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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 CrazyMacHarris99
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim, several clusters of ringlets and a thin band around the edges. Some spots and specks of grouped lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is grapefruit - some sweetness and some piny hops, as well as an earthy quality and a hint of booze in the mix. Taste follows nose, but somewhat muted - nothing really stands out on this one in terms of the grapefruit sweetness or the hops; somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and also slightly oily on the tongue. Decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away - nothing really popped on this; however, this feature does enhance drinkability - not to mention an extremely well-hidden abv at 9.4%.

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Photo of J30wang
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet hops. Smell also wafts of sweetness and depth. Fruity bitterness, but not overwhelming. This is going to be great on a hot summer afternoon. Pours a brilliant golden yellow and small head. borderline floral and good malt--doesn't taste dirty like sculpin or two-hearted.

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

A - A clear golden color. Light for a double IPA. Slight head retention and lace.

S - Lots of hops, as expected. Various floral aromas as well.

T - Very piney hops. A very big alcohol kick at the end.

M - Alot of carbonation. Full bodied.

D - Good, but a little too much hops. Not enough balance. A little too piney for my preferences.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange, almost a nuclear orange, with a single finger of creamy white head. The head dissipates to a cap. There is a moderate amount of lacing. 4.0

S: Smells like a centennial hop bomb, bring it on!. Tropical fruits and citrusy aromas dominate with a hint of crisp malt in the background. Nothing new or overly interesting here, but the aroma is quite nice. 4.0

T: Starts with a strong bitterness that eventually tones down and gives way to a strong, almost perfume-like, hop flavor. Malts are completely masked by hops. Hop flavors are tad resiny with quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some citrus. The finish has a bit of undesirable hop bitterness that lingers. There isn't too much that is new or interesting in this beer, but it is solid overall. Strong hop flavors don't muddle that well together and fall up flat in the end, other beers with 90+ IBUs can do a better job. 3.5

M: Luscious and creamy for a DIPA. Perfectly carbonated with a medium body. 4.5

D: Not complex enough to warrant a second serving. A lingering bitterness that makes this one not so refreshing and makes me not want to take another sip. 3.5

O: A decent DIPA that doesn't satisfy by high expectations from such a great brewery.

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

This beer pours a hazy, semi-transparent golden with an average white head. Strongly hoppy aroma has a hint of evergreen. Powerful hoppy flavor has firm tones of evergreen and grapefruit, quite sour. Lively, fizzy texture has firm body and is quite pleasing.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single bottle purchased and poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark golden yellow color with some white head. Spiderweb lacing.

S- 100% hoppy nose. This is obviously the star of the beer. Grapefruit and grass. Strong and pungent at times. Lemony?

T- Hop Bomb. Straight up. As evident by the nose, the hops really stick out. There is hardly any malt to speak of. Medicinal and citrusy hops. Nothing too complex.

M- Too light for me. I wanted more of a creamy texture. This was somewhat thin.

D- Decent drinkability. It was easy going down and the booze was tempered. Very bitter. Wanted more balance.

This was good and should satisfy anyones craving for a mouthful of hops.

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Photo of birchstick
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy light yellow with a patchy head that is typical of hoppy beers.

S - sweet juicy hops - grapefruit and a bit of pine. Smells delicious.

T - This is a pretty one-dimensional hop bomb. Starts off with some sweet citrus hops, blends with more hops, and finishes with some bitter, piney hops. Not the most balanced of beers, but the hops are delicious and pretty in your face.

M - smooth and full; goes down very well.

D - this was an okay DIPA. Not very well balanced, but the hops were quite delicious. I like Devil Dancer better from this brewery, but this was enjoyable none-the-less...

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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 DIM
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy, pale yellow color. It poured with a thin, short lived head.

s: Big fresh aromas of earthy grapefruit, and vanilla cookie dough.

t: Bit of a let down here. Starts well with toffee and vanilla flavors. Next up are some lemon zest with a little pine. The finish is abrasively bitter and a little solventy.

m: Decent body, but maybe a little undercarbonated.

d: I love Founder's, but this came up a little short.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sadly the most prominent aspect of this beer is the alcohol content. All of the hops and any hints of wheat are muted by its potency. Not my cup of tea when it comes to imperial IPAs.

