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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

Added by CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, golden yellow with a half finger head that dissipates fast, leaving bubbles in its wake. Very little lacing.

S: Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit.

T: Follows nose with added lemons. Hops are smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium; kinda creamy carbonation. Dry.

O: Another winner from Founders. I'm not a hophead, but these imperial IPA's are really selling me.

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3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

86 IBUs. 9.4% ABV. Bottled 03/08/2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which I'm liking more and more.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of smooth fluffy soft creamy goodness, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour of the body is a pretty dull uninspired semitransparent dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hop-dominant, with heavy floral character, some light citrus, and emergent bitterness. Clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, with good rounded floral character concealing the bitterness nicely. Clean malts form the foundation. Some underlying cream. Light citrus, maybe even hints of pine. Pleasant to drink. Refreshing. Nicely balanced, if simple. Built well for an IPA; these brewers know that brewing IPAs is not a dicksizing competition to see who can use more hops. I like it, though its simplicity holds it back. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too much so on both counts. Dries slightly in the third act, a nice effect that encourages the next sip. Adequate carbonation. A bit too thick.

Dr: A drinkable little IPA. It's not horribly complex or unique, but it'll satisfy any IPA fan's needs. I like it. Hides its ABV very well; I'd guess it's 5.4% if I didn't know the true figure. Another solid brew from Founders, but nothing truly great.

Would pair well with spicy food.

Low B-


Additional truncated notes from a bottle I'm drinking on 09/07/13:

A: 3 finger head of white colour. Fluffy. Nice thickness and creaminess. Inconsistent sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of above average vibrance. Overall, it's a bit paler than most imperial IPAs. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Lots of bursting hop character: floral, piney, nectary, and citrusy. Orange peel, a bit of grapefruit. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Peach, mango, maybe apricot? Any bitterness seems nicely tamed. A bit resinous. Some might call it dank. A pleasant clean aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-flavours.

T: Flirts with that stale orange juice note that plagues so many IPAs; I'm not a fan of that at all. Some orange citrus, a dash of grapefruit. Light oily hops. Floral hop character. Pilsner malts provide a more reticent foundation than most imperial IPAs feature. Pale malts lend it some additional body. Resinous. A bit too much bitterness does come through. Oniony - especially on the climax. Balance isn't ideal by any means. There's complexity here, but not much subtlety.

I do notice the alcohol.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent body. Nice presence on the palate. Approachable. Sticky.

Dr: I may have actually enjoyed this more the first time I reviewed it. The alcohol is more evident than I'd remembered and the balance is worse. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends, but I think it's just my personal taste. It's an imperial IPA that will please many fans of the style.


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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Double Trouble pours a slightly hazy gold color with a bit over a finger of pure, snow-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The carbonation constantly and gradually rises from the bottom of the glass, never quite replenishing the head, but giving the top of the beer a swamp-like appearance. Minimal lacing is there, but it sticks around quite a while (the drinker’s mouth will soon experience this staying power). Upon swirling, the beer appears a bit leggy, but at 9.4% ABV this is hardly a surprise.

Smell: The smell is strongly of citrus hops, and a slight hint of pine. Additionally, a bit of pineapple makes itself known. Outside of directly similar scents, the beer gives a sort of smelling impression of cleanness, crispness, and freshness.

Taste: Though quite bitter and rind-esque, the beer is quite refreshing and follows its nose reasonably closely. There is a definite, extreme citrus representation that most clearly calls lemon to mind, but notes of orange and a much stronger pineapple taste than the aroma let on give Double Trouble a complex palate. This beer finishes with a lingering, orange rind aftertaste that just begs for you to continue drinking it. Remarkably, the alcohol is nowhere to be found on the tasting board.

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble lives up to its name in the mouthfeel category thanks to two overriding factors: astringency and stickiness. While drinking (and long after one has finished drinking), one’s mouth simply will not stop watering due to the overpowering astringency of this DIPA. It is as if Founders opened a carwash in the mouth of the drinker. The stickiness factor comes into play with the staying power of the taste and the necessity of licking one’s lips after taking each drink.

Overall: Double Trouble is an excellent example of the Imperial IPA style thanks to its relative adherence to the hallmarks of said style. Those who aren’t fond of particularly rindy tastes need not apply. Personally, this reviewer prefers Bells Hopslam to this offering from Founders, but there is no question this is an excellent (and slightly cheaper) way to experience a delicious DIPA. The best thing Double Trouble has going for it is the way it keeps you coming back for another swig, and once there, it does not disappoint as it seems to get better and better towards the bottom of the glass. 16.5/20

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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow-orange hue. Half a finger of frothy white head. You might be able to convince BMC drinkers to give it a try on appearance alone.

Smell: Very citrusy: pineapple, citrus, pine, and even some tropical fruit. A slight alcohol aroma, as the hops fade over time, but not much when it was fresh.

Taste: Crisp Bitterness, citrusy, and very little sweetness or any malt presence. A very refreshing beer, one of a few DIPAs I could drink on a hot day (this should be Founders summer release, not cerise). Very little alcohol presence.

Overall: Big-bitter-hop-bomb. The lack of any malt presence really allows this beer to showcase the hops. Definitely a top 10 IPA/DIPA. Obviously best drank fresh, but still good after a few months

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with good retention on a cloudy pale golden with very slight crimson hue body.

S: pine, grapefruit, pale malts and floral notes. overall a touch musty.

T: piney notes dominate the citrus ones which are still represented. Nice malt backbone and content.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Thick on the palate

Overall: A very good beer but in a genre with so many good beers, this one doesn’t stand out.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 6,436 ratings
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