Founders Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,430
Reviews:
1,654
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
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452
Gots:
1,120
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11
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Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at a Founders tap takeover at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a small bulbous tulip-style glass.

Appearance - Body is a bright and clear golden color with stark white head that is maybe a finger worth. Eventually settles to a rim of lacing around the edge and speckled lace on top of the body.

Smell - Wonderfully piney with undertones of fruit--grapefruit and other stark citrus notes. Very little else going on to my nose, but it doesn't matter because the aroma is so intoxicating.

Taste - Fresh and pungent with pine resin and more grapefruit goodness as well as some pineapple and a bit more sweetness peeking through as it warms. Alcoholic heat is detectible but well hidden. Notes of bitterness balance the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering and faint bitterness.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I feel doesn't get as much love as everyone's favorites, but it 's well worth a mention. I would gladly drink this again and again.

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Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of asabreed
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip / snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow body and not much head, which sinks quickly and leaves scant lacing.

Smell: Pungent as hell, and balanced. Heavy on the citrus and hops overall, but without the good fruit esters from the malt backbone, I'm left not necessarily with a one-dimensional aroma, but one that could be much more complex than it is right now. That said, it's strong and pungent and is OK with being an extremely hopped up DIPA, which I suppose it probably should be.

Taste: Big hops and a good malt backbone, as I expected. A bit of fruit as it warms up, but mostly candied citrus hops and a ton of nice bitterness on the back end. Finish is more of the candied flavor, along with more malt sweetness, and leafy pungent hops that stay on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy with good carbonation, the small prickly stuff that ends up working out really well for this type of DIPA.

Drinkability: A big one, yes, but one that is highly drinkable and comes recommended. Another winner from Founders.

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Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 1/27/09 so this one has age to it so hop aroma and taste may be muted somewhat. Label had cool picture that changed your perspective if you flipped it upside down. Opened with a good pop. Was a hazy golden yellow color. Some carb streams and some lacing. Had an average sized white head that settled into a collar and thin film.

The aroma, as expected, was a bit muted for an ADIPA but what was there was really good. Citric hops, pine and more sweet malt than I expected. Would love to smell this one fresh. The aroma followed the taste. Good sweet malt start and a build of hops to a good hop bite finish. I imagine fresh that it would have a bigger bang to it so gave it that. Mouthfeel was excellent. Good carb levels and the hop bite didn't shred the tongue.

Overall, another excellent beer from Founders. Highly recommend. Rotation: not available here but if it was it would get into the hops rotation for sure. Will need to re-sample next year when re-released.

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

Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The nose is a potent bouquet of fresh orange, clover, and grapefruit aromas. The flavors pretty much mirror the nose; a very dry American style IIPA with a nice lingering finish.

I was expecting this to be a real mouth-puckerer, but it is actually quite smooth and refreshing. Even though it has some serious hop bitterness, it's not overwhelming. To my taste, this is about as hopped up as a beer should be before the quality is compromised. I wouldn't care to drink this every day, but once in a while it's a nice treat.

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Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of eldoctorador
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

12 oz. stubby with lots of sediment in the bottle - conditioned? 86 IBUs. It is a chill-hazed golden orange, with low carbonation and a half inch of whitish head that leaves some bits of lacing. Toast and fresh bread in the nose, with lots of piney, citric and tropical hops, and a breath of alcohol. The malts smell great and are well-integrated with the strong dose of hops. It has a delicious malt flavor as well, lightly sweet, with orange, pine, pineapple and tobacco-flavored hops that impart loads of bitterness. Medium body, with low carbonation and a nice long bitter finish. It's great to finally have a double IPA that isn't overloaded with crystal malts. Quite a dangerous brew - delicious, smooth and deceptively high in alcohol.

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Photo of srw
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mscudder
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice golden color with a fine white head. Good retention.

S - Grapefruit, slightly boozy, some pine.

T - What can I say? This is yet another fantastic creation from our friends at Founders. Smooth and light and dominated by grapefruit and light booze. Well put together and just like any good IPA, a nice bitter aspect.

M - Not overwhelming but a crisp taste. Good carbonation and a solid body.

O - A great brew that any DIPA fan should check out. While it is not the best IPA I have ever had, I would never decline one.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HRamz3
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of erialbill
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun by Founders. Born and raised in New Jersey we unfortunately do not get many of the top beers in our state (that needs to change). Thank god for Founders because the quality beers they put out makes it easier for us who miss out on Russian River, Three Floyds and such. This beer is why you have to drink craft beer because when you drink a beer like this you really want to thank the people who make them. This beer is extremely easy to drink and you will not notice the ABV so be warned ... go slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a thick foamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, piney and floral hops, lemon and some spice.

The taste was of moderately bitter piney and floral hops, citrus, lemon, and spices.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, the flavors were very noticeable, almost something different with every sip. This was also incredibly easy to drink, a bit dangerous with the higher abv.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid DIPA, stands up to the much harder to find Pliny the younger, 90 min and enjoy by series

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Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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