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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Overlord on 03-15-2009

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Ratings: 372 | Reviews: 122
Reviews by kflorence:
Photo of kflorence
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden, copper in color with a ton of frothy, white head atop. Lots of lacing around the edges of your glass as you drink this one down. Carbonation looks good.

S: Floral and pine hops with a touch of soap and some sweet, breaded malts in the background. Bittersweet barley and grain aromas become more predominant as the brew warms.

T: Much more balanced on the palate than the nose lead me to believe, though the hops clearly shine here. Grapefruit citrus comes through as well as pine with bitter, floral notes and some grass and green tea. Didn't pick up any citrus in the aroma, but was glad to see it on the palate. A sweet, barley malt background helps keep the bitterness in check.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation with oil and some cream but a bit thin on the tongue. I could use a bit more chewiness, but it does keep it quite smooth and drinkable. A session-able IPA to be sure.

O: I enjoyed this one. Wasn't sure what to expect coming in, and I was a bit dismayed by the strong pine aroma but I was glad to see the citrus, barley, grass and green tea balance this one out nicely while allowing the hops to remain in the forefront. Definitely not one of the big players in the West Coast IPA scene, but still a very decent brew. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. 

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange color with a frothy white head that offers little retention, but a bit of lacing. Smells like crystal malt a bit of citrus hop aroma bit the malt dominates. I actually had a strong aroma association of being at the home brew store with this beer. It reminds me of the malt bins and cracking grain in the mill. Not an unpleasant odor, but not one you expect from a west coast IPA either. Malty and full bodied on the palate this beer starts with a little caramel sweetness and finishes with some non desrcript bitterness. Overall not my favorite IPA but for 3.99 for the bomber I am not too worried about it.

Photo of kenito799
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at San Diego airport.

First, I must say that I truly appreciate when airport bars serve local craft brews, it makes me extremely happy. Probably the most awesome example is the availability of New Glarus brews in the Milwaukee airport since you can't buy that freaking awesome stuff outside Wisconsin. That being said, the Tower 10 is a decent IPA but hardly one of the best to be found in the rich San Diego craft brew scene.

The standard amber color with tan head and nice lacing looks the part. The aroma is certainly hoppy, but that fresh piney citrusy stuff that makes Cali IPAs so great is a bit muted and stale here. Still, the brew tastes nice, nicely bitter, just not quite up to par with what you will find around the area. But i will happily drink this instead of coprorate swill found in many airports across the land any day.

Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Phileas Fogg's in Poway. Pours a clear dark orange with a little bit of red in it. Standard head of foam, nothing out of the ordinary there. This is definitely more of a "balanced" IPA if you will, but it still has a nice hop flavor. Somewhat citrusy, somewhat earthy and floral. Not as dry as most San Diego IPA's / Pale ales.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Columbia St. restaurant on 3/17/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper amber with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head that stays rich and creamy, leaving some very nice looking spotty lacing back. The aroma is floral and spicy with a strong citric character to it. A solid malty backbone of caramel and bread lies in the background, imparting a nice sharp tang to the nose.

The taste has a moderate bitterness to it and a big citrus smack as well. This is nicely balanced by caramel and toasted malts, which combines with the tropical fruit flavors to really level a nice tangy feel towards the back of the profile. Light bitterness and residual sweetness hangs well past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of firmness to the carbonation but the overall feel is creamy and gentle on the palate.

I liked this. They appeared to use Crystal & Cascade hops, going the more spicy citrus bomb route with this. IMHO, probably a good idea, as it retains a fresh West Coast feel but still remains accesssible to the less adventurous patrons of the Karl Strauss chain. This was a nice changeup from the majority of the San Diego hop bombs that I drank my share of on this trip.

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler into a pint glass, the Tower 10 pours a clear amberish golden. Carbonation is a bit light but one never knows with a growler really. Does develop a cap and drop off some scattered lacing. Offers nice clarity.

Touch of subtle caramel on the nose along with a nice hop presence. Lightly piney and with some background citrus. Not too earthy and more like a thin tangerine at times and a bit spicy through the foam when first poured.

Favor is a bit thin relative to the aroma with pale malts and just a hint of spice on the back. Offers a decent carbonation yet there is a lack of supportive bitterness on the close. Offers a nice hoppy aroma initially, getting subdued with time. Touch of citric bitterness on the close is brief and lacks any malt depth. Average to perhaps a slightly thin feel. A smooth and hoppy pale ale for my palette, well done yet cautious....But then this is a beer for the masses, and not for the die hard IPA seeker..

Photo of GRG1313
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark orange amber with a white head.

Nose is pear with stone fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced and inviting.

