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Tower 10 IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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434 Ratings
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:
#34,289
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
434
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

Photo of jooler
2.21/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barely any hop taste. Tastes really watered down

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2.28/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of GregorioMagno
2.39/5  rDev -34.5%
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 freshflesh
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Briken
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA (tap)

Clear pale yellow with thin head and no retention. Light citrus aroma. Bright citrusy taste with moderate hoppy linger and a medicinal aftertaste. Very thin feel and a light bite.

Nice bright citrus flavor but that’s all that’s going on. No feel, no malt and a poor linger and aftertaste make this an avoidable beer.

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2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tasted April 14th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Light copper, one finger Whiteish head and little lacing

S - Lightly smells of citrus and floral hops. A semi sweet malt. I am maybe getting a Belgian yeast? Not much of a nose

T - A little floral, pine, malty, nice bitterness, maybe so toasted barley. Maybe some yeast or something sweet. Not much of a flavor

M - No density, no finish, not much of anything but a nice bitterness and a bit of sweetness

D - This is the lightest IPA I have had yet. If you don't like or drink IPA, try and start with this one. I will say it is very balanced

Final thought - This beer is not much of a craft brew if you ask me. Everything smells and taste like an IPA just a really light one

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark orange amber with a white head.

Nose is pear with stone fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced and inviting.

Flavors are simple lightly burned toast. Not a lot of bright bitterness in this one - not really like an American IPA but decent toasty biscuity flavors.

Finish is light bitter grapefruit/bitter coffee character.

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2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange color with a frothy white head that offers little retention, but a bit of lacing. Smells like crystal malt a bit of citrus hop aroma bit the malt dominates. I actually had a strong aroma association of being at the home brew store with this beer. It reminds me of the malt bins and cracking grain in the mill. Not an unpleasant odor, but not one you expect from a west coast IPA either. Malty and full bodied on the palate this beer starts with a little caramel sweetness and finishes with some non desrcript bitterness. Overall not my favorite IPA but for 3.99 for the bomber I am not too worried about it.

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2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
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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2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Applebees Hazard Center SD. Smells awesome but too bitter in the finish. An ok IPA.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 434 ratings
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