Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 383
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 73 | 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 Catracho5
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Looks really good in the glass, nice orange amber color with a white creamy head, clear, nice lacing.

A: not much not the aroma, some slight hop aroma, very little.

T: just like the nose, slight hop flavor, it's more malty than hoppy, some bitterness on the back end, some alcohol, just not impressed with the flavor, kind of dull.

M: besides the appearance, this may the beer's best strength, has a nice medium body mouthfeel.

O: was expecting a little more than this, not a lot of hops, more malty, the bottle says 12/07/14, not sure if this is a best by date or bottled on date, either way, there are far better IPAs out there than this. It's good, it's quality but it's not a beer I would come back to. If I do try it again it has to be on tap to see if there is a difference between the bottled and keg version. (882 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 BucannonXC5
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (465 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 ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright honey amber hue which leaves a huge fluffy three finger head that leaves a mountain of froth in the middle and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney hops,bubblegum,citrus and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and lacking a little and the tastes are pineapple,sherbet,mandarins,citrus and the finish is piney hop bitter and dry,overall its not bad and above average but nothing to write home about cheers. (443 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having peeps that wander down to San Diego now and again, I've heard good things about Karl Strauss, but for whatever reason, I have never been able to find their beers up in the Bay Area. Finally, I've been able to find two: their Tower 10 IPA and Red Trolley Ale.

The Tower 10 pours a light pumpkin color with a small, but tight head, leaving little lacing. The nose is all about the malts, which surprised me. I usually like my IPAs to be more hop-forward, but the balance works here.

It started out with ultra-smooth caramel notes with a sweet citrus finish, but I found that as the beer warmed, it gained a coppery aftertaste. Perhaps it's the hops making their late entrance, but instead of piney/grapefruit goodness, I get to suck on a penny. Maybe this one's gone south. (781 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick finger of good cream colored head that displays decent retention and lacing. Amber in color. Smells of a nice subdued hoppiness with mostly floral and pine along with a definite malt presence. Tastes mostly of piney and resiny hops with a bit of flora. Plenty of malt balance, which works until the finish which is a bit too sweet. Medium in body with a high level of prickly carbonation. A few swirls of the glass can take the head from zero to an inch... too many bubbles. Overall this is a nice IPA for a brewpub, but can't really stand up to to San Diego's other microbreweries in the IPA arena. (618 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A mixture between honey and amber in color. Decent, white one finger head that actually took a while to settle down leaving some legs on the glass.

S - Very floral, and kind of a tropical sweetness to it. Doesn't smell like a hop blast as there are a good amount of malts lingering around.

T - Pretty bitter without having much flavor in the way of hops. Surprised the hops aren't as fruity/sweet as the beer smells. Lots of malts on the back end, almost finishes like a pilsner. After taste lingers around for a while, which isn't that great.

M - Medium bodied with an impressive amount of carbonation. I actually wish more breweries would have this much carbonation in their IPA's.

O - Just an ok beer. For an IPA the price is right, but could really benefit from adding a little citrus or pine into the mix. (819 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

Appearance: Nice golden color, good white head

Smell: Very citrusy and sweet, grapefruit and lemony hops

Taste: Grapefruit, hoppy bitterness, biscuity malt, and some earthiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Good but not outstanding. A good standby at Karl Strauss (306 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear bright copper beneath two fingers of fizzy porous head and spotty lacing.

S - Faint passionfruit, orange, mild hop aromas.

T - Fruity hops, passionfruit and citrus, Fanta with a hint of pine in the finish. Very tame on the IBUs.

M - High carbonation, light to medium body.

O - Seems more of a APA than IPA considering the lack of bitterness, but pleasant enough. (384 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 MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Phileas Fogg's in Poway. Pours a clear dark orange with a little bit of red in it. Standard head of foam, nothing out of the ordinary there. This is definitely more of a "balanced" IPA if you will, but it still has a nice hop flavor. Somewhat citrusy, somewhat earthy and floral. Not as dry as most San Diego IPA's / Pale ales. (341 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tower 10, let's hope it's a 10 out of 10. Bad joke aside I'm always keen to taste what our American brethren produce; they may have a crappy health care system, screwed up gun laws, and overall lack any form of tact when it comes to international diplomatic situations, but the USA does one thing well: craft beer. And with that my taste buds stand to boldly taste where no bud has tasted before [cue Tongue Trek theme].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Nice and heady. The 2cm dense white head on this brew towers over the hazy bottle-conditioned burnt orange body like the aforementioned tower... *ticks box*

S: Citrus, pine and toasted malt, it has them in spades. There is also a nice sharp acidity to the aroma.

