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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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82
good

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 107
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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at7000

Florida

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA I have had in a while. One of the few "true IPAs" around these days, other than from Britain. It’s a traditional style IPA, which might explain the low ratings on here. I doubt most hipsters or American beer drinkers would know what a classic IPA is supposed to taste like. You can tell right away from the carbonation and the pale color. This is no "American Style IPA" but rather the classic style IPA. Which surprises the heck out of me coming from San Diego. Glad at least one American brewery had the cajones to go with the classic rather then trendy/modern style. Hat’s off to them for that. I don’t want to speculate too much, but I would bet the brewmaster studied the traditional English IPAs well. Don't get me wrong, I like some of the modern American IPAs, but it is just so rare to find a more traditional one. Nothing like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 05:46:57 | More by at7000
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apg1014

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-04-2013 16:46:01 | More by apg1014
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neilgavigan

California

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Reddish amber slightly hazy. Light cream head with decent lacing

S - Not as much as you hope for from a California IPA. A little grassy with some citrus notes. Some fruit and funk but no big hop notes and no real malt sweetness.

T - Sweet and malty with plenty of bitteness from hops. Also, burned biscuit and a bit of a dandelion or lantana.

M - Medium-light body, nice carb, clean and sharp

O - Seems a little less than an IPA. A lot of great flavors are at play here but the aroma definitely lacks for piney Northwest hops notes and the flavor does as well. Slightly lighter body allows flavors to be a little sharper and citrus notes to come through.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:40:09 | More by neilgavigan
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vertigelt1

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a short-stemmed wine glass

My first Karl Strauss after moving back to CA from TX. Was less impressed than I expected to be.

A - poured a clear, bright copper/dark orange with thin (almost a finger) but foamy, whitish head which dissipated quickly but left a nice ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

S - nowhere near the hops I'd expect from a San Diego IPA. A bit of bready pine.

T - Bready with slight acidity. TINY bit of bitterness from piny hops. Almost tasted more like a Belgian wit than an IPA.

M - full-bodied and refreshingly crisp in carbonation

D - I'll drink the 6-pack over a few nights, but I'm rather disappointed in the brew. There's not a lot of character to it that really draws me back to the glass. It's not awful, but there's just not compelling, either.

Overall, a fairly bland IPA which I doubt I'll ever try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:12:11 | More by vertigelt1
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DennisD

California

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: off-white colored head. Amber in color.
Aroma: hoppy, pine - maybe some malt
Taste: Hoppy/piney but balanced - not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Drinkability: Nice, great beer. Session style beer. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 23:57:03 | More by DennisD
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givemeastout


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-02-2014 01:06:35 | More by givemeastout
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Zzigg92

California

1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

06-22-2014 15:23:32 | More by Zzigg92
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itfitz

California

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly Karl Strauss' BEST publicly-available offering. It's a well-balanced San Diego-style IPA with perfect hoppiness combined with a mild alcohol feel and light refreshing malt tones which linger just long enough to make you thirsty for another sip. There are overlying subtleties of roasted nuts, toast, resin, grass and herbs, This is a well-done IPA from a great German-style brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 10:49:14 | More by itfitz
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TheHouseplant


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-14-2014 01:38:08 | More by TheHouseplant
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mfaulk

California

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most other reviews seem accurate - piney hops with subtle citrus, pleasant maltiness in taste and aroma, floral hoppy finish - so I'll be brief. Hop flavor lingers into the aftertaste, without being harsh. Struck me as tasting aged, in the good way. An interesting IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:42:27 | More by mfaulk
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ladofmanor

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-09-2013 04:47:50 | More by ladofmanor
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Drop_Knowledge

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-28-2014 03:22:25 | More by Drop_Knowledge
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QuadrupleIPA

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2012 20:47:14 | More by QuadrupleIPA
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DrLasers

California

4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA. I tried this IPA in a six pack and thought it was exceptional. So I ordered a pony keg of it for my kegerator. Usually, after two or three weeks of drinking the same beer, you notice every flaw and fault, and eventually the great beers just become good. This IPA is the exception for my personal tastes. Three Ponies later and I'm still a huge fan because of it's unique balanced taste.

A: Copper-Blonde and clear. Heavy lacing and frothy head that remains.
S: Grapefruit, Citrus, bready, and floral. Hint of Honey-Suckle
T: Starts with Floral and finishes with Malty.
M: Moderately Hoppy bite but smooth finish.
O: In my opinion, a masterfully balanced IPA that hits several different notes to enjoy. Not your average heavy-handed IPA (even though i enjoy the heaviest hop-stupid treats now and then), more of a journey beer that keeps you in the clouds.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 21:55:36 | More by DrLasers
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MrJohnnyDRocker


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:29:25 | More by MrJohnnyDRocker
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Euler


3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-27-2012 19:22:25 | More by Euler
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Puckstop98


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-15-2013 14:38:19 | More by Puckstop98
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brummeljr

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-18-2012 00:24:58 | More by brummeljr
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Dimzy


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-28-2012 20:43:56 | More by Dimzy
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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AceFSbulldog


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-08-2014 06:19:11 | More by AceFSbulldog
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Dem3pigs

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-29-2014 20:08:03 | More by Dem3pigs
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Hugomarink

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 04:01:44 | More by Hugomarink
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Wuzawuza

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-31-2013 22:37:46 | More by Wuzawuza
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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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