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Tuatara Double Trouble - Tuatara Brewing Co.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-06-2014 00:02:56 | More by yeaprolly
Photo of Cheld


4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:47:45 | More by Cheld
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-31-2014 09:44:32 | More by Rwalford74
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-24-2014 14:39:26 | More by Aggro
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-10-2013 00:35:53 | More by IanSpindler
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-05-2014 10:01:40 | More by Poupae
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an aggressive beer.

Pours a lovely filtered light golden/copper. Great head and lacing.

Smell is masses of pine, citrus, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, floral notes. This beer has a really ripping citrus character. What's another adjective for the nose? Pliny-esque.

Taste is mostly sweet honeymalt, honeysuckle with a hoppy marmalade backdrop. Has a real dryness to it but that dryness definitely leans in favour of hops over alcohol. And there is so much citrus happening on the palate.

The tasteful thickness of it- decent but not overwhelmingly resiny. Then again I've had it for a while. Really dry and bitter and those hops linger in your mouth if you let them.

Surprise, surprise, Tuatara makes an awesome beer. Just night and day when you compare this to something like Feral's Tusk- this is a legitimate rival to US DIPAs. Shows how close NZ is to the US and how far ahead of Aus it is with its IPAs.

The DIPA you want to take home to meet your mum. Brewed to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 10:00:20 | More by danieelol
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:31:49 | More by leaddog
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 03:56:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 19:05:11 | More by StJamesGate
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-20-2014 03:25:17 | More by FadetoBock
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-15-2014 06:45:27 | More by notevananderson
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-07-2014 04:00:39 | More by dbb618
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-12-2013 00:11:15 | More by Kmat10
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 05:27:52 | More by wordemupg
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-15-2013 10:29:57 | More by TheBadger0289
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 21:35:43 | More by RedSunRising
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 01:02:27 | More by laituegonflable
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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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2014 09:43:01 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2013 06:48:50 | More by yancot
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2014 00:46:24 | More by jpd7374
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-30-2013 04:56:21 | More by Exeter
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2014 04:10:49 | More by theranchstar
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-15-2013 18:54:26 | More by schnarr84
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Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.