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 jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken 05/30/12
*22oz bomber into a FW pint glass

A: Tower 10 pours a glowing yellowish straw color with a perfect fat finger width of foamed ivory. Tiny streaming bubbles. Nice retention leaves some clingy stained glass lace.

S: The aroma opens with pine, dank hops, and some sweetened pale malts towards the background. Akin to a bit of honey slathered bread. A dash of flower and spice mixed in as well.

T: Flavors are big and resinous pine with more of a citrus blend than detected in the nose. Good hop intensity. Has a definite kick of herbal spice. Sugary malt cracker presence. Grapefruit comes through with a touch of bitter melon. Alcohol just barely noticeable at 7%ABV. An overall nice IPA. Sticky and resinous.

M: Medium in stature. Some nice creaminess provided by even carbonation. Crisp and dry in the finish. Lingering hop resins.

D: A nice take on the West Coast IPA with a good classic mix of pine and citrus from American hop varietals and just enough malt character to bridge a gap here. A welcomed offering at many of the local venues like Petco Park, the Airport, the Fair, etc.

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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with less than one finger of persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. Bubbles rise in the column from the bottom and sides of the glass.

S: Assertive pine and citrus hop aromas that fade shortly after pouring, leaving faint caramel and toast. The smell is very clean, apparently without a need for hop-forward smells to mask any off-qualities. Nevertheless, the degradation of the hop aromas was disappointingly rapid.

T: Begins dry, with pale malt, restrained aromatic hops, and moderate acidity. Flavors sweeten slightly in the middle as crackery malt becomes more pronounced alongside a mineral edge. Developing bitterness becomes significant in the clean mineral finish, lingering after some late herbaceous flavors fade.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate but just barely sticky, with low carbonation.

D: This is a mid-range IPA that shows more West Coast character than its predecessor, Stargazer IPA. Still, hops are just one part of this equation, with the sum being a balance that would not scare off the casual visitor to the chain of Karl Strauss restaurants. To that end, this IPA could serve as a crossover to more extreme styles for the timid.

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Photo of sheenisgod
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear bright copper beneath two fingers of fizzy porous head and spotty lacing.

S - Faint passionfruit, orange, mild hop aromas.

T - Fruity hops, passionfruit and citrus, Fanta with a hint of pine in the finish. Very tame on the IBUs.

M - High carbonation, light to medium body.

O - Seems more of a APA than IPA considering the lack of bitterness, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of kmoen
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle; into a tumbler.
Appearance - gold, cloudy; thin, foamy head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - pineapple and mango, faint juicy fruit.
Taste - not bad, but falls short of the nose, lacking with a strong pineapple and mango presence. A bit too boozy after it sits.
Feel - this goes from an enjoyable, drinkable IPA, to a weird after taste, funky IPA.
Overall - I'm in and out on this one...which means I'm out. Too funky when it's all said and done.

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Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber color. Thin off white head. Good strands and dots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus and pine almost solely, but not a strong aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy. Pine, grapefruit dominate. Barest hint of malt balance in here but predominately bitter with a lingering bitter hop finish at the end. Good for an AIPA.

Mouthfeel: Lots of hop resin sticking to the teeth on this tone, but with enough carbonation to pull it off the teeth later.

Overall / Drinkability: Very typical west coast AIPA. A good beer, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jooler
2.21/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barely any hop taste. Tastes really watered down

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant and refreshing IPA (is it fair to review after mowing the lawn, though? Maybe that helped my impression).

Pours a clear yellow with a decent head and mild lacing. The aroma is fresh and sharp, with citrusy hops and a piny under current. The flavor is mostly hop, with a bright lemony hops, with a gentle pilsnery malt backbone. The mounthfeel is prickly with a pleasant piney bitterness clinging to the back of the mouth.

Easy drinking and attractive.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kerry4porters
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Brolo75
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Looks really good in the glass, nice orange amber color with a white creamy head, clear, nice lacing.

A: not much not the aroma, some slight hop aroma, very little.

T: just like the nose, slight hop flavor, it's more malty than hoppy, some bitterness on the back end, some alcohol, just not impressed with the flavor, kind of dull.

M: besides the appearance, this may the beer's best strength, has a nice medium body mouthfeel.

O: was expecting a little more than this, not a lot of hops, more malty, the bottle says 12/07/14, not sure if this is a best by date or bottled on date, either way, there are far better IPAs out there than this. It's good, it's quality but it's not a beer I would come back to. If I do try it again it has to be on tap to see if there is a difference between the bottled and keg version.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
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