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!