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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 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 skizziks
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden beer throws a bright white 1" head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some very attractive lacework on the glass.

Aroma is strong of citrusy American hops blending with tropical fruit esters from the yeast. The esters are a surprise but very nice contributing a basket of tropical fruit to the lemon, tangerine and grapefruit already provided by the hops. The malt is pretty well overwhelmed but just barely peeking through with some fresh bread.

Hop bitterness gets a quick start, a little coarse but not harsh. The fruit implied in the aroma follows through in the flavor with the malt putting up a better fight. Warm bread, honey, and tropical fruit saturates the palate with bitterness building to a long warm finish. Sticky but very well balanced with alcohol clearly evident but never hot, harsh or boozy. Pretty drinkable for a Double IPA but the bitterness and obvious alcohol are sufficient to slow me down. Still, a very delicious and dangerous beer. Nice.

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Photo of possumfollower2
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Night dos for new Founders for me. Color is golden straw and fairly hazy?? Curious. Nose is pure and simple grapefruit. Haven't smelled a New Zealand Sauv Blanc with quite that much fruit. Mouthfeel is a a little disappointing---expected something lush and stick to the roof of your mouth but this guy is lean and sleek.
On the palate though the fruit is a little superficial and gives way quickly to a dry finish marked with a little bit of pepper??? Not much on the mid-palate. Curious. Over all an easy quaffer. A summery take on the Double IPA idea. A good picnic Dbl IPA, maybe if there is such a thing.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark straw with a lot of carbonation and basically zero head and pretty much no lace. not looking very good to be honest.

floral hops, almost fruity. it's a very sweet aroma and not exactly what i'm expecting to smell.

this isn't a very strong beer by any means. it is very light compared to the double IPA's i'm used to drinking. it's got sort of sweet quality to it that makes it very easy to drink, but i'd prefer a stronger flavor over ease of drinking.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale orange/golden in color with a moderate haze. Less than two fingers of white head fall to a thin cap fairly quickly, but leaves moderate to good lacing.

S - A little subdued, but it's evident that this is going to be a very hop forward beer without any massive malt backbone. Citrus and apple/apricot abound with big notes of grapefruit and orange. Reasonable grassy and pine notes as well. It's not all that "in your face" but there's a great all inclusive hop aroma.

T - From the first sip it's evident that the malt only plays a minor supporting role in this brew. A small sweetness enters early on with a very unobtrusive pale malt backbone. A quick but intense burst of pine wipes away most of the sweetness with apple and apricot notes from the nose. Mid palate the pine turns to grass with minor chive notes and then the citrus onslaught begins. Oranges are prevalent but the grapefruit is the star of the show. Not so much grapefruit as grapefruit peel, it blends nicely with the background orange notes. As the grapefruit peel sprials into grapefruit pith bitterness, last minute bursts of bitter herbs, bitter tea, and pineapple come in and out before a relatively dry, citric, and bitter finish. Double Trouble leaves a noticably bitter aftertaste, but the edges are smoothed out and it never becomes coarse or overwhelming. Alcohol is hidden completely.

M - Solid medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. Mouthfeel seems more like a crisp IPA rather than a snifter-worthy malt laden DIPA...and this is a good thing. Double Trouble manages to be packed with alcohol and flavor but somehow remains crisp, drying, and I dare say refreshing.

D - Double Trouble is deceptively drinkable. Each sip begs for the next, and it's not heavy, sweet, or cloying. Despite the bitterness and lack of malt presence, it remains well rounded. A must-have DIPA that will surely give many others a run for their money.

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Photo of nc41
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is a re edit.

I guess my taste buds have changed significantly since I first tried this one, but I had it on tap the last week or so at the Pub. Still a great looking Double, great head retention. A big malt backbone to carry the hops and nicely balanced, Also not leaning towards sweet which in a Double i don't really care for. Drinks more like a juiced up bitter IPA, if fact it kinda reminds me of Smuttynose, but obviously a little more boozy. Decent finish. Overall a pretty good Double, but I really like my citrus monsters, and I don't get even a hint of Grapefruit with this one which knocks the taste back a notch. I can appreciate an earthy piney brew, and this one is more so than I remember. I also knocked down the drinkability a bit because it is a little hot, and good for one pint, two would be too much.

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

Served in a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

This beer poured a nice golden pale color with a very nice white head. There is a considerable amount of lacing and it smells of citrus, pine and malt. The taste is a mirror image of the smell. The carbonation is medium for the style and very enjoyable. Another high class brew from Founders.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orangey gold color with a nice two finger head, which dissipated quickly and left little lacing in the glass. Very pronounced grapefruit-like hop smell; I got nothing else. Taste was incredibly almost like drinking grapefruit juice, much more so than any other IPA I've tried before. Remarkably, no real bitterness along with this very citrus and hoppy taste. I was looking and hoping for some bitterness in the finish from a DIPA, but the citrus kick up front stays put. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability was good, even with the high ABV, just because of the low bitterness and nice taste.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This beer is a mainly clear, but slightly hazy medium golden/copper color. Nice foamy white head about an inch when poured. Sets to a nice surface coating and white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Aromas of piney, hoppy citrus, and not much else. Flavors of sweet caramel malt and a nice grapefruit citrus hop flavor. That is all. Not an overly complex flavor with lots of subtleties, but damn good! The citrus hop flavor dominates at first, but the flavors balance out quite a bit as the beer starts to warm up. Nice crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, especially as it starts to warm up a bit. Another very good beer here from Founders.


