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Double Trouble IPA by Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
9.40 % ABV

An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 

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Review by cjsell on 02/05/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 18 3 8 0
A: Slightly hazy light golden color with a bit of white foamy head.

S: Hops!

T: Hops! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

M: Mouthfeel is good, but there's a hint of zing in there.

O: Give me more of this any day.

Served In: Bottle

Review by orbitalr0x on 01/29/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 18 3 8 2010
Pours a lovely bright golden yellow with a nice two fingers of bubbly white head. Good clarity and plenty of active carbonation. Aromas blast off with a bounty of hops. Bold grapefruit and citrus rind with green herbal resins. Tropical fruits backed by a smooth, sweet malt with a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a hop fruit salad upfront with bountiful grapefruit and citric flavors. Really bright and fresh with green herbal accents. Tropical with a touch of pine. Smooth, sweet malts back it all up as it flows down with a bold, bracing bitterness. All comes together in one tasty package.

Mouthfeel is solid with a medium body and plenty of carbonation. Pretty damn smooth and easy drinking for the ABV. Overall, a very tasty DIPA and another great brew from Founders. Love drinking this stuff as fresh as possible!

Price: $2.50 Served In: Tulip

Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to the amazing generosity of rhinos00. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a nice bright yellow to almost brown, a light honey brown if you will. Held to the light you get a lot more golden yellow coming out. The pour produces over finger of bright white head that seems to be pretty tight. The foam holds up really well and the lace is nice and sticky. Getting lots of sticky lines that barely slide down the glass. The brew is pretty clear and the carbonation is lazy.

A: Lots of hops coming out here with a really fragrant presence. There are some nice grapefruit smelly hops going on here. Nice and tart smell. Then you get some nice resiny hops presence. Getting a really fragant floral presence as well. Touch of bready malt coming out on the back end, but the hops are the show here.

T: Yet again, mostly all hops going on here but thats what we want right? Lots of grapefruit coming out here with some more tropical fruit, maybe a touch of pineapple. Then you get the nice earthiness that pine resin can easily provide. Bready malt tries to come in a bit, but to no avail. Getting some more citrus as well with a touch of lemon and orange. Sure its not that dynamic I suppose, but the flavors all mold together nicely and create a nice flavor profile.

M: Getting a nice medium bodied fell with a nice slickness. Slightly oily from all the hops in here and it really clings to the teeth causing that hop ache a bit. The brew has a nice dryness to it that I am coming to expect from DIPAs. Alcohol is actually pretty nicely hidden and I was shoked this weighed in at 9.4%. Aftertaste is all grapefruit and pine.

D: Its not bad at all. The drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. Goes down pretty easy and doesn't sit too heavy. The teeth hop ache is a bit much at times, but it is manageable. This does remind more of a West Coast DIPA from a none west coast brewery. It works and gets the job done. Glad I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-30-2009 04:19:20

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 3 8 2010
Founder’s is a brewery, I believe, who doesn’t get enough credit for creating some of the best beers around. The Double Trouble IPA pours a darker, hazy, almost red ale color with some burnt copper overtones and a fizzy light head. The smell is strong, hoppy, and pleasant. The taste is with hops, fruit, fizz, and more pine than resin with a very nice malt backbone. While I’m not big on malt in my IPA’s and hoppy beers (give me hops, give me hops!), Founder’s seems to be able to subtly integrate the malt flavor into the beer without it overwhelming the brew. This is a similar taste to the Green Flash West Coast IPA but much stronger and a bit more bitter and not quite as tasty.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 2009
12oz Stubby
$12.99 4-Pack
Binny's, Orland

A soft pour from this stubby bottle and Double Trouble fills my glass with a surprisingly yellow, pale golden IPA. There was a good deal of yeast in the bottom of the bottle but I caught most of it and the body has good clarity. The bone white head maxed out at one finger and has a great creaminess that never goes away. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines all along the glass.

The second I stick my nose in the glass I'm blasted with bitter pink grapefruit pith. There's a little orange peel here and there but this beer is all about the bitter grapefruit pith without a touch of sweetness hop wise. The malt backing does bring a shade of sweetness but it's very pale and somewhat sugar cookie-like. As this beer warms there is a touch of pineapple that adds some sweet hoppiness to the mix, don't get me wrong, the grapefruit pith still dominates.

