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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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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6,426
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4.19
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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruisin' Ales. Pours golden with abundant off-white head. Citrus aroma, and delicous citrus grapefruit taste. It is a fantactic drinker and goes too quick. Above average mouthfeel.Incredible DIPA. Juicy wth pink and white grapefruit, and apricot. Good malty offset.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with good retention on a cloudy pale golden with very slight crimson hue body.

S: pine, grapefruit, pale malts and floral notes. overall a touch musty.

T: piney notes dominate the citrus ones which are still represented. Nice malt backbone and content.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Thick on the palate

Overall: A very good beer but in a genre with so many good beers, this one doesn’t stand out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and some malt aromas. Taste is of sweet malt up front, followed by citrus zest and pine hops, and some pineapple/tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice hop and fruit flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great big ipa, just how we like em. pours a dead sexy radiant honey color with a puffy white head, lasting, and maybe two inches tall. its got just the slightest haze to it, with mellow rising bubbles backlit by a setting Adirondack sun. ahhh. the nose is real hoppy, oily and dank, definitely in the west coast mold. some citrus notes, but also some more traditional bittering stuff, and some high alpha varietals too. medium pale and crystal malt middle, enough body and back bone, but gentle enough to lets the hops do the talking, or should I say screaming. this is an aggressive brew, bold and bitter, crisply refreshing for its size, but still sticky in the mouth, sappy, huge. alcohol is obvious but not unpleasant, just a reminder of the power of this beer, and that I probably shouldn't have more than a pint. great carbonation, this drinks pretty easy for what it is. founders has gotten the hops dialed lately, and this beer is a real testament to that, just a real well done example of the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden yellow with some orange colors in there. The head was thick and white. The lacing looked really nice too after each sip. The smell of this beer is floral and citrusy, the nose is very fresh smelling and has a very inviting aroma to it. The taste of this beer is really nice also. I was really impressed with the flavors in the brew. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still pretty decent. Overall It's a really nice DIPA and worth getting if you see it.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear golden with little in the way of a head.
S: The smell consists of floral aromas of hops with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very hoppy but there's a good balance between the hops and malt. There's some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels smooth and medium-bodied on the palate with some thickness and alcohol warming.
D: This is a good beer to sip; it's hoppy but also packs its punch by way of alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How can you go wrong with 9.4%, 86 IBU's, and a lable that kinda screws with you after a few? I've heard a bit of hype about the beer, let's see if it lives up.

The pour brings an unexpected strong straw color with hint of golden highlights shining through. A dainty but withstanding foamstand leaves a lot of lacing on the snifter. Light haze, likely from dry-hopping. A prototypical look except for the Pilsner dominant color.

An immense aroma of grapefruit rises from the glass and demands attention throughout. The firm pilsner malts provide a mere pedistal for the far stronger hop flavors. Light decoration of pineapple, lemon-grass, and fresh cut grass round out the aromas. Light nail-polish character comes from the alcohols as the beer warms.

Flavors closely mimic the character found in the nose. Emphasis is still on the agressive American 'C' hops while the softer pilsner malts give a light sugar-cookie or confectionate sweetness that, in no way interferres with the hoppy ambitions. Light on fruity esters, but moderate on the phenolics. Again, the ethanol taste rises late--the only distraction.

The beer starts of heavy, rich, and full, but finishes with a crisp, dry, IPA attitude. Not overyly syrupy, sweet, or mouth-coating. Warming and a bit numbing throughout. Bittered by the 86 IBU's and gives much more of a punch than the pilsner malts demand. Still, the alcohols are thin, bitey, and convolute the clean hop character just a bit.

Overall, I appreciate the pilsner malt base. It give just enough of a foundation to support the hops, but don't challenge them as more highly kilned malts would. Though out of style, these malts showcase the hops well. Light on complexity, variety, and depth, many may consider this a bit to simplistic.

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

12oz bottle, from a trade with Michigan-proximate Roke87...

