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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 Jammies
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a golden orange with about an inch of foam that has great retention

S-citrusy and hoppy. terrific citrus-ipa smell

T-smooth and well balanced, a bit hoppy

M-great body, very smooth

O-really enjoyed this one. Great taste and not impossible to get your hands on.

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

Had this one on-tap at Pizza Plant in Williamsville. Served in a goblet. Somewhat hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head. Heavy pine aroma. Sharp crisp flavor with a mellow maltiness in the middle and a slightly sweet finish. Again, pine and some citrus. Somewhat thick, chewy mouthfeel. Not sure how many of these I could drink with it pushing 10%, but it certainly is tasty! If you enjoy hops, seek this one out.

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Photo of jimj21
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single in Hyannis, MA. Bottle poured into snifter. Pours a bright, tangerine orange color. Hazy with some sediment floating around. Pour produces two fingers of off-white head. Retention is so-so, but tons of lacing.

Tons of hop aroma. Citrus all over the place. Some sweet malts are there too. The majority, however, are citrusy hops. Orange and tangerine. Some grapefruit. Not much pine.

Taste is spectacular. There is so much going on. Flavors follow the nose for the most part. Lots of citrusy hops from the start. A bit of sweet malt. Grapefruit and some tropical fruits are there. A little spicy as well. Big bitter, piney push on the finish. Really great overall.

Double Trouble is full bodied. Carbonation is low, but i like it for the style. It creates a very creamy texture. A little sticky and resiny.

This is my first beer from Founders and is one of the best beers I've had. I wish they were more widely available. This is a very good double IPA. I think more than one might be hop overload, but the one is completely delicious. I look forward to the other two Founders beers I bought.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This need to be available year round, GREAT Beer !
Nice looking gold color , slightly cloudy.
The smell of this beer should be packaged and made into a incense product or a car freshener, absolutely amazing heavy hops aroma! JOY
Taste gots so much going on it take a minute or two to put it in perspective, beautiful hops sums it up!
Mouthfeel is somewhat "stingy" but in a good way.
These baby's go down way to smooth IMO, real easy to polish of the 4 pack! you've got to try this one!

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Photo of warbird07
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured at 49 degrees into New Belgium Globe

This Beer poured a slight hazy honey color with a nice head and good lacing. Excellent, clean hop and faint sweet malt aroma, piney, grapefruit and lemon. Among the flavors are pine, lemon, sweet malt, with a beautiful hop will wonder where the 9.4 apv is hidden...a very well-balanced DIPA

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Photo of Rope
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt copper, with a thin head.

Oh my goodness, like a good IPA should. The Imperial part stands out at the edge of the smell, a slight buttery vanilla note.

These does exactly what a good double/Imperial IPA should. I has the sweet thick flavor, but does not miss out on the hop bitterness, especially the end. The end is a non-lasting bitter that cleans the palate, and does not linger.

I was expecting the thickness, but the carbonation seems really demure.

Some brewing companies are just known for doing a great to superb job on all their beers, and Founders is definitely one of those rare few. This is a deadly Imperial IPA, because it is so smooth and delicious.

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Photo of jlb307
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, but a little lighter than I would have hoped. No head to really speak of, but there was some nice lacing around the edges which made up for it. A little hazy with some yeast floaters. Looks more like a Tripel than an IPA.

S: Just what you'd expect from an IPA, strong pine and citrus with an underlying sweetness. The hoppyness goes well with a very light floral scent.

T: Just a great taste. Semi-sweet aftertaste which finished very clean. The sweet and bitter complimented each other perfectly, like salt and chocolate.

M: Thick and smooth. Perfect balance with very little alcohol taste. Completely coats the palate without lingering for too long.

D: Very easy to drink beer. For a DIPA, this might be just the right kind of beer to introduce to a hop virgin.

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Photo of biga7346
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - Bright copper hue, bronze-ish, lots of soapy lacing, big white foamy head

N - Massive pine cone, honey, soap, hop resin, very fresh tropical fruit like mango, apricot; some orange peel, orange pith.

T/M - Resiny and coating mouthfeel, rib sticking maltiness; more of the hop resin, pine resin, hop bitterness, woody like cedar or fresh oak; some of the citrus hope notes shine through, orange peel, pineapple.

D - Awesome drinkability for a massive Cascade-forward double IPA. I load up when this one comes around.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta say this brew was amazing. Bottle date was 1/6/12 I had this brew on 1/12/12. Damn this brew was fresh and hoppy as hell yet balanced and very smooth. Big cat pee smell. Which to explain I hate cats but love my DIPA's when they smell like it sorta like cheese I guess. All kidding aside this brew as it all. Big hop smell and taste. I agree with others just a step behind Hopslam. But, considering I can find and buy as much as I want of Double Trouble it just might be better.


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

Bottle poured into Brand new Founders snifter...

