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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

66 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

djaeon, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BlackTuesday, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

the_encinitan, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

fishburn, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rawfish, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

srandycarter, May 06, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jason, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of TaylorIPA19
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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...

TaylorIPA19, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MFauver35, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

beepill, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

RWACKO, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

vermilcj, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jcallover34, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

khargro2, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

hickmancase, May 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Brennanleroy, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jenray, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head; performs well in both the stickage and lacing departments

Smell: Bready, meaty and malty, with undertones of toffee

Taste: Crusty bread and toffee, with the bitterness developing rapidly; not particularly citrusy or piney, as I would have expected, but more in an earthy direction; nicely balanced, after the swallow, between the malt and the hops though the finish is a bit too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer but far from the top echelon of DIPAs

Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity

brentk56, Oct 26, 2012
Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.