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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

128 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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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cherche

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-06-2014 01:43:17 | More by cherche
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Devinph

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

02-06-2013 05:33:14 | More by Devinph
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heygeebee

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

BB April 2013 (!)

Pours a deep amber, slight head, maybe half a finger. Dies to a film quickly. Sproadic lacing on swirl.

APA on the nose! Firm aromas of citrus, a little fruit salad, honey, and hops.

Taste is a let down after the nose. Hops and pine dominate a one-dimensional palate. Freshness is the issue methinks.

Mouthfeel a little watery. Carbonation good.

Overall, OK but not great example in crowded market.

08-11-2012 08:35:01 | More by heygeebee
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magictrokini

California

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
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

On tap at Karl Strauss downtown. Orange color.aroma is nice tropical fruits. Flavor is citrus but very crisp and fleeting like a Speite with no sugar. Aroma was a real tease and gla or didn't live up to it. I wanyed this beer to taste a certain way but its the other way. Ho hum.

05-03-2013 20:08:45 | More by ArrogantB
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itfitz

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Calling this American Pale Ale "average" does no justice to the wonderful amalgam of caramel maltiness, light and balanced bitterness, an inviting grassy-citrus hop aroma, and a nicely-carbonated feel.

Karl Strauss' Pintail Pale Ale just works -- it goes down smoothly, leaves a pleasant aftertaste, and is the perfect accompaniment to a nice summer day.

05-27-2010 10:57:42 | More by itfitz
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

Ordered a pint of this at the Karl Strauss Restaurant in Carlsbad a few days ago. The following review is base on notes taken at that time.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber, crystal clear, and bright; Pintail Pale Ale has a great looking body. A thin, creamy, white cap covers the surface and retains well, partially thanks to a handful of steady bubble streams seen within. Thick lacing early on eventually turns more cobweb-like. All around, quite nice-looking!

Smell: Light caramel, buttered toast, and pine resin come to mind first. As the beer slowly warms, I get key lime followed by grapefruit and orange. Nothing spectacular, but solid for the style.

Taste: More bitter than I'd like, but I guess this is San Diego. Unfortunately, I really can't find a whole lot in terms of flavor profile; I get lots of earth and pine, with mild lemon and buttered bread occasionally peaking through.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and heavy bitterness make for a palate-wrecking pale ale (obviously nowhere close to palate-wrecking DIPAs, but you catch my drift). Medium-bodied and hop-forward.

Drinkability: With a few less bittering hops, this might be a great pale ale. Unfortunately, the heavy bitterness overpowers any subtleties that may exist in the flavor profile. Too bad. If you're looking for a low ABV hop fix, this may be your beer.

03-30-2011 18:29:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

Consumed 6/8
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours crystal clear copper color with a 1/2 inch of off white head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving spots of wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is really rather malt forward, caramel malts really dominate, some breadiness and a hint of hops.

T: Taste is likened to the nose, very malt forward. Caramel malts in the forefront moving to a slight breadiness. The hop flavoring really comes out toward the finish with some nice citrus hop notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

D: Not a bad beer, but could have been blended better, goes down pretty easily and is not too filling. You could sit with this for the night, though I would opt for other APA's if available.

06-17-2010 14:19:17 | More by Jayli
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elwoodjblues

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-07-2012 04:47:19 | More by elwoodjblues
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terpinsd

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-27-2014 17:44:58 | More by terpinsd
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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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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-30-2013 04:52:46 | More by bostonryan
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-17-2012 19:37:53 | More by Beermazter310
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vidisad

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-07-2013 06:09:50 | More by vidisad
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BreweryRun

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-10-2014 15:41:29 | More by BreweryRun
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OMsweetOM

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-24-2013 07:28:40 | More by OMsweetOM
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pveilleux

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2013 02:53:29 | More by pveilleux
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MrDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-23-2013 19:02:53 | More by MrDave
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-28-2012 16:47:52 | More by Irrationalist
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-29-2013 14:07:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-28-2013 16:23:52 | More by GraduatedCashew
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-10-2014 18:54:12 | More by 2beerdogs
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%

355ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. Yeast sediment in the bottle, which I left there.

Pleasant deep orange colour, almost copper in hue, with a very fine, pleasant pale orange-tinged beige head. Lacing is patchy, but solid and streaky where it forms. Body is quite light and fluid, but it holds some decent fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Pithy pine and lemon nose, hint of barley sugar, some honey and a slight ginger tone. Pleasantly fragrant when swirled, a bit of resin comes forward along with some peppery spice. It's very pleasant.

Taste is lighter and slightly sweeter than expected, although it starts out quite well. Pleasant clean, crisp entry, some leafy hop characters and a mild neutral malt character open it out. Mid palate is where things go slightly awry, with a touch of coconut and a slight buttery character coming in ever so subtly. Under this is still the main thrust of clean mild hops and base malt, but those other characters (while very faint) do detract significantly from the taste overall.

Feel is good—clean and light and crisp, but with enough body to keep it going and to balance the hops.

Overall, this is a very decent brew. It's clean and crisp for the most part and has pleasantly bright flavours which provide interest and drive. Sure, there are those minor flaws, but while they provide a slight splinter in the works, they don't really affect the overall beer, which is pretty tasty.

07-06-2013 06:35:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a low medium white head. Some soapy lace, good retention.

S: Sweet grapefruit notes and assorted citrus, flowery.

T: White grapefruit and lemon peel are the main flavour. It can get bitter/astringent at times, but the other tastes are good. Malt is nonexistent.

M: Crisp, light to medium-bodied, biting carbonation, thin at points.

D: A solid hoppy San Diego pale ale, good to see this quality from Karl Strauss. Not as good as the standard Sierra Nevada, but can hold its own.

03-05-2011 22:58:19 | More by Halcyondays
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