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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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Reviews: 1,655 | Ratings: 6,407
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: Had a strong citrusy, hoppy aroma to it.

T: Tasted strongly of hops, citrus and sweet sugary element. Sharp and tangy on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, solidly made double. Another good entry from Founders.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear, pale orange with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a thin lacing around the glass. For a big Double IPA, the color is very light and reminds me more of an Imperial Pilsner.

S - The smell is heavenly for a big IPA. Huge pine, juicy pineapple, grapefruit & citrus tang, with a light bisquit malt in the background. Has a little bit of a dank, pungent aroma.

T - Bitter pine hits the tongue up front with a vengeance and the sweet bisquity malt lies underneath throughout. About midway through the citric fruit blends in and takes over until the proverbial "bitter end". Lingering orange/pepper citrus bitterness after the sip and a slight metallic feel in the mouth is what you're left with.

M - Mild pricklies on the tongue, finishes semi dry, medium bodied, and best of all, it's fairly crisp. Very nice mouthfeel and finish.

D - I could drink several of this one.

For some reason, DT reminds me of a Smuttynose Big A meets PtE. Just a small character of both beers and yet not a clone. Also, there's really not much balance in this beer so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the D-IPA for you. I'm O.K. with that, the more bitter the better and Double Trouble delivers the goods. Well done, Founders.

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Photo of bark
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The colour is copper, the liquid is almost clear. The two finger head is warm white and airy; it leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, fresh and clean. Lots of citric hops, bitter herbs, hint of black pepper, sweet exotic fruits and a gentle touch of rubber.

The taste is very bitter and powerful, yet creamy and very elegant. Lots of exotic fruits (pine apples, apricots, grapefruits, limes) and a fine sweet malty flavour of fine wholemeal loaf. The aftertaste is elegant with balanced notes of citric bitter notes, some minerals and a gentle sweetness.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.
Maybe not the bitterest DIPA I have reviewed, but one of the most balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a dense cream coloured cap. Great head retention with sheets of lace and rings indicating each sip. Intense aroma with lots of grapefruit rind, pine, fruity and floral notes. Medium to strong bitterness with fruity sweetness, plenty of grapefruit but less pine than in the aroma. Alcohol towards the end followed by lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Very smooth with a creamy texture and alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall with a sharp hoppiness, but the alcohol was a bit forward.

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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 tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, clear, medium head, and high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and melon dominate

Taste: honey, melon, hops, and some florals

Mouthfeel: way smooth and sweet for most of it--then there is a bitter aftertaste which lingers in the mouth long after most aftertastes are gone.

Drinkability: Another win for Founders. I was blown away by this beer. The alcohol is excellently hidden...If not for the high ABV I would have several. An excellent beer for the style and for all beers.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden orange with thick and fluffy head

S - Heavy citrus with a light piney scent... odd to not pick up more of the hops in the scent for something so packed with them

T - Citrus and light pine lead to a huge wallop of hops and finnishes nicely back on the citrus tones.

M - Warm, crisp and smooth finnish

D - For not being an IPA kinda guy, this beer amazes me. I'd take this over any IPA if given the choice, but would have to switch to a Centennial IPA after a few to prevent from going crazy.

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

freshness date on bottle 1/23/12.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: mildly hazy golden straw colored beer with a bone white head. 2 fingers of head that drops down to a cap on top of the beer with a few chunks of foam.

Smell: grapefruit and pine are prominent in this nose with lots of other citris notes represented here in this beer. Oranges, lemon, and limes. Grassy notes also.

Taste: This is moderately hoppy / bitter tasting DIPA. Pine is prominent just like the nose suggests. The malts show up for a short period and taste like a buttermilk biscuit. In the middle of the beer the malts mix with the citris flavors(mostly oranges and some lemon) The finish returns to that strong pine with some grass noted as well. The bitterness is unrelenting and is always making its presence know all the way to the finish and beyond the aftertaste. The hops do taste fresh and juicy, but they are just a touch too bitter for my liking. The beer could use more malt to balance the agressive bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation that is at the low end of moderate. This beer is got a little creaminess to it and its also fairly dank as far as the hops go. Its an easy drinker if you like big hoppy beers.

