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RATINGS: 360   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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Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Aroma of pine, almost an oaky vanilla, and an orange citrus. Pours orange and frothy like a solid IPA. Taste is smooth citrus and slight grass. Too much malt makes this light but lame. Not.impressed.

4
Andrew196 (1980) - 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.

3.5
Lunkie (1956) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2014
Herbal hop spice malt flavour. Clear Amber colour fair head and lacing. Malt spicy herbal flavour. Fizzy palate.

3.3
vanvenlo (1910) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2013
Dan Murphy bottle (18-Sep-13) Biggish fruit resin and slight aniseed aroma. Amber colour, ordinary head and suds lacing. Spicy fruit herbal hop flavour. Bitter resin fruit spice finish and spicy herbal resin aftertaste.

2.8
KeefOz (1891) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
Poured a translucent golden amber colour with a near-one-finger head of white bubbles that diminished quickly and left OK lacing. Moderate carbonation. Bitter hops on aroma. Taste of bitter hops hits first up and lasts to finish. Medium body. 7% ABV. Short strong bitter finish.

3.7
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, 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.

3.5
beer-yum (1866) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2017 Restrained citrus pine aroma in a golden amber pour. Hop forward balance dominates a light fruity body and provides a sustained bitter finish. Somewhat one dimensional In the end.

4
josanguapo (1865) - 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

3.3
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle, six pack from BevMo. Pours a clear, rich copper color with a small whitish head that diminishes rapidly. Aroma of toasty malts, herbs and sweet bread, hints of clover and citrus. Flavor also of toasty malts, a bit of caramel, biter herby hops, lemon grass, citrus peel, a bit of clay and a slightly peppery, astringent finish. Medium body, lightly oily and a gentle tingle on the tongue. Overall a much better, hoppier IPA than their standard.

4
ChadPolenz (1847) - 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.


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