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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 tmm313
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy light amber color. Poured a quickly dissipating ½ finger head. Pretty good lacing with nice trailing.
S- Orange, grapefruit, tropical fruits, caramel, pine, floral, a little dank, and booze. Booze smell is mildly reminiscent of barrel aged aromas. Really inviting.
T- Orange and tropical fruits up front, followed by nice pine, caramel, grapefruit, citrus rind, and booze. Booze has a slight bourbon taste to me. Awesome.
M- Medium light body, lightly oily and slick on the tongue. Nice lingering bitterness.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. Very well balanced with strong, decadent flavors. I will definitely be having this again.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a straight pint glass. Bottled 08/03/14

A- Medium golden straw, thin white head, amazing clarity.

S- Citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, dank pine, some light toasted malt, light alcohol.

T- Sweet citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, dank pine, long medium-high bitterness, very light malt character, light alcohol notes, Finishes with a lingering pine bitterness.

M- Pretty easy drinking for the abv and hop presence.

O- A pretty great DIPA, it doesn't quite hit me with that hop punch that I get from others though, especially Bell's offerings. A nice balance of Amarillo and Simcoe hops, which is an amazing hop combo.

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

A: Pale hazy golden colored pour into globe glass with moderate pretty lace.
S: Floral pine notes highlight aromas.
T: Sweet malty front end, boozy middle with a wonderfully hoppy bitter finish.
M: Medium smooth body with good carbonation.
O: Delicious Imperial IPA.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a funky old-school label.

Appearance: pours a vibrant deep orange-gold, with a frothing head that settled to a one-finger with decent lacing. A good looking beer.

Aroma: a great aroma of multiple citrus hops (I can pick up tangerine, grapefruit and lemon) and pine hops also - plenty of them about!

Taste: a certain amount of pine resin with those citrus hops coming through for a complete whack against the palate. A decent amount of warming alcohol hangs about too. Great American IPA flavours.

Aftertaste: I'm not sure how they have done it, but the hop flavours have lingered through alongside hop bitterness generally found alone on the finish. Fantastic!

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a medium to high carbonation - plenty enough to get the flavours to come through strongly.

Overall: one of the best double AIPAs I have had to date. A good assortment of hops traditionally seen in an AIPA, but so clean and crisp that it simply has to be in my top 5.

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Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date visible, but I imagine this is the last leftover of the April 2013 production run. As such the hop profile may be weaker than when it was fresh. I did see it as part of a fourpack a week or two earlier at the same store, and passed on it then. When I returned, only this one bottle remained in the carton.

a: A nearly clear gold with a tall rocky white head. Just had a brand new Founders Harvest Ale before this tonight, and they look very similar.

s: Slightly funky pine, perhaps due to the age.

t: Pine hops forward in moderate strength. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue like it should with a DIPA.

m: Medium. Good body considering the light color. Silky smooth.

o: Still excellent after all these months. Can't wait to try the new model next Summer!

UPDATE 7/20/14: Fresh fourpack with bottles sealed a month ago. Pine is not funky, not that much bitterness lingering, 9.4 ABV pretty well covered, smooth enough but not really silky. Changing my rating to: Appearance 4 to 3.75; smell 3.75-4; taste 4.25-4, mouthfeel 4.25-4.

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Photo of bleggs
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

~$10 for a 4-pack at Harlem Fairway, NYC

A: Golden yellow, cloudy, with a slowly receding two finger head. Moderate lacing on the glass.
S: Extremely pungent. Strong musty hops, pine, a little citrus.
T: Strong, but not overpowering hops. Bitter lemon, pine. Crisp.
M: Medium bodied, with definite hop stickiness.
O: A remarkable DIPA, definitely on-par with Heady Topper. Generally, "balanced" is a throwaway term when it comes to beer, but this one manages to maintain a strong, fresh hop flavor without sacrificing a clean, lemony-crisp smoothness. About as close to perfect as it can get. Very reasonably priced, but tough to find in the northeast.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour a slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice rusty orange hue and a finger of airy white carbonation.

Mango, grapefruit, orange, caramel, and a refreshing piney aroma.

