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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 jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin creamy white head that is well-retained. Lacing sticks.

The smell is piney, herbal, citric/tropical with some caramel.

The taste is of pine and citrus - grapefruit and tropical fruits. It has a rounding caramel sweetness in the finish, along with some rum-like fruity alcohol. It shows the 86 IBU's, but so well-rounded that the bitterness doesn't linger. It has a nice, dry finish.

It is full-bodied without being too thick. Carbonation level is just right to keep it smooth.

Very drinkable, especially for the abv/intensity. This is appropriately named, as I would be in "double trouble" if I drank this as a "session" brew. This is the kind of DIPA I like!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, bright amber/golden appearance, nearly orange, with a lovely, lace-leaving, long-lasting cap of snowy foam above.

Lime and orange peel aromatics, some lemon, pine, very fresh and lively. very vibrant, buzzing with hoppitude.

Taste: more of the same and then some. Simply delicious. Medium bodied, non-stop hop bitterness delivered on the palate, awash with citrus fruits, and pine needle. Brisk and bitter, zesty and refreshing, as well.

The high alcohol content is well hidden, doesn't reveal itself at all in the taste, until you get near the end. Then it quietly reveals itself, but never becomes a deterrent to drinking. For the first glass, at least.

One of the most balanced, elegant, and profoundly enjoyable Double IPAs I've ever had, and more proof of Founders' incredible winning streak.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a very bright, vibrant, orange-gold coloring with a fluffy, big bubbled, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are amazingly blended, with a light orange and grapefruit citrus blend mixing with a floral, wet, fresh hops aroma. This smells really friggin good. Flavors are lighter than you would expect, with a solid toasty and rich caramel backbone giving rise to a hop forward blast of tart and bitter grapefruit and spicy, wet, fresh hops. Palate is amazingly blended, and the body is smooth and light, which helps the beer to avoid becoming overpowering. Decent lacing along the glass, and this is an easy drinker. The aftertaste is smooth, with a slight touch of hops cleaned up by the citrus notes. Clean, smooth, and slightly dry finish. This is a good damn beer!

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

Picked up some of these on a recent shopping trip. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One finger of yellow-tinged cream foam that dissolves slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Largely opaque peach color with a few tiny bubbles lazily rising to the top of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hoppiness - lots of lemon zest and grapefruit. There's a good amount of malt backbone as well that prevents the smell from becoming unbalanced. The smell isn't huge, but it's quite enjoyable.

T - Hoppy. Bitter. We're not in Devil Dancer territory, but this is one of the more potent DIPAs I've tried. There's a fair it of citrus and malt sweetness that shows up mid-palate, but never at the expense of the hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is also unsurprisingly bitter. This should satisfy all be the most hardcore hop-heads.

M - There's quite a bit of carbonation tingle. The beer itself has a good medium body and leaves the expected resinous after-feel. The carbonation makes it a little gritty and dry and less smooth than I prefer.

D - The ABV is very well hidden, but the carbonation gets to me a little. Also, the pervasive bitterness is a little exhausting. I'd be up for two bottles, but that's about it.

Another winner from Founders. These guys can do no wrong.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, very good aroma, appearance, and blend.

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

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light clouded orange colored pour. 1/2 inch head with decent staying power and decent lace markings.

Smell- Nice fruity hop aroma and light caramel notes from the malt.

Taste- Very easy drinking. Very mellow and well rounded with a nice fruity and mid range bitter hop kick...nice toasted caramel base as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and slightly silky with a sharp but brisk carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not in the top tier of DIPA's, but a nice flavorful brew that could be considered sessionable for it's easy drinking ability.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I glanced at some of the reviews of this beer and I'm slightly confused. This beer is well balanced, a great sipping DIPA with aggressive hops but not a malt bomb. This is not only a great example of the style but this is seems to me to be the kind of DIPA everyone claims they WISH someone would make. Good job founders, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Beer is poured from a bottle without a date on it into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear and appears to be thin. There is not significant haze as there often is with this style. Head is white and diffuse. Carbonation is moderate, there is only a little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops and bitterness. Hops are likely amarillo hops due to the citrus and pineapple flavors I detect. Something close at least. I can't pick up on much sweetness either from malt or from alcohol which is surprising but welcomed.

Beer finishes dry (probably the alcohol) but it doesn't really affect the flavor that much. Overall the body is thin for a DIPA and its not sweet (too much). Its mostly bright and bitter with nice hop flavors of strong grapefruit and lemon in the midpalate. I really enjoyed this beer. If there were more connectivity and less dryness at the end I think it could really be a top 10 DIPA.

Also, I love the label art.

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Photo of aasher
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this last night at MacNiven's in Indianapolis. The beer pours a very bright and clear gold in color with a minimal white head. It's very, very light in color for a DIPA. It smells of delicious grapefruit and has a light resinous hoppy aroma. God, this beer smells delicious! The flavor too is of fresh grapefruit and is wonderfully right in between sweet and bitter. The fruit is just downright superb. It drank light and very crisp. It has a nice bite and the alcohol is barely present at all. Overall this is a top notch beer and one of my favorites. I'm glad it doesn't disappoint out of the bottle OR on draft.

