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Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A bolder, hoppier version of fan-favorite Tower 10 IPA.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (394) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2015
Muted aroma of sweet malt, pine, grapefruit and green apple skin. As it warms the malt takes on a slight breadiness. Taste is short and sharp with what I would call a medium level of bitterness for a IIPA. The flavours themselves are actually very tasty but they aren’t allowed to develop, the fun police shut them down, pronto. Maybe it’s the 9.5% ABV acting like a noise gate?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2968) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
From a bottle at the brewpub in RB, shared by BeerandBlues2. Pours clear orange gold with a frothy off-white head. Tastes like moderate hops, bitterness, sweet malt, and hints of fruit. Dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like citrus and pine hops, hop resin, a hint of honey, and biscuit malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10539) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at the brewery, 4S Ranch. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, and resin hops with honey and biscuit malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light sweet malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1211) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
From bomber to pint glass. Aromas are a little grassy and harsh. Alcohol is moderately prominent. Orange, and very slightly hazy. Flavor is grainy and high bitterness. A little more hop flavor and aroma would balance out the sugars and alcohol here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2998) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2014
On tap at the San Diego downtown brewpub. It poured a cloudy orange color with a small tan head. The aroma was of floral hops and some belgian yeast. The taste was of grapefruit, floral hops, with a slightly sweet and syrupy mouthfeel. Tasty IIPA.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
22 oz bottle with a friend skunky aromas. Flavors were better but the hips didnt match up to the double I had expected.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9669) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes helloranges Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht hopfig fruchtig, reife Früchte. Geschmack sehr hopfig, fruchtig, Gewürze, , etwas scharf, süß, bitterer Abgang.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1167) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a clear copper color with a floral aroma. This beer is true double IPA in flavor. Bold hoppy aftertaste, with a floral flavor. Mild spiciness that lingers a little while after the swallow. Nothing too fancy but nicely balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6725) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home, BBE 10/2015?
Aroma is sweet and heavy with pineapple juice and exotic fruits. Also caramel. Flavour has exotic fruits, hops, grapefruit, some gooseberry bush and sweetish caramel malt tones. Quite typical sweet American DIPA. But still rather drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4504) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
650ml bottle from Saveur-biere.com

Pours orange with a white head. Aroma of pine, malts, resinous hops, grass and citrus. Taste is heavy, malty, piney and grassy with some citrusy and caramely notes. Finish is heavy, malty and piney with some citrus and grass. Doesn’t feel super fresh, but not very old either. Any ways, quite heavy and a bit dull malty double IPA


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