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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 chrisgn
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stellar DIPA! The mouthfeel is exceptional and the hop aroma and flavor come through with a strong malt backbone to back it up.

A-It pours a hazy copper color with a sticky 2 fingers of head.
S- Tropical fruit and citrus. Sweetness from malt.
T- Citrus flavors from the hops foremost with some malt in the background, just how I like it.
M- unreal...Founders makes beers with the best mouthfeel hands down.
Over- Excellent DIPA, one of my favs.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is nice light colored DIPA. Poured it a little too cold. The head was smallish (perhaps due to temperature) and went away quickly. I kind of hate the look section of reviewing. As long as its not flat, has weird chunks it shouldn't, or an odd color, it doesn't impact my rating much. 4.5 for the short-lasting head.

Smell: I poured it too cold so I had to wait before I could give it a proper review. Even warmed up over 10 minutes it still doesn't have strong hop smell I would expect. Pine hops with a lot of light malty sweetness. And I mean a lot of malty sweetness.

Taste: Tastes like a solid DIPA. Mostly piney hops with a touch citrus/floral hops. That sweetness is a nice compliment. Personally I much prefer the in your face hops flavor like with Myrcennary or Hop Stoopid when I have a big, boozy beer like this.

Feel: A little hot, but deceiving for 9.4% ABV. Goes down smooth. Thought it might be sticky, but it wasn't.

Overall: For somebody who likes IPAs, but not insane IPAs, this would be a good intro to the double IPA. It is accessible. It is a solid IPA that I would recommend any hop-head, like myself, to try.

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Photo of J23hc
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always with founders, awesome artwork on the label. Poured into a tulip. Half finger of bright white head, with foggy glowing orange body. Dank fruity hops on the nose. Lots of citrus, melon, a little lemon zest. Palate is smooth, and full. Lots of sweet malt balancing a bitter hoppiness. Some nutmeg or some other spice on the back of the palate. Smooth as hell and not too carbonated. Awesome brew!

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Photo of PeterParker
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Dogfish glass golden orange with some translucence. Aggressive pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates to a centimeter. Scant amounts of lacing.

Caught a whiff of this right when I opened it, I love when that happens. Up close the first scent I get is white grapes. Interestingly I've never gotten that from a beer before, let alone an IPA. Lots of mango, pineapple, hoppy aroma. Slight booze on the nose. Smells amazing.

Following the aroma, the taste is also great. Front end is some aggressive bitterness. White grape again dominates. Also tropical fruits as well. Not getting any malt backbone here. No noticeable booziness in heat or taste. Nice dry finish.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. Aftertaste of white grapes lingers nicely.

Overall this is a fine offering from Founders. I've had trouble finding a true DIPA from them (Devil Dancer was more of a barleywine) so this one is great. Glad I got a 4 pack instead of a single. Will definitely try to find this again.

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Photo of DrewOSU
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Root Cellar in Montgomery, OH.

A: A very carbonated, white head on top of a light copper body. Very thin lacing through out the glass after finishing.

S: A fresh, strong, earthly, dank hop and citrus presence with pine under tones.

T: A very bitter, dry and metallic initial kick, with an ammonia like after taste. No overwhelming alcohol presence for being a 9.4% APV. The flavor has an unbalanced hop characteristic and is a very good example of what an American made Imperial is.

M: Thin to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Although the APV is not overwhelming in the taste, after finishing the glass, I did feel the effects of the alcohol and I wouldn't drink more than 1 or 2 of these in a sitting. Also the strong bitterness tends to linger and can wreck your pallet fast.

I am a big fan of Founder's beers and I visit the brew house every chance I get. I did have Double Trouble on tap during Christmas 08 and I do not think it lost any of its characteristics after bottling.

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Photo of akokandy
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. Beer is a bright orange-gold and translucent, hazy. The beer sports a small head which quickly fades and leaves minimal lacing. Really noticeable carbonation.

S- A myriad of tropical fruits. Orange, melon, lemon, and even pineapple. Citric hop aroma. Sweetness.

