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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 384
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 384
Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Grabbed a pint on tap at the Karl Strauss Carlsbad, to go along with my dinner at the bar. Seemed like a good bet, not being far from my temporary CA home.

The pour is a fine Goldilocks yellow, filtered to perfection. Nose comes through as light fruits, with a underlying threat of bitter hops. That’s my boy.

Tower 10 – I have to say I’m surprised by the overall low rating. A different beast out of the bottle, maybe? Oh, wait, I can’t bloody tell anymore. Bitterness piles on top of bitterness, & I have to give my tongue a little shock for it to register anything else. Mid-palate comes orange zest, torn guts of a grapefruit, sharp lemon. Fruitiness meshes wonderfully with the hard-eyed bitters. And just like that, sixteen ounces has vanished. Hmmmm.

An unexpectedly excellent brew. Bonus points for the good-looking bartender giving me a taste of the wheat, as well (only OK, but it’s the thought that counts, right?). If Karl Strauss had tasters, I’d definitely be back to try more of the menu! (1,023 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this in a trade thanks to Metallitone1, appreciate it! Orange color with good head and lacing. It smells a little citrusy but nothing overwhelming in the hops department. The flavor has a decent bitterness and a citrus hop flavor but it all felt overshadowed by a strange "old" malt flavor that I could not get past. I was glad for the opportunity and would live to try this fresh on tap but this bottle was nothing to write home about.

Update 5/3/13 on tap this was not old or stale but I got diacetyl so no change in score. (532 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a nice, clear, brownish-orange in color with a full and retentive head that left some excellent lacing on the inside of my mug from pour to last sip.

Smell - The hops are subtle but show a good mix of pine and citrus with a little herb in there to boot. The malt is equally balanced and suggests a mild caramel sweetness.

Taste - This is much bigger at the taste. The pine is resiny yet doesn't overpower the wonderful citrus which has the character of an orange rind. The malt is lightly toasted with a suggestion of sugary caramel. The balance here is the story though. The three flavors, resiny pine, bitter orange, and slightly sweetened malts, are incredibly harmonious.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad shy of medium-bodied with good carbonation and an excellent bitter finish.

Drinkability - This is a true session ale that can be appreciated by both the novice drinker and experienced beer aficionado. For the price you can't beat it. (960 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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 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 srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I am enjoying Strauss more and more lately...

A - Pretty, slightly murky hone, off white .5 inch head, leaves to ring with lots of spotty lace.

S - Sharp hops and sweet malt are inviting.

T - Malt is first. Creamy caramel, balanced well with the hops.

M - Creamy, nicely carbed, well balanced.

D - Easily sessionable. (336 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep golden to light amber with rich, creamy/silky head that is quite thick. Gorgeous. Nose is lighter than most IPA's that I've enjoyed, but still pleasant with bready notes and citrusy pine. Palate is caramell toasty sweet, with a black tea like flavor that is pleasing, and moderately hoppy bitterness to round it out. It's more like an IPA-lite to me, or a very hoppy pale ale. Good, drinkable, smooth body, but not really assertive like most IPA's, especially from San Diego. (497 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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 emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice solid effort, though nothing special. Drank a couple of these just killing time at Lindbergh field. Nice copper color, with a thin white head. Smells malty and piney. Tastes malty, with some decent citrus hop flavors (grapefruit) and a nice lingering hoppy finish. (271 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad IPA.

Came an awfully reddish looking copper, with maybe a hint of orange. Very similar to the Red Trolley.

Smells faintly of grapefruit, and strongly of bittering pine. Taste is more of the same, mostly bitter pine, some grapefruit ... I'm hard pressed to say that there is any other citrus, tropical, or malt notes to it. Very straightforward.

Nice mouthfeel. (380 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slightly hazy, it has a small off-white, creamy head very slowly shrinking to a thin thin and a hint of lace.

Aroma is light grapefruit, pine, candied citrus, caramelly honeyed bread. It is very west coast, but pretty good and well-rounded.

Taste is juicy but dryish, with citrus pine, light toasty bread, juicy, yeasty, minerally, with light sweetness and balancing firm bitterness. It is mostly citrusy pine hop underneath a minerally-yeasty character with the elements all light but firm and well-integrated and balanced. It is well rounded. Although not overly flavourful or complex, and somewhat subdued, it is nicely rounded, clean, well-integrated, and very drinkable, a very good, solid IPA. (714 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 Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 6/9
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, copper color with a two finger of off white creamy, rocky head. Head recedes slowly leaving big clumps of lacing behind.

S: Nose pretty simple big piney hops and an equally big caramel malt.

T: Taste is big piney hops at the forefront before moving quickly in to a large caramel malt presence with some minor bready, biscuity notes. Finish is an over abundance of floral hops that really hang on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily on the tongue.

D: Goes down ok, mildly filling, mild kick, this is an alright IPA but could have been better blended and I would opt for others of the style. (680 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a traditional slightly hazy orange color with some golden hints. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is frothy and dense with some nice off-qhite cream color.

S - Slight citrus notes with some malt grain backbone. There is some slight tropical notes to the nose as well. Mild nose but with good flavors. Quite bready notes in the nose. It seems more like a APA.

T & M - Taste starts off with some toasty and bready grain notes. Good malt sweetness present with some nice slight grassy hop notes. There is also some slight tropical notes with some mango and some citrus dryness. The taste is more towards an APA than an IPA. Or it could be more of drinkable/accessible American IPA. Still has some good crafted flavors.

O - Overall t is a good drinkable beer. Refreshing that could be drank from the bottle if needed. A flavorful lawn mower beer. (858 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.. (951 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden copper color. One finger white head shows alright retention. Nice thick sheety lacing as I drank this one down.

S- Simple enough...big caramel malts dominate a light piney hops. I think this one might be a little on the old side. This was just from the aroma being more malt forward of course.

T- Piney hops kick out in front (nice surprise). This dies into a malty caramel biscuit middle which lingers long into the ending. Floral notes from hops just fade out on the ending with the malts coming out on top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Piney hops left on the palate with a caramel bready malt long into the aftertaste with light alcohol notes. Flavors were a little stale and bland at best. Alcohol dryed the palate with each sip.

D- This was a interesting IPA. Interesting because it didn't taste old but at the same time it did. Maybe this beer wasn't the first one to try from this brewery. (985 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 Phelps
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: like new pennies. The beer is a beautiful shade of clear copper. A frothy head of grayish-white about half a finger recedes to a thick, foamy layer that never really leaves and deposits large walls of spattered lace as I drink.

Smells: like bright citrusy orange, strawberry, pineapple and grass, along with some light honey sweetness.

Tastes: maltier and toastier than the nose would suggest. I'd almost classify this as a red or hoppy amber with these flavors. Toast, bakery bread and a light nuttiness all show themselves. The hops are an afterthought, offering a slight pop of pithy orange and grapefruit. Acrid bitterness tickles the back sides of the tongue.

Feels: medium-light in body with a muted carbonation. Just a bit watery and runny.

Drinks: like exceeded expectations. I hadn't banked on much performance out of this one, but was pleasantly surprised. A nice, solid IPA that paired very well with fish tacos. (938 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ downtown location. Poured clear copper with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Light, grassy aroma with piney hops, white pepper, and citrus. Watery mouthfeel. Refreshing taste, mostly grapefruit and a light bitter resiny taste. Some mineral and bread flavors, dry finish. Came across as an IPA-lite. (307 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed medium orange with an off white head that melted quickly to just a thin covering with a bit of lace on the side. (possible use of a rinse aid when washing this glass).

Nose is a nice, bright citrus on the orange and tangerine side with some malt sweetness. Clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy with lots of tiny carbonation pretty typical for the style when brewed right. I've been drinking mostly Kolsch and Milds this summer so the carbonation was a bit of a surprise but it is where it should be for an IPA.

The mildly sweet malts are balanced very nicely by the hop additons. Again, a little orange, a little tangerine, and now grapefruit.

A quickly drying aftertaste of bitter grapefruit peel follows the swallow and you begin to feel the heat of the alcohol about 1/3 of the way through a glass.

In all, a wonderful IPA to get your feet (and tongue) wet with and just perfect for me after a long summer of more traditional summer type beers. (977 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 TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright golden orange with a good finger width head, good retention and a resulting thin, sticky lace.

Smell - Aromas are sweet bready malt and with some citric hoppiness.

Taste - Starts with a thick, bready malt character, then a citrus hop kicks in swiftly. The finish is clean and quick, with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall - This is a pretty good IPA. Nothing mind blowing, but nothing to turn one's nose at, all the same. No off-putting characteristics, and it's certainly not an aggressive IPA, but it's got a nice balance; a classic IPA lost in the current hop bomb world. (713 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.