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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 03-15-2009)
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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 107 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by itfitz:
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itfitz

California

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

This is possibly Karl Strauss' BEST publicly-available offering. It's a well-balanced San Diego-style IPA with perfect hoppiness combined with a mild alcohol feel and light refreshing malt tones which linger just long enough to make you thirsty for another sip. There are overlying subtleties of roasted nuts, toast, resin, grass and herbs, This is a well-done IPA from a great German-style brewer.

05-27-2010 10:49:14 | More by itfitz
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance - This is a nice, clear, brownish-orange in color with a full and retentive head that left some excellent lacing on the inside of my mug from pour to last sip.

Smell - The hops are subtle but show a good mix of pine and citrus with a little herb in there to boot. The malt is equally balanced and suggests a mild caramel sweetness.

Taste - This is much bigger at the taste. The pine is resiny yet doesn't overpower the wonderful citrus which has the character of an orange rind. The malt is lightly toasted with a suggestion of sugary caramel. The balance here is the story though. The three flavors, resiny pine, bitter orange, and slightly sweetened malts, are incredibly harmonious.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad shy of medium-bodied with good carbonation and an excellent bitter finish.

Drinkability - This is a true session ale that can be appreciated by both the novice drinker and experienced beer aficionado. For the price you can't beat it.

08-26-2009 01:40:56 | More by RoyalT
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freshflesh

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

11-27-2013 08:57:51 | More by freshflesh
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-28-2013 22:44:46 | More by Beerswag
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magictrokini

California

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

Tap @ downtown location. Poured clear copper with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Light, grassy aroma with piney hops, white pepper, and citrus. Watery mouthfeel. Refreshing taste, mostly grapefruit and a light bitter resiny taste. Some mineral and bread flavors, dry finish. Came across as an IPA-lite.

05-12-2009 22:43:16 | More by magictrokini
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-16-2011 03:55:58 | More by virinow
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ehammond1


4/5  rDev +9.6%

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Orange and amber with a moderately sized, somewhat persistent, off-white head that leaves lines of lacing down the glass.

A balanced aroma consisting of citrus, pine, floral notes, and a bready and biscuity backbone.

Moderate bitterness paired with a citrusy and piney hop bill. There's also a good amount of bready and toasted malt character as well. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

Medium bodied and amply carbonated.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. I'd had the dry hopped version a few nights prior and was really disappointed with it. This, on the other hand, was a great example of an obviously popular style. Well done.

10-08-2011 04:40:39 | More by ehammond1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-04-2013 10:50:18 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a dark color for an IPA, much less Karl Straus which is usually the mildest of San Diego beers/ipas.

Smell, nothing coming across. Taste wise, a little more maltier than I would have expected. No dominant hop presence. In fact, in terms of which end it sits on, I would say malty, v. balanced or hoppy. Earthy, not very sweet. Would do well in the midwest with distribution.

Doesn't really grow on you, but you don't mind drinking it. The yeast strain(s) Strauss uses reminds me a lot of Gordon Biersch, i.e. all the beers have a similar taste to them, despite the styles being very different.

12-25-2009 01:29:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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iSrALE

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2011 04:46:09 | More by iSrALE
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OStrungT

California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a biscuit like aroma. I can detect some citrus aroma as well, but the bready biscuit aroma dominates. This beer dosent smell like any IPA I have ever had before.

As with the aroma, this beer is unlike any IPA I have had. Biscuit flavor dominates. Some citrusy hop flavor, but mild, and subdued.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a biscuit like aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor isnt overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is hard to rate. It isnt a bad beer, but it is no IPA.

11-21-2009 01:51:57 | More by OStrungT
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

01-09-2014 04:02:24 | More by Beer21
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Big whitish head, slowly dies above a copper golden colored IPA leaving a pretty nice lacing throughout the drinking of 12 ounces of this.

Welcoming fresh pine, grass, and citrus hops blended aroma, a very nice scent to this IPA.

