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Tower 20 Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tower 20 Double IPATower 20 Double IPA

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27 Reviews

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 23.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: mactrail on 10-28-2011

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
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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 92
Reviews by DRen323:
Photo of DRen323
4.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of MFauver35
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dougieboy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BruceBruce
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beepill
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Muggins25
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.64/5  rDev +31.8%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of usofar
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of hbchrisg
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold color with bubbles and carbonation racing up the brew to a2 finger eggshell white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great thick foamy lace rings as it went down.

Smells of cereal, grains, caramel, wet bread, light grapefruit and some floral hops; I really had to bury my nose in the glass to get any piney hops as the citrus hops come through but can’t overtake the malt base. Not very hoppy as I expected a lot from a San Diego DIPA, and it’s rather weak smelling overall – timid may actually describe it best.

Tastes like it smells for the most part, with the malt controlling the flavor and seeming much more like an English IPA than a West Coast/San Diego DIPA. This is a mix of sweet malt, cereal, caramel, grains, toffee, cracker/biscuit, light spices like pepper and brown sugar, mild grapefruit, orange peel, light flowers or floral hops, metallic yeasty, copper/penny and a dash of dry piney hops. This is like a beer bimbo, great looking but no substance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but yet again almost boring feeling with very mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter aftertastes where the hoppy grapefruit flavor fades and turns malty and grainy as the sweetness lingers.

I had high hopes for this but was disappointed overall. The only thing this beer does very well besides looking great is hiding the high ABV; this is much easier to drink than a 9.5% ABV beast should be.

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Photo of MattSlem
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.