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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 384
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of timtwoface
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I travelled to San Diego for the first time since the 80's just last week, and upon learning of their growing craft brewery culture, I had to experience it once I was down there.

I had this on tap at the Karl Strauss brewery in Downtown SD and very much enjoyed it. It was very similar to other IPAs I've had over the years, and that's a good thing, as it featured all the aspects I like: it was clean, crisp, was nicely hopped but very flavourful as well.

If I were in the San Diego area I would look this one up again, definitely. (534 characters)

Photo of anon
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Karl strauss temecula. Pours a clear very light copper, more on the yellow end of the spectrum. Nice big head And lacing that sticks around the whole ride through.

Lots of citrus in the aroma, hop forward.

Taste is citrus hops, very nice balance of bitterness in this one. Definitely easy to drink and sessionable. Slight caramel and a bready hint in the back end. Delicious.

Surprised at the relatively low rating on here. Definitely a decent brew. I'll surely be having this one again. (500 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a very hazy orange/copper with a dense 1 finger head that had outstanding retention. Little carbonation can be seen, and it left some very spotty/broken lacing. Smelled of a very off style sweet malty, grainy, bready, biscuit like aroma, it's very chocolaty with mild undertones of earthy spices, a touch of citrus, and subtle grape. Not a classic pungent hop aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted very sweet, lots of caramel & molasses flavors off the bat, following is earthiness, mild spices and a dark chocolate/burnt biscuit like bitterness. Finishes with some subtle citrus notes and lingering chocolaty, molasses flavors, not much hop bitterness though. Mouthfeel was very smooth, a little thick, a bit oily and medium-full bodied, it's what I expected for the ABV.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This IPA was very drinkable because of it's mellow chocolaty flavors, smooth mouthfeel, and lacking bitterness. One could easily drink 2-3 of these, the 6.5% is even hidden very well, which could be dangerous. This one was off style to me though, it wasn't pungent & floral, intense & fruity, not even any pine notes really. It was more of an authentic style more than an American style IPA, which isn't bad as long as that's what they where going for. Still overall pretty good, I like the the more pungent one's though. (1,394 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another IPA from the city of IPA's. 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Forms beautifully in my New Belgium globe. It is an amber reddish color, shiny like a diamond, leaving a long lasting, thick head on top. Like its San Diego siblings, the nose is not to dissapoint. Medium on the hops are far as IPA's go. A bit of crystal malt and passionfruit sit underneath. Citrusy.

Hoppy tasting? Yes it is. The base malts work bread into the overall flavor. There are notes of pine and hemp, giving this beer an interesting zip. With certainty, the hops are the star of the show (like you didn't see that coming), adding passionfruit and grapefruit. A little resiny. Not a bad feel in the mouth, just a touch thiner for it's size, but not bad.

Craft beer drinkers in San Diego live and breathe hops, and even with all the hoppy offerings, Tower 10 can hold its own against the others. It's the best Karl Strauss beer that I've seen in the bottle, so go for it if you see it. (969 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a nice two finger fluffy white head. It keeps popping away leaving a nice small white cap, lots of traces on the class afterwards.
Lots of pine, with a caramel malt backbone. Lime, pineapple, unripe mango, grapefruit and tangerines follow. Nice show of hops, at least in the smell.
Taste starts citrusy, lots of lemon, some sweet tangerines, some peach, some tropical notes, overall a nice fruitiness that pairs well with the mild caramel maltiness. A kick of pine follows, spicy hops that build up a strong bitterness (some bitter citrus peel helps), not overbearing tho. Dry finish, big hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, somewhat smooth, with medium carbonation. Dry finish and aftertaste, lots of green hoppiness, hides the alcohol nicely.
Not a complete hop bomb, nicely balanced, tasty, easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having some more of this! (866 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap while killing time in LAX
Poured a reddish copper color almost like a penny.Nose is floral, citrus, pine and big malt. Taste is wow..good. I thought this was a chewy, malty IPA for a West Coast American style. Floral and pine notes with some citrus to. Mouthfeel is nice and good, went down well and I could have had a few of these but at $7 in the airport I passed. (373 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second of two IPAs I had at the brewery restaurant in Sorrento Mesa (the first being the Double IPA). The better of the two, in my opinion.

Slightly darker than golden with little noticeable carbonation. It had no signs of haze, pouring crystal clear. Unfortunately, it was poured with no head and served too cold (just like the one before). After letting it warm a bit, there was more distinct citrus tones to the hopping, both in aroma and taste. Medium mouthfeel, it had a pleasant bitter finish. Would have been worth of a second, if I hadn't eaten so much. (562 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slightly hazy, it has a small off-white, creamy head very slowly shrinking to a thin thin and a hint of lace.

