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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 zdk9
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dark yellow or pale orange- the liquid can't really decide. Some crazy walls of lacing covering the glass.

S- The aroma is less hoppy than the taste. There's some grassiness, and then a good deal of maltiness coming through. Also a touch of alcohol singing my nose.

T- This is quite delicious. The hops aren't overbearing in their flavor profile. The bitterness is prominent but also not overbearing. The malt sings through like graham crackers and hearty dinner rolls.

M- Quite the burn. Doesn't hide it's alcohol very well.

D- A beautiful beer and well balanced. I'm not sure I'm in love with the flavors that are presented but I'd give it another try if I had another to drink. Ah, for my next trip to Michigan...

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Photo of kscaldef
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden with nice bubbles. Smallish, short-lived head and not much lacing.

S: Lots of sticky, resiny hops with tropical subnotes. A little bit of fresh hay and some biscuit malts backing it up.

T: More bitter up-front than I expected, and less malt sweetness. Hop character here is earthy and herbal, with slight onion. The malts are primarily dry cracker.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter, clean finish.

O: Personally, I'm more of a sucker for west-coast, citrusy, dank piney IPAs, but this is quite well made and tasty. I wouldn't mind a little more body / sweetness.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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 superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Serving temperature approximately 40 degrees F.

Pours a slightly hazy deep burnished gold with a small cap of white foam roughly a half-finger in height. Head settles to a thin, patchy cap that leaves behind some delightful wispy broken legs of lace on the walls of the glass.

Not a lot going on in the nose, even as the temperature warms nearer to room temperature. A slight aroma of citrusy hops, lemongrass and a bit of grapefruit, with a faint alcoholic tinge. Nothing spectacular on that front.

The body is surprisingly light. Medium-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation, helping to lift things a bit; I suspect that without the carbonation, this brew would be a little heavy. Sweet malt up front, honeyish and a little fruity with a hint of apple and pineapple; the hops introduce themselves in the middle with a mildly citric note before delving straight into palate-obliterating bitterness. Bone-dry and powerfully bitter all the way into the finish, where a little alcohol shows up to dry things a little more before hitting an aftertaste that is parching a little off-putting, but one which certainly screams for another quaff.

Drinkability is fairly good for such a hefty beer, mostly due to the fairly light body and immense dryness in the finish. Difficult to determine whether to sip or slosh this one, which can be a good or a bad thing. Good, as it makes the beer more desirable, but once the alcohol kicks in, that certainly becomes a negative. Overall, though, a pretty well-put-together DIPA.

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Photo of macher0
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip. Not sure of age, but certainly not fresh.

A: Copper to dark copper. Translucent. Very small head that quickly retreats to bubbly rim. Minimal lacing.

S: Not very fragrant. Yeast. Floral. Hops. A minor hint of citrus (likely because I was expecting it).

T: Floral on the front and hops at the end. No citrus. Mildly bitter and a hint of booze.

M: Moderate to full bodied. Fairly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

O: A nice DIPA. There are better ones and worse ones. Based on previous reviews, I was expecting a lot more citrus on the smell and taste, and since I really favor that in an IPA, I was disappointed. The age may have something to do with the lack of citrus, since this bottle was not fresh by any means. I would buy this again if fresh.

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Photo of kegger22
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange that settled into a clear orange. Small head even with an aggressive pour. Aroma was citrus with a high alcohol smell after it warmed. Taste was hoppy bitter and grapefruit. Too bitter for me straight out of the fridge, but it warmed up nicely at room temperature, removing excessive bitter. Not bad at all. The feel is oily and drinkability is OK.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unimpressive pale yellow color that is too clear with a thin white head and poor retention. I figured a DIPA brewed by one of the worlds top breweries would look more full than this. Nose is resiny, hoppy, and a bit boozy. The astringent hops and pine notes overpower anything else in the nose. Tastes the same but finishes with a bitter-sweet bite and a nice chewy body. This is a decent DIPA but it pales in comparison to Hercules or Good People's Snakehandler for the matter.