The flavor steps in stride with the aroma. The grapefruit character is all pithy, bitter, and unsweetened with orange peel and pineapple peeking out feebly. The malt backing is still barely there, being somewhat sugar cookie sweet. It's been awhile since I've drank Hop Wallop but Double Trouble reminds me of that brew a lot. It even has that same catty character and solid bitterness.

This big IIPA has a welcomed moderate body that never seems heavy or viscous like so many others. The carbonation is lively but never prickly and the generous hopping leaves behind a tongue sapping bitterness that I thoroughly enjoy.

I can, and have, drunk a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The bitterness will put a hurting on the tastebuds but each glass flows quicker than the last.

I've always been a huge fan of anything Founder's and this IIPA is no exception. This beer has a lot of unique characteristics when compared to a lot of the others out there and I really enjoy it. I'm unsure of the availability of this IIPA but I'd love to see it brewed year round.

Reviewed: 2/25/09

Price: $12.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 1 10 18 5 9 2008
Slightly hazed medium lemon gold. A medium sized tuft of a whitish foamy head is displayed after pouring with some lacing sheets spewn about with a few craggly strings and spots being left behind.

Aroma is a favorably welcome in a tropical citrusy realm of pineapple, peach, mango, white grapefruit, and orange. Very akin to Hopslam but just a nudge or so less booming.

Flavors are streaming full of the tropics, spiked pineapple with a twist of mango and peach in the front. Mid ranges are kind of crunchy, grabbing, and bold with a slightly toasted bready backing as it then quickly gains a huge fullness of everything as it then rolls into a huge finish of very well-rounded tones of bittering orange and grapefruit peels, pith, and fuzz. Dryness ensues equally among its bitterness which keeps tropical but also touches a bit on some oily pine underneath.

Incredibly easy going, smoothly solid, bigger medium to full body packed full of tropical warmth and delightfully balanced hop tones amidst all sorts of pithy peels, juicy sourness, and drying, parching piney ascents.

Double Trouble is just that! As its double the hoppy tasty fun and definately troubled in its way too easy drinkability!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 02/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 14 3 7 2008
Seems to be a popular name for double IPAs.

Pours a brilliant clear medium/light yellow with a bubbly soap lookin' foamy head. The foam quickly settles and leaves no real lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smooth and sweet malt nose up front. Mellow caramel notes. Hops next. Nice smooth fruity hops fill the nose. Apricot, light grapefruit and a tough of orange peel mingle nicely.

Smooth malt slides across the palate and brings with it a nice malty sweetness. Touch of light sugary caramel. Hops are sweet and fruity imparting notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange and a hint of lemon at the end. The 9.4% ABV makes itself known at the end with a little burn. Sweet malt and apricot notes stick around in the aftertaste for just a bit.

Nice, fruity and decently drinkable. It'd be nice to see the alcohol burn die down a bit but the wonderful hops that make this beer would likely die out by then. What good is an imperial IPA without those hops?

Served In: Snifter

Review by James Kitchens on 02/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 11 17 3 8 2008
I think this is the first "Imperial IPA" from Founders I have either seen or tried. So far, I am not disappointed. The color is notably more pale than other examples of the style. More golden than pale amber like many others. Foam starts out about 1/2 inch then settles down nicely, with a decent lacing. Smell is notably strong though, with the first thing jumping out at you being the citrus hops. You also get a really slight hint of sweetness with it though. The first taste is interesting. Not nearly as bitter as I expected. Actually has a solid citrus, grapefruit rind and slightly grassy taste. Residual sweetness in the middle and a tapering bitterness at the end. Far more rounded than the stand-out bitterness than a lot of examples of the style. Feel is a bit thinner also, with not nearly the oily or resin feel of some others. It actually adds to the more balanced taste though.

Overall, this one is absolutely another winner from Founders. I will add one final note - the carbonation on this one is far more in control than the Harvest Ale, Red's Rye and some other from Founders recently.

Served In: Bottle

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