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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 nickshep7
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Bottle (dated beginning of March '11) to Snifter. Poured a very nice, translucent honey/yellow color with a 2 fingers of head which quickly vanished. On the smell I definitely picked up some tropical fruit -- mangoes, pineapple, banana peel. The taste held more citrus flavors than the nose, mostly grapefruit. Overall, not bad, but didn't blow me away. I guess I prefer some of the maltier DIPAs (ie 90 minute).

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Hazy golden honey, 0.5 inch white head that dissipated quickly
S-Citrus grapefruit, slight carmael honey malt background, melon flavor as well
T-Grapefruit melon citrus, pine flavor with pine really lingering on back end(slightly overpowering), crushed aspirin astrigency at the end, very drying, nice up front flavor but finish leaves bad impression
M-Full and creamy, low carbo, nice feel in mouth until drying astrigency
D-Good flavor but finish kills the desire to have another one. Good try might be better in 6 months when hops die down a bit.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be a raw, brutalist cold-cock of hops. To some, certainly this is a compliment, and sometimes I mean it that way, but in this case, I found it crossed my flinch line. The only really standout part of this beer was the mouthfeel. Founders always nails body and carbonation just right. Only a dyed-in-the-wool hop maniac would love this beer. As for me, I merely liked it.

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Photo of unit555
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Everything about this beer has an in-your-face style. Nice color with a decent head. The smell is all about grapefruit. If you want to teach someone how beer can smell like something other than "beer" then this is one great example. The taste borders on too bitter with the grapefruit/grapefruit pith being the strongest flavor. I dont think it would be too much for IPA lovers but those who dont care for the style will probably not enjoy this selection.

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Photo of jdklks
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light-golden yellow with a white fizzy head that is quick to dissipate. Looks decent but I prefer a darker golden amber with my ipas.

S- Not a very strong smell. Mostly hops, but not the overwhelming hop smell of most super-hopped ipas. possibly some citrus fruits.

T- Predictable from the look/smell. Hops everywhere up front and in the finish. Not a whole lot of complexity. Dry and bitter at the end with a grapefruit aftertaste.

M- maybe a little overcarbonated. medium bodied. not as smooth as you would like it to be.

D- I could definitely have more than one of these. It is easy to drink, and tastes fine, but is overall nothing too special.

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Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with a peripheral ring of white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few solitary bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Dank herbaceous hops are strong, with other hop-derived tropical fruit more reserved. Malt is present but subordinate to integrated hops and yeast metabolites, delivering a blend of bready and crackery qualities. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy base malt presence and herbaceous-pine hop aromatics that lack the fruitiness of the nose. Acidity is moderate into the middle where precocious bitterness takes hold, growing steadily until it becomes one of this beer's defining qualities. Mild esters are suggested, while malt qualities vanish toward the finish. At its peak the bitterness is is beyond bracing, pure and unmodified on the palate, with the ability to linger for an extended duration. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, astringent and evaporative on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This DIPA is unmistakably of Founders origin, showing off a collection of qualities from a few other pale ales. While malt never really gains much purchase in the flavor of this beer, the malt component of the smell reminds of the wonderful Founder's Harvest Ale. Flavors are more reminiscent of Devil Dancer, although that other beer is more like a distilled and syrup-ified version this product. The hue is inspiring, indicative of a deep understanding by the brewers of how an IPA is supposed to look, although the conspicuous lack of head development detracts. It is a decent DIPA, although it could benefit from a shift of hop additions more toward the back-end.

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Photo of cnally
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a creepy, and boy, I mean really creepy label on this one.

hazy bright yellow color of the beer and it poured a grand white head which has a good lacing on the glass.

very hoppy scent interlaced with citrus, orange and lemon. clean and almost a bit sweet smelling. floral as well.

the flavor is very hoppy initially. slight sourness comes in through the end. grainy and yeasty in between. a bit heavy on the hop aftertaste.

dry feel. the carbonation pops prominently.

a balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary here. good, not great flavors and the intangibles are meh.

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Photo of Mooch273
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin eighth-inchhead floats atop a yellow-golden, slighty opaque body. Cloudy yeast ribbons throughout after emptying the bottles contents. Very little to no lacing.

S: Pine and citrus tones dominate.

T: Strong piney characteristics upfront, with grassy aftertaste. A little heat detected, which isn't surprising given the 9.4% abv. A slighty dry bitterness on the palate after every sip.

M: Consistency matches the style. I was displeased that the carbonation disappeared quickly; age of the bottle may have had something to do with that.

