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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: 81 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 384
Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tower 10, let's hope it's a 10 out of 10. Bad joke aside I'm always keen to taste what our American brethren produce; they may have a crappy health care system, screwed up gun laws, and overall lack any form of tact when it comes to international diplomatic situations, but the USA does one thing well: craft beer. And with that my taste buds stand to boldly taste where no bud has tasted before [cue Tongue Trek theme].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Nice and heady. The 2cm dense white head on this brew towers over the hazy bottle-conditioned burnt orange body like the aforementioned tower... *ticks box*

S: Citrus, pine and toasted malt, it has them in spades. There is also a nice sharp acidity to the aroma.

T: Quite ordinary here. Toasted malt base with bitter pine hops, bitter citric hops followed by the bitterness of an orange rind... Oh and did I mention it was bitter? Yes? OK it's bitter, not mouth-smashingly-tastebud-crashingly bitter but bitter enough to be noticed, which in itself is alright but it's missing more flavours, something else, stone-fruits or herbaceous tang would have been great additions, as it stands its a half beer in flavourland.

M: Here is where Tower 10 shines: a mid to heavy resinous body with some tight packed carbonation, nice.

D: I would easily smash a session on this if it was more flavour complex. That is it. Not much else to say. Otherwise a good drop.

Food match: Anti-bitter is my first suggestion... wait, I'm just being told that anti-bitter hasn't been invented yet. Right, something else, dessert would be a best bet (if you're drinking this you would likely be at the dessert phase of the meal anyway), caramelised pears with a fennel jus and crème Chantilly. (1,745 characters)

Photo of Popp24
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

A - Amber with white head that goes away quick.

S - I smell more malts than hops. Nothing else really here.

T - Starts malty and kinda soapy and finishes with bitterness from hops.

M - Probably the best part. Kinda oily and glides down easy.

O - Not bad but nothing I would seek out in the future. (322 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muddling if pine and citrus and a heft caramel.

The taste was malt driven with a secondary hop presence at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent drinkable IPA. (335 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

Appearance: Nice golden color, good white head

Smell: Very citrusy and sweet, grapefruit and lemony hops

Taste: Grapefruit, hoppy bitterness, biscuity malt, and some earthiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Good but not outstanding. A good standby at Karl Strauss (306 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear bright copper beneath two fingers of fizzy porous head and spotty lacing.

S - Faint passionfruit, orange, mild hop aromas.

T - Fruity hops, passionfruit and citrus, Fanta with a hint of pine in the finish. Very tame on the IBUs.

M - High carbonation, light to medium body.

O - Seems more of a APA than IPA considering the lack of bitterness, but pleasant enough. (384 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick finger of good cream colored head that displays decent retention and lacing. Amber in color. Smells of a nice subdued hoppiness with mostly floral and pine along with a definite malt presence. Tastes mostly of piney and resiny hops with a bit of flora. Plenty of malt balance, which works until the finish which is a bit too sweet. Medium in body with a high level of prickly carbonation. A few swirls of the glass can take the head from zero to an inch... too many bubbles. Overall this is a nice IPA for a brewpub, but can't really stand up to to San Diego's other microbreweries in the IPA arena. (618 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A mixture between honey and amber in color. Decent, white one finger head that actually took a while to settle down leaving some legs on the glass.

S - Very floral, and kind of a tropical sweetness to it. Doesn't smell like a hop blast as there are a good amount of malts lingering around.

T - Pretty bitter without having much flavor in the way of hops. Surprised the hops aren't as fruity/sweet as the beer smells. Lots of malts on the back end, almost finishes like a pilsner. After taste lingers around for a while, which isn't that great.

M - Medium bodied with an impressive amount of carbonation. I actually wish more breweries would have this much carbonation in their IPA's.

O - Just an ok beer. For an IPA the price is right, but could really benefit from adding a little citrus or pine into the mix. (819 characters)

Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having peeps that wander down to San Diego now and again, I've heard good things about Karl Strauss, but for whatever reason, I have never been able to find their beers up in the Bay Area. Finally, I've been able to find two: their Tower 10 IPA and Red Trolley Ale.

The Tower 10 pours a light pumpkin color with a small, but tight head, leaving little lacing. The nose is all about the malts, which surprised me. I usually like my IPAs to be more hop-forward, but the balance works here.

