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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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DSkilling

California

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

07-29-2013 05:29:26 | More by DSkilling
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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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blguillen

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-20-2013 04:25:32 | More by blguillen
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-08-2013 05:19:03 | More by Zbeetleman
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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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jwalden

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-05-2013 21:07:28 | More by jwalden
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PolarBear3

Australia

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

A - Pours a honey colour with an off white head that retains fairly well

S - Caramel, sweet candy, pineapple and grapefruit. Very promising aromas.

T - Light caramel malts, citrus including grapefruit, lemon together with slight bitterness and a little burnt orange at the finish

M - light to medium bodied with very little carbonation

O - Not a bad effort for a Pale Ale but what promised so much with its aromas but lacked a little in taste. Definately worth a try but I reckon you would have had enough after a couple.

06-26-2013 09:19:35 | More by PolarBear3
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-25-2013 03:34:