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Tuatara Double Trouble - Tuatara Brewing Co.

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 6.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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FadetoBock, Apr 20, 2014
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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.

biboergosum, May 11, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Very fruity aroma but also a lot of sweet clean malt. Some booze. Caramel, pine and resinous hops dominate.
Very aggressive flavours, with a big hoppy bitterness throughout. A fair bit of clean sweet malt as well, but the resinous, grapefruity hop bitterness wins out.
Nice moderate carbonation.
The bitterness seems to sharp and aggressive.

CrazyDavros, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

notevananderson, Feb 15, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Overall- As I mentioned, this was my favourite beer in NZ, along with the Tuatara APA, and Epic Hop Zombie. A must have if you visit NZ!

Cheld, Oct 08, 2013
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dbb618, Jul 07, 2014
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Rwalford74, Jan 31, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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

LampertLand, Dec 31, 2013
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Aggro, Mar 24, 2014
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Kmat10, Jun 12, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Smell - Citrus hops, caramel malts, tropical fruit, pine resin.

Taste - Bold citrus and pine hops along with a sweet caramel malt to support. Tropical fruits and pine resin also shine through. Nice constant bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of pleasant stickiness.

Overall - A stellar Imperial IPA by Tuatara. So glad I got my hands on this bottle - great bitterness to sweetness ratio. 9% ABV is certainly hidden in my opinion. And you can't go wrong with a pair of retro 3-D glasses included with the bottle!

leaddog, Sep 15, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-straw with thin white froth.
Dank, floral, resiny, passionfruit - an insanely deep hop nose.
Tropical fruit jam with stress on passionfruit, plus lime sorbet and spicy white grape.
Musty white grapefruit finish and long catty bitter linger.
Medium to full, chewy, a bit of oil.

"Pacific Jade to bitter (70 IBU up front), then Pacific Jade, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, and Zythos late in the boil for Flavour and aroma. Then Nelson Sauvin for the first dry-hop, and Simcoe and Zythos for the second dry-hop. Calculated at 167 IBU."

Big, fruity, chewy IPA with plenty of bitterness. NS and Simcoe is a savage combination. Doesn't approach 137 IBUs and that's a good thing - stays very drinkable. Shone through at the end of a night of hoppy beers, so bonus points for that.

A festival of NZ hops and a proper hop bomb.

StJamesGate, Dec 17, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden colour, clear with webbed white head that settles out quite quickly. Bit watery-looking for the style.

Pleasant IPA nose. Lots of US and NZ hop characters on show, fruity and floral and slightly piney. Hops are lovely and soft, though. It's tricky to get such a nice light fruity hop note for a big beer.

Malty character with US hops and NZ hops again giving fruity, resiny characters both upfront and towards the back. Bit of a boozey note, sweet though with nice hop oils. More sweet and malty on the palate than on the nose. Hops maybe take more of a back seat but it's decent.

Where's the booze here? Smooth, hoppy and good.

Great double IPA. Would be so easy to go overboard but there's a real artisanal feel to it.

laituegonflable, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 8/5/13

A clear copper with just a few tiny bubbles popping up from here and there, just a thick soapy foam even after an angry pour and it quickly falls to a thin film leaving just a few polka dots for lace, looks pretty basic

S basic no longer, the nose tropical in a big way, passion-fruit, guava, pineapple, and tangerine work well, loving the Kiwi hops, a little melon and the faintest amount of smoke, Chinook perhaps? seems out of place perhaps I'm finally losing it, hint of pine and a caramel malt but its lopsided towards towards the hops

T pine resin come out a little stronger, some citrus rind and some hop candy, a little sweet but I'm loving it but not as much as the nose, slight herbal notes as it warms

M supposedly twice the IBU's a human can detect but still I didn't find it palate wrecking bitter but still has a nice bitter kick, medium bodied with more bubbles then I could see in the glass and very well concealed booze

O pretty happy with this one, big nose and other then the dead look I don't have much to complain about