Huge citrus and tropical fruit flavor, pine, toasted malt, and hop resins.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, semi-chewy, pleasant creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is incredible both fresh and with some time on it. With a year in the bottle, the citrus and tropical fruit character fades, but the malt bill shines and resembles a hoppy barleywine. Very good.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 4/6/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Hazy dirty orange with a one-finger head
S: Nice balance of citrus/pine/floral/malt
T: Again well balanced, mostly grapefruit along with tropical fruit, pine and caramel
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, the alcohol doesn't show
O: Well made, good balance, pleasant to sip

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Photo of shootingbox
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look-golden orange and light haze
Taste-grapefruit,citrus, orange, fantastic
Served -10oz glass
Drank at Millers Ale House which was surprising as they ate not known for their craft beer selection , but I was pleasantly surprised. I have had before and it has always been a nice end to the evening.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a growler at the newly finished Founders Brewery downtown. That place looks amazing and I have to pinch myself that I live in the backyard of such a world class brewery.

A - Pours a deep burnt orange with good clarity and huge silky smooth head. Nice retention and foamy lacing with every drink.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, piney, hop resin, caramel, malt.

T - Lip smacking citrus hops, piney, nicely balanced with malts and caramel undertones. Really smooth mouthfeel for a DIPA and easy to drink.

O - This is one of the top DIPAs out their and I would put it up against any of the top dawgs. Fits my flavor preference for a DIPA - huge citrus notes and nicely balanced with some caramel malts. This is a must have.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle code appears to be 1421026131916. Bought it at Binny's in Orland Park a couple days ago.

Pours slightly hazy, medium amount of active carbonation, almost no head. Smell is pretty but muted, fresh pine smells and lemon and citrus flowers.

Taste is very nice, honey and lemon dominate for me with a nice bitter aftertaste of lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is light, maybe a little flat. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear straw colour with a hint of orange. Decent size head that fades.
S: Tons of grapefruit, citrus and pine.
T: Same as the smell. Kind of honey like sweetness. Awesome hop flavour with not too much bitterness.
M: Nice carb. Sweetish finish (like hop syrup)
O: Great Double IPA

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Photo of mpedara429
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Great retention and a ring of lacing all the way around the glass.

S: Sweet grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit.

T: Similar to the smell with a bitter bite on the finish. Not as malty as expected for a double.

M: A luscious medium and creamy body. Carbonation is on the lighter medium side.

O: Wouldn't expect any less than a fantastic brew from Founders. The bitter bite can arguably be off-putting for some but it is not overwhelming. What was surprising is that this seemed a lot less malty than many of the other DIPAs out there and it stands out with a wondeful creamy body.

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Photo of timc100
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a foamy pure-white head - great retention and lacing. Aroma of great astringency - overripe pineapple and mango - a lot of peach sweetness, some pink grapefruit and mild resin. Hints of strawberry as well. More light biscuit malt comes through in the flavor as well as huge citrus and tropical fruit astringency.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer-- I think that it's almost beyond the IPA style.
In someways w/o knowing that it's an IPA -- I wanted to call it a Bock but
then again it is an IPA.

It produced a flowery and fruity nose--

First sip added to the notion of the flower-shop nose.

Body galore!

Maybe there's no malt in the brew-- but I swear there's a sweetness- that loaf of bread.
The hops are there too in abundance.

Even with the 9.4% ABV I can put down the four pack in a sitting while in total beer ecstacy


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Photo of Qbdoo
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold. Looks almost like a lager. Scent is intensely piney. One of the most piney IPAs I've had. Taste follows scent but there's a creamy, slightly (very slightly) sweet quality that you don't get from the nose. This is in many ways a classic middle-of-the-road DIPA.

I'm a bit schizo about this beer. I buy it every year and have the same response: one night I think it's good but not great, then the next night it seems truly outstanding. Don't know why this happens. But it is never bad; sometimes it's great.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to JohnnieNepal for the bottle!

I've been warned that this is likely slightly past its prime, but am excited to try it anyway.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimmal straw-colored head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Little to no lacing left down the glass.

S: Clean malt sweetness backed by a little bit of citrusy hop character. A very small bit of earthiness shows through. Malts and hops complement one another very well, but the hops could be a little more prominent.

T/M: This is definitely just a little past its prime, as warned. Up front is a swelling sweet malt taste with a little prickliness from carbonation and alcohol. Hop bitterness is evident on the finish and not really anywhere else, and a little alcohol shows through toward the end, but not too much -- I'd not guess this for a 9.4%abv beer aside perhaps from the hints from the brief head retention. A nice citrus taste follows the malts toward the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is very good... a solid medium with plenty of carbonation (but not overdone). This is really pleasant to drink, although I do wonder if it might be better fresher. I imagine it would be.

O: Very happy I have gotten to try this. Hopefully I will get to try it a little fresher next time around, but this is still a very good beer even with some age... just a little muted from what I imagine it should be. Very drinkable... almost scarily so for something this high in abv.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled date of 5/25/13, so 3 months old.

Poured a nice yellow with some orange hints, very faint haze. White foamy head of about 1/2 inch retained for a while before becoming a collar with a faint cover. Lacing was light but stuck. This beer looks almost harmless when sitting there. "Come on, drink me"

Nice hops smell, with just a hint of the alcohol behind it.

Taste is just great, a medium hop assault on the roof of the mouth and sides of the tongue.

The finish is clean, with a slow and not overpowering alcohol burn taking over from the hops bitterness. Mouth is somewhere between light and medium, a bit surprising for such a high alcohol DIPA. About 2/3rds of the way through the beer, the burn became more prevalent than the biting hops. Very soothing and satisfying.

Overall, a very good DIPA from a very good brewer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great big ipa, just how we like em. pours a dead sexy radiant honey color with a puffy white head, lasting, and maybe two inches tall. its got just the slightest haze to it, with mellow rising bubbles backlit by a setting Adirondack sun. ahhh. the nose is real hoppy, oily and dank, definitely in the west coast mold. some citrus notes, but also some more traditional bittering stuff, and some high alpha varietals too. medium pale and crystal malt middle, enough body and back bone, but gentle enough to lets the hops do the talking, or should I say screaming. this is an aggressive brew, bold and bitter, crisply refreshing for its size, but still sticky in the mouth, sappy, huge. alcohol is obvious but not unpleasant, just a reminder of the power of this beer, and that I probably shouldn't have more than a pint. great carbonation, this drinks pretty easy for what it is. founders has gotten the hops dialed lately, and this beer is a real testament to that, just a real well done example of the style.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/25/13

A - Pours a golden pale color with a small white head. Nice head and lacing.

S - Green dank hops, grapefruit peel, pine sap, sweet ripened apricots, rich malts, almost get an eggy mineral aroma.

T - Bittering hops surround a sweet fruity center, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and stone fruit. Then heavy amounts of pine bleed in with a bitter green bite. The pale malts have a honey sweetness and do their best to balance the bitter green hops. Finishes dry with a lemon herbal bitterness.

M - Medium weight but semi viscous at times. Low and slow carbonation. Dry finish.

Here is a dank, bitter, circle of hop flavor, kind of DIPA. This has the flavor and bitterness to match. Pale malts hold up so it's not a thin bitter mess like some IPA's I've had. This leans the toward green pine and grapefruit hops. Alcohol comes out a bit but works with the finish. This is the best Founders I've had to date.

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Photo of brurevu
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: It poured a deep gold with a solid white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was full of tropical fruits, floral hops and citrusy grapefruit notes. The initial taste was a huge grapefruit rind bitterness that deftly slid into a lingering floral hop bitterness and dry finish. The bready malt backbone helped hide alcohol that was undetectable. As the beer warmed the flavors became more intense and well balanced taking you through it’s robust hop flavor profile with every sip. A troublingly tasty and tippable brew despite it’s high ABV and bold hop flavors.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Soapy and golden. Good lacing.

Smell: Mild lemon. Surprisingly light, especially for a double.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very refreshing lemon, grass, and lemongrass. Again, it's very light for the style with a clean, pilsener finish.

Overall: Could have fooled me it was a double.

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

Had a chance to try this while at the Churchkey for brunch.

A-Lovely deep orange with minimal head

S-Citrus, floral, grapefruit and oranges

T-Citrus, Grapefruit bomb

M-Med carbonation, very smooth

O-Can't help but compare this to OTWOA. A little brother maybe. Don't know. Very similar grapefruit bombs. I will definitely seek this beer out.

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

lightly hazy amber straw with a medium, waning head. nose; big centennial hops, fruit preserves & bread. taste; big citrus hops (again, i mainly get centennial here, but there are others lurking about), grapefruit, small honey & pine balance extraordinarily well with the middle sweet malts, caramel & bread character. one of the only 9.4% abv beers that you'll agree drinks almost like a session ipa; with that number, yes, it's a tiny tad hot, but i've rarely seen it that high for this particular style and be so quaffable. teetering on the edge of perfection here and among my top favorites. =)

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Photo of mtomlins
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: A nice straw color with an orange hue. 1-2 fingers of head settling to a nice collar. Minimal lacing.

S: Big hop nose dominated by citrus (oranges, tangerines) with lots of piney and grapefruit notes.

T: Big hops from the start, dominated by floral/spicy American bittering hops; layered in is some nice citrus (grapefruit and oranges); a touch piney. A nice malt backbone. Finish is very dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and creamy.

O: Very good balance but maybe a bit on the dry side for an imperial, a bit heavy on the bittering hops.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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