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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Overlord on 03-15-2009)
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at LAX brewhouse, after a series of Utah beer drinking that left me wanting something with oomph

A: very thin creamy head; dark amber, relatively clear; streaks of lacing
S: very inviting hopped aroma; pine and grass
T: very solid, complex IPA; grass, hops, very bitter; not sweet ; mealy and enjoyable

Comes down as a solid, exemplary IPA; great brew!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 03:38:53 | More by Arithmeticus
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2beerdogs

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 21:32:35 | More by 2beerdogs
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber color. Thin off white head. Good strands and dots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus and pine almost solely, but not a strong aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy. Pine, grapefruit dominate. Barest hint of malt balance in here but predominately bitter with a lingering bitter hop finish at the end. Good for an AIPA.

Mouthfeel: Lots of hop resin sticking to the teeth on this tone, but with enough carbonation to pull it off the teeth later.

Overall / Drinkability: Very typical west coast AIPA. A good beer, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:48:18 | More by damndirtyape
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rawfish

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:05:47 | More by rawfish
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in San Diego.

A. Citrus hop assault with tons of tangerine notes

A. Light amber, brilliantly clear. One finger head with lacing persisting on the glass.

T. A firm bitterness underlies the citrus hop flavors. No harshness noted. No perceivable off-flavors to my palette. The malts are not very perceptible. This is a decidedly hop forward West Coast IPA.

M. Average carbonation for style. Dry finish.

O. A pleasant surprise on my trip to San Diego. This stood up well to the better known beers from Stone and Ballast Point I also had.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 13:03:44 | More by onewetpaw
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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TaySuth

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a while before receding down to a ring with some good lacing.

Smell: Not overly aromatic. Hops are the most prominent aroma with citrus and a hint of pine. Some malt character in the background. Not very impressive but not bad.

Taste: The flavor is better than the appearance and smell led me to believe. Good bitterness with a rather smooth finish. Hops flavor is well balanced with the grains.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a body that is slightly on the heavy side.

Overall: An interesting, yet pretty average IPA in my opinion. Definitely not bad but not something that I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:21:00 | More by TaySuth
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Popp24

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:44:42 | More by Popp24
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Top of the Market San Diego.

A: Served a lovely, hazy honey color with 1/2 a finger of bright white foam on top. Retention was excellent and this sucker left an almost solid curtain of lace to coat the inside of the glass.

S: Mostly pine sap with a touch of caramel sweetness. Also picked up a bit of citrus rind.

T: Alot like above with some tangerine, childrens aspirin, and pine bough.

M: Loads of hop oils with a nice, tingly dryness that comes on pretty strong midway through. Astringent.

O: A very enjoyable, everyday AIPA. Looks like a fresh draft pour of this is the way to go.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 15:03:32 | More by GbVDave
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coldriver

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours medium amber with adequate head and lacing. Grassy hop aroma, with some caramel, not exactly the citrus-pine pungency you expect from a better IPA. Some citrus fruits, grass and berry taste. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish, kind of a nasty oversweet aftertaste. Dissapointing for a San Diego IPA, at least it's cheap. Certainly not in the same class as Green Flash, Stone, Ballast Point, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:23:11 | More by coldriver
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ely2000k

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look when poured into a glass is a hazy orange. Not much lacing but a decent head. Smell is pretty good... kind of sweet, mixed with pine and a mild lemon smell. I find the nose to be pretty appetizing. Taste is mellow... not a hit you over the head IPA but actually good and drinkable, with not much bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not over carbonated but not too flat. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 05:46:00 | More by ely2000k
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McStagger

California

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, somewhat murky tannish orange. Finger and a half of white head. Retention is mediocre. Lacing is better than average. Moderate carbonation.

S: Evocative malts. Roasted vanilla, caramel, hops bring on lemon peel and evergreen. Not quite as aromatic as a lot of the IPA's I've had from the West Coast.

