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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 marcpal
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. 4-pack recently picked up at Wegmans with their Cherry beer, this one is everything that was not.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10. Best from Founders. A little creepy.

A: Wow, is this one light colored DIPA. Held to the light, would have thought it was some sort of Belgian, strawlike. The head is sturdy sea foam and flat out great lacing. We have some floaties at the bottom of the glass. From a bottle, this is one of the most distinctive and nicest looking pours I've seen.

S: Madly citrus and piney. Both are robust and the grapefruit pith just takes over and dominates the crap out of everything. The flowery scents are still there but I am overtaken by the fruits. Orange, papaya, mango, you name it, its got it.

T: All that was in the smell and some more. If you have ever had the sugar crystallized type of grapefruit on top of a cookie or cake, this is it. It is over the top but there is some malt there even though the color wouldnt lead you to think there would be. Sweet sugar syrup lends some flavor in the middle of the smattering of hoppy goodness.

M: Vaporlike texture that cleans off the inside of the mouth with the carbonation. Creamy texture as it warmed up was real nice. Mild carbonation.

D: This beer was nothing short of top notch. I taste the alcohol but I want to, its not only hops. A unique DIPA that is a nice change of pace. This foursome will go fast and I am eager to restock.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Surprisingly light orange color. Looks like they didn't use many caramel malts, if at all. 1.5 finger head quickly fades.

S: A mouth-watering mix of pineapple, citrus, and honey.

T: Perfectly balanced between pineapple-like fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Possibly the most refined DIPA I've ever had. Don't get me wrong, there's more than enough hops to get your fix. It's just that they're wielded more like a scapel than a truncheon.

M: Middle of the road in body and carbonation.

D: Stunning. Easily in my top 3 of DIPAs. Between this and Hopslam, Michigan might be the IPA capital of America.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden yellow in color. Pours to a frothy single finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sharp pine and citrus smell.

T: Hops, hops and more hops.

M: Thick, syrupy, and sticky over the front of the tongue. Drys out as it leave the back of the mouth on its warming passage down the throat.

D: Perfect fix for the hop head. A warming hoppy treat worth indulging in.

Served: in a standard US pint glass.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and it had a one inch think white head that slowly faded away while drinking this. Looks very lite for a DIPA which is very unusual, its almost a sunny golden color.

Aromas are wondeful of big hops with hints of sweetness.

On the first sip I got a big hop bite on my tongue. I thought this was going to be a huge in your face hop kind of beer but after a few sips maybe my taste buds either got tired or the beer mellowed out a little but the bite was gone and all I could taste were great citrousy hop flavors.

It is full bodied despite the lite color for a DIPA and pretty easy to drink for 9.4%

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Photo of cnally
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a creepy, and boy, I mean really creepy label on this one.

hazy bright yellow color of the beer and it poured a grand white head which has a good lacing on the glass.

very hoppy scent interlaced with citrus, orange and lemon. clean and almost a bit sweet smelling. floral as well.

the flavor is very hoppy initially. slight sourness comes in through the end. grainy and yeasty in between. a bit heavy on the hop aftertaste.

dry feel. the carbonation pops prominently.

a balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary here. good, not great flavors and the intangibles are meh.

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

12 oz Stubby bottle.
9.4% ABV
86 IBU's
Pours hazed, lighter golden amber, light tan head, creamy and leaves spotty bits of fine lace. Grapefruit hops in the pungent nose. Fresh and enticing to my hop loving nostrils and palate. Grapefruit, and more grapefruit on the tongue, soft and sanguine. Here is a somehow slinky, and sophisticated yet all the while hop crushing DIPA. Enjoyed every sip of this one from the talanted brewers of Founders.

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

A child's Willy Wonka ticket, a free pass to sessionable drinking, aroma seducing, abv inebriating, almighty DIPA. Clear in body and intent, the 9.4 shows like Hawaiin punch and the hops are as tropicana as can be. Looks like a 60 Min, hits like a rebel Ssips on pineapple steroids. Strong, clear, fruity, burning. Yum. Cute label.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my oversized, fat Pilsner glass.

9.4% ABV
86 IBU's

Color: Golden and clear with a fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Spicy floral hops, a bit citrusy with undercurrents of grainy grassy malt.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor that turns to graininess with a touch of grassiness, obviously there is hops. Spiced up floral and grapefruit comes through. Thick mouth feel which leads to a bitter end; but not too dry. The flavor does a tremendous job of hiding the Alcohol content.

Overall: I like this one, I like it much more than I like the Centennial IPA. There is more of a shift toward a sweeter hop with a thankful absence of those rose flavors that you get in the Centennial. This one is rather enjoyable. It is what I would consider a nice Summer IPA.

