Tuatara Brewing – Double Trouble Imperial IPA: Another New Zealand craft beer, this Imperial IPA is brewed at a strength of 9% abv and whopping 167 IBUs (yikes!). I had no idea what to expect here, but I was intrigued enough to give it a go.
Aroma and Appearance: This is pretty foamy with about 2.5 fingers of foam with a few bubbles in the orange copper cloudy beer. The aroma is grass, lemon and grapefruit.
Flavour: So weird that it is malt forward with lots of biscuit malt quickly followed by lemon notes, peaches, grapefruit rind with juicy orange and caramel in the middle and a sweet malt yet very bitter finish that lingers.
Overall Impression: Deep down inside I expected to hate this beer, but it was really good. I guess the human tongue really does top out at the 100-120 IBU range.
Rating: I give it a 8/10 as in excellent, flavourful, complex and balance.
Food Pairing: It is pretty easy to get New Zealand grass fed beef here (tasty stuff too) so find some and grill it up to pair with this beer.
Glad to see more and more craft beer coming from New Zealand, we are happy to oblige and drink them here.