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow colour, with a half finger of thin soapy off-white head, which produces some random streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, mildly sour bready malt, and a bit of soft menthol-like alcohol. The taste is strong, bitter pine hops, a bit of tangy mustiness, caramel cream, and a slight rising booze warmth. The carbonation is apparent, but quite soft, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but smooth overall. It finishes off-dry - cubed, the malt stepping up against the latent bitter pine hop strength.

A pretty decent DIPA, the hops definitely represented, in a non-left-coast manner, and balanced well enough. 86 IBUs? Sure. 9.4% ABV? Could have fooled me - oh, wait, it did.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a clear golden color topped by three fingers of foam; impressive stickage that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple, topped by a teaspoonful of sugar; alcohol clearly present

Taste: The sugary malts jump out, with the grapefruit and pineapple not far behind; rather cloying, after the swallow, in a way that is more reminiscent of a Stone beer than a Hopslam; the finish is lengthy and resinous

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Drinking this side by side with a Hopslam, I find these beers so different that I am surprised that so many have chosen to make the comparison in their reviews; while the citrusy aspect is similar, this beer is more bitter, resinous and cloying

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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-

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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.

C+

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow orange, drippy arcs of broken lace at the edge, a finger of head appears with a swirl. Pungent and funky hop nose, slightly earthy, catty, resinous, with notes of grapefruit and juicy citrus. An aroma you can't get enough of...

Lush citrus in the front, strong hop character, with a drying piney bitterness lingering on the back end. Seems to last forever, as if chewing on a fresh grapefruit rind. Fairly full bodied, verging on syrupy, but it dries out quickly in the end. Very tasty, a strong midwest contender in the DIPA arms race.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dyan. Thanks!

Burnished gold in the glass with a moderate haze. The first pour leaves me with a small frothy white cap, which in time recedes to a thick collar. It's a hearty looking ale.

Grapefruit is strong on the nose; flesh, peel and zest. There's a touch of orange to it as well, hints of pine, whispers of candy sweetness.

Flavors of grapefruit and pine fill the mouth upon first sip, and they're chased by a light malty sweetness, a touch of solventy alcohol and ultimately a sharp resiny bitterness. It's not an entirely dry beer, even in the finish, though it's not sweet either. Medium in body, it has a pleasant lightness to it for the hefty alcohol content. This is very good, not quite in the upper-eschelon of DIPAs, but highly enjoyable all the same.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a medium size pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is dominated by the bitter hops with some citrus notes and some subtle floral notes also noticeable. Malt is also present and brings some refreshing sweetness to offset the hops presence. Body is full with good carbonation and no appearance of alcohol. Very well done and easily drinkable with great refreshing factor.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden light amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy, thick, off white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves just a thin layer.

Smell: A fruity hop bitterness hits the nose right away. At the end I'm picking up some sweetness from the malt as well, but the hops dominate.

Taste: The taste isn't as sweet or fruity as the smell. Quite bitter from the hops, the citrus peel bitterness coats the tongue. There is some sweetness with some fruity and floral notes as well. I am picking up a bit of alcohol in the finish, but it doesn't seem out of place.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. The beer sticks to your tongue and the finish is very mildly dry and perhaps a bit slick. A good amount of carbonation, bubbles are fairly delicate.

Overall: This is a very good Double IPA. The smell is slightly better than the taste. The bitterness wears your tongue out, and it's hard to tell what else is going on. I know it's a double IPA, so it should be really bitter, but I'm just nitpicking.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with orange highlights. It had a bubbly, white, one-finger head of foam that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of fresh pine and sweet citrus. There was a mild roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of pine, bubblegum and citrus. There was a sharp burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and a little fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding DIPA. It was really easy-drinking and I almost didn't notice the potency of this brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright apricot color and is somewhat cloudy. Good head and lacing.

S: Very nice. Lots of tropical, citrusy fruits. The hops just pop out. Beautiful.

T: Does not have the strong malt backbone of the Centennial IPA, but so long as you have this fresh, there's no need for it to. A blast of complex citrus hops blows the palate.

