Tower 10 IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another IPA from the city of IPA's. 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Forms beautifully in my New Belgium globe. It is an amber reddish color, shiny like a diamond, leaving a long lasting, thick head on top. Like its San Diego siblings, the nose is not to dissapoint. Medium on the hops are far as IPA's go. A bit of crystal malt and passionfruit sit underneath. Citrusy.

Hoppy tasting? Yes it is. The base malts work bread into the overall flavor. There are notes of pine and hemp, giving this beer an interesting zip. With certainty, the hops are the star of the show (like you didn't see that coming), adding passionfruit and grapefruit. A little resiny. Not a bad feel in the mouth, just a touch thiner for it's size, but not bad.

Craft beer drinkers in San Diego live and breathe hops, and even with all the hoppy offerings, Tower 10 can hold its own against the others. It's the best Karl Strauss beer that I've seen in the bottle, so go for it if you see it.

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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 Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer a yellowish version of what I call IPA Orange. Medium sized white colored head.

Smell is sweet malt and heavy hops, this has a strong sweet tea scent. Slight eucalyptus smell but sweetness really dominates here. Pretty much the scent of hops and honey.

Starts out sweet and woody with a strong tea flavor. Flavor doesn't change much strong hop tea and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK, but this is too sweet for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange, good clarity, big head with nice lace.

S: Orange, grapefruit and pine.

T: Citrus and pine play off each other with some nice toasted malt to balance it all out. A good flavour, but not very intense as I expect out of San Diego.

M: Medium-bodied, thin at times, resiny.

D: A solid IPA, but not in the upper echelon of what is coming out of San Diego County, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased with two other Karl Strauss beers from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a pleasant light golden colour with a firm and persistent, almost creamy head of vanilla white. Lacing is specked intricately and all about the place. Body is relatively, light, but holds a very nice fine carbonation. Overall, it looks good.

Nose is brash, sharp and direct from the outset: big clean lemon-citrus hops with a leafy undertone to give some breadth. Some sweet sherbet characters give some juicy tones, while there's a slightly flat malt tone that seems to be there only because it was forced to come along by its parents. But no matter, the hops are the life of this beer and they're lively and exciting.

The taste, however, reins in a lot of these big exciting hop characters. Mild entry with a slight peppery bite, before some fleshy malt provides a structure that nothing really seems to want to fill. Wavering to fleeting hop bitterness has a somewhat English flavour to it: some earthy, herbal notes and a tannic flavour. Finish is quite empty and a little flat. It's fine, but it needs more oomph, especially after the nose was so pungent.

Feel is smooth, but is hampered by the lack of really exciting flavour. It doesn't really have anything to do here.

But, overall, this is actually good stuff. If nothing else, I can just breath in the heady aromas. And if the palate is a little flat: well, that just may just make it more approachable, and something I'd be happy to drink more often.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap while killing time in LAX
Poured a reddish copper color almost like a penny.Nose is floral, citrus, pine and big malt. Taste is wow..good. I thought this was a chewy, malty IPA for a West Coast American style. Floral and pine notes with some citrus to. Mouthfeel is nice and good, went down well and I could have had a few of these but at $7 in the airport I passed.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattmarka1
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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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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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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