Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.

86 IBU

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Reviews: 1,704 | Ratings: 6,610
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/26/15; drank 8/9/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap, mango & honey notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honey, caramel & dry citrus flavors up front; a dry, bitter finish.

Booze heat emerged as this warmed. Basically an American barleywine in my opinion; not a great example either.

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Photo of DavidD3
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Trouble has an amber appearance with a surprisingly mild aroma (slight pine scent). I was surprised at the amount of malt in this beer, but it had a really good hop bite at both the front and the back of the taste. The feel, due to the malt, was slightly creamy. A very good Imperial IPA, even with the high malt content in the body (which itself was good, just unusual for an imperial style IPA).

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Photo of TerryMills
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More piney and bitter than I like in a IPA but if thats your style you may like this .. I'm more of a juicy new England style IPA guy myself so take that into account with my rating..

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Photo of BeerStine
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5-25-18
Consumed 12-11-18

Pours a light amber with a thick white fluffy head. Almost looks like soap suds.

Smell is fairly mild. Smells of corn and barley with a hint of hops. Surprisingly not a stronger smell.

Taste is hoppy both front and rear of mouth. Good balance with some seeeter malt but leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light with lower carbonation.

Overall a great IPA.

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

Great quality IPA, however founder’s tends to make their stronger IPAs more on the malt-forward side which creates for a creamy, slightly heavier body. Heavier on the pallette but full of beautiful malt and hop flavor.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into pint glass in October 2018. Bottled-on date of 05/17/18 listed on the label, and drank less than 1 month after purchase.

Appearance: Medium gold body with 2-finger light-tan head. Beer is a clear and brilliant coloring, and not much hazing like other Imperial IPAs. Head lasts a minutes before decreasing to a thin covering, and it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus, pepper, and pine smells. A little more sweet than some other IPAs or APAs. The aroma filled the area as soon as I opened the bottle.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected from an IPA. There is strong bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus, but the hops bitterness is not overpowering. This is not as bitter as some other IPAs. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time. Not overly bitter or hoppy, and has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Strong alcohol, which matches the 9.4% posted on the label.

This is a smooth strong-bodied beer, that is easy to drink. It is a good and strong Imperial IPA, and is very well balanced. The aftertaste is really enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and slightly hazy, with slow rising bubbles. Topped with 3 fingers of yellow tinged head.

Smells of pine, citrus, pineapple, and candied ginger.

Tastes of the same, with a big alcohol backbone, and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Medium to slightly heavy, syrupy body with lots of carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Oct 9th, 2018.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a 2 finger head, very thick foam. It dissipates slowly, but a nice film is left over. Color is like a harvest orange zinfandel. The lacing clings nicely, almost like frosting.

S: Smell of pine, bright hops, pineapple, grass

T: A beautiful tug of ware between the hops and malt, with the bitter hops ultimately winning out. A light bitterness lingers for some time. There's sweetness, though I can't quite place where it's coming from, maybe pineapple or honey. There's a wheaty creaminess. This beer has my tastebuds beat.

O: I'm usually not a fan of DIPAs because they're typically just hop bombs. This one shows how it should be done. And when done well, the results are fantastic. This is simply a well crafted, complex, brew. Well done.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid DIPA that with all the haze craze still holds it own. Dank beyond belief but not off-putting at all. Simcoe is great for that, clean beer with a great complex malt backbone.

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Photo of EMH73
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a well retained one inch white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of citrus, malts, pine and alcohol. Taste is very well balanced between caramel malts and citrus hops, with grapefruit, apricot, lemon, mango,orange, grass, pine and an alcohol bite. Medium bodied and carbonation, mildly dry finish that is also slightly sweet.

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Photo of Squire
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper gold color with off white color cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich malt overlain with piney, spicy, citrus hops.

Taste is richly malty with a strong hop presence. There's nothing mild mannered about this one as it pushes it's broad shoulders through the crowd in a way that you would notice even if you weren't looking. Malt is rich and deep with an equal hop presence marching alongside. Quite a mouthful, so to speak. A fairly complex flavor that's moreso in most all ways that I could describe a beer.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

I don't see this as a food matching brew, or even one I would want in several doses. It is an interesting take on how much a brewer can cram into a beer when they put their mind to it. Some reviewers have mentioned a "booziness" that I don't notice but I take my whisky straight so what do I know. It won't knock a casual drinker over or grow hair on a bald man but this is one big boy take on beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a a medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing, looks nice. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, light stone fruit. Flavor follows with caramel malt, citrus and lightly tropical hops, orange, grapefruit, mango and light stone fruit, finishes with citrus and lightly piney hops with a little lingering lemon and orange. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A great traditional style imperial IPA with the caramel and citrus profile that I am always happy to return to after a few of the newer styles. My taste definitely runs to lingering caramel and aggressive hop bitterness with good herbal notes. Nicely done and welcome to our market (one of the last standard Founders to reach the northwest).

