Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
This was a pleasant and refreshing IPA (is it fair to review after mowing the lawn, though? Maybe that helped my impression).
Pours a clear yellow with a decent head and mild lacing. The aroma is fresh and sharp, with citrusy hops and a piny under current. The flavor is mostly hop, with a bright lemony hops, with a gentle pilsnery malt backbone. The mounthfeel is prickly with a pleasant piney bitterness clinging to the back of the mouth.
Easy drinking and attractive.
06-08-2011 23:32:43 | More by Seanibus
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-18-2012 08:47:56 | More by dansmcd
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Ordered this at the San Diego International Airport a little over a week ago. Following review based on notes taken at that time.
Served in a 20oz. hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: Arrived with a half inch of fluffy, off-white head on top. The body was crystal clear and orange-gold in color. Decent head retention and lacing. Suits the style guidelines well.
Smell: Pineapple, caramel, and pine resin. Possibly some lime in there too - hard to say. Very simple and straightforward, mild as well.
Taste: Heavy pine and earth smack the pallet early, and cling deep into the aftertaste. Caramel malts add some mild sweetness, but this IPA is all about singular, heavy-handed bitterness. Very little complexity.
Mouthfeel: A bit lighter in body than your average IPA, and probably drier too. Prickly and somewhat resinous on the pallet, with a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: A mediocre and forgettable IPA, but it worked out decently in this situation (waiting on a delayed flight in the airport).
09-12-2011 19:38:45 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
06-08-2012 03:46:11 | More by Nugganooch
3.25/5 rDev -11%
This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving almost no lace.
This beer has a biscuit like aroma. I can detect some citrus aroma as well, but the bready biscuit aroma dominates. This beer dosent smell like any IPA I have ever had before.
As with the aroma, this beer is unlike any IPA I have had. Biscuit flavor dominates. Some citrusy hop flavor, but mild, and subdued.
This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a biscuit like aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.
This beer might make a decent session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor isnt overly aggressive.
Overall: This beer is hard to rate. It isnt a bad beer, but it is no IPA.
11-21-2009 01:51:57 | More by OStrungT
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Had on tap at LAX before heading back to Australia. Good way to end a trip back home.
A-- Poured a dark gold color. Half finger of off white head. Shows just a bit of carbonation.
S-- Somewhat muted grapefruit smell. Quite soft. Good carmel backbone, as it warms up the grapefruit does open up more.
T-- Good grapefruit bite to this. Some pine and carmel as well.
M-- Medium carbonation and medium body. Decent sized grapefruit finish to this. More pine in the front of the palate. A little acidic going down. Creamy and lively, with a little prickly added in.
D-- Gets bigger as it warms up. Not a bad IPA at all. Could have a couple easily. Not one of the elites out there but very workable and can not complain.
03-30-2011 03:51:47 | More by mulder1010
4.53/5 rDev +24.1%
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!
04-22-2012 03:38:53 | More by Arithmeticus
4/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap at the Karl Strauss truck at California Adventure/Disneyland. One of the best things about CAdventure.
Golden amber bubbly white head. Low to med. retention and lite lacing
Strong pine notes a bit floral, Grapefruit citrus and a hint of caramel.
Caramel malty tones up front transitioning quickly to the hop character supported by bold floral, pine and citrus notes. Fair to good balance.
Medium bodied a strong bittering hop presence. High carb.
Overall it's good IPA. Probably the best choice in the regular line of Karl Strauss beers. And definitely the best at CA Adventure which helps make this the happiest place on earth.
07-11-2011 16:23:16 | More by MrVonzipper
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
Had on tap at Phileas Fogg's in Poway. Pours a clear dark orange with a little bit of red in it. Standard head of foam, nothing out of the ordinary there. This is definitely more of a "balanced" IPA if you will, but it still has a nice hop flavor. Somewhat citrusy, somewhat earthy and floral. Not as dry as most San Diego IPA's / Pale ales.
02-27-2010 19:35:07 | More by MiScusi
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
03-26-2012 05:48:18 | More by damndirtyape
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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