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Tuatara Double Trouble - Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara Double TroubleTuatara Double Trouble

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuatara Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Calling Double Trouble a "hop showcase" might imply that this brutal 167 IBU monster has your best interests at heart. If your answer to the question "how much hopping would you like?" is simply "more", this is the beer that will make you careful what you wish for. The malt base and Chico yeast together construct the perfect platform for stunning multiple additions of so many hop varieties no mere beer label could hope to list them all. Your overwhelmed taste buds will know the feeling.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 08-07-2012)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml strange slope-shouldered bottle, with an eye-straining, obviously 3-D glasses requiring wraparound label. First wedding anniversary achieved and mostly celebrated, so now onto something in line with my favourite style of beer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, thick glassy medium golden amber colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few streaks of meandering river lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of musty tropical fruit - pineapple, kiwi, papaya, and blood orange - leafy pine, and a touch of lemon. So, hops, and lots of 'em, though not really of the bitter sort, over a reserved grainy caramel malt, and a soft simmering booziness. The taste is a whole level more astringently bitter, as the well-muddled island fruit mixes further with the American standard orange and lemon juiciness, and the pine needles ramp up their game nicely. Before I forever wax on about the overdose of hops (and not bitterness, I can't stress that enough), there is a sturdy, if duly underappreciated gritty pale caramel and toffee malt backbone. And back to the hops - nah, I'd rather mention the fairly understated alcohol warming.

The bubbles are a wee bit fizzy (thanks Top Gear, tho I don't know why), the body an adequate medium weight, with a subtle hint of plain creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, all that tropical fruit more or less neutered of its bitterness having that sort of effect.

So, as for that particular white elephant in the room - the purported 167 IBUs - I assume that they're well spread out over the whole course of this offering. And the hops, well the hops are everything as proclaimed, and well, that's enough about that. Maybe more virtual ink should be spilled over the rather well integrated, and equally elevated ABV. One double that is surely capable of trouble.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 05:39:47 | More by biboergosum
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Poured into an IPA glass from a bottle picked up for about $9 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC. Came with some funky red-blue 3d glasses.

Full hop blast on the nose when pouring. Comes out a clear light copper color. Smells delicious, Big citra-hop aromas.

First sip: Whoa. Huge hops, big flavors of grapefruit and citrus, but balanced with a bit of malty sweetness. The bitterness is there, and strong, but somehow not overwhelming.

I've had much lower IBU beers that were much more abrasive than this. Overall I'm really impressed with it. Quite delicious.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the large format bottle into an English pub glass. I never got no 3-D glasses. Oh well. A dark orange-amber color, just shy of red, with an initially huge white head that quickly collapsed into a more manageable size that from there forward retained its form very well. Aroma evokes perfumed tropical fruit first and foremost, sweet and rather spicy pineapple, with some caramel malt, grapefruit rind, and pine also apparent. Classic Kiwi hop smell. Taste is a veritable fruit bowl, white grapes, canned peaches, pears, lychee, pineapple, papaya, mango. Far less citrus than most American DIPAs although I do detect some grapefruit. Rather sweet from a malt standpoint, featuring brown sugar and honey flavors along with a campfire marshmallow note. The IBU rating is massive but the beer is amazingly sweet nonetheless. Moderate carbonation and a very syrupy thick body. The beer avoids becoming cloying thanks to a strong pine that starts off almost non-existent but builds up to fairly aggressive levels by the end. This brewery continues to impress me, avoiding some of the excesses of American craft (e.g., stupid exotic ingredients that don't add anything all that interesting to a beer's flavor profile, ignoring traditional styles) while capturing unique Kiwi hop flavors in technically sound, approachable offerings. This is one of their biggest and baddest (and sweetest).

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tuatara Brewing 'Double Trouble' @ 9.0% , served from a 'limited release' 650 ml bottle purchased for $7.50 with supplied 3D glasses , cool label ; )

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-piney resin dominates the intial smell

T-piney resin start

MF-ok/good carbonation , double full body , oops still wearing these 3D Glasses

Ov-ok/good beer , decent Imperial IPA

prost LampertLand

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My absolute favourite beer from my stint in NZ. Unfortunately I didn't find it until shortly before leaving the country. I am still trying to find a way to get this in the US.

Appearance- A standard light to medium coloured IPA. The white head is about 1.5 fingers thick and dissipates slowly to leave nice lacing.

Smell- A fantastically fruity aroma- dominated by hoppy citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, with some more tropical fruits in the background. Pine and honey round it out.

Taste- The citrus and pine notes carry through to the flavour, giving a nice dry bitterness. There is some tropical and honey-like sweetness as well to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel- A bit thicker than I'm used to, but it is quite pleasant

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Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of foamy white head.

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Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.