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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

Added by CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

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Photo of Sir_Illo
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pratyk
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent GOlden Yellow that pours with a 3 finger thick head when poured into a Nonic. Lacy rings along the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Smells of Pineapple and citrus fruit. Maybe a hint of Mangoes (or maybe apricots).

Taste: Grapefruit with a hint of pineapple. A little bitter taste that stays through.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with medium body. Flavorful and very easy to drink.

Overall: A good, refreshing DIPA that is suited for the summer. Maybe a little too easy to drink considering it has 9.4% ABV. Recommended

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with one finger of white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine resin, and citrus. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, apricot, and caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky and lightly syrupy. Awesome beer.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/27/09 etched on neck of bottle.

Golden straw color pour with some hop chunkies floating around. Slight chill haze. Two solid fingers of fluffy near white head. Very creamy looking head.
I am getting mainly pine sap hop aromas out of this thing. Sweet aroma, piney & pungent grapefruit.

Huge first sip of piney, honey hop flavor. Big and bold...so far so good. Quite citric tangy and bitter with a noticeable current of 9.4%. Dry with that lingering huge hop bitterness and piney action going down the throat.

Damn good offering from Founders. Now, I need to have this on draft.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at a Founders tap takeover at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a small bulbous tulip-style glass.

Appearance - Body is a bright and clear golden color with stark white head that is maybe a finger worth. Eventually settles to a rim of lacing around the edge and speckled lace on top of the body.

Smell - Wonderfully piney with undertones of fruit--grapefruit and other stark citrus notes. Very little else going on to my nose, but it doesn't matter because the aroma is so intoxicating.

Taste - Fresh and pungent with pine resin and more grapefruit goodness as well as some pineapple and a bit more sweetness peeking through as it warms. Alcoholic heat is detectible but well hidden. Notes of bitterness balance the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering and faint bitterness.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I feel doesn't get as much love as everyone's favorites, but it 's well worth a mention. I would gladly drink this again and again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter

Pours dark gold with orange hues, bright white one and a half finger head, great retention, considerable lacing. Strong aroma of citrus, flora, and piney hops. Initially dry grapefruit dominates shifts to a touch of marginally sweet malt finishes dry with piney hop bitterness. Slick and satisfying, medium to heavy body thanks to a more than adequate malt backbone. Double Trouble has all the attributes of what I look for in an IIPA, noticeable bitterness, floral and citrus notes, controlled tones of sweetness, plenty of body and a pleasant dry finish. Belongs in the top tier of the style.

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Photo of jar2574
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish color with a slightly cloudy consistency and a nice fluffy, creamy head. Smells amazing. Zesty grapefruit hops. Mouthfeel is excellent, nice blend of creamy texture and hop zest and bite on the tongue. Taste is dominated by the citrus hops and a hoppy dry finish. Good lacing on the way down. A very pleasant experience, and the alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is apricot-gold, with a light frothy head that fades quickly, and good lacing.

Nose is a bunch of hops, apricot, fresh oak bark, and citrus.

Taste begins almost savory, with a salty exterior; buttery. There are plenty of IBU's to go around, as the bitterness comes in and stays. The hops are fresh-tasting. There is a strong pine flavor, with some bitter almonds (uh oh...).

Mouthfeel is smooth, without a ton of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice, subtly complex Double.

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Photo of LukeLorence
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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A- Dark gold body with a foamy one-finger off-white head.

S- Huge grapefruit aroma with some tangerine and piney hints. The sweetness from the malt jumps there too. Smells great.

T- There is a grapefruit and pine punch that is complimented by a doughy malt backbone. Solid bitterness on the back end that hangs in the back of your throat. I get a little bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol too.

M- It has a heavy body to it. The feel is oily and kind of resinous, but its not one of the dreaded syrup bombs. This is a big beer and it has the body to back it up.

O- This is a very good DIPA. Maybe it would get an even higher score from me had I not drank some Bell's Hopslam the past two days. Definitely glad I found this one though and not sorry one bit at all that I drank yet another killer beer from Founders.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at yogi's a crisp, clear, translucent sunlight gold to a 12oz kentucky bourbon barrel ale goblet with a 1/2 finger snow white head leaving spotty lace to the rim.

aroma of floral hops and honey.

great big floral hops up front, super bitter bite that's muted only by the chili I've got in front of me. pine resin, honey sweet after.

light bodied, big carbonation, bitter hop slap.

drinkable - only if you're sitting in the backyard and you don't hav to go pick up your kid from soccer practice.

overall - great example of style. big beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/07/11

Pius a light golden colour, with a fingerwidth of bubbly white head that begins to dissipate quickly.

Lots of grapefruit in the nose, quite sour. Clearly a hop filled beer, but more on the citrus side than pine, of which I smell little to none.

Lots of hops in the taste, quite bitter. The juicy citrus flavour is present, particularly at the end. A bit of pine (more than the nose, but not like some DIPAs). Alcohol is well hidden, especially given the strength of the beer.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate to low carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, definitely a good beer. Very nice flavour, but not terribly complex. If you like hops, you will like this beer. If not, you will not.

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Photo of herman77
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow with a tiny bit of orange hue to it. Small off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt, pine, citrus hops and some tropical fruits. A good nose, but I was expecting more pronounced aromas.

