Tower 20 Double IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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81
good
97 Ratings
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Tower 20 Double IPATower 20 Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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

Added by mactrail on 10-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 28
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.64/5  rDev +31.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of DRen323
4.46/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt this instantly became my favorite IIPA. Its not overly hoppy for an IIPA which was nice and it had a nice taste from the get-go. It was smooth, tasted great and I will definitely be going back for another 22 oz of this. I am not sure why others thought this was boring but its not. Its true that its not real hoppy others like others mentioned but dont let that prevent you from trying it. My wife who also likes IPAs like I do could taste the alcohol and wasnt a big fan of the 20 although she does like the tower 10.

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Photo of mactrail
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sensationally spicy. Rich, tangy, and full of aromatics. So hoppy, but so much more floral and spicy than it is bitter. Sweet and malty but with a tanginess. More like sweet orange than the usual citrus of IPAs. However, it swings into balance with the sharp flavors against the flowers and malt. Golden amber in the glass. Nice lacing.

Brewed for the reopening of the La Jolla location after remodelling this summer. Supposed to be a double version of Tower 10 IPA. In any case it's my favorite DIPA this year. Loads of hops but missing the crazed bitter payback.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been a big Karl Strauss fan for 10 years. I used to go to Southern CA on business once a month, and one stop always, even if it meant driving an extra 2 hours or so, was a mandatory stop at a Karl Strauss Brew pub. Not that plays in to this review,

I liked the beer mix and they had a suppressing good selection of beer for a chain of brew pubs.

Got the bomber of it from Willows Market In Menlo Park, the coolest market with a huge selection.

I have a beer refrigerator that is 50 to 55 digs, I like this for IPAs and most of my other beers here as well, save the Pilsner's (they go in the bottom shelf of the fridge).

Poored a clear golden color.
the smell was very strong alcohol and malt sugars. The smell preceded the taste. Sweet and alcohol with a back of the throat hit of hops. I like this beer but the alcohol hit is a lithe too strong, I would suggest a longer fermentation to mellow this out. Not that I don't like this sensation in say a winter warmer or Christmas beer, rather, then this alcohol taste is welcome. I prefer my IPAs and DIPAs to be less warming and more thirst quenching. I don't mode the ABV being high, I just don't want to taste it. The nice and in my mind saving grace, or the offset to this extreme was the mouthfeel left a pleasant soothing feeling.

I will buy this again, I enjoyed it and will return to it. The mouthfeel and warmth, would be a good IPA for taking to a cold Minnesota Foolball Game.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkkt
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this a few times on tap at the brewpub in SD and thought it was pretty darn good. It doesn't really feel like a DIPA, but none the less it takes on a very hoppy character. It is well balanced out with floral, malt, and a ton of orange citrus flavors. This is a very fruity beer. Its only downfall is the alcohol is a bit strong and feels boozy at times.

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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was caramel honey toffee. Brownish white lacing with some bubbles on the top. Wet, uneven and sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled lemon citrus hops up front. Also some lime piny notes in there. Sweet floral notes. Fairly malty, but still refreshing on the nose.

Very balanced taste, could hardly taste the alcohol. Lemon citrus hops really came through here. The maltiness seemed to balance the citrus hops out. So smooth.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Slight bitter, but smooth finish. Refreshing feeling.

Really liked this beer as I do with most of the ones from Karl Strauss. Smoot h and very drinkable.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a big dose of foamy white head and a touch of lacing.

The aroma is juicy, plump, ripe fruit. Tangerine, orange, mango, pine and pineapple a plenty. Nice and enjoyable whiffs.

The taste is somewhat fruity with a big slightly spicy bite on the end and good salivating buds after the swallow. As it warms, the malt makes a bigger presence. Rind flavor also intensifies as it warms.

Overall this is on the fruitier side for a DIPA but that’s not always bad. High alcohol was present but didn’t inhibit the session. Sure the crowd of DIPA’s is big, but this surprised me with its easy drinking and nice fruity aroma. It’s still a big beer, and the hops will destroy your palate…..so beware. Nuff said.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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