Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 6,529 |  Reviews: 1,684
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another cool label by Founders. Thanks Tony for sending this and others from back east!

Poured a light orange copper with beige head. This one has a pretty mild aroma for an iipa with some green grassy and spicy hops. Had a NuggetNectar in the flight too and this one just smelled like cardboard when put next to the NN.

Despite the aromatic shortcoming, it made up with a nice medium mouthfeel and a balanced taste. The alcohol is noticable, and at 9.4% it does lose a couple points on the drinkability scale. It is a bit sugary sweet, but otherwise a great taster.

I guess this one just didn't hold up to my PacNW ipa palate, reminding me of just another iipa.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: Had a strong citrusy, hoppy aroma to it.

T: Tasted strongly of hops, citrus and sweet sugary element. Sharp and tangy on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, solidly made double. Another good entry from Founders.

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Photo of Keith238
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, twist top, with no brewed date or best by date.

Very slight orange hue and a very slight haze. White head quickly disappeared to tight lacing in the glass. Very well balanced for a IIPA. Hints of biscuit and apricots in both the smell and the taste. Very dry finish which brought down my drinkability rating. All around a very tasty beer. Founders has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden straw color with a slight chill haze and a creamy snow white head. tropical fruit, honeyed bisuity malts, and resiny/lemony citrus in the nose. taste follows suit with the balance towards the big but smooth hop bitterness over the lightly sweet malts. medium in body with prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. warming alcohol is noted on the back end. long drying, bitter finish but not harsh. drinks easier than the abv would suggest.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with 2 1/2 fingers of brite-white head. Retains with nearly a 1/2 finger of smooth and creamy looking retention that has a fantastic flareup when swirled, leaving back some great looking spotty lacing that sticks like glue. The aroma is just LUSH smelling with tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. There are also surrounding notes of floral, herbal, and spicy hops, as well as some additional sweet tones of bread and caramel in the nose.

The taste is a spicy and tingling hop bitterness up front that is nicely balanced by fresh feeling citrus and bready caramel malt sweetness. Finshes very dry, bitter, and warming on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and creamy carbonation in the mouth and a nice feeling underlying slickness that helps this glide across the palette. Unfortunately, I'm also picking up a little too much of the nearly 10% ABV in this. It lessens somewhat as it warms but this combines with the present bitterness to give off a bit of a sting at times, which unfortunately hurt the drinkibility some for me.

It's good to see Founders releasing a DIPA in bottles and this one brings the thunder, with a big time fresh tasting mix of hops and citrus. A touch too hot maybe but I still really enjoyed this. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra acquired in a trade with OHLRangers. Thanks Ed!

Pours a hazy straw golden with a one finger head and some lacing. The head recedes quickly.

The aroma is of ripe, bitter grapefruit and pine resin. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the nose, as well as an underlying sweetness. Double Trouble is a dry, light bodied, west coast style DIPA. The high level of bitterness is reminiscent of grapefruit and pine, just like the aroma. Sweetness is very low. The alcohol is strong in the dry and bitter finish. The beer is light-medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky, oily mouthfeel. This is a pretty damn good Imperial IPA.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a four pack of this tonight at Winchester Wine and Spirits...lately it has been all about the hops for some reason. Pour gives off a light, clear golden color, which seems a bit unorthodox for this style. Usually you get darker tinges of orange and even red, but anyway, large white heading comes through. Complex nose, one that you should take your time with. I get honeysuckle, alcohol, pineapple, mango, bit of bees wax. Hops show themselves a lot more in the taste, with the hops beginning with a spicy edge, and then some tiny amount of fruit, and ending on a dry bitter note. Mouthfeel is light to medium, which is another oddball quality of this beer; still love it. Alcohol is very well hidden, although there were times when vodka popped in to my mind upon tasting. Easy drinking all around with this one. So far the alcohol has not crept up on me, but it is still somewhat early. Good going Founders.

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Photo of kasper
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a moist off-white head that falls to just a blanket, leaving tiny speckled lacing around the glass.

