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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (728) - ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2015
Pours slightly hazy amber (although it looked almost yellow when the beer was gushing out the bottle), head is nice, stays long and leaves beautiful lacings. Aroma has some grainy malts there but is definitely hoppy. Oil, pine and resins also there, something lager-like too. No idea what it is. Taste is nicely bitter, not too sharp but very full and also malt focused bitterness. Doesn’t have too many layers but is a good West Coast IPA, satisfying your thirst for hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karol (717) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2014
Tapped at Karl Strauss at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Wonderul aroma of exotic hops and much citrus. Color was light golden, white head, vanished quickly but kept a a tiny level. Taste was refreshing, a good malt basis plus a lot of bitter citrus mango leeches hops. After a 4 hour walk through the Universal Studios this was an excellent beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (715) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Appearance was hazy orangish gold with creamy white lasting 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are citrus fruits, caramel and pale malts with soft pine and earthy leather. Taste are orange, grapefruit upfront gives way to toffee sweetness, then pine back with clean yeasts. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with medium body, then fruity piney lasting finish. A solid SD IPA, tad to sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (691) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
Odense ratebeer summer gathering 2015. Pours orange copper with a white head. Aroma of malts, slight syrup, grapefruit, citrus. Taste is malts, hops. Grapefruit, well rounded, notes of tropical.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2012
355ml bottle. Dark orange in colour with a nice white head. Great hop aroma. A good and strong hop bitterness on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
varanid99 (684) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2014
Light amber pour with thin, fizzy head. Citrus, floral hop aroma with light malt as well. Taste is malty, citrus, nice bitterness which fades fairly quickly. Not bad

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottled. Poured into pint glass. Mild aroma, nothing strong. Nice color that is dark amber, very little head. It taste a little under carbonated, and possibly not fresh. I think this is my first experience with this beer, so I don’t know what it might be like if very fresh. It was a gift from a friend, purchased at Cost Plus, so I’m thinking it might have been sitting on a warm shelf awhile. Might try again if known fresh and rerate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (657) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one-finger white head. Pine resin and flowers on the nose. The taste is dominated by hops as you might expect. Good malt backbone underlies pine and citrus flavours. Assertive bitterness typical of the style is present but doesn’t overwhelm. Dry finish but a slightly sweet fruity aftertaste lingers. Fine example of a West Coast IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (649) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2012
355mL bottle (from dan murphy’s). Pours clear copper with a very nice sweet pine aroma with citrus notes. Dry bitterness to begin then a get the sweet piney resinous flavours. Very well balanced, nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark copper with a finger or so of white, fluffy foam. Aroma is faintly of grapefruit and pine, just as the description promises, along with some brown sugar, or something of the sort. Initial flavor is extra bitter, with the palate mellowing quickly to bring in some cinnamon flavor to balance out the malt, hops, and overriding pine. The grapefruit appears ot have taken a hiatus... Wait, no, it’s still there, but the body loses overall integration after the mid-palate, and so the subtleties get lost in the disintegration of the body, fading into a somewhat watery, though not displeasing, finish. This is a quality beer, for one produced in such quantity. About what you’d expect from Karl...


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