M: Good amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

D: Very, very solid all around. Not quite as good as HopSlam, but this one has got most DIPA's solidly beaten.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edited my review with a fresher bottle.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger creamy slight off white head. A lot of carbonation bubbles from the etching allows for a good amount of retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a slight hazy golden hued orange. A nice look to this beer.

Aroma: Pineapple off the top. Biscuits, sweet floral hops, a lot of really nice citrus flavors. Slight alcohol shows, but not bad for 9.4%abv.

Taste: A lot of floral hops with a slight amount of bready malts.. A lot more citrus here as compared to the aroma. Some pineapple flavors. A very slight amount of alcohol. Not to bad for this beast.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a tad creamy. Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Leaves a mouth full of hops, not that sticky though.

Overall, this is a pretty decant DIPA. I really can't taste the booze. My bottle is going fast and I could easily drink another. I am glad I now have access to this.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 12/23/11. Pours slightly hazy bright amber color with a huge 3 finger off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts for the remainder of the glass. Some decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, floral, grass, pineapple, lemon, pine, and some herbal spiciness. Damn nice and fruity aromas here with good strength. Taste of strong grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, pine, and floral notes; with a bit of spice as well. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and spiciness on the finish for a while. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that drinks very smoothly for being over 9%. No alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish. Overall this is definitely a fantastic DIPA. Tons of fruity flavor, with great balance, and smooth drinking for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper colored body with good clarity. One finger of foam on top that settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Nice, citrus and pine hop aromas; very resiny. Some sweet malt and light caramel underneath, but hops dominate.

T - Strong, spicy hops up front with a distinct pine character. A lot of malt sweetness is trying to balance out the hop flavors, but fails as a strong, harsh and soapy bitterness comes out in the finish. Somewhat acrid aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish with lingering astringency from the hops.

D - This beer begins with a lot of potential, great hop aroma and initial hop flavor, but the harsh bitterness ruins it for me. It has very nice hop aroma that is almost on the level of Hopslam, but the acrid bitterness reminds me of Ruination. There is a lot of malt in there trying to balance the beer, but the heavy handed bitterness all but obliterates any sweetness. If you like extreme, harshly bitter beers, this might be nice, but I prefer hop character and for me the excessive bitterness makes this an unbalanced beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have wanted to try this offering from the home state for quite awhile.Poured into a standard pint glass a foggy/hazy light to medium golden with a tight formed 1/2 white head that settled slowly leaving shotty lace.Deep pine resin in the nose along with leather and alcohol dipped dark fruit,strong flavors on the palate,the alcohol does not hide by any means.Resiny pine and citrus rind really hit up front,big alcohol sweetness comes thru along with some overripe pineapple,it can sting ya after after one or two.A bigtime American hop monster,it will kick ya in the teeth,just the way I like it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from sbricker, which is available here, but the come to find I've never reviewed it. Bottled on 12/29, so only a few weeks old.

Pours a huge 2+ finger fluffy head that fades pretty slowly with a bit of lacing, reinforced by lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the SA perfect pint glass, with a very clear golden wheat colored beer.

Nose explodes with fresh hops, lots of fresh musty hop resins, some citrus and tropical fruit hops, a bit of pine, some light fruits, slightest bit of sweet malts under it all.

Taste starts pretty bitter, again hammering with fresh hop resins and musty wet hop tastes but not super oily or sticky (lack of oils probably helps the long thick head), some pine, bit of citrus, slight hop fruits, slight earthy taste as well. A light sweet malty backbone that is overpowered by the fresh hops, but gives it something to launch from. A slight pear taste. The musty hop taste dominates all, and long into the finish, which dries a bit and adds to the heavy bitterness. Still no real booze taste. Well... I finally got some light warming booze very late on the finish as it warms and the hops saturate on my palate.

Mouth is medium bodied, frothy and lots of carbonation, a little over carbonated in fact.

Drink is decent, quite a bit of bitterness, especially on the finish, dries a bit on the finish, but drinks much easier than 9.4%. A slight malt backbone helps balance the heavy hops as well.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass. Great label!

