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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 asabreed
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip / snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow body and not much head, which sinks quickly and leaves scant lacing.

Smell: Pungent as hell, and balanced. Heavy on the citrus and hops overall, but without the good fruit esters from the malt backbone, I'm left not necessarily with a one-dimensional aroma, but one that could be much more complex than it is right now. That said, it's strong and pungent and is OK with being an extremely hopped up DIPA, which I suppose it probably should be.

Taste: Big hops and a good malt backbone, as I expected. A bit of fruit as it warms up, but mostly candied citrus hops and a ton of nice bitterness on the back end. Finish is more of the candied flavor, along with more malt sweetness, and leafy pungent hops that stay on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy with good carbonation, the small prickly stuff that ends up working out really well for this type of DIPA.

Drinkability: A big one, yes, but one that is highly drinkable and comes recommended. Another winner from Founders.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at Pizza Plant in Williamsville. Served in a goblet. Somewhat hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head. Heavy pine aroma. Sharp crisp flavor with a mellow maltiness in the middle and a slightly sweet finish. Again, pine and some citrus. Somewhat thick, chewy mouthfeel. Not sure how many of these I could drink with it pushing 10%, but it certainly is tasty! If you enjoy hops, seek this one out.

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

Found this one on-tap at Raleigh Times, served in a Raleigh Times tulip a crisp light orange with a frothy eggshell head that's slow to diminish and leaves great lacing. The aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops with a hint of sweet malts. The taste is an interesting balance of citrus hops and sweet malts with a great bitter finish. The beer is slightly heavy but maintains a nice smoothness, especially as it warms. This one was enjoyable on-tap, but I prefer it from a bottle.

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Photo of Yesac
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy pale golden yellow. Small layer of head.

S- Pungent fresh hops. Hop bitterness.

T- Sharp hop bitterness. Overbearing hops. Salty and piney.

M- Thick, coats the palate well. Medium carbonation.

D- Sharp hop bitterness makes this not the smoothest DIPA however its a great representation of this style. Hop heads will love this. Could use a toning down on the bitterness.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers to jwc215, thanks Joe!

Pours a slightly hazed honey with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Great effervescence to the end, good lacing & & head retention

S: Piney & rindy hops, plus breadyness, plus some booze presence

T: Lemons, pineapples, honey malt; then a sledge hammer of grapefruit, dryness & pine up front. Grapefruit & leafy hops, biscuitty malt & pine needles are all there as this warms. Finishes slightly honey sweet, bready & then much herbal & piney hops & a touch of booze; nothing I can really find fault with here...

MF: Semi-chewy, then creamyness, great balance for the style, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, but you're well aware you are imbibing in a serious DIPA here. Well done Founders, I sure hope I see in my neck of the woods soon ( since Founders is planning on Mizzou distribution soon ) !!

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep golden color with touches of amber along the sides of the glass. A two inch high head forms on top, cream in color and laces slowly, as well as clinging to the glass. Pine and citrus strike the nose with a strong, intense scent, with a grassy and earthy fragrances at the end of the aroma. Mild malty flavor, with cracked and bread start out each taste. The hops soon take over, with a citric, grapefruit flavor, along with the sweetness of pineapple, it finishes with grassy and earthy flavors. A very consistent feel, medium bodied all the way through, it finishes with mild dryness on the back of palate. An easy to drink beer, strong flavor, intense aroma and a smooth feel that make wanting this beer on a daily basis.

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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 Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops in the nose with that hint of grapefruit that I always like.

Taste is full of floral, citrusy hops upfront with grapefruit and even a hint of mint. Hops dominate this bastard. A bit of biscuit malt peeks out but not enough to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops as described above. There's only a tiny bit of alcohol burn. Beer goes down pretty well otherwise, coating the throat.

An interesting example of the style that is drinkable and full of hops. What can't Founders do that won't impress? Check it out.

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

I picked this up at the Drafting room, shared w/ carlos and evets on separate occasions. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A light amber/straw golden hued ale w/ 1/4 inch of white cap that leaves sticky lace. The light color is slightly out of the ordinary for Double IPA's and I like it. It has a crescent moon for head and the clarity is lightly hazed w/ minute bubbles

S - Sweet + crisp w/ grapefruit scent high in the aroma w/ moderate scent of alcohol. The nose warns of pine cone type hops w/ yeasty esters which are fruity

M - the feel is sweet upfront w/ moderate bitterness apropos to style w/ med high acidity and bitterness. The texture stays sweet and has a warming finish w/ residual smooth resinous note with the bitterness lasting

T - A light sweet crystal tinged malt mixed w/ grapefruit and pine upfront w/ acidity and mild malt in the taste w/ light alcohol taste increasing as it warms w/ gentle dry malt flavors. The citrus and herbal hops bring the bitter intensity to this flavor w/ a gentle pine cone accent and mild grassiness. A nice warmth of alcohol and mild sweet light malt w/ an intensely bitter strong finish

D - Not the most drinkable DIpa, but certainly delivers the hops in an extreme way no question. It goes big or goes home. A great IIPA just very tasty and fits the west coast style well.