T- Extreme grapefruit, with some orange and lemon are apparent in the initial citrus hop taste. This is followed quickly by some standard maltiness, but not nearly enough to balance the flavor of this beer (not necessarily bad for an IPA). A dry finish with lots of hop bitterness. No alcohol flavor is detectable.

M- Medium-full body, with a little more carbonation than I usually like in an IPA.

D- Great flavor but high abv in this brew. Hard for me to drink more than 2 in a night, but those 2 sure go down easy.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip pint:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a slightly hazed gold in color and left a 1/4" white head which grabbed the glass a bit on the way down. Smelled very strong of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of zesty lemon peel with a hint of sweet citrus, really appealing.

Taste and Mouthfeel:This tasted of sweet ripe grapefruit with a piney backbone from a definite resiny hop abundance. Very well balanced for a DIPA. The feel was very nice just enough bitterness to satisfy whats expected from a DIPA. The malt shows up on the tail and comes through as very subtle candy sugar. Higher ABV was masked nicely.

Drinkability:This was a very tasty DIPA. Just the style I prefer. Nice and balanced. Not too biting of hops but enough to justify the style it claims to be. I could through back 2-3 of these at most and be thoroughly pleased.

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

A. Pours a bright, hazy, golden-orange color which catches the light. As the head fades, it reveals a delicate lace. The one detraction here is that there is not much head- even with an aggressive pour and it doesn't last long.

S. Piney and tropical hop aromas overlap malt sweetness. The smell reminds me of Hawaiian Punch and pine resin. There is also a slight hint of Honeysuckle flowers.

T. Sweet and floral, followed by some hop bitterness. While the dominating flavor is pink grapefruit, there is honey and some vanilla as well.

M. I think that DIPAs tend to be a little thin but that was not the case here. The 9.4% alcohol is well hidden and the beer is actually quite refreshing in spite of it.

D. Hop heavy without being overly bitter and because of the, well hidden, high alcohol content it's likely to get you into trouble quickly.

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle, mostly.

A - beautiful shade of light gold, reminiscent of early fall foliage or a great tasting apple. Head comes out of nowhere, dissipates quickly

S - typical of an Ale. Slightly above average.

T - very light, fruity - but easily recognizable in apples, an unripe mango, lemon. Some hops

M - very very good, high smooth carbonation, very drinkable and alcohol content masked very well.

O - a pleasure to drink, highly recommend

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

Pretty clear brassy color with small head that fades to a sticky ring. Aroma is a pungent combination of mango, pineapple, dank weed, and woodsy evergreen. A welcome change from the grapefruit/citrus bombs that seem to be ubiquitous. It's a little too sharp though.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but better and more complex. Tropical fruit dominates, with some resinous and herbal notes in the background. Pale malt is squashed. Ripe peach comes in on the very end as the pithy bitterness lingers.

The medium body has a nice stickiness, thanks to the hop oils. Carbonation is medium as well. Double Trouble is a very good beer by one of my top 5 breweries, but there's just too much of a flavor I can't pinpoint that comes a little close to oniony/chemical/medicinal. Overdone Simcoe or Summit? Don't get me wrong: If I brewed this I would be ecstatic. But there are more than a few IIPAs out there that are better (and cheaper) than this.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle, bottled 07/29/14
a - hazy gold
a - floral hop, some citrus, bready malt.
m - super creamy
t - floral hops bite, alcohol is there. significant malt balance-bread, a little candy. some alcohol burn.
o - very good IIPA. It seems very tough to stand out as a IIPA as an American ale these days. not sure
it does(though i guess that would be saying it doesn't, right?)

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Photo of Synergy87
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date: 1/6/12

My first review, so bare with me.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A: Appears golden, unable to see through the golden color, decent head and lacing

S: Citrusy, tropical fruits, tangerines

M: Not bad, a step above the average beer's mouthfeel but nothing to write home about

T: TANGERINES! Literally tastes like tangerines, with a hoppy grapefruit like finish, pineapple as well?

