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 goast8127
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mwill7287
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date reads "1/6/2012" (consumed on 2/5).

Appearance: When put in the light, this beer appears a mild straw color with a little bit of cloudiness in the body. A standard pour produces a light white head which quickly fades to a thin ring of surface lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles skirt through this brew. This time through the beer, there's virtually no lacing left behind on the glass. The ring of surface lacing fades away about halfway through the drink. 4.5/5

Smell: A beautiful pine and citrus bouquet compose the nose. Bright orange, tangerine, bitter grapefruit pack a strongly aromatic punch without being pungent. Lovely. 5/5

Taste: Starts with a jab of bitterness with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. It's strong on the piney resin. Bitterness rides the wave of each sip and sticks around for awhile in the aftertaste. However, the bitterness is never overwhelming - it's just right. Citrus textures flesh out the hoppiness beautifully. Just a bit of malt crispness balances this one out to keep it sane, but it's really hops all the way. Marvelous. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble turns out to be fairly light and easy drinking for a double IPA. It's a bit more carbonated than I expected based on appearance; it turns out just right. The bitterness creates a desirable dry spot, just enough resistance to prevent over-imbibing. 4.5/5

Overall: Founders, as they so often do, win the battle here again for me. Hopslam is great, but Double Trouble takes things to just higher a level with the full aromatics, juicy flavor, and just a bit of resistance in the mouthfeel. Love, as always. 5/5

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Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of smerrell
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has a pleasant grassy aroma, and pours a hazy golden color with a head that dissipates quickly. There is a sweet attack of ruby grapefruit and pineapple, with a long bitter finish. The hops are aggressive and provide plenty of bitterness. This beer isn't balanced - and that's a good thing. Certainly one for hop heads - I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of bradleyjay34
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of b2611
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of musicsherlock
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bonez05404
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jlordi12
3/5  rDev -28.4%

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

A: Not really any head, lots of lacing. Cloudy straw yellow with maybe a hint of orange.

S: So much ruby red grapefruit. Some piney hops. Yum!

T: Drying hops. More grapefruit. Some maltiness to adds some texture. Quite good.

M: Carbonated, spicy, full. Very nice!

O: Quite good. I enjoy it and would have another, but it's not my favorite Founders.

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Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Albemarle Ciderworks glass. Bottled on 23 December 2011.

A: White head fizzles and fades out. Unfiltered, straw yellow, and translucent. Great lace.

S: Piney hops. Big and strong with a healthy dose of sweet fruit.

T: Ruby grapefruit and drying, astringent hops. Strong, but a one (okay, two) note show. It's a good beer, no doubt, but not up to the standards I expected. Big malt base, providing a touch of chewy sweetness and the alcohol, but the hops steal the stage and monopolise the tongue with their resiny pine.

M: Excellent! Robust, carbonated, spicy, and engaging.

O: Overrated. A middling DIPA, but heavy on the hops (at least in the bottle). Not my favourite Founders. Recommended for hopheads, but not worth the hype.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with little head from the keg... some sediment as well.

Smell is what the color looked like... lemon citrus. At 9.4% ABV, this beer comes across much lighter.

Taste is sweet with notes of honey and lemon. Easy drinking, but not exactly what I expected coming from a double IPA.

Overall, a little bit of a let down coming from Founds, but different. Sure some love it and that's what the beer world go 'round.

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Photo of SaintJonah
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of dczernic
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of J23hc
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always with founders, awesome artwork on the label. Poured into a tulip. Half finger of bright white head, with foggy glowing orange body. Dank fruity hops on the nose. Lots of citrus, melon, a little lemon zest. Palate is smooth, and full. Lots of sweet malt balancing a bitter hoppiness. Some nutmeg or some other spice on the back of the palate. Smooth as hell and not too carbonated. Awesome brew!

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Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy golden hue, barely any head, constant bubbles rising from center of glass

S - bitterness, citrus, honey, smells of heavy booze.. grapefruit, caramel

T - slightly bitter initial with a very floral/fruity follow up.. very bitter after-taste. taste the hops with every burp. lingering bitterness turns very earthy and way more bitter. i am enjoying this bitterness way more than last year.

M - medium body with moderate carbonation. creamy mouthfeel..

O - this would be a good IPA if it didn't have such a distinct after-taste. it makes me want to just get the beer over with as fast as possible so i can try and get rid of the lingering bitterness.

Bottled on Jan 6 2012, drank on Feb 5 2012

edit: 2013 bottle drank fresh.. liking it way more. not sure if it's because my palate has developed or because it's just better this year. re-scored. went from a 3.25 to a 4.

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Photo of Balvenie
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured to pint glass. Over a full inch of creamy white head, fades slow. Slow n steady visible carbonation. Clear dark, bright yellow. I forced a solid head onto it with a hard pour, but this is a beaut.

Smells of lemony citrus, hops, clover, and white pepper.

Tastes smooth layers of hops, grapefruit, pepper, and hops. A beautiful layered balance.

Feels smooth and creamy with a bitter finish.

Overall, beyond decent. This is an excellent IPA. Stands out for sure.

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