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

A very light clear gold color DIPA with a medium white head and good lacing. The aroma is a beautiful grapefruit hops with sweet orange bread, very enjoyable. The flavor brings on the obvious citrus hops, not over the top but solidly crisp bitterness in a medium bodied, smooth blend of bread pudding and apple pie. It is very drinkable yet there is a decided alcohol warmth that announces itself en route southward. Otherwise, this is a friendly, pleasant DIPA that does not pack as obvious a punch as many DIPA's yet satisfies the serious hop head palate. Very likable, surely recommendable, one I would buy again even though it's a tad pricey. Founders finds the mark again!

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orangish-yellow with a slight haze - almost microscopic yeast bits slowly and slothfully swimming - it almost hypnotized me looking at it. Very small amount of spot lacing.

S - Sweet floral hop bouquet, peaches and oranges. The smell got more potent as it warmed.

T - Sweet apricot up front, followed by caramel, then bitter citrus hoppy finish.

M - Nice and crisp, somewhat thick and chewy with a somewhat drying finish.

D - Not too shabby

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

big thanks to marvin213 for hooking me up with this one!

pours a light lemony golden citrus hue with very tiny particulate creating a nice haze. fervent carbonation in the glass helps what was for a short while a one-finger bright white fizzy head that fell relatively quickly. pretty nice looking snowflake lacing down the glass.

aroma of candied grapefruit with some other floral hops. candi sugars... fresh herbal hops. a hint of pine. mint and pineapple. smells like a hoppy mojito. interesting. grows in strength nicely as it warms.

Taste is powerful hops. pine, grapefruit and floral notes. A light toasted malt comes through just enough to give it more depth than some hop bombs. While it's really heavy on the hops, it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with some nice carbonation. Nothing amazing... it works nicely with the flavors. carbonation lends just enough to give it a bit of creaminess. a nice lingering bitterness isn't overwhelming but leaves the perfect amount of lasting feeling.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed. Everything I've had from Founders has been either good or amazing, but for some reason, I wasn't expecting the same from a DIPA. wow, I was wrong. Definitely smooth and drinkable for a DIPA, this one is up there with the best of 'em. Definitely worth seekin' out. I'll have to find a few more.

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

hazy burnt gold with an off white head that leaves nice lace but doesn't hold extremely well. nose is pineapple pineapple pineapple with a touch of sweet, fruity maltiness in the background as well as hints of toasted honey nut cheerios. considering the fact that this is a dipa, i find the balance to be extraordinary. the line is blurred between hop and malt, and i think that is exceptional. i didn't expect anything less from founders. i'm glad to see them branching out and producing at a level that makes their sweet sweet nectars available to those of us that used to have to go to great lengths to find them. nice body as well. on the lighter side of full. easy to drink, but not deceptively so. definitely a winner. maybe not the greatest dipa of all time, but worth a go in my opinion.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color leaving a little head that went away quickly. Lacing around the sides of the glass from swirling of the beer.

S- Fruity hop smell (pineapple) with a very faint malty background. I only caught a whiff of it come one or two smells.

T- Crisp hop bite from the start to finish. Pineapple and citrus overtones come through very nicely as it lingers after you swallow it.

M- Little heavy the whole way through. that's not a bad thing though. Oily resin covering over the tongue which locks in the hops flavor after swallow.

D- Overall, pretty good Founder's product like usual. Since Hopslam is around 7 or 8 dollars more I would rather drink this and have a good DIPA.

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

Founders hasn't been in NC for very long so this is my first chance to try this beer.
Very light color for a DIPA, light golden with a white head which leaves good lacing on the glass.
Citrus hops dominate the aroma, and the flavor as well.
Bracingly bitter hops in front and at the end. This is not one of your balanced DIPAs, hops are the main feature. Malt lurks in the background and becomes more prominent as the beer gets warmer, but the hops beat it back in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for the style but really very pleasant. It's a little more carbonated and a bit less syrupy than a lot of the double IPAs I've tasted.
The carbonation helps to make this a very easy beer to drink, especially for one of its strength.
Another really fine beer from Founders.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a medium size pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is dominated by the bitter hops with some citrus notes and some subtle floral notes also noticeable. Malt is also present and brings some refreshing sweetness to offset the hops presence. Body is full with good carbonation and no appearance of alcohol. Very well done and easily drinkable with great refreshing factor.

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

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: must have been too cold, or i didn't pour with enough gusto - only a small layer of foam showed up on top. little bits of lace stick, but not too much else. the body is a very cloudy (think hefeweizen) yellow-orange.

smells hoppy with a chance of alcohol. very citrusy hops in this one. a nice aromatic one.

some initial (and little) sweetness and caramel yield to an onslaught of hops and bitterness. some alcohol hotness shows up in the end. not overly complex but simply tasty.

a medium to light body with good carbonation that prickles the tongue. not oily or slick feeling.

easy to drink, especially with the mouthfeel like it is. it would be easy to down a few pints of this, but then the abv would no doubt rear it's head and make me feel quite the fool.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed peachy gold, with lots of stuff, tiny tiny stuff, in suspension. A thin head with some speckled and sheeted lacing styles.

