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Founders Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

Added by CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,048
Reviews:
1,657
Ratings:
6,436
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
1,126
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,436 |  Reviews: 1,657
Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruisin' Ales. Pours golden with abundant off-white head. Citrus aroma, and delicous citrus grapefruit taste. It is a fantactic drinker and goes too quick. Above average mouthfeel.Incredible DIPA. Juicy wth pink and white grapefruit, and apricot. Good malty offset.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with good retention on a cloudy pale golden with very slight crimson hue body.

S: pine, grapefruit, pale malts and floral notes. overall a touch musty.

T: piney notes dominate the citrus ones which are still represented. Nice malt backbone and content.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Thick on the palate

Overall: A very good beer but in a genre with so many good beers, this one doesn’t stand out.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and some malt aromas. Taste is of sweet malt up front, followed by citrus zest and pine hops, and some pineapple/tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice hop and fruit flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great big ipa, just how we like em. pours a dead sexy radiant honey color with a puffy white head, lasting, and maybe two inches tall. its got just the slightest haze to it, with mellow rising bubbles backlit by a setting Adirondack sun. ahhh. the nose is real hoppy, oily and dank, definitely in the west coast mold. some citrus notes, but also some more traditional bittering stuff, and some high alpha varietals too. medium pale and crystal malt middle, enough body and back bone, but gentle enough to lets the hops do the talking, or should I say screaming. this is an aggressive brew, bold and bitter, crisply refreshing for its size, but still sticky in the mouth, sappy, huge. alcohol is obvious but not unpleasant, just a reminder of the power of this beer, and that I probably shouldn't have more than a pint. great carbonation, this drinks pretty easy for what it is. founders has gotten the hops dialed lately, and this beer is a real testament to that, just a real well done example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden yellow with some orange colors in there. The head was thick and white. The lacing looked really nice too after each sip. The smell of this beer is floral and citrusy, the nose is very fresh smelling and has a very inviting aroma to it. The taste of this beer is really nice also. I was really impressed with the flavors in the brew. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still pretty decent. Overall It's a really nice DIPA and worth getting if you see it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear golden with little in the way of a head.
S: The smell consists of floral aromas of hops with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very hoppy but there's a good balance between the hops and malt. There's some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels smooth and medium-bodied on the palate with some thickness and alcohol warming.
D: This is a good beer to sip; it's hoppy but also packs its punch by way of alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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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3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a trade with Michigan-proximate Roke87...

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow colour, with a half finger of thin soapy off-white head, which produces some random streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, mildly sour bready malt, and a bit of soft menthol-like alcohol. The taste is strong, bitter pine hops, a bit of tangy mustiness, caramel cream, and a slight rising booze warmth. The carbonation is apparent, but quite soft, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, but smooth overall. It finishes off-dry - cubed, the malt stepping up against the latent bitter pine hop strength.

A pretty decent DIPA, the hops definitely represented, in a non-left-coast manner, and balanced well enough. 86 IBUs? Sure. 9.4% ABV? Could have fooled me - oh, wait, it did.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

86 IBUs. 9.4% ABV. Bottled 03/08/2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which I'm liking more and more.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of smooth fluffy soft creamy goodness, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour of the body is a pretty dull uninspired semitransparent dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hop-dominant, with heavy floral character, some light citrus, and emergent bitterness. Clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, with good rounded floral character concealing the bitterness nicely. Clean malts form the foundation. Some underlying cream. Light citrus, maybe even hints of pine. Pleasant to drink. Refreshing. Nicely balanced, if simple. Built well for an IPA; these brewers know that brewing IPAs is not a dicksizing competition to see who can use more hops. I like it, though its simplicity holds it back. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too much so on both counts. Dries slightly in the third act, a nice effect that encourages the next sip. Adequate carbonation. A bit too thick.

Dr: A drinkable little IPA. It's not horribly complex or unique, but it'll satisfy any IPA fan's needs. I like it. Hides its ABV very well; I'd guess it's 5.4% if I didn't know the true figure. Another solid brew from Founders, but nothing truly great.

Would pair well with spicy food.

Low B-

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Additional truncated notes from a bottle I'm drinking on 09/07/13:

A: 3 finger head of white colour. Fluffy. Nice thickness and creaminess. Inconsistent sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of above average vibrance. Overall, it's a bit paler than most imperial IPAs. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Lots of bursting hop character: floral, piney, nectary, and citrusy. Orange peel, a bit of grapefruit. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Peach, mango, maybe apricot? Any bitterness seems nicely tamed. A bit resinous. Some might call it dank. A pleasant clean aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-flavours.

T: Flirts with that stale orange juice note that plagues so many IPAs; I'm not a fan of that at all. Some orange citrus, a dash of grapefruit. Light oily hops. Floral hop character. Pilsner malts provide a more reticent foundation than most imperial IPAs feature. Pale malts lend it some additional body. Resinous. A bit too much bitterness does come through. Oniony - especially on the climax. Balance isn't ideal by any means. There's complexity here, but not much subtlety.

I do notice the alcohol.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent body. Nice presence on the palate. Approachable. Sticky.

Dr: I may have actually enjoyed this more the first time I reviewed it. The alcohol is more evident than I'd remembered and the balance is worse. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends, but I think it's just my personal taste. It's an imperial IPA that will please many fans of the style.

C+

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow orange, drippy arcs of broken lace at the edge, a finger of head appears with a swirl. Pungent and funky hop nose, slightly earthy, catty, resinous, with notes of grapefruit and juicy citrus. An aroma you can't get enough of...

Lush citrus in the front, strong hop character, with a drying piney bitterness lingering on the back end. Seems to last forever, as if chewing on a fresh grapefruit rind. Fairly full bodied, verging on syrupy, but it dries out quickly in the end. Very tasty, a strong midwest contender in the DIPA arms race.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a clear golden color topped by three fingers of foam; impressive stickage that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple, topped by a teaspoonful of sugar; alcohol clearly present

Taste: The sugary malts jump out, with the grapefruit and pineapple not far behind; rather cloying, after the swallow, in a way that is more reminiscent of a Stone beer than a Hopslam; the finish is lengthy and resinous

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Drinking this side by side with a Hopslam, I find these beers so different that I am surprised that so many have chosen to make the comparison in their reviews; while the citrusy aspect is similar, this beer is more bitter, resinous and cloying

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden light amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy, thick, off white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves just a thin layer.

Smell: A fruity hop bitterness hits the nose right away. At the end I'm picking up some sweetness from the malt as well, but the hops dominate.

Taste: The taste isn't as sweet or fruity as the smell. Quite bitter from the hops, the citrus peel bitterness coats the tongue. There is some sweetness with some fruity and floral notes as well. I am picking up a bit of alcohol in the finish, but it doesn't seem out of place.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. The beer sticks to your tongue and the finish is very mildly dry and perhaps a bit slick. A good amount of carbonation, bubbles are fairly delicate.

Overall: This is a very good Double IPA. The smell is slightly better than the taste. The bitterness wears your tongue out, and it's hard to tell what else is going on. I know it's a double IPA, so it should be really bitter, but I'm just nitpicking.

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