Flavors are simple lightly burned toast. Not a lot of bright bitterness in this one - not really like an American IPA but decent toasty biscuity flavors.

Finish is light bitter grapefruit/bitter coffee character.

Photo of alleykatking
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden copper color. One finger white head shows alright retention. Nice thick sheety lacing as I drank this one down.

S- Simple enough...big caramel malts dominate a light piney hops. I think this one might be a little on the old side. This was just from the aroma being more malt forward of course.

T- Piney hops kick out in front (nice surprise). This dies into a malty caramel biscuit middle which lingers long into the ending. Floral notes from hops just fade out on the ending with the malts coming out on top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Piney hops left on the palate with a caramel bready malt long into the aftertaste with light alcohol notes. Flavors were a little stale and bland at best. Alcohol dryed the palate with each sip.

D- This was a interesting IPA. Interesting because it didn't taste old but at the same time it did. Maybe this beer wasn't the first one to try from this brewery.

Photo of Hugomarink
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the San Diego airport waiting for my delayed flight to San Francisco. I had just spent a week in SD with some of my beer snob friends and one of them referred to Karl Strauss as the "Schlitz" of the San Diego beer scene. I didn't disagree with the statement because you do see Karl Strauss everywhere out here and the beers I've tried of theirs have not ben overly impressive.

However, with a selection of Blue Moon, Stella, and Bud Light to choose from I had to go for the KS Tower 10 IPA. And not a bad choice it was. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had a 20oz. pour and the beer had a light amber color with a half-inch frothy head. Very clear with a good amount of bubbles flowing up. The smell was somewhat muted but had hints of pine and citrus just like you'd expect with this style. The taste was clean and quite hoppy, while smooth and nicely balanced. Not much bitterness but still had some depth and punch. I expected this to be a dull IPA lacking the spark and character you see in the best contenders in this field, but this beer holds its own quite admirably. Hoppy, clean, smooth, balanced - a very nice representation of this style. Also very fresh, which you might not expect in an airport bar.

I'd certainly have this beer again even if I was not stuck in an airport. Thank goodness the San Diego airport has a beer like this available to us weary travelers! While I would certainly take a Sculpin if available, this beer satisfied. Good job, Karl Strauss!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows fruity and floral hops. Orange blossom, peach, apricot all show, along with a fruity confectionery note.
Similar flavours: sweet, confectionery-like fruit, sweet clean malt and a bite of alcohol amongst the assertive bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation seems excessive.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Disneyland California Adventure park, served in a flourescent green plastic cup!

Appearance. Pours amber-orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head.

Smell. Big floral hops and a little toasty malts.

Taste. Big floral hops, some toasted grains, some citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice ipa with some great floral hops.

Photo of Catracho5
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Looks really good in the glass, nice orange amber color with a white creamy head, clear, nice lacing.

A: not much not the aroma, some slight hop aroma, very little.

T: just like the nose, slight hop flavor, it's more malty than hoppy, some bitterness on the back end, some alcohol, just not impressed with the flavor, kind of dull.

M: besides the appearance, this may the beer's best strength, has a nice medium body mouthfeel.

O: was expecting a little more than this, not a lot of hops, more malty, the bottle says 12/07/14, not sure if this is a best by date or bottled on date, either way, there are far better IPAs out there than this. It's good, it's quality but it's not a beer I would come back to. If I do try it again it has to be on tap to see if there is a difference between the bottled and keg version.

Photo of Armand
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one on tap several times. Good beer.
A: Nice golden color. Nice two finger head on it. Stays around for a while.
S: Nice and hoppy. Citrus notes. Melon, and mild fruit.
T: The hop kicks in with the smell, and goes down citrusy.
M: Bold hoppy, and milky. Love this one.
O: Great beer on tap and straight out of the bottle.

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the go to beer when I'm there.

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep and somewhat unfiltered like looking apricot to tangerine like orange color. Very fine carbonation, with a bright white and whipped up four finger aggressive and controlled head. Thick island cap lacing and creamy whipped toppings of retention, curling lacing and sheets and rings runnning everywhere. Real nice.

Great bouquet. Strong notes of citrus and tropical warmth, with a hint of heat and slight alcohol hotness. Juicy and even a bit dank and earthy as well, fun mix with a leafy strong very green like character it seems.

Palate comes with a nice juiced tropical body. Big resin and piney bitter hop finish on the aftertaste, with a lingering hints of zesty grapefruit oils. Mid palate doesn't fill with too much flavor, leaving most of the taste on the finish it seems. A bit light but still solid, but leaves malt behind with a grassy piny coating, if slightly wet.

Overall a simple fun sort of mixed up West coast IPA.

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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.