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

12 oz bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

almost clear, pale golden amber. nice foamy head gradually recedes to wisps and ring. very nice lacing.

grapefruit zest and fresh pine in the aroma, with notes of passion fruit. hint of caramel malt.

good blast on the palate of citrus, both zest and flesh (mostly just grapefruit though), with more fresh cut pine. surprisingly moderate bitterness, letting the toasted malts and caramel notes come through for a moment, but the fruitiness and pine of the hops make themselves known again soon after, into a light but fresh pine resin finish. very fresh, and more passion fruit too.

smooth and light yet not thin, some resins in the finish. gentle to moderate carbonation is refreshing yet not fizzy, playing a complementary role.

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Photo of bamadog
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this sitting in my fridge for about 6 weeks now and I finally said that tonight is the night. Special thanks to Kels for hooking me up with this - as this is now my new favorite DIPA.

Appearance: Pale yellowish/coppery color; big 2 finger head that became a little pock marked/rocky as it broke down and eventually faded into a chewy looking skim. Body appears cloudy and very mildly carbonated. Sticky and oily lacing cling to the walls of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: Piney and grapefruit hoppiness - but not much else is jumping out at me.

Taste: Yes. This is it. Very bitter from the hops and it's definitely piney and citrusy (grapefruit/orange peel?). The malty sweetness is more subdued and allows the bitterness from the hops to take over, therefore I would say the balance is actually a little off compared to the other DIPAs that I've had, but personally, this is something that I would prefer. Alcohol becomes much more present as it warms as well.

Mouthfeel: Body feels thick, oily -- leaves a nice oily coating that sustains even though the alcohol tries to dry the mouth completely. Seems to be a lot going on here and the aftertaste is powerful and reminds me of what I'm drinking between sips.

Drinkability: Moderately high for something with such a big ABV. As I said in my intro, this is now my new favorite DIPA and I definitely give it the edge over Hopslam (no insult intended as that is an absolutely amazing beer as well). I'm going to say that as long as I'm not driving, two or three could be quaffed down in a night.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a small white head with scattered lacing. Smell is of apricot, citrus, and oily pine, Taste is not overly malty like some DIPA's, very nice balance of hops The hops cover the tongue and stick with you, always a plus.
Drinkability is great, the alcohol of 9.4% is very well hidden. Def. one of the better DIPA's out there, another winner from Founders. Paired with some habenero cheddar and pepperoni.

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Photo of scifan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy pale straw color with a nice dense foamy head leaving nice lacing with each sip. Great tropical fruit hoppy goodness. Lots of citrus, mangoe, grapefruit. Taste amazing again lots of citrusy hops almost a little sweet then a blast of bitterness cleans the palate. Some nice sweet caramel malt flavors in there as well but the hops really shine through. This is the closest thing to Hopslam I think there is. Not a hint of 9.4 percent alcohol at all. Nice and smooth. Another great beer from Founders

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one messed up label. My 11-year-old son doesn't want to even look at it.

The pour gave me a one finger, rocky head atop a hazy yellow body. Didn't expect the haze - but not put off by it either.

Aroma was of massive grapefruit, with hints of orange zest. Pretty nice combination. Makes me wonder what my taste buds are getting into.

Taste was a huge blast of intense bitter pine and citrus, with hop resins thrown in. IBU's are VERY apparent in this one. Good thing I'm a hophead. Throughout the consumption of this beer, the bitterness grew on me, until by the final swallow I was sorry to see it gone. The citrus had begun to bloom. The malt was a nice support, but the hops were definitely to the fore.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but a nice body.

Drinkability is deceptive for a brew with this high an ABV. It went down fast and easy, and I could easily have gone for another two or three. Makes me wish I'd bought more. Oh, the woes of one who wants to try as many different beers as possible. Oh well. I know that if I need to bring something to a housewarming or a party this summer, this is going to be it.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright honey gold hue with a chill haze. The eggshell-coloured head falls quickly to a thin layer and collar with a patch of medium and large bubbles.

Aroma: Classic American hops with piney and citric notes, some floral character, and an almost candyish edge. Very appetizing.

Texture: Moderately full bodied. Very fine, spritzy carbonation keeps it from being too heavy or cloying.

Flavor: Loads of bitter citrus up front, heavy on the grapefruit, followed by some light caramel malt, then a resinous, piney note. Huge hop flavours dominate, with just enough malt to support the whole thing. A hophead's delight! There is some burn from the alcohol, most noticeable in the finish, mixed in with the lingering bitter, citrusy hops.

Overall Impression: Excellent double IPA with plenty of American hop character, as you'd expect.

