Tower 10 IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA
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3.65/5
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Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Overlord on 03-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,664
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
439
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
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Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having peeps that wander down to San Diego now and again, I've heard good things about Karl Strauss, but for whatever reason, I have never been able to find their beers up in the Bay Area. Finally, I've been able to find two: their Tower 10 IPA and Red Trolley Ale.

The Tower 10 pours a light pumpkin color with a small, but tight head, leaving little lacing. The nose is all about the malts, which surprised me. I usually like my IPAs to be more hop-forward, but the balance works here.

It started out with ultra-smooth caramel notes with a sweet citrus finish, but I found that as the beer warmed, it gained a coppery aftertaste. Perhaps it's the hops making their late entrance, but instead of piney/grapefruit goodness, I get to suck on a penny. Maybe this one's gone south.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A mixture between honey and amber in color. Decent, white one finger head that actually took a while to settle down leaving some legs on the glass.

S - Very floral, and kind of a tropical sweetness to it. Doesn't smell like a hop blast as there are a good amount of malts lingering around.

T - Pretty bitter without having much flavor in the way of hops. Surprised the hops aren't as fruity/sweet as the beer smells. Lots of malts on the back end, almost finishes like a pilsner. After taste lingers around for a while, which isn't that great.

M - Medium bodied with an impressive amount of carbonation. I actually wish more breweries would have this much carbonation in their IPA's.

O - Just an ok beer. For an IPA the price is right, but could really benefit from adding a little citrus or pine into the mix.

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Review from notes

Appearance: Nice golden color, good white head

Smell: Very citrusy and sweet, grapefruit and lemony hops

Taste: Grapefruit, hoppy bitterness, biscuity malt, and some earthiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Good but not outstanding. A good standby at Karl Strauss

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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 439 ratings