Tuatara Double Trouble
Tuatara Brewing Co.

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From:
Tuatara Brewing Co.
 
New Zealand
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.92%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
34
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 26, 2017
Added:
Aug 07, 2012
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  10
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.97 by Deltoro from Florida

Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by BAsbill from California

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Translucent golden orange in color, the pour quickly builds up majestic creamy white head that very well retains itself with remarkable retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal fluffy layer covering atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot here and there.

The aroma is so juicy packed up with intense hop profile of citrus, grapefruit, floral, mango, pineapple, tropical, berry, grape, spice, pine, resin, and some earthiness while malt is also there with its biscuit and subtle caramel.

Loads of hoppy goodness sweep through the taste buds with its big and bold resiny bitterness along with notes of citrus, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tropical, berry, grape, spice, pine, and some earthiness, alcohol is hidden well with only slight warming touch. Biscuit and burnt caramel from malt dwells there in the background behind hop performance.

Rather full body with moderate carbonation and some lively crisp through the palate, the mouthfeel is quite smooth with a refreshing touch and pleasantly dry finish.

Massive hoppy monster, it feels like dropping a straight shot of squeezed hop into the mouth, impressive.
Feb 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Amber appearance with a good head and perhaps a little too much carbination. Very hoppy and fruity aroma. Taste is also hoppy and fruity with slight alcohol aftertaste. Nice IPA for New Zeland.
Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Amber and cloudy with a fair amount of carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of beige, foamy head, containing large and small bubbles. Fine, scratchy lacing left on the glass.

Toasted malts and big bitterness on the nose. Caramel, red peppers, creme brulee and a hint of orange candy. Red liquorice, cream cheese, fruity and 'stanky' = stinky and dank.

Garlic, stanky, sweet with fruity orange and papaya, solid bitterness on the tongue. The big bitterness comes in alongside burnt caramel. Alcohol also present. Floral hints in the aftertaste. Orange in there. Each sip brings out new flavours.

Big, syrupy body with medium low carbonation. Slick as it passes but leaves the tongue dry.

Got this one on Wish beer, drank in Mae Jo, Chiang Mai, May 16th, 2016. Very impressive. Very different from what I've been able to get my hands on. Overall a great brew.
May 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by cfalls from New York

Mar 03, 2016
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Rated by ZodiacM from Netherlands

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Amazing tasty Imp. IPA, another great beer from New Zealand
Dec 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.49 by innominat from Ireland

Oct 24, 2015
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Reviewed by CwrwAmByth from England

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
R: Cloudy, light amber colour, thin but persistent head.
N: Intense, resinous pine; hints of winter spice
B: Quite big spice here, classic new-world hops (citrus, pine); quite full-bodied with powerful malts to accentuate those hops
Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by hopnerd from Australia

Aug 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.63 by NeilSilber1 from California

Aug 08, 2015
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Rated by AxlSkull from France

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer isn't retired it is still available
Jul 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.69 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

Jul 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jul 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by life_of_agony from Australia

Jul 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.58 by JackieKu from Taiwan

May 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.26 by BradleySteuart from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Apr 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear bronze, nice white head leaves a great lace.

Good aroma, but there's more bitterness than late hop flavour.

Reminds me of Three Floyds Blonde Behemoth,
Apr 15, 2015
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Reviewed by Decko from Australia

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow, I've had a few IPA's but never encountered anything like the aroma coming off this one. Unbelievably concentrated citrus, grassy aromas. More surprising that this came out of a 650ml bottle (from memory!) and that aroma was still pumping right to the end. Other aspects of appearance, mouthfeel etc are all good and not distinguishing. The 9%alcohol was very well disguised. You would have to love the bitter almost astringent hoppy taste to drink this on a regular basis. For me, although it's on the bitter end of what I enjoy, they've done an admirable job in balancing the brew.
Mar 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by GarthT from Hong Kong

Feb 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by benjaminkhlaw from Hong Kong

Jan 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.8 by motabika from Australia

Dec 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Sep 07, 2014
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

4.4/5  rDev +5%
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!
Aug 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by dbb618 from Australia

Jul 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

May 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Apr 20, 2014
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Reviewed by RedSunRising from Canada (BC)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.
Apr 19, 2014
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Reviewed by CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev -6%
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).
Apr 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Aggro from Canada (BC)

Mar 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by yeaprolly from Washington

Mar 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Poupae from Thailand

Mar 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by theranchstar from Georgia

Feb 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rwalford74 from Australia

Jan 31, 2014
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.96/5  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
Dec 31, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Dec 27, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Exeter from Canada (AB)

Oct 30, 2013
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Reviewed by Cheld from Maine

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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!
Oct 08, 2013
Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 56 ratings