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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 TKEbeerman
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a clear golden straw yellow with a white cap head that is leaving some lacing, but could lace a little more.

S: The aroma is lacking a tad in complexity, but is on the hairy edge of a 4.5. The main notes are piny hoppyness, small notes of grapefruit linger in the background waiting to bust out.

T: The flavor is blissful bitterness. Grapefruity, citrus, hoppy bitterness. The complexity of the hops is just about the best you'll find in an IPA.

MF: Mouthfeel has perfect carbonation, but I would have preferred a little thicker body.

O: Overall this is an excellent IPA. Definitely in my top 5. I just wish I could get this fresh in Florida!

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Photo of PeterParker
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Dogfish glass golden orange with some translucence. Aggressive pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates to a centimeter. Scant amounts of lacing.

Caught a whiff of this right when I opened it, I love when that happens. Up close the first scent I get is white grapes. Interestingly I've never gotten that from a beer before, let alone an IPA. Lots of mango, pineapple, hoppy aroma. Slight booze on the nose. Smells amazing.

Following the aroma, the taste is also great. Front end is some aggressive bitterness. White grape again dominates. Also tropical fruits as well. Not getting any malt backbone here. No noticeable booziness in heat or taste. Nice dry finish.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. Aftertaste of white grapes lingers nicely.

Overall this is a fine offering from Founders. I've had trouble finding a true DIPA from them (Devil Dancer was more of a barleywine) so this one is great. Glad I got a 4 pack instead of a single. Will definitely try to find this again.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to Kegatron for the bottle.

This pretty hue of light orange eminates from the glass topped by 1.5 finger widths of bright white head. The head doesn't seem like it's going to stick much, infact there is even some soda type bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass underneath the head. Some lacing is present, but splotchy at best. A very thin ring of head seems to stick around for a good while.

Smells quite wonderful with a lot of different things going on. It's really floral, and has a semi-dank quality that I've only really seen in Lagunitas beers before having this beer. There's also citrus and pine, and alcohol creeping through along with some underlying breadiness.

Initial sip brings some light breadiness along with some lemony zest, but following quickly we get some overwhelming raw earthy bitter character. After that there's that dank character that kind of melds into a piney/peppery finish. There's also a caramel note the whole way through, even if it is a little faint. Really well done blend of flavors.

It's hard to believe this beer is 9.4% ABV. It's pretty oily, yet feels light in body, and has pretty vibrant carbonation. Somehow it's even refreshing! I had trouble enjoying this slowly, no alcohol burn at all and just flat out delicious. Easily one of the most surprising beers I've had this year. Hard to believe it's sitting at an A- as I write this review.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel tulip
zero head, pours a nice copper
excellent citrusy smell.
cool, crisp taste, very hoppy with a nice bitter bite in the aftertaste. glad i picked this up and its something i will probably go back to.
definitely recommended, very indicative of the style.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amber with a nice orange tint to it. It leaves a two finger head of thick white foam with good retention followed by some thin white lacing - good looking beer. It smells of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and slightly flowery notes. The taste starts out relatively sweet with a fruity beginning followed by a bitter, pine and almost smoke like hop flavor. The mouthfeel has two main parts for me - the first being a nicely carbonated sip followed by a resonous sticky feeling on the back of my tongue and palate - very nicely put together. Overall I am very please with this beer - just wish I would have gotten my hands on it a little sooner as it was bottled on 3/15/11 - but nonetheless a very good buy!


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Photo of AlexCuse
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic double IPA, just about perfect. Not much head on this one, and it disappeared very fast. Did leave a nice lacing on the glass though. Start is not quite pine, but maybe spruce or cedar. After that, the citrus kicks in. This beer has PLENTY of malt to back up the hops though, and comes across very balanced. Much more drinkable than the ABV suggests.

I would strongly recommend this beer to anyone who loves hops.

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Photo of numinorian
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A A beautiful golden with a thick carbonation and a fairly thin head but a good sticky lace

S Strong scent of hopps and tropical fruit, like a sort of a buttery mango. Also a hint of honey.