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Photo of BZero007
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH Snifter.
Pours a solid gold color with swirls of yellow clouds swiming threw the beer. The color I enjoyed very much for a Double PA. Beer has enough power in it to form a great head and leave an insane amount of lace around the glass. Lace left on the glass looks like decoration as it covers the entire glass once finished. Smell is of floral citrusy notes and a bit of malt. Taste is very citrusy hops coming threw with it's partner being floral flavors. This was a nice change of pace, as allot of IPA's have malt flavor very strong. This particular beer for me had the mallt relaxing in the back ground. The amount of Carbonation I felt was apporpriate to bring out the flavors of the brew. The drinkability is lovely as this brew will make you feel like it can be a session beer...This has become a must have int he fridge when fresh.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a recent (massive) trade with tai4ji2x. Thanks for the opportunity Xenon!

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hmmm... pours out quite yellow and pale. Once settled, a thin, soapy, white head sits atop a cloudy, pale gold body. Some light carbonation can be seen through the haze. Head dissipates quickly but looks like it'll drag some massive lace. And it does.

Smell: Lots and lots of hops. Hops that I'm not accustomed to smelling. Buckeyenation says amarillo/simcoe, so I'll assume that's correct. Other words to describe this aroma: sweet, salty, apricot/peach/other soft fuzzy fruit, pine. Smells is nice; this description is not.

Taste: Once again, straight-up hops. Feels more bitter than the listed 86 IBUs. Sea salt steals the spotlight midway through, but bitterness picks up in the end and intensifies in the aftertaste. Simple syrups and pine sprinkled throughout, but make no doubt about it: this is a quintessential hop bomb!

Mouthfeel: Hop-forward would be an understatement. Resinous, fairly light, bitter, dry, warm, and pungent. Hops in a bottle. Palate-wrecking.

Drinkability: Looking for a hop fix? Look no further. Founders Double Trouble will easily match any west coast hop-bomb. When it comes to complexity, however, well... not so much. This beer knows what is and knows what it's not. That said, I can't wait for another.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper colored body with good clarity. One finger of foam on top that settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Nice, citrus and pine hop aromas; very resiny. Some sweet malt and light caramel underneath, but hops dominate.

T - Strong, spicy hops up front with a distinct pine character. A lot of malt sweetness is trying to balance out the hop flavors, but fails as a strong, harsh and soapy bitterness comes out in the finish. Somewhat acrid aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish with lingering astringency from the hops.

D - This beer begins with a lot of potential, great hop aroma and initial hop flavor, but the harsh bitterness ruins it for me. It has very nice hop aroma that is almost on the level of Hopslam, but the acrid bitterness reminds me of Ruination. There is a lot of malt in there trying to balance the beer, but the heavy handed bitterness all but obliterates any sweetness. If you like extreme, harshly bitter beers, this might be nice, but I prefer hop character and for me the excessive bitterness makes this an unbalanced beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A light orangish honey color... Two fingers of white foam quickly fizzes leaving a full rich lace... The lace is thicker around the glass and thinner in the center... On the slightest bit of carbonation can be noted towards the top of the glass... The foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A truly wonderful hoppy nose... Assertive and strong, but not off-putting as many DIPAs seem to be now a days.... A lovely mix of citrus and piney... There's is also a very strong candied sugar malt base...

T - A wonderfully well balanced brew... The piney hops are the strongest flavor but barely surpass the flavors of the citrus hops and malt backbone... Terrific...

M - Delicate and straight forward... Medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation on the tongue... It's hard not to love the lush creaminess... Ever so slight sticky hop resins.... The 9.4% ABV is well covered... Very dry finish...

D - It seems that Founders never disappoints (probably why they are one of my favorite two breweries).... In the world of craft beer, where it seems high quality DIPAs are all the rage, Founders Double Trouble deserves to be part of the conversation...

Note - Quite arguably my favorite label in all of beerdom...

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy light amber with floaties, and a half finger head.

S- Citrus hop aroma dominates with some piney notes evident as well.

T- Sweet simple malt comes forward as a scafolding to support the heavy hop load. The hops are primarily citrus with a piney resinous character adding depth. A dry yet smooth bitterness dominates the finish.

M- Medium/full bodied nice carbonation.

D- Pretty good for a big IPA.

For a DIPA this sure hits the spot.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had a lot of Founders beers, and they never fail to impress me. So I was naturally excited when I came upon this beer.

It has a nice dark golden color with a frothy bright white head that has wonderful lacing. Floral hops and a sweet maltiness are present on the nose. The initial sweet malty taste of this beer is quickly followed by a tremendous amount of bitter hoppy flavor. A medium to heavy body insures the flavors stick around for a while.

I am very impressed with this beer and definitely look forward to having it again in the very near as soon as I'm done typing.


