Founders Double Trouble | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Double TroubleFounders Double Trouble
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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

Added by CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy and surprisingly bright Wit yellow. A finger of loose white head dinks and dunks to a fine frothy aureole. EKGs of lacing pulsate on the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a citrus melange of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, along with a patter of pine. The malt is taxed by the hops, but a light caramel toast joins a warm waft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the hops again take the lead as crispy grapefruit, mandarin orange, and needly pine dry the landscape. Insistently, sweet pineapple morphs into a light caramel malt and biscuit duo. Alcohol seems proud to crane its sinewy neck. Residual grain sprinkles some sweetness before the hops reassert and deliver a diligent dry bitterness that turns arid and dusty in the finish. A well developed hop profile capably holds sway here.

Medium bodied, it's flowing and creamy, while the oily resins leave a crisp glow.

On first impression it's hop-centric, but the malt ends up propping the bitterness despite an real pretense to balance. It ends up with something for everybody, and the big ABV seems to just be along for the ride, so it's nicely drinkable, if worthy of caution. Subtlety wins out over blunt force in this case, a nice turn of events.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bottle to wine glass. Bottled on Dec 22, 2009. This review is from my notes but I'm also sipping on one as I type.

A: Average size head, foamy, stark white and long lasting. Eventually the head settles into a sudsy collar and film. Very few active bubbles are visible. Excellent lacing. The body is a light honey colored orange and mildly hazy.

S: Sweet malts of cookie, toasted or better yet, fresh-out-of-the oven. Heavy hop content, orange, grapefruit and pine, in that order. Slightly perfumey. Awesome profile.

T: The alcohol isn't completely hidden, but the wildly intense aroma and flavor more than make up for it. First thing that comes to mind is the clementine punch, followed up by peach and pineapple. The balance of these secondary flavors could not be in better equilibrium. The flavors last long in the mouth and are adequately sweet and bitter.

M: The body isn't light but it certainly isn't much fuller than medium. Creamy texture with just above average carbonation. Finishes slightly chalky and definitely bitter.

D: I don't buy many cases of beer, but a brew that drinks this well, I need to have at my disposal. Basically a steal for $60 a case.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this tasty treat from tadowdaddy for getting 2nd in our BA College Football Bowl Pick'em. I'm not sure this would have made it around to my neck of the woods so I really appreciate the chance to try this. Drank from my trusty ol' Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a nice full colored orange with a fairly small yet fluffy bright white head. What is there recedes fairly quickly leaving almost no cap and thin collar that leaves flecks of spotty lacing.
Smell- Bursting with loads of freshly picked tangerine, orange flesh, pineapple and grapefruit. Not an overly bitter smelling beer; just fresh and fruity. A bit of alcohol and malt add a bubblegum like scent. Perhaps even a touch of grass or pine as it warms.
Taste- Nice flavorful burst of citrus upon my first sip with loads of pineapple and tangelos. Fairly bitter but not overly so. Which is fairly remarkable considering there isn't a lot of malt here. Just a bit of doughy malt hiding somewhere in the background. A bit of light sappy pine comes through in the finish along with some twangs of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a slick oily feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- All of Founders IPA's all have the exact same body and overall 'foundation' (for lack of a better word). They manage to get the beers nice and hoppy yet not crazy bitter. Not real sure how they do it since there is little malt detectable. Whatever they're doing it's freaking delicious. Thanks again Don!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - crystal clear polished brass color with a small cap of white foam. It receded almost immediately and I'm left wishing for more lace than which came. Still, splotchy towers of lace cling to the walls of my tulip. I wish there were some visible carbonation but the crystal beer is dull and placid. But, wait! Lo and behold, many many tiny bubbles emerge from midway down the glass when disturbed. Interesting...

Smell - Easily the highlight of the brew. Crisp pine and sweet golden malts greet the senses. Soft notes of tangerine and candied pineapple linger deep in my tulip, waiting to be captured by a deep engulfing wiff. Floral clover honey is also present. I think the closest thing I've had in recent memory is Pliny the Elder. A complex and deeply satisfying beer to smell.

Taste - bitter up front. Certainly worth its salt as a DIPA. Sweet while in the mouth, but dry pine resin on the finish. I like this a lot, but there's something missing - perhaps body? The malt character seems too light - almost like a super-hopped pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth with the slight numbing from a decent hop whallop. There's a prickle of alcohol and a lingering bitterness coupled with slick honey sweetness on my tongue.

Drinkability - certainly a beer worth seeking out each season. However, I find that I'd rather have something that took a bigger stand (ie - the heavy maltiness of 90min IPA or the sweet fruitiness of Ithaca Flower Power). Price is high, but well worth it for the hop heads out there.

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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: body is a golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that lasts for ever and leaves ring after ring on it's way down.

s: huge on grapefruit notes with a little malt in there.

t: wow! more grapefruit punch with a nice malt body to carry thru to the pine finish.

m: good carbonation and a medium to full body. slightly creamy at first with a good dry bitter finish.

o: not a surprise that founders can do yet another ipa so well.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 6,430 ratings
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