O: This is a new favorite for IIPA's, while this may be my first review on BA, I have been trying every IIPA I can get my hands on and review them off the record, but I finally decided it is time! I'd highly recommend this beer especially if you don't mind your IIPA's to have that tangerine, grapefruit like flavor. The malt in my mind is very subtle, but with this beer style, I think that is fairly normal. Either way, this is a solid 4.5 beer in my book, can't wait to have another. Cheers!

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Photo of GFM
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (great artwork on the label) poured into a snifter (unfortunately, not fresh--a few months past its prime); golden to tan in color; very little head and not much lacing; citric aroma but not strong; fairly smooth--not much carbonation; a citric, bitter hoppiness flavor but malt backbone comes through a bit in the end. Overall: A really enjoyable DIPA, which I regret not trying when it was fresher. Hop profile not as complex, interesting or unique as many other DIPAs but solid overall beer that beats many in its category. (9.0)

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

Founders Double Trouble pours a yellow semi-translucent liquid topped with an weaker foamy white head. Both the nose and tongue share the simple sweet floral hop flavor. The potency is balanced, but unimpressive for the style. On the mouth is a smooth clean refreshing beer that is expected for craft beers. Overall Double Trouble is a delicious strong simple beer that is worth a taste. It's not the best Founders has to offer, but it's still worthy of the name.

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

Poured into my new DFH signature glass. It has a slightly hazy deep golden color with a little over a finger worth of head that is leaving some great lacing as it recedes. The smell is incredible. There are some great orange and grapefruit citrus notes coupled with the hint of pine. The taste has a nice bitter presence upfront. The citrus taste is much more subdued than I was expecting. The pine come to the fore front on this beer and in a great way. The bitterness doesn't linger too long which leaves a nice finish. Overall this is definitely one of the best DIPAs I have had. I am curious to see how I have ranked it compared to others I have had, but it should be up there if not at the top. It is another beer by Founders that has impressed the hell out of me. Thank God they have arrived in Georgia.

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden yellow with a nice ivory head. Great retention and lace.

S - To me, perfect IPA smells with candied grapefruit and pine. Zero malt detectable, but I went into this wanting hops, so that fits the bill.

T - Great hop flavor with right amount of bitterness. Startw with some tropical fruit followed by some pine and bitterness rounding it out.

M - Thick with the right amount of carbonation. A nice mouthfeel.

D - Bottom line, most may not agree, but this is better than HopSlam. A great beer by a great brewery.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Bottled a month or so ago.

A - Light yellowish-orange body with a thin head. Could use more head for sure. This is the only flaw in the appearance. Lacing is decent.

S - Great aromas on this brew. Pine, grapefruit and tropical notes. The fresher the better with this beer. Malt notes are very mute.

T - Pineapple and citrus notes dominate with a bit of pine in the backend. No malt on this one, pure hop-bomb. This beer is perfectly down my alley. Large grapefruit hoppiness with a backbone in tropical fruit instead of malt.

M - Carbonation could stand to be a bit different. There's something about it....not over or under carbonated. Just, could use a more uniform mouthfeel. Not wrong in any way at all, but a bit more creaminess would benefit this beer a ton.

O - Outstanding and worth looking out. If you see this beer on tap, absolutely order it. It's amazing on draft and great bottle.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in my 12 oz. tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger off-white head. Ok retention for the style, leaves a nice layer on top. Very sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is full of big hops...lots of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits. Wow. I have no words, smells amazing.

T: Taste echoes the aroma, and it's better than I imagined it would be. This beast is just so juicy, full of juicy hops. There is a spicy bite in the back, like a peppery rye.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Carbonation is right-on for the style. Finishes dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable, this one could get me in trouble...if I had more that is. So damn tasty. I'm thrilled that we'll finally have Founders here in Minnesota in the coming months, as they make some fantastic stuff.

