Chad9976 (1421) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I couldn’t find a freshness date. I got this from #BBC13.
Appearance: An opaque, dark shade of orange. Forms a large, off white, frothy head that retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Sweet, clean aroma of orange and pine. Almost candy-like.
Taste: I was skeptical about Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA, because the last time I tried it I really didn’t like it (long story). But now that I’m drinking it under ideal conditions I’m actually quite surprised how appealing it is now. Plenty of hop bitterness and flavor, but a prominent malt presence to give it true balance (which is surprising considering the city in which it’s made).
The first thing I notice is how sweet the malt base is. According to the brewery’s website, it’s made with a touch of lightly-kilned caramel malts, and it shows. Sweet yes, but nothing cloying or sticky as is often the case in bigger beers of the style. It’s also made with Chinook hops which tend to have astringent bitterness, but in this case they’re even out well with the Cascade and Centennial dry hops. Significant pine flavor throughout the first half of the palette, follow by citrusy tartness on the finish. I detect a hint of sweet tea or some kind of earthy/herbal character, but it’s restrained enough to make it genuinely pleasurable.
Drinkability: At 70 IBUs and 7% ABV, you’d think Tower 10 IPA wouldn’t be that easy to drink. While it certainly has an energetic presence in the mouth, the delivery itself is comfortable from start to finish. The hops do linger, but are tolerable for sure. I could see this beer being quite versatile.
Theodopilos (38) - - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 pack from dan murphys, poured into tulip glass, aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit, clear amber colour, taste is the same as aromas with a sharp bitterness, has good length, a very good session ale and well priced
PorterPounder (6227) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Universal City, Ca. - on Tap at their Universal City Walk location - part of their August Sampler. Medium copper pour, light off white head, nice lace. Light spruce aroma, Flavor has some light citrus bitter notes, a touch of caramel. Clean mouthfeel. Not very hoppy.
Shawley (5) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IPA, pours well has a pleasant aroma. At first has soft sweetness and finishes with a nice bitter ness.
Niksko (485) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12floz bottle into a tulip. Pours a lovely golden yellow with a finger of bubbly white head. Nose is really fruity and delicious. I get a really strong mandarin citrus component, as well as a bit of a floral note, some peach and just a hint of sweetness. On the palate you get a big hit of that pine and grapefruit from the Chinook, a bit of bread, some sweet caramel, just a touch of the mandarin from the nose, and a nice bitter finish that lingers. Body is medium and mouthfeel is pretty rich. Leaves some decent lacing. Great balance, but I would have liked more of the aroma to carry through to the flavour.
sitzds (318) - - JUL 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 On tap at Applebees Hazard Center. Smells awesome but too bitter in the finish. An ok IPA.
Gimmemore (4) - IRELAND - JUL 9, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad at all. Pours well with a deep amber colour.nicely carbonated with a pale frothy head. Worth a try.
danlo (1640) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Pours a clear orange amber colour with a frothy off-white head and aroma of crystal malt, caramel, lemony citrus. Taste is malt caramel with sweet tropical fruit mango, hoppy grapefruit citrus & woody pine bitterness. Slightly oily mouth feel, medium bodied soft carbonation, residual sweetness through to a dry bitter finish. Quite OK IPA.
AlainG (1516) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Une blonde claire, coiffée d’une mousse dense et qui persiste un temps, en dessinant une dentelle baveuse. Des arômes typiques du style, c’est-à-dire de conifères et/ou d’agrumes et ce, assez faiblement. Son goût est plus prononcé, nous laissant une amertume sèche en bouche. Vite oubliée.(673-060613)
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: Tropical fruit with a little diacetyl.
Appearance: Orange/gold with a small cream colored head.
Flavor: Butterscotch and bread with medium hop bitterness.
Palate: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: A pleasant drinking IPA, but a tad tame, as it were.