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a light haziness. There's a fingernail of off white on top. Moderate soapy lacing. The aroma is of pine sol and grassy hops. I'm tasting very resinous piney hops with just an edge of cedar and light malt. The mouth is sticky and chewy.

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Photo of dcotom
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Deep golden colored body, with a finger or so of off-white head that settled after a few moments. Minimal lacing. This sample was three months past the bottling date, and was quite malt forward and boozy. The hop character had faded quite a bit, Still pretty tasty, though. A little sweet, with notes of honey, caramel malt, and earthy and grassy hops. Good mouthfeel, with a mostly dry finish and a little lingering sweetness. To be fair, I'll revisit this if and when I can find it fresh(er). Caveat emptor.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders is very reliable; I’m glad they’re distributing out west now. Double Trouble is a beautifully crafted DIPA that pours a pure gold tone with a nice off-white head. The nose is rich and strong, with heavier apricot-type fruits and some noticeable alcohol fumes. The taste is robust and complex with more subtle mango and pineapple fruit and lots of seriously bitter piney hops. Mouthfeel is just right. Overall: yum (and better watch out!).

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Fairly clear yellow color with a good head and lacing. Citrus, somewhat boozey smell and taste. A nice touch of funky dankness. The citrus included some orange and grapefruit. Nice bobble IPA.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer showed up on the shelves at my local Spec's and it was time for some big IPA's. Saw this on a list of the better IPA's surfing the site in the past so I grabbed it. The pour was more of a rich, darker gold and with a creamy finger or two of head. Smell is offensively good, some of the pine resin and dankness, a little bit of the West coast IPA vibe. Really delicious beer with a dialed in, uniformity to the hop bitterness and its balance with the sweet malts in the background. Lovely beer that I'd love to see and drink again. My friend concurred.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. Dated 5/17/18.
Great label.
Look is cloudy golden orange. Smell is light citrus and hops with malt at the end. Taste is exactly as nose. Hop (not really juicy) and then nice malt ending. Medium mouth feel. Overall a nice DIPA but not sure I would spend the money again.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was not impressed with this at all. Maybe I got a bottle too late or maybe Bells Oracle destroyed my palate on this but I was not impressed. I'd rather Founders discontinue this forever and use this beer to make Doom as a yearly seasonal, very much prefer Doom over this. I got some cloying lemon grass for flavor with lots of malt and booze flavor with little hop bite. Will only consume again if given for free.

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Photo of sjrider
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark gold color with white head leaving plenty of lacing. Nose is hops,citrus and sweet malt. Taste follows with mild bitterness ,pretty mellow for the abv. Finishes a bit on the dry side. Nicely done.

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Photo of MonkeyboyATL
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is very much a malt forward DIPA with no real defining hop profile. Maybe you could mark it down as an IPA, but judging just on it's tasty merits alone, this is a delicious full mouthfeel beer that really packs a wallop without tasting boozy. I say "yes".

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Photo of Samlover55
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled on 5/17/18
slightly opaque dark honey colorm with thin white head that turns into a ring of lacing
Honey on the aroma,  burst of tangerine and subtle pine
Honey laced malt, smooth mellow flavor, followed by a smooth yet bracingly bitter piney finish
Easy drinking despite high ABV, super dry finish
Overall a nice easy drinking old school IIPA

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is light gold, head is off white with fine bubbles that presents about 1 inch thick and then lingers well with solid 1/4 inch top and great sticky lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is pine dominant then a grapefruit citrus rind finish - big, strong, bitter.

Taste continues the aroma's path - big pine, solid citrus rind and pithiness, some notable malt sweetness but base malt, lighter herbal and grassy flavors as you finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent for a 9.4% brew - light sweetness, good lingering bitterness, perfect carbonation.

Overall a super easy drinking strong DIPA with great flavor, good aroma, and an excellently balanced mouthfeel.

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Photo of Lazhal
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 5/17/18 poured into shaker pint

Smells of citrus and pine.

Extremely bitter taste and piney. Grapefruit stands out as the most dominant. I am also getting a slight sweet note that I can't pick out (probably from the malt) but enjoy.

Overall a bit too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy golden with hints of orange throughout with a medium white head that dissipates slowly, but leaves some lacing behind.
S - Malt and piney hops with notes of citrus fruits and floral notes.
T - Classic IPA flavors with piney, bitter hops, notes of citrus fruits along with earthy floral notes with a nice malt backbone to tie it all together. No signs of the 9.4% alcohol content
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth and juicy.
O - A really great DIPA - straight forward and not really deviating from the formula but man does it do them well.

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Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 6,610 ratings