T: Quite ordinary here. Toasted malt base with bitter pine hops, bitter citric hops followed by the bitterness of an orange rind... Oh and did I mention it was bitter? Yes? OK it's bitter, not mouth-smashingly-tastebud-crashingly bitter but bitter enough to be noticed, which in itself is alright but it's missing more flavours, something else, stone-fruits or herbaceous tang would have been great additions, as it stands its a half beer in flavourland.

M: Here is where Tower 10 shines: a mid to heavy resinous body with some tight packed carbonation, nice.

D: I would easily smash a session on this if it was more flavour complex. That is it. Not much else to say. Otherwise a good drop.

Food match: Anti-bitter is my first suggestion... wait, I'm just being told that anti-bitter hasn't been invented yet. Right, something else, dessert would be a best bet (if you're drinking this you would likely be at the dessert phase of the meal anyway), caramelised pears with a fennel jus and crème Chantilly. (1,745 characters)

Photo of Popp24
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of raiderob
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in pint glass..Amber ish in color with creamy foamy head and nice lingering lacing.tart citrus flavors that goes down nicely with the classic tounge sucking finish. Prost❗ (183 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow/ light amber color. It has a small white head that fades quickly and leaves some light lacing. It appears to have some light carbonation.

S: The smell consists of a heavy herbal scent and a strong citrus character. It is decently hoppy considering it is an IPA. It also has some hints of sweetness.

T: The first thing that is noticeable is the nice bite of hoppiness. It has a nice bitterness for an IPA. There is also a unique sense of light caramel-like taste.

M: It kind of has a dry feel to it. It isn't overbearing and leaves you wanting more. It leaves a nice crisp finish and isn't too carbonated.

D: Overall it is a nice example of an IPA. It has the bitterness and crispness from the hops that is expected from an IPA. A nice take on the style that I would like to try again. (838 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 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 mulder1010
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at LAX before heading back to Australia. Good way to end a trip back home.

A-- Poured a dark gold color. Half finger of off white head. Shows just a bit of carbonation.

S-- Somewhat muted grapefruit smell. Quite soft. Good carmel backbone, as it warms up the grapefruit does open up more.

T-- Good grapefruit bite to this. Some pine and carmel as well.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium body. Decent sized grapefruit finish to this. More pine in the front of the palate. A little acidic going down. Creamy and lively, with a little prickly added in.

D-- Gets bigger as it warms up. Not a bad IPA at all. Could have a couple easily. Not one of the elites out there but very workable and can not complain. (724 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 phichifiji00
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gift from friends (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Slightly orange-tinted amber body, clear but not brilliant topped by a healthy finger of soapy ivory foam. Ropy crenellations of lace circle the glasss. Good retention.

Tangerine juice, orange zest, and pine in the nose - faint peppercorn and guava as well. Gentle but nice.

Potent hoppiness on the palate - chock full of citrus with some herbal flavors and rosewater as well. Strong but not aggressive bitterness leading into a faintly spicy, earthy finish with a touch of pine. Faint perfume notes as the beer warms take away some of the crispness, but it's clean over all.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, brisk yet creamy. More warming than the ABV would suggest - though this impression may come from the hops themselves.

A decent example of the style, but it can't hold a candle to its superlative San Diego peers. (931 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with less than one finger of persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. Bubbles rise in the column from the bottom and sides of the glass.

S: Assertive pine and citrus hop aromas that fade shortly after pouring, leaving faint caramel and toast. The smell is very clean, apparently without a need for hop-forward smells to mask any off-qualities. Nevertheless, the degradation of the hop aromas was disappointingly rapid.

T: Begins dry, with pale malt, restrained aromatic hops, and moderate acidity. Flavors sweeten slightly in the middle as crackery malt becomes more pronounced alongside a mineral edge. Developing bitterness becomes significant in the clean mineral finish, lingering after some late herbaceous flavors fade.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate but just barely sticky, with low carbonation.

D: This is a mid-range IPA that shows more West Coast character than its predecessor, Stargazer IPA. Still, hops are just one part of this equation, with the sum being a balance that would not scare off the casual visitor to the chain of Karl Strauss restaurants. To that end, this IPA could serve as a crossover to more extreme styles for the timid. (1,275 characters)

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