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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 JayQue
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh Yeah!! A citrusy hop bomb, worthy of comparison with Avery Maharajah but smoother. Pours a dark, hazy straw color like a hefe. Nice size white head with thick lacing.

Very pronounced and good aroma of citrus hops. Taste is great. Citrus hops but not just harsh grapefruit..some people say tangerine...that works.. because there is a little sweetness here as well. Good hoppy bitterness but not too much.

Mouthfeel is rich and not harsh. There is a soft, pillowy quality like Blind Pig.

Drinkability is good. High abv means 2 12 oz'ers would be about max. I would enjoy 2 of these. Very nice!!! Glad we have Founders in Virginia now!!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottle date at all, in fact none of the founders beers do!
(A)- Poured a light yellow/orange with lots of particles within (its not sediment). It had a great 2+ finger off white head that took a few minutes until it went down to a light layer of bubbles. Some lacing present

(S)- Strong pine,orange,pineapple,and lemon aromas with a touch of spice. The hops are definitely prevalent, but its also got a tiny twang of malt in the background. Its even a tad creamy like vanilla? no, more like a cream soda!

(T)- Hops 'o plenty in this brew! Yet it has a lemon pie accent with orange peel. The malts really show well on the finish, the hops in the beginning, and some refreshing and sweet fruit flavors in the middle. Nice complexities.

(M)- Lots of hops present that dries out the mouth, but once you swallow the fresh fruit and malty finish really shines. Great balance!

(D)- At 9.4%, this is a heavy hitter for sure! However, it has an awesome dry, yet refreshing and sweet combination that is balanced really well! A superb example why IPAs / DIPAs are one of my more favorite summer beers currently.

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Photo of deereless
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Heavy gold with hint of ruby, thin layer of spider web-like head, a few patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: Lots of citrus, tropical fruit and some bubblegum, based on a recent tasting involving Amarillo I'm guessing they are part of the build - 4.50, T: Sharp hop bite, on the side of earthy, malt is present but can't stand up to the huge hop flavor, pine sap, alcohol is noticeable but not prohibitive - 4.25, M: Slightly chewy, medium to heavy body - 4.50, D: This is a mammoth of a beer and perfect for sipping - 4.00

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Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got home from Louisville, with a couple of bottles of this one and got one chilled down enough to drink. The 12 ounce bottle pours a bright and radiant golden hued body with a small, but creamy, offwhite head. Some suspended "floaties" are present in the body but eventually settle to the bottom of the glass. Lavish, clingy lacing sticks all over the glass.

Aroma is pungent hops. Mostly citrus, with notes of orange rind, pink grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot. Grassy and pine whiffs are also present, and some alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and quite sticky with hop resins. Lots of IBU's are easily sensed, as well as a alcohol presence.

Taste opens with a lot of citrus rind, orange and grapefruit. Leafy and grassy hop bitterness quickly jumps into the fray. A hint of pine abets the array of a massive hops assault. Geeez! This is one hoppy, bitter, DIPA. Alcohol is certainly present, but is covered up pretty well. Some fruity apricot sweetness appears in the middle, but only a vague hint of caramel struggles to balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

This one absolutely fries your taste buds. One of the most massively hoppy ales I've encountered in many months. Similar to Bells HopSlam, maybe better.

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber body...a big pillowy cream head...sticky lacing the entire glass

S - Great smell...grapefruit...lots of citrus hops

T - Once again...all hops...there is hardly any malts present...this leads to a bitterness...which is a lot better once the beer warms up a little

M - Medium body...crisp

D - This is a drinkable weighing in at 9.4%...a very solid IIPA...Founders does it again

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow/amber with a modest, white puffy head that settles rather quickly.

S - Sweet citrus zest (grapfruit)and big bag of hops. Did I mention the hops?

