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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 vic21234
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear amber, light-orange color. About a fingers worth of head forms on the top and slowly fades. Nice lacing is apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- A hop bomb, I could smell this one as I opened the bottle. The hop characters noted are mostly of citrus.

T- An awesome beer. Front of the sip is all hops. Tons of citrus notes, with some piney resin as well. Finishes bitter and dry.

M- Bitter, slightly boozey but extremely drinkable.

Double Trouble is an awesome beer, and its up there with Hopslam as one of my favorite DIPAS.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden yellow and very hazy. I love seeing a DIPA this pale in color. Lots of bubbles rising to the top help to maintain a thin, foamy white layer on top. After the initial pour the head was not much, but the foam does coat the glass.

S - Yes! Big blast of juicy hop goodness. Tropical and citrus fruits with lots of pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of lemon. There is also a nice sweetness to the nose reminding me a little bit of honey. The hops are on splendid display in this one.

T - Light, biscuity sweetness initially that is quickly overcome by a big citrus hoppiness. The tropical pineapple notes are still present as well, just not as strong as they were in the nose. The hoppiness maintains its bitter hold through the drink and finishes with a crisp lingering bite.

M/D - On the lighter side of medium bodied with an excellent crisp carbonation. The hops dont have the mouth coating feel of some oter big DIPA's, but that is about the only criticism I can come up with. An excellent DIPA.

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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 secondtooth
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque gold/yellow..moderate head. Not especially attractive.

Aroma, though? Try strong and fragrant. Happy green hops galore. Fresh, strong, pine-grapefruit. I liken it to enjoying a sunny day in a meadow. Impressive and beautiful.

Flavor is amazing...grassy, earthy, bitter...much citrus. And the high ABV isn't masked by the rampant hops overflow. It's altogether a powerful assault on the tastebuds that I, for one, welcome.

Absolutely delicious, and a benchmark Imperial IPA to me.

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Photo of brurevu
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: It poured a deep gold with a solid white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was full of tropical fruits, floral hops and citrusy grapefruit notes. The initial taste was a huge grapefruit rind bitterness that deftly slid into a lingering floral hop bitterness and dry finish. The bready malt backbone helped hide alcohol that was undetectable. As the beer warmed the flavors became more intense and well balanced taking you through it’s robust hop flavor profile with every sip. A troublingly tasty and tippable brew despite it’s high ABV and bold hop flavors.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: light amber; moderate head
S: striking aroma of honey and lemon; the scent lingers for some time
T: fulsome hoppy flavor; bitter (NB the 86 IBU rating) with strong hints of pine needles
M: foamy, silky mouthfeel; I've not felt a beer with this kind of delicate mouthfeel in a long time
D: the beer invites you to have more, remarkable considering how hoppy this beer is (but not remarkable considering how happy this beer drinker is).

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle dated 5/29/14 into IPA glass. Not quite fresh but this is New Hampshire, so that will have to do. Slight white foam head and minimal lacing. Beautiful aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is of strong grapefruit and warm burn from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is peppery and a little carbonation as well. Overall, a very well done Imperial IPA that I'm glad I got to try!

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Photo of troegaarden
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Poured vigorously into the glass with the result being a very present, off-white head which quickly subsides. There's a nice 1/2 a finger head retention throughout after it subsides. The brew is a very deep, almost Tootsie Pop orange in color.

S: The aroma is definitely very hop-forward with this beer. Definitely something you could expect with a double IPA. The hops are pretty astringent in the nose. Also, the hop character is very citrusy in nature with this beer.

T: Big hop presence in how it tastes with a big malty background as well. I think that the hops definitely dominate this beer, but you can still taste the malt going on in the background. This beer finishes rather dry and the hops linger slightly on the tongue. I get a little Pine along with some citrusy fruitiness.

M: The mouthfeel is generally smooth, although the hops disrupt this a little bit.

O: This beer is definitely a solid DIPA. Very tasty and hoppy as you could expect from Founder's Brewing.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bronze colored with a thin wispy head that dissipates to a ring on the edge of the glass. Scents of citrus (tangerine and grapefruit) and a bit of pine resin or maybe spruce. Taste is citrusy and floral, with a lingering bitterness. Feel is light, with light carbonation.

