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Tower 10 IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA

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315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Overlord on 03-15-2009)
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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

beagle75, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark orange amber with a white head.

Nose is pear with stone fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced and inviting.

Flavors are simple lightly burned toast. Not a lot of bright bitterness in this one - not really like an American IPA but decent toasty biscuity flavors.

Finish is light bitter grapefruit/bitter coffee character.

GRG1313, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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...

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

augustgarage, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of neilgavigan
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

neilgavigan, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/16/10

20oz for $9 on tap at the San Diego airport, thanks to my delayed flight for the chance.

A: Yellow golden with perfect clarity, a frothy one finger head, and pretty respectable lacing.

S: More aromatic than I expected, with a decided floral quality along with grapefruit rind and pine. There's a touch of candied sweetness once the beer warms and I give the glass a pretentious swirl. Malt is light and of caramel.

T: Moderately bitter and mostly dry with just a touch of malt sweetness. The hops have notes of grapefruit rind with a little flesh, and some accompanying resinous pine. Maybe a little orange, but mostly grapefruit rind and pine. Malt adds a dash of caramel, but the beer is dry overall and especially in the bitter finish. No alcohol or astringency.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this. There are so many good hoppy beers in the area that I've overlooked this one, but it's actually pretty good with no real flaws other than not blowing me away. Good airport fare at a hefty price.

HopHead84, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mfaulk
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

mfaulk, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Phelps, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

alleykatking, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of crvcac
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice amber hue

Smell: boasts a moderately resinous hop aroma. Hints of pine and other aromas typical of pacific north west hops

Taste: nice hop bite. Subtle hints of citrus with a more dominating pine like taste

Drink ability: drinkable. Not my favorite ipa, however, one that I wouldn't hesitate to order again

Overall: pretty solid. if your're looking for a kick-ass ipa from this company, i would highly recommend big barrel double ipa. if u can get ur mittens on it

crvcac, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of pigdog
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a pint glass

a-copper/golden color, off white medium foamy head

s-mild piney hoppiness with a bready malt undertone

t-fairly balanced malt and hops, piney citrus that overstays it's welcome followed by some malts

m-medium body, kinda flat in the carbonation department

d-fairly balanced and easy to drink, but not very inspiring

overall-very lackluster IPA, especially from San Diego. I was expecting more aggressive hops than I got and although the balance is fairly decent, the flavors that lingered didn't exactly leave me wanting more.

pigdog, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Jayli
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Jayli, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my snifter glass.

A - Pours a copper color with a finger width of head. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Faint citrus notes, a touch of pine, and some malt there. Everything is soft in the smell, nothing overpowering. But solid.

T - Piney flavors dominate, with plenty of bitterness on the back end. There isn't much malt going on here to help balance it out.

M - Kind of a heavy body with light carbonation

D - It's not bad. I think there are better IPAs in San Diego, but it's not bad.

Kaiser81, May 31, 2010
Photo of itfitz
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

itfitz, May 27, 2010
Photo of Roeters
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the La Jolla, Strauss Brewery
A: Pours a golden/copper with a thin white head (by the time the server dropped it off at the table) nice lacing throughout the pint.
S: Piney, floral and a little earthy hop aromas with a bready malt base
T: Similar to the smell, mostly piney hops with a good hop base
M: medium body with a moderate level of carbonation
D: Well built American IPA, more of a balance between the hop bitterness and the malt base, so this is not the typical west coast IPA

Roeters, May 24, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

srandycarter, May 03, 2010
Photo of vertigelt1
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

vertigelt1, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a pretty lookin' copper color with a fluffy white head and sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Quite a bready nose for a San Diego brewed IPA. The hop character is piney and floral without much of the citrus that we're all so fond of.

T: Like the nose would indicate, this does not seem to be an overly hoppy IPA. The piney bitterness is the primary contribution, but like the nose, bready malts really dominate here.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat mild level of carbonation for an IPA, maybe even a bit "flat".

D: Certainly not one of the better San Diego IPAs, but for an average brewpub, it's not too shabby.

womencantsail, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

emmasdad, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MiScusi, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of DennisD
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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

DennisD, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured copper/amber into a 5oz sampling glass, with a finger of white head, and decent lacing. Smelled once again of maltiness, earthiness, and some caramel, with very little if any hop presence. Very similar to the Red Trolley Ale, and very disappointing for an 'American IPA' style. The taste simply confirmed the smell; nearly no citrus, woodiness, or bitterness to speak of...just maltiness and a little bit of leather. The mouthfeel though, like the Red Trolley I tried, was full-bodied, nicely carbonated, and pleasant. Definitely needs more hop flavor for me to session this 'American IPA'.

donniecuffs, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick finger of good cream colored head that displays decent retention and lacing. Amber in color. Smells of a nice subdued hoppiness with mostly floral and pine along with a definite malt presence. Tastes mostly of piney and resiny hops with a bit of flora. Plenty of malt balance, which works until the finish which is a bit too sweet. Medium in body with a high level of prickly carbonation. A few swirls of the glass can take the head from zero to an inch... too many bubbles. Overall this is a nice IPA for a brewpub, but can't really stand up to to San Diego's other microbreweries in the IPA arena.

vacax, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color for an IPA, much less Karl Straus which is usually the mildest of San Diego beers/ipas.

Smell, nothing coming across. Taste wise, a little more maltier than I would have expected. No dominant hop presence. In fact, in terms of which end it sits on, I would say malty, v. balanced or hoppy. Earthy, not very sweet. Would do well in the midwest with distribution.

Doesn't really grow on you, but you don't mind drinking it. The yeast strain(s) Strauss uses reminds me a lot of Gordon Biersch, i.e. all the beers have a similar taste to them, despite the styles being very different.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2009
Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.