Overall: This is a taste DIPA. Founder still delivers a quality brew that excells for its style. I would like more malts in this beer for balance, but I have nothing else to complain about. It an enjoyable beer.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottle date at all, in fact none of the founders beers do!
(A)- Poured a light yellow/orange with lots of particles within (its not sediment). It had a great 2+ finger off white head that took a few minutes until it went down to a light layer of bubbles. Some lacing present

(S)- Strong pine,orange,pineapple,and lemon aromas with a touch of spice. The hops are definitely prevalent, but its also got a tiny twang of malt in the background. Its even a tad creamy like vanilla? no, more like a cream soda!

(T)- Hops 'o plenty in this brew! Yet it has a lemon pie accent with orange peel. The malts really show well on the finish, the hops in the beginning, and some refreshing and sweet fruit flavors in the middle. Nice complexities.

(M)- Lots of hops present that dries out the mouth, but once you swallow the fresh fruit and malty finish really shines. Great balance!

(D)- At 9.4%, this is a heavy hitter for sure! However, it has an awesome dry, yet refreshing and sweet combination that is balanced really well! A superb example why IPAs / DIPAs are one of my more favorite summer beers currently.

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

Thank you, John! I've been looking for this puppy for a while (well, not really, but still) Into my Duvel tulip

A: When decanted, this beer is a surprisingly light pale golden yellow with a finger-thick pure white head. There's a faint hint of haze but not much. Head retention and lacework are pretty good, there's a steady stream of visible carbonation to boot

S: Heady pine goodness, orange sweetness and a pleasant lightness to the body. There's a certain biscuit-like character to the malt that's unique and refreshing. Mildly floral, mildly spicy, this is a delicious smash-up of East and West-Coast style DIPAs

T: Opens up with some orange marmalade-like bitterness with plenty of hop flavor. Citrus, pine, mild floral notes and grapefruit dominate, with a mildly spicy/peppery note definitely present. Malt body is not really noticeable, this beer finishes hoppy and bitter, almost astringently so

M: Light in body with a great hop character both in bitterness and flavor, this beer is could exceptional. Mildly resiny with soft carbonation. Astringency on the finish is the only drawback

D: Enjoyable, it will put me to sleep. Would drink again

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

Another double ipa that looks like an amber ale, dat color and 1/2" white head. Aroma drops substantial grapefruit hoppiness.

Taste is a good dry pale malt bill with boatloads of hops. Hides alcohol well, that good bitterness sting, even though dry, its sticky. The hops run the gamut of tangerine, grapefruit and pine. Minimal caramel, where this one excels over Devil Dancer is the lack of a syrupy, overly thick malt bill creeping into barleywine territory. This cuts that off right up to the line.

Just as good as Hopslam, maybe even better.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops in the nose with that hint of grapefruit that I always like.

Taste is full of floral, citrusy hops upfront with grapefruit and even a hint of mint. Hops dominate this bastard. A bit of biscuit malt peeks out but not enough to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops as described above. There's only a tiny bit of alcohol burn. Beer goes down pretty well otherwise, coating the throat.

An interesting example of the style that is drinkable and full of hops. What can't Founders do that won't impress? Check it out.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap at the brewery.

Pours a lightly hazed copper, almost orange, medium sized white head forms, very thick and forms a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, nice retention. Smell is super hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit, alcohol and caramel, floral, more grapefruit, huge hops, but very alcoholic which creates a pinesol aroma, but still awesome. Taste is similar, tons of pine and grapefruit, lots of malt too, alcohol, caramel and floral, some fruitiness, very sweet and malty middle, more pine, intense bitter finish, pretty badass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth but goes down pretty smooth for the ABV, alcohol is present but works well with the hop oiliness, pretty great DIPA!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden. Thin dusting of dirty white froth. Bubbly collar leaves moderate amounts of lace. Very nice aroma of hop cones and fresh citrus and lemon oils. Nice combination on the palate of hop flavor and bitterness. The pendulum swings more toward the bitter properties than flavor, but it's really nice overall. Some juicy exotic fruit nuances. Malts purely balance. They don't add much flavorwise except a little biscuit maltiness. The alcohol is hidden fairly nicely for a 9.4% beer. This is solid.

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

Taken from notes on 4.4.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Light, but bright hazy orange with a smallish white head.

S - Strong pine and some citrus.

T - Hop bomb, with a nice tangy orange, pine, and lemon.

D - Slightly bitter, it fades quickly.

O - Very nice, nice indeed.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys.

