Founders "Double Trouble"

Beer can be a funny thing sometimes. I have had people ask me what my favorite beer is. I really just don’t have an answer. I don’t even have a favorite style of beer. Some people love lagers. Some people, stouts. Some people are bitter hop heads! I like to float freely between the styles and give them all equal opportunities to expand my palate and even my mind sometimes. One thing I love is to come across beers that are of a particular style, but are like nothing I have ever had in that style. Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan has a beer just like that; Founders “Double Trouble” 
This Double IPA pours a hazy yellow/orange with a thin, tight, white foam head. The aroma is very citrusy, like sweet ripe pineapple with a hint of lime, and light floral hops. The taste is also bursting with pineapple and orange citrus, along with sweet malty flavors of brown sugar and honey. There was a dry ,slightly piny hops bitterness in the finish, with maybe some white pepper that provided a spiciness.  This was not overly astringent, considering that it has an abv. of 9.4%. The alcohol controlled and kept in the background rather well. I found this to be an interesting take on a Double IPA. It was very refreshing, and lighter in flavor than that of other DIPA’s I have had. The citrus flavor does mellow out in the middle, and it is pretty smooth. I would rarely ever refer to an IPA as being “balanced” really, especially a DIPA. I mean isn’t the point to be this overly hoppy, bitter beast? I found it to be hoppy of course at 86 IBU’s, but there was a pleasantly sweet side to it as well. This was a real treat as far as DIPA’s go! This may be a Beerventure you have to go into with an open mind! Here’s to Good Beers!
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2 Responses to Founders "Double Trouble"

  1. Ilya Feynberg says:

    Jym,

    Before I get to the actual beer…

    I have to completely agree with you. I'm asked often what my favorite beer, is style, and even brewery. I just don't find it a possible question to really answer. I love many, and hold many in high regard, but it's also dependent on my mood, the company I'm with and so on. One can't be in the mood for a double IPA for every beer…or can he/she…. 😉

    Stick to one style, and that closed train of thought, and you now limit yourself completely to what's really out there.

    On the beer…

    Well Founders is one of those that's hard to get my hands on here in Dallas, Tx so I have some Chicago peeps hooking me up with some great northern beers. This being one of them. I can't wait to try this one.

    Another double IPA that I find VERY different from the norm, is the Gubna from Oskar Blues. Have you had a chance to try theirs yet?

    Ilya

  2. Jym says:

    Ilya,

    Glad to know I am not the only one who finds it impossible to have a favorite Beer, Style, or Brewery! I think you will like the "Double Trouble". I have had the pleasure of trying Oskar Blues "Gubna" http://thebrew-thusiast.blogspot.com/2010/06/ello-gubna.html

    Thanks for checkin' out the blog!

    Cheers,
    Jym

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