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Photo of mjl21
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thank you Josh.

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info given. Comes in at 86 IBUs and 9.4%.

A-Pours a hazy honey yellow/orange with a half finger white head that sticks around.

S-A lot of sweet caramel malt and some orange zest.

T-The caramel malt hits first. Get grapefruit bitterness on the back. Definite warming alcohol as the beer goes down. Also pick up on the orange notes as well as some honey.

M-Medium bodied. This was lighter than I expected for a high abv DIPA.

D-I think the sweetness would prohibit me from drinking more than one in a session. Good as a one off.

My first beer from Founder's. Overall I thought it was a good DIPA. I would love to try it fresh from the tap. Given all of the choices of DIPAs that I have available to me, I would probably go with something else, but if offered, I would not pass this one up.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
Bottled on date of 6/15/11.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a burnt tan head, about 1.5cm tall, decreases over a few minutes and leaves a bit of lacing. Head eventually becomes a ring around the glass with an island or two. Body is yellow-gold in color, slightly hazy.

Aroma is of citrus hops atop a strong malt sweetness, almost cloying, and noticeable ethanol.

Flavor begins with malt sweetness. Surprisingly, this tastes less bitter than their Centennial IPA, is noticeably sweeter from the amount of malt used. Transitions then to a short flash of tropical fruit, particularly mango and pineapple. Grapefruit is present as the other fruits begin to fade, along with classic hop bitterness. Again, malt sweetness present behind all this. Ethanol becomes apparent in the close, more noticeably as this warms.

Medium-heavy bodied with medium levels of carbonation. Slight harshness on the palate from the ethanol burn, also heat from the alcohol felt in the mouth and nostrils. Finish dry/puckering.

A good DIPA, plenty of flavor, perhaps too sweet for my tastes, and the ethanol burn and obviousness is a bit of a let down. I'd look for slightly more balance between the alcohol, sweetness, and hops, though still expecting extremes in all of those. For me, the combination here just isn't the right one.

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Photo of Dano420
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, cloudy, dark yellow. Head recedes quickly leaving a thin layer on top.

Smell is pungent grapefruit and orange. Hop aroma is rather strong. Very pleasant smell.

Taste is grapefruit and hops. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a oily but not offensive. A little thin. Alcohol is barely noticeable and kicks in quick.

Lacing drips back into my glass, leaving very little on the edges. Finish is nice and dry.

Overall this is a very good IIPA. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Keith238
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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 AdamMY
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden but hazy, with a nice dense white head.

Smell is pronounced, with wildflowers, and fresh berries. Nice hint of sweetness too.

Taste is the IPA taste that makes me wonder why people drink IPAs on a regular basis. Laden with so much grapefruit its hard to distinguish anything else. That being said its an incredible grapefruit taste, and it is what most IPAs are known for so take my rating with a grain of salt. I personally find it overwhelmingly sour, though this one is somewhat decently balanced with a hint of sweetness, and other grains.

Mouthfeel is decent, not super creamy, but definitely has more substance to it than water.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Trouble pours the color of dark tree sap (amber) with a small, creamy looking off-white head. OK retention and a small amount of lacing.

The aroma packs a good amount of hops. Slightly floral with grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of pale malts underneath.

Double Trouble comes out with guns blazing, with loads of grapefruit and bitterness from the hops. A general citric fruit flavor mixes in there also, with orange and others represented. There is also a moderate pine flavor. A touch of sweetness from the pale malt rounds out the beer, but doesn't really do anything to provide balance, as the hops are far more powerful than the malt. There is also a moderate alcohol warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel has a slightly oil feel to it. The body is a touch above medium and the carbonation is pretty average.

I think I like just about everything Founders makes, and Double Trouble is no exception. It's a pretty solid IIPA.

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Photo of jdhende
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/23/2011 bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A: Pours a nice golden orange with an off white head.

