Founders Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

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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 MastaShonuf
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CNoj012
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 1/27/09 so this one has age to it so hop aroma and taste may be muted somewhat. Label had cool picture that changed your perspective if you flipped it upside down. Opened with a good pop. Was a hazy golden yellow color. Some carb streams and some lacing. Had an average sized white head that settled into a collar and thin film.

The aroma, as expected, was a bit muted for an ADIPA but what was there was really good. Citric hops, pine and more sweet malt than I expected. Would love to smell this one fresh. The aroma followed the taste. Good sweet malt start and a build of hops to a good hop bite finish. I imagine fresh that it would have a bigger bang to it so gave it that. Mouthfeel was excellent. Good carb levels and the hop bite didn't shred the tongue.

Overall, another excellent beer from Founders. Highly recommend. Rotation: not available here but if it was it would get into the hops rotation for sure. Will need to re-sample next year when re-released.


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

12 oz. stubby with lots of sediment in the bottle - conditioned? 86 IBUs. It is a chill-hazed golden orange, with low carbonation and a half inch of whitish head that leaves some bits of lacing. Toast and fresh bread in the nose, with lots of piney, citric and tropical hops, and a breath of alcohol. The malts smell great and are well-integrated with the strong dose of hops. It has a delicious malt flavor as well, lightly sweet, with orange, pine, pineapple and tobacco-flavored hops that impart loads of bitterness. Medium body, with low carbonation and a nice long bitter finish. It's great to finally have a double IPA that isn't overloaded with crystal malts. Quite a dangerous brew - delicious, smooth and deceptively high in alcohol.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

A fluffy white head with good retention and nice lacing. Somewhat pale gold with a touch of haze. Lovely bouquet of tropical fruits, pine and citrus. Pineapple, mango, and papaya float over a bed of sweet caramel and malt. Pine forest wraps itself around the sweetness and amplifies it nicely. A splash of citrus blend completes the mix. Taste is suggested in the nose but the hops arrive first and in a big way. Grapefruits and hop oil wrap themselves around my tongue and give way to a nice malt core of caramel and whole grain dough. Then more grapefruit. Finish is dry and clean with just a touch of hop oil and crackers. A slight warming as is swallow. Feel is surprisingly light with a crisp carbonation and refreshing quenching quality. Super drinkable and no hint of the abv. I could quaff this all day winter or

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a thick foamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, piney and floral hops, lemon and some spice.

The taste was of moderately bitter piney and floral hops, citrus, lemon, and spices.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, the flavors were very noticeable, almost something different with every sip. This was also incredibly easy to drink, a bit dangerous with the higher abv.

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

The beer poured a light orange with thick white head that was creamy and well retained, but not throughout the beer and untimely left a spotty cap.

The beer gave off a nice pine hop aroma with some hint of spices and maybe a hint of citrus, but not as strong as expected.

The beer had a big pine hoppy flavor with a little citrus mixed in. It was a strong taste and finished with a long lasting dry bitter aftertaste.

The beer had a medium body to it, but it was smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA, but I have had better.

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Photo of HRamz3
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of erialbill
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another homerun by Founders. Born and raised in New Jersey we unfortunately do not get many of the top beers in our state (that needs to change). Thank god for Founders because the quality beers they put out makes it easier for us who miss out on Russian River, Three Floyds and such. This beer is why you have to drink craft beer because when you drink a beer like this you really want to thank the people who make them. This beer is extremely easy to drink and you will not notice the ABV so be warned ... go slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of McAndrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottle date 4/6/13, enjoyed 4/16/13.

Pour: Completely clear bright orange with two fingers of soapy, frothy, creamy colored head. Lots of lacing, and the head recedes to a few bubbles after a few minutes.

Smell: Big tropical fruits (papaya, mango, pineapple), lots of pine, and a touch of floral hops. No sweetness to speak of on the nose.

Taste: Lots of the tropical fruits, and an even greater pine than mentioned on the nose. A lot more sweetness in the form of a heavy honey comes through on the taste, but it doesn't distract from the massive hop profile. As it warms, it becomes a tad boozy, which dropped the score here.

Mouthfeel: A rather big beer, but very drinkable. Definitely just the right amount of bitterness, which lingers in the just the right way. However, by the end of the glass, the alcohol really starts to pierce through the rest of this beer, and it becomes quite hot. If it drank consistently through the glass, easily would have scored a 4.5 here.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this beer fresh. Delicious, but just a bit too much alcohol.

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Photo of ttylicki
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blakaeris
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with a thick frothy head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich with resinous citrus hop.

Taste is pale and caramel malt. Hops are a very robust mix of piney-citrus and floral hop. Grapefruit and pineapple. Green and leafy with a good bit of leather. Finish is peppery, and lingers with alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with hop oil slickness.

This one is a hop bomb that has many interesting flavors going on. Plenty of tropical fruit and green leafy notes. Alcohol presence blends well with the aggressive hops. Pale malt, brings a certain sweetness that highlights the citrus bitterness rather than bringing balance.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Bottle. Pours a nice gold in color. There's a very nice inch of carbonated head forming on the pour. There are no carbonation issues with this one, like I found in the Harvest Ale this year. Smell is nice, citrusy hops. Very welcoming, but not overpowering hops. Taste is more of the bittering hops. Somewhat citrusy. Very crisp and clean on the mouthfeel. This has a lot of the characteristics of their Harvest Ale, just a bit bigger. Very good beer. Nice time of year to be having this, HopSlam and Nugget Nectar available.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 6,429 ratings.
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