Tower 10 IPA
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,369
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,949
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
458
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA
Notes: Tower 10 IPA boasts hops from beginning to end, and everywhere in between. We fill the brew kettle to the brim with assertive Chinook hops, giving the beer its intense grapefruit and pine flavors that linger through its dry finish. After fermentation, we dry hop with a blend of Cascade and Centennial hops for a floral citrus aroma. A touch of lightly kilned caramel malts make Tower 10 a well balanced, full flavored IPA.

Mission Beach, the late 1980s. Amid a sea of neon bikinis, Tower 10 marked the spot where two college grads and a 75 year-old master brewer drew up plans for the first local craft brewery in San Diego since Prohibition. Named in honor of our first good idea, Tower 10 IPA is brewed to inspire the next one.
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Photo of timon
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the look of this one a lot. Lots of lacing and a hazy golden color. Smell is of melon and grapefruit and the taste follows, with the addition of some lemon rind flavor in there. Very well balanced between hops and malt. Drinkable for 99% of the population at 7% with minimal bitterness.

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Photo of mpavilion
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry, citrus-piney bite upfront, with a rich, malty finish. Creamy mouthfeel is a standout. Aftertaste a tad sweet, but it goes down easy and I could drink several with pleasure!

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Photo of Beers-es
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the OC airport, pours a clear light gold. Webby lacing. Grapefruit and pine in the smell and flavor. Good classic West Coast IPA. Glad to find it here.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a slight haze, moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of malts, slightly fruity, very subtle.

Tastes of pine and citrus, phenols. Very delicate but more powerful than the nose.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Sac, drinking in Redding, Sept 25th, 2018. Decent taste with no nose.

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Photo of WindUpBird
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. VERY slight haze clouds a honey-colored pour, which is topped by a sturdy 1/2" head. Really mild smell: no hops in the nose, but maybe a bit of...corn (not sure)? Hops dominate the taste with a pleasant bitterness, but I struggle to call this a "hoppy beer," because the whisper of caramel and malt never quite disappears. This strikes me as a good "beginners beer" -- a beer for those looking to expand their horizons, but perhaps not completely satisfying to more experienced beer lovers. Overall a pleasant enough pour however, and one I may well buy again if and when I'm sharing at a BBQ or something like that.

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Photo of GregorioMagno
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark Amber, reasonable head that remained as a thin layer at the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing

Aroma: Floral, almost perfume-like, malt, grassiness

Taste: Almost like eating pot pourri followed by concentrated tonic water. Intensely floral and herbal with some citrus, dull malty notes followed by a very long, very powerfully bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, dry.

Overall: Not a beer I could recommend, it was almost like a parody of the "more of everything" US style IPA mantra. Perhaps I would try it on draught to see if it was different but wouldn't have the bottle again.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Zombier. In Teku glass. After dinner. Lots of grapefruit here with a good bitter bite too. Reminds me some belgian ipas but more refreshing, clean, bitter and pleasant

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Comes out darker than average SRM for an ipa, this has some light brown/auburn notes to it. Thin head 1/4" off white. Aroma was maltier than hoppy.

Taste also showed the malt backbone, just as the SRM and aroma did. Almost forges head first into English IPA territory, but ultimately, its American, they just have the hop variety too traditional and the amount too restrained, while dialing up the crystal malt notes like its the 90s.

Earthy. Would not repeat or bang again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle waiting for my flight at John Wayne Airport. Around 3 weeks old.

Classic dry and crisp west coast ipa. Piney, resinous hops with good amount of grapefruit and orange flavor. A bit of lime in there too. Great balance of malt to hops. Nothing unique. We' ve all had this beer before, but this one does it pretty well for a fresh specimen.

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Photo of MacPhergus
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, a little cloudy with a whitish foam that drops quickly. Aroma not strong but there, mostly piney. Solid WC IPA taste, hoppy (pine, less citrus), dry finish with a little sweet/roasty malt. Good body balance.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very impressed with the taste of this beer.. Very well balanced and tasty IPA. Shud be higher than the current score of 83. Poured one inch head with pour lacing and the smells weren't that great.

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Photo of raiderob
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in pint glass..Amber ish in color with creamy foamy head and nice lingering lacing.tart citrus flavors that goes down nicely with the classic tounge sucking finish. Prost❗

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Photo of dro7
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Had a nice 1in head, a good aroma. Golden hazy color. Nice and bitter, it's a good beer but not one of the best. Good to try if your out and it's one of the only IPAs.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Draft, Bay Area Brew Fest, San Francisco 1/24/15) Nothing really stood out with this beer. Good beer but tough to point out anything exceptional with all the beers we already tasted.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orangey amber with ample foam and lacing in the Duvel tulip. Interesting aroma of fresh earth and orange blossoms.

Moderately sweet with the browned biscuit taste of a Pale Ale. Fruity flavors of orange peel with some mango. The bitterness creeps up as you sip. Warm and substantial with hints of lemon. Fairly acidic.

A pleasant IPA that delivers plenty of hop flavor but is also highly drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden-orange color with a big billowy head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather quickly, leaving a light level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a floral and pine hop nature with a great showing of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of a more citrus hop smell as well as some light earthy hop smells. A hint of a caramel and light fruit aroma are there as well, giving a rather nice and balanced, somewhat drier IPA smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly doughy taste mixed with a little bit of a caramel taste as well as some flavors of a light fruit nature. The hop is very light upfront, with it only having a little bit of a grapefruit citrus taste. As the taste moves on, more and more hop comes to the tongue with a surge in the citrus, but also a coming of some pine and herbal hop tastes. The pine ends up surpassing the grapefruit hop at the end, and with a coming of some earthy hop tastes, one is left with a rather pleasant semi-dry, but rather flavorful hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is slightly below average to average. Overall the feel was pretty decent as it was thick enough for the dank hop, with the carbonation all while supporting the malt and sweet nicely.