S: Strong citrus and tropical fruit notes followed by some malt.

T: Follows the nose with very sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Finishes with bitter pine notes.

M: Medium bodied. The hops linger for awhile.

O: Glad I was able to try, but does not stack up against many of the other great midwest DIPA's. Would enjoy a Hopslam or Dreadnaught over this every time.

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Photo of Telix
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had a draft of this at Ashley's in Ann Arbor in a standard pint glass.

A: The pour was an absolutely crystal clear light copper ale with no head and nice levels of carbonation. A nice looking IPA that I want to dig into.

S: A huge floral honey hoppy sweetness jumped out of the glass. It's actually ridiculously close to Hop Slam, which was surprising -- I hadn't had Double Trouble for some time, but I didn't remember it smelling like this. As it warms a bit of soapiness emerges (somewhat like Pliny The Elder), along with a bit of pepperiness.

T: A big citrus bitterness hits your tongue, with a ton of grapefruit, a weird subtle mild sweet-tart cherry, and a futile attempt to balance things with any malt sweetness. It's fierce on the tongue, and the brew leaves it feeling overly dry and alkaline. Double Trouble is an example of why Hop Slam is as lauded as it is... this beer is just too sharp, too uncontrolled, and not sweet enough.

M: A nice chewy thickness that is great for the style.

D: Double Trouble is a beer you can drink as fast as you want, I suppose, but isn't a chugger. It's just far too harsh and strong, and a tongue bruiser. I love Founder's and want to like this more, but it's just a little extreme, even for the style. I think that they could dial down the IBUs a bit and bring in some more subtle maltiness and it would be equal to Hop Slam in many ways.

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Photo of camp0474
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a white head with fine carbonation. Body is light orange with a little haze. Some light lacing.

S: HOPS!!! Grapefruit, a bit floral, and hint of skunky grassy smell.

T: Floral, grassy pine hops. Not as much fruit flavor as I expected with the strong grapefruit smell. The hop oils linger. Small traces of sweetness attempt to balance the bitter hops.

M: Medium body. Fine carbonation. Heavy hop oils stay on the tongue.

D: The bitterness and high ABV make this more of an occasional beer for my tastes. Very good beer when looking for a hoppy good time.

Very good hop forward beer. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of jtingue
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Batch. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Golden straw color. Pours hazy with finger of head, which dissipates to a layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is great and just sticks to the glass and refuses to leave. There is also a nice column of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Grassy and citric hops. Also some malty sweetness to accompany the hop forward nose.

Taste. Starts out slightly bready, but is almost immediately dominated by a grassy, but not overly bitter hop flavor. Bitterness starts to build, as does a grapefruit like citrus flavor. Some bready or cracker-like malt presence returns. The finish is pretty balanced with a bready sweetness and citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Great creamy body with very tight carbonation.

Lots of hop flavor trying to break through, but the bitterness just overpowers a lot of what I think is in there. The substantial malt presence helps to balance this though. Either way, an enjoyable and very midwest imperial IPA.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer with a nice 2 finger head and extensive sticky lacing. The smell surprised me. I was expecting a citrusy piney cloud of hops. Instead I got a spiced, grassy scent that allowed some underlying malt to peek through. Taste removes any subtlety in the hops. Big, bitter, spicy, floral. I didn't get much citrus at all but after a week of drinking Hopslam this beer might be suffering a little bit in comparison.

Might also be suffering a little in comparison to all the absolutely stellar offerings from Founders but a top noch DIPA

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Photo of brow1901
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy deep gold in color. Small white head fades prety quick. Leaves decent lacing.

S- Hops in the nose obvioulsy but I think the dry hopping was very heavy. I'd like to have more hop character in the nose. Not too exciting.

T- Good balance in this brew, the hops are not overly done. Definitly less hoppy than other double IPA's but the hops in this beer have purpose. The mellow light malt sweetness hits the tounge first and helps with the final finish.