T: Starts out with some sweet floral and pine hops. A big dose of slightly sweet malt to provide a really nice balance and backbone. Some tropical fruits come through. Gets more bitter and dry in the finish, sweet, resinous hops and unbelievably bitter in the finish. One of the more mouth puckering DIPAs I've had.

M: Medium to lighter body. Moderate to lower carbonation. Feels slick and smooth.

D: Decent drinkability for a DIPA. Its so goddamn bitter at the end that its hard to drink more than one in a sitting, but it is tasty.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this 4pk when I went to a beer tasting. I was quite excited when I found a new beer from Founders that I hadn't had as they are my favorite brewery.

Pours a clear golden with slight carbonation.

Smells of citrus, lemons, and grass.

Taste is a bit bitter on the back palette. Floral/grassy/citrus flavor sticks around nicely.

Good Mouthfeel.

I'm not a huge hophead, but I could still go for a few of these a night. Another quality job by Founders.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Pours a nice golden color, with a nice white head, crystal clear.

S- Some citrus notes, flowery, the fresh hops are powerful.

T- Citrusy, nice and clean, the hops don't overwhelm the malt however.

M- Smooth, fresh, coats the tongue nicely.

D- Very drinkable, nice a light for such a big beer.

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Photo of TylerKitchens
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to DoctorDog for this one in a trade! Excellent extra!

12oz Single

A: Pale orange color, quite light for the style, hazy unfiltered with a stark white head, only about half an inch or so on this one, quickly reduced to a film, excellent lacing though. Gobs and gobs of it.

S: Fresh pine boughs, caramel malt, booze, a hint at grapefruit, the hops are really more towards the piney side in this one though, pale malts are somewhat strong, all in all a nice mixture of both worlds.

T: Piney bitterness, but tons of caramel malt sweetness in this one, bitterness lays way back on the tongue, almost after the beer is completely out of my mouth. Lots of citrus, even some pears, a faint hint of honey as well. Lots of flavors going on here. Quite complex. There way in the back is a hint of booze as well. Really nice. Not as bitter as I had thought. Really reminds me of a super hoppy barleywine, think fresh bigfoot? That's what really comes to mind.

M: Medium thick, with a light bite of carbonation, alcohol heat in the gullet. Lots of lingering bitterness long after the sip is gone. Fairly dry too. Great in the mouth.

D: I wouldn't turn down a second bottle. Really a nice beer. I can see where some people have seen the line blurred between barleywine and DIPA, and this beer is definitely a DIPA, but leans a little towards the barleywine side in flavor. Not that its a bad thing. Really a balanced beer, quite complex, and extremely tasty. I hope to find this beer again!

Thanks Ben!

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Photo of BeRanger
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a burnt orange, one finger of off-white head. Plenty of lacing throughout.

S: Nice citrus flavors such as grapefruit and orange. Some of the alcohol comes through on the smell.

T: Nice grapefruit flavor, it's a very smooth finish, not too bitter on the backend.

M: Light body, good carbonation.

O: A very good DIPA from Founders. Hard to compete with Hopslam coming out at the same time but it definitely has drinkability. The booze smell is a little bigger but the finish is clean.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near white head, 1 inch goes to disk fast. Lots of cling lace. Murky golden color.

S - Brine, malt and a touch of bitter.

T - Beautiful mix of deep sweet malt, booze and killer hops. Yum.

M - Medium to full body, lots of carb, big feel in the mouth, finishes surprisingly clean.

D - I could see myself drinking this one till it hurt.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/07/10.

A - Yellow-gold that had nice clarity for a few seconds until I finished the pour and a big cloud of yeast plummeted into the glass. Nice white head that's already sticking to the glass. Pretty ample carbonation. Coming back to it, while it's a bit cloudy, I don't think that's something to hold against the style. Everything about it looks nice, and it's leaving a ton of great lacing.

S - This is what a DIPA should smell like. Multi-dimensional hoppy goodness. Grapefruit jumps out of the glass, followed by pine sap and a noticeable dankness that I wish I could find in more IPAs. I think the only thing keeping it from a five is that I've found just as good of a nose out of a regular IPA(Founders Harvest, anyone?).

T - While I couldn't really detect any malt in the nose, it's definitely evident in the taste. However, it's straight pale malt, so it's more providing a sweetness to back up the hops. As great as the nose is, and it's great, the taste isn't quite up to the same level. It's still delicious, but it's not on the level of say, Hopslam, which I've been drinking lately. Pine and some pithy grapefruit dominate, but not quite with the veracity that the nose promised. Alcohol warmth is present in the finish, but aside from that it's covered up really well.

MF - Surprisingly light, but not too light for me to mind. The carbonation is dead on and it's slicky and oily, leading to a finish that's is more than sticky enough to let you know it was there.

D - The alcohol being hidden so well is a big plus, and so is the light body. I'd gladly have another, but considering how harsh it is on the taste buds, I'm not sure that's necessarily. If the taste kept up with the nose it would be even more drinkable based on the amount of goodness it provides. As it stands, it's still really good, and I'd love to have some more while it's still this fresh.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mn6
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a pint glass.

A-opaque golden orange color. Small head, 1/2 finger that quickly disappears. Slight lacing. throughout

S- Hops, faint fruitiness,heavy caramel malt

T-Smooth malt, followed by bitte hop and carbonation tingle, finishes warm. Very nice.

M- Not heavy. Smooth and creamy.

D- If not for the ABV i could session this beer. One - two tops. Good, not great IIPA for the price $9.99/4 pack.

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Photo of dtm426
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 6,436 ratings
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