Tuatara Double Trouble | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
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Photo of Deltoro
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Radcpa
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZodiacM
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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 innominat
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of hopnerd
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AxlSkull
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ZachT
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DaPan
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of life_of_agony
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradleySteuart
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of Decko
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benjaminkhlaw
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of doktorhops
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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