*bottled on 12/23/11; reviewed on 1/11/12

DT has the classic look of an AIPA...rusty orange colored with a bit of haze. The aroma hints of bitter citra hops, but does not explode from the glass. The taste has a strong citra hop presence: grapefruit bitterness. This tastes like a cousin of FFF Panzer Wolf. While I find many DIPAs to be a bit syrupy on the mouthfeel, this is not that way to me. Compares favorably to Stone Ruination...

*Overall: another great IPA from the state of MI...

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

A- 3.5 Pours a clear golden straw color with a 1/2 finger white head that disappears quickly. There is sparse lacing that does look rather sticky, leaving blotches of bubbly remains throughout.

S- 4.5 Strong, pleasant aroma of hops and pine that has a grassy undertone. It is a bit citrusy as well. Very nice.

T- 4 There's a clear hoppy presence right up front that is coupled with a smooth and sweet malt that calms it down pretty well. I get a hint of the alcohol. It is slightly bitter on the finish. I don't get as much citrus as expected from the aroma but it is a solid taste.

M- 4 Right at about medium in body with ample carbonation. A bit syrupy on the finish from the alcohol which leaves me dry.

D- 4 For a strong IPA like this I feel the drinkability is decently high. It is a drink that could catch up to you weren't careful (9.4% ABV); all in all it is pretty crisp and easy to take down. Just a bit bitter and dry for me to want all night, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gold orange with a head that quickly dropped to just a mere skim leaving some nice lacing behind. The smell is extremely interesting, behind the hops it just reeks of fresh peach to me. I kept sniffing the beer throughout my time with it, just because it was so much fun to get that strong of a peach smell from a beer. The taste is hop-forward, tropical with an accent of pine, but mostly tropical. The finish was quite bitter, but in a contradiction, also smooth. I don't know how that gets pulled off, but I enjoyed it very much. It's a little heavy in the mouth, but still very drinkable. In fact, at 9.4% it is dangerously drinkable.
Like a lot of people, I had this beer side-by-side with Hopslam. Even though they are the same style they are very different beers. Hopslam gets a slight edge in my opinion, but I really enjoyed Double Trouble and the two beers compliment each other very well. There are definetly days and settings where I would prefer Double Trouble to Hopslam.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I expected the hop kick but I was really surprised by the fruity snap on this one. Another great breakfast/buffet beer. Color was cloudy, bouquet was very hoppy without a hint of the grapefruity kick that was to come on the first sip. Good for breakfast or a hot summer day.

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Photo of MaxSpang
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This amazing American Double IPA is ridiculously easy to drink (a little TOO easy).

I had the privilege of having one or two (or more...) of these at General Denver in Wilmington, Ohio. Poured with about a 1-2 finger head in a normal pint glass. It was a lovely light apricot color, and it was very clear.

The aroma was very citrusy with a good deal of grapefruit. The head remained until about halfway through the pint, and it had a good amount of lacing in the glass.

The flavor was exceptional. It has a wonderful kick of bitterness from the hops, as well as a lot of flavor given off by them. It tasted a lot like grapefruit and other citrus fruits with a really nice sweet finish.

This is probably one of my favorite beers at the moment. It's seasonal, you can only get it Jan - April so when you see it, grab it! Truly excellent stuff, a GREAT beer!

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Photo of EnJeiBee
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange with a one finger white head

S - Very hop forward (as you would expect!). There is a great balance between piney, spicy, and citrusy hops

T - The piney flavors dominate the spicy/ citrusy hops that presented themselves in the scent. The alcohol is surprising absent in the flavor

M - Medium bodied with very little carbonation

O - This is a great IIPA/ DIPA! Founder's has made sure to stay true to style!

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale golden color with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. A little bit of lacing in the beginning as the head dissipates quickly.

S: Strong grapefruit aroma, lots of hops in there.

T: Strong grapefruit taste that finishes with a hint of pine resin, honey and minute amounts of toasty bread in there.

M: Thin fizzy mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty brew. I enjoy hop forward beers and this one does not disappoint. Very good citrus hop flavor that finishes with the flavor of the hops as well.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange, almost a nuclear orange, with a single finger of creamy white head. The head dissipates to a cap. There is a moderate amount of lacing. 4.0

S: Smells like a centennial hop bomb, bring it on!. Tropical fruits and citrusy aromas dominate with a hint of crisp malt in the background. Nothing new or overly interesting here, but the aroma is quite nice. 4.0

T: Starts with a strong bitterness that eventually tones down and gives way to a strong, almost perfume-like, hop flavor. Malts are completely masked by hops. Hop flavors are tad resiny with quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some citrus. The finish has a bit of undesirable hop bitterness that lingers. There isn't too much that is new or interesting in this beer, but it is solid overall. Strong hop flavors don't muddle that well together and fall up flat in the end, other beers with 90+ IBUs can do a better job. 3.5

M: Luscious and creamy for a DIPA. Perfectly carbonated with a medium body. 4.5

D: Not complex enough to warrant a second serving. A lingering bitterness that makes this one not so refreshing and makes me not want to take another sip. 3.5

O: A decent DIPA that doesn't satisfy by high expectations from such a great brewery.

