Founders Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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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 TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Raime
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep golden orange hue with a head that never quite forms. Leaves no lacing.

S - Medium pine up front, followed by strong malt, grapefruit, hop resin, and a small amount of wheat and banana. Smells like a true IPA.

T - Strong bitter malt bite up front, followed by a lingering bitter hoppyness. The grapefruit makes a slight appearance as well but it stays bitter and malt forward.

M - Mouthfeel retains all mentioned flavros with low carbonation and a heavy body. Mouthfeel really allows the 9.4% to shine as well. It seriously doesn't even make a half assed attempt to mask it.

O - Overall, this beer was good, however not something that I would pick up again. It was simply too bitter in my opinion. Not that bitter is a terrible thing, it's just that usually when I'm wanting to enjoy an IPA I actually want to enjoy the flavors and not just the ridiculous boozyness. BUT, for it being 9.4%, I guess I can't complain. However, for $4 a bottle, I will definitely pass in the future.

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

The beer poured a light orange with thick white head that was creamy and well retained, but not throughout the beer and untimely left a spotty cap.

The beer gave off a nice pine hop aroma with some hint of spices and maybe a hint of citrus, but not as strong as expected.

The beer had a big pine hoppy flavor with a little citrus mixed in. It was a strong taste and finished with a long lasting dry bitter aftertaste.

The beer had a medium body to it, but it was smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA, but I have had better.

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Photo of HRamz3
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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 artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Spider889
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - crystal clear polished brass color with a small cap of white foam. It receded almost immediately and I'm left wishing for more lace than which came. Still, splotchy towers of lace cling to the walls of my tulip. I wish there were some visible carbonation but the crystal beer is dull and placid. But, wait! Lo and behold, many many tiny bubbles emerge from midway down the glass when disturbed. Interesting...

Smell - Easily the highlight of the brew. Crisp pine and sweet golden malts greet the senses. Soft notes of tangerine and candied pineapple linger deep in my tulip, waiting to be captured by a deep engulfing wiff. Floral clover honey is also present. I think the closest thing I've had in recent memory is Pliny the Elder. A complex and deeply satisfying beer to smell.

Taste - bitter up front. Certainly worth its salt as a DIPA. Sweet while in the mouth, but dry pine resin on the finish. I like this a lot, but there's something missing - perhaps body? The malt character seems too light - almost like a super-hopped pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth with the slight numbing from a decent hop whallop. There's a prickle of alcohol and a lingering bitterness coupled with slick honey sweetness on my tongue.

Drinkability - certainly a beer worth seeking out each season. However, I find that I'd rather have something that took a bigger stand (ie - the heavy maltiness of 90min IPA or the sweet fruitiness of Ithaca Flower Power). Price is high, but well worth it for the hop heads out there.

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep golden color, semi-opaque, with 2 fingers of thick creamy white head.

S: Pungent hops on the nose... evergreens and citrus mixed with a hint of thyme.

T/F: Bready and malty up front giving way to a nice hop bitterness. Spruce and pine dominate with notes of grapefruit/citrus. Effervescent and slightly sticky on the mouthfeel.

O: A delicious double IPA, and just about what you'd expect from Founders. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CNoj012
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

A fluffy white head with good retention and nice lacing. Somewhat pale gold with a touch of haze. Lovely bouquet of tropical fruits, pine and citrus. Pineapple, mango, and papaya float over a bed of sweet caramel and malt. Pine forest wraps itself around the sweetness and amplifies it nicely. A splash of citrus blend completes the mix. Taste is suggested in the nose but the hops arrive first and in a big way. Grapefruits and hop oil wrap themselves around my tongue and give way to a nice malt core of caramel and whole grain dough. Then more grapefruit. Finish is dry and clean with just a touch of hop oil and crackers. A slight warming as is swallow. Feel is surprisingly light with a crisp carbonation and refreshing quenching quality. Super drinkable and no hint of the abv. I could quaff this all day winter or

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Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottle date 4/6/13, enjoyed 4/16/13.

Pour: Completely clear bright orange with two fingers of soapy, frothy, creamy colored head. Lots of lacing, and the head recedes to a few bubbles after a few minutes.

Smell: Big tropical fruits (papaya, mango, pineapple), lots of pine, and a touch of floral hops. No sweetness to speak of on the nose.

Taste: Lots of the tropical fruits, and an even greater pine than mentioned on the nose. A lot more sweetness in the form of a heavy honey comes through on the taste, but it doesn't distract from the massive hop profile. As it warms, it becomes a tad boozy, which dropped the score here.

Mouthfeel: A rather big beer, but very drinkable. Definitely just the right amount of bitterness, which lingers in the just the right way. However, by the end of the glass, the alcohol really starts to pierce through the rest of this beer, and it becomes quite hot. If it drank consistently through the glass, easily would have scored a 4.5 here.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this beer fresh. Delicious, but just a bit too much alcohol.

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Photo of ttylicki
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with a thick frothy head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich with resinous citrus hop.

Taste is pale and caramel malt. Hops are a very robust mix of piney-citrus and floral hop. Grapefruit and pineapple. Green and leafy with a good bit of leather. Finish is peppery, and lingers with alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with hop oil slickness.

This one is a hop bomb that has many interesting flavors going on. Plenty of tropical fruit and green leafy notes. Alcohol presence blends well with the aggressive hops. Pale malt, brings a certain sweetness that highlights the citrus bitterness rather than bringing balance.

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

Bottle. Pours a nice gold in color. There's a very nice inch of carbonated head forming on the pour. There are no carbonation issues with this one, like I found in the Harvest Ale this year. Smell is nice, citrusy hops. Very welcoming, but not overpowering hops. Taste is more of the bittering hops. Somewhat citrusy. Very crisp and clean on the mouthfeel. This has a lot of the characteristics of their Harvest Ale, just a bit bigger. Very good beer. Nice time of year to be having this, HopSlam and Nugget Nectar available.

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Photo of Phillyz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of McAndrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kmos27
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Treebs
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass. Bottled 12/23/2011.

A: Pours a clear golden russet color with some rosy hues in the body. A two finger head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace down the glas.

S: Nice balance of tropical and citrus fruits, some green apple, and some slight pine to give it a little bite.

T: The tropical and citrus fruit combination from the nose is back and this time it's backed with a slight bready malt bill and some slight dank hops. There is a touch of pine with a smidge of alcohol and a sweet pear-like finish to round it out.

M: Wow. I don't know if it's just this batch, but for being almost 10% I was able to crush this with ease. My glass disappeared before I even knew what happened. It was a little bit lighter bodied than I would imagine, yet still had a nice sticky mouthfeel to it. The carbonation was spot on and the alcohol had no real heat as it barely showed itself.

O: A very balanced and highly drinkable DIPA IMO. I don't know how Founders made it so light and refreshing, yet have enough flavor and hops to attack the palate but they did. This needs a second release in the dead heat of summer. Please Founders, please.

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Photo of carteravebrew
2/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of doucmehu
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 6,429 ratings.
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