Aroma is light grapefruit, pine, candied citrus, caramelly honeyed bread. It is very west coast, but pretty good and well-rounded.

Taste is juicy but dryish, with citrus pine, light toasty bread, juicy, yeasty, minerally, with light sweetness and balancing firm bitterness. It is mostly citrusy pine hop underneath a minerally-yeasty character with the elements all light but firm and well-integrated and balanced. It is well rounded. Although not overly flavourful or complex, and somewhat subdued, it is nicely rounded, clean, well-integrated, and very drinkable, a very good, solid IPA. (714 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, cloudy orange hue with a 1.5 finger, frothy head that fades with quite a bit of lacing.

S- Very grainy, caramel, slight hints of grassiness.

T- Starts off very bready which leads into a wave of hops and a nice, crisp, bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- A refreshing IPA. Doesn't stand out a whole lot but I would revisit. (370 characters)

Photo of Roeters
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the La Jolla, Strauss Brewery
A: Pours a golden/copper with a thin white head (by the time the server dropped it off at the table) nice lacing throughout the pint.
S: Piney, floral and a little earthy hop aromas with a bready malt base
T: Similar to the smell, mostly piney hops with a good hop base
M: medium body with a moderate level of carbonation
D: Well built American IPA, more of a balance between the hop bitterness and the malt base, so this is not the typical west coast IPA (497 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look when poured into a glass is a hazy orange. Not much lacing but a decent head. Smell is pretty good... kind of sweet, mixed with pine and a mild lemon smell. I find the nose to be pretty appetizing. Taste is mellow... not a hit you over the head IPA but actually good and drinkable, with not much bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not over carbonated but not too flat. Overall a pretty good beer. (406 characters)

Photo of crvcac
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice amber hue

Smell: boasts a moderately resinous hop aroma. Hints of pine and other aromas typical of pacific north west hops

Taste: nice hop bite. Subtle hints of citrus with a more dominating pine like taste

Drink ability: drinkable. Not my favorite ipa, however, one that I wouldn't hesitate to order again

Overall: pretty solid. if your're looking for a kick-ass ipa from this company, i would highly recommend big barrel double ipa. if u can get ur mittens on it (485 characters)

Photo of MrJohnnyDRocker
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Looks like liquid amber. Decent head that sticks to the glass. Smells very strongly of citrus, with pine coming right up behind. Tasty hops up front, pine undertones, and just enough malt to balence it out. The citrus and pine come into play again on the aftertaste. Malt becomes slightly more prominent as the beer warms, but not overly so. No boozey taste, for its 7.0 abv, but a pleasant warmth, and great buzz. This being my first IPA, i have nothing to compare it to, but a solid beer. About $7 or $8 for a sixer, so well worth the money. Overall, a pretty good beer. If you see it, get it. (629 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orangey amber with ample foam and lacing in the Duvel tulip. Interesting aroma of fresh earth and orange blossoms.

Moderately sweet with the browned biscuit taste of a Pale Ale. Fruity flavors of orange peel with some mango. The bitterness creeps up as you sip. Warm and substantial with hints of lemon. Fairly acidic.

A pleasant IPA that delivers plenty of hop flavor but is also highly drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach. (470 characters)

Photo of kflorence
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (1,270 characters)

Photo of bacabuck
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a really terrific ale.

A: Pours a deep unfiltered honey colour with a solid oatmeal colored head that provides nice lacing from top to bottom.

S: Lots of hops in this one

T: Deep rich flavours of nuts, bananas, molasses, and a slightly bitter finish. Much less bitter than Stone IPA.

M/D: Drinks down easily as an ale should. No heavy carbonation. (360 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle; into a tumbler.
Appearance - gold, cloudy; thin, foamy head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - pineapple and mango, faint juicy fruit.
Taste - not bad, but falls short of the nose, lacking with a strong pineapple and mango presence. A bit too boozy after it sits.
Feel - this goes from an enjoyable, drinkable IPA, to a weird after taste, funky IPA.
Overall - I'm in and out on this one...which means I'm out. Too funky when it's all said and done. (470 characters)

Photo of cerveza5150
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber/orange with lots of carbonation. The head remains somewhat soapy, exhibits a little lacing, and stays around for awhile. Looks pretty good from the start; at least better than any other KS ale I've had.

S: Smells of milky ripe fruit (I'm guessing the malt is pretty biscuity), with a touch of caramel or even Oreo cookies! (Ok, maybe that was a little crazy, but throw me a bone here!). The hops are noticeable, but the malt is the dominant scent here.

