otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I canít count the number of times I was in trouble, had my name on the blackboard, or was made to stand in the corner. Not so much because I canít remember, but because they are far too many to count. Of course, that was then and this is now. As much as I was a ruffian during my childhood, adulthood has mellowed me on certain fronts, while others have only spread their mischievous wings. After all, one can have far more fun as an adult, and get in equally as much trouble if not careful. It is with wry amusement and rumination that I pop open the Founders Double Trouble IPA, an Imperial IPA of hopefully troubling hop proportions.
Holding her up to the light, it would seem that the sun has descended into my glass, shining in brilliant orange and amber hues. Bursts of soft orange and white lace crackle along the sides of my glass while random bubbles stubbornly blotch her surface. A beautiful sight, indeed. Her hoppy presence broils and burbles like sunbursts reaching for the stars, or in this case, my nose. Prickly pine needles, sticky sap, orange, pink grapefruit, and cut grass are just the beginning. An aroma of acrid cat pee (donít knock it until you try it) tells me there are plenty of Northwest hops in her as further crushed pine needles and cut grass emerge. I am in danger of getting burned, but I do not fear the fire, and so I dive right into her luminous depths for a head-on collision with hops, hops, and more hops. I am immediately amazed at how clean and pure her bitterness is, racing across my tastebuds and immediately cleansing my palate. If ever there were a great beer for pairing with thick, mouth-coating foods, this is it. Pine, grapefruit, and cut grass take center stage, leaving my tongue tingling. A full sticky mouthfeel is all pine sap and hop oils, which is even more impressive considering how well she cleans and clears the way for the next quaff. A bit more grapefruit bite emerges further in while orange shows her secretive sweet side. As fast as I am enjoying my Double Trouble IPA from Founders, she just as quickly disappears.
The Founders Double Trouble IPA was the second beer of a spectacular beer tasting event I attended not too long ago, and it still lingers as one of that tastingís highlights. Of course, there was nary a bad beer at that tasting, which is a rarity for there are almost always one or two duds in the bunch. Double Trouble IPA is certainly no dud. Should you come across her in your travels, be sure to live a little dangerously and bring home some Double Trouble for yourself.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Barely cold,lightly chilled: A hop lovers dream for sure. Beautiful appearance. Little darker,copper,gold with a nice,lacey,soapey head. Extreme hop aromas. Very piney,with big citric acidity,and hop flowers,with a touch of alcohol. Mouth is a bit fizzy,with the bitterness taking some of the creaminess away. The malts are overpowered a bit,though evident in the flavor. The toast,caramel,are fighting a losing battle with the piney,hop leaf flavors lingering in the mouth.Long toasty,citric,finish with just a hint,hint,of alcohol warmth,and toasty,sweet malt,and a bit metallic,rust. Overall,I could slam this all day in the late fall,early winter.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with almost no head. Does not look promising. Very strong flavor, comparable to bellís hopslam in bitterness and taste. Dominated by grapefruit hops and bitterness. Very drinkable. No taste of alcohol.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
#1050 12oz bottle. Smells great. Honey, citrus, some pine, a little resiny. Orange colored with a wispy head. A sweet & sticky nectarine, pine, floral, and wildflower honey followed by a touch of warming alcohol. The finish is bitter, slightly alcoholic and flavorful enough to make you long for the next sip. A little rough, which is nice for a beer like this.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber gold with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and hops. The taste is similar to eating a hop flower. It really is that pungent. Enjoyed the bitterness in the finish.
hayduke (3384) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of a trade with Erik in Indiana. Poured a clear gold with a fat white head and very rich lacing. Nose is powerfully of citrus and pine hops. Very slick and lively mouthfeel. Flavor is very nicely bitter, and the finish is long and bitter as well .A very enjoyable beer.
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one exceptional double IPA. I wasnít exactly thrilled with the way it poured, with only a clear golden color. But it had a generous white head that left a great amount of lacing around the glass. The nose was full of potent and sticky hops, with hints of grapefruit, pine and grass. The body was full and strong, and defintely was smooth and drinkable. The flavors were very well-rounded, with a full hoppy and bitter profile. This Impy IPA also boasted a balanced malt charcter. The body was crisp and hoppy with notes of pine, grapefruit and bread. The finish was incredibly sticky, bitter, spicy and dry. Itís just the way a great double IPA should be. So far, the three Founders beers Iíve had, they have all been well above average. I canít wait to try more. The Double Trouble is very comparable to DFH 90 Minute. Although the 90 is a bit better, this is right up there with it, and the best of the IIPAís Iíve sampled!
BroSpud (1706) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at a beerfest [Disclaimer: This was tasted along with many, many other beers during a tasting at Julios. Some of the details are a little hazy]. Excellent!
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A solid semi-dry IPA with an assertive coniferous bitterness. Tasty and very drinkable.
How: Bottle 12oz. From my buddy dmac, thanks a lot Dave. Consumed fresh a few weeks after I received it.
The look: Partially cloudy blonde body topped by a small persistent white head
In long: Nose of coniferous and sawdust. Maltiness offers a sweetness that is half-honey half-caramel sweetness and a texture that is rather oily. Then comes a whole lot of sandy coniferous hops (Chinook-ish) that make it a somewhat dry IPA. The bitterness is strong and assertive. Too tasty to be refreshing but nonetheless something I would drink on a regular basis if it was available locally. Iíve had the Double Trouble, the only kind of trouble I didnít already have.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white film of head. Bright, perfumy aroma- herbaceous piny character- spicy bright citruses with lemony character and only a slim caramel undertone. Nice creamy body- a solid malt base of light vanilla sweetness & caramel hold up lots of spicy American hop notes- thereís a lot of long piny bitterness in the finish. A solid & balanced IIPA.