T: Hop presence goes from zero to astringent in a hot minute. Pretty bittering without as much redeeming flavor as are had in a lot of Cali IPA's. Serious bittering. The bottle says citrus and pine and that's about it. Almost like pine sap...or resin. Long, astringent finish. It's not that this is the most bitter IPA I've ever had (Ruination still has that record)...but it seems the most one dimensional. Bitter bitter bitter without much malt sweetness or backbone to stand up to it. Nor do I get a lot of the grapefruit or floral essence. Lemon pine sol. This is all in comparison to other IPA's. All of this being said, I still enjoy it. It just doesn't have what the top tier IPA's do.

M: Good. Nothing stands out in particular, but this beer has a well balanced mouthfeel. Neither too carbonated nor too high in body. (Flabby, as the wine-o's sometimes call it).

O: Well, this doesn't really compare to some of the big dog IPA's out there, but the pricing is also less too. As much as I love Stone, Firestone, and Anderson Valley, I can't always put up 12-15 bucks a six pack for beer after tax. A more affordable option when I want a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 09:02:02 | More by McStagger
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Hugomarink

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the San Diego airport waiting for my delayed flight to San Francisco. I had just spent a week in SD with some of my beer snob friends and one of them referred to Karl Strauss as the "Schlitz" of the San Diego beer scene. I didn't disagree with the statement because you do see Karl Strauss everywhere out here and the beers I've tried of theirs have not ben overly impressive.

However, with a selection of Blue Moon, Stella, and Bud Light to choose from I had to go for the KS Tower 10 IPA. And not a bad choice it was. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had a 20oz. pour and the beer had a light amber color with a half-inch frothy head. Very clear with a good amount of bubbles flowing up. The smell was somewhat muted but had hints of pine and citrus just like you'd expect with this style. The taste was clean and quite hoppy, while smooth and nicely balanced. Not much bitterness but still had some depth and punch. I expected this to be a dull IPA lacking the spark and character you see in the best contenders in this field, but this beer holds its own quite admirably. Hoppy, clean, smooth, balanced - a very nice representation of this style. Also very fresh, which you might not expect in an airport bar.

I'd certainly have this beer again even if I was not stuck in an airport. Thank goodness the San Diego airport has a beer like this available to us weary travelers! While I would certainly take a Sculpin if available, this beer satisfied. Good job, Karl Strauss!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 04:01:44 | More by Hugomarink
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Ryan805Beer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 07:44:20 | More by Ryan805Beer
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer when I take the family to Sea World. Figured it's probably time to give this one a review...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours a light honey with a one finger off white head. Head retention is only decent at best, but there is a good amount of sticky lacing to be had...

S - Citrus fruits, pine, and a touch of sweet malts. All in all, pretty docile...

T - Caramel up front followed by grapefruit. Finishes with pine and some lingering grapefruit. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Very smooth. Sits on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a fairly dry finish...

O - Not an exceptional, or top notch IPA, but still a solid brew for the price. Goes down super smooth, and it is available at various places in the area, so I find myself drinking these on a fairly regular basis when the family and I are out...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 21:58:12 | More by comfortablynumb1
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ehammond1


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Orange and amber with a moderately sized, somewhat persistent, off-white head that leaves lines of lacing down the glass.

A balanced aroma consisting of citrus, pine, floral notes, and a bready and biscuity backbone.

Moderate bitterness paired with a citrusy and piney hop bill. There's also a good amount of bready and toasted malt character as well. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

Medium bodied and amply carbonated.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. I'd had the dry hopped version a few nights prior and was really disappointed with it. This, on the other hand, was a great example of an obviously popular style. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 04:40:39 | More by ehammond1
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phichifiji00

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber in color, pours about 1 inch o fthich white head, that fades very slowly.

Smell: Lots of hops, citrusy, pine resin, slightly malty.

Taste: Hoppy, citrusy, pine resin, some maltiness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, fairly dry.