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

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Pours a nice golden color, with a nice white head, crystal clear.

S- Some citrus notes, flowery, the fresh hops are powerful.

T- Citrusy, nice and clean, the hops don't overwhelm the malt however.

M- Smooth, fresh, coats the tongue nicely.

D- Very drinkable, nice a light for such a big beer.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a deep orange color and a very slight head. I expected this to be a darker color.

Definite citrus and pine going on in both the smell and the taste. There is a sweetness going on that is balanced out by the hops so it is just right for my palette. Lots of body with this beer as well. It grabs your tongue but no aftertaste. Also, not big alcohol flavor that you get with some of the high ABV beers, which makes this highly drinkable. Nice!

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

A stubby 12oz. brown bottle with a really cool looking label pours an almost glowing orange color with 1 finger of white head and good lacing.

Heavy on pineapple and grapefruit aroma. Floral and citrus also make up the nose.

I'm in hop heaven with this one. This is extremely good. This one is definitely an smooth drinker. 9.4% abv.? Where?? The alcohol is hidden almost completely.
Founders brews some great beers and this no doubt is up there with their best.
I've been on a bit of a reviewing slump as of late. Alot of duds and disappointments. This makes up for that and gets me back on track!

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours lighter than expected. Small but decent head. Lacing was good but not exceptional.

S - Great smell, Piney hops balanced with some sweet, maybe slightly roasted malts. Was really good.

T - Was a little grapefruity for me. Although I can get over this personally, the oily taste of the grapefruit was a little offputting. Pineyness is also very present.

D - Looking over the grapefruit I think this is very very drinkable. So much so that even though the grapefruit turned me off I could have done another.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is sweet, grapefruit and pine. Barely a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. $3.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of nuggetnectar01
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass.

Murky orange color that produces a mere egg-shell white one finger head. Slight lacing is left behind.

Slight citrus hops, grapefruit, apricots, pears, honey, caramelized brown sugar, and some floral notes.

The thing I hate about IPA's is how the older they are, the flavor changes dramatically. Well this certainly smells a lot better then it taste. I get mostly an upfront pretty sharp hop bitterness with a slightly sweet malty taste that tries to shine through but just does not have enough strength power to do so. IMO needs more malts to balance out the sharp bite.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with good amounts of carbonation.

Better tasting IPA's at lower cost=me not drinking this again.

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Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH clean, clear pint glass.

A Nice 2 inch head that sticks around for at least a few minutes, I can already see nice lacing appearing on glass. Body is at first glance a little basic, a straw yellow translucent but closer observation revealed some sediment floating around. I like this look.

S Hops of course but this is a straight grapefruit bitter hops and does not seem to be the worst of the bitter, one note beers that I really do not like. I detect some malt eclipsed by the intense hops.

T Well lots of hops but it is not the biggest hop bomb and there is a nice, welcome sweetness, a light one at that, near the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. This is one DIPA that I can actually drink. I have to to mention that in the middle of the taste (toward the beginning) there is an unwelcome taste of rubbing alcohol.

M Moderate with a kick of hops and even one of alcohol but the nice light sweet finish helps matters a lot in the feel.

D Good for a hoppy beer due to the nice light sweet finish.

Notes: Founders demonstrates its master craftsmen status again.

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

This bottle has been sitting for about three months I'd say. I was interested to see how the flavor changed from when I'd been having it fresh. It still pours a deep copper with a giant white head. Extremely lively beer still. The head is very thick and as it disappates, it leaves heavy lacy and even some white fluff.
This smells strongly of hop oil still, very piney. There's a much stronger caramel undertone than I last remember. Bit of honey sweetness and sensing almost graham cracker sweetness/breadiness out of it also.
The taste was much sweeter than I previously remembered, but it balances very well with the still impressive hop profile. Strong sweetness when it first hits the tongue, again caramel, followed by strong citric punch of hops. Leaves the mouth high and dry. Nice weight on the beer, quite heavy feeling for a DIPA, nice and sticky also. This is extremely drinkable for 9%. Alcohol is hidden well and it all goes down smooth.

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Photo of olmatty
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained thru a trade with Gibby. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, deep golden beer with a bright-white foamy head.

Smell- Hops which are slightly bitter, more citrus and a bit vegetal a slight nose of malt.

Taste- Citrus hop and malt in nice balance. A touch of sweetness. A crispness that is mainly inhabited by a citrus bite.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, medium heavy body.

Drinkability- Surprisingly light for a DIPA of nearly 10% ABV.

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

12oz stubby bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy light amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Somewhat light hop aromas, very herbal, along with earthy yeast tones. The malts add a bit of a sweet bready background.

A solid malt base, with plenty of spicy hops. Less on the citrus side, but plenty of pine and a bit of minty herb. Full bodied.

Don't have too much to say about this one, but it's still a solid DIPA. For the style, the drinkability is pretty high, and the alcohol can sneak up on you. Recommended.

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