S: Great, fruity smelling IPA. Aromas of citrus, mandarine oranges, and sweet strawberries, hints of pineapple. Bit of spunkiness from the hops. One of the best smelling IPAs I've run across, but the aromas are short lived and grow faint quickly.

T: Taste is similar, tropical fruit-flavored malts with a big bitter bite that lingers on the finish.

M: Slippery with moderate carbonation. Heavy, as you'd expect from a DIPA.

D: Pretty hefty but tasty brew. It's a winner the bitterness and ABV would curb me after one. Could use a bit more balance.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into my Portsmouth snifter.

Good lemon honey color with a little carbonation and haze. Single-finger head leaves decent lacing.

Nice grapefruit quality and scent here...just Centennial or something more? Very very bountiful with light malt butterscotch sweetness. Slightly carbonated alcohol burn.

DAMN...that's a straight-edged bitterness to it. Citrus taste emerges with warmth but it's more of a grapefruit rind than the pulp. Carbonation takes the citrus and the alcohol, 'roids them both up to give a bit of a burn. Malt sweetness is in the back but it cuts the edge a bit.

As mentioned, the carbonation harshness gives this shark its bite. That Imperial IPA high-gravity sweetness is a saving grace, albeit a mild one. Still, lighter finish than expected.

Because this finishes up lightly it goes down pretty nicely. While there's an alcohol burn it doesn't translate into huge residual sugar and weight to the palate so it doesn't come off as thick. Nicely done.

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Photo of TPatuto
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light Golden color in direct light. Medium Golden otherwise. A light cloudiness persisted after the pour, giving it a little more character.

S- Floral hops up front with some citrus in the background. Maltiness is there, but the hops aromas were pretty overwhelming.

T- I let mine warm up a little more so as to not drink it super cold. The Malt and Hops balance was clearly there in the flavors. The Hops brought a slight bitterness and dryness to the beer. But the malts stood up pretty well to it. The hops took over completely on the finish. I'd expect that from an Imperial IPA.

M- Great feel. Medium body, coats your mouth and then dries it out. Never tasted "hot". Makes you really want more.

D- Very easy to drink for somehing thats over 9%. One of those "the next thing I know it was gone" beers. They did well with this one.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very bright and light golden colored body with a small fleeting white colored head. little to no retention and lacing.

S- sweet malts at first with alot of hops coming later. fruity, piny, and very citrus-y.

T- the first taste is lightly of sweet malts followed by an onslaught of hops. tons of citrus and pine. very bitter finish and small alcohol presence.

M- medium bodied and very crisp with alot of carbonation. a small bite and warming sensation from the alcohol.

D- an easy to finish beer and a quick fix for hop withdrawal. i could see myself having a couple of these, but any more than that and the high level of alcohol would take its toll on me. glad to see this one bottled, but i thought the on tap/growler was better.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is really good. I drink more 2 Hearted than any other beer, so I believe the folks at Bell's know something about hops, and this beer just reconfirms it.

Appearance is a clear but slightly dull brass color with a fairly small amount of head which quickly fades to the side of the glass. Aroma is pineapple-y hops, dried fruit, and a touch of butterscotch. Flavor is more hops, which offer both fresh fruit and a nice dry hop bite. There is also some malt backing to this beer and a nice dry finish. In addition to being delicious, this beer is dangerously drinkable, particularly at 9.4% ABV.

As time goes by and all the Double Trouble sitting on the shelf goes from being days to weeks old, I suspect some of the appeal of this beer will temper, but right now it is really good.

I bought this at the Blacklick Wine & Spirits in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a yellow orange thats slightly hazy and has a nice white, soapy head that diminishes to a small ring. The smell is slightly sweet with a citrus front and some fresh cut grass and pine bringing up the rear. The taste is slightly bitter hops without much pine and grass and more sugary sweet with a hint of pineapple and other citrus juice. The mouthfeel is a little thin and lacks body. The carbonation could be kicked up a little as well. The drinkability is still good but this one could be better. I believe Hopslam outshines this midwest DIPA.

