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Tower 20 Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 20 Double IPATower 20 Double IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The saying “less is more” doesn’t apply to West Coast IPA’s. Less is a glass half empty and Tower 20 is a full glass of unrivaled hop character – a Double IPA where more is more. In brewing this hoppy offering, we took the best of Tower 10 IPA and added more. An abundance of high-alpha Centennial hops give T20 its resinous pine-like bitterness, while Oregon-grown Crystals and Chinooks lend zesty grapefruit and tangerine hop flavors. Don’t hoard this hop bomb, drink it fresh and we’ll brew more.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: mactrail on 10-28-2011)
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Reviews by DRen323:
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DRen323


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%

Without a doubt this instantly became my favorite IIPA. Its not overly hoppy for an IIPA which was nice and it had a nice taste from the get-go. It was smooth, tasted great and I will definitely be going back for another 22 oz of this. I am not sure why others thought this was boring but its not. Its true that its not real hoppy others like others mentioned but dont let that prevent you from trying it. My wife who also likes IPAs like I do could taste the alcohol and wasnt a big fan of the 20 although she does like the tower 10.

03-11-2012 05:11:14 | More by DRen323
More User Reviews:
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, think high rise of foam

SMELL: Ripe clementine pulp, leafy, herbal, pineapple rind, clean alcoholic esters, biscuity

TASTE: Creamy, bigger body, smooth, alcohol, hop resin, bitter, ripe tropical fruit, citrus rind, peppery, rose water, bread crust, white cherries, bitter finish

This is a massive beer, not the biggest but more inline that the alcohol and hops are extremely expressive / in your face. Only serious hopheads should take this one on.

07-03-2012 00:28:37 | More by Jason
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-09-2013 03:12:32 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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MFauver35

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-17-2012 19:15:01 | More by MFauver35
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-03-2014 04:07:18 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-17-2013 00:04:36 | More by Sammy
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dougieboy

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-05-2014 15:36:25 | More by dougieboy
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

pour was a a cloudy golden yellow with thick creamy and foamy head, about an inch or so.

very malty on nose with some light hops. not a lot of depth except for sweet malt.

flavor was similar, this was far more malt forward than hop forward. no idea what the date on this is. lots of sweet caramel and toffee, faint slight bitter citrus hops.

full body, mild bite, no trace of alcohol burn. pretty smooth.

overall, not what i want in a double IPA. it was not bad, but was not stand out.

12-01-2012 23:40:10 | More by hooliganlife
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HalfFull

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bomber poured into a globe glass. Pours goldenrod with a touch of orange haze and offers a half inch of whitish foam. Moderate retention and some artsy lace.

Aroma of malt and some resinous hops, giving way to a notable orange citrus underbelly. Bit of caramel and yeast. Fairly well integrated but not overly robust in the hops department, yet the ABV is well cloaked behind the somewhat malty delivery.

Flavor is more neutral with some pale malt and just a hint of caramel and with a spicy hop character. Bit of citrus spice on the finish and with a moderate lingering yet soft bitterness. Malt is obvious but not overdone but gets a bit rich over time.

Feel is slick and a bit oily with orange and a bit of caramel. Carbonation is lighter than the pour might suggest but firms up a bit with warming. Overall a decent brew that improves with warming and worh a visit.

06-10-2012 05:45:29 | More by HalfFull
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BruceBruce

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-10-2012 23:07:50 | More by BruceBruce
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beepill

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-13-2013 22:01:36 | More by beepill
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largadeer

California

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

Bottle from Fred. Thanks, Fred. This was bottled about a week ago.

Appearance: Dark amber body with great clarity, topped by a lasting frothy head. Looks fine, but it's too dark for the style, as though copious amounts of crystal malt were used; an ill omen.

Smell: Smells like...malt. Very sweet, very crystal malt dominant. Pretty clean yeast profile. Some orange and grapefruit hop character, subtle floral notes. Surprisingly bland for a 9.5% DIPA.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet caramel malt with some breadiness. Pine and grapefruit hop flavors buried beneath layers of syrupy malt. Mild finish, not much bitterness or bite. Alcohol is well hidden, which is fairly impressive I guess.

Overall: Incredibly boring and blah, but very clean and expertly brewed. Just a completely lackluster recipe.