Aroma - still working with an under-the-weather sniffer, I do get some good pine and grapefruit though.

Taste - a quick caramel base followed by a wave of very orangey citrus. Very syrupy and candylike is the orange flavor. Full on bitterness now, the grapefruit zest and pine hitting full force and prickly. The swallow is a quick drying, some abv heat, and intensifying bitterness, a touch medicinal but pulling back mercifully before going too far that way. The finish does have more of a mediciney aspect than anything else, but there is still some sharp citrus present.

Mouthfeel - good big body that can stand up to the carbonation level.

Drinkability - not my favorite DIPA, but I'll be interested to see how the other one cellars.

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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 beerman207
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks like apple cider in the glass with half a finger of head and some nice lacing left in the glass

S - Amazing - smells almost of peach or apricot. Really inviting and refreshing

T - Citrus and maybe even some honey present (very faint). Very nice flavor. Bitterness comes through pretty strong towards the end

M - Definately has a drying feeling to it but that's more from the style I'm sure.

D - I could have a few of these in a session. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. 86 IBU's and 9.4% ABV per the label. No info on the website as of now. Pours out to a slightly cloudy light amber/burnt orange with peach accents, forming a tall sticky white meringue head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lace. Thin layer of least in the bottom of the bottle. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is heavenlywith a boatload of skunky tropical fruit hops. There is skunkweed, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and pine in there...wonderfully full and fresh. Mouthfeel is smooth, sleek, with a dense body. The taste is as expected...boatloads of hops over a firm pale malt base, with a heavy accent on the grapefruit pith bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness and soft hint of vanilla which tries to regain balance to the very assertive bitterness. Alcohol adds a peppery flourish to the finish with a potent bitter aftertaste of pine sap. One bottle is gonna be hard to finish.

This is certainly well-crafted, but is honestly a bit much for my taste. I prefer my DIPA's a bit less bitter. I'd prefer HopSlam, Centennial, or even fresh Two-Hearted to this.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-27-09
Really can't go wrong with a founders brew. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a stubby twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Double Trouble pours out a light golden amber color that had a bit of a haze to it. A hard pour yielded about a finger and a half of thin, bubbly head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin ring of foam atop the beer. Each sip left some spotty lace behind on the glass. Noticed some random carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Smell: Tons of citrusy hop aromas out front, consisting mostly of orange and grapefruit peel. A somewhat subdued floral hop presence is also noticed. A bit of a medicinal hop aroma also peeks out from the background. A somewhat strong maltiness that doesn't quite hang with the hops. Faint notes of pipe tobacco with a touch of leather deep in the background.

Taste: A real resiny hop blast gets things going. Almost juicy. More of the citrus with an herbal kick. Hops really over power the sweet malt. Faint yeasty undertones with a bet of fresh cut grass. Alcohol is pretty well hidden except for a slightly warm finish. Ends with another palate smashing wave of hops.

Mouthfeel: Thickish, full bodied mouthfeel is quite pleasing. A moderate amount of tongue tingling carbonation is felt.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable despite the high ABV. A few of these may get the best of you though.

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

This beer is a golden peach color. There are quite a few particulates suspended within, which looks rather odd with the gentle streams of bubbles rising up. The head is an irregular film and collar that leaves a trace of lace.

Smells of red grapefruit and pine needles with a trace of powdered sugar followed by a papery dryness.

Tastes crisp and fruity with the pine and grapefruit, but it takes on a touch of doughnut, dinner roll and cardboard. Finishes with a piney tingle.

Feels a little heavy with a fine, raspy carbonation that keeps its distance.

A fine beer, but a bit too heavy and present for something of it's ABV.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders Double Trouble pours a slightly hazy gold color into the glass. A flurry of bubbles floats up to the surface. On top, a small white head forms on top and quickly dissolves to a ring around the surface of the beer. Some netted lace patterns cling to the glass.

The aroma is all hops. Lots of citrus with mainly grapefruit and orange notes. Hints of pine mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly hops. Grapefruit, lemon and orange citrus dominate. Lots of bitterness and hints of medicine. Towards the end some malt sweetness makes a feeble attempt at balancing out the flavor. It finishes somewhat hot with an mild alcohol burn. Once gone a citrus bitterness lingers on the palate.

If you like hops you'll love this beer. The alcohol notes brought the drinkablilty down a bit for me, but otherwise this is a tasty DIPA.

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