T Sweet and more approachable than expected, with hints of pineapple, grain, honey. A great balance of hopps to the sweet notes was apparent

MF the mouthfeel was good, thick andsmooth. Absolutly delightfull.

Drinkability is phenominal for the style, it is so well balanced it really takes on the high alchahol bill.

Overall I find this to be a paramount of the style, a beer to set standards by, albeit a fairly high bar to hit.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured aggressively and less than a half inch of white head. Cloudy orange in color

S- Sweet dark fruit scent mixed with a hopped up boozy scent

T- Sweet citrus and pine hop taste mixed with faint dark fruits up front, followed by a subtle malt taste and a faint boozy undertone. Bitter on the end but no where near overwhelming.

M- Balance is well achieved here as the viscosity, carbonation, and bitterness all work together to bring one helluva party to your mouth.

D- ABV is very well masked here. A sweet and hoppy DIP which i could find myself getting carried away with. Well done Founders! one of the better ales I have encountered

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with a 2 finger foamy head. Good head retention and great lacing. Smell is huge on pine and citrus hop notes. Very enticing scent with hints of lighter grains. Taste it big on hop bitterness, but not terribly bitter. Grains and malts balance the flavors nicely, and maybe a touch of honey is in there. Whether it’s honey or not, it’s got a hint of sweet. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Lighter weight with decent carbonation that supports the hops profile nicely. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall, I’m not a hop head by any means, but this is a very good DIPA, and will lead me to trying even more. Once again, Founders gives us a world class beer.

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

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

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

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

Feels smooth and creamy with a bitter finish.

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

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Photo of jacewg
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Nice golden color. Head falls quick. Good lacing. Little ring of bubbles throughout.

Smell: Enormous aroma. Very citrusy, very tropical. Some pineapple flavors and not much malt. Outstanding aroma.

Taste: Huge tropical and citrus flavors. Very juicy. Nice pale malt structure. No toast or caramel in the way. Just big fruity citrusy goodness. Some underlying pine and mild oniony/garlic Summit-y flavors that I generally don't like but smell to work well here. Everything about this is outstanding and well-constructed. Just enough bitterness laying under the waves of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbed. Medium bodied. Long, bitter finish. 9.4% is well-hidden in the flavor/

Overall: I hadn't had this beer in a long time and I've been missing out. A wonderfully constructed DIPA that I'd put up against almost anything.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a clear copper with a nice one finger fluffy white head.Ample lacing clinging to the glass.

S. Grass, hops, citrus, floral.

T. Lots of hops but balanced. By a nice Carmel maltiness. Citrus, slightly sweet bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation

D. A superb brew. Another fine brew from founders.

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Photo of jordanblaskey
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a metallic golden copper with a half finger off-white head that recedes into a solid ring of lacing all the way around the glass. A lively amount of bubbles billow up from the bottom middle of the glass and transcend outward.

Big hops. Big citrus. Big pineapple. Slight alcohol notes. An exceptional smelling brew. Let's hope the tongue agrees with the nose.

Catch a lot of citrusy pineapple up front. Tropical hoppiness. Double Trouble gets increasingly bitter the further it rolls back on your tongue. Seems hoppier than 86 IBU's. Rather biscuity on the backend. The 9.4% ABV is hidden very well.

A decent amount of carbonation lets this beers bubbles dance around on your tongue. Leaves the mouth slightly dry post-swallow.

An extremely drinkable yet dangerous IPA given the alcohol content. This ranks in my top three brews in this category. A wonderful balance of sweetness and hops. My current session beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly yellow yielding mostly orange. Good head at pour, retention and some lacing.

S: Sweet hops - piney and sappy.

T: Bitter hops up front with a nice strong malt balance also present on the back.

M: Medium body but leaning towards heavier despite color and flavor.

O: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear golden orange color with a half inch off-white head that drops to a skim that retains quite well. A bit of lacing is left behind.