This is definitely hop forward, but is still really excellent overall. It's high alcohol, but the hops are more prominent than any booziness.

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Photo of david18
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I had the Centennial and wasn't impressed. i had the pale ale and the porter and was blown away. I think of all of them this was my favorite.

I'm not sure which hop i'm tasting and smelling but there's something there that I haven't had with any other double ipa. I guess it's piney but whatever it is it's very unique.

The drying effect of the hop is great! You feel the drying but are very refreshed at the same time.


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Photo of Packforever1976
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in my 12 oz. tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger off-white head. Ok retention for the style, leaves a nice layer on top. Very sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is full of big hops...lots of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits. Wow. I have no words, smells amazing.

T: Taste echoes the aroma, and it's better than I imagined it would be. This beast is just so juicy, full of juicy hops. There is a spicy bite in the back, like a peppery rye.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Carbonation is right-on for the style. Finishes dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable, this one could get me in trouble...if I had more that is. So damn tasty. I'm thrilled that we'll finally have Founders here in Minnesota in the coming months, as they make some fantastic stuff.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap and from the bottle. This review is from the bottle poured in a snifter.

A:Golden copper and orange with a sweet white head.

S:citrusy hops, grassy, resiny bliss. A little malt comes through as well as some alcohol. Great smelling DIPA!

T:Bitter Grapefruit, orange, booze, with a light malt bill. Explosive bitterness! One of my favorite beers on the planet. Barely notice the alcohol content, sure do feel it though.

Founders keeps winning me over time and again! This beer is available for about half the year which makes it that much better.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sammy's in Belmont, NC.
Pours a very clear golden orange color with a thick white head and tons of pretty lacing. Smells of orange and tons and tons of piny and grassy hops. Tastes like Jesus, of citrus and an unrelenting blast of palate numbing hops. Just awesome. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, its just an awesome beer, by far the best I have tried from Founders.

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Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint rich honey golden with a dense head that quickly fell, leaving a sticky lace throughout. Waves of pine resin and grapefruit citrus rise from the glass to the nose. The beer strikes the mouth thick with an alcohol warmth. While the hops attack in a floral pine bite, they are backed equally by a toasty malty backbone of sweet balance. The hops never subside, the tongue tingles from their spice, but the malt continues to deliver sweet burnt caramel. Grapefruit citrus swirls around the mouth. After it's gone, the tingle of hops and the warm glow of 9.4% abv are the obvious remains. this is a huge beer that brings a massive balance between a mountain of hops and an ocean of malt. The alcohol takes a flavor back seat but punches harder than some 11%s I've had (unearthly for one). To steal from Shaefer: this is the one beer to have when you're having only one! Afterwards, the mouth is corrupted and the mind is fogged. Founders has balanced it's no-prisoners hop attack with a huge malt presence that warms the mouth. DIPA it it's finest.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow golden color with a light two finger bubbly head.

The smell is of HOPS!!! Tons of citrus hops with some grass and straw aromas as well.

Taste is grapefruit and citrus hops smacking you in the palate. The hops absolutely dominate here. Fantastic IIPA, I very to Founders Harvest Ale in taste but much more hoppy. Not too much malt present going on here. Definitely a top tasting IIPA, so much hop goodness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light for an IIPA. Very crisp finish.

Very drinkable, alcohol is detectable though coming in at 9.4%. One of the best IIPAs out there, absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: delicate gold and yellow with some copper hues. Small fizzy bleach-white ring gathered on top. Plenty of movement within, many a bubbles rising. Appearance is timid, despite its big numbers. Curtains of lacing occupy majority of my glass. Sticky icky foam

S: nose is rank with hops: grapefruits (pink and white), oranges, mango, and pineapples. Quite a mix. Nothing in the way of malts, probably will change upon tasting. All in all, this is a hop blitz to the nose

T: yikes, complete and utter hop goodness. I can detect some juicy tropical fruits and the usual suspects (oranges, grapefruits, and a few pine notes). The finish is very intense and bitter, near acidic, with a slap of sweetly toasted pale malts. However, malt lovers need not apply
After a few sips it is coming on a little hot, but it's never improper or unruly. Just a great amalgamation

M: smooth and sticky at the same time. Clean and bitter. This brew has the best of both worlds going on. Classy brew

D: Founders has managed to bottle hop juice. A

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange-yellow color. The head initially has good size and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and the head deposits a solid splattering of lacing onto the glass.