M- Average mouthfeel not overly carbonated, leaves a nice dryness.

D- Very drinkable, I was surprised to see it was 9% this brew will sneek up one you. Overall a good Imp IPA but not the best any means.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this bottle

Consumed 2/12/12

Appearance: Golden in color with a touch of orange, slightly hazy but mostly clear, whispy white head that fades quickly, spotty lacing

Smell: Citrus everywhere - tons of grapefruit, with some orange - pith, zest, and peel - some wet, sticky pine resin, too - floral, and a little herbal - tropical, too - malts are quite hidden, but they do smell biscuity and a bit toasted - smells great but it is a bit chaotic and harsh

Taste: Citrus, pine, and grassy/herbal hops - a number of flavors that seem like they should meld better - grapefruit pith, orange rind, lemon, light fruits, tropical fruits, resiny pine, grass, and a touch of aspirin - very bitter (in a pithy, grassy way), and the bitterness is cloying - malts are slightly biscuity and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, nice carbonation, but too sticky, resiny

Overall: Very good, but not the best

This is a no-holds-barred assault of hops, and I feel it could be a bit more balanced. The grapefruit, grass, and pine are nothing short of intense. This is definitely worth a try, even if it is not personally my favorite.

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

A-Pours hazy blonde/light amber with 1/3 inch of creamy eggshell white head. Leaves rings of sticky lacing.

S-Piney with light pale malt sweetness. Aromas of grapefruit and Dole canned pear juice.

T/M-Muted citrus/tropical fruit hop flavors.The body is round and sweet. Never gets too malty, but not terribly hoppy either. Finish is dry with a warming quality.

O-Would prefer a more assertice hop profile. Pretty good.

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Photo of SamT
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Nice fruity aroma from the hops, mango/grapefruit. Just maybe a hint from the aroma that it is a higher ABV. Nice caramel malt aroma as well.

A- Clear copper/gold, thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Carbonation rising through the middle of the glass.

F- Definite carbonation hit to the roof of the mouth. Spicy off the bat, and through the finish! Heat after the swallow I would guess from the alcohol. Almost of little bit of pepper type bite through the finish.

M- Higher carbonation level than I would have thought and the elevated alcohol level is definitely apparent with the warmth/burn. Coats the mouth thoroughly, yet dry finish.

O- Generally like the big DIPAs to be a little smoother, though this one actually is quite refreshing. Aftertaste left me a bit off.

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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 Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Edit - I decided to completely re-review this one based on the release of Doom (which I ended up comparing side-by-side). It faired better than last year's batch.

Single picked up from MSCM. 12 oz. into a FFF Rastal May 1st, 2013.

A - Bright golden color with a white soapy foam that leaves little retention. Some legs and marginal lacing.

S - A pop of mandarin immediately coated with mint leaves, green tea, fresh car (almost leathery or shoe-like), appropriately dirty and danky, light alcohol, and a touch of further tropical fruit that can't quite pull through.

T -Much more condensed into pulpy grapefruit and sappy pine. Nutty with slight booze. Too unbalanced.

M - Long dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation. Plentiful backing heat for less than 10%.

D - I actually really enjoyed the nuances in the aroma but the flavors (while overt) are not complex enough to match some newer recipes.

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

No visible bottle date, WTF?

A: Pours a hazy grainy ale with a transient single finger of white foam which falls to a sheet with a central cap of the same. Ringed lace.

S: Lots of pine and a bit of black olive. Citrus rind as well. Pretty solidly light and sweet malt undercarriage.

T: Bitter and malty with more citrus and resin than I had anticipated. The black olive flavor still comes through here, but ever so slightly. The finish is a little hot, but this tandems with the bitterness pretty well.

M: Surprisingly thin with low carb and a dry finish.

O: This is a decent brew. I dig the matchmaking of the malts with the hops. This is not balanced, and rightfully so. As a DIPA, I would expect the beer to be dry, hoppy and crisp; kinda like a high quality czech pilsner on roids.

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