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:
430
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tower 10, let's hope it's a 10 out of 10. Bad joke aside I'm always keen to taste what our American brethren produce; they may have a crappy health care system, screwed up gun laws, and overall lack any form of tact when it comes to international diplomatic situations, but the USA does one thing well: craft beer. And with that my taste buds stand to boldly taste where no bud has tasted before [cue Tongue Trek theme].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Nice and heady. The 2cm dense white head on this brew towers over the hazy bottle-conditioned burnt orange body like the aforementioned tower... *ticks box*

S: Citrus, pine and toasted malt, it has them in spades. There is also a nice sharp acidity to the aroma.

T: Quite ordinary here. Toasted malt base with bitter pine hops, bitter citric hops followed by the bitterness of an orange rind... Oh and did I mention it was bitter? Yes? OK it's bitter, not mouth-smashingly-tastebud-crashingly bitter but bitter enough to be noticed, which in itself is alright but it's missing more flavours, something else, stone-fruits or herbaceous tang would have been great additions, as it stands its a half beer in flavourland.

M: Here is where Tower 10 shines: a mid to heavy resinous body with some tight packed carbonation, nice.

D: I would easily smash a session on this if it was more flavour complex. That is it. Not much else to say. Otherwise a good drop.

Food match: Anti-bitter is my first suggestion... wait, I'm just being told that anti-bitter hasn't been invented yet. Right, something else, dessert would be a best bet (if you're drinking this you would likely be at the dessert phase of the meal anyway), caramelised pears with a fennel jus and crème Chantilly.

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Photo of Popp24
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

A - Amber with white head that goes away quick.

S - I smell more malts than hops. Nothing else really here.

T - Starts malty and kinda soapy and finishes with bitterness from hops.

M - Probably the best part. Kinda oily and glides down easy.

O - Not bad but nothing I would seek out in the future.

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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 hanagan08
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of sisterofba
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aceseth13
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Geobus
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Connorself
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid ipa. Bitter. Not too hoppy

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
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