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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
83
good

314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 11
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 flydudehsv
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer from Karl Strauss. Light amber color with a thin head. Aroma of malt and citra hops. Sweet malt with a hop aftertaste of citrus and grass. Pretty balanced for an IPA although didn't quite have the kick like some other SD IPA's. Still a good beer I'd get again.

flydudehsv, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of bona2vada
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bona2vada, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Ryan805Beer
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful grapefruit peel smell that also transcends into taste. A solid lacing throughout. A solid head that dissipates quickly. One of the best and freshest tasting IPA's i have ever tasted A refreshing; yet dry IPA. Highly session-able and highly recommended.

Ryan805Beer, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Camallan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Camallan, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of cloudydoug
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

cloudydoug, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Rule870
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rule870, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of pigdog
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

pigdog, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of at7000
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA I have had in a while. One of the few "true IPAs" around these days, other than from Britain. It’s a traditional style IPA, which might explain the low ratings on here. I doubt most hipsters or American beer drinkers would know what a classic IPA is supposed to taste like. You can tell right away from the carbonation and the pale color. This is no "American Style IPA" but rather the classic style IPA. Which surprises the heck out of me coming from San Diego. Glad at least one American brewery had the cajones to go with the classic rather then trendy/modern style. Hat’s off to them for that. I don’t want to speculate too much, but I would bet the brewmaster studied the traditional English IPAs well. Don't get me wrong, I like some of the modern American IPAs, but it is just so rare to find a more traditional one. Nothing like it.

at7000, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of apg1014
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

apg1014, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of neilgavigan
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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 vertigelt1
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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 DennisD
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: off-white colored head. Amber in color.
Aroma: hoppy, pine - maybe some malt
Taste: Hoppy/piney but balanced - not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Drinkability: Nice, great beer. Session style beer. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

DennisD, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Zzigg92
1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

Zzigg92, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of itfitz
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly Karl Strauss' BEST publicly-available offering. It's a well-balanced San Diego-style IPA with perfect hoppiness combined with a mild alcohol feel and light refreshing malt tones which linger just long enough to make you thirsty for another sip. There are overlying subtleties of roasted nuts, toast, resin, grass and herbs, This is a well-done IPA from a great German-style brewer.

itfitz, May 27, 2010
Photo of TheHouseplant
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

TheHouseplant, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Monty__802
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%

Monty__802, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of BaruchStern
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

BaruchStern, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of mfaulk
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most other reviews seem accurate - piney hops with subtle citrus, pleasant maltiness in taste and aroma, floral hoppy finish - so I'll be brief. Hop flavor lingers into the aftertaste, without being harsh. Struck me as tasting aged, in the good way. An interesting IPA.

mfaulk, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of ladofmanor
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

ladofmanor, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Drop_Knowledge
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Drop_Knowledge, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of jchanrahan
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

jchanrahan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of QuadrupleIPA
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

QuadrupleIPA, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of WillieBeamen
4/5  rDev +9.6%

WillieBeamen, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of DrLasers
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA. I tried this IPA in a six pack and thought it was exceptional. So I ordered a pony keg of it for my kegerator. Usually, after two or three weeks of drinking the same beer, you notice every flaw and fault, and eventually the great beers just become good. This IPA is the exception for my personal tastes. Three Ponies later and I'm still a huge fan because of it's unique balanced taste.

A: Copper-Blonde and clear. Heavy lacing and frothy head that remains.
S: Grapefruit, Citrus, bready, and floral. Hint of Honey-Suckle
T: Starts with Floral and finishes with Malty.
M: Moderately Hoppy bite but smooth finish.
O: In my opinion, a masterfully balanced IPA that hits several different notes to enjoy. Not your average heavy-handed IPA (even though i enjoy the heaviest hop-stupid treats now and then), more of a journey beer that keeps you in the clouds.

DrLasers, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of MrJohnnyDRocker
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Looks like liquid amber. Decent head that sticks to the glass. Smells very strongly of citrus, with pine coming right up behind. Tasty hops up front, pine undertones, and just enough malt to balence it out. The citrus and pine come into play again on the aftertaste. Malt becomes slightly more prominent as the beer warms, but not overly so. No boozey taste, for its 7.0 abv, but a pleasant warmth, and great buzz. This being my first IPA, i have nothing to compare it to, but a solid beer. About $7 or $8 for a sixer, so well worth the money. Overall, a pretty good beer. If you see it, get it.

MrJohnnyDRocker, Jun 14, 2012
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.