Tower 10 IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Tower 10 IPATower 10 IPA
BA SCORE
49.4%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 433 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:
#33,031
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
433
Liked:
214
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
12.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 LoveStout
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of neilgavigan
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Reddish amber slightly hazy. Light cream head with decent lacing

S - Not as much as you hope for from a California IPA. A little grassy with some citrus notes. Some fruit and funk but no big hop notes and no real malt sweetness.

T - Sweet and malty with plenty of bitteness from hops. Also, burned biscuit and a bit of a dandelion or lantana.

M - Medium-light body, nice carb, clean and sharp

O - Seems a little less than an IPA. A lot of great flavors are at play here but the aroma definitely lacks for piney Northwest hops notes and the flavor does as well. Slightly lighter body allows flavors to be a little sharper and citrus notes to come through.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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 Marco_Gtz
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of vertigelt1
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a short-stemmed wine glass

My first Karl Strauss after moving back to CA from TX. Was less impressed than I expected to be.

A - poured a clear, bright copper/dark orange with thin (almost a finger) but foamy, whitish head which dissipated quickly but left a nice ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

S - nowhere near the hops I'd expect from a San Diego IPA. A bit of bready pine.

T - Bready with slight acidity. TINY bit of bitterness from piny hops. Almost tasted more like a Belgian wit than an IPA.

M - full-bodied and refreshingly crisp in carbonation

D - I'll drink the 6-pack over a few nights, but I'm rather disappointed in the brew. There's not a lot of character to it that really draws me back to the glass. It's not awful, but there's just not compelling, either.

Overall, a fairly bland IPA which I doubt I'll ever try again.

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3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TaySuth
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a while before receding down to a ring with some good lacing.

Smell: Not overly aromatic. Hops are the most prominent aroma with citrus and a hint of pine. Some malt character in the background. Not very impressive but not bad.

Taste: The flavor is better than the appearance and smell led me to believe. Good bitterness with a rather smooth finish. Hops flavor is well balanced with the grains.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a body that is slightly on the heavy side.

Overall: An interesting, yet pretty average IPA in my opinion. Definitely not bad but not something that I would seek out again.

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Photo of cbenson
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Safa1
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Too much grapefruit. But to be expected from SoCal.

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3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this at the San Diego International Airport a little over a week ago. Following review based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a 20oz. hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a half inch of fluffy, off-white head on top. The body was crystal clear and orange-gold in color. Decent head retention and lacing. Suits the style guidelines well.

Smell: Pineapple, caramel, and pine resin. Possibly some lime in there too - hard to say. Very simple and straightforward, mild as well.

Taste: Heavy pine and earth smack the pallet early, and cling deep into the aftertaste. Caramel malts add some mild sweetness, but this IPA is all about singular, heavy-handed bitterness. Very little complexity.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter in body than your average IPA, and probably drier too. Prickly and somewhat resinous on the pallet, with a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A mediocre and forgettable IPA, but it worked out decently in this situation (waiting on a delayed flight in the airport).

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured copper/amber into a 5oz sampling glass, with a finger of white head, and decent lacing. Smelled once again of maltiness, earthiness, and some caramel, with very little if any hop presence. Very similar to the Red Trolley Ale, and very disappointing for an 'American IPA' style. The taste simply confirmed the smell; nearly no citrus, woodiness, or bitterness to speak of...just maltiness and a little bit of leather. The mouthfeel though, like the Red Trolley I tried, was full-bodied, nicely carbonated, and pleasant. Definitely needs more hop flavor for me to session this 'American IPA'.

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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 49.4% out of 100 with 433 ratings
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