skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Pour a nice copper color with a tan head. taste is malty with a okay bitter hop finish. does finish clean. however, this does seem to be a little water downed. while it is much better then Stargazer, it lacks the charcter and body of a great IPA. GuideDogSaint (1811) - Xiamen, CHINA - OCT 6, 2014
12oz bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is resinous pine, not sure there’s any citrus. Bitter finish. OK but too much pine for me. LtDan (1808) - 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. Torrefacto (1792) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 2, 2016
Cobrizo limpio y espuma blanca compacta. Aromas de pomelo, pino, frutas tropicales. Cuerpo medio, sabor de pomelo, pino y menta con final de amargor resinoso equilibrado. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Dirty gold color with a thin off-white head on top. Caramel and resin dominate the scent with toffee and biscuity notes joining in. Not bad at all but I wasn’t overly thrilled with this one. There’s some sharp bitter citrus hops but the malt bill seems too heavy, with quite a bit of grain and caramel. Dry and bitter in the finish with a lot of lingering malt.
GarrettB (1693) - 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. ACHops (1690) - 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. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Pours a rich copper color. Aroma of fruit and pine. Taste of hoppy bitterness with a touch of fruityness. A dry finish and aftertaste. Overall a good IPA, with a crisp ending. User29624 (1687) - - FEB 15, 2010
Pours copper with a white head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops. Nice balance, but not an overpowering IPA. Decent flavor, nice body. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Pours a transparent medium orange. More hops than other California IPAs - this is more refreshing than others I’ve had. Really good. Citrus and caramel dominate, with some good balance.