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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 cr0ckett
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brew I've enjoyed many times on tap and from the bottle. Had one on tap last night, and tonight from a bottle which is
A: Straight yellow. Maybe a very slight amber tint; very little haze. Good lacing.
S: Very hoppy; some citrus. Much more pungent on tap (freshness of hops?).
T: Strong citrus hops bite right away and linger one the edge of your tongue for a long time. Again, fresh on tap had a better crispness to it, but still fantastic.
M: Medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation, but smooth enough.
O: Great aroma and solid hops throughout the beer. It's a kick in the mouth; fantastic DIPA for those that like them.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Sampled a while back. Bottled 1/7.

A: Hazy gold with some yeast residue. Thin white halo with a little bit of lacing.

S: Pine, musty earth. Pretty muted sadly.

T: Hops have faded I think. Malt is taking over, making it a bit messy. Some sweetness, but it seems less hop forward than last year's.

M: Tingly carbonation that doesn't linger too long.

O: I loved it last year, but just liked it this year. Would have loved a fresher bottle or on tap, but I worked with what I had.

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Photo of HoppySailor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer snifter.

Appearance: the first thing i notice is a little bit disappointing... no head. like literally no head. I did a rather aggressive pour and got no head. just a group of big white bubbles gathering on one side of the glass. we shall see what happens next. the brew itself is a pale, rusty orange and looks rather appealing except for the lack of head

Smell: the next crazy thing i notice is an extreme absence of any smell to this brew. now, that could be because the pollen in VA is messing up my nose, but i would expect to smell an 86 IBU brew. There is a faint hint of pine if I dive nose deep in the snifter. very faint citrus.

Taste: the taste makes it all better. Very bitter. Exactly what I expect from a double IPA. I taste orange peel, citrus hops, heavy grapefruit and a little pine. Far more bitter than the 86 IBU rating. and the booze is present on the finish. A nice, warm booze taste lingers after the swallow. As it is warming, I am starting to taste bread and a little honey

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is rather flat, which is normal for a double IPA. Despite the shocking lack of head, there is some carbonation hitting the tongue, just not very much.

Overall: I can see why it's a top 15 brew. Enjoyed and would buy again.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best designed beer bottles I've seen thus far. They have some great artwork. The beer pours a bright orange with a head that quickly fades. The smell is slightly astringent but mostly a blast of sweet hops. The taste has great balance for a DIPA with just enough bitterness (86 IBUs) and citrus tart to go along with the sweet malty flavors. This is a very drinkable beer, I just wish it was a little more complex.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle pounred into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pours a yellowish, orangish, cloudy color. A nice 1/2" thick head. Lacing is very strong with this brew and sticks to the sides.

S: A piney, grapefruit smell is dominant here. @ very end of the sniff there is a sweet, peachy smell.

T: Hops, hops, hops, and more hops! A very bitter, piney yet sweet grapefruit brew. Tastes so good!

M: A dry, light body brew. Carbonation is fairly strong with this brew.

D: Goes down so very quickly. The 12 oz won't last too long in my glass! Drink up my friends!

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a stemmed glass from a 12 oz bottle at Taco Mac. Head was pretty white foam,b ut dissipated quickly leaving some light lacing. Clings to the glass. Color is crystal clear golden amber with nice long lived carbonation.
S-Smells straight up grapefruit, with a sweet, respberry tart tinge. It's like a bowl of fruit with some light banana, stone fruit, and citrus.
T-Citrus, bitter (citrus peel) and berry fruits on the finish. Super piney hops! It's pretty strong, so tough for me to single out more individual fruit tastes, but it seems pretty smooth for the high alcohol content.
M-Zip on the tongue from the carbonation and a nice but not heavy viscosity that I expect from a hoppy beer.
D-Goes down a little bit too easily, but it gives you enough warning of how strong it is that 1 at a time is probably enough for me.

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

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a thin white head

Smell: Citrus, very much grapefruit and a slight bit of pine

Taste: Balanced malt and grapefruit & pine hops

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth

Overall: A awesome and thoroughly enjoyable DIPA. I wanted another so I drank one. I still wanted more and still do. Definitely a beer everyone should have at least once.

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Photo of johnkale
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale straw, impressive tight head, lingers pretty well for such high ABV, dissipates to lacing eventually

S - awesome, pineapple, grapefruit, a little caramel, a whiff of peach, a touch of pine, very fruity, super enticing

T - a little caramel sweetness but mainly hops, lemon zest, a lot of grapefruit, pine in the finish, awfully bitter at the end with warming alcohol

M - surprisingly light in the body, combined with all the citrus would pair really well with fish, carbonation moderate

D - goes down way easier than it should, good thing it's expensive or I could overindulge on this one. Excellent offering.

