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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 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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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Muss & Turners in Atlanta. Not really the style of beer I would generally try at this time of year. I'm looking for a warm, high gravity beer style, right now, but there wasn't much on tap that appealed.

Poured in to a tulip glass. Great looking beer. Beautiful, hazy, light golden color with a generous head that disappeared slowly.

Wow! The nose is killer. Hops, hops and more hops, bound together with grapefruit and passionfruit. Very intense.

The taste takes the nose and just keeps running with it. Hoppy bitterness, with grapefruit and passionfruit as counterpoint. Well balanced.

Very nice mouthfeel and a style that's easy to drink plenty of - which I plan on doing.

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Photo of smerrell
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has a pleasant grassy aroma, and pours a hazy golden color with a head that dissipates quickly. There is a sweet attack of ruby grapefruit and pineapple, with a long bitter finish. The hops are aggressive and provide plenty of bitterness. This beer isn't balanced - and that's a good thing. Certainly one for hop heads - I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of ctrousse
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent beer on-tap, i have never had it out of the bottle so i can not comment on that. It is a full flavor easy drinking beer. It will not you on your ass if you aren't careful with it. I would put it in the top 5 beers brewed from founders.

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Photo of ccm414
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. About a 1 finger head with little carbonation. Settles at a normal pace with light lacing around the glass.

S- Sweeter hops are prominent here. Much grapefruit and light sweeter fruits are what come to mind right away. Very light pine scents.

T- Very similar to the smells of this beer. Sweet hops. Lighter fruits with some piney notes. Has a good bitter finish to balance some of the sweeter tastes that poke through. The alcohol seems to be well hidden for 9.4%.

M- Lighter bodied with a crisp feeling. Not much carbonation.

D- Overall a pretty good beer, just doesn't appear to be very complex. Sweeter hops with a nice bitter finish. A little too easy to grab with the ABV.


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Photo of BigAl723
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from my local market. Poured into my Founders KBS snifter.

A: DT pours a beautiful yellow/orange color. Very little head, a pretty serious looking brew. It's a little cloudy too.

S: A nice floral hop aroma becomes very potent. Spicy and peppery, grapefruits and citrus. Very pleasant.

T: Oak and smoke. Pretty bitter and hoppy at the start but it leaves a fairly heavy malt feel on my tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly bitter so you can really feel it swishing around in there.

D: It's pretty drinkable. Although the intense hops and bitterness could turn some people away. But if you're into the hops you'll love this one.

Overall, a really good beer from Founders. I've been waiting for a DIPA from Founders and they put out a good one.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass and it had a one inch think white head that slowly faded away while drinking this. Looks very lite for a DIPA which is very unusual, its almost a sunny golden color.

Aromas are wondeful of big hops with hints of sweetness.

On the first sip I got a big hop bite on my tongue. I thought this was going to be a huge in your face hop kind of beer but after a few sips maybe my taste buds either got tired or the beer mellowed out a little but the bite was gone and all I could taste were great citrousy hop flavors.

It is full bodied despite the lite color for a DIPA and pretty easy to drink for 9.4%

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orangish-yellow with a slight haze - almost microscopic yeast bits slowly and slothfully swimming - it almost hypnotized me looking at it. Very small amount of spot lacing.

S - Sweet floral hop bouquet, peaches and oranges. The smell got more potent as it warmed.

T - Sweet apricot up front, followed by caramel, then bitter citrus hoppy finish.

M - Nice and crisp, somewhat thick and chewy with a somewhat drying finish.

D - Not too shabby

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

Reviewed from notes for tasting on 6/9/2011. 2011 Batch

A- Golden, sparkling, clear, and good carbonation. I can't believe how light this beer is. Very misleading appearance once you take the first sip, but it is a beautiful brew. I'm not sure how they get all that hop and alcohol in such a light brew.

S- Grapefruit and alcohol come through in the nose. Smells as an IIPA should

T- Citrusy sweetness with the faintest taste of malt up front with crushing bitterness at the end. The bitterness lingers long after the drink goes down. alcohol, though noticeable in the smell, is imperceptible in the taste.

M- Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Lighter bodied that some in the same class. Very smooth drinking beer.

O- This is one of the best value priced IIPA's out there, imo. It has great flavor and really hits the spot no matter what you are craving. Drink it cold on a hot day, or room temp on a cool day. I like this beer so much that I am continuing my quest in cloning it homebrew style.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A- Dark gold body with a foamy one-finger off-white head.

S- Huge grapefruit aroma with some tangerine and piney hints. The sweetness from the malt jumps there too. Smells great.

T- There is a grapefruit and pine punch that is complimented by a doughy malt backbone. Solid bitterness on the back end that hangs in the back of your throat. I get a little bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol too.

M- It has a heavy body to it. The feel is oily and kind of resinous, but its not one of the dreaded syrup bombs. This is a big beer and it has the body to back it up.

O- This is a very good DIPA. Maybe it would get an even higher score from me had I not drank some Bell's Hopslam the past two days. Definitely glad I found this one though and not sorry one bit at all that I drank yet another killer beer from Founders.