S: Some mild sugar cookie-ish malt aroma. This has an impressively dank hop aroma, even for a DIPA. Definite tropical/citrus notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of tangy pineapple. There's a less evident but nonetheless pungent floral character lurking in the background as well.

T: Fairly unobtrusive pilsnery malt up front, with some sweetness. The malt here is mostly a blank canvas for the hops to stand out against. A fresh, vibrant bitterness makes a strong initial impression, with lots of tropical, citric, and floral flavors. Tangerine, citrus rind, and freshly cut floral notes are very apparent. Surprisingly, alcohol is practically invisible despite 9.4 abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is somewhat light, but acceptably prickly. A dry, hoppy finish. Surprisingly refreshing for such a big, hoppy beer.

D: This is an excellent Imperial IPA from Founders. Juicy, vibrantly fresh hop flavors and aromas make this a no-brainer. This drinks extremely easily and manages a great balance for such an inherently unbalanced style. Absolutely worth a try - another winner from Founders.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in New York and brough tot Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours an exceptionally light yellow colour, with a frothy but dissipating head of pure white. Really surprisingly light, both in body and colour. Exceptionally fine carbonation forms, and although the body looks fluid, the bubbles stay in suspension for a long time. Looks surprising, but pretty good.

Nose is a joy. Lovely fresh and crisp hop characters, giving slight citric overtones to a basis of rich stonefruit aromatics. Plenty of peach and apricot stone, with characters of lemon and pine. It's so fresh, bright and enjoyable. And way, way brighter and fresher than I expect from a DIPA, especially one of this weight.

Taste is also exceptionally good. The lightness on the body is no lie, although the fact that it's so high in alcohol is a continual shock. Here we get fresh orange-flavoured hoppiness with just enough body to cushion the increasingly sharp bitterness that comes through on the back, but without giving up any of the limelight the hops so rightly deserve. It's cleansing and fresh and bright, with citric aromatics still coming through and a lightness that makes you want to drink it all night.

Wow. I can't believe just how light, fresh, aromatic and drinkable this is for 9.4% ABV. But the extra potency allows for an absolute bombardment of hoppy freshness, which gives it a intoxicatingly bright and aromatic core. An absolute joy to drink. I'm sure I've not had a more drinkable beer of this weight.

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Photo of AmishBrew
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma- piney,citrusy,woody,catty,fruity. No sign of malt in the aroma. No yeast character.

Appearance- Pale gold, Brilliant clarity. Poured a very nice head that lingered a bit and then just forms a film on the top of the beer that lasts. Good lacing.

Flavor- This beer runs through almost the whole aroma in the flavor. Nothing dominates, all the hop flavors take turns coming through in the flavor. I get a Simcoe flavor and aroma that I don't really care for, but I can over look it. The way the hops are delivered in this beer is incredible, all clean and well defined. A touch of malt in there. Bitterness is done well, its high but not overpowering. No sign of the alcohol in flavor, but it is warming.

Mouth Feel- Medium- light body, medium carbonation. Drys out nicely which leads to easy drinkability (suck it bud light billboards). warms the belly.

Overall Impression- Ignoring the Simcoe characteristics of this beer. Double trouble is another example of the phenomnal abilities of the brewers at Founders! They must have alien technology to deliver some of the beers they produce. This is no exception. If your not drinking Founders your just not drinking a quality beer. They do have the occasional bombs (Devil Dancer), but I never have a problem laying out the duckets for Founders. West Coast brewers beware!

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip at fridge temp. Bottled 3/20/12.