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Photo of dondeez21
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy ,orange, very thin white head with nice lacing.
S: Hops! This beer is very hoppy. And you can smell it from a distance
T: Hoppy. I am not sure exactly but it is either Simcoe or Chinook hops that really take the show. This beer is over 9% and the first few sips this is noticeable. After that you cant taste much of the alcohol.
M: This beer is a nice med bodied IIPA. It is a bit heavier than some other beers of the same style but nothing to strong.
D: This beer packs a punch. It will knock your taste buds around and the alcohol percentage is high so you can find yourself feeling different after just a few.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a beer that I bought in April of 2009 and drank July of 2009. It's appearance in my sniffer glass was a brilliantly clear gold color. The head and lacing was white and minimal. The aroma was mainly dominated by hops. There was a pleasant hop-candy note and the typical citrus. Higher alcohol was also present in the aroma but not overly assertive. The flavor was dominated by an extremely assertive hop bitterness, which I expected. What I did not expect was the beer to be "hot", an out-of-balance alcohol flavor. This high phenolic character distracts from any subtle hop or yeast notes that are most likely there. Overall, this is a big beer in every department. Unfortunately, a possible oversight during fermentation caused it to be a little too big.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Bottle (dated beginning of March '11) to Snifter. Poured a very nice, translucent honey/yellow color with a 2 fingers of head which quickly vanished. On the smell I definitely picked up some tropical fruit -- mangoes, pineapple, banana peel. The taste held more citrus flavors than the nose, mostly grapefruit. Overall, not bad, but didn't blow me away. I guess I prefer some of the maltier DIPAs (ie 90 minute).

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

12 oz bottle.
Nose: tropical fruit, apricot
Appearance: cloudy, pale bronze
Taste: hops hops hops with malty body, I get the bitterness full on

I should note that I had this beer after a pliny the elder and while also drinking a hopslam for comparison sake, so my palate was pretty raw when I was done.

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Photo of BamaViper1
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The Founders Double Trouble pours opaque and golden brown forming an off-white creamy head. The head dissipates evenly leaving whisps of lacing along the glass.

The beer has aromas of fresh hops and citrus with nice fruit malt backbone, with hints of banana.

Bitter hop goodness assaults the tongue but is mellowed by a nice and balanced malt. The alcohol is noticable right before the long, slightly bitter and citrus/hop-flavored finish. Throughout the beer there are hints of pineapple/banana fruitiness (super-suttle hints).

This beer has a medium body with good carbonation, but it finishes quite lightly.

The DT is very easy to drink, with the alcohol making its presence known without ruining the party. This was the first beer from Founders that I ever had, and it is probably my favorite. Great effort from a great brewery.

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

Appearance is golden but hazy, with a nice dense white head.

Smell is pronounced, with wildflowers, and fresh berries. Nice hint of sweetness too.

Taste is the IPA taste that makes me wonder why people drink IPAs on a regular basis. Laden with so much grapefruit its hard to distinguish anything else. That being said its an incredible grapefruit taste, and it is what most IPAs are known for so take my rating with a grain of salt. I personally find it overwhelmingly sour, though this one is somewhat decently balanced with a hint of sweetness, and other grains.

Mouthfeel is decent, not super creamy, but definitely has more substance to it than water.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Color was a light golden orange with a very small head that was gone in a squinit. As soon as i got a whiff of this beer i knew it was gonna be good. Strong hops with citrus and pine apple in the back. Taste was very good and the hops blended well with the fruity bite of citrus present. I could detect some alchohol after the finish but not unpleasant. This beer reminded me of hopslam a lot but with a more pronounced hop dominance probably due to the lack of honey. Mouthfeel was a medium- sharp sensation with the right amount of carbonation. Easy to drink but packs a wallop that seems a little stronger than advertised. Love it! Founders did their homework with this one.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2 months ago.

A - Golden tan
S - sweet bread, definitely getting more malt coming through than anticipated. Maybe a hint of pineapple...
T - minimal hop up front, but really comes through in the middle. More balance as I drink this with minimal grain coming through. Definitely getting the alcohol taste in the back complementing the bitterness...
M - astringent, yes
O - Maybe its the bottle date, but I'm not getting nearly the amount of pine and citrus as others report. With all the complexities that go into it, nothing in this beer that blows me away. While its pretty bitter, can definitely tell the IBUs are not maxed out. I'd like to try to find this one fresh on draft somewhere just to see if it is this batch, but hey i'm just happy I found it in my area.

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

Poured an opaque orange with a single finger head that dissipated rather quickly leaving less lacing than I would have expected.

