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


on tap

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - 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 youíve just consumed. A symphony of taste and vision. I agree with my esteemed colleagues and their reviews, Tuatara deserve thanks for this offering. Letís dance. PS: my tastebuds werenít overwhelmed, just orgasming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle @ THT November. Coolest looking bottle ever! Pours a clear golden beer with a thin white head on top. Aroma of tropical fruits, sweet piney resins, hint of peaches. Flavor is malty sweet, not bitter, hop juice and slightly citrussy. Bittersweet, malty aftertaste, soft carbonation. Nice IIPA, but it lacks some power. Maybe an older bottle..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maakun (2056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle at THT massive thanks to benzai. Clear golden with small off white head. Lots of sweet grains and caramel, grapefruit, lychee, bitter herbs, alcohol, chicory, light syrup. Medium sweet and strong bitterness. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11365) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle @ THT. Clear a bit rusty orange color, medium sized white head. Aroma is malts, hops, a little too much overripe sweet hops. Taste malts, hops, again a little overripe fruits again, some caramel. Decent body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3218) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle, spiked like a lizard. Aroma is very hoppy, with citrus, passion fruit and mild caramel. Taste is a fruit fest, with citrus, peach, passion fruit and a nice caramelised malty body. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (5335) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2015
500ml bottle [celebrating the All Blacks historical triumph]. Slightly cloudy, orangey golden colour with average, thick, frothy, fairly lasting and lacing, off-white head. Citrusy and piney, resinous, hoppy aroma, notes of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, a touch of pineapple, some lemon peel, a touch of mint and eucalyptus, caramel malty basis with an almond touch. Taste is pungent bitter hoppy, citrusy, malty background with an almond touch, slightly washy fruitiness, lemon-orange-pineapple-grapefruit; lemongrass, mint, balm and eucalyptus interludes in the last third. Refreshing, throttled lively carbonation, lasting bitter finish. Itís a hop monster, but I try to take it untouched as Richie McCaw would do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2512) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2015
bottle sample at a bar. poured a clear dark golden to amber colour with a white head. nose of presed citrus, cut grass, tropical fruits, crisp malts and a note of sweet caramel in the back. taste of fleshy stone fruits, pineapple, with a nice balanced hop bitterness. mouthfeel is medium bodied. enjoyable ipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (5220) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2015
Keg at Piccadilly Tap; hazy orange pour with a foamy white head, aroma has some decent tropical hop action along with citrus and grapefruit, taste has tangerine, mango, some pine a hint of caramel, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5971) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle @ derat, small sample. Clear orange to amber color, short head. Aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruit, some pine, sweet caramel and toffee. Quite sweet in taste, soft to medium bitterness. Caramel, toffee. Bit too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1685) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2015
500mL bottle from Slowbeer. BB 03/03/2016 Pours an orange gold beer, creamy white head. Hops drive the nose, typically NZ affair - lovely ripe tropical fruits -guavas, paw paws, papayas - leafy herbs, dried herbs, earthy herbs - good measure of caramel malts. Big beer; full creamy, syrupy, resiny, oily, lovely really. Just resiny, sticky, lots of ripe tropicals, tangy citrus, dried herbal hops, doses of caramel - long finish , plenty of bitterness but well balanced. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle @ Cafe Derat. Clear golden coloured with an of white head. nose is pine, syrupy, caramel malty. Flavour is caramel malts, pine hops, fruity, citrus, fairly sweet. Medium bitterness, and well hopped. a revved up version of the ipa.

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