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Brew Review: Double Trouble

15 Oct

Brew: Double Trouble

Brewed by: Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Style: Imperial IPA (9.4% ABV)


Founders Brewing Co., out of MI, is one of the most consistent and top quality craft brewers out there.  They have great year-round releases, excellent seasonals and a rabid following for their one-off releases.  The double trouble is their seasonal double IPA that comes out in late spring or early summer.  Described as an IPA that focuses on the aromatics of the hop and tries to get the most of that aspect of the flower.   

Double Trouble pours out a light golden straw color.  Much lighter than I was expecting since this is a double IPA and clocks in at 9.4%.  Looks more like a pale ale or even a tad darker version of pilsener or lager.  The lighter colored beer is covered by a 1/8th inch white head.  Not the clearest beer but it just might be a chill haze that has shown up on the glass.

The aroma is awesome.   Ton of juicy hops burst out at you.  Pine, fruit, grapefruits and other tropical smells come out at me.  There is a faint hint of malt backbone in there but the hops and all their wonderful smells steal the show in the smell.   An amazing smell if you like hops.

The taste somewhat follows suit to the aroma.  There is a big hop presence right off the bat with bitterness on the sides of your mouth with juicy notes from the hops flowing over your tongue.  Immediately I notice that this brew has no detectable booze whatsoever.   The immense hop presence is balanced by malts but in a way that it just complements and doesn’t try to take over any of the glory that the hops have put forth. 

The immense amount of hops makes this brew maybe a bit hard to approach but if you handle an amazing hop aroma and big juicy hop flavors then this beer has everything you could ever want.  I would compare it to Abrasive except for one thing.  All the hop oils end up making the brew a little sticky or syrupy which made each sip consecutive sip a bit harder to swallow.  Nevertheless this brew is awesome and deserves nothing less than stellar reviews and lots of bottles sucked dry. 


Final Grade: B+

Brew Review: Founders Breakfast Stout

19 Oct

Brew: Breakfast Stout

Brewed by: Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout (8.3% ABV)

With all the craziness that has surrounded the release of Founders Canadian Breakfast stout I decided I would go back and try again where that very controversial beer started from, the original Breakfast Stout. I have had this previously but that was before I was writing down and sharing all the beers that I have tried. I am glad I did because I will eventually share all the glory that is the CBS once I get my hands on it. Also, Founders is a great brewery that consistently puts out great beers.

Oh boy this beer pours out and looks tremendous. Its as dark as night, like looking into a drum of oil, no light escapes its bounds. The head on this beer is beautiful, its thick, rich and long-lasting. Big khaki, mocha cloud that sticks around forever.

The smells that waft off the beer are also amazing. It smells like a coffee house, full of rich smells that bring a relaxed atmosphere and evoke feelings of cozy armchair where you enjoy a good book or newspaper. It smells like what you would wake up to in the morning on a Sunday and your parents had a big pot off coffee on and you were ready for a big hearty breakfast with the family. There were tons of coffee smells and some dark chocolate crept up as well.

Upon the first sip was like drinking a drink of liquid chocolate coffee. The label of the beer says its a ‘double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout’ which in itself sounds like a small meal. But it lives up to that billing and has a big taste of chocolate and coffee with a creamy feel to it brought about by the oatmeal flakes that they added. This is a big heavy beer that feels like your eating something more solid than a liquid. There is also a hint of bitterness at the end which is almost inevitable since there are 60 IBU’s in this treat.

This beer is phenomenal. I am not even a coffee drinker and this still makes me scream for more. This is a coffee drinkers dream. You could literally drink this beer for a meal and it makes sense that you would drink this for breakfast, its got oatmeal and coffee which is a great breakfast combo. This is literally a meal in a bottle, I know that Guiness has been dubbed that before but, having had both, this puts that meal to shame and relegates it to the kids table and takes over the adult table all by itself. A great beer to sip and enjoy for a while because as it warms the character changes and more and more flavors come out to play and make this a complex brew that will always be a treat. Forget getting candy for Halloween or Christmas, I just want one of these and I will be happy.

Final Grade: A