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Photo of Curloftheburl
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is good not great. It color is a little more pale than beers in its style, and the smell is muted. It smells of orange pine and grapefruit. Taste is very mineral like with hints of pine and citrus a spicy finish. Not as flavorful or refreshing as current ipas/dipas out there such as enjoy by, flower power, or sucks. I love founders but have come to expect more. brand aside this is a solid beer but it didnt wow me.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. 9.4% 94 IBU's

A- Double Trouble is a very pale bright gold color that comes with a 1 inch head that's quite foamy. Some nice streaks of lace are seen on the glass as the liquid disappears.

S- The usual piney hop flavor that comes with much bitterness. The blend of hops create a very earthy nose. DT has some citrus notes including some pineapple but not pronounced. Malts are almost non existent.

T- Very bitter hops up front with obvious dry hopped qualities. DT. The hops give of a lot of piney taste and a minimal amount of ripe fruit which is what i look for in my double I's. I still do get some grapefruit which is pleasant. Not much in the way for malts as they are drowned out by the bitter nature of this beer. Alcohol is in the background lingering in the distance.

M- Medium bodied with much bitterness & not much too offset that. A bit of workout on the mouth after a big gulp. A nice amount of carbonation though. At 9.4% the alcohol is noted but does not distract. DT leaves a very slick oil feel as it glides throughout.

D- The 9.4% can't be denied and this may burn out my taste buds after a few but this is on par with many of the top tier double ipa's. More enjoyable with some food and a good counterpart to founders centennial, let's not get started on Devil Dancer as that one is all over the place.

A good addition to the Founders line-up.

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Photo of Thanby
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey color with a finger of foamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the hops, a good blend that I can't quite distinguish from one another. Citrus notes, especially pineapple, a bit floral, sweet malt in the background.

First taste is an explosion of hops, spicy and a bit more floral than citrus here. Potent, but well-blended, and the light malt rounds out the background.

Medium body, smooth with good carbonation, the finish is a tiny bit thick with lots of lingering hops, almost a little soapy in the very end.

Trouble is a good word for it. The hops will knock you on your ass if you aren't expecting them, though they are balanced very well. The ABV is thoroughly masked. Not for the faint-of-palate but if IPAs are your thing, this is worth a try.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had this ale several times in the past and remember it fondly, so I though I'd do a review this time around. In doing so, I learned something about this brew that I hadn't realized before.

As usual this ale poured an ample three fingers of cream colored head which comprised both fine and medium sized bubbles. The head had descent staying power. There was a slight turbidity to the beer with an apparent yeast halo in the glass. There was nice lacing throughout my drinking occasion.

The aroma was of resinous hops, malt and ripe fruit (apricot?).

The flavor was piny hops, fruity yeast, alcohol, brown sugar and bourbon. There is a nice bitter/sweet balance with alcohol and malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The flavor is strong and robust. It is very appealing upfront ... but, there is a very strong bitter aftertaste to this ale which I had never noticed until now. Coming from a person who loves intense IPA's this is an unusual comment.

Drinkability is average to below average due to the aftertaste I previously mentioned. In addition, the ABV. would likely limit mass consumption of this ale at a single seating. Still, not a bad beer to enjoy from time to time.

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Photo of TommyW
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, gold body with a very sticky, white head.

S- A fairly balanced aroma of bready malts with a herbal, slightly pine/citrus hop profile; kind of sweet, honey aroma is also mixed in there too.

T- Hops seem to dominate the front of the palate, but mostly through an herbal, resiny, tea-like hop profile (reminds me a lot of summit hops). A quick flash of bready malts comes in and then is overtaken by the bitter finish that lingers on for a bit.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a terrible IPA, but the hop profile is a little one-dimensional (sort of reminiscent of oskar blues gubna, but a bit sweeter and maltier); it was hard for me to finish this one.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit hoppy smell and citrusy.

Taste: Citrus hoppy flavor and bitter. Not the most balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. Would seek this out again and drink more.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A medium light golden color. A little cloudy, not crystal clear. Poured into a pint glass with a white one finger head.

S- Smells fantastic. Very citrusy, Mandarin is the most prominent scent. Alcohol is hardly detectable if at all.

T- Hoptastic. The hops are definitely up front here. The fruitiness is not detectable just a good bitter hops flavor. Probably the least balanced Double IPA I've had. Alcohol is detectable. The finish keeps going with a hoppy bitterness.

