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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
itfitz (10) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
This is possibly Karl Strauss’ BEST publicly-available offering. It’s a well-balanced San Diego-style IPA with perfect hoppiness combined with a mild alcohol feel and light refreshing malt tones which linger just long enough to make you thirsty for another sip. There are overlying subtleties of nuts, toast, roasty, resin, grass and herbs, This is a well-done IPA from a great German-style brewer.


3.4
macca147 (156) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a pale orange gold with a thin white head. Aroma: pine, grapefruit and citrus aromas dominate. Mild malt notes. Taste: pine, citrus, grapefruit flavours. Mild caramel malts balance out the hops. Moderate to high bitterness that lingers. Low carbonation. Quite a decent IPA and easy to drink but the flavour balance is by no means complex. It is a good standard IPA for someone new to IPAs but the flavour gets a bit boring after a while.

2.5
johnarktor (139) - FRANCE - MAY 11, 2017
Aroma: resin, grapefruit, herbs ; Taste: very high bitterness, low sweetness ; Palate: medium body, long bitter finish ; Too much bitterness, and for what?

3.5
swesson (441) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2017
On tap at Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa. Pours a cloud gold and makes a one finger head with some lacing down the glass. Aroma is a light hoppy, pine resiny smell. Tastes of fresh hops and quite effervescent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
reidyboy (14) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2017
Resinous hops and citrus flavours combined very effectively to create a proper West Coast Pale Ale (in my opinion)

1.3
corkyrory66 (1931) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2017
West coast ipa de 7 % abv (pour 16° plato) et 60 ebu. Malt cara. Houblonnage en chinook, et dry hop en cascade et centennial. Couleur dorée un peu ambrée, à la clarté nette, brillante. Bulles très fines, par centaines, partout, bien vives. Mousse blanche, épaisse, avec un très gros cratère en haut, stable à 8 mm. Arômes d’ananas, poêle graissée, écorce de pin, miel, chêne liège. 1ère bouche très souple, à l’entame sur la résine, très mal associée au fruité. Arrière-bouche sur une peau d’ananas pas tout à fait mûr. 2ème au manque d’harmonie total. Arrière-bouche vague, imprécise, faible, avec une pointe d’ortie. 3ème avec résine, pelure, zeste, dans un mélange pénible. Arrière-bouche qui divague ferme .. Longueur qui n’améliore rien. Jambes fines, très collantes. Levure très faible. Alcool qui ne fait pas son niveau, et ne travaille aucunement sur les saveurs, et surtout sur l’équilibre. Finale pénible. CONCLUISION : on est à côté de la plaque chez Strauss pour cette tower 10, mais il est vrai que cette "bonne idée", comme ils osent dire, remonte à 1989 .. on peut excuser !!

3.4
mcberko (17345) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2017
On tap at Karl Strauss, pours a clear blonde with a small white head. Aroma brings out herbal and citrus hops upfront, followed by toasted malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with citrus and herbal hops upfront, backed by toasted biscuity malt. Nicely constructed, lean and dry finish. Good stuff.

3.4
djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange gold with small white head that lasts. The aroma is grass and grapefruit. Medium body, grapefruit pith, dank, resin finish, good.

3.7
jbruner (4701) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours a clear golden orange on tap with fluffy off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of mild piney new world hop notes and minimal bready malts. Taste is more balanced, hints of garlic herbaceous notes and a but of caramel. Solid, standard IPA, a decent beer.

4
josanguapo (1628) - SPAIN - DEC 17, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2016 From Zombier. In Teku glass. After dinner. Lots of grapefruit here with a good bitter bite too. Reminds me some belgian ipas but more refreshing, clean, bitter and pleasant

3.4
MetalNHopHead (1910) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Tower 10 IPA is one of those ales where the stated 60 IBU’s can seem a little misleading. While there is undoubtedly a fair amount of hop representation from the Pacific Northwest, this beer tastes maltier thanks to good dose of rich caramel flavor. The American hops do come through well with their usual traits of pine and grapefruit. This was one of the most predictable of the Karl Strauss brews I enjoyed, yet it still works as a tribute to a time when Western American IPA’s were less aggressive.


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