I’ll probably lose all credibility for saying this, but I have never tasted the legendary Double Trouble Imperial IPA by Founders… Until now! Founders seems to have an odd penchant for creepy old people on their bottles, but the beer more than makes up for it. Plus, if you’re into that kind of thing, it may be a double win for you! For those that are not into that kind of thing or may be on the fence, the 9.4% ABV will make you forget about any discomfort the bottle may have caused.
Double Trouble pours a clear, golden amber with a thick, bready head. The aroma displays a strong malt backbone of caramel and grain with bright citrus and hop spice shining through. The look and smell of this one make it feel like a loaf of IPA bread.
The strong malt presence is also highly noticeable in the flavor profile with roasty grains and caramel. Grapefruit and lemon pierce the veil of malt with a resinous, dank pine flavor that coats the palate. The malt tapers off toward the end of the tasting experience with an extremely bitter finish. The body is thick and smooth, completing the illusion of hop bread.
Double Trouble is a powerful imperial IPA that uses a thick, malty body as the backdrop for an explosion of hoppy citrus and pine. Although it is a touch maltier than I prefer, it is very well done and lives up to its reputation. I probably don’t need to convince anyone else to drink it at this point since I’m the last human on earth to try it, but if you still haven’t… Fight through your fear of two-headed senior citizens and get a bottle!
- Appearance: Clear Amber / Thick, Bready Head
- Aroma: Caramel, Bread, Citrus, Spice
- Flavor: Caramel, Grapefruit, Pine, Lemon, Spice, Extreme Bitter Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Plus, Smooth
- ABV: 9.4%