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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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83
good

298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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 MCain04
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%

Acquired as an extra in a trade, thanks WestCoastBrew2 for a great trade. This was poured into a 12oz Hop Leaf Tulip. Looks to be about 2 months fresh.

Appearance: Clear amber, 2 finger white head with moderate retention and lacing.

Smell: Fruity! Exploding with mango, pineapple, strawberry, orange, and grapefruit. Some pine as well.

Taste: Huge letdown after that nose! No fruity or piney hops at all. Pretty stale-tasting actually. No real hop flavor, some bitterness on the end, moderately malty. No alcohol taste present.

Mouthfeel: A bit over-carbonated. Otherwise average body with mildly dry finish.

Overall: If I was the brewer, I would pat myself on the back for the hop profile added late in the brew contributing to that nose. However, it's just a let-down on the taste. Needs some work, but could be a good IPA if the hop recipe was adjusted.

MCain04, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

johnhenryconway, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of WestCoastBrew2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

WestCoastBrew2, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

gatornation, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

apg1014, Feb 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37%

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, Jan 29, 2013
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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.

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

OMsweetOM, Jan 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

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

MacHeadBeer, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MaltAndHopsFC, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

shagal, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

likesbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Growler into a pint glass, the Tower 10 pours a clear amberish golden. Carbonation is a bit light but one never knows with a growler really. Does develop a cap and drop off some scattered lacing. Offers nice clarity.

Touch of subtle caramel on the nose along with a nice hop presence. Lightly piney and with some background citrus. Not too earthy and more like a thin tangerine at times and a bit spicy through the foam when first poured.

Favor is a bit thin relative to the aroma with pale malts and just a hint of spice on the back. Offers a decent carbonation yet there is a lack of supportive bitterness on the close. Offers a nice hoppy aroma initially, getting subdued with time. Touch of citric bitterness on the close is brief and lacks any malt depth. Average to perhaps a slightly thin feel. A smooth and hoppy pale ale for my palette, well done yet cautious....But then this is a beer for the masses, and not for the die hard IPA seeker..

HalfFull, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

yoitsarch, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MrD, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

tgreenwood4, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ambruns1979, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tbeq00, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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.

ThePaleRider, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

sevenshubby, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DanE, Oct 09, 2012
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.