T - Nice. Very hop-laden up front and throughout with a semi-dry finish. Has a bit of a fruity swing to it but it's not sweet in the traditional sense. The alcohol is there for sure

M - Clean and refreshing w/nice carbonation (not quite so obviously).

D - Yup - one will do it for ya, however!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near white head, 1 inch goes to disk fast. Lots of cling lace. Murky golden color.

S - Brine, malt and a touch of bitter.

T - Beautiful mix of deep sweet malt, booze and killer hops. Yum.

M - Medium to full body, lots of carb, big feel in the mouth, finishes surprisingly clean.

D - I could see myself drinking this one till it hurt.

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Photo of m2paulun
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden/butterscotch color. A one-inch foamy, white head appears that sticks around. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Strong citrus aroma. Smells like there could be some pineapple mixed in with grapefruit. Sweet malts in the back.

T - Great balance of hops and malts. Strong citrus hops up front with a little less sweet caramel malt in the back.

M - Good carbonation with a dry finish.

D - Very easy to drink more than one, but watch out because they sneak up on you fast.

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Photo of danielharper
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange appearance, thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet citrus, heavy with grapefruit, with a strong dose of crisp white hops. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Hops. Lots of clean hops. All over the entire body of the beer, with a strongly alcoholic finish and a drying aftertaste. Some notes of citrus. It's good, but very strong.

Mouthfeel: Moderate. Heavy with hops (obviously) and a high carbonation (not quite so obviously).

Drinkability: Quite a good DIPA. Not the greatest ever, ends up a bit one-note, but not bad at all.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with orange highlights. It had a bubbly, white, one-finger head of foam that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of fresh pine and sweet citrus. There was a mild roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of pine, bubblegum and citrus. There was a sharp burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and a little fizzy on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding DIPA. It was really easy-drinking and I almost didn't notice the potency of this brew.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Pours a hazy, golden orange color. One-finger head of nice, white, foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is spotty and very oily.

Huge nose of citrus hops. Tons of ruby red grapefruit floating in fresh squeezed orange juice, with some orange zest thrown in. Good (mild) hints of sweet malts. Nice presence of pine.

My tongue has gone back to hop city, once again. Strong citrus hops explosion. Big grapefruit notes. Oranges and lemons follow, with pineapple(!) making a surprise cameo. Hints of pepperey spice. A slight base of caramel malts keeps this one from being too over-the-top, but don't really get a chance to do much more than that. The hops are what shine here.

Good medium body with a solid medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and lightly creamy.

Probably one of the more drinkable DIPA's, IMO. The alcohol is well-hidden. Although the malts don't shine, they do manage to keep the hops reigned in a little bit. It's still out-of-balance, but not overly so.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/gold - nice head retention

Smell: Citrus Lime

Taste: Grapefruit - citrus - lime - brown sugar - really over the top. Founders has done a great job with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium Bodied - soft tannins

Drinkability: Sipper - nice balanced - hint of pinot noir like tannins on this one. I highly recommend. Great Doulbe IPA

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Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Bright golden in color - almost yellow in places. Head formation is vigorous and bright white in color. Must be a bottle conditioned beer as the pour stirred up a fair amount of floating yeast.

S - Citrusy, piney, and sweet hop nose - very potent. Some grapefruit notes as well. Hops all the way - no malts or yeast.

T - Starts off with the only half second of sweetness, then a very bitter bite takes over. Mid-stream starts to show some of those piney/earthy hops. Finishes with an almost harsh grapefruit hit from the hops. Aftertaste is almost like a resin of bitterness.

M - Surprisingly light in body to me - amazing considering both the malt and hops bill that went into it. Carbonation bite is noticeable. As noted in the taste, a very clingy resin is left on the tongue.

D - Not a session beer for sure - but certainly a beer to spell a session with a hop bomb. ABV is a little edgy as well. I'd say its moderate for the IIPA style.