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

12 oz. Bright golden pour, fairly clear. Little white head. Great hop aroma with a little sweet malt. Taste is incredibly balanced hop and sweet malt profile. Little biscuit, yellow raisin peeks through, then is immediately matched by the piney hops, very little citrus really. Slightly bubbly light medium body. Very interesting clean double IPA. Dangerously drinkable for 9.4%. Nice bottle art as well. Definetely a beer to compare pros and cons to Hopslam with. I tend to like a sweeter, stickier brew, but it is hard to argue with the quality of this.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 2/7/11.

clear golden straw color, lighter than I expected. not much head, and it quickly fades.

aroma is all hops, dominated by fruity varieties - pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

taste, again is dominated by hops, and again very tropical. "light" flavors. crisp and clean. hides the alcohol well. thinner body, medium carbonation.

I like my DIPA's more balanced, with some decent malt balance, of which this has none. My high expectations, based on other Founders beers, wasn't met.

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Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, what a beer! The aroma is like sticking yer schnoz in a pile of pine branches. Great foamy, frothy, head and lots of lace. Color is a lovely shade of light amber. Flavor is very earthy chewy malt base with lots o hop. Great burps. Don't notice the alcohol till later. Nice hoppy and even a bit sweet finish. This beer is a work of (beer f)art.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clearish light orange with a light white head, ok retention and lacing.

This has a tongs of ibu, but it totally doesn't come through on the aroma or taste. The hops are there but you'd think they would come through even more. The hops present themselves, but not in a piney or metallic way which is nice.

Overall, pretty decent, nothing special.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim, several clusters of ringlets and a thin band around the edges. Some spots and specks of grouped lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is grapefruit - some sweetness and some piny hops, as well as an earthy quality and a hint of booze in the mix. Taste follows nose, but somewhat muted - nothing really stands out on this one in terms of the grapefruit sweetness or the hops; somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and also slightly oily on the tongue. Decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away - nothing really popped on this; however, this feature does enhance drinkability - not to mention an extremely well-hidden abv at 9.4%.

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Photo of cbutova
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally get to have this fresh, bottled 12/08/10... always a pleasure to have a new Founders review.

A- Pale clear yellow with a big creamy white head. Retention is pretty nice and a frothy cloud leaves a lot of thick, spotty lace.

S- Dank hops are big and up front on this one. I don't even smoke but that's all I can think of. Definitely a fair amount of citrus and tropical fruit as well. Floral, grassy, pine. Pretty much clean yeast supporting a ton of hops (as I would expect). Gets better with warmth as the tropical fruit starts to shine.

T- The hop profile kind of reminds me of the Devil Dancer one but not as over the top. You can almost taste bitter oil. Citrus, zest, grass, floral, pine and earthy hop flavors hit the taste buds. Semi-sweet, cereal/grain malt is there but doesn't impact the hops that much. Tropical/citrus and pine flavors gain with some warmth and more sips.

MF- Sips are somewhat creamy with high carbonation that stings the palate. Very oily/resin feel with an extremely bitter finish. Slightly warm from the alcohol.

DB- Extremely hoppy Double IPA, who would have guessed. This reminds me of the Devil Dancer hop attack, I wouldn't review another beer after this. It doesn't bother me as much as Devil Dancer, the flavors sustain with the experience, it doesn't feel to hop messy. Good but one four-pack per fresh batch will do me good.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, deep golden colored body topped with with a bubbly, white head that holds good retention and fades to a foam leaving some lace on the glass. Juicy, tropical aroma, with citric grapefruit, bready malt, caramel. Bready, sweet, caramel malt backbone can't stand up to the bitter, pungent hop bitterness of grapefruit, mango, and pine. Juicy and sweet, but bitter and a bit hot. Medium body, resinous hop, lingering bitter finish. Overall, I never know what to think of this one - I love Founders, but it's not my favorite of theirs, still a reputable DIPA though.

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

I picked up a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus. The beer is crystal clear and yellow / light orange colored, with a thin head. The smell is hoppy in a citrus way, with fruits ranging from grapefruit to orange. There's also a hint of "malt rot", that's probably not as accurate as it could be but it's what I get out of some DIPA's (such as this one in a small way and Double Crooked Tree in a big way). The taste is a strong suit, all the citrus elements from that aroma with some abrasiveness on the tongue, bitter but not too much in the aftertaste, good malt balance, very nice. The body is on the light side but substantial enough for my preferences. As usual Founders makes a solid beer, you can never go wrong choosing it.

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