Founders Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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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 pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber, 2” finely bubbled white foam collar,
S: Citrus and resin.
T: A mouthful of frothy cream with light fruits sweetened by malt condenses into an assertive grapefruit rind bitter elixir.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation
O: Big alcohol and malt balance assertive hops for an outstanding imperial IPA.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Night cap. Poured into a tulip. Everything I remembered from the first time I had this one. Great double IPA, as to be expected from Founders. Three more waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with thin, clingy white top. Grapefruit nose with fresh bread too . Citrus hops in flavor, perfectly balanced with malt in the end. Smoothest finish is remarkable. No trace of alcohol in such a big brew. Wish it was slightly more aromatic.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden, semi transparent pour with a large soapy white head that has great retention. A little lacing works its way back into the beer.

Smells like ripe citrus, some caramel malts, and pine.

Fairly unique flavor. Some sort of melon is dominating. Also pine, orange. Just when it starts to assert its bitterness, the semi sweet malts come in and calm it down. It is a bit boozy on the back end. Flavors are all balanced nicely.

Quite an astringent feel. Very drying. Some slickness from resin.

There are several 9-10% ipas that incorporate the alcohol much better, but overall it is a very good beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oasis. Served in a pint glass.

A- Light yellow-orange body, nice one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Looks clean and refreshing.

S- Nice citrus, grapefruit aromas with a bit of grainy pale malt sweetness. It otherwise smells like grapefruit. Very nice smelling beer.

F- Juicy grapefruit, citrus peel, a nice caramel malt backbone that balances out the grapefruit. For the most part, this is a very tasty grapefruit-forward IPA.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Bitter zest but not too bitter. Reasonably drinkable.

O- This is a very tasty IPA on tap. Plenty of grapefruit to satisfy the die-hard west coast IPA fans.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/16/15 (Bottle) - Strong blonde pour with minimal head. Aroma was distinctly orange and lemon, two favorite flavors. Beer somewhat bitter, tastes strong going down and I enjoyed the taste. Texture is lighter and smooth, carbonation minimal. Overall, it's a very good beer and I look forward to future bottles and other Founders offerings.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-A lavish amber, blonde appearance

S-A rush of hop aroma delivers grapefruit, orange, lemon character

T-One of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. The fine malt character becomes evident first, caramel notes and a sweetness. A wonderfully brilliant citrus taste lights up the taste buds. For an 86 IBU beer, it maintains a wonderful taste profile that's eminently citrusy and somewhat piney but it's not over the top bitter.

M-Mildly carbonated and with a feel that's not too bright or hot.

O-The magnificent intensity of the hops delivers such an excellent tasting beer. However, while the hop intensity is something you'd expect from an Imperial IPA, it does not lose its balance.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, deep amber/orangeish color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very nice aromas of toasted malt, which imparted notes of French baguettes, English muffins and whole wheat crackers, followed by lots of orange-like citrus, honey and caramel, and lots of floral, aromas of honeysuckle, clover, wildflowers and piney, grassy, hops.

Taste: Delicious, actually! There’s a ton of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, finished by lots of piney, slightly bitter hops. Being a bottle that has a year’s aging on it, I can only assume that the hops has mellowed some, especially, since this is a double IPA, with IBUs of 86, and I actually find it to be really well balanced, with the hoppy bitterness really well muted.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and slighty carbonated. With an ABV of 9.4%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol there is on the palate, like none! The alcohol is really well masked, which can make this beer very dangerous as you want to drink more than one or two in a sitting…you could easily end up falling on your ass!

Overall: Wow! Being a double IPA, and being that I overall really don’t like IPAs much less double IPAs, this is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be! I’m amazed at how much I like it actually! It has to be because this bottle has a year’s age on it, which must have really toned down the hops. It actually tastes much more like an American barleywine rather than a double IPA. It’s fucking delicious!

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Photo of uawildcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is nice light colored DIPA. Poured it a little too cold. The head was smallish (perhaps due to temperature) and went away quickly. I kind of hate the look section of reviewing. As long as its not flat, has weird chunks it shouldn't, or an odd color, it doesn't impact my rating much. 4.5 for the short-lasting head.

Smell: I poured it too cold so I had to wait before I could give it a proper review. Even warmed up over 10 minutes it still doesn't have strong hop smell I would expect. Pine hops with a lot of light malty sweetness. And I mean a lot of malty sweetness.

Taste: Tastes like a solid DIPA. Mostly piney hops with a touch citrus/floral hops. That sweetness is a nice compliment. Personally I much prefer the in your face hops flavor like with Myrcennary or Hop Stoopid when I have a big, boozy beer like this.

Feel: A little hot, but deceiving for 9.4% ABV. Goes down smooth. Thought it might be sticky, but it wasn't.

Overall: For somebody who likes IPAs, but not insane IPAs, this would be a good intro to the double IPA. It is accessible. It is a solid IPA that I would recommend any hop-head, like myself, to try.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this immediately after Founders Centennial IPA and it really is in a lot ways very similar, but in other ways very different. Instead of centennials bright reddish amber, double trouble is a more subtle hazy orangeish straw color with a subdued head. Smell is mild but good, sweet pineapple, mild hoppy punch, bready malts, hint of vanilla. Taste is much smoother and maltier than I was expecting very creamy. Ruby red grapefruit. Fresh bright hops finish it off. Feel is slick and creamy, I bet this would be amazing on nitro. Mild carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Very malty, delicious hops.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£3.79):
This one was a very strong and incredibly bitter double IPA, one that I was expecting to be as such but I still ended up surprised by the strength of it, it was absolutely loaded with hops. A very in your face beer and one that had to be sipped away at slowly rather than quaffed, perhaps the only thing that prevented me from rating it that little bit higher.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - The appearance is not too pleasing which is a shame because this is an awesome beer. Pours a finger of off white head with a yellow gold colored beer. Just to LOOK at it you'd think it was a regular domestic brew.
S - Sweet oranges, grapefruit, lots of hops, an earthy herbal note, apples and a slight caramel in the back.
T - Sweet orange and grapefruit flesh followed by extremely crisp and bitter hops. The bitterness lingers for quite some time. Definitely more a bitter IPA than a sweet one to be sure.
O - A damned fine IPA, makes it onto my top the IPAs list definitely. Not for those new to IPAs though.
V - Four pack of bottles, medium/high value.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy honey color, with hardly any head. Aroma is restrained hops. Taste is malty, boozy and balanced by hops. Mouthfeel feel oily for an ipa, but not bad. Overall and balanced dipa with a kick of booze.

