is backed by a mellow sweetness from the malt and some boozy flavors. The sweetness comes through more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium, seems light for the style. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. A little too much grapefruit and the booziness makes this less enjoyable than it should be, although it got better as it warmed up. I'm starting to think I got a bad bottle, as the flavors and smells just didn't pop, carbonation was low, and there was very little head. Will pick up another in a few weeks and try again.

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Photo of nuggetnectar01
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass.

Murky orange color that produces a mere egg-shell white one finger head. Slight lacing is left behind.

Slight citrus hops, grapefruit, apricots, pears, honey, caramelized brown sugar, and some floral notes.

The thing I hate about IPA's is how the older they are, the flavor changes dramatically. Well this certainly smells a lot better then it taste. I get mostly an upfront pretty sharp hop bitterness with a slightly sweet malty taste that tries to shine through but just does not have enough strength power to do so. IMO needs more malts to balance out the sharp bite.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with good amounts of carbonation.

Better tasting IPA's at lower cost=me not drinking this again.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Lighter colored body than most, with honey tints. Average head, with some lacing.

S - Yeasty in the aroma, with big, juicy sweet citrus, a bit of alcohol bite, and grapefruit bitterness. Solid American IIPA aroma with good balance.

T/M - Big hops lead to a dry palate overall, very resiny and piney. Sweetness does come through, but mild and with tart citrus highlights. The main characteristic that seemed to separate this from other IIPAs was the alcohol, which was more assertive than I would have liked... Body is right on par with its style, with a nice creaminess.

D - Not bad, but not quite up to par for me with other Founders products. The alcohol seemed to dominate the flavor to much for this to be an elite IIPA. Still, good hop bomb, and will more than satisfy your need for hops.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a- Extremely clear and golden, easily read writing through the beer. It appears crisp and natural. Very thin layer of foam on top.

s- Clean straight forward smell, not very hops driven, light citrus aroma.

t- There is a bitterness that really turns me on. There is nothing smooth in the taste. There is an awkward confusion with my taste buds.

m- I feel lke this beer really went swinging for the fences and was caught at the warning track. It begins to impress and then really lets up, nothing very satisfying.

O-I commend the amount of work put into the beer, but again it's downfall in my opinion is that its really pandering for attention. Don't try so hard beer, calm down.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty straight-forward golden straw color. One finger off-white head that quickly disappears to leave some decent lacing.

S - Full nose of bold, citrusy hops. Hints of grapefruit and a little pineapple.

T - Sweet, piney hops bite up front, quite tart on the finish. Nothing extraordinary stands out here.

M - Very thin with little carbonation.

O - Pretty torn about this one. It has all the potential to be a really good beer, but just doesn't come through and deliver.

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Photo of capra12
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/7/09 from notes taken with Speedwayjim and steph.

Appearance: Poured a frothy white 2 1/2 finger head, clear wheat/yellow in color and left spotty lacing

Smell: Subtle floral and citrus hops, a rather weak nose.

Taste: Simple! Opened with floral hops which was overtaken by citrus hops from the middle to the finish leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, coarse with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again but on another night and would recommend this to those who seek a simple ale with a few hop profiles and a bittering finish

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Photo of thefreakinjman
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz B, Bottle Date 06/28/15, Enjoyed 11/02/15

A: darker golden with cotton white foam head

S: some funkiness, old hay, slight floral

T: hints of citrus, pine, and grass with pleasant bitterness throughout

M: medium with lingering bitterness

O: Very pleasantly, bitter IIPA. Nice balance of flavors and hoppiness throughout each drink. Can feel the warm alcohol feeling after a few sips.

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Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 6/17/14 - less than two months old, my first Double Trouble!

OK, well, let's get it on! On the pour, this is a beautiful golden-wheat colour that really is enhanced by being an unfiltered beer. A small, thin disk of head quickly dissipates into decent lace on the glass. The nose shows citrus and hops, and when I take a sip, that's the first thing that hits - immediately followed by a bitterness that I find unpleasant, and that clings to the tongue long after I swallowed and overshadows any other flavours that might have been present... I had high hopes for this one and was a bit disappointed in the taste. The alcohol is well-hidden, only becoming noticeable at the very end. The mouthfeel is of a nice, creamy brew with just enough carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but the bitterness turns me off of this one.

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Photo of Momar42
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip

A - Vigorous pour yeilds soft, white head about 1 finger in height. Dissipates quickly leaving a slight collar with minimal evidence of lacing. Beer pours a slightly hazy yellow.

S - Possibly due to its age (about 3 months since bottling) the hops are mild but present. Fruity but faint.

T - Flavor profile follows the nose quite closely. Fruitiness is apparent first followed by a mild hop bit towards the end. Hops dont linger long but provide a nice aftertaste. Pleasant but think its past its window.

M - Smooth and creamy. Velvety until the end when the hops finally announce themselves. I feel confident this would be a marked difference if fresh.

O - Kept waiting to drink several of my IPA/IIPA with a buddy but schedules just didnt permit so I am making my way through them. This beer is tasty and as its a Founder's brew I am sure its amazing at its peak. However due to its age now, its not what it should be (my fault not the beers). Rating is based on this one but will be revised once I lay hands on a fresher version. It's Founder's...its got to be good!