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Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart to a spotty surface foam. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: floral hops, grapefruits, and lemon is extremely pleasant.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, honey, slightly tart green grapes, and a big bitterness is wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness, citrus, and alcohol.

Drinkability: this beer goes down very easy despite the high alcohol. Great flavors and a few pints will hit you quickly.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a hazy golden orange in color with yellow highlights and nice fluffy head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of malty sweetness dominated the aroma with citric lemon, hints of pineapple, slight grassy hoppy character and a little grapefruit zest.

T: the hop profile was not really punchy it was actually muted on the palate with lots of malty sweetness, lemon citrus, pineapple accnets and a touch of grapefruit bitterness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, very mild grassy hoppy, citrusy, slight bitter and crisp finish.

O: it was lacking in the hop department but then again I am from the west coast so I have high expectations when it comes to my IPA's

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

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x and beerbeagle.

Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, with nice touch of citrus/pines. The taste is very nice/bitter/hoppy, little bit of malts thrown in, citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice hoppy/bitter DIPA.

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Photo of liamt07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, my first Founder's experience. 341 ml, bottled March 5, 2010 into a tulip. Might be past it's prime.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a couple fingers of soapy white head. Tons of webbed, sticky lace. Immediately I get a whiff of this stuff, and haven't even dug my nose into this yet. Upon further olfactory investigation, I get a giant wave of pineapple, mango, orange and other tropical fruits. Solid malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol in here as well. I wanna get into this now. Hint of the malt and the hops lead the assault here, chased on its heels with a significant bitterness and a light wave of alcohol. Mostly pineapple and orange in the hops here. Wow this is solid. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-high carbonation and the drinkability is through the roof. The alcohol pops its head through at the end of every gorgeous sip, teasing me. I know it's coming, and yet can't resist another sip of this. I need another.

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

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $2.50. Appears a slightly hazy gold with light lacing. The aroma has a juicy white grape with lemon and bitter orange peel. The flavor dives into grapefruit and citrus rind with a grassy, herbal undertone that lasts into the aftertaste. There's a hint of sugary bread for the malt backbone. I have to say this DIPA is surprisingly drinkable. It reminds me a little more of a strong IPA, as its big, but it doesn't have that knock-out smack of hops.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing a fresh bottle on 1-16-11. Bottle date 12-23-10. Previous review (noted below) was about a 3 month old bottle.

A - Pale yellow colour with a slight orange tinge and a small amount of white head that disappeared quickly.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, pine. Caramel malt backbone.

T - Bitter hops up front with grapefruit, pine and a substantial malt backbone. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light carbonation.

Original review from 3-16-10: 4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 B+

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It's quite bitter with some bready notes. The hops are present in the nose, but the malts go a long way in hiding the overall aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter hop punch up front with a bisquity finish. The hop flavor is quite good. It's piney up front with some light citrus notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's not your typical west coast version, but rather a more balanced and complex variety.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending me a handful of these beers back in January. This beer was drank fresh, it just took me a while to enter the review.

The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The beer is hazy in appearance.

The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a ton of mango as well as some oranges and apricots. One of the more fruit smelling IPAs I have tried.

The flavor is heavy on the bitter mango and papaya. I also get some orange and pineapple notes as well as a little bit of bread from the malt. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This definitely lived up to the hype. One of the best Double IPAs I have ever tried.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, fresh keg, in a snifter.

A. Appears ruddy orangish with a decent foaming and stickage.

S. Smells strongly of hops. Grapefruit comes to mind.

T. At first, just stinging of hops. Grated orange zest. Some spice from the citrusy hop boquet. As it warms, a bit of clean alcohal cuts into the hop flavor. Malt is kind of overpowered here.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and zesty hops to the tongue.

D. This one drinks slow, and the alcohal is a bit hot. Still pretty good, but for some reason I liked the Centennial IPA more. True to the style though.

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Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear very light amber.

The aroma is seductively fruity with fresh ripe peaches, guava, tangerine, citrus peel with a bready malt in the middle. A piney dank quality in the back almost like Stone beers.

In the front, the beer rushes forward of green pine, sticky resin, lemon peel, lychee fruit, with a stiff bitterness of grapefruit peel and pine on the finish. A medium plus sweetness.

In general, the bitterness is a bit stiff. The sweetness holders the beer back slightly and there’s that alcohol that comes through in the back. Despite the negatives, it is still a hop driven and relatively clean drinking DIPA. One of the best on the shelves.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly bright yellow- like urinating after taking a vitamin. Wonderful aromas of pine as well as sweet malt and orange and grapefruit rind. Tastes rich and full with lots of pine and caramel malt, and very balanced. Very smooth in the mouth, if a bit thick. A very nice beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured herbal and tropical fruit.