Food Pairing Recommendations: A good bleu cheese or Buffalo wings.

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

Pours out a really clear yellow brew with a few white bubbles.
Smell is alcohol piney hops and malt sugar with a nose burning yeast. Quite nice.
Taste is more grapefruit than pine. A little alcohol here but managable. Really a sweet malty alcohol pine tar flavor with a dry grapefruit aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit hot but for a double at 9.4 this is a pretty nice IPA. As far as the Founders answer to Hopslam, well no but it is still good in it's own rite.
Drinkability is OK but this is one hot brew. The 9.4 comes through almost too much.

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

How can you go wrong with 9.4%, 86 IBU's, and a lable that kinda screws with you after a few? I've heard a bit of hype about the beer, let's see if it lives up.

The pour brings an unexpected strong straw color with hint of golden highlights shining through. A dainty but withstanding foamstand leaves a lot of lacing on the snifter. Light haze, likely from dry-hopping. A prototypical look except for the Pilsner dominant color.

An immense aroma of grapefruit rises from the glass and demands attention throughout. The firm pilsner malts provide a mere pedistal for the far stronger hop flavors. Light decoration of pineapple, lemon-grass, and fresh cut grass round out the aromas. Light nail-polish character comes from the alcohols as the beer warms.

Flavors closely mimic the character found in the nose. Emphasis is still on the agressive American 'C' hops while the softer pilsner malts give a light sugar-cookie or confectionate sweetness that, in no way interferres with the hoppy ambitions. Light on fruity esters, but moderate on the phenolics. Again, the ethanol taste rises late--the only distraction.

The beer starts of heavy, rich, and full, but finishes with a crisp, dry, IPA attitude. Not overyly syrupy, sweet, or mouth-coating. Warming and a bit numbing throughout. Bittered by the 86 IBU's and gives much more of a punch than the pilsner malts demand. Still, the alcohols are thin, bitey, and convolute the clean hop character just a bit.

Overall, I appreciate the pilsner malt base. It give just enough of a foundation to support the hops, but don't challenge them as more highly kilned malts would. Though out of style, these malts showcase the hops well. Light on complexity, variety, and depth, many may consider this a bit to simplistic.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of RyanC84 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that left good lacing on the way down and staying on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is fantastic on this with and dominated by hops of the citrus and floral variety. There plenty of grapefruit and lemons but I can definitely pick up some pine in the nose as well. The bready malts are there but take a back seat.

The taste isn't quite as impressive but is still dominated by hops. The citrus is there up front but not quite as sweet as the aroma suggested. The bready malt forms a detectable backbone before the citrus finishes things off with an bracing bitterness that lingers as an aftertaste with a slight burn of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and fairly dry with lots of sticky hops lingering on the palate.

This is a beer that I would almost term a hop bomb. Tons and tons of juicy citrus hops and fairly abrasive in the finish. For a hophead likie me, those are good things.

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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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Photo of kmeves
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/orange with a thin filmy white head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is lightly sweet fruit and has a wonderful resiny, piney, grapefruity quality that begs you take take a drink. Flavor is decidedly bitter with a nice caramel backbone. Nice fruitiness as well. Medum ot full bodied Finish is very dry, long and citrusy bitter. I say 2 thumbs up for Devil Dancers replacement!

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Photo of klewis
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small foamy head. Spotty lacing.

S: Strong hops smell with aromas of grapefruit and celery.

T: Lots of centennial flavor, but that's about it. Hoppy, but lacking any kind of depth or complexity. A gritty bitterness finishes it off.

M: Medium-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. A dry, lingering bitterness.

D: A bit overboard on the centennial IMO. Decent and worth a try, but less than impressive.

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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 drseamus
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As soon as I started pouring this beer I was surprised by the color. It is much lighter than I expected; a light straw color like almost like macro lager. Only light head even with a decent pour.

S: It redeems itself. Great hop aroma. Nice citrus notes.

T: Nice blast of grapefruity bitterness right up front. Although it does have the citrus hop flavors the bulk of the hops are providing bitterness over flavor. Still great flavor.

M: Fairly light bodied for a DIPA. Pretty mouthcoating.

D: A good beer but I expect more from Founders. They have fallen short of where I think they should be.

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

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $2.50. Appears a slightly hazy gold with light lacing. The aroma has a juicy white grape with lemon and bitter orange peel. The flavor dives into grapefruit and citrus rind with a grassy, herbal undertone that lasts into the aftertaste. There's a hint of sugary bread for the malt backbone. I have to say this DIPA is surprisingly drinkable. It reminds me a little more of a strong IPA, as its big, but it doesn't have that knock-out smack of hops.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow with 3 fingers of foamy white head. Good retention leaves some really nice sticky lacing behind. Smells of honey, citrus, grain, floral, and piney hops. Taste starts out with a plethora of grapefruit followed by some candy, honey, and a touch of pale malt. Finish is a mix of grass, wood, and pine needle bitterness. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a semi-sticky feel, nicely bitter but not too over the top, pleasant. Dangerously easy to drink, hides the alcohol well.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 6,426 ratings.
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