It started out with ultra-smooth caramel notes with a sweet citrus finish, but I found that as the beer warmed, it gained a coppery aftertaste. Perhaps it's the hops making their late entrance, but instead of piney/grapefruit goodness, I get to suck on a penny. Maybe this one's gone south. (781 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Karl Strauss is producing beers with a bit o' gonads, finally.
Nice appearance, amber-hued. Good nose. Got a bit of earth with the citrus hop notes. Taste clean, hops are mostly coming through with a citrus meets a hint of...maybe pine. Finishes nicely, overall a consistent delivery of flavor.
After many years, I am willing to go back and give a few more tries to K Strauss. Happy to see them grow & expand their offerings. (438 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with decent clarity, capped with a finger and a half of foam. Decent retention and layers of lacing spread on the glass.

Reserved aroma of bright citrus and pine over a very basic sweet bread and pale malt backbone. No alcohol but nothing is really pronounced here.

Very balanced, even push from some semi sweet malt of caramel, light toffee sweetness and whole grain. Balances the hop flavor of pine and orange citrus. Bitterness provides a big kick and is long lasting as the alcohol peeks it's way through in the finish.

Medium body and adequate carbonation that supports the balance of this beer. Bitter finish not accompanied by much drying and slight burn from the alcohol.

Very balanced, nice feature of flavors but rather common fare for a west coast ipa. Alcohol pretty evident on the finish, 7% might have been a little too ambitious. (862 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright honey amber hue which leaves a huge fluffy three finger head that leaves a mountain of froth in the middle and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney hops,bubblegum,citrus and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and lacking a little and the tastes are pineapple,sherbet,mandarins,citrus and the finish is piney hop bitter and dry,overall its not bad and above average but nothing to write home about cheers. (443 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer a yellowish version of what I call IPA Orange. Medium sized white colored head.

Smell is sweet malt and heavy hops, this has a strong sweet tea scent. Slight eucalyptus smell but sweetness really dominates here. Pretty much the scent of hops and honey.

Starts out sweet and woody with a strong tea flavor. Flavor doesn't change much strong hop tea and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK, but this is too sweet for me. (468 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Original ratings on Sept. 10, 2011 were 4.0 across, but changed them to 4.00, 3.75, 3.25, 3.25 & 3.25 on March 24, 2013.

Drank out of a bottle. Color was gold. Couldn’t see head, film or lacing.

Smell was pine and citrus hops. Slightly bitter sniff.

Citrus was the initial taste. Fairly smooth with a bitter finish.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Not a bad beer. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but I’ll give it another try for sure. (465 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark gold with a white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is a little caramel and citrus, didn't open up much.

Taste is earthy and stemmy hops, big bitterness. Some pine. A little nectarine peaks through the alpha acids, the sweetness a bit more prominent after my palate adjusts to the IBUs. Got some nice fresh hop resins as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is very oily, dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a fiercely bitter IPA. I prefer more hop flavors though. (484 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice solid effort, though nothing special. Drank a couple of these just killing time at Lindbergh field. Nice copper color, with a thin white head. Smells malty and piney. Tastes malty, with some decent citrus hop flavors (grapefruit) and a nice lingering hoppy finish. (271 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden colour with a large white head that dissipates a little.

S - Massive citrus including sweet pineapple, lemon, grapefruit. Very sweet.

T - The sweetness aromas seem to disappear and I get more of a mild bitterness, some grapefruit and lemon at the finish.

M - A little over carbonated although light to medium bodied

O - Actually don't mind it but lacks a little in full flavour for an IPA. Aromas upfront though are impressive. (456 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. The beer was poured into a pint glass, and it pours a bright yellow-gold color, with no head. There is a pleasant nose of hops and basil, with piney undertones. There is a light hop forward flavor, followed by a huge hop explosion on the finish. There is a bitter and empty aftertaste, with a chemical taste to it. The aftertaste alone ruins what was ramping up to be an enjoyable beer. That chemcial feel and taste makes the beer very difficult to drink. Too bad... (534 characters)

Photo of pigdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a pint glass

a-copper/golden color, off white medium foamy head

s-mild piney hoppiness with a bready malt undertone

t-fairly balanced malt and hops, piney citrus that overstays it's welcome followed by some malts

m-medium body, kinda flat in the carbonation department

d-fairly balanced and easy to drink, but not very inspiring

overall-very lackluster IPA, especially from San Diego. I was expecting more aggressive hops than I got and although the balance is fairly decent, the flavors that lingered didn't exactly leave me wanting more. (564 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of kenito799
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 6/9
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, copper color with a two finger of off white creamy, rocky head. Head recedes slowly leaving big clumps of lacing behind.

S: Nose pretty simple big piney hops and an equally big caramel malt.

T: Taste is big piney hops at the forefront before moving quickly in to a large caramel malt presence with some minor bready, biscuity notes. Finish is an over abundance of floral hops that really hang on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily on the tongue.

D: Goes down ok, mildly filling, mild kick, this is an alright IPA but could have been better blended and I would opt for others of the style. (680 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (985 characters)

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