Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-30-2009 16:26:36 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not a bad IPA.
Came an awfully reddish looking copper, with maybe a hint of orange. Very similar to the Red Trolley.
Smells faintly of grapefruit, and strongly of bittering pine. Taste is more of the same, mostly bitter pine, some grapefruit ... I'm hard pressed to say that there is any other citrus, tropical, or malt notes to it. Very straightforward.
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2009 06:40:52 | More by Overlord
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.