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Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, lightly hazed, golden yellow color under a thick, whipped off-white head. Drippy little patches of lace and an ever-present bubbly cap. Deep hoppy aroma: heavy grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple, tropical fruit, and flowers. All fresh, dank, and oily smelling. Tons of sticky fruit-juicy hoppiness in the flavor. Sweet, sugary citrus hop oils stick to the tongue...that's about it, but it's done so damn well. Like biting into an orange. Medum-full body, creamy and yet almost crisp in the finish. Not much heat suprisingly, although something keeps it from being too dangerously drinkable. Still, a deliciously citrusy DIPA that impresses me on all levels.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 2-8-09

Pours a light golden orange color, with a foamy white head that leaves big bubbles and thick lacing behind.

Smell is sweet hops, lots of honey, booze and bitterness.

Taste is not as strong as I expected. tons of hop sweetness and alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is bitter and dry, what you'd expect.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, and detracts from the experience.

Drinkability is very good, the abv could quickly catch up with you.

Overall, one of the most subtle DIPAs I've had, and better for it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to iceicebaby for providing this in a recent trade.

Beer was lighter in color than I had expected. Bright gold in color with nice clarity and the slightest haze. Certainly nothing bad, just surprising. A foamy white head about finger and a ½ thick... It settled fairly quickly and left loads of spider web lacing inside the glass.

Aroma is fantastic and fresh. Fruity, juicy and some pine notes... I get a bit of the same aroma as Bells Two Hearted.

Flavor is fantastic. I'd like to do a blind taste between this and Hop Slam. From afar, I sense some similarities. A touch of pineapple in the flavor. Some black pepper, some citrus. Light toasted grains.... Wonderful lingering hop effect.

Just under sticky in body mouth feel... bright and fresh

Really drinkable and hides the 9.4% abv very well.

A very nice DPA.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden yellow/orange color with a huge fluffy white head that satys around for a long time,huge amounts of sticky lace all over the insides of my glass. Smells of grass(skunk weed,in a good way)pungent citrus and piney hops with very little malt presence.Flavor at first is ultra sugary/tart grapefruit,oily lemon peel, and pine needles, more bitterness,if you let it warm enough you can detect some of the faint caramel malt tones,and this very faint note of honey. Finish is dry and a little boozy. Medium in both body and carbonation.One of the best growlers of beer ever drank. Super Ultra Good !

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Photo of ironlung
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from bb8189. You ROCK!!!

Pours honey-orange with a extra small white fizzy head that doesn't hang around or leave any lacing. Smell is carmel malt and lots of hops I think I detect some honey notes as well(but it could be all the hopslam I've been slammin'). Taste is off the charts this is another top-notch double! Everything is right in place with this well balanced hop-bomb. It's nice to know their doing this in the mid-west. If I ever find my self in the great-lakes area I know I can get some great beer. Seek this one out hop lovers from all regions, you'll be glad you did!

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Photo of Slynger
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brighter than expected goldy orange color with a slight haze and a cap of nicely sized, fine and bubbly, off-white.

Pungently hoppy nose. Grapefruit, citrusy rind and pine come in strong.

Salty cracker base, not much sweetness at all. Juicy citrus and pineapple with a fairly solid rindy bitterness, and spicy-piny hops. It is both slick and smooth with a fine carbonation, but the abv takes away from the drinkability a bit.

A solid, if rather pungent IIPA.

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Photo of meatyard
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap and from a bottle today. There is a difference, tap is noticeably better (for me) even though it's very good from the bottle. If you get the chance, find it on tap. I'm reviewing the tap version. Thank you Matt Capone for getting this on tap.

It was poured into a pint glass with a short head by the bartender in order to fill the glass.

Appearance is a hazy, golden/yellow with a small white head that left what lacing it could.

The smell is wonderful. Very floral, citrusy, pine & resin along with a sweet maltiness.

The taste is very much the same as the smell though a bit more balance with an increased malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little oily, just right.