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Photo of timmay41
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Christopher's, Cambridge, MA, and served in a 12oz. tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow hue, accompanied by a dense one-finger head that's almost pure white with medium-sized carbonation bubbles. The lacing involves an intricate array of these little globs and spots on the sides of the glass. Terrific presentation.

S: Hoppy, resinous, along with grassy fragrances and pear juice. Some malty/alcohol sweetness after swirling the glass around.

T & M: First sip is a deliciously bitter hop bite with big carbonated texture to boot. Not syrupy in taste or mouthfeel. Piney with some citrus notes (grapefruit, blood orange). The malts assert themselves to balance the taste out as the beer warms up a bit. Provides a lovely hoppy aftertaste.

D: Invigorating, complex, and incredibly drinkable. It was a late Saturday afternoon beer so I hadn't eaten in awhile, and I could feel the alcohol warming my cheeks. But this is profoundly drinkable for any hop head.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four-pack at work...not a huge IPA or Imperial IPA fan, but I've yet to hate a beer from the Founders Brewing Co...

A: Golden yellow -- very translucent and fresh. Nice white head that sits comfortably atop the brew for the whole ride. For an Imperial IPA I was expecting a little more copper color...

S: Pine resin and rosemary -- savory and somewhat sweet. Lemon zest, hint of coriander and kaffir lime leaves, but also a yeasty aroma close to saltine crackers.

T&M: A rush of citrus flavor (lemon-lime) balanced with a nice earthy hop bitterness. A bit of white pepper, maybe some fennel seed, but mostly fruit and rosemary come through on the palate. The beer is creamy but crisp, I don't feel overwhelmed with sugar or alcohol as I do with a lot of other brews of the same style. Refreshing and full of flavor (and alcohol).

I really like this -- reminds of a Smuttynose IPA, but a lot more intense both in terms of fruit, savory herbs, and alcohol. I'll definitely buy another pack of this...so well balanced with a long finish and excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of discovolante65
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA BL pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. 1/2 inch Head that dissipated fairly quick. Great lacing throughout the beer.

Smells exactly how it should, my wife hates this smell of beer and will refuse to drink anything that smells of "Pine Sol" and flowery air freshener as she calls them. Grapefruits, Fresh cut pine, floral hops scent.

Taste is really well-balanced imo. Nice grapefruit up front trailed by piney, floral hops resin and a little malt hint that reminds me of organic honey. I can detect a little bit of lemons in there as well. I like how the bitter flavor lingers but doesn't grow to be unbearable over time.

Medium bodied, good light amount of carbonation. There is a slight heat to this when you let it warm up. Overall, I am amazed how well the alcohol is hidden. Leaves you with a nice dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Well, I cracked one while cooking up some steaks, and immediately decided that I would have another one with my steak. I didn't regret this decision as it was a beautiful Sunday with no where to go!

Haven't had a bad beer from Founders yet!

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Photo of mwill7287
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date reads "1/6/2012" (consumed on 2/5).

Appearance: When put in the light, this beer appears a mild straw color with a little bit of cloudiness in the body. A standard pour produces a light white head which quickly fades to a thin ring of surface lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles skirt through this brew. This time through the beer, there's virtually no lacing left behind on the glass. The ring of surface lacing fades away about halfway through the drink. 4.5/5

Smell: A beautiful pine and citrus bouquet compose the nose. Bright orange, tangerine, bitter grapefruit pack a strongly aromatic punch without being pungent. Lovely. 5/5

Taste: Starts with a jab of bitterness with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. It's strong on the piney resin. Bitterness rides the wave of each sip and sticks around for awhile in the aftertaste. However, the bitterness is never overwhelming - it's just right. Citrus textures flesh out the hoppiness beautifully. Just a bit of malt crispness balances this one out to keep it sane, but it's really hops all the way. Marvelous. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Double Trouble turns out to be fairly light and easy drinking for a double IPA. It's a bit more carbonated than I expected based on appearance; it turns out just right. The bitterness creates a desirable dry spot, just enough resistance to prevent over-imbibing. 4.5/5

Overall: Founders, as they so often do, win the battle here again for me. Hopslam is great, but Double Trouble takes things to just higher a level with the full aromatics, juicy flavor, and just a bit of resistance in the mouthfeel. Love, as always. 5/5

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Photo of treedoctor5002
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap at Founders the other day. Wow it sure is HOPPY. Not that nice flowery hoppy either, just piney. This thing is all sting. Luckily I was in dire need of a hop jolt so this beer was satisfying. There isn't much of a backbone to this beer just all hops, for that reason I marked it down in drinkability. It really is out of balance and isn't for the faint of heart. My tongue was gone after one pint. I was tasting the hops the rest of the day, not that that is a bad thing.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously poured into a pint glass a very pale golden yellow with orange highlights, a medium to towering head that left good lacing and never completely dissipated.

Good smell - not exceptional. Big pine and grapefruit. Some light floral notes. Not much else.

Very interesting taste. Pine and grapefruit, running the gamit of less bitter citrus from orange to apricot to a little pineapple. A really interesting undercurrent of caramel and burnt sugar. Bitter herbs.

Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Not exceptionally drinkable even for the style - but pleasant.

