Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.31/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours a light golden colour with a large white head that dissipates a little.
S - Massive citrus including sweet pineapple, lemon, grapefruit. Very sweet.
T - The sweetness aromas seem to disappear and I get more of a mild bitterness, some grapefruit and lemon at the finish.
M - A little over carbonated although light to medium bodied
O - Actually don't mind it but lacks a little in full flavour for an IPA. Aromas upfront though are impressive.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2013 10:36:25 | More by PolarBear3
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
330ml brown bottle purchased with two other Karl Strauss beers from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.
Pours a pleasant light golden colour with a firm and persistent, almost creamy head of vanilla white. Lacing is specked intricately and all about the place. Body is relatively, light, but holds a very nice fine carbonation. Overall, it looks good.
Nose is brash, sharp and direct from the outset: big clean lemon-citrus hops with a leafy undertone to give some breadth. Some sweet sherbet characters give some juicy tones, while there's a slightly flat malt tone that seems to be there only because it was forced to come along by its parents. But no matter, the hops are the life of this beer and they're lively and exciting.
The taste, however, reins in a lot of these big exciting hop characters. Mild entry with a slight peppery bite, before some fleshy malt provides a structure that nothing really seems to want to fill. Wavering to fleeting hop bitterness has a somewhat English flavour to it: some earthy, herbal notes and a tannic flavour. Finish is quite empty and a little flat. It's fine, but it needs more oomph, especially after the nose was so pungent.
Feel is smooth, but is hampered by the lack of really exciting flavour. It doesn't really have anything to do here.
But, overall, this is actually good stuff. If nothing else, I can just breath in the heady aromas. And if the palate is a little flat: well, that just may just make it more approachable, and something I'd be happy to drink more often.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 04:53:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.