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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

134 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of itfitz
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

itfitz, May 27, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jayli, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of elwoodjblues
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

elwoodjblues, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of terpinsd
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Gstarkey
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gstarkey, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bostonryan, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Beermazter310, May 17, 2012
Photo of vidisad
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

vidisad, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of BreweryRun
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of OMsweetOM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

OMsweetOM, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of pveilleux
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

pveilleux, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of MrDave
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MrDave, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Irrationalist, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

2beerdogs, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of MarriedAtGI
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Whole Foods El Segundo.

A: Transparent copper color with white head. Good lacing.
S: Very subtle aroma, nothing unpleasant
T: Citrus an pine hops with a nice malt backbone.
M: Dry and refreshing
O: A nice dry pale ale. I prefer more hop aroma.

MarriedAtGI, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of somnus
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

somnus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jheezee, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 27, 2014
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.