T: The hops that were hidden come out on the palette big time! This is actually a very nicely balanced IPA. Not the sweetest I've tried, and not the hoppiest, but a nice combination of both. Reminds me of Anderson Valley's Poleeko Pale, but with a creamier consistency and a much closer balance. My only criticism of the taste is that the malt could come through a little more. Overall, not bad!!

M: Pretty good. Being surrounded by so many good California IPAs I feel a little overwhelmed, but my only criticism is that it could be a tad chewier. KS beers tend to be a little watery in my opinion, and this IPA comes as close as I've found with them to balancing out the mouthfeel. This ale needs a bit more sweetness from the malt and a slightly thicker consistency might help it.

D: The bitterness from the hops really lingers on my palette, which forces me to take another swig. Not that it's entirely enjoyable; a slightly cleaner finish would improve the drinkability. That being said, this is my favorite KS beer from a bottle. I've had their Red Trolley Ale out of a cold keg and it was fantastic, but I think due to the thin nature of most of their beers, the keg and CO2 helped round out the drinkability. Overall, a decent offering from a good local brewer! (1,747 characters)

Photo of Swimsum
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that I bought at Karl Strauss in downtown San Diego on Tuesday. Has been in the fridge since I bought it. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pour yields a 1/2" head. Beer is a copper amber color and very, very clear. Can see bubbles of carbonation floating up. Head is foamy and recedes to about half of initial size after a few minutes. Leaves nice lacing down the glass, though not like the lacing it leaves out of the tap, still very cool. As I drink, head eventually comes down to a thin film that sits atop the beer. Swirling the beer brings back head that is about the same size as the initial settling size (sorry if that doesn't make sense). I really like the lacing and the clarity of the beer.

S: Not much here sadly. I got floral hops, pine and grassy smells but that was about it. Wish there was more.

T: Much like the smell, pine, grass and hops. However, I like these taste in my IPA. Can taste pine and grassy notes and ends with a nice hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. I can still taste the bitterness after a few minutes of not drinking. Eventually get a faint malty sweetness as the beer warms but even after two pints, still not much malt there. Like the taste but wish it had some citrus notes to it.

M: Good carbonation for being out of a two day old growler. However, there is a watery feel to it and feels rather thin to me. No alcohol taste to speak off. Tongue feels a bit oily after taking a few bigger sips.

D: Very different from on tap but still very enjoyable. It was a bit thin but that helped it go down all the faster. Finished my pint very quickly. I really enjoyed this IPA, maybe would have liked a bit more maltiness but a solid IPA I think. I will for sure be getting that again next time I come across it. (1,790 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: like new pennies. The beer is a beautiful shade of clear copper. A frothy head of grayish-white about half a finger recedes to a thick, foamy layer that never really leaves and deposits large walls of spattered lace as I drink.

Smells: like bright citrusy orange, strawberry, pineapple and grass, along with some light honey sweetness.

Tastes: maltier and toastier than the nose would suggest. I'd almost classify this as a red or hoppy amber with these flavors. Toast, bakery bread and a light nuttiness all show themselves. The hops are an afterthought, offering a slight pop of pithy orange and grapefruit. Acrid bitterness tickles the back sides of the tongue.

Feels: medium-light in body with a muted carbonation. Just a bit watery and runny.

Drinks: like exceeded expectations. I hadn't banked on much performance out of this one, but was pleasantly surprised. A nice, solid IPA that paired very well with fish tacos. (938 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a huge head of foam and excellent lacing. Tons of carbonation. Way too much carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, lemon.

Taste: Citrus, caramel, and grassy malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. It offers a huge aroma but the flavors are well balanced and muted. My only real complaint is the over carbonation- no matter how perfect the pour, half the glass was foam with each bottle. (492 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken 05/30/12
*22oz bomber into a FW pint glass

A: Tower 10 pours a glowing yellowish straw color with a perfect fat finger width of foamed ivory. Tiny streaming bubbles. Nice retention leaves some clingy stained glass lace.

S: The aroma opens with pine, dank hops, and some sweetened pale malts towards the background. Akin to a bit of honey slathered bread. A dash of flower and spice mixed in as well.

T: Flavors are big and resinous pine with more of a citrus blend than detected in the nose. Good hop intensity. Has a definite kick of herbal spice. Sugary malt cracker presence. Grapefruit comes through with a touch of bitter melon. Alcohol just barely noticeable at 7%ABV. An overall nice IPA. Sticky and resinous.

M: Medium in stature. Some nice creaminess provided by even carbonation. Crisp and dry in the finish. Lingering hop resins.

D: A nice take on the West Coast IPA with a good classic mix of pine and citrus from American hop varietals and just enough malt character to bridge a gap here. A welcomed offering at many of the local venues like Petco Park, the Airport, the Fair, etc. (1,112 characters)

Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.