Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 382
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 71 | 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 CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows fruity and floral hops. Orange blossom, peach, apricot all show, along with a fruity confectionery note.
Similar flavours: sweet, confectionery-like fruit, sweet clean malt and a bite of alcohol amongst the assertive bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation seems excessive. (315 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 Drinkerofales
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear golden orange with good lacing from a huge fluffy light tan head which dissipates slowly.

Smells is a bit light, but has some floral, bitter and citrus aromas.

Taste is a balance of malts and hops, with a light bitter throughout, and a light citrus sweet finish.

Feels very smooth and very drinkable.

A fine good balanced beer, but it's not quite what I am looking for in an IPA. Tastes more like an APA, especially with the lower abv and smoothness.

DOA (478 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 MrJohnnyDRocker
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Looks like liquid amber. Decent head that sticks to the glass. Smells very strongly of citrus, with pine coming right up behind. Tasty hops up front, pine undertones, and just enough malt to balence it out. The citrus and pine come into play again on the aftertaste. Malt becomes slightly more prominent as the beer warms, but not overly so. No boozey taste, for its 7.0 abv, but a pleasant warmth, and great buzz. This being my first IPA, i have nothing to compare it to, but a solid beer. About $7 or $8 for a sixer, so well worth the money. Overall, a pretty good beer. If you see it, get it. (629 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA (tap)

Clear pale yellow with thin head and no retention. Light citrus aroma. Bright citrusy taste with moderate hoppy linger and a medicinal aftertaste. Very thin feel and a light bite.

Nice bright citrus flavor but that’s all that’s going on. No feel, no malt and a poor linger and aftertaste make this an avoidable beer. (354 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken 05/30/12
*22oz bomber into a FW pint glass

A: Tower 10 pours a glowing yellowish straw color with a perfect fat finger width of foamed ivory. Tiny streaming bubbles. Nice retention leaves some clingy stained glass lace.

S: The aroma opens with pine, dank hops, and some sweetened pale malts towards the background. Akin to a bit of honey slathered bread. A dash of flower and spice mixed in as well.

T: Flavors are big and resinous pine with more of a citrus blend than detected in the nose. Good hop intensity. Has a definite kick of herbal spice. Sugary malt cracker presence. Grapefruit comes through with a touch of bitter melon. Alcohol just barely noticeable at 7%ABV. An overall nice IPA. Sticky and resinous.

M: Medium in stature. Some nice creaminess provided by even carbonation. Crisp and dry in the finish. Lingering hop resins.

D: A nice take on the West Coast IPA with a good classic mix of pine and citrus from American hop varietals and just enough malt character to bridge a gap here. A welcomed offering at many of the local venues like Petco Park, the Airport, the Fair, etc. (1,112 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely an interesting IPA. A bit too much perfume on the flavor profile (does that make any sense?), and the balance is leaning too towards tangy, but it works. A smooth and pleasant IPA, though not overly intense (which is fine). Dig-able. (252 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big whitish head, slowly dies above a copper golden colored IPA leaving a pretty nice lacing throughout the drinking of 12 ounces of this.

Welcoming fresh pine, grass, and citrus hops blended aroma, a very nice scent to this IPA.

Citrus hops, light oranges and slight lemon, and some mountain pine to the taste, that doesn't quite live up to the west coast hops taste I was expecting, but is a decent beer in and of itself.

A medium bodied beer that finishes with little bitter hops aftertaste.

A very nice aroma kinda lost on a medium taste, more of an IPA that I experienced in North Carolina and not what I love about drinking IPA's in Portland. (652 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at LAX brewhouse, after a series of Utah beer drinking that left me wanting something with oomph

A: very thin creamy head; dark amber, relatively clear; streaks of lacing
S: very inviting hopped aroma; pine and grass
T: very solid, complex IPA; grass, hops, very bitter; not sweet ; mealy and enjoyable

Comes down as a solid, exemplary IPA; great brew! (365 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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 damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber color. Thin off white head. Good strands and dots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus and pine almost solely, but not a strong aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy. Pine, grapefruit dominate. Barest hint of malt balance in here but predominately bitter with a lingering bitter hop finish at the end. Good for an AIPA.

