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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.

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 flavor IPA.
Color: 14 SRM
Bitterness: 60 IBU
Gravity: 16° Plato
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs and Bottles


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 This beer is actually better out of the bottle than it is straight from the tap. Pale orange with a thin white head. Very balanced, but the quality is "meh". Just doesn’t have that "wow" factor that most SD IPAs have. Good entry level IPA for those trying to broaden their palate. Re-rate: tap at the Carlsbad location. They must’ve reworked the recipe. Flavor is much better. Distinct hop profile now... grass, lemon, pine. Aroma is still not really there. Palate is dryer and longer with the bitterness really settling on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2539) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Overall very strong IPA that was so choppy and tasty that I really enjoyed the bitter kick it had

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is of sweet malt mixed with a little bit of citrus hops. More malt in the nose. The flavor is the same; mostly sweet malt with a tinge of hop bitterness on the finish. It’s possible this is not a fresh bottle, as there is no bottled on date. I like IPAs to have a little more hop character, but there is noting wrong with this beer. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
orange_3084 (96) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Golden amber colour with thin white head and some lacing. Fruity hops aroma of grapefruit, grass and pine forest on the nose, but is perhaps restrained by a strong malt presence. Thin to medium oily body. A little sweet caramel maltiness on the tongue with a touch of spice, followed by a pleasantly strong bitterness that makes for a nice finish. This is a good beer, but perhaps a bit too strong on malt to let the hops shine through.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2012
light amber color, cherries and pale malt in the nose. Clean balanced mouth. Med body, not tons of depth or tons of hops, but enjoyable. Moderate dry finish.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
tcane7 (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On draft at the SD airport. I will write this with the disclaimer that most (if not all) of the off flavors of this beer came from unclean taps at this awful airport bar. Nose of citrus, pineapple, spoiled cream. Taste was expired sour cream, dirty socks, pineapple and afterbirth.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
October 22nd, 2011 - It took less than a month in San Diego to realize that this part of the country is firmly IPA territory. It will probably take me longer to recognize that the whole country is IPA territory. One of the nudges that helped clarify the geographic specialization in San Diego for hops, hops and a pinch more hops. Green Flash has their hop heads behind the wheels, and so does Karl Strauss, evinced in the Tower 10 IPA. Cloudy and light orange, it looks good draped in a San Diego sunset, and inviting too. Faint notes of pineapple and mango give the Tower 10 a tropical edge, and a soft hops in the aroma suggests a semi-sweet, fruity IPA. In reality, and in flavor, this is a dry, savory, biscuity and bread brew. Carbonation pushes the beer around the palate, numbing the tongue, but then the brew bursts out with the strange taste of bread crust, and a touch of yeast with a long, long noble hops aftertaste. The brewery brags about the piles of Chinook that go into the process, but I totally missed the grapefruit notes. Still, this is an assertive IPA, and would probably go very well with a heavy plate of food after a day of trekking or surfing, or the myriad other things that seemed so "Californian" when I first arrived here.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Great balance. Aromas of caramel, grass, and citrus. Taste is sweet and bitter, well balanced and long. Palate is velvety and dry, medium-full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1924) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Amber color with a substantial off-white head. Hoppy, slightly bitter, hints of grass, resin, woodiness. Dry, thin finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
I got this in a trade thanks to Metallitone1, appreciate it! Orange color with good head and lacing. It smells a little citrusy but nothing overwhelming in the hops department. The flavor has a decent bitterness and a citrus hop flavor but it all felt overshadowed by a strange "old" malt flavor that I could not get past. I was glad for the opportunity and would live to try this fresh on tap but this bottle was nothing to write home about. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-13-2011 17:36:35


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