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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 384
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal hop finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty tasty. (479 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, but somewhat sunwashed amber color with a sturdy cap that splashes dots of lacing

Smell: Balanced aroma of caramel malt with tangerine and pine

Taste: Caramel opening with a growing tangerine and pine bitterness that evens things out by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter malt flavors tend to dominate but there are plenty of hop elements that continue into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this isn't in the top echelon of San Diego IPAs, it is a big improvement over Stargazer and can certainly hold its own, particularly for those that seek a little balancing malt sweetness

Thanks, BevmoIan, for the opportunity and, mrmiles, for the chance to revisit (746 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a pretty lookin' copper color with a fluffy white head and sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Quite a bready nose for a San Diego brewed IPA. The hop character is piney and floral without much of the citrus that we're all so fond of.

T: Like the nose would indicate, this does not seem to be an overly hoppy IPA. The piney bitterness is the primary contribution, but like the nose, bready malts really dominate here.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat mild level of carbonation for an IPA, maybe even a bit "flat".

D: Certainly not one of the better San Diego IPAs, but for an average brewpub, it's not too shabby. (629 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,219 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely an interesting IPA. A bit too much perfume on the flavor profile (does that make any sense?), and the balance is leaning too towards tangy, but it works. A smooth and pleasant IPA, though not overly intense (which is fine). Dig-able. (252 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. My bottle, purchased at Ralph's market yesterday (2011), displays a 7.00% ABV, not 6.50%. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. It's appealing.

Sm: Pleasant floral bittering hops dominate. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Pleasantly floral and hoppy without going overboard. The body is creamy well-handled malted barley. A slight raspberry tone emerges when I seek it out. Simply but nicely built and pretty well balanced. Pleasant and welcome.

Mf: A bit more dry than it ought to be, indicating a problem with how the hops were balanced. It's nicely smooth, however.

Dr: Drinkable, above average ABV, and decent quality. I wouldn't choose it at a store, but I'd try it if I saw it on-draught. (943 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange, good clarity, big head with nice lace.

S: Orange, grapefruit and pine.

T: Citrus and pine play off each other with some nice toasted malt to balance it all out. A good flavour, but not very intense as I expect out of San Diego.

M: Medium-bodied, thin at times, resiny.

D: A solid IPA, but not in the upper echelon of what is coming out of San Diego County, but certainly drinkable. (418 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep and somewhat unfiltered like looking apricot to tangerine like orange color. Very fine carbonation, with a bright white and whipped up four finger aggressive and controlled head. Thick island cap lacing and creamy whipped toppings of retention, curling lacing and sheets and rings runnning everywhere. Real nice.

Great bouquet. Strong notes of citrus and tropical warmth, with a hint of heat and slight alcohol hotness. Juicy and even a bit dank and earthy as well, fun mix with a leafy strong very green like character it seems.

Palate comes with a nice juiced tropical body. Big resin and piney bitter hop finish on the aftertaste, with a lingering hints of zesty grapefruit oils. Mid palate doesn't fill with too much flavor, leaving most of the taste on the finish it seems. A bit light but still solid, but leaves malt behind with a grassy piny coating, if slightly wet.

Overall a simple fun sort of mixed up West coast IPA. (997 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 HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/16/10

20oz for $9 on tap at the San Diego airport, thanks to my delayed flight for the chance.

A: Yellow golden with perfect clarity, a frothy one finger head, and pretty respectable lacing.

S: More aromatic than I expected, with a decided floral quality along with grapefruit rind and pine. There's a touch of candied sweetness once the beer warms and I give the glass a pretentious swirl. Malt is light and of caramel.

T: Moderately bitter and mostly dry with just a touch of malt sweetness. The hops have notes of grapefruit rind with a little flesh, and some accompanying resinous pine. Maybe a little orange, but mostly grapefruit rind and pine. Malt adds a dash of caramel, but the beer is dry overall and especially in the bitter finish. No alcohol or astringency.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this. There are so many good hoppy beers in the area that I've overlooked this one, but it's actually pretty good with no real flaws other than not blowing me away. Good airport fare at a hefty price. (1,099 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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased with two other Karl Strauss beers from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a pleasant light golden colour with a firm and persistent, almost creamy head of vanilla white. Lacing is specked intricately and all about the place. Body is relatively, light, but holds a very nice fine carbonation. Overall, it looks good.

Nose is brash, sharp and direct from the outset: big clean lemon-citrus hops with a leafy undertone to give some breadth. Some sweet sherbet characters give some juicy tones, while there's a slightly flat malt tone that seems to be there only because it was forced to come along by its parents. But no matter, the hops are the life of this beer and they're lively and exciting.

The taste, however, reins in a lot of these big exciting hop characters. Mild entry with a slight peppery bite, before some fleshy malt provides a structure that nothing really seems to want to fill. Wavering to fleeting hop bitterness has a somewhat English flavour to it: some earthy, herbal notes and a tannic flavour. Finish is quite empty and a little flat. It's fine, but it needs more oomph, especially after the nose was so pungent.

Feel is smooth, but is hampered by the lack of really exciting flavour. It doesn't really have anything to do here.

But, overall, this is actually good stuff. If nothing else, I can just breath in the heady aromas. And if the palate is a little flat: well, that just may just make it more approachable, and something I'd be happy to drink more often. (1,518 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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color for an IPA, much less Karl Straus which is usually the mildest of San Diego beers/ipas.

Smell, nothing coming across. Taste wise, a little more maltier than I would have expected. No dominant hop presence. In fact, in terms of which end it sits on, I would say malty, v. balanced or hoppy. Earthy, not very sweet. Would do well in the midwest with distribution.

Doesn't really grow on you, but you don't mind drinking it. The yeast strain(s) Strauss uses reminds me a lot of Gordon Biersch, i.e. all the beers have a similar taste to them, despite the styles being very different. (601 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into chalice 20/3/14 (from notes0

A slightly hazy light orange liquid with some sediment here and there, just a few bubbles but a finger of foam hangs around for a few sips leaving a couple rings

S lots of pine and brown sugar, some earthy notes, caramel and citrus I can't place, fairly straight forward, smells like a hoppy BW

T malts come out a little more, still 3 months until its BB date but the hops have faded a fair bit, lots of brown sugar comes out

M medium bodied, leaves a little behind, quite creamy from the bubbles, rind and brown sugar on the finish

O basic IPA that may have faded a little on its way to OZ, curious if its 3 n0r 9 months old with the BB date 3 months away

I'm guessing this ones past its prime, might score higher as a BW (784 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 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 drpimento
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden-orange color with a big billowy head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather quickly, leaving a light level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a floral and pine hop nature with a great showing of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of a more citrus hop smell as well as some light earthy hop smells. A hint of a caramel and light fruit aroma are there as well, giving a rather nice and balanced, somewhat drier IPA smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly doughy taste mixed with a little bit of a caramel taste as well as some flavors of a light fruit nature. The hop is very light upfront, with it only having a little bit of a grapefruit citrus taste. As the taste moves on, more and more hop comes to the tongue with a surge in the citrus, but also a coming of some pine and herbal hop tastes. The pine ends up surpassing the grapefruit hop at the end, and with a coming of some earthy hop tastes, one is left with a rather pleasant semi-dry, but rather flavorful hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is slightly below average to average. Overall the feel was pretty decent as it was thick enough for the dank hop, with the carbonation all while supporting the malt and sweet nicely.

Overall – A quite easy drinking and semi-drier IPA with a bit of a more piney and dank taste. Overall fairly nice. (1,630 characters)

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