04-29-2016, The BeerVibe Crew

BeerVibe applauds Founders’ founders, Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens, for producing world renowned beers, which have won them accolades and recognition in the industry. It was understandable when our mouths experienced a case of butterflies as we reached into the refrigerator and pulled out a bottle of Double Trouble. Were we really about to rate a popular brew which has already been well established on the IPA circuit? Why yes, of course we would, because you know well, beer goals are beer goals.

This beer ranks high in the world of IPAs. Equally impressive (or disturbingly troubling, you be the judge) is the brilliant artwork on the bottle. The image is quickly etched into your visual archives.

Once we located the elusive bottle opener, it presented no trouble at all prying open and critiquing this bitter beer. The expression “the bitterer, the better-er” certainly applies in this case. As it turned out, it left us feeling— bittersweet. It’s brave contents subjected themselves to the differing palates on our diverse and unique panel. We invited two of our veteran tasters to weigh-in. Although both tasters enjoy IPAs, this tasting would clearly demonstrate that all palates are not created equal. Would Double Trouble cause a rift on our panel and divide long-lasting relationships between tasters? Absolutely not! Where critics deviate in opinion, we find reason to praise. This diversity enriches the culture and promotes conversation. Therefore, we encourage you, the beer drinker, to feel at liberty to express your 2 cents because, let’s be honest, whether rich or poor, every cent counts. Friends, today, it’s only appropriate to present double that amount in this unpredictable review. You are about to become 4 cents richer, sort of.

Founders Brewing Co.
Double Trouble Imperial IPA
9.4% ABV (Hold on to your hat!)
86 IBU’s

These are our thoughts.

The Pour: Little head, disappears quickly, weak lace.

Ms. Hopologist: “Hmm, not very frothy.”

Once Upon a German: “Head didn’t last very long.”

Score: 2.5/5


The Smell: Butter, butterscotch, citrus, pear, yeast, hops. A lot of characters on this stage.

Ms. Hopologist: “Very aromatic, detectable hops, and citrus.”

Once Upon a German: “Sweet and hoppy, strong citrus nodes.”

Score: 3.5/5


The Color: Light pale amber, deep honey color.

Ms. Hopologist: “Lovely color.”

Once Upon a German: “Rich honey color.”

Score: 5/5


The Flavor: Bitter hops first, bitter aftertaste, citrus, spice, butter.

Ms. Hopologist: “Bitterness lingers.”

Once Upon a German: “Nice Hoppy freshness.”

Score: 4/5


The Mouthfeel: Thick viscosity, loiters in your mouth for a while.

Ms. Hopologist: “Certainly lingers with nice bitter after taste.”

Once Upon a German: “Love how it feels, especially the lingering bitterness.”

Score: 5/5


Total Score: 4/5

Ending Comments

Founders Double Trouble has certainly won the hearts of IPA enthusiasts, finding itself among the high ranks on beer review websites. Even troublesome beers can prevail in a world where individual palates cast judgment.

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