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Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA

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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bolder, hoppier version of fan-favorite Tower 10 IPA.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1104) - 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 (2745) - 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 (2010) - 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 (8264) - 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 (1047) - 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 (5954) - 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 (4010) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a white firm foamy head. Aroma of spicy hops, floral notes, lemon zest and some sweet notes. Rich flavour of citrusy bitterness, earth, mango, fair amount of alcohol and some graininess. Medium bodied and a long, warming, bitter finish. Alcohol comes through a bit too much. Other than that quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4085) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2014
650ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, golden colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Piney hoppy aroma, biscuity malty background, hints of mandarine, orange, pineapple, a floral touch. Taste is initially crisp bitter hoppy, giving way for fruity and piney notes, some peach, mango, mandarine, biscuity malt basis; slightly mineral, bitter hoppy and minimally soapy finish, a touch of warming alcohol. Relatively light body for a DIPA, nice fruitiness, no challenge for hopheads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6496) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2014
65 cl bottle.
Pours hazy golden color with a large white head. Hops and tropical fruits on the nose, orange peel, some pine needles and lots of caramel malts. Sweetish orange, mango, some apricot, caramel malts and resinous hops. Full-bodied, bitter fruity palate, lingering sweetish caramel finish. Nice balance and alcohol is well hidden. On a side note, goes well with spicy food.
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