What can I say? I'm a sucker for those South Pacific hops, great stuff and i just gotta wonder how long this one sat in a boat and still tastes this good. With a BB date of November, 13th, 2013 I'd guess this ones already 6 months old and could only imagine how a fresh bottle would treat me.

wordemupg, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

eawolff99, Sep 07, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First up, apologies for the classification. At 5.5% ABV, this is struggling even to be a regular American IPA, let alone a double. But that's what the brewery classifies it as, what it was classified as at GABS, and (presumably) what the "double" in the name refers to. Fortunately, despite this anomaly, it's a very tasty little beer. On-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a golden colour, quite clear with a solid body. Head is a yellowish, firm crest that leaves some patchy but reasonably solid lacing. Minimal carbonation noticeable.

Big passionfruit characters on the nose make this immediately bright and vibrant. This mingles with a deeper earthy tone that gives characters of tobacco. It's huge and fragrant and very robust. I love it.

Bight passionfruit on the front palate as well, giving an almost biting, seedy clarity. This becomes a more herbal hop character, with a bit of earthiness but a lighter weight overall. The weight lifts off again towards the back, leaving a crisp, perfectly clear finish, with a slight biting almond nuttiness.

This is a beer that's big in flavour—despite falling outside what should technically constitute a DIPA, it makes an apologetic compensation by really blowing the hops up big.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

yancot, Dec 27, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-Pint at Hop Garden in Wellington. ABV was at least 2% higher. From notes.

A - Poured with a slight haze and golden colour. Good carbonaiton, one finger of white head. Decent lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango. Nice stuff.

T - Juicy tropical fruit, some booze, boozy pineapple. Tasty but booze note was a tad harsh.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, nice fruity and slightly bitter finish.

O/D - Tasty DIPA. Easy to drink compared to some American takes on the style. Good stuff.

tbeckett, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jpd7374, Apr 26, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RedSunRising, Apr 19, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In continuing my tradition of having insane-massive-colossal brews for my milestone reviews: #400 - Tuatara Double Trouble*. At only 9% ABV it seems like a bit of a lightweight after #350 (the 15.4% Moon Dog Jumping The Shark) and #250 (the 19.3% Mikkeller 黑牛) however this brew holds its own claim to insanity - 167 IBUs. That's right at 167 IBUs this will be THE bitterest beer my poor taste buds have ever encountered. Pray for my tongue.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Hazy amber body with a light chalk dusting of lace on top, at 9% ABV of course we don't expect much of that fancy head stuff.

S: Surprisingly not that hoppy, there appears to be a big honeyed malt base containing the beast. The label proclaims: "so many hop varieties..." It doesn't smell like there's many hop varieties, it's a US pine/citric orientated aroma. Earthy and musty notes detected on a 2nd whiff. Ok there's a touch of herbal cannabis as well... and floral hops too, yes there are many hops, I was wrong, happy now Tuatara?

T: No way this is 167 IBU - it can't be. It's hardly the bitterest brew I've ever had. It's simply a well-balanced and complex DIPA... it's great! Each sip brings out another hop flavour balanced perfectly that honeyed malt base: Pine/citrus (grapefruit), earthy, floral (lavender), cannabis resin, hints of tropical fruit (pineapple) finishing with a medicinal hop bitterness.

M: Mid to heavy, oily from all those hops, with a light carbonation.

D: So instead of wrestling an insane-massive-colossal hop brew to the floor I ended up getting a totally unexpected tasty DIPA... I was thrown out by how easy to drink this Ale is but make no mistake, even as I write I can feel the 9% ABV coursing through my veins, and the hops have driven me to a state of hop bliss. If I have one critique of this it does favour American hops more than the awesome hops coming out of NZ, it needs those great tropical fruit/vinous hops that you get from NZ.

Food match: For the hop-monster that isn't really a monster but a lovely chap overall I would recommend a pulled pork sandwich, chicken al fresco and lobster tails steamed in beer (all with the appropriate sides).

*I originally noticed this brew due to the 3D glasses attached to the bottle - excellent marketing Tuatara!

doktorhops, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Exeter, Oct 30, 2013
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Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.