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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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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Dimzy


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-28-2012 20:43:56 | More by Dimzy
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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

California

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

05-27-2010 10:49:14 | More by itfitz
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jminsc76

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +11%

Into a pint glass, pours a large, thick head of white billow-essness; the body a bright tinge of gold. Thick legs as I tilt, the head reemerging beautifully upon agitation.

Rich aromas of peaches, lemons, citrus, sweet orange, and a mild bit of pine. Also smelling some creamy vanilla. Medium intensity, but complex, with a fine integration amongst all the aromas.

Flavors of rich bitter pine, grapefruit, and biscuity malts dovetailing with the dry hops on the finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is light yet substantial, considering the amount of dried hops.

Overall, at times it's like chewing on a grapefruit, other times biting into an orange, and finally wiping my tongue with a pine cone. It's so good I was inspired to grab a Trader Joe's new cheddar and some Anderson sourdough pretzels to complement.

06-25-2011 01:06:09 | More by jminsc76
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance - This is a nice, clear, brownish-orange in color with a full and retentive head that left some excellent lacing on the inside of my mug from pour to last sip.

Smell - The hops are subtle but show a good mix of pine and citrus with a little herb in there to boot. The malt is equally balanced and suggests a mild caramel sweetness.

Taste - This is much bigger at the taste. The pine is resiny yet doesn't overpower the wonderful citrus which has the character of an orange rind. The malt is lightly toasted with a suggestion of sugary caramel. The balance here is the story though. The three flavors, resiny pine, bitter orange, and slightly sweetened malts, are incredibly harmonious.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad shy of medium-bodied with good carbonation and an excellent bitter finish.

Drinkability - This is a true session ale that can be appreciated by both the novice drinker and experienced beer aficionado. For the price you can't beat it.

08-26-2009 01:40:56 | More by RoyalT
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Hugomarink

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

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!

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

On tap at Disneyland California Adventure park, served in a flourescent green plastic cup!

Appearance. Pours amber-orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head.

Smell. Big floral hops and a little toasty malts.

Taste. Big floral hops, some toasted grains, some citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice ipa with some great floral hops.

05-19-2012 01:22:57 | More by Rutager
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-16-2011 03:55:58 | More by virinow
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ehammond1


4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at the Karl Strauss truck at California Adventure/Disneyland. One of the best things about CAdventure.
Golden amber bubbly white head. Low to med. retention and lite lacing

Strong pine notes a bit floral, Grapefruit citrus and a hint of caramel. 

Caramel malty tones up front transitioning quickly to the hop character  supported by bold floral, pine and citrus notes. Fair to good balance. 

Medium bodied a strong bittering hop presence. High carb. 

Overall it's good IPA. Probably the best choice in the regular line of Karl Strauss beers. And definitely the best at CA Adventure which helps make this the happiest place on earth. 

07-11-2011 16:23:16 | More by MrVonzipper
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-30-2009 16:26:36 | More by Kegatron
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-14-2011 22:08:17 | More by Neffbeer
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2013 07:31:05 | More by Booner818
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-01-2014 15:36:41 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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javiernano

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-06-2012 01:33:42 | More by javiernano
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AnthonyJ


4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-03-2014 04:24:04 | More by AnthonyJ
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Rwalford74

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-19-2014 02:08:40 | More by Rwalford74
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-14-2014 04:40:19 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Vigilante

Nevada

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-20-2014 01:51:02 | More by Vigilante
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-04-2012 20:12:53 | More by Beermazter310
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MJGTi


4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-15-2012 01:09:36 | More by MJGTi
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PintOHops

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a very hazy orange/copper with a dense 1 finger head that had outstanding retention. Little carbonation can be seen, and it left some very spotty/broken lacing. Smelled of a very off style sweet malty, grainy, bready, biscuit like aroma, it's very chocolaty with mild undertones of earthy spices, a touch of citrus, and subtle grape. Not a classic pungent hop aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted very sweet, lots of caramel & molasses flavors off the bat, following is earthiness, mild spices and a dark chocolate/burnt biscuit like bitterness. Finishes with some subtle citrus notes and lingering chocolaty, molasses flavors, not much hop bitterness though. Mouthfeel was very smooth, a little thick, a bit oily and medium-full bodied, it's what I expected for the ABV.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This IPA was very drinkable because of it's mellow chocolaty flavors, smooth mouthfeel, and lacking bitterness. One could easily drink 2-3 of these, the 6.5% is even hidden very well, which could be dangerous. This one was off style to me though, it wasn't pungent & floral, intense & fruity, not even any pine notes really. It was more of an authentic style more than an American style IPA, which isn't bad as long as that's what they where going for. Still overall pretty good, I like the the more pungent one's though.

09-14-2009 23:04:57 | More by PintOHops
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flydudehsv

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-26-2013 09:46:03 | More by flydudehsv
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 16:50:45 | More by mhaugo
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.