I remember enjoying this more last year on tap at Ashleys - as I remember it, it seemed less piney, more integrated. But I had a lot of beer that night. Still its a pleasure and an education. Like being knuckle spanked by a nun.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my oversized, fat Pilsner glass.

9.4% ABV
86 IBU's

Color: Golden and clear with a fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Spicy floral hops, a bit citrusy with undercurrents of grainy grassy malt.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor that turns to graininess with a touch of grassiness, obviously there is hops. Spiced up floral and grapefruit comes through. Thick mouth feel which leads to a bitter end; but not too dry. The flavor does a tremendous job of hiding the Alcohol content.

Overall: I like this one, I like it much more than I like the Centennial IPA. There is more of a shift toward a sweeter hop with a thankful absence of those rose flavors that you get in the Centennial. This one is rather enjoyable. It is what I would consider a nice Summer IPA.

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

Good all around DIPA. Bottle poured into clean pint glass.
A-Poured a nice golden color not common with most DIPA i've consumed. Has about a finger width of head.
S-Nice hop aroma, hint of floral and pine
T-Solid DIPA flavor, hops, floral flavor followed by little ine and grapefruit. Pretty well balanced. Stronger lasting alcohol taste persits at the finish.
M-Nice even finish, oils are right on
D-Good drinkability for a 9.5 ABV DIPA

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Photo of jmshulk
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this kickin' in the fridge for some time now and I have finally decided to do a little write up. Right off the bat it looks a nice golden color with a puffy white head. The foam collapsed quicker than I'd expect, but that might be due to some soap residue on the glass. All in all though, it's a pretty nice looking beer. The aroma is very heavy with citrusy hops. It's a pleasant grapefruit smell with a little malt coming through as well. This beer really starts to lose me at the taste. It's not too bad, but it just seems to be hop juice. There is a little malty caramel flavor, like the aroma, and a little alcohol burn, but it's pretty much just in your face hops. Mouth feel is a little prickly but I wouldn't say it's overly carbonated, it's just right with just enough viscosity.

Overall not to bad, especially if you're in to big hop flavor. It's just not my favorite DIPA. I think there are some others that are a bit better balanced. Certainly wouldn't turn this down, but probably won't pick up again.

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Photo of dmbsteve
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy straw with a finger of white head. Dissipates to a thin layer. Not much lacing, spotty at best.

Smell is awesome. Grapefruit, florally, bitter rinds. Wow, intense! It doesn't get much better than this.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit dominates. Only thing that might improve it would be a stronger malt backbone, but the hops are displayed brilliantly.

Medium body. Drying finish leaving a pleasant bitterness on back of tongue.

Solid IIPA. My first brew from Founders. Was looking for KBS, but fell upon this and was pleasantly surprised. Worth a try for sure if you like this style.

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Photo of kudsak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy taste and aroma, though not overly citrusy. Medium malt taste and body. Finishes somewhat bitter. Better IMO than Surly abrasive, still liked dreadnaught more.

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Photo of unit555
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Everything about this beer has an in-your-face style. Nice color with a decent head. The smell is all about grapefruit. If you want to teach someone how beer can smell like something other than "beer" then this is one great example. The taste borders on too bitter with the grapefruit/grapefruit pith being the strongest flavor. I dont think it would be too much for IPA lovers but those who dont care for the style will probably not enjoy this selection.

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

This just showed up on tap at my new local favorite spot... Duckworth's. What a great surprise. Founders beers are really growing in popularity around here, and definitely with me.

A: Dark golden in a brandy glass with long-lasting creamy white head. 11 oz serving glass.

S: Grassy, fresh-from-the-hop-fields aroma. Hops are strong in this one, so I had a little trouble picking up more. Seems to be something citrus in the background as well.

T: Crisp, dry hoppy bitterness. Love it. Now I get some well blended citrus flavor... somewhere between lemon and orange. This one is so very well blended together, and it gets smoother with each sip. No wonder they served in a brandy glass.

M: All those dry hops give this one a rather heavy mouthfeel, but with the perfect blending it is fantastic.

D: Unless you are a hop fan, this may prove hard to handle. For me, this is a very drinkable IPA.

With my love of hops and strong American IPAs, I have been trying just about everything under the sun lately. There have been others with stronger hop punch, but very few with this excellent blend. It reminds me of a good Scotch.

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

Bought this beer for 9.99 a 4 pk. Poured into
a pilsner glass its color is golden with a faint tinge of orange. Carbonation is very balanced.

The smell is very hoppy/floral with a faint sweetness.

Bittersweet carbonation dances on the tongue before exiting down the throat leaving a trail of hoppy bitterness that causes my taste buds to crave another sip.

Very "light" for the style which I happen to like. aftertaste is pleasurable and does not coat tongue.

4 of these will be plenty as far as drinkability goes. Sometimes too much of a good thing is exactly that.

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Photo of J30wang
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet hops. Smell also wafts of sweetness and depth. Fruity bitterness, but not overwhelming. This is going to be great on a hot summer afternoon. Pours a brilliant golden yellow and small head. borderline floral and good malt--doesn't taste dirty like sculpin or two-hearted.

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