Tower Station IPA
Mother Road Brewery

Tower Station IPATower Station IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #130
Ranked #2,826
4.18 | pDev: 8.37%
Mother Road Brewery
Arizona, United States
Tower Station IPATower Station IPA
Notes: Tower Station IPA is an unfiltered IPA that greets you with a copper-orange hue and fluffy white head, releasing aromas of tangerine and pineapple. Pilsner and Pale malts balance hop-derived flavors of grapefruit peel and pine to finish the journey.​​
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an unfiltered bright peach color with a white and foamy head. Resin and tangerine oranges at the nose. Maybe even faint blueberry? The taste is resinous with notes of pineapple. Finishes with a slight grapefruit bite. Medium bodied mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Overall I loved this beer, its very balanced and light on the palate even though it clocks above 7%. It is a treat and I regret only picking up one can.

Apr 23, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yavapai Tavern in Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.

This one pours a light and mostly clear orange color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like orange, pine, grapefruit, light malt, and some pineapple.

This leans towards the West Coast-style for IPAs, but there’s not too much malt character here. There’s a pleasant and unaggressive hop character here, slightly bitter, slightly juicy, well balanced overall.

This is light bodied and pretty drinkable, with a good clean bitterness on the back end that keeps it pretty refreshing, especially after a day of hiking down into the canyon!

Although this is pretty basic overall, it’s well done and gets the job done.

Apr 06, 2021
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine looking pour, pale gold, huge white head, dense. Dank citrus nose, pine and tangerine flavor. Moderate weight, and dry finish. A tasty beer that delivers a fine western style IPA.

Jan 23, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - orangish copper color with a slight white head
Smell - tangerine tropical scent
Taste - slight tangerine grapefruit pine, not to bitter
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - tasty ipa, great tropical flavor and not to bitter

Jan 02, 2020
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laketang from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had 2 12 oz drafts a
Light bright orange hue with a smallish white head.
Great tropical fruit, pineapple, Citrusy.
Nice hop profile, good balance, pine, citrus.
Creamy medium to light feel. Prickly.
Nice beer to drink on a fall day outdoors. Refreshing for the abv.

Oct 05, 2019
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had a few of these out of the can but never got to properly drink it in a glass (granted, tulip glass broke so it's a pint glass).

L - Out of the 16 oz can it pours a hazy, golden color with an inch of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a generous sticky lacing and good amount of bubbles throughout.

S - Tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), peach, tangerine, banana, orange blossom, some wet grass and piney hops but mostly a fruit-forward nose.

T - Follows the nose with tropical fruit, citrus rind mostly grapefruit, honey, biscuity malt, a good bitter hoppy bite and astringent alcohol presence the middle to balance the sweetness.

F - Light-to more medium bodied, lower carbonation content but still prickly, softer mouthfeel towards the end and very clean and drinkable, likely in part due to the pilsner malts.

O - This is a great IPA that doesn't overload your taste buds with bitter hops but doesn't go too fruity sweet either. A very balanced, drinkable local/regional IPA that I'm happy to find a 4-pk of for under $10.

Sep 29, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light gold color with a one finger of white head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is faint with a light citrus. Fairly indistinct. Flavor is much better with a great citrus blossom over a lightly sweet pale malt base that crests in the midtaste. The finish is floral and sweet with a little pepper.

Great west coast IMO. I would reach for this any time.

Apr 17, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on at Tucson Airport / Noble Hops bar. Attractive and super smooth IPA. Even at @7% abv... it’s a pleasant sessionable sipper. Lightly burnt gold with creamy foamy head. Head dissipates quickly but lacing is excellent. Remarkably clear; almost lager like. Beer served cold and nose subdued. Pleasant but minimal. Warming didn’t help. Nothing stood out like taste did. Full Tangerine citrus; noticeable hop bitterness but softened and sweetened with pineapple. Delicious! Very smooth mouthfeel. Draft beer the way it should be. Carbonation bright enough to be refreshing but light enough to not burn or distract taste. Very nice.
A very good overall IPA that I would enjoy anytime... but could be a great summer sipper. Well crafted!

Apr 15, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An iconic Flagstaff standard. Hoppy and bright, this beer has strong pineapple and flavors on its finish. This beer goes perfect with pizza or wings, and comes in one of the best designed cans we've seen. Undoubtedly Mother Roads best beer, as it sets a standard for all other IPAs.

Feb 17, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes of tangerine with hoppy bitterness at the end. Pours copper orange color with carboanation. Head doesn’t last that long. Drinkable IPA but not east coast quality.

Nov 27, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber brew with plenty of spritz and ample foam. Flavors of pine and orange and a hint of grapefruit peel. Bitterness is so nicely appropriate to the balance. It's fairly strong but so tasty for a more robust quaff. Just sweet enough with that light malt flavor, even a touch of honey. That is followed by the straw and a bit of pepper.

This is my favorite beer this trip to Arizona. So mellow and drinkable and a pleasant change from the Southern California parade of juicier, hazier, and fruitier. Not that there's anything wrong with those, but this is so pleasant and drinkable and clean. From the 16 oz can purchased at Safeway in Tucson.

Nov 05, 2018
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can:

Pours hazed yellow. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty grapefruit with tangerine.

