Founders “Double Trouble”
This seasonal double IPA is released each summer. On the nose, sweet malt sugars and loads of fruity hops that come across like mango, tangerine, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, and fresh cut grass. On the palate, a range of citrus hops open with a grapefruit showcase, soon shifting into flavors of lemongrass as more grassy, herbal qualities emerge. Malts bring in flavors of sugar cookies, bringing a sweetness that runs parallel to bitterness. Fruity alcohol esters add a tropical touch that merges nicely with those malty sweet bread flavors, then the finish closes with some spicy phenol alcohol. Mouth feel begins with a rich, full body, but leaves off with a crisp dryness.
I like the sweet, fruity approach to the style. A simple, solid base of Pilsner malt provides more than enough strength to uphold the hops. The bitterness level (86 IBU) is perfect in keeping short sustain, avoiding that mouth-coating, palate wrecking experience. On the downside, it feels a little bit empty, lacking sincere depth. Alcohol doesn’t blend in that well, however, these imparted flavors are integrated into the palate in a natural way. There’s enough content here to appreciate if you’re a big IPA fan, particularly if you’re geared toward the sweet end of the spectrum. I recommend it to you hop heads.
Grand Rapids, Michigan