Certainly worth trying - not quite a Pliny, Racer5 or a Gordon, but a worthwhile IIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours(near room temp) a slightly hazy golden yellow with a good 2 finger head of foam. I see some nice lacing here.

The smell is super hop dominated with lots of tropical fruits hitting my nosebuds. After a few more whiffs, I do get some caramel malt sweetness but it's on the faint side.

The taste is yummy and hoppy but not, in my mind, overly bitter. Good for that. Lots of grapefruit and mango tickle my palate but I can definitely taste the malt influence of some nice sweet tones...maybe more than others that have reviewed it. Hey, I'm a hop head at times and a malt head at other times so I'm drinking this brew and yes, it has a wonderful bitterness to it but I also like what the malt is doing here and it has a bigger presence to me than what I notice in others' reviews. Come on folks, give the malt some well deserved credit here! ;^) Ok, so no, it isn't anywhere near perfect balance but it has enough malty goodness to take the edge off of what could have been a DIPA that went over the top with the hops and made your mouth pucker with every sip. It didn't do that to me and it *worked* for me. Good show, Founders. I salute you yet again.

Nice medium mouthfeel with a lowish level of carbonation, it feels very smooth and silky.

Drinkability? The big abv is, what can I say but....very well hidden indeed! Dangerously drinkable so I'm glad I can't get this locally or I'd be in <see name of beer>. Ok, I tell a lie, it would be awesome to have this beer at my beck and call. This is damned delicious and I thank you hugely, John!

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Photo of jfmorey
2.28/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice pale orange with a spicy/tart aroma.

Taste was more than disappointing, the alcohol obliterating all the potential flavors (I could make out grapefruit and spice/floral hops) leaving a metallic aftertaste.

Given the other ratings, I gave this a second chance a few hours later. What to do with the other two?

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Photo of naproxen
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the EBF, but this review is off the bottle I just finished with extreme prejudice.

What an easy drinking DIPA. When I poured it into my pint glass I was taken aback by the lightness of the color and lack of any "hop haze" that I expected. Then again, the EBF was many beers ago so my memory isn't quite up to par. The color itself was more yellow blonde and clear. The nose is a pleasant floral and citrus aroma that makes me as a hop head get that warm tingly feeling. As for the taste and mouthfeel, I must admit I finished this rather fast for near 10%, which you do not notice in the taste at all. So in all, very tasty and easy drinking (scary). Personally I enjoy a more dirty DIPA with some haze and amber colorations, but I will continue to enjoy this one until I can' type anym....


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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, somewhat hazy, pale orange in color. Nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Mildly metallic smelling. Definate piney/grapefruity presence. Big hop blast up front. Resiny and sticky sweetnees to it. A tad solvent like-more alcohol then from the hops. Good body. A good beer overall but lacks something to really make it great. Worth a shot for hop heads out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founder's Double Trouble pours a hazy golden body with gleeming yellow highlights at the base of the glass. Chunks of yeast are clearly present, indicating that it's unfiltered (or at least only partially filtered) and possibly bottle conditioned. The fine-bubbled, gently zesty and then silky-creamy mouthfeel does seem to indicate that. Anyway, the frothy white head rises high above the body and then very slowly receeds into a finger thick, creamy cap. Beyond that, after a few sips, it still holds a solid head, and leaves walls of solid lacing about the glass.

The nose is grapefruit-like, and pretty much only that. It's chalky-rind city, backed by some gently-sweet and gently tart juice. Only a very modest amount of malt gets through.

The flavor pretty much follows suit except that it's kind of reversed - it's much more juicy sweet and tart grapefruit juice upfront - with less chalky rind, and a good dollop of straightforward golden maltiness clearly comes through. As you progress it becomes more pineapple like! It's one helluva mouthfull of flavor! It finishes with a spritz of citric acidity, followed by some grapefruit flavor and more maltiness as it dries, and then the wide, bold, raspy bitterness rises up steadily, leaving everything else left behind in its wake. Interestingly enough, it doesn't remain bitter. I guess the juiciness cuts through to refresh the palate (and probably the alcohol to a certain extent), and I find it really well-balanced given that it's a massive citrus-hop bomb. What is this, by the way? Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade? I dunno. I don't care. Some alcohol does show though, and it becomes more apparent as it warms. Overall, however, I don't think it really stands out too much, or is inappropriate in any way given the style.