03-09-2012 19:41:31 | More by largadeer
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Muggins25

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-20-2014 03:06:08 | More by Muggins25
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-13-2013 23:04:59 | More by pin
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usofar

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-07-2012 01:34:20 | More by usofar
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DrewShalvoy

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-26-2013 00:42:16 | More by DrewShalvoy
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MattSlem

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-11-2014 05:53:52 | More by MattSlem
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RWACKO

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-12-2014 17:15:08 | More by RWACKO
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Nugganooch

California

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%

Bomber to pint glass
*Consumed on 05-12-12

A: Tower 20 pours an amber color that is caramel-orange, almost copper hued, displaying some excellent clarity. Big froth of ivory foam head. Some sporatic patches of dots and lace.

S: Pronounced caramel malt aroma. Sugary grains with some super faint underlying pine and florals. An unfortunate precursor of things to come.

T: Balance is malt forward with a heavy handed use of Crystals. Caramel sweet malty bread and just lacking the hops to counter. Does have a moderate bitterness level. With a bit of work I can pull out some hop flavors by way of pine and orange fruit. The alcohol asserts itself in the finish. This is just plain not good. In dire need of a much dryer finish and absurd amount of dry hops to counter the malty sweetness here.

M: Medium heavier body or at least seemingly that way from the sugary malts. Finish is a bit wet with some slight sticky residuals.

D: A caramel malt bomb if that is to your liking but just not the DIPA for me. I expect much more from a founding San Diego brewery.

I don't know how Karl went wrong here. Tower 10 is such a nice IPA and as others have stated this is not a double take on that beer.

NOT worth hoarding!

05-18-2012 16:45:42 | More by Nugganooch
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-04-2013 16:50:02 | More by kristougher
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head. Kind of past its prime, it seems. Sweet caramel and toffee malt with some bready malt. Floral hops and a bit of citrus, but not all that hoppy. A little bit herbal and piney with some floral notes. Sweet toffee and bread, but overall just kind of meh.

07-30-2012 22:35:35 | More by womencantsail
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-30-2012 06:17:14 | More by SocalKicks
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djaeon

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-19-2013 03:31:07 | More by djaeon
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beagle75

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing custard-tinted foam head. Light scattered lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich caramel and toasted grain make this smell like a barleywine. Evidence of hops manifests as fairly dark mixed citrus fruit. Trace esters add to the fruit effect. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dense pale malt that is cakey and toasted. Hop aromatics are not only herbaceous and spicy, but also distinctly minty, in addition to some more typical dark citrus and pine. Flavors become shallower in the middle, more foliage and slight plastic; malt flees. The finish is only mildly bitter and much cleaner than expected, compared to the beginning. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, changing from an alkaline coating at the front of the palate to an acidic burn in the back of the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This large and malty DIPA may have received a true doubling of the grain bill, going by taste and smell alone. Unfortunately that leaves it unbalanced away from the hop component, with little evidence of serious dry-hopping detected. Otherwise it seems to be assembled by-the-book, very predictable. It fails to eclipse Karl Strauss' long-running Big Barrel Fall seasonal DIPA, which remains the best of their high gravity beers.

07-05-2012 02:21:57 | More by beagle75
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

I enjoyed this beer a good deal more than the BA consensus, it seems. Perhaps I got a particularly fresh bottle (thanks ChefBergo for the extra), but this was a good, though certainly not great, DIPA. It looks great; lightly hazed burnished orange color; fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Very much a citrus forward nose; lots of orange or tangerine, as well as lemon and grapefruit, with some sweet caramel maltiness blending in well.

The flavor is also quite citrusy; surprisingly so, with prominent tangerine notes as well as the aforementioned lemon and grapefruit. True there is a prominent malt character to this beer, one that’s not so much in keeping with the typical San Diego style, but it didn’t seem overbearing or outshine the hop character. Lightly sweet caramel flavor and middle-of-the-road bitterness. Finishes semi-dry. I could see how this one might lean towards the overly malty if it wasn’t very fresh but my bottle certainly didn’t have that problem. Booze is well-hidden

The body is medium-full and carbonation is just a touch under medium; there’s a little bit of creaminess and stickiness to the mouthfeel. Overall this felt pretty spot-on. Again, not a great one and won’t outshine the truly outstanding hoppy beers from the region but this wasn’t bad at all. We had this in a side-by-side with Drake’s Hopocalpyse and preferred this by a small margin, much to our surprise. Worth a shot.

06-06-2012 03:40:46 | More by tobelerone
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Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.