Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, MI
Double Trouble Imperial IPA
Many of the reviews I read about Founders’ Double Trouble described it, in one form or another, as a “Hopslam killer.” That’s a hefty goal to achieve, and with me being quite the fan of Hopslam, I couldn’t pass up the chance to welcome a challenger.
But after trying multiple bottles, I can say that Hopslam is still alive and well.
Double Trouble pours a lighter orange color with a hefty two fingers worth of a tight white head on it. Unlike Hopslam, the aromas don’t take over while you’re pouring, but are much more subdued.
The smell is classic imperial IPA: rich tropical fruits such as pineapple, papaya and mango. Again, like Hopslam, but much less juicy and pronounced. It’s kind of a muted smell, although a delicious one.
The taste, however, is great. There’s a very concentrated tropical fruit taste on the front of the tongue that spreads across your palate. It’s a bit drier than Hopslam but has much of the same juicy tropical characteristics. What I don’t like is the bitterness on the backend. While Hopslam’s honey lingers after you drink it, Double Trouble has a kind of dull bitterness that sticks to the back of your throat. It’s not off-putting or bad, it’s just different.
Double Trouble is a great imperial IPA. There’s no mistaking that. And in fairness, the pack I got was bottled before the wealth of Hopslam I have, so that may have subdued the taste a bit. But when it comes down to the two of them, Hopslam wins again.