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RATINGS: 293   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 8, 2010
Appearance was a clearer orange with a medium head. Nose was pleasant and florally hoppy. The taste was smooth and hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter. A nice daily drinking IPA. Glad I was in LA and happend to try it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Clear orange with white head. Citrus on the nose, with a little fruit and caramel malt. Citrus hops flavor, but with a big grassy component. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter balance detracts from drinkability.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Clear amber with medium foamy head. Mild aroma of woodsy and piney hops. Watery to slightly fluffy feel from carbonation. Just a bit of btie on the tip of the tongue. More flavor from the roast than the hops. Woodsy, grassy, slightly resiny hop. Finishes pretty clean, the finishing bitterness remains more on the tip and top of the tongue instead of the back. A decent pale, but falls short of expectations for an IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Decent IPA. The aroma is the best part with a strong honey and lemon zest character coming through with the hops. The appearance is light golden and orange. The taste has more malt than I expected with the hps only playing lightly on the tongue. Decent beer, but nothing special

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2010
compliments of JW32hoops.. loved the stargazer so lets see how this stacks up.. pours a very deep copper almost a honeykissed bleeding brick coloration.. quickly dissipating head.. the aroma is fairly nonexistent but I do sense a light floral hoppiness... initial hit to the palate is different than Id expect out of an ipa.. cherry and caramel.. subtle hops that disappear quickly... did the folks at karl strauss slip an amber into this ipa label..color, carbination, content all very reminissant of an amber with the maltiness holding court rather than the hops.. Im torn... In terms of IPA’s this is a weak sister but overalll I like the taste. Very similar to the stargazer, eerily similar.... you know what... Ill have another one though..... not bad karl strauss, you macro bully of socal micro supremacy.. you actually backed into a helluva amber ale, too bad youre calling it an IPA... shame on you....

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (200) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
o_Merlin_o (193) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Large head. Hazy body. Aroma of roasted malt, heavy yeast, and dates and nutmeg. Full, creamy and lively texture, with a huge metallic finish. Light sweetness, moderately acidic, with a bitter aftertaste. Nutty and acidic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a clear yellow with white head. Floral aroma, with a bit of pine and citrus. Sweet floral front with some fruity flavors and a bit of a bitter crisp finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
One2remeber (174) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle code 12:04, 0705. Light body, crispy malts like a weak pale ale. Light hops, some pine, lemon citrus. Not too much flavor going on. Clean brew. Bland, would not recommend to someone expecting a typical West Coast IPA from San Diego, put in same class of a Red Hook IPA.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SoberDave (171) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pungent hoppy aroma gives one a feeling of fear and excitement. Flavor of hops, lime, grapefruit. Has the aftertaste of eating the gross white part of an orange. Not nice. My guess is it comes from a hop variety that I’m not loving. I give cred for what they tried to do, but it doesn’t do it for me


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