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Photo of brewintheLou
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy golden with a soft white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell softer than expected, and has a piney aroma with a little grapefruit coming through.

Taste is hoppy and piney right of the start. Aftertaste has a sharp hop bite. I do not get a lot of balance with hop and malt on this beer. Definitely heavier on the hop side. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected with a 9.4% ABV. I would never pass a this beer, but I am not going to seek it out.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a snifter.
Pours a hazy, sandy orange with lots of cloudiness and a unique fogginess. It starts with a 2 finger that dissipates quickly. Throughout the entire beer there is a nice lacing left around the glass. I smell citrus, pine, slight hops, grapefruit, and a slight orange undertone.

This beer has a wonderful beginning hoppy, cirtusey, and bold bitterness balanced with a slight maltiness and smokiness as you finish. I taste an almost bittersweet taste blended with the constant bombardment of hops throughout the beer. This is an absolutely great beer.

It has a full chewy almost oily mouthfeel to begin that is countered by the carbonation that leaves a great hoppy bitterness aftertaste.

I love this has awesome bitterness with a blitzkrieg of hops throughout. Highly recommend and is surprisingly easy at 9.4%.

Cheers...GREAT BEER!!

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

Golden yellow brew with only a thin head that nonetheless held up as a lacing on the glass. The smell is wonderful, with strong scent of grapefruit followed by grass and a hint of spice. Taste is nice but without all the qualities of the smell. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is a little light but full of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice brew. Probably won't buy this often over Founders other great beers because its a little pricier and the other beers are just as good as this one to my palate.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nearly crystal clear golden amber. About a half-inch white head that lingers quite a while, leaving a fair amount of lace in its wake.

S - Citrusy and grassy. There is almost no malt to speak of in the nose, just hops.

T - Pure hops. Grass and citrus with very little malt to speak of considering the amount of hop bitterness. The bitterness of the hops encompasses the entirety of the finish.

M - Medium bodied, nothing really worthy of note.

D - A little below average for the style. I would expect a bit more character from the malts to even out the hops a bit.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy amber with a smaller head than I expected but some nice lacing.

Smells of strong piney, orange/grapefruit citrus, HUGE hops; with a very nice malt background.

Taste is a huuuuge amout of hops, citrus followed by a bit of alcohol with a very nice malt background. Bitter finish. Just what i expect from an DIPA...hoppy as hell but balanced.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a bit of alcohol reminding you that your drinking a damn near 10%-er.

This is one of my favorite DIPA's...up there with HopSlam.

Tasting notes from a few months back, dont have the exact date was near this years release.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden orange with little head a decent lacing.

Smells like very fruity hops, grapefruit, orange, and mango are prominent. A slight malty sweetness is there, but it is hard to get past the hops to smell it.

The grapefruit dominates the taste and is backed by a mellow sweetness from the malt and some boozy flavors. The sweetness comes through more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium, seems light for the style. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. A little too much grapefruit and the booziness makes this less enjoyable than it should be, although it got better as it warmed up. I'm starting to think I got a bad bottle, as the flavors and smells just didn't pop, carbonation was low, and there was very little head. Will pick up another in a few weeks and try again.

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Photo of Thingus
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle dated 1/23/12 into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger of minimal straw colored head.. Retention is minimal, with head falling to nothing in a minute or so, lacing is also minimal, with tiny spots of lace...

Smell; is fairly unimpressive compared to some of the other IPA's I've had lately (Heady Topper, Just Outstading, etc) with subtle pine and resin notes...

Taste; a smooth resin character overtakes the palate with hints of pineapple and mellow notes of tropics (mango, tangerine) sneaking in...

Mouthfeel; is medium bodied, with medium carbonation... A gentle resinous finish lingers, with a mellow bitterness that is rather enjoyable hanging around to remind you that you are drinking an IPA...

Overall; I have yet to have a bad brew from Founders, 'nuff said!

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Photo of Cobrito
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-17-13

A--Fairly transparent, golden, almost mass-produced lager-like. Head is nice but dissipates quickly.

S--Very strong, eye-opening aroma, dominated by grapefruit. Will beer be this one dimensional?

T--Thankfully, no, there is a great deal of complexity here, with a nice balance between a slight sweetness and hops that add up to more than a grapefruit bomb. Beer is potent and somewhat hot, with a a bitter finish that makes the back of the tongue curl. It's a pretty nice combo, somewhat reminiscent of Deviant Dale's.

M--A somewhat weird combination of dry and syrupy.

Overall, I am sympathetic to the reviewer who said he never knew quite what to make of this, and I'm not sure I do, either, but I just finished one 12 oz. bottle, I enjoyed it, but I now need a nap, and after the nap I will switch to something else. But I must say as a hophead I am enjoying the bitter, tongue-curling finish that lingers nicely. Certainly a quality DIPA that ipa lovers must try.

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