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Photo of GFM
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (great artwork on the label) poured into a snifter (unfortunately, not fresh--a few months past its prime); golden to tan in color; very little head and not much lacing; citric aroma but not strong; fairly smooth--not much carbonation; a citric, bitter hoppiness flavor but malt backbone comes through a bit in the end. Overall: A really enjoyable DIPA, which I regret not trying when it was fresher. Hop profile not as complex, interesting or unique as many other DIPAs but solid overall beer that beats many in its category. (9.0)

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Photo of Tbub18
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A--Nice golden color the way I would expect it to be
S--Lemons, oranges--Hops are forward, but for me the toffee smell comes through first. Not sure how I feel about that
T--For a 9% the booze is not overwhelming as it warms you up as you go. Nice bitter hops as expected followed by sweet malt, then finishing bitter hops
M--Good carbonation, medium for the body
O--Very nice IIPA for sure. Loved the hops citrusy smells with crushed pine needles. I prefer my IPAs to have a little dank/resin scent so I was missing that here, but overall this is a great IIPA that I would definitely have again. Definitely could see this one sneaking up on you after a few

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Nonic pint glass
A- Pours a golden, honey color with a 1 finger white head. A bit of lacing down the glass
S- Some citrus, some piney hops, honey and toffee.
T- A little bit of malty sweetness with some citrusy (grapefruit) and piney tastes coming through. A good bitterness from the hops.
M- Light medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A good bitter bite on the back end of the sip.
O- I like this DIPA. A lot. Is it in my top 5, NO. But still a solid beer.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little hazy, yellow beer with a white, two finger high head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Flowers, honey, caramel, fruit, citrus and toffee.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, hops, sweetness and peach. Earthy bitterness.
Medium body with small carbonation. Warmth from the alcohol and dry finish.

Great beer!

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Photo of VoteforPaul
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

This beer is so f'ing good man. Great bitter, light flavor. Good aftertaste, strong because it's a double. I love this brew and buy it whenever I see it. (Which is rare)

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Photo of kudsak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy taste and aroma, though not overly citrusy. Medium malt taste and body. Finishes somewhat bitter. Better IMO than Surly abrasive, still liked dreadnaught more.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poure from a 12 oz. bottle
A - looks like a pilsner but for the slight haze, retains and extremely sparse head
S - a good blend with light citrus hints, but I get that from most IPAs
T - pretty good for a DIPA (see my disclaimer below); the aftertase is lasting and is bitter,but wihtout an unpleasant bite
F - pretty smooth
O - As far as IPAs/DIPAs go, this one is fairly good, and it went well with lunch and my grilled reuben.

Disclaimer: I am generally not an IPA fan and don't typically order them when out; that said, I keep trying them out of curiosity and try to avoid my preferences when evaluating

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A: pours bronze like orange with minimal white foam which resolved to a steady trace along the edge of the glaze
S: A hoppy bouquet of citrus (lemon>orange), zest, pineapple and a medley of tropical fruits, hint of malt
T: A lot of citrus up front, grapefruit, lemon zest, hint of pine before malt softens the bitterness with only a mild aftertaste of grapefruit
Mouth: Carbonation lightens the body so its not too syrupy, good palate cleansing acidity and pushes the floral/fruit notes forward. Alcohol notes barely noticed beneath the complexity of the flavors
Overall: My tastes tend to favor maltier, darker beers – but I have to admit this is one of the finest American Style Double/Imperial IPA. Great beer at a reasonable price point.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bottle Caps in Watertown NY for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also some apricots, hops and a grassy herbal flavour.

Overall - Lots of hop bitterness and the booze is really well hidden. Tastes a lot like a hopped up version of their Centennial IPA. An above average DIPA.

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Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I poured this into a Belgian ale glass because I can really appreciate the aroma.

A - a mildly cloudy, copper color with medium head (about a half inch thick).

S - big grapefruit aroma with a clove/pine earthiness.

T - The "double" factor is definitely evident in this one (i.e. don't chug). The warmth of alcohol is mellowed by sweetness and quickly followed by bitter pine. Minimal aftertaste.

M - medium body.

Overall - This is a great example of the style. I haven't found anyone who doesn't appreciate this Double. Thanks Founders!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a clear orange amber color with a very nice head and light spotted lacing.

Smell – Smell is great! One of the better IPA nose I’ve experienced thus far. A sweet citrus – lemon/grapefruit hops smell with no bitterness. Some malt is there too. Very good!

Taste – Malt, grapefruit, a touch of pine, with a hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, dry, medium carbonation. The 9.4%abv is well hidden. Leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Not overly hoppy. Smells great, tastes real good. My only small complaint is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of texecutive
4/5  rDev -4.5%

What we have here is a delicious, boozy Double IPA in a bottle that will give me nightmares for the next week. I fell asleep after a four pack with my iPod on shuffle. . .I emailed my music video treatment to Rammstein the next day. Seriously Founders, how about some bottle art that doesn't inspire night terrors?

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