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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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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Hugomarink

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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


4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. 

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-06-2012 01:33:42 | More by javiernano
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Rwalford74

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Nevada

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Nevada

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-10-2011 16:50:45 | More by mhaugo
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 13:24:43 | More by brentk56
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MacHeadBeer

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-13-2013 01:26:16 | More by MacHeadBeer
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-19-2012 17:50:02 | More by TrojanWheels
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-23-2012 04:49:09 | More by shagal
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Pillowhead

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 18:18:26 | More by Pillowhead
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mdterps

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-03-2013 02:51:54 | More by mdterps
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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