M- Just what I would expect from a DIPA. Nothing more, nothing less.

D- Very good beer but not seductive enough to make me want another four pack. I think I'll try a different DIPA next time. That said, It is worth trying, especially if you are an IPA fan.

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Photo of NODAK
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is juicy. Really juicy. Grapefruit on top of tropical fruits. Very hoppy.

Pours a nice golden color with a fair head. It likely belies how intense the taste will be.

The citrus hop bitterness stings right away with a pretty good dose of grapefruit and perhaps tropical fruits (mango and peach come to mind). The 86 IBU's show. Then, through the body, some spiciness peeks through with a little malt. It's pushed back at the end by a hoppy finish lasting into the aftertaste.

Some DIPA's are very malty and some are basically hop juice. This is in the middle of that, leaning towards hoppy. I think this stays away from being so ridiculously hoppy that it detracts. That said, it's one of the more bitter ones I've had. Definitely need to be in the mood for a beer like this.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukaski for the hook-up.

The color is a mix of straw and tea. Pretty clea and bright in color. The head starts at about one finger, and slowly recedes to nothing. Th aroma is a bitter orange zesty nectar with some gummi bear sweetness. The coarse, bitter hop citrus nectar hits the palate upfront. Some dry pilsner malts mix to cut some of the hop bitterness that evolves into somthing a little more resiny and smooth for the finish. This a a hop bomb sipper in my opinion. Well integrated 9.4% alcohol too.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap at Founders the other day. Wow it sure is HOPPY. Not that nice flowery hoppy either, just piney. This thing is all sting. Luckily I was in dire need of a hop jolt so this beer was satisfying. There isn't much of a backbone to this beer just all hops, for that reason I marked it down in drinkability. It really is out of balance and isn't for the faint of heart. My tongue was gone after one pint. I was tasting the hops the rest of the day, not that that is a bad thing.

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Photo of jbone78
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buddy brought me this beer from North Carolina a few months ago. So, I am down to my last one. I guess I have to review it. Here we go...

A- Poured yellow/orange color with a very common cloudyness to beers dry hopped. Nice head, lasts for several minutes.
S- Not a lot to talk about, but hints of citrus.
T- Taste way better than it smells. Citrus, fruit, hops, malts. Good. Almost want to say there is some grapefruit in there.
M-The reason I want to say there is grapefruit in there is because of the feel you get at the end. It is like grapefuit. I have had a few IPA's with grapefruit and I dig it.
D-If Founders would get off their high horse and ship to florida, I would drink more. Otherwise, I guess I will keep on bugging people on the website for trades.


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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass. Great label!

A- Double Trouble pours a hazy golden amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, and leaves some good lacing on the sides. Rather light colored for style. Significant amount of sediment in bottle was added, for better or worse, about 3 sips in.

S- nice aroma featuring piney and floral hops with an underlying sweet caramel scent. Slightly earthy. High ABV apparent.

T- Good grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying caramel malt backbone. Rather earthy mid-palate onwards.

M- smooth; medium body; low/moderate carbonation.

O - Double Trouble is a respectable DIPA worth trying. I'd probably like this better with a lower ABV.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice.
No B.O.D. on bottle

Aroma: Bright citrusy hops, biscuity malt, a faint green apple twang, followed by pineapple and grapefruit on the end.

Appearance: Beautiful clear (for style) yellow-golden body. 2-finger head slowly collapses to an off-white foam cap w/ nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Flavor: Honey sweetness, bold bitternes, musky grapefruit, followed by a sharp bitterness that hangs on at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light body for the style. Medium carbonation. Hops are slightly drying on the tongue.

Overall: A decent DIPA with bracing bitterness and fruity hop aroma and flavor. A little bit less than I'd hoped for in the malt department, but it's clear that Founders was aiming for a cleaner, lighter DIPA rather than one with a malty whallop.

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Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large white head that had great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Huge pungent hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit but there is also other citrus fruits involved such as oranges and apricots. The flavor is one dimensional. More grapefruit and citrus flavors. Very high bitterness even at the proclaimed 86 IBUs. Alcohol is the only other flavor other than hops. Has a good body and carbonation but it can only do so much against the harshness of the hops. This beer is a poster child for palate fatigue. The high alcohol does not help either. Hopheads only need apply.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 6,427 ratings.
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