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Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Pintail Pale AlePintail Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:55:27 | More by Jason
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beagle75

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 06:00:17 | More by beagle75
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice strong copper color with a 1 inch soapy off-white head that has some good retention. Active carbonation rise form the bottom of the glass.

S - Malty goodness is present with some underlying and delicious grassy hops. Some citrus grapefruit notes are present but the bready grain backbone is definitely dominant.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice bready grain notes. Freshly baked and toasty. Delicious malt backbone to this brew. There is some nice grapefruit and slightly grassy hop notes to balance the malt backbone. There si some slight malt sweetness to the beer as well. With some slight carmel notes mixed in with the grain. Good light mouthfeel with great overall flavors.

O - I was pleasantly surprised byt his beer. It is up there with some of the more known Cali Pale Ales. In fact to me it trumps SNPA. Good malt backbone with nice hop hints.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 05:05:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No love for Karl Strauss? I thought this was a very nice brew. Pours clear dark golden copper color with a fluffy white two finger head. Floral aroma, with some light citrus coming in in the big nose. Flavor is a nice sweet citrus and light bitter pine on the finish. There is a definite malty biscuit backbone on this one with some caramel sweetness. Slick mouthfeel with high carbonation and some bite lingering on the palate. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:54:13 | More by BMMillsy
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mkrass

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-18-2014 02:24:05 | More by mkrass
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TJ_B

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-21-2013 04:07:18 | More by TJ_B
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-22-2013 00:12:59 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-07-2012 03:07:40 | More by Hardcore
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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-09-2012 12:19:33 | More by pin
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-05-2012 04:24:13 | More by Stoffel
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Obsidian

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-12-2014 22:05:35 | More by Obsidian
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jmint

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-28-2014 04:12:19 | More by jmint
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-10-2011 16:51:47 | More by mhaugo
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2012 18:44:12 | More by oldvines
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the_encinitan

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-10-2014 02:26:12 | More by the_encinitan
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-08-2012 04:52:22 | More by rob99er
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-23-2012 18:06:44 | More by funkel81
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops on caramel malt

T - Starts off with grapefruit hops finishes with a touch of caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This was a pretty good pale thats easy to drink with its good taste I could probably drink a few of these in a sitting worth picking up sometime to give it a try

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 20:57:23 | More by armock
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pepelemofo

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-30-2012 01:54:05 | More by pepelemofo
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bcerv-ca

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-01-2014 03:56:25 | More by bcerv-ca
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-20-2013 02:03:58 | More by Dank26
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heytomcat

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-22-2013 05:07:18 | More by heytomcat
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meehandennis

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-23-2014 00:42:27 | More by meehandennis
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BucannonXC5

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Just over an inch of head. Color was caramel. Plenty of lacing on top with some film on the sides. The film stayed throughout the pour.

Initial whiff was pine and grapefruit, followed by hops.

Initial taste was a pleasant balance of hops, pine and grapefruit, followed by a small hint of bitterness. Even some lemon wafer cookies in there as well.

Moderate on the carbonation. Flavor stayed consistent throughout. Pine and hops rule the day.

I thought this beer was going to be good and it didn’t disappoint. Heavy on the hops, but smooth. Great combination.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 07:55:42 | More by BucannonXC5
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anon

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-13-2014 01:28:26 | More by anon
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.