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Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Pintail Pale AlePintail Pale Ale

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very good

128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tonistruth on 10-01-2007)
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Reviews by beagle75:
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops are pungent anf focused early, but diminish quickly in intensity. Toasted grain is predictably more evident as hops fade, but otherwise the smell is very clean.

T: Begins dry, with aromatic hops that match the smell closely and bright acidity that is strong but welcome. Pale malt emerges in the middle, husky and robust. Bitterness develops gradually, becoming nearly bracing at its peak during the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced featuring an acidic edge, with moderate carbonation.

D: Not only is Pintail one of the best beers Karl Strauss brews, it may also be one of the best APAs brewed in Southern California. One has to consider some other much more poorly-distributed beers--Alpine Hoppy Birthday, Strand 24th Street pale--to find one that is both local and is able to exceed this beer in its masterful approach to the style. While off-flavors are virtually non-existent here, one could potentially criticize the acidity present and the speed at which the hop aromas seem to fade from the smell. That said, even they are small transgressions that should not prevent this beer from rising to the top of the Karl Strauss stable.

04-08-2011 06:00:17 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
Photo of tomgetz


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

Tough to completely review due to it being served in a plastic cup at Disney California adventure. Despite this, this is a solid pale ale with citrusy taste. Low alcohol level makes this very drinkable. For the Midwest people, this is much like founders all day ipa. A very good offering from Karl Strauss.

02-03-2014 20:25:10 | More by tomgetz
Photo of Jason


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

12oz brown bottle with a code on the neck.

Clear and brassy, thin but impressive lacing. APA nose with floral and citric hop notes with bready and biscuity malt. Somewhat deep smoothness develops into a quick snap of crispness. Medium body. Citric hop flavor runs from pulp to zest to a little bit of rind with a bitterness that sticks. Maltiness holds together well, a good base with biscuity and bread flavors that meld with yeasty undertones. Finishes malt and bitter at the same time, semi-dry though.

A stellar example of the APA style, nothing crazy ... to style.

07-01-2010 01:55:27 | More by Jason
Photo of magictrokini


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured a clear gold with a bubbly white head. Thin lacing. Metallic malt-and-grassy hops combo typical of the style; nothing outstanding. Carbonated mouthfeel, dry finish. Crystal malt bite with slightly piney hops. Smooth, and refreshing, but not a lot of substance.

06-06-2009 00:44:53 | More by magictrokini
Photo of mkrass


4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-18-2014 02:24:05 | More by mkrass
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Looks the part of a good pale beer, amber colored, thin head. Aroma was very pleasant, good dry hopping here.

Taste, a solid beer, especially from a brewery I've never been a big fan of. Great summer sipper. Citrus hops, snippet of pine even. Nothing too crazy, holds its own. Does recede downhill though, everything that stood out diminishes. Man, if they only served this 5 oz. at a time, it would be excellent. . .

As always, about $1-2 more than superior products in the same category SNPA. . .

07-28-2010 17:41:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-21-2013 04:07:18 | More by TJ_B
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Lace coats the glass with reckless abandon. Unbelievable stick.

Smell - Primary tropical and citrus aromas. Pineapple and orange. Prominent caramel malt aroma as well. Fantastic smelling beer.

Taste - After the smell and look, a bit of a let down. Taste is well-balanced, but comes across as almost hollow, especially to start. Malts are light and bready, with touches of caramel. Hops are present, but are more or less a ghostly presence until they eventually break through near the finish. Citrus. Touches on pine. Subtle soapiness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - So close to being elite, but the flavor just isn't there. The aroma is a tease, for sure. Would I buy this beer again? I don't know that I would.

01-26-2013 04:14:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-22-2013 00:12:59 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-07-2012 04:47:19 | More by elwoodjblues
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-18-2013 23:22:31 | More by somnus
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-16-2014 23:08:43 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-07-2012 03:07:40 | More by Hardcore
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-27-2014 17:44:58 | More by terpinsd
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-27-2014 20:05:44 | More by BrahptimusPrime
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.93/5  rDev +4%

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine, floral notes, citrus fruit and spicy hops. Some light clean malt underneath.
Flavours follow along the same lines, with more floral and spicy notes along with a little fruit. Lovely clean malt underneath with just a hint of a cookie dough-like character.
Carbonation is perhaps just a little high.
Wonderfully refreshing and drinkable.

10-29-2012 01:32:58 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Beerocrat69


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

This beer was copper-colored with a nice white head and great lace on the glass. It smelled like grapefruit juice mingled with a little bit of pine. Great aroma! It tasted dry - which is good - with slight notes of caramel. The beer was super hoppy without being very bitter. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied. This is definitely a sessionable pale ale. I could drink alot of this one.

04-30-2010 21:57:46 | More by Beerocrat69
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-01-2014 15:37:02 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

07-14-2012 06:49:01 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of Gstarkey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Probably one of the best pale ales that i have had. Tastes very fresh. Nice hop and malt aroma. Slight fruitiness. Overall a very good beer.

This is a beer you can session all year round but probably fits best around summertime. I like to drink this beer whenever i am cleaning my backyard or when i get back from a long day of surfing. If you can get this beer you need try and you will be glad you did. Cheers.

10-16-2012 00:24:55 | More by Gstarkey
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-18-2013 22:23:16 | More by afrokaze
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-07-2014 14:26:56 | More by MN_Beerticker
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-09-2012 12:19:33 | More by pin
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-05-2012 04:24:13 | More by Stoffel
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-05-2013 21:07:28 | More by jwalden
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Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.