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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tuatara Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
tuatarabrewing.co.nz

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 08-07-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AxlSkull
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer isn't retired it is still available

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Cheld
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of patre_tim
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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,

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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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