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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pretty good IPA. I’m here for San Diego Beer Week and just had their special Heavy Pettie Double IPA which, according to claims is more bitter, but seems less. This beer was served in a pint shaker with a decent, fine, foamy, off white head that soon settled down and a lots of fine lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is hop, malt, resin, a little barn. caramel. Flavor’s much the same with more impact. Balance is heavy in favor of bitter, quite dry, and some good carbonic tang. Body & carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and has long legs. If you get a chance go for the Heavy Pettie. This’ll do instead if ye caint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (436) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2441) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
[on tap at Napa Rose, Disneyland] Citrusy and slightly spicy hops aroma with some caramel. Clear amber under a lasting, off-white cover. Potent west coast hops flavour with sweet caramel and gentle bitterness that thankfully doesn’t numb your tongue. Delicate, for an IPA. Medium body, medium carbonation, sweet and slightly bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12739) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku. Clear golden/amber - white head. Lots of fresh grape fruit and pine. Citrus. Nice bitterness. Resin. Ok light sweetness. Knækbrød. Lovely freshness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
12oz bottle via sample from the brewer. Pours a clear light copper color with a 2 finger thick off white head that left great lacing. Nice nose of citrus, pine and some caramel malts. Flavor was initially a bit malty, then the hop bitterness comes through and rounds out a nicely crafted IPA, blows the old Star Gazer out of the water!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Appearance: Pours a copper red with a dense, sudsy 1/2 inch white head. The body is rather clear, and has a modest level of visable carbonation. The beer leaves webby lacy rings all the way down the pint glass. Aroma: Grapefruit rind, pine (pine needles and pine sap), a small, almost hidden level of bready malt, and sugary sweetness. Comes across very perfumy and floral, rather than citrusy. Taste: A nice mouthful of bitter and citrusy hops in the beginning, and a finish of bready and caramel layer of malt. The bitter hops linger on my tongue well past the sip. Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy. Overall: A solid, full flavored, balanced IPA, showcasing some of the great qualities of a West Coast IPA, without going extreme. This beer has lots of body, lots of hops, and the right amount of malt. This is the best Karl Strauss beer in their lineup.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle; poured a caramel-amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, citrus and fruit. Very nw-hoppy in the nose. Flavor was surprisingly balanced and good. Earthy and fruity balanced by a solid caramel malt backbone. Nice lingering finish. A surprise.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap at Karl Strauss Carlsbad. Yellow amber color. Medium-low hop bitterness and aroma. Very easy to drink. Apricot hop flavor. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (859) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2010
Draught. Clear copper with slight white head. Subtle but nice floral hop aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Flavour starts with caramel smoothly moving to a decent bitter finish. Nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle (room temperature)… Space Coast Craft Beer Festival 2011 … Murky, caramel-colored ale with very little head to speak of. The nose offers pistachio, caramel and toffee accompanied by floral, grapefruit and pine notes. Full-bodied and mildly creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet - definitely lacking West Coast bitterness, but the hop flavor is definitely there. Finishes bittersweet (more sweet than bitter).


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