Overall, the strong pine and grassiness is a bit much for my palate; I prefer a little more citrus balance. Pretty decent IIPA though. I'll have another.

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Photo of Merchant46
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders Double trouble pours a thin white head which dissipates, but stays throughout due to lots of carbonation. Color is fairly light for an IPA with a little cloudiness. Strong hop aroma dominated by grapefruit w/a pinch of sweetness. Taste follows up the smell and is strongly bitter, somewhat covering up the 9.4% alcohol content. Mouthfeel is substantially thick and foamy. For an imperial IPA, quite drinkable, which means average vs. most beers. That's fine, because one is like two on alcohol content.

I prefer IPA to Imperial IPA, and Founders Centennial is, in my opinion, a better beer. This beer is, however, a fine representative of it's category.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nose and taste follow each other. You get a lot of pine, pine needles, some dank bitterness, some floral/herbaceous notes, a little citrus and a splash of pineapple. Slight alcohol finish. Cant say that I was overly impressed with this one. I was expecting more to be honest. Definitely doesn't fit in my top DIPA category.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass:

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange yellow color with 1 finger of honey comb colored head. Lots of honeycomb like bubbles left to a film after about a minute.

Smell: Smells very very toffee, piney, slight grapefruit and lots of mandarin orange like flavors comming through.

Taste: Tastes a tad thin, not up my alley on this one. sort of a caramalized brown sugar meets old mango fruit with some bitter grapefruit pith. Intense flavor and offbalaced approach to my palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and undercarbonated for me. big flavors dissapear due to the lack of viscosity on this one.

Drinkability: To me, this isnt a great example of the style but it is good, not great. I think they come in 4 packs. this was a single and it might have been out of date so i cant only rely on this one tasting to make my final judgement. Nice package though.

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Photo of berserker256
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this beer on tap last night. It was served in a tulip-shaped glass. It was golden yellow with no head. I blame that on the serever. It was opaque and hazy and easy on the nose. It smelled sweet and grapefruity and really piney. It tasted like bitter pine cone and lime with quite a bit of alcohol warmth. I recall a moderately thick and sweet texture, but not syrupy. It didn't go down to easily. It was a good beer but I only ordered one. It went well with my raw oysters.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot color with a minimal white head. Tiny streams of bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is quite pleasant, smelling of passion fruit, peach, grapefruit, and some pine. In spite of the pine's modest presence in the nose, it comes through full force in the flavor--we're talking full-on Pine Sol here. Any fruits are very difficult to discern behind the resinous backbone. Perhaps some grapefruit sneaks through? There's also a grassy funkiness--the hop bitterness isn't quite as "clean" as I've found in other high caliber IPAs. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but acceptable for the style.

The bottle says Imperial IPA, and this has all the fierce bitterness you'd expect with that. If I liked IPA's, I'd probably be really enjoy this.

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Photo of Scott_Anderson_
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is confounding. After a fairly vigorous pour, it appears a bright, shiny gold but offers little head on the glass. From my reading this is not typical, so its possible I got a got a bum batch. It smells fantastic, and the aroma might be its best quality about it. Very citrusy; lots of grapefruit and not overly piney. The taste is sharp and seems to try to do too much. The citrus holds throughout, but the beer seems very malty, almost like homebrew extract. Not nearly as smooth as many other IIPAs. Overall, this beer is overrated. I am a big Founders fan, but this beer underdelivers. After finishing my four pack, it left me wanting more.

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Photo of u2carew
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a creamy, big bubble head. Lacing is the same and slightly sticky. Hazy. Visible upward CO2. Gold in color.
S) Hoppy citrus - orange and pineapple. Earthy. Malty sweetness lingers just below the surface.
T) Caramel. Banana. Orange. Midway through the hops kick in but not overpowering. Hops and alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Slightly syrupy. Alcohol effervescence. Fizzy. Light tannin feel.
D) Decent. I was hoping to be "wow'd" but not - oh well.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra received from KJGAGNE in a recent trade. Thanks!

Bottled on 2/2/09. There's some age on this for sure. Will review accordingly. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark gold/orange with a thin off-white head on top. Smells of peppery hops, earth, and sweet candy. The mouth still retains a crisp, bubbly feel. Thought this would be a bit more flat. Starts out slightly sweet, but is still plenty bitter. Tons of peppery spicy hops still present. Dulled from time for sure, but still packs a punch. Gets more unbalanced as it warms. Sweetness flees, more bitterness takes its place.