The taste offered a complex, yet clean tropical fruit hoppiness with a soft caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and rather well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. 9.4% 94 IBU's

A- Double Trouble is a very pale bright gold color that comes with a 1 inch head that's quite foamy. Some nice streaks of lace are seen on the glass as the liquid disappears.

S- The usual piney hop flavor that comes with much bitterness. The blend of hops create a very earthy nose. DT has some citrus notes including some pineapple but not pronounced. Malts are almost non existent.

T- Very bitter hops up front with obvious dry hopped qualities. DT. The hops give of a lot of piney taste and a minimal amount of ripe fruit which is what i look for in my double I's. I still do get some grapefruit which is pleasant. Not much in the way for malts as they are drowned out by the bitter nature of this beer. Alcohol is in the background lingering in the distance.

M- Medium bodied with much bitterness & not much too offset that. A bit of workout on the mouth after a big gulp. A nice amount of carbonation though. At 9.4% the alcohol is noted but does not distract. DT leaves a very slick oil feel as it glides throughout.

D- The 9.4% can't be denied and this may burn out my taste buds after a few but this is on par with many of the top tier double ipa's. More enjoyable with some food and a good counterpart to founders centennial, let's not get started on Devil Dancer as that one is all over the place.

A good addition to the Founders line-up.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a languid effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Kind of plain for a double IPA, but still, looks good.

Smell: nice citrusy aroma with a medium-to-light intensity. It doesn't blow me away with volume, but its subtlety and clean fruitiness are very nice.

Taste: fruity, citrusy and lightly floral hops build out the beginning. A light malt backbone lets the hops take the driver's seat. The bitterness is smooth at the end and is strong but not biting at all. I like it.

Mouthfeel: good body and a silky smoothness. Carbonation is relatively low so this beer isn't hugely creamy, but the silkiness is very nice going down.

Overall: a nice, subtle Imperial IPA. Perhaps a bit too subtle, indeed, for the style, which typically requires a more in-your-face attitude. Still, very nice, and I would definitely have this again if given the chance.

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Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle of Double Trouble looks without problem - a dense but sediment-free and well-polished golden complexion, the beer shines brightly and supports a respectable amount of head, a healthy chunk of which attaches itself to the glass and refuses to let go.

Many of the best DIPAs have a kind of wild herb, resiny, yet tropical character. Double Trouble fits this bill. It smells of tree bark, wet mildewy leaves, and also bright citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. At three months of age, this particular bottle has also adopted notes from its malts; fresh-baked bread and toffee squares are equally appreciable.

If you've never had a Double IPA, Double Trouble will indeed turn your world upside-down. It is not just "imperial" insofar as its over-sized hoppiness; the maltiness is gigantic too. Here the two worlds exists as one: brown sugar caramelized grapefruit, orange marmalade on crunchy toast, flower and citrus skin potpourri lit during the morning rush at a bakery.

A proper DIPA will likely numb your tastebuds. It will do so, however, in the most easing and pleasing way. This one provides all the wholesome, semi-sweet maltiness and juicy citrus satiation but does so without registering as overly astringent or having the presence of acidity that it'll split your gums open. This has an approachability and casualness that rarely befalls its style.

Cars aren't nicer to drive just because they have more horsepower. Music does not necessarily sound better if it's played louder. Likewise, beers aren't superior the stronger they are or the more loudly they're hopped. All in all, for something to the tune of 86 IBU and 9.4%, Double Trouble has the technical specs to intimidate, but it's an unusually and exceptionally well-balanced, mellow DIPA. For hopheads, the best time to visit Michigan is June through September.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold beer, mildly aromatic. Very boozy and bitter, nicely malty. This is a good DIPA but not one of my favorites; I feel its lacking a bit in the details; not a lot of floral, citrus, piney notes. Mostly I get bitter hops, malt, and expected. Just like a little more complex flavor profile..maybe something like Firestone Walker Double Jack?

Good mouthfeel on this one, with a relatively dry, short finish.

To each his own. I will buy some more of these and revisit soon enough.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Institute the other day. The bar tender had just tapped the keg a few minutes beforehand, assuring that this beer was fresh and delicious.

The beer pours a light peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks exactly the way a good IPA/DIPA should. On the nose I get lots of hoppy orange citrus, which is attractive. That's really about all I get, but what's there smells very nice indeed. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose to some extent, but with noticeable pepper and pine as well. This is a very serious DIPA, and I appreciate the fact that Founders did not over do it on the malt. The sweetness and alcohol are both kept at bay in this very fine DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty decent, fairly long finish. I get a hint of alcohol at the very end, but overall drinkability is not too bad.

This is very fine DIPA from Founders; at least in my opinion, much better then the wretchedly sweet Devil Dancer they make. Other then the somewhat excessive alcohol bite in the finish, there really was nothing I didn't like about this beer. Well done.

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