A- Double Trouble pours a hazy golden amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, and leaves some good lacing on the sides. Rather light colored for style. Significant amount of sediment in bottle was added, for better or worse, about 3 sips in.

S- nice aroma featuring piney and floral hops with an underlying sweet caramel scent. Slightly earthy. High ABV apparent.

T- Good grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying caramel malt backbone. Rather earthy mid-palate onwards.

M- smooth; medium body; low/moderate carbonation.

O - Double Trouble is a respectable DIPA worth trying. I'd probably like this better with a lower ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founder's Double Trouble pours a hazy golden body with gleeming yellow highlights at the base of the glass. Chunks of yeast are clearly present, indicating that it's unfiltered (or at least only partially filtered) and possibly bottle conditioned. The fine-bubbled, gently zesty and then silky-creamy mouthfeel does seem to indicate that. Anyway, the frothy white head rises high above the body and then very slowly receeds into a finger thick, creamy cap. Beyond that, after a few sips, it still holds a solid head, and leaves walls of solid lacing about the glass.

The nose is grapefruit-like, and pretty much only that. It's chalky-rind city, backed by some gently-sweet and gently tart juice. Only a very modest amount of malt gets through.

The flavor pretty much follows suit except that it's kind of reversed - it's much more juicy sweet and tart grapefruit juice upfront - with less chalky rind, and a good dollop of straightforward golden maltiness clearly comes through. As you progress it becomes more pineapple like! It's one helluva mouthfull of flavor! It finishes with a spritz of citric acidity, followed by some grapefruit flavor and more maltiness as it dries, and then the wide, bold, raspy bitterness rises up steadily, leaving everything else left behind in its wake. Interestingly enough, it doesn't remain bitter. I guess the juiciness cuts through to refresh the palate (and probably the alcohol to a certain extent), and I find it really well-balanced given that it's a massive citrus-hop bomb. What is this, by the way? Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade? I dunno. I don't care. Some alcohol does show though, and it becomes more apparent as it warms. Overall, however, I don't think it really stands out too much, or is inappropriate in any way given the style.

As far as drinkability goes, it's hampered by two things and a kind of a third: #1, it's a pretty massive beer that will knock down your palate, and then you, with its 9.4% abv! Two's probably the limit for this baby. #2, it's an amazingly flavorful grapefruit and pineapple flavored beer that, unfortunately becomes less interesting after the first glass. Which leads us to #3, there's just not enough complexity here - although I will also say that I don't really think there needs to be, or even CAN be. It is what it is, and it's great as it is, and it doesn't have to be really drinkable in terms of volume. I REALLY enjoyed just one, and that's part of drinkability. I won't have another, but I will certainly look forward to my next one.

For hop fans, you've got to go get this one!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with 2 1/2 fingers of brite-white head. Retains with nearly a 1/2 finger of smooth and creamy looking retention that has a fantastic flareup when swirled, leaving back some great looking spotty lacing that sticks like glue. The aroma is just LUSH smelling with tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. There are also surrounding notes of floral, herbal, and spicy hops, as well as some additional sweet tones of bread and caramel in the nose.

The taste is a spicy and tingling hop bitterness up front that is nicely balanced by fresh feeling citrus and bready caramel malt sweetness. Finshes very dry, bitter, and warming on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and creamy carbonation in the mouth and a nice feeling underlying slickness that helps this glide across the palette. Unfortunately, I'm also picking up a little too much of the nearly 10% ABV in this. It lessens somewhat as it warms but this combines with the present bitterness to give off a bit of a sting at times, which unfortunately hurt the drinkibility some for me.

It's good to see Founders releasing a DIPA in bottles and this one brings the thunder, with a big time fresh tasting mix of hops and citrus. A touch too hot maybe but I still really enjoyed this. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out a strong burst of fruity citrus sweetness and another strong burst of hops bitterness that complement each other well. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and it allows the hoppy and sweet flavors to be more intense. Likewise the after-taste is sweet and hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, even though I've had better 2IPA's this is still a really good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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