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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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Photo of srandycarter


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

A - Pretty burnt orange, nice near white head, leaves to ring fast. Plenty cling lace.

S - Almost solid malt center nose. Bitter circling main focus.

T - Nice sweet malt controlled very well by the hops. This is great for a pale ale. Within style, but so much flavor.

M - Medium body, creamy and carbed, finished clean after sweet and bitter blend.

D - Not overpowering, not high abv. It's a keeper.

10-08-2010 20:41:44 | More by srandycarter
Photo of jenray


2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12-29-2013 05:53:14 | More by jenray
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-16-2014 23:08:43 | More by jheezee
Photo of Smarty_Pints


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-10-2014 02:59:38 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of BMMillsy


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

11-13-2013 02:54:13 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Zbeetleman


3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-08-2013 05:19:03 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

07-04-2010 20:57:23 | More by armock
Photo of Jayli


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
Photo of 2beerdogs


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-10-2014 18:54:12 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

03-31-2011 05:05:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-16-2014 01:36:51 | More by djaeon
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
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-01-2012 05:43:36 | More by codynevels
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-30-2013 04:52:46 | More by bostonryan
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-23-2012 18:06:44 | More by funkel81
Photo of BeerOps


4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-25-2013 03:34:36 | More by BeerOps
Photo of beagle75


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
Photo of pin


4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-09-2012 12:19:33 | More by pin
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-04-2014 04:53:26 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of BucannonXC5


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-20-2011 07:55:42 | More by BucannonXC5
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

07-14-2012 06:49:01 | More by CEDAMA
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-27-2013 06:48:16 | More by dwagner003
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-22-2013 00:12:59 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2012 18:44:12 | More by oldvines
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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