Mouthfeel: Lots of hop resin sticking to the teeth on this tone, but with enough carbonation to pull it off the teeth later.

Overall / Drinkability: Very typical west coast AIPA. A good beer, quite drinkable. (613 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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 onewetpaw
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (548 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I travelled to San Diego for the first time since the 80's just last week, and upon learning of their growing craft brewery culture, I had to experience it once I was down there.

I had this on tap at the Karl Strauss brewery in Downtown SD and very much enjoyed it. It was very similar to other IPAs I've had over the years, and that's a good thing, as it featured all the aspects I like: it was clean, crisp, was nicely hopped but very flavourful as well.

If I were in the San Diego area I would look this one up again, definitely. (534 characters)

Photo of TaySuth
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a while before receding down to a ring with some good lacing.

Smell: Not overly aromatic. Hops are the most prominent aroma with citrus and a hint of pine. Some malt character in the background. Not very impressive but not bad.

Taste: The flavor is better than the appearance and smell led me to believe. Good bitterness with a rather smooth finish. Hops flavor is well balanced with the grains.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a body that is slightly on the heavy side.

Overall: An interesting, yet pretty average IPA in my opinion. Definitely not bad but not something that I would seek out again. (679 characters)

Photo of Popp24
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of coldriver
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours medium amber with adequate head and lacing. Grassy hop aroma, with some caramel, not exactly the citrus-pine pungency you expect from a better IPA. Some citrus fruits, grass and berry taste. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish, kind of a nasty oversweet aftertaste. Dissapointing for a San Diego IPA, at least it's cheap. Certainly not in the same class as Green Flash, Stone, Ballast Point, etc. (408 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look when poured into a glass is a hazy orange. Not much lacing but a decent head. Smell is pretty good... kind of sweet, mixed with pine and a mild lemon smell. I find the nose to be pretty appetizing. Taste is mellow... not a hit you over the head IPA but actually good and drinkable, with not much bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not over carbonated but not too flat. Overall a pretty good beer. (406 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, somewhat murky tannish orange. Finger and a half of white head. Retention is mediocre. Lacing is better than average. Moderate carbonation.

S: Evocative malts. Roasted vanilla, caramel, hops bring on lemon peel and evergreen. Not quite as aromatic as a lot of the IPA's I've had from the West Coast.

T: Hop presence goes from zero to astringent in a hot minute. Pretty bittering without as much redeeming flavor as are had in a lot of Cali IPA's. Serious bittering. The bottle says citrus and pine and that's about it. Almost like pine sap...or resin. Long, astringent finish. It's not that this is the most bitter IPA I've ever had (Ruination still has that record)...but it seems the most one dimensional. Bitter bitter bitter without much malt sweetness or backbone to stand up to it. Nor do I get a lot of the grapefruit or floral essence. Lemon pine sol. This is all in comparison to other IPA's. All of this being said, I still enjoy it. It just doesn't have what the top tier IPA's do.

M: Good. Nothing stands out in particular, but this beer has a well balanced mouthfeel. Neither too carbonated nor too high in body. (Flabby, as the wine-o's sometimes call it).

O: Well, this doesn't really compare to some of the big dog IPA's out there, but the pricing is also less too. As much as I love Stone, Firestone, and Anderson Valley, I can't always put up 12-15 bucks a six pack for beer after tax. A more affordable option when I want a good IPA. (1,469 characters)

Photo of Hugomarink
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (1,506 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA. I’m here for San Diego Beer Week and just had their special Heavy Pettie Double IPA which, according to claims is more bitter, but seems less. This beer was served in a pint shaker with a decent, fine, foamy, off white head that soon settled down and a lots of fine lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is hop, malt, resin, a little barn. caramel. Flavor’s much the same with more impact. Balance is heavy in favor of bitter, quite dry, and some good carbonic tang. Body & carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and has long legs. If you get a chance go for the Heavy Pettie. This’ll do instead if ye caint. (634 characters)

Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.