Drinkability is excellent. Sure, after 3-4 (I am an alcohol lightweight) of these I may not recall my name but who cares?

The main differences I see between the bottle & tap is in the smell & taste, both of which are more intense on tap. I notice the alcohol in the bottle and not at all on tap. More balance on tap for me as well and not as bitter.

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Photo of JoeCeez
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy straw/hay with a white head that quickly dissipates to leave patchy lacing, doesn't look like your everyday DIPA

S: smells fantastic, super hoppy citrus tropical and lots of really heady skunky buds, if it were weed and it smelled like this I would have no problem paying $65 for an eighth

T: this is one tasty motherfuckin beverage, the hops dominate the flavor but there is a nice sweet malt backbone to it, mostly tropical fruits, some pine and citrus, bitter dry finish

M: medium bodied with some decent carbonation slightly sticky

D: alcohol is barely noticable making this very drinkable but after 3 or 4 you'll be gettin tipsy.

Another homerun for Founders, I really like this beer because it reminds me of Pliny the Elder. Definitely one of my new favorite DIPAs

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Sexual Chocolate release at Foothills Brewing Company, Winston Salem, NC. Poured into a sampling glass.

Appearance: Pours a very light, yellow body, almost green in places given the way the light hits it, slightly hazy though with plenty of clarity as well. Though there's no much of a head, there's a nice foamy white collar, thick, bubbly, and plenty of flecks of bubbly, erratic lace. A decent looking brew.

Aroma: This was the most prominent thing about this beer. The light citrus on this one is absolutely through the roof, pungent and intense, with tons of orange rind, grapefruit zest, rich, with flourishes of basil, mint, and tropical fruit, pineappley and strawberry-esque. The balancing sweetness is simple, fine, with no signs of roast - just a nice underlying sweetness to keep things in check. Just great.

Taste: A bit of a step down. The bitterness here takes over ever so slightly - it's moderate to high, leaning towards high. The sweetness is honey-simple, pale, but most of the accompanying hop notes are familiar from the aroma - leafy, slight hints of pine, strawberries, citrus. It's well-rounded, but a little too bitter. Tone down the bitterness to let the hop flavors shine through and this would be a world-class taste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly even, full, and smooth, well-carbonated to the point of creamy plus a slight prickle. Very well made, and toning down the effervescence every so slightly would make it a solid 5.0.

Drinkability: A very, very solid example of my favorite style, this one's more to the light end - lighter citrus, lighter leafy notes, very simply sweet - and that's A-OK with me. The 9.4% is hidden amongst the hoppy goodness, and - if the bitterness were toned down a little and the carbonation toned down ever so slightly, this one would be nearing a perfect 5.0. A lot of promise here, but even with those minor flaws, this one's a great, great beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This pours out a very pale color, like straw. There's a thin head with loose bubbles and decent lacing. The smell is really great. There's an amazing fruitiness in the hops. A bit different than the over-the-top citrusy kind of stuff. The hops are just pungent and wonderful, like fresh hops. After the head fades a bit, you get a bit more of the alcohol smell. The taste is far less hoppy. You get this resinous, sticky feel, with a kind of piny taste, and there's quite an alcohol taste. There's kind of a fake fruity taste in there, like candy fruit flavors without the sweetness. Very dry. The mouthfeel is actually very nice. It kind of warms you inside, and is quite smooth. The carbonation is not too sharp. The drinkability is about average. There's very little to pull you away, but this one catches you quick enough to prevent the desire for a second.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very light orange/ dark yellow, slightly hazy with a thin white head and a massive amount of lacing. I've seen regular IPAs with more meat on their bones.

S- Some candy banana aroma, pineapple, mango, and a bit of alcohol. Pretty aromatic. Smells pretty good, but just doesn't quite have that magic I look for. Very sweet smelling.

T- Very sweet and unique. The fruitiness is great. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Very enjoyable.

M- Smooth without a harsh bite. The carbonation keeps it just alive.

D- A very different take on the style. I did enjoy this, but it is a little on the sweet side.

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 6,529 ratings