There is still plenty of body and depth to this beer after 10 months. I bet this is a beast when fresh. I'll have to pick up some more next spring. Thanks for the opportunity, Kevin.

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Photo of vishneda
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double trouble is good... it's just not great. It is very hoppy, and that's certainly a good thing. The hop flavor blows away HopSlam both in violence and persistence. However, I just think DT lacks the delicate balance usually found in an excellent big beer, including the aforementioned Bell's product. This is especially noticeable in the flavor profile, but also comes through in the aroma of the beer. A good beer if you can get your hands on it, but there are better options at this ABV and in this style.

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Photo of rtaps
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow (straw like) with a white head that has good retention

a lot of citrus on the nose, caramel malts with a nice hoppyness to it and a little mango is found

caramel malts with citrus hops, a cotton candy like back end to it.

light-medium bodied, high carbonation. with a lingering bitterness

overall its a nice IPA with a good nose. wish the taste was a little more crisp

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Photo of mjryan
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a tight white head. Excellent retention and lace. Tropical hop aroma, pinapples, mangos, citrus fruits, etc. Flavour is all about the tropical hops, with a big, sweet malt character to boot. Long, lingering bitterness. Carbonation seems a tad on the low, with a truly viscous mouthfeel. Nice DIPA, and exactly what you would expect from the style. Maybe just a touch to big and sweet for me, but good none the less.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

nice, light yellow pour, but even with an aggressive pour, a disappointing head - fades to a 1" wisp in the middle with nominal lacing.

pretty good nose - well-rounded hop profile, spicy, a little peppery. understated maltiness.

taste - sharp piney hop blast, not a ton of malt, but what's there drifts towards the sweet side. clean dry finish. mouthfeel is more than adequate, but the lack of carbonation was distracting.

overall, it's a reasonable IIPA, but i'm not sure how this rates to an A-??? i think the fact that it's 'FOUNDERS!!!' might be leading to a bit of grade inflation. blind taste test with other B rated IIPA, i think it finishes middle-of-the-pack.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden straw color, small froth head that disappears quickly leaving some chunky lacing.

The smell is potent, soapy pine and orange pith. The pine is more of a fruity mango pine than a pinesol, which is a good thing. A generous dose of alcohol is also apparent here.

The forefront of the taste is a resinous wallop of gooey pine along with bitter orange. The malty backbone withers underneath the crushing load of heavily bittering hops, that is a good thing here. I don't think a smaller dose would work as well to cover the 9.4%, the booze and hops play a symphony on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the fair amount of carbonation works hard to break up any syrupy feeling this brew wants to show.

Overall, this one is a creeper. The almost 10% could go to work on you easily if your not careful, heavy flavors and high ABV would make this hard to run a marathon with, but that's exactly what I wanted out of this brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/copper color. A two finger white head forms instantly, and gently recedes to a ring. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Hops up front. Lightly floral and grassy. Some grapefruit bitterness. Grainy, sugary malt lingers.
T: Floral, grassy, and grapefruit hops. Lightly bitter. Actually this one might be more astringent than bitter as it warms up. Some very light sugary malt lingers.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin for my liking. Crisp and dry. Really not hard to drink considering the style and alcohol.

Not bad at all. A fairly standard DIPA. Certainly enjoyable, and worth a try (especially for those that are hop heads). It is just not my favorite of the style or brewery.

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Photo of colt45n
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden, glowing yellow in appearance with a generous, fluffy layer of head...aroma seems to be a part of the appearance, as it hits your nose as you pour

S: Citrusy, mango, pine, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.. Very pleasant and warm smelling DIPA. Through the nose, makes my mouth smile!

T: See smell.

M: typical DIPA body....medium to fuller in body w/ carbonation ever present.

Overall a very good offering from founders, looking forward to how it compares to the devil dancer.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange and hazy. Modest head that dissipates pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Grapefruit and other hoppy, fruity smells. Not very strong, but nice.

T/M: Fruity, citrus-heavy hops right up front, fairly strong and sweet, with some earthy vegetative flavors mixed in, chased by an equally strong hit of bitterness on the back end.

O: A nice, distinctive IPA with an interesting blend of flavors.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 2/7/11.

clear golden straw color, lighter than I expected. not much head, and it quickly fades.

aroma is all hops, dominated by fruity varieties - pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

taste, again is dominated by hops, and again very tropical. "light" flavors. crisp and clean. hides the alcohol well. thinner body, medium carbonation.

I like my DIPA's more balanced, with some decent malt balance, of which this has none. My high expectations, based on other Founders beers, wasn't met.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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