Overall – A quite easy drinking and semi-drier IPA with a bit of a more piney and dank taste. Overall fairly nice.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Looks really good in the glass, nice orange amber color with a white creamy head, clear, nice lacing.

A: not much not the aroma, some slight hop aroma, very little.

T: just like the nose, slight hop flavor, it's more malty than hoppy, some bitterness on the back end, some alcohol, just not impressed with the flavor, kind of dull.

M: besides the appearance, this may the beer's best strength, has a nice medium body mouthfeel.

O: was expecting a little more than this, not a lot of hops, more malty, the bottle says 12/07/14, not sure if this is a best by date or bottled on date, either way, there are far better IPAs out there than this. It's good, it's quality but it's not a beer I would come back to. If I do try it again it has to be on tap to see if there is a difference between the bottled and keg version.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep and somewhat unfiltered like looking apricot to tangerine like orange color. Very fine carbonation, with a bright white and whipped up four finger aggressive and controlled head. Thick island cap lacing and creamy whipped toppings of retention, curling lacing and sheets and rings runnning everywhere. Real nice.

Great bouquet. Strong notes of citrus and tropical warmth, with a hint of heat and slight alcohol hotness. Juicy and even a bit dank and earthy as well, fun mix with a leafy strong very green like character it seems.

Palate comes with a nice juiced tropical body. Big resin and piney bitter hop finish on the aftertaste, with a lingering hints of zesty grapefruit oils. Mid palate doesn't fill with too much flavor, leaving most of the taste on the finish it seems. A bit light but still solid, but leaves malt behind with a grassy piny coating, if slightly wet.

Overall a simple fun sort of mixed up West coast IPA.

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Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

Grabbed a pint on tap at the Karl Strauss Carlsbad, to go along with my dinner at the bar. Seemed like a good bet, not being far from my temporary CA home.

The pour is a fine Goldilocks yellow, filtered to perfection. Nose comes through as light fruits, with a underlying threat of bitter hops. That’s my boy.

Tower 10 – I have to say I’m surprised by the overall low rating. A different beast out of the bottle, maybe? Oh, wait, I can’t bloody tell anymore. Bitterness piles on top of bitterness, & I have to give my tongue a little shock for it to register anything else. Mid-palate comes orange zest, torn guts of a grapefruit, sharp lemon. Fruitiness meshes wonderfully with the hard-eyed bitters. And just like that, sixteen ounces has vanished. Hmmmm.

An unexpectedly excellent brew. Bonus points for the good-looking bartender giving me a taste of the wheat, as well (only OK, but it’s the thought that counts, right?). If Karl Strauss had tasters, I’d definitely be back to try more of the menu!

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Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muddling if pine and citrus and a heft caramel.

The taste was malt driven with a secondary hop presence at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent drinkable IPA.

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Photo of anon
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Karl strauss temecula. Pours a clear very light copper, more on the yellow end of the spectrum. Nice big head And lacing that sticks around the whole ride through.

Lots of citrus in the aroma, hop forward.

Taste is citrus hops, very nice balance of bitterness in this one. Definitely easy to drink and sessionable. Slight caramel and a bready hint in the back end. Delicious.

Surprised at the relatively low rating on here. Definitely a decent brew. I'll surely be having this one again.

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Photo of at7000
5/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a nice two finger fluffy white head. It keeps popping away leaving a nice small white cap, lots of traces on the class afterwards.
Lots of pine, with a caramel malt backbone. Lime, pineapple, unripe mango, grapefruit and tangerines follow. Nice show of hops, at least in the smell.
Taste starts citrusy, lots of lemon, some sweet tangerines, some peach, some tropical notes, overall a nice fruitiness that pairs well with the mild caramel maltiness. A kick of pine follows, spicy hops that build up a strong bitterness (some bitter citrus peel helps), not overbearing tho. Dry finish, big hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, somewhat smooth, with medium carbonation. Dry finish and aftertaste, lots of green hoppiness, hides the alcohol nicely.
Not a complete hop bomb, nicely balanced, tasty, easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having some more of this!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into chalice 20/3/14 (from notes0

A slightly hazy light orange liquid with some sediment here and there, just a few bubbles but a finger of foam hangs around for a few sips leaving a couple rings

S lots of pine and brown sugar, some earthy notes, caramel and citrus I can't place, fairly straight forward, smells like a hoppy BW

T malts come out a little more, still 3 months until its BB date but the hops have faded a fair bit, lots of brown sugar comes out

M medium bodied, leaves a little behind, quite creamy from the bubbles, rind and brown sugar on the finish

O basic IPA that may have faded a little on its way to OZ, curious if its 3 n0r 9 months old with the BB date 3 months away

I'm guessing this ones past its prime, might score higher as a BW

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a huge head of foam and excellent lacing. Tons of carbonation. Way too much carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, lemon.

Taste: Citrus, caramel, and grassy malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. It offers a huge aroma but the flavors are well balanced and muted. My only real complaint is the over carbonation- no matter how perfect the pour, half the glass was foam with each bottle.

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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 458 ratings