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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

57 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-29-2013 04:53:44 | More by vermilcj
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jcallover34

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-11-2014 23:35:30 | More by jcallover34
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khargro2

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-09-2014 01:49:44 | More by khargro2
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shade13


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2012 21:34:58 | More by shade13
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hickmancase

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-27-2012 20:30:10 | More by hickmancase
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Brennanleroy

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-26-2013 00:11:15 | More by Brennanleroy
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jenray

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-30-2013 01:12:56 | More by jenray
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-28-2013 16:26:48 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Mister_Joshy

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-30-2012 05:38:32 | More by Mister_Joshy
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:40:46 | More by tobelerone
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MattSlem

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-16-2013 23:43:28 | More by sevenshubby
Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.