A: Thin white half finger head sits on top of a slightly hazy straw yellow body. Head dissipated quickly and left a ring around the edge. Looks slightly oily.

S: Mango and pear with a dose of sweet malt. This is right up my alley.

T: The wonderful tropical fruit flavor from the nose carries into the flavor. The malt is present but is more floral and biscuity than sweet...and it’s a welcome break from the typical overly sweet DIPA malt profile.

M: Body is medium, texture slightly oily (but not off-putting), carbonation is lively and the finish is only slightly alcoholic. Drinkability is very high for a 9.4% beer due to the lack of cloyingly sweet malt and abrasive hops.

O: This is a DIPA that’s right up my alley. Tropical fruit, flowery malt and high drinkability. Doesn’t feel like it’s attacking my sensibilities. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a foamy one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of intense tropical fruit and citrus hops. As the beer warms pine hop aromas enter into thigns and pale malt aromas fight for some space but don't have a whole lot of luck.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild pale malt flavors are almost immediately overtaken by bright tropical fruit, herbal, and citrus flavors with just a hint of bitterness. The bitterness intensifies midway through the sip but never becomes abrasive. Light herbal flavors kick in before a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell, pine flavors mosey in as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass entirely too quickly and could have a lot more.

Overall this was much better than I remembered after finding it last year. Really a well done DIPA. Neck and neck with Hopslam for a winter seasonal although I think this one has a bit more bitterness whereas the honey sweetens the Hopslam a bit more. Both are very well worth a shot.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Local 44

Look: Light copper color, small frothy head, thin lacing

Smell: Hoppy, pine, citrus, honey

Taste: Up Front: Malt, grapefruit, grass, caramel, pepper, alcohol. Finish: Slightly bready and sweet, then the spiciness of the hops hit

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a touch of carbonation

Drinkability: YOWZA! So much going on! If it wasn't for the high ABV, I could drink this all day!

Overall Impression: This one goes on the Mikey Likey List for sure! A nice hoppy punch in the face with a sweet malty backbone makes this one a winner!

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Photo of crossovert
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/7/10, I wish I could try it fresher, but I was caught up in Hopslam mania last month.

Pours a very similar color and has a similiar appearance to Hopslam, maybe a bit paler. It is gold, lightly orangeish, with a nice white head, the Founders has more lacing.

The nose on this one is more similar to a west coast IPA, it is a citrus/grapefruit surge, not very malty or sweet smelling, it smells like a hop bomb. The smell pinches your nostrils and sends perfumey hops into your nose.

This one is a nice hoppy DIPA, the hops are very bitter and citrusy, the malt doesn't back the hops as much in this one like it does in Hopslam. It is a good DIPA though. This is like drinking Hop concentrate, whereas Hopslam is like drinking Hop nectar.

The mouthfeel is nice and the drinkability is silly, like most DIPAs. Another great brew I've tried from a great brewery. Tis might be even greater of a score if i could get it even sooner, though it is still just a month old.

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Photo of sirdillon
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dated 12/8/10

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow/tangerine color with a half finger white head. Very tight head that leaves a thin film on the beer, good lacing.

Smell- Very sweet smelling IPA, lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, orange, etc.

Taste- Again rather sweet, but not in a bad way. Fruit and hops up front, finishes with some biscuit and a slight dryness. Not astringent or bad at all. Really impressed, this is an IPA that still tastes delicious 5 months after being bottled. Hallelujah.

Mouthfeel- Awesome, very creamy, low carbonation, minimal dryness. Excellent.

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Photo of Querty8
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Beer looks like beer. Crystal clear, no cloudiness...maybe a light tint of orange.

S - Lots of citrus and hops, not much malt.

T - Spot on. Definitely a hop bomb but has a decent malt presence to balance it. Amazing.

M - Creamy, full bodied, but yet drinkable. Goes down easy with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - This is definitely in my top 5...had this like a month ago and have been seeking it out since...found it earlier this week...enjoying it now. If you love DIPA's, you'll love this.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 6,419 ratings.
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