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.41 degrees.

Look - Very carbonated pours a hazy orange color- similar to a blue moon.Very bubbly 2 inch head that is quickly leaving. Some spotty lacing left behind..not much though.

Smells like a typical IPA - notes of grapefruit coming through with some minor fruit. I can definitely notice some simcoe. As it warms about halfway through your glass you will notice some sweet carmel maltiness coming through.

Tastes like a very good double. All the notes in the head come through in the taste. pretty well balanced. I can taste a very minor hint of alcohol, reminding me that I'm drinking a 9.4. some malt balances out the strong bitterness from the hops...but still hoppy enough to make the hophead very happy with this brew.Definitely a sipper.

Has a nice creamy like mouth feel to it...semi heavy DIPA. Well carbonated as well.

Overall this is a solid beer. Liked this a lot more then Founders Devil Dancer TIPA....that was just too boozy for me(as are most triples in my opinion)...this beer is pretty well balanced...lots of hop bitterness, some malts push through to calm them slightly......I have had tons of DIPAS and by no means would i give this beer a 94 rating on here and i wouldn't go out and BUY this again, BUT..... if somebody offered me one i would not turn it down. in a nutshell, glad i picked it up and tried it out and if you haven't, give it a go.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark straw with a lot of carbonation and basically zero head and pretty much no lace. not looking very good to be honest.

floral hops, almost fruity. it's a very sweet aroma and not exactly what i'm expecting to smell.

this isn't a very strong beer by any means. it is very light compared to the double IPA's i'm used to drinking. it's got sort of sweet quality to it that makes it very easy to drink, but i'd prefer a stronger flavor over ease of drinking.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow in color (almost straw). It's very cloudy. Good moderate head that lasts a very long time. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Strong pineapple hop aroma. In the background is an earthiness that I wasn't expecting. I find it eerily similar to fresh body odor.

Very bitter with a decently rich body. The carbonation is also high. The malty beginning portion is relatively benign. The hop is the story--it completely dominates the swallow and the aftertaste, which goes on seemingly forever. Although the taste does not reflect the smell, it's hard to ignore on the initial taste.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A..A somewhat light golden color. I was hoping for something a tad darker, but with this being an IPA, it was not too surprising.

S..A bit fruity, but certainly hop-heavy.

T..A little above average, but lacking something I cannot put my finger on. Fruitiness is present as it was in the scent, but the taste is a bit "flat" from what I expected. The hops are heavy as you might imagine, but I felt there was too much of a hops presence.

M..Good mouthfeel. The high ABV hits you quick; the mouth begins to dry out relatively early on during this beer.

D..Easy enough to drink, especially given the 9.4% ABV. However, with the taste being a small disappointment, the overall drinkability is diminished. Somewhere between an average and good beer.

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Photo of zrab11
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear pale orange with a nice 1 finger head

S-Has amazing smell. Huge tropical flavors

T-Very bitter tasting to me and the flavor sticks around awhile in my mouth

M-Medium bodied,syrupy

D-Im sure i might review his again in the future. as i was told this was alot like or even better than hopslam(which i love) but i was dissapointed with how bitter this one was. ONly able to drink about half the glass.. It looks and smeels wonderfull. Will give this beer a try next yr. but for right now it wasn't for me!

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Photo of nhindian
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

No bottling date.

A - Pours a hazy, light orange peel color that is more reminiscent of a saison than an IPA. Builds a nice, 2.5-fingered, white head with moderate retention. Can see the very sporadic rise of carbonation even through the murky body. Great lacing twists its way down the glass, covering a large portion on the way down.

S - Smell is very intense citrus fruits and quite similar to Bell's Hopslam. There's a noticeable malt-backbone as well which supplies a chewy, grain-like aroma as well. I'm also getting some alcohol heat at the end of the bouquet.

T - After my first sip, I automatically think back to Hopslam once again. In my opinion these beers are very similar, even done to the not-so-friendly alcohol bite on the back-end. I don't know if its a certain kind of hop that both use that just doesn't sit right on my palate, but both kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Besides that, this beer is very bitter throughout, including on the very long finish. I think the malts come into play a bit more here than in the nose, as the grapefruit isn't as well-defined in the taste. At first, it's quite balanced, but as it goes on, the bitterness takes over. I'd like to know the date on this beer, as in my opinion I feel the hops are a bit faded given the lack of ... 'flavor' in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Finish is long and bitter, and afterward the palate is sufficiently coated.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This beer is pretty similar to Hopslam in my opinion, although a bit more balanced and bland. I'd like to have this on tap to guarantee freshness, as I believe this may be a bit dated.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured a nice Golden Yellow nice foamy head with some moderate lacing.

S= fantastic nose. big, aromatic aroma of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a nice malty backbone. great smelling DIPA.

T= To me it tasted a little bit boozy and didn't really pick up anything from the nose that much kind of a shame for me.

M= It had a medium body and medium carbonation.

D= I couldn't drink about one of these wouldn't really want to drink anymore than that pretty boozy for me but still pretty good.

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