Monday, July 2, 2018

Founders Double Trouble (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 5/17/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong American hop aroma of citrus and stone fruits. A slight green tea component as well. Moderate malty sweetness and just a touch of caramel character. Faint alcohol presence; clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear amber/pale orange hue (5-7 SRM). Large eggshell frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Prominent hop taste throughout with richer, more resiny flavors than most of the style. This also accounts for the perceived bitterness being relatively low throughout (just a brief hop bite at the apex). Citrusy/stone fruity taste is present, but closer to juice concentrate than actual fruit or pith (the high alcohol presence has a lot do with this). Malt base is quite strong with a sweet caramel and honey flavor which is subtle up front, but almost barleywine-like towards the back. Hops linger in the aftertaste with a slight grassy/green tea flavor. Alcohol is difficult to ignore, but clean and not distracting. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation. More viscous than the average DIPA, but remarkably smooth with no astringency. The brew is quite potent at 9.4% ABV with a gentle warmth; yet drinkability is not hindered at all. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An "old school" DIPA by today's standards, but still exemplifies the style excellently. Just a bit maltier, sweeter and boozier than I'd prefer, but that's me. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/05/founders-double-trouble-chadz-beer.html

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