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Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 167   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


Jimthechap's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1708) - Christchurch, - NOV 15, 2012
This beer is like David Bowie. I thought I would blithely throw this out into the forum and then struggle to justify my assertion as it is late at night and I have had a few, but then pride and confidence have become resurgent and I can qualify my statement with just one point: it is phenomenal. David Bowie is a phenomenon (voted by two of my pub quizzes as the coolest man alive) and so is this. It appears innocuous enough, golden amber and some coarse whitish head and then you smell it: grapefruit and resinous Pacific NW hops. Amber, spruce and an assault of chlorophyll, orchard fruit, stonefruit and sharp marmalade aromas. God alone only knows what Tuatara paid for the hops. Anyway, the flavour is deeply apricotty, orange peel, wild grasses and a lovely sherbet-like carbonation. Once this beastie has sat on the palate you get loads of sour and bitter. Grapefruit, goosberry, amber pine resins, orange peel and a full noseful of what you’ve just consumed. A symphony of taste and vision. I agree with my esteemed colleagues and their reviews, Tuatara deserve thanks for this offering. Let’s dance. PS: my tastebuds weren’t overwhelmed, just orgasming.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2285) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Poured from a large format bottle, Thanks Ryan. Big hop character, tropical fruits, citrusy, resinous, grassy. Some bready malts, but the hops are center stage.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dvrob_ (1) - - AUG 31, 2014 does not count
Nice pour, ample amounts of creamy head which gives off a great aroma - lots of hops, hints of pine and tropical fruits as well. Taste is smooth, not as hoppy as I expected with a caramel after taste - very drinkable, I had the whole 500ml bottle comfortably in less than an hour, pretty good for 9%. Great beer, has become a favorite after one session.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cirrhosis (1216) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
Golden clear body complete with a tall pillowy cap. The 3D on the lable is old school 80’s cereal box prize quality, but the gimmick did work on me because the 3D glasses hanging around the neck was the only reason I baught this. Uggggg....... first sip aint good. What was that??? Strong soapy hops with a chemical quality. Hints of chocolate also permiate the aroma. Taste is the same but has a wicked strong bitter finish. Woody chocolate, floral hops, leather. Fun lable surounding a bottle containing a subpar IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hank37 (82) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
Smells of tropical fruits and resionous pine. Thick in the mouth, almost syrupy, with caramel, honey and the aforementioned fruit. A lingering bitterness that is welcome and warm, with some booze folded into it,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle from 16th Street Liquor, West Vancouver
Cloudy golden color with generous compact head. The aroma is very fruity, peach and mango. The body is not too thick, the mouthfeel is round, it has a nice malt base, moderately sweet, and good hopping, for once the hopping is more fruity than resiny.
Lovely, dangerous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (724) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Aroma is grapefruit, passionfruit, citrus, lemon grass and light sweet malts. Taste is light malts, met fairly quickly with bitter clove and tanin. bitterness isnt excessive and finishes surprisingly smooth. Appearance is a clear gold with a pearl head that retains fairly well.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Soupoftoday (21) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2014
An amazing creation from Tuatara right here. A very easy to drink and beautifully balanced IPA which hides its high alcohol content dangerously well. The malt and hop profile sing a sweet harmony together. Flavours of peach and apricot are lifted by subtle citrus/pineapple notes that lead to a thoroughly exotic and refreshing experience. A modern day classic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2443) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2014
Out the bottle and into a chalice, at just on cool. Oh, it looks damn good. Fluffy and silky looking inch of white atop a sparkling, vibrant, orange amber body. Head holds fast and weaves a drabby, thick lace. Piney, deep, resinous, fruity hop nose; jammy, plummy with a lot of stonefruit and sticky conserve notes. Quite full, rounded, all-encompassing on the palate. Nicely low in carbonation to see it dwell on the tongue letting all the flavour and aroma permeate into every nook and cranny. Stonefruit dominates here too. Not overly sweet; quite ripe and fruity with a tangy mid-palate and a bitter, all hop swallow. Good length; again like peach, apricot and plums with plenty of grapefruit to fill it out. Biscuity malt underneath with a grainy, granola edge; balances in well. Alcohol has warmth but under the weight of the fruit and malt ties in really nicely. This is delicious. Not farfetched or over-the-top, just a great IIPA. Another gem from this brewer!!! (50cL, BB 13/01/15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
olsentribe8 (17) - Napier, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2014
This beer is crazy, it’s like two drinks in one. the initial taste versus what rests on your palate a second or two later is black versus white. Amazing job Tuatara, an inspiration to any home brewer who is after something special.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMStringer (18) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2014
bottle from Super merkato. On opening 30mm bubble sat on rim with lacing rising up around circumference of bubble, like some sort of anti gravity machine. heady stuff! Aroma was more balanced than expected - i was expecting hop assault (perhaps I am gaining immunity?). pine, resin, grass all present. Less of the fruit. Malt, alcohol and hops in a fair fight with none dominating - so there was more malt characteristics than expected - caramel & banana being the most obvious for me. Not as bitter as IBU indicated (167?!). Right up with C!tra (hope I spell correctly) as NZ’s top IIPA in my ’umple opinion.


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