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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this at the San Diego International Airport a little over a week ago. Following review based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a 20oz. hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a half inch of fluffy, off-white head on top. The body was crystal clear and orange-gold in color. Decent head retention and lacing. Suits the style guidelines well.

Smell: Pineapple, caramel, and pine resin. Possibly some lime in there too - hard to say. Very simple and straightforward, mild as well.

Taste: Heavy pine and earth smack the pallet early, and cling deep into the aftertaste. Caramel malts add some mild sweetness, but this IPA is all about singular, heavy-handed bitterness. Very little complexity.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter in body than your average IPA, and probably drier too. Prickly and somewhat resinous on the pallet, with a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A mediocre and forgettable IPA, but it worked out decently in this situation (waiting on a delayed flight in the airport).

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of vertigelt1
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a short-stemmed wine glass

My first Karl Strauss after moving back to CA from TX. Was less impressed than I expected to be.

A - poured a clear, bright copper/dark orange with thin (almost a finger) but foamy, whitish head which dissipated quickly but left a nice ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

S - nowhere near the hops I'd expect from a San Diego IPA. A bit of bready pine.

T - Bready with slight acidity. TINY bit of bitterness from piny hops. Almost tasted more like a Belgian wit than an IPA.

M - full-bodied and refreshingly crisp in carbonation

D - I'll drink the 6-pack over a few nights, but I'm rather disappointed in the brew. There's not a lot of character to it that really draws me back to the glass. It's not awful, but there's just not compelling, either.

Overall, a fairly bland IPA which I doubt I'll ever try again.

vertigelt1, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of neilgavigan
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Reddish amber slightly hazy. Light cream head with decent lacing

S - Not as much as you hope for from a California IPA. A little grassy with some citrus notes. Some fruit and funk but no big hop notes and no real malt sweetness.

T - Sweet and malty with plenty of bitteness from hops. Also, burned biscuit and a bit of a dandelion or lantana.

M - Medium-light body, nice carb, clean and sharp

O - Seems a little less than an IPA. A lot of great flavors are at play here but the aroma definitely lacks for piney Northwest hops notes and the flavor does as well. Slightly lighter body allows flavors to be a little sharper and citrus notes to come through.

neilgavigan, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Cobrabob428
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Cobrabob428, Friday at 02:24 AM
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Tuckersmth, Aug 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

jdougherty, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

largadeer, Jun 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

pin, May 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

anthony-martinez, Sep 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Obsidian, Jun 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

ACB, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

MEOGDEN, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Gperez222, Oct 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

codynevels, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Euler
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Euler, Jul 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

terence, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -17.6%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

GRG1313, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Muggins25
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Muggins25, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Mrose78
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Mrose78, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of kmanjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

kmanjohnson, Jul 29, 2014
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.