Tuatara Double Trouble | Tuatara Brewing Co.

Tuatara Double TroubleTuatara Double Trouble
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 56 ratings
Tuatara Double TroubleTuatara Double Trouble
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
Ranking:
#3,728
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
56
Liked:
53
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
6.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of motabika
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of yeaprolly
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ZachT
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cheld
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!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ZodiacM
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

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Photo of danieelol
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
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!

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Photo of hopnerd
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decko
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.

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Photo of DaPan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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