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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theodopilos (68) - - AUG 9, 2013
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDD89 (12) - young, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
Hazy amber/golden colour. Classic hoppy ipa aroma. Sweet, piney taste with a good malt balance. Great aftertaste. Bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4802) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Forte arôme de cannabis, pamplemousse et résine de pin dans un liquide qui semble farouche. Corps bien aéré, longue amertume qui surf sur la resine et une franche sécheresse.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KamGoPro (218) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Classic leafy nose, bright carbonation. Zesty lemon peels, hops throughout. Lingering bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2661) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2016
12 oz bottle @ Beer Temple, shared with Benzai & MarcodL. Hazy yellow golden color. Dense off white head. Aroma’s: strong pine and resin. Retronasal is acidic citrus, resinous. Flavor is moderate bitter with a moderate sweet backbone. Medium bodied. Long juicy bitter finish. Lovely IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
retinadoc (219) - - JUL 5, 2016
Draft. Very similar to Aurora Hoppyalis. Forward, citrusy nose with above average carbonation. Strong grapefruit hop flavor. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1405) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2016
A classic take on the style, pours a golden glass, foamy white head, spotty lace. Mild grapefruit aroma, some breadiness. Kinda creamy and refreshing on the tongue, pine, citrus, honey, notes of pepper. Nice finish, hints of tropical fruit, passion fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfBiteAle1 (1) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009 does not count
Crisp, light IPA. Hops not overwhelming, but lingering piney taste kept me coming back for more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Reddish-orange in color with a white foamy head and a noticable but not overpowering hop aroma. Good bitter, citrusy hop presence balanced by a smooth malty body. Definitely an IPA but not an overpowering one by any means. Good food-friendly IPA from a great brewery!

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