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
Photo of Lucnifter
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rawfish
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold color with bubbles and carbonation racing up the brew to a2 finger eggshell white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great thick foamy lace rings as it went down.

Smells of cereal, grains, caramel, wet bread, light grapefruit and some floral hops; I really had to bury my nose in the glass to get any piney hops as the citrus hops come through but can’t overtake the malt base. Not very hoppy as I expected a lot from a San Diego DIPA, and it’s rather weak smelling overall – timid may actually describe it best.

Tastes like it smells for the most part, with the malt controlling the flavor and seeming much more like an English IPA than a West Coast/San Diego DIPA. This is a mix of sweet malt, cereal, caramel, grains, toffee, cracker/biscuit, light spices like pepper and brown sugar, mild grapefruit, orange peel, light flowers or floral hops, metallic yeasty, copper/penny and a dash of dry piney hops. This is like a beer bimbo, great looking but no substance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but yet again almost boring feeling with very mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter aftertastes where the hoppy grapefruit flavor fades and turns malty and grainy as the sweetness lingers.

I had high hopes for this but was disappointed overall. The only thing this beer does very well besides looking great is hiding the high ABV; this is much easier to drink than a 9.5% ABV beast should be.

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

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 ItsYourBoyBlue
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a tan golden color. Light hop aroma, drying hoppy finish. Not too exciting, and judging from my notes I didn’t have all that much to say about it when I tried it either.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a globe glass. Pours goldenrod with a touch of orange haze and offers a half inch of whitish foam. Moderate retention and some artsy lace.

Aroma of malt and some resinous hops, giving way to a notable orange citrus underbelly. Bit of caramel and yeast. Fairly well integrated but not overly robust in the hops department, yet the ABV is well cloaked behind the somewhat malty delivery.

Flavor is more neutral with some pale malt and just a hint of caramel and with a spicy hop character. Bit of citrus spice on the finish and with a moderate lingering yet soft bitterness. Malt is obvious but not overdone but gets a bit rich over time.

Feel is slick and a bit oily with orange and a bit of caramel. Carbonation is lighter than the pour might suggest but firms up a bit with warming. Overall a decent brew that improves with warming and worh a visit.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Nugganooch
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass
*Consumed on 05-12-12

A: Tower 20 pours an amber color that is caramel-orange, almost copper hued, displaying some excellent clarity. Big froth of ivory foam head. Some sporatic patches of dots and lace.

S: Pronounced caramel malt aroma. Sugary grains with some super faint underlying pine and florals. An unfortunate precursor of things to come.

T: Balance is malt forward with a heavy handed use of Crystals. Caramel sweet malty bread and just lacking the hops to counter. Does have a moderate bitterness level. With a bit of work I can pull out some hop flavors by way of pine and orange fruit. The alcohol asserts itself in the finish. This is just plain not good. In dire need of a much dryer finish and absurd amount of dry hops to counter the malty sweetness here.

M: Medium heavier body or at least seemingly that way from the sugary malts. Finish is a bit wet with some slight sticky residuals.

D: A caramel malt bomb if that is to your liking but just not the DIPA for me. I expect much more from a founding San Diego brewery.

I don't know how Karl went wrong here. Tower 10 is such a nice IPA and as others have stated this is not a double take on that beer.

NOT worth hoarding!

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Photo of Bammer21
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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