I felt that this would really be a hoppy beer from the nose. I caught a real citrusy hop bite immediately... though no one else drinking this felt the same... maybe my nose was a bit off.

the taste was along the lines of what everyone else was saying they smelled. Quite malty for a DIPA, but not in a bad way. I'm used to hop bombs being from CA, but this was much more balanced than what I count as the norm. malts right up front with an orangey bite right in the middle. a little bit of a hop bite right near the end, but it ended up giving way to more sweet malts.

this was definitely a full bodied beer. it was almost creamy! quite smooth and had the perfect amount of carbonation. I'm not one for "creamy" beers aside from the right stout or porter, otherwise this would have rated a touch higher.

absolutely drinkable. I enjoyed this beer. the first founders offering I've tried.

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Photo of SierraDeuce
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Ned's inside Rivermont Pizza, Lynchburg, VA last Wed. Served in a German fluted pils glass.
A: Deep, deep amber, almost orange. Thick, two fingers white puffy head, diminishes after 5 minutes or so
S: Gorgeous pungent grapefruit and grass. Can't wait to taste
T: Sweet grapefruit followed by bitterness, but not too bitter. Well balanced. Hop flavors linger long. Alcohol is well hidden!
M: Thicker than I expected, but very appealing. Balanced carbonation to the last sip.
O: Frankly, I didn't look this one up before buying at the store. What a pleasant surprise! Good session beer for the spring and summer months ahead.

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Photo of jonvan04
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass which produced somewhere between a pale and amber color with not much head to it. This had a nice hoppy aroma with a mix of piney and citrus notes. It was nicely light bodied considering the alcohol content. This was almost dangerously drinkable with a nice refreshing hoppy finish. Another excellent beer from Founders.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy golden yellow with a persistent 1/4" of creamy foam. There was a minimal lacing on the glass. The head was long lasting.
The aroma was a strong fruity floral grapefruit.
The taste is incredible. Like drinking a slightly foamy grapefruit juice. For a high alcohol beer there was very little alcohol impact. I felt a bit of dryness, but the mouth feel was full, creamy and lasting. I drank this with a bit of cheddar and nut thins for a nice complement.

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Photo of colt45n
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden, glowing yellow in appearance with a generous, fluffy layer of head...aroma seems to be a part of the appearance, as it hits your nose as you pour

S: Citrusy, mango, pine, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.. Very pleasant and warm smelling DIPA. Through the nose, makes my mouth smile!

T: See smell.

M: typical DIPA body....medium to fuller in body w/ carbonation ever present.

Overall a very good offering from founders, looking forward to how it compares to the devil dancer.

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Photo of Beerds
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not that impressive on the head but that's the only not so great thing I've got to say about this beer. Nice golden straw color. Great taste and very smooth, light aftertaste of alcohol but an excellent drink.

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Photo of Itoclown
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Oade's in Lansing. Drank during a Red Wings game:)

Look: Amber with light haze. Very Small head.
Smell: Delicious. Orange with light hops. Very hoppy, bitter hops.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry. Alcohol fumes out of the nose. Not very good at picking up the particular taste on this one. Very bitter IPA taste. Maybe some pine in there. Very delicious.
Overall: Another fantastic beer from Founders. Glad I picked this one up. Now I need to grab another.

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Photo of Lledd
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle served in Alchemist pint glass.

A: Small, half finger head. Lots of bubbly carbonation. Light amber color. Clear and crisp looking, no floaties. <3.75>

S: Not much aroma. But what's there is a clean hop aroma, slightly citrusy. <3>

T: Wow. First sip wow. Nice malt flavor up front with a bitter hop flavor on the finish. The hops are bitter and juicy like you would expect from a DIPA, with just a hint of citrus, especially in the aftertaste. (Note: I bought this the same day my favorite beer store got it in). The flavor is big and wet. What a wonderful balance of hops and malts for a DIPA. The sweetness and bitter hops make my mouth water for another sip. <4.75>

M: Medium-fine non aggressive carbonation. In other words, it doesn't "fizzle" on your tongue. Nice wet feel. <4.25>

O: Great great beer. Delicious balance for a "hop-bomb" style beer. Jim Koch should try this one next time he wants to criticize aggressively hopped beers. <4.75>

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Photo of cdpike
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a modest, fine foam. Nose is HUGE of big citrus hops, among some of the most I've ever experienced. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, although shy of syrupy--any more so and I think it would be a bit much (but it's not). Big bodied, and big citrus flavor with hints of pine, spice, but tons of grapefruit. Very bitter finish in a really happy way. BIG double IPA but super drinkable as far as such a big double IPA can be. This is a really awesome beer. Go Michigan brew!

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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