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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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66 Ratings

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

khargro2, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Kaleh001, Jun 27, 2014
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vma, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

vermilcj, Nov 29, 2013
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Sammy, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kristougher, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

DrewShalvoy, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Zach_Voth, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

djaeon, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

sevenshubby, Sep 16, 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%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

pin, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

Teleweizen2, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Brennanleroy, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

hooliganlife, Dec 01, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

MasterSki, Nov 13, 2012
Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.