As far as drinkability goes, it's hampered by two things and a kind of a third: #1, it's a pretty massive beer that will knock down your palate, and then you, with its 9.4% abv! Two's probably the limit for this baby. #2, it's an amazingly flavorful grapefruit and pineapple flavored beer that, unfortunately becomes less interesting after the first glass. Which leads us to #3, there's just not enough complexity here - although I will also say that I don't really think there needs to be, or even CAN be. It is what it is, and it's great as it is, and it doesn't have to be really drinkable in terms of volume. I REALLY enjoyed just one, and that's part of drinkability. I won't have another, but I will certainly look forward to my next one.

For hop fans, you've got to go get this one!

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Photo of Buebie
2.66/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12oz twist off into an oversized snifter. A rigerous pour produces a smallish half inch white head.
The look is an unfiltered hazyness with a glowing darker golden color. Retention is nice at a cap, with sticky lace drapeage.

Aroma is average, its malty and bread filled, but hops are really subdued. fruity with banana, some mild spicie hops, just a distant wiff of grapefruit.

A bit hot upfront, with a lingering solvent flavor, somwhat masked by mild hops. More spicieness, somthing peppery, dry pine, aspirin chalky tones.
Finishing pretty dry with aspirin and bitter hops. More solvent lingering into the finish.

Mouthfeel is tacky and slick, with carbonation abundance.

I'm dissapointed by this one, after reading some of the reviews on here I had high hopes.
This is the first Founder's beer I've had that I disliked. Its no biggie, this one is just not for my. Luckily they have a bunch of other kick ass brews out there to drink.

Thanks for finally coming to Minnesota!

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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 MetalHopHead6
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Double Trouble is citric-smelling, tongue shredding, and bland.

It poured pale straw with a two-finger white head and left thick lace on the glass. A strong grapefruit-like citric smell popped from the bottle and glass. There was a bit of honey sweetness balanced with bitterness; however the flavor was nondescript and weak in comparison to the aroma. The feel, on the other hand, was remarkable, leaving the mouth with no doubt that this is an Imperial IPA.

The color and flavor of Double Trouble are weak; however, it more than makes up for those weaknesses with aggressive bitterness perfectly balanced by sweetness making this a refreshing warm weather IIPA.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (no date) poured in to a shaker pint glass.

pours a hazy yellow with a steady clingy thick head

big citrus piney and sweet malty smell

taste is big hoppy with piney and some yeasty chalkiness

very good mouthfeel and the abv is very masked

this beer was as good as expected.

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Photo of chaz410
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at Charlotte's Duckworths.

Appearance is unusually yellow for a DIPA. Very nice finger wideth foamy white head that stays for a while.
Smell is full of floral hops and notes of grapefruit. Pine and lemon round out the nose.
Taste is a little sweet malt, mostly tart and nearly sour. Blended together with lots of hops that are mostly piney and grapefruit in character. Little lemon hop end. Bitter up front and actually pretty mild in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and a little sharp.
Good beer for hop enthusiast, not for everyone 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 enfield249
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden-yellow color, with a white head of 2 fingers that fades to a thin layer.

S - Hops yes, but what kind? Not altogether pine, not altogether citrus or flower. Maybe a delicious mix?

T - Very strong hop forward flavor, spicy. This is more resin/pine then the smell, as I don't taste much citrus/floral.

M - Full, clings to my tongue. Hot on the tail end of the swallow from the alcohol.

D - This is a really good IIPA that I recommend. Cheers!

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