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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
82
good

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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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heresy22

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-30-2011 04:25:43 | More by heresy22
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Troublebar

China

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-29-2014 11:24:22 | More by Troublebar
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-29-2011 03:15:16 | More by rinhaak
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA. I’m here for San Diego Beer Week and just had their special Heavy Pettie Double IPA which, according to claims is more bitter, but seems less. This beer was served in a pint shaker with a decent, fine, foamy, off white head that soon settled down and a lots of fine lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is hop, malt, resin, a little barn. caramel. Flavor’s much the same with more impact. Balance is heavy in favor of bitter, quite dry, and some good carbonic tang. Body & carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and has long legs. If you get a chance go for the Heavy Pettie. This’ll do instead if ye caint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 00:43:22 | More by drpimento
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Brewt

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-12-2013 06:39:57 | More by Brewt
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camelgar

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-17-2013 06:32:37 | More by camelgar
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-09-2012 05:08:01 | More by iL0VEbeer
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ineva

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-18-2011 01:43:34 | More by ineva
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant and refreshing IPA (is it fair to review after mowing the lawn, though? Maybe that helped my impression).

Pours a clear yellow with a decent head and mild lacing. The aroma is fresh and sharp, with citrusy hops and a piny under current. The flavor is mostly hop, with a bright lemony hops, with a gentle pilsnery malt backbone. The mounthfeel is prickly with a pleasant piney bitterness clinging to the back of the mouth.

Easy drinking and attractive.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:32:43 | More by Seanibus
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hpthebull

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-04-2012 05:33:34 | More by hpthebull
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Yello5

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-01-2013 22:04:13 | More by Yello5
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 17:08:31 | More by dcmchew
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jrnyc

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-19-2011 00:37:35 | More by jrnyc
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-30-2012 01:46:03 | More by KalanM
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-26-2012 03:52:45 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:54:47 | More by timtwoface
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anon

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-22-2014 23:06:35 | More by anon
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BigMilkDan

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-19-2011 00:02:17 | More by BigMilkDan
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DSkilling

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-29-2013 05:30:12 | More by DSkilling
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Dem3pigs

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-29-2014 20:08:03 | More by Dem3pigs
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-08-2011 07:18:59 | More by kornkid8600
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DoubleJ

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 05:22:42 | More by DoubleJ
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2009 00:36:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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IntriqKen

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 02:50:13 | More by LittleDon
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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