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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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sevenshubby

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-16-2013 23:43:28 | More by sevenshubby
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Raziel313

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-30-2014 10:48:01 | More by Raziel313
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-17-2012 05:57:15 | More by mhaugo
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Zach_Voth

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-25-2013 17:35:33 | More by Zach_Voth
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-07-2012 04:49:24 | More by funkel81
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pepelemofo

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-04-2012 01:43:37 | More by pepelemofo
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somalley26

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-24-2014 23:47:49 | More by somalley26
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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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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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BruceBruce

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-24-2014 06:41:35 | More by vma
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BlackTuesday

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-02-2014 04:04:07 | More by BlackTuesday
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the_encinitan

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-26-2014 05:51:26 | More by the_encinitan
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fishburn


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-12-2012 22:25:53 | More by fishburn
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rawfish

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Careful pour nets a rocky two finger high head of off white foam. Retention is near infinite, got to the bottom of the glass and the head was still nearly half a finger. Leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

Pretty even battle between malts and hops, a touch bready that moves towards sweet honey and blends seemlessly into tangerine, orange and pine resin. Centennial hops add earthy tones. Overwhelmingly orange citrus, earthy and sweet.

Crystal malt provides alot of heft in the malt bill along with sweet rolls, and honey. Hop profile is strong orange citrus and pine, not overly resinous, good bitter kick but the finish is quickly overwhelmed with some abrasive solvent alcohol. Dries well in the finish with some bitter pine and residual caramel sweeteners.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation and very smooth going down. Loss of some points for alcohol rearing its head on the end of the drink and a rather stick sweet mouth coating.

Pretty decent beer, the parts are all there but it's delivered in parts, malt, hops, booze. Could be a bit tighter. Perhaps a bit overly sweet as well though I'm not bothered by it, Karl Strauss does a good job keeping the ABV down in the nose and the head retention is amazing.

03-08-2012 04:39:55 | More by rawfish
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srandycarter

California

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Got very curious when I saw the Tower 20 come out.

A- Pretty copper, fair off white head, some cling.

S - Bandaids. Hops. Malt underneath it all.

T - Large malt caramel center, wrapped by hops.

M - Medium body, good carb, ok balance.

D - Nice offering. Def. sessionable.

05-06-2012 04:27:59 | More by srandycarter
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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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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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TaylorIPA19


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint - No visible dating on the bottle - smells of sweet caramel and tastes much of the same - at the end a little citrus comes in, which kind of reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum... Good head retention and lots of sticky lacing - Not even close to what I want from a DIPA - their Big Barrel DIPA is far superior - truly a disappointment on this one... Who knows, maybe it's an older bottle... Though I'm not likely to try this one again to find out...

08-04-2014 04:01:08 | More by TaylorIPA19
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-09-2013 03:12:32 | More by alienlifeforcecube
Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.