The taste is of grapefruit bitterness and tangerine sweetness. Some black pepper spicing in the finish.

It has a chewy, smooth medium body.

Fits the style of a hop-forward, yet balanced American IPA well. Nice!

Oct 07, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/20/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, toasted biscuit, honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a delicious IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Feels like Citra, Centennial, Amarillo hops. Nice juicy and fairly dank hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with mild lingering sweetness. A very enjoyable offering. Very Midwest feeling style example, well balanced. Held up very well for the modest age.

Jun 30, 2018
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

after moving to Arizona over thanksgiving last year
we had a nice day trip to Sedona!
stopped for lunch @
I had a 20 OZ brew with my pizza:

Tower station IPA
Had the 20oz inSedona,AZ
Sedona pizza company

A Thin film almost no head
Cloudy like unfiltered cider
Lacing is super thick:

Nose.:Gentle clean hops VERY happy (yes that's hAppy not hoppy - but it was hoppy as well!)

Taste: Nice hoppy bite. malt takes a backseat IMHO

M: Nice fizz on the tongue
D Wonderful! keep em coming!


May 13, 2018
ALHOPLOVER from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tubac Resort, watched them swap the keg! FRESH!
L: Lightly hazy, medium amber orange, big billowy off white head, lots of sticky lacing.
S: Sweet citrus hops. It has a mildly tropical smell. Nice ripe fruit. Good. Picked up a little dank towards the end of the session. Wish the aroma were more present.
T: Good IPA bitterness on the front, great fruity finish. It has a nice sweetness to it. Orange and grapefruit hops. The finish and aftertaste are uniquely good. Not too bitter. Very flavorful yet very drinkable and friendly.
F: This has a thickness to me that favors a DIPA. Nice. Enough bite to be refreshing.
O: My first AZ beer and I love it! If they had these in Alabama this would be my go to IPA. Good flavor, not too bitter, not too sweet, plenty of abv... Good job Mother Road.

May 02, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright golden color. Aromas of tangerine and pineapple. Pilsner malt really balances this one out. Flavors of grapefruit peel and pine. Very smooth. Medium bodied.

Apr 21, 2018
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Pizzacletta in Flagstaff. Advertised as a “Northeast IPA” called Helton? A tasty and hazy hoppy beer that paired well with everything we ordered. A decent hop bill but not the fruity juice bombs that people crave these days.

Apr 05, 2018
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BHallberg from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Terrific 'go to' for any occasion. Had one last night while grilling, just the right amount of balance for an American IPA. Good amount of citrus and pine but not overdone. Great work Mother Road!

Feb 12, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper-orange with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good, with fair lacing left behind. Aroma is a pleasant mix of pine, resin, citrus, and dank hops, with pale, and biscuit malts. Lovely old school combo. Flavor profile is resin, citrus, and pine hops. The citrus hops play first chair, with resin, and pine playing 2nd and 3rd fiddle respectively. Pale, and biscuit malts present throughout, tethering the slightly bitter hops to a firm foundation. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a crisp, velvety feeling. Overall, a smooth sipper that delivers on the more old school, and west coast style of the IPA. It's well balanced, and tasty through and through.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

Jan 19, 2018
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CC49 from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer. I got my hopes up after reviewing the high scores it received here, but I’m a little disappointed. It’s an easy drinking beer, but nothing that stands out in a sea of excellent IPA’s. The flavor is just lacking something. Would drink again but wouldn’t go out of my way to find it.

Dec 26, 2017
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Korymiller from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold with foamy, white head. Grapefruit and tangerine dominate the smell, incredibly fresh scent. Smooth, delicious taste. Notes of pine and just the right amount of hops, but a very smooth drinking IPA. Terrific beer, my new favorite Arizona beer.

Dec 18, 2017
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CLSimps from Arizona

4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautifully balanced IPA, not overly hoppy and ridiculously smooth. Slight hint of pine on the back end which is nice since this it’s a Flagstaff brew. If you can find it for under 12 bucks jump on it!

Dec 09, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on draft at a Flagstaff steakhouse. Poured into a tall glass. It was a slightly cloudy yellow with a decent head and good lacing. The smell was very citrusy. The taste was bright and of grapefruit. Good beer!

May 25, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A hazy burnt tangerine with a half finger of white foamy head that settles slowly to a ring. The aroma is as advertised. I get pretty big pineapple, tangerine/citrus, and pine. Also a bit of a toasty bread quality. This is less than two weeks old, and it comes through, especially in the flavor. Nice big tropical, citrus, and a dank resinous bitterness mid palate. I know they use some Pilsner malt but what I really appreciate is the way the hoppy qualities play with the malt. Back and forth with the sweet and bitter. Nice, full lingering bitter bite prevails, in the end. Medium body, mild lacing, full carbonation, and quite dry. Pretty nice tropical brew.

Jan 14, 2017
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kdawgbeerguy from Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second best IPA in AZ just behind Dragoon's

Look: Lightly pale

Smell: citrusy

Taste: Well balanced, hoppy, but not in your face. Hints of citrus and grapefruit. Digging the use of pilsner malts in an IPA. It works well with this beer

Feel: Bitter, perfectly carbed

Overall: If you want the best IPAs in AZ this is in the top five.

Jan 08, 2017
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