Clocktower Double IPA

Review Date 2/9/2020   By John Staradumsky

What the hell happened to my Clocktower IPA from Rome City Brewery in Rome, Georgia? Do they still make it? I’m about to find out; I just e-mailed the brewery. Clocktower IPA is named for the famous clocktower in downtown Rome. The clocktower dates to 1872 and is the veritable symbol of the city. When I lived in Rome (2001-2003), I would often jog by it; little did I think in those days Rome would ever have a brewery. But they do, and it is only fitting that Rome City Brewing name a beer for this landmark.

Then a funny thing happened. I saw this beer on tap at Taco Mac and ordered a glass. What ho! Much to my surprise, I got a very different beer than that to which I am accustomed. Instead of an idiosyncratic IPA/brown ale mélange with citrus, resin, and nutty notes, I got a completely different animal entirely. First, though, here’s what the brewery says about Clocktower IPA on their website:

In 1863, Union forces occupied Rome, targeting the city for its Noble Foundry.  A key manufacturer of Confederate cannons and munitions.  When he left, Sherman ordered the evacuation of Union troops, and the town be raised. 

Important grammatical note, they mean razed. We now return you to your regularly scheduled brewery blurb, already in progress…

In 1871, During the rebuilding of the city, the tower was built as a part of the water works for the city. The clock itself was installed in 1872 and has kept time ever since.  This hop head’s dream of a beer was created to commemorate the timelessness of our landmark.  A classic American India Pale Ale with 67 IBU’s and 8.5% ABV.  A few of these, and time becomes irrelevant.

Wait what? 8.5%? So now this is a Double IPA? Very interesting my friends. Very interesting. Anyway, I paid $6.08 for my 23-ounce mug of Clocktower Double IPA. That was surely a deal.

My mug of Rome City Clocktower Double IPA, the sequel to their Clocktower IPA, arrived deep copper in color with a rather thin head and leafy herbal hop notes in the nose. Taking a sip, I got a caramel malty firm bodied palate, herbal earthy hop aromas flowing through, and a long dry bitter finish with boozy warming alcohol.

It doesn’t seem a classic American IPA (missing the resiny citrus notes) but hey, I am loving the hell out of the earthy herbal hops here. I enjoyed the old Clocktower IPA, and I’m enjoying the new one, too.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned