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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. The beer was poured into a pint glass, and it pours a bright yellow-gold color, with no head. There is a pleasant nose of hops and basil, with piney undertones. There is a light hop forward flavor, followed by a huge hop explosion on the finish. There is a bitter and empty aftertaste, with a chemical taste to it. The aftertaste alone ruins what was ramping up to be an enjoyable beer. That chemcial feel and taste makes the beer very difficult to drink. Too bad...

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 09:10:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-09-2012 05:08:01 | More by iL0VEbeer
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:40:56 | More by RoyalT
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2013 10:50:18 | More by Cynic-ale
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-12-2014 03:03:39 | More by vfgccp
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 00:43:22 | More by drpimento
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 17:36:35 | More by ArrogantB
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-10-2011 16:50:45 | More by mhaugo
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:05:34 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 15:15:21 | More by ADZA
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ehammond1


4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 04:40:39 | More by ehammond1
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-15-2014 03:44:27 | More by mattmarka1
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srandycarter

California

4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:25:42 | More by srandycarter
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 15:03:32 | More by GbVDave
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jenray

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-29-2013 05:54:22 | More by jenray
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a nice two finger fluffy white head. It keeps popping away leaving a nice small white cap, lots of traces on the class afterwards.
Lots of pine, with a caramel malt backbone. Lime, pineapple, unripe mango, grapefruit and tangerines follow. Nice show of hops, at least in the smell.
Taste starts citrusy, lots of lemon, some sweet tangerines, some peach, some tropical notes, overall a nice fruitiness that pairs well with the mild caramel maltiness. A kick of pine follows, spicy hops that build up a strong bitterness (some bitter citrus peel helps), not overbearing tho. Dry finish, big hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, somewhat smooth, with medium carbonation. Dry finish and aftertaste, lots of green hoppiness, hides the alcohol nicely.
Not a complete hop bomb, nicely balanced, tasty, easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having some more of this!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 17:08:31 | More by dcmchew
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 06:52:33 | More by emmasdad
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Overlord

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 06:40:52 | More by Overlord
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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-26-2012 17:18:12 | More by beerpadawan
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LoveStout

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-07-2013 17:42:14 | More by LoveStout
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-14-2013 04:32:14 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 01:22:57 | More by Rutager
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-18-2014 19:08:03 | More by jheezee
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KevMo84

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

05-31-2014 17:29:56 | More by KevMo84
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Offa

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:11:24 | More by Offa
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.