The aroma is of course very hop-centric, with citrus being the dominant characteristic. Some tropical fruit is also present as well as a bit of pine but it's more subtle. There's also a sweet maltiness behind the hops that blends quite well with them.

Taste is citrusy to the max with some hints of the tropical fruitiness coming through as well. There's a bit more pine in the taste than the aroma which comes through especially towards the end of the swallow. The malt sweetness never really gets a moment of its own, but it serves to compliment everything for a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice creamy texture to it. Damn drinkable.

Interesting to have this released around the same time as Hopslam. I am having the two back to back and am definitely enjoying the Hopslam more, though this is definitely in my top 5 all time DIPAs without a doubt.

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Photo of edfish
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with little head and lacing.
Smell- WOW! a hop explosion in the nose cirtus/pine
Taste - another hop bomb! This brew is loaded with the hops walks up to the too much hop line and then stops. Has a almost sweet dry finish.
Mouthfeel- full rich hoppieness.
Overall a great IPA warms you all over.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A: Is this a Belgian tripel or an IPA? A clear light straw color which reminds me of many tripels. The head almost didn't exist, but the ring of bubbles did leave some rings of lacing.

S: I have used "citrus hop aroma" many times before. After smelling this one, those beers didn't deserve it. It smells like a mix of grapefruit and orange juice. Very appealing.

T: This one is definitely NOT balanced, but it still works. The hops definitely attack the mouth with every sip. Beautiful citrus goodness on the tongue. It tastes more like pineapple to me than grapefruit which is a good thing. Why didn't I get a 4 pack of this outstanding brew?

M: Nice in mouth carbonation and the hop bitterness join together to give it almost a spicy character. A very full body for what appears thin in the glass.

D: Although this is loaded with hops like it should be, they do not make you pucker when you drink it. Many others in the style are a struggle to get down. This one is extremely drinkable. I just wish I had another.

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Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright golden orange/yellow with a 1" white head. The bubbles vary from small to very large. Decent retention and some spidery lace.

Smell: Fuckin' awesome. Very floral, piney and citrusy. It smells like a high alpha hop variety like Simcoe, Zues or Tomahawk. It's really powerful. I can't imagine a better hop aroma. Sweet, underlying pale malts.

Taste: Piney and quite full of citrus. Lots of IBUs and a multi-spectrum of hop subtleties. A calm start of bitterness mixes with sweetness but then turns to a lingering bitterness and alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Lots of hoppy flavor that lasts and lasts. Not overly bitter initially, but it comes on soon afterward. Medium body with a slightly boozy finish.

Drinkability: The aroma and taste are off the charts for this beer. It's exactly what a DIPA should be. Highly complex and drinkable. NICE!!!

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber, 2” finely bubbled white foam collar,
S: Citrus and resin.
T: A mouthful of frothy cream with light fruits sweetened by malt condenses into an assertive grapefruit rind bitter elixir.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation
O: Big alcohol and malt balance assertive hops for an outstanding imperial IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a 12oz tumbler. Having had this out of the bottle this should be a fun comparison.

Lemon to gold yellow body which is cloudy, sporting an absolutely nowhere to go antique white creamy head. This beer also leaves fantastic lacing in the glass.

Bouquet is a great burst of grapefruit at first and perfect sugars. It feels like sprinkled sugar on grapefruit litteraly. Wonderful aromatic hops, and a somewhat dense body, but with a fantastic soft pillow sensation in the mouth. There's a sense of carmalized sugars with this that gives way to a "sense" of cardamom spice too. Really great tasting.

Drinkability is flat out fantastic, a real great beer just got better this way.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank You Founders for this beer.
Appearance - Thin head, decent lacing golden hue
Smell - Huge Citrus aroma, I always look forward to sticking my nose into the snifter
Taste - Hope up front, Incredible, Grapefruit, dry hops, sweetness! Hops in the finish too!
Mouthfeel - awesome
overall - IMO one of the best beers ever made!