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

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: must have been too cold, or i didn't pour with enough gusto - only a small layer of foam showed up on top. little bits of lace stick, but not too much else. the body is a very cloudy (think hefeweizen) yellow-orange.

smells hoppy with a chance of alcohol. very citrusy hops in this one. a nice aromatic one.

some initial (and little) sweetness and caramel yield to an onslaught of hops and bitterness. some alcohol hotness shows up in the end. not overly complex but simply tasty.

a medium to light body with good carbonation that prickles the tongue. not oily or slick feeling.

easy to drink, especially with the mouthfeel like it is. it would be easy to down a few pints of this, but then the abv would no doubt rear it's head and make me feel quite the fool.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold with a beautiful two finger fluffy white head. Considerable amount of carbonation. Lacing sticks strong to glass.

S- BIG piny hop aroma! Some citrus and a good presence of alcohol also.

T- BIG hop flavor! Full tasting balanced IPA. Nice hoppy bitter, piny taste.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. I found this beer crisp and refreshing.

D- I could have a couple of these. One night I will.

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Photo of Telix
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had a draft of this at Ashley's in Ann Arbor in a standard pint glass.

A: The pour was an absolutely crystal clear light copper ale with no head and nice levels of carbonation. A nice looking IPA that I want to dig into.

S: A huge floral honey hoppy sweetness jumped out of the glass. It's actually ridiculously close to Hop Slam, which was surprising -- I hadn't had Double Trouble for some time, but I didn't remember it smelling like this. As it warms a bit of soapiness emerges (somewhat like Pliny The Elder), along with a bit of pepperiness.

T: A big citrus bitterness hits your tongue, with a ton of grapefruit, a weird subtle mild sweet-tart cherry, and a futile attempt to balance things with any malt sweetness. It's fierce on the tongue, and the brew leaves it feeling overly dry and alkaline. Double Trouble is an example of why Hop Slam is as lauded as it is... this beer is just too sharp, too uncontrolled, and not sweet enough.

M: A nice chewy thickness that is great for the style.

D: Double Trouble is a beer you can drink as fast as you want, I suppose, but isn't a chugger. It's just far too harsh and strong, and a tongue bruiser. I love Founder's and want to like this more, but it's just a little extreme, even for the style. I think that they could dial down the IBUs a bit and bring in some more subtle maltiness and it would be equal to Hop Slam in many ways.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, hazy orange with a good amount of head that leaves quickly, lacing is decent.

A really smooth IPA. Velvety, smooth, bitter and awesome. Lots of citrus up front and piney bitter in the backend. Really a great beer that has it's hops really balanced, and the silky smooth malt mouthfeel balances wonderfully with bitterness of the hops. Great beer.

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

Clear pale orange... almost glowing. Small white head.

There we go. Nice citrus, but still a bit sweet. Pine again. Nothing off or compromised about this.

It's all about the hops here, like a West Coast DIPA. Citrus,
pine, and some bitterness. Some sweet malt, but not too sweet. Pretty well balanced.

Clean and light. Pretty dry, which is nice.

Refreshing. Clean. Nicely hides ABV without being too sweet.
Not too bitter either.

Nice to have a something approaching a West Coast DIPA in the midwest.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer with a nice 2 finger head and extensive sticky lacing. The smell surprised me. I was expecting a citrusy piney cloud of hops. Instead I got a spiced, grassy scent that allowed some underlying malt to peek through. Taste removes any subtlety in the hops. Big, bitter, spicy, floral. I didn't get much citrus at all but after a week of drinking Hopslam this beer might be suffering a little bit in comparison.

Might also be suffering a little in comparison to all the absolutely stellar offerings from Founders but a top noch DIPA

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Yellow and gold with a slight orange in the meat of the glass.

S: A strong nose full of grapefruit with a pile of bready notes followed by hint of booze.

T: Tart grapefruit peels, hints of bread a strong bitterness fills my tongue allowing the the 9.4% ABV to sneak by. The bitterness is clean and inviting.

M: Tingly but smooth medium body with a slick mouthfeel.

D: She aint no session beer.... did I say that right? I could really put more than one away tonight seeing the ABV and it is a weeknight I will have to find something more sessionable.

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