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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

59 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
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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RWACKO

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Australia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-13-2013 23:04:59 | More by pin
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a crystal clear orangey auburn color. 2 fingers of thick off-white foam dissipates rather quickly but leaves a web of lacing on the glass.

S - the nose seems a bit muted overall. Lots of warm, gooey,sweet caramel notes. Hints of candied citrus peel and grapefruit pulp. there is quite a bit of leafy green and vegetal notes as well.

T - crispy bread crust and chewy caramel notes dominate the front plate. Hints of sweet cherries quickly add a bit of depth to the flavor. Snappy citric bitterness comes forth mid palate along with piney and herbal qualities. Finish is warming and piney with a hint of cherries.

M - creamy textured full bodied with high carbonation.

O - an alight beer but i definitly did not drink it in the time frame i should have. But to be honest i feel i have a decent idea of what it would taste like if it where fresher and while i'm sure its much better i doubt my scores would change much.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:30:40 | More by Teleweizen2
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Brennanleroy

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from javib458. Bottle has 13.12 1432 displayed on it; not sure what that means. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - Two fingers of white foam settle cap, leaving behind copious lacing. Transparent dark golden body with numerous bubbles visible.

S - No idea on freshness, but this is fairly malt-forward. Mix of citrus, brown sugar, and caramel, with some bread and tropical fruits in the periphery. The alcohol is reasonably well-hidden.

T - The taste has more toffee, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar, with online mild hop flavor. There's some citrus zest and pine as well as a low level of bitterness. Perhaps even a faint hint of cocoa from the crystal malt. Again, reasonably well hidden alcohol, but not much else to report.

M - Fairly dry, medium in body, with only mild alcohol warmth in the finish. Carbonation is pleasant and unobtrusive.

D - It's a double IPA, and while it doesn't have any major problems it's not really what I'm looking for from the style. Either this is exceptionally malty in design, or the lack of freshness dating results in old stock being sold to ignorant customers. In either case, it's hard for me to recommend. If you insist on trying this, have it on-tap at one of the many Karl Strauss locations so you can verify freshness.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:51:12 | More by MasterSki
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fishburn


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-12-2012 22:25:53 | More by fishburn
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:56:03 | More by brentk56
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a candy-like sweet flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 03:33:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Halcyondays

California

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a small white head, good retention, limited lace.

S: Sweet malt with a lot of citrus, mango and lemon rind.

T: Malt heavy with some juicy hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest and a fair dose of mint. Hint of tropicality, some light pineapple is in there.

M: Medium to full-bodied. Sticky, oily, and resiny. Some crisp carbonation that gets a bit spritzy in the finish.

O: An old school style Double IPA where the malt is to the forefront. Reminds me of something out of the Pacific Northwest. A solid effort, but too overpriced for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:03:38 | More by Halcyondays
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They should call this beer a double malty ale. It's all about the malts here, with some hop tones coming in a very far second place. It's drinkable, definitely. Smooth? Sure. Consistent? Yes. But, this is not what anyone would imagine a double ipa being. Definitely not bringing what needs to be for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 05:20:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice gold/orange with about an inch of head. It leaves a decent amount of sticky lace behind.

The smell is blood orange, mineral and light malts. A bit of booze peeks through which makes me cringe a little (and I heart big beers, so it normally isn't a problem.)

I get pale malts right at the start with a heavy slap of citrus and mineral hops soon after. This would be fine if a heavy alcohol heat didn't follow the hops. I like the hop punch but wish the alcohol wasn't as noticable. Goes down hot and hard.

I wish there was more to this brew. It has the hops but doesn't deliver them as well as I would have liked. Not a drain pour, but I won't pick it up again unless they tinker with the recipe a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:38:59 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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pepelemofo

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

08-04-2012 01:43:37 | More by pepelemofo
Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.