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Photo of joemeister
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very golden/wheat yellow, with sudsy foam about 1 inch thick. Just a little cloudy, but the light color still allows you to see carbonation in action.

I don't know if it's just because this is my first Friday night beer, but the smell is borderline orgasmic. Outright hops are punctuated by a nose-clearing pine aroma and sweet orange rind overtones. This is how an IPA should smell. It's fantastic.

WOW. The taste is outrageous. Mild carbonation unfolds into an overwhelmingly refined flavor profile: the hoppy bitterness is pine-based at first but it finishes with a short swing of sweet orange. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet-and-sour hop bouquet. This is rated at 86 IBU's, but my impression is not that this is overly bitter in any respect; in fact, the balance between bitter and sweet is so well tuned that it's kind of blowing my mind. The relatively stout 9.4% alcohol level is also well placed so as not to intrude undesirably on the flavor.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Founders is racking up some serious points in my book. This is the best "normal" IPA I have tried. I say "normal" because my favorite IPA is still DFH 120, by miles.

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Photo of droomyster
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of off-white head that sticks and clings to whatever it touches. Complex aromas that are hop-forward (floral, resinous, citrusy) but packed with sweet malty notes of honey. The taste is nothing short of amazing. The hops are aggressive but extremely well-balanced. Bathes all my senses in a floral and citrusy mist. Stunning stuff.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed medium lemon gold. A medium sized tuft of a whitish foamy head is displayed after pouring with some lacing sheets spewn about with a few craggly strings and spots being left behind.

Aroma is a favorably welcome in a tropical citrusy realm of pineapple, peach, mango, white grapefruit, and orange. Very akin to Hopslam but just a nudge or so less booming.

Flavors are streaming full of the tropics, spiked pineapple with a twist of mango and peach in the front. Mid ranges are kind of crunchy, grabbing, and bold with a slightly toasted bready backing as it then quickly gains a huge fullness of everything as it then rolls into a huge finish of very well-rounded tones of bittering orange and grapefruit peels, pith, and fuzz. Dryness ensues equally among its bitterness which keeps tropical but also touches a bit on some oily pine underneath.

Incredibly easy going, smoothly solid, bigger medium to full body packed full of tropical warmth and delightfully balanced hop tones amidst all sorts of pithy peels, juicy sourness, and drying, parching piney ascents.

Double Trouble is just that! As its double the hoppy tasty fun and definately troubled in its way too easy drinkability!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After my fantastic experience a few nights ago with a Centennial IPA, I'm ready to meet it's big brother. In holding the bottle up to the light, I see enough sedimentary goodness to do a Belgian brewer proud, here goes "double" lupulin "trouble."
Pours out a brilliant bright apricot tone of golden lemony goodness. Touch of brownish-tangerine flaked tones, capped by a suprisingly fluffy ever-so-tan head of a foamed cup of a hoppy aromatic explosion that I'm already experiencing just from the pour. Founders seem to have a knack for producing beautifully effevecent IPA's.
What a glass of goodness. My hop-singed nose is experiencing a "Cascade" of tangerines, grapefruit, a sweetish white-peach in there, peppercorns, and the lightish touch of maple smelling pale malt that adds a thin but perfect back to this hop bill. I can't really ask for more from a DIPA, so a high score is in order.
I'm glad I am typing rather than speaking right now, because my goofy, happy smile is too big right now for words. After an upfront thourough tongue-spanking of hoppy fruity deliciousness, I think I am in some "double trouble" with this brew, which means I'll be spending alot of money on many future four-pack of this one. A slight malt backing is the perfect base line for the symphony of hops, spicy citrus, peppery herbs, fresh young greens, wildflower-like earthiness that follow. Outstanding.
Mouthfeel is medium, ending on an excitingly spicy note of fresh citrus that keep the contents in the glass steadily diminishing. The ABV is noticed only in the warmness of the finish, but does provide a nice lightness in the body as well.
This is a phenominal DIPA, one of the best I've experienced and reingnites my excitement for futher exploration for hoppy bliss

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