Citrus hops, light oranges and slight lemon, and some mountain pine to the taste, that doesn't quite live up to the west coast hops taste I was expecting, but is a decent beer in and of itself.

A medium bodied beer that finishes with little bitter hops aftertaste.

A very nice aroma kinda lost on a medium taste, more of an IPA that I experienced in North Carolina and not what I love about drinking IPA's in Portland.

05-03-2012 22:41:33 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-08-2012 18:39:59 | More by acurtis
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-07-2012 01:54:15 | More by InfernoBoss
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IntriqKen

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a chill-hazed medium orange with an off white head that melted quickly to just a thin covering with a bit of lace on the side. (possible use of a rinse aid when washing this glass).

Nose is a nice, bright citrus on the orange and tangerine side with some malt sweetness. Clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy with lots of tiny carbonation pretty typical for the style when brewed right. I've been drinking mostly Kolsch and Milds this summer so the carbonation was a bit of a surprise but it is where it should be for an IPA.

The mildly sweet malts are balanced very nicely by the hop additons. Again, a little orange, a little tangerine, and now grapefruit.

A quickly drying aftertaste of bitter grapefruit peel follows the swallow and you begin to feel the heat of the alcohol about 1/3 of the way through a glass.

In all, a wonderful IPA to get your feet (and tongue) wet with and just perfect for me after a long summer of more traditional summer type beers.

09-15-2010 21:26:35 | More by IntriqKen
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at the Karl Strauss truck at California Adventure/Disneyland. One of the best things about CAdventure.
Golden amber bubbly white head. Low to med. retention and lite lacing

Strong pine notes a bit floral, Grapefruit citrus and a hint of caramel. 

Caramel malty tones up front transitioning quickly to the hop character  supported by bold floral, pine and citrus notes. Fair to good balance. 

Medium bodied a strong bittering hop presence. High carb. 

Overall it's good IPA. Probably the best choice in the regular line of Karl Strauss beers. And definitely the best at CA Adventure which helps make this the happiest place on earth. 

07-11-2011 16:23:16 | More by MrVonzipper
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Tuckersmth

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-20-2014 19:34:19 | More by Tuckersmth
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TheSixthRing

California

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright golden orange with a good finger width head, good retention and a resulting thin, sticky lace.

Smell - Aromas are sweet bready malt and with some citric hoppiness.

Taste - Starts with a thick, bready malt character, then a citrus hop kicks in swiftly. The finish is clean and quick, with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall - This is a pretty good IPA. Nothing mind blowing, but nothing to turn one's nose at, all the same. No off-putting characteristics, and it's certainly not an aggressive IPA, but it's got a nice balance; a classic IPA lost in the current hop bomb world.

08-03-2012 05:17:06 | More by TheSixthRing
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AceFSbulldog


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2014 06:19:11 | More by AceFSbulldog
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augustgarage

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Another gift from friends (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Slightly orange-tinted amber body, clear but not brilliant topped by a healthy finger of soapy ivory foam. Ropy crenellations of lace circle the glasss. Good retention.

Tangerine juice, orange zest, and pine in the nose - faint peppercorn and guava as well. Gentle but nice.

Potent hoppiness on the palate - chock full of citrus with some herbal flavors and rosewater as well. Strong but not aggressive bitterness leading into a faintly spicy, earthy finish with a touch of pine. Faint perfume notes as the beer warms take away some of the crispness, but it's clean over all.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, brisk yet creamy. More warming than the ABV would suggest - though this impression may come from the hops themselves.

A decent example of the style, but it can't hold a candle to its superlative San Diego peers.

01-01-2011 02:18:57 | More by augustgarage
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Camallan

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-27-2013 06:32:53 | More by Camallan
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fthegiants

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-18-2014 23:53:21 | More by fthegiants
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somnus

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-26-2012 19:38:42 | More by somnus
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bona2vada


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-29-2012 16:08:43 | More by bona2vada
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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.