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RATINGS: 359   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1560) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle in a glass. Copper pour with a foamy offwhite head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Not overly bitter, quite malt forward. Not very "west coast" but certainly a fine beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light orange color, with average head and lacing. Aroma is orange citrusy, and piney, a little sharp. Flavor has a nice grapefruit-bitter bite, along with piney notes and a fair amount of spiciness. Finishes on the dry side, and with lingering bitterness. A nice example of a AIPA.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarrettB (1550) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
October 22nd, 2011 - It took less than a month in San Diego to realize that this part of the country is firmly IPA territory. It will probably take me longer to recognize that the whole country is IPA territory. One of the nudges that helped clarify the geographic specialization in San Diego for hops, hops and a pinch more hops. Green Flash has their hop heads behind the wheels, and so does Karl Strauss, evinced in the Tower 10 IPA. Cloudy and light orange, it looks good draped in a San Diego sunset, and inviting too. Faint notes of pineapple and mango give the Tower 10 a tropical edge, and a soft hops in the aroma suggests a semi-sweet, fruity IPA. In reality, and in flavor, this is a dry, savory, biscuity and bread brew. Carbonation pushes the beer around the palate, numbing the tongue, but then the brew bursts out with the strange taste of bread crust, and a touch of yeast with a long, long noble hops aftertaste. The brewery brags about the piles of Chinook that go into the process, but I totally missed the grapefruit notes. Still, this is an assertive IPA, and would probably go very well with a heavy plate of food after a day of trekking or surfing, or the myriad other things that seemed so "Californian" when I first arrived here.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours a nice brownish orange with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is malt forward with some grapefruit, pine and citrus. Flavor is malt, caramel, some light but well integrated hop bitterness, citrus. spices, well balanced and easy to drink. Nicely done IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (1539) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2015
Alluring aroma with golden colour. Is be an excellent example of the Southern California take on the hop forward American IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2012
On tap @ airport in San Diego. Pours dark golden with thick head. Aroma is strong pine hops. Taste is big, bitter piney hops. Solid caramel malt body. Once the bitterness fades there are some nice faint floral and citrus hop flavors. Overall a little out of balance. The Tower 20 DIPA is not nearly as bitter and actually more balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
can8ianben (1513) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2009
I was pretty impressed with this one. I dont really usually care for anything by KS, but this one was a bright and fresh IPA. Great aroma and the start of a strong flavor, but the finish gets a little washed out by harsh bitterness instead of hop charisma.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Pours a clear mid golden yellow. Nose is faint with earthy hops. Taste is watery with moderate pine hops, mild bitterness, and alcohol heat. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1482) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- Poured a dark gold color. Half finger of off white head. Shows just a bit of carbonation. S-- Somewhat muted grapefruit smell. Quite soft. Good carmel backbone, as it warms up the grapefruit does open up more. T-- Good grapefruit bite to this. Some pine and carmel as well. M-- Medium carbonation and medium body. Decent sized grapefruit finish to this. More pine in the front of the palate. A little acidic going down. Creamy and lively, with a little prickly added in. D-- Gets bigger as it warms up. Not a bad IPA at all. Could have a couple easily. Not one of the elites out there but very workable and can not complain.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2015
San Diego, man. Never did get there. Friends living there for two years - open house, come on and stay! Kids, man. Drag. They had four, we had two. Too many kids, man. Drag. The beer: hazy lemon curd, lasting head. Classic US hop aroma - passionfruit, mango, canned peaches. Rasping bitterness - probably at the upper limit of what my feeble palate can bear in a session ale. Grapefruit rind. Puckering. (330ml bottle from Dan Murphys and may the good Lord damn my eternal soul for shopping there)


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