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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (676) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Draft at the source in San Diego. Slightly hazy deep golden with an off white head. Pine and citrus aroma. Grapefruit taste up front smoothly bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MetalNHopHead (1840) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Tower 10 IPA is one of those ales where the stated 60 IBUs 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 IPAs were less aggressive.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13660) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (16597) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nice...full of fresh green hop notes and light notes of orange. The flavor is citrusy (predominantly orange) with sweet notes, a little underlying hops and a note of alcohol. Kinda reminds me of a screwdriver. medium bodied, smooth and a bit dry.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3040) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2009
From the tap poured amber with a fair amount of head. Hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in Universal Studios LA. Pours a clear golden body with a finger-width, creamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Sweet piney grapefruit aroma with a touch of sweeter caramels. Taste is similar with a lingering pine. Not too aggressive, but a nice, lighter earth and balancing caramels. Palate is light to medium bodied with a touch of carbonation. Overall, a nice session IPA. Enough taste to satisfy and better than anticipated.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 6 pack from Marine Mart at MCAS Miramar: Clear copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel with a little citrus. Flavor starts with a light caramel sweetness followed by some grapefruit and a light, dry orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium body is crisp and refreshing with lively carbonation. .


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