Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
06-18-2010 00:35:09 | More by Jayli
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-15-2012 21:32:35 | More by 2beerdogs
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-12-2010 19:34:36 | More by Phelps
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
09-08-2010 22:54:36 | More by alleykatking
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
04-01-2011 15:35:26 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
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..
12-19-2012 04:32:45 | More by HalfFull
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
05-12-2009 22:43:16 | More by magictrokini
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-15-2010 21:26:35 | More by IntriqKen
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-17-2011 03:19:35 | More by yemenmocha
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-01-2011 02:18:57 | More by augustgarage
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-14-2011 00:01:25 | More by beagle75
3.39/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
09-10-2011 07:06:13 | More by BucannonXC5
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
03-09-2012 04:05:47 | More by rawfish
3.74/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
08-03-2012 05:17:06 | More by TheSixthRing
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.