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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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
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 DaftCaskBC
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange amber liquid with 1/4" cream colored head that dissipated quickly.

S: Sweet malt, honey, pineapple and lemon.

T: Pineapple, lemon, lime peel, pepper, leather, aspirin, and an alcohol bite on the back end.

M: medium to thick syrupy viscosity, low carbonation and some drying from the alcohol.

O: Kind of a mess, this beer is syrupy, over hopped and finishes with an alcohol bite. Kind of like a poor mans Lagunitas Sucks.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-Pint at Hop Garden in Wellington. ABV was at least 2% higher. From notes.

A - Poured with a slight haze and golden colour. Good carbonaiton, one finger of white head. Decent lace and a film of retention.

S - Tons of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango. Nice stuff.

T - Juicy tropical fruit, some booze, boozy pineapple. Tasty but booze note was a tad harsh.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, nice fruity and slightly bitter finish.

O/D - Tasty DIPA. Easy to drink compared to some American takes on the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of dgilks
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber colour with a small white head. Interesting citrus and floral hop aroma. A touch of caramel. Not bad. The flavour moves into something smoother with some malt and a moderate bitterness. Quite sweet but not bad. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A nice little AIPA. Decent hop flavour but overly sweet.

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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 CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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).

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

Photo of Deltoro
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of theranchstar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GarthT
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

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 cfalls
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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