Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 167   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 what you wish for. The malt base and Chico yeast together construct the perfect platform for the multiple additions of so many hop varieties no mere beer label could label them all. Your overwhelmed taste buds will know the feeling.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1400) - CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Pours a clear medium gold with a loose white two finger head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and heavy sticky lacing. Nose is powerfully hoppy - dank, sticky, and resiny, with some floral tones, yet with a noticeable caramel malt base. Taste is grapefruit and pine, but balanced with light sweet malt. Medium body, slippery and sticky, with sustained moderate carbonation and a long, lingering bitter finish. Woof. Nearly eye-watering hops when I cracked the bottle. A definite hop bomb palate wrecker. If this is after age degradation, I hesitate to think what this beast was when fresh. Though, for all that, I don’t find its 167 (!) IBU’s "brutal" as the label claims, but it’s definitely in your face.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9033) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2014
Great lemony, grassy nose, some piss, crackers. Sweet and lemony flavor, great hops, oranges, leafy, peaches, a bit of mango. A bit too sweet, and lightly cloying, but good. Great fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bomber. Rich caramel nose with fat oily fruit. Treacly-sweet initial, goes to good balance, with sweet dates, juicy prunes, and light puckering hops. Medium-heavy body. Nice. A bit too sweet initially, but moves gradualy into distinct fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3169) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a nice and dark golden with a medium white head that offers great lacing. Aroma is pretty much what you would expect with all the pine and and other hoppy notes but I also get a lot of ethanol and some perfume. Taste is sweet and really well balanced by the heavy bitterness but it is still really, really sweet. Said bitterness is almost harsh but not quite, pretty soft for such a hardcore brew in fact. Flavors are on the sugary side but there is also some fruity components to it. Body is medium, carbonation low and the impression I get is of a lightly syrupy brew. Well made but I’m not sure if I would ever seek out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7460) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours unclear light but bright golden with a small off-white cap, good retention and lacing. melons, pine, grapefruit, danky berries, sweetish toasted malts, caramel touch, exotic juice - passionfruit-like, bit of booze. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily and a bit sticky, assertive and balanced grassy-spicy-piney-citrusy finish. good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Khaggerty118 (69) - Olney, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2014
This beer hands down should win every award in NZ. Lived there for 7 months and this bad boy was what I was looking for. When I spotted this for the first time at a Queenstown market I knew immediately it would be amazing. It did not disappoint. Amazing citrus and fruity aroma, amazing citrus and fruity taste. I fell in love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3251) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
650ml bottle, slight hazy golden hue, with a small bubbly white head, with a mild floral citrus, leafy, grassy, fruity hoppy nose, with some resinous, tropical fruit, lemon, grapefruit peel accents, and a faint honeyed pale, pilsener, toasted malt, candyish lemon lollipop, subtle lemon marmalade note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a very nice yeasty, candied lemon, grapefruit peel, good flowery spicy citrus, leafy, grassy, soapy hoppy character, with a lemon pie, lemon marmalade, honeyed pale, toasted, pilsener malt, tropical fruit, barley sugar flavour, leading towards a yeasty, fruity lemon marmalade, candied lemon, grapefruit peel, lingering good citrus, grassy, resiny hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_henry (124) - - MAR 5, 2014
Super excited to get my hands on this! The smells hits as soon as I crack the cap, big complex citrus, as you’d expect, but more complex than the vast majority of offerings in this style. Pours a clear light amber with perfect carbonation and adequate head. On to the taste, BOOM! Big bitter hop punch balanced by perfect malt back bone. This is a very impressive beer. The best IIPA I’ve had in a long time, blows a lot of the big west coast favourites out the water, Wow! I want more! hope I can get my hands on some...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mattress63 (74) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
Bomber from Joes Waterhole in Eumundi. Poured beautifully with a nice thick head, nice fruity aroma with the evident taste of the Nelson Sauvin hops shining through of which I love. Very easy drinking for a 9% and up there with some of the other fantastic NZ IPA/2IPAS around. I think this is Tuataras best and highly recommend. It won’t disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Aroma is of grapefruit, hops, citrus, pine. Pours an opaque golden color which produced a nice head with lacing. Bitter hop taste and some alcohol heat right off the bat, which quickly subsides to one of the best balances between pine and citrus notes I have encountered. This was great!!

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