Overall: A good west coast IPA, but not as hoppy as I like them.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:41:58 | More by phichifiji00
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 08:31:24 | More by kojevergas
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Offa

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slightly hazy, it has a small off-white, creamy head very slowly shrinking to a thin thin and a hint of lace.

Aroma is light grapefruit, pine, candied citrus, caramelly honeyed bread. It is very west coast, but pretty good and well-rounded.

Taste is juicy but dryish, with citrus pine, light toasty bread, juicy, yeasty, minerally, with light sweetness and balancing firm bitterness. It is mostly citrusy pine hop underneath a minerally-yeasty character with the elements all light but firm and well-integrated and balanced. It is well rounded. Although not overly flavourful or complex, and somewhat subdued, it is nicely rounded, clean, well-integrated, and very drinkable, a very good, solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:11:24 | More by Offa
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this at the San Diego International Airport a little over a week ago. Following review based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a 20oz. hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a half inch of fluffy, off-white head on top. The body was crystal clear and orange-gold in color. Decent head retention and lacing. Suits the style guidelines well.

Smell: Pineapple, caramel, and pine resin. Possibly some lime in there too - hard to say. Very simple and straightforward, mild as well.

Taste: Heavy pine and earth smack the pallet early, and cling deep into the aftertaste. Caramel malts add some mild sweetness, but this IPA is all about singular, heavy-handed bitterness. Very little complexity.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter in body than your average IPA, and probably drier too. Prickly and somewhat resinous on the pallet, with a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A mediocre and forgettable IPA, but it worked out decently in this situation (waiting on a delayed flight in the airport).

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 19:38:45 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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kflorence

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden, copper in color with a ton of frothy, white head atop. Lots of lacing around the edges of your glass as you drink this one down. Carbonation looks good.

S: Floral and pine hops with a touch of soap and some sweet, breaded malts in the background. Bittersweet barley and grain aromas become more predominant as the brew warms.

T: Much more balanced on the palate than the nose lead me to believe, though the hops clearly shine here. Grapefruit citrus comes through as well as pine with bitter, floral notes and some grass and green tea. Didn't pick up any citrus in the aroma, but was glad to see it on the palate. A sweet, barley malt background helps keep the bitterness in check.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation with oil and some cream but a bit thin on the tongue. I could use a bit more chewiness, but it does keep it quite smooth and drinkable. A session-able IPA to be sure.

O: I enjoyed this one. Wasn't sure what to expect coming in, and I was a bit dismayed by the strong pine aroma but I was glad to see the citrus, barley, grass and green tea balance this one out nicely while allowing the hops to remain in the forefront. Definitely not one of the big players in the West Coast IPA scene, but still a very decent brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:44:57 | More by kflorence
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BucannonXC5

California

3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 07:06:13 | More by BucannonXC5
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange color with a frothy white head that offers little retention, but a bit of lacing. Smells like crystal malt a bit of citrus hop aroma bit the malt dominates. I actually had a strong aroma association of being at the home brew store with this beer. It reminds me of the malt bins and cracking grain in the mill. Not an unpleasant odor, but not one you expect from a west coast IPA either. Malty and full bodied on the palate this beer starts with a little caramel sweetness and finishes with some non desrcript bitterness. Overall not my favorite IPA but for 3.99 for the bomber I am not too worried about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:38:07 | More by BeerAmbassador
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this in a trade thanks to Metallitone1, appreciate it! Orange color with good head and lacing. It smells a little citrusy but nothing overwhelming in the hops department. The flavor has a decent bitterness and a citrus hop flavor but it all felt overshadowed by a strange "old" malt flavor that I could not get past. I was glad for the opportunity and would live to try this fresh on tap but this bottle was nothing to write home about.

Update 5/3/13 on tap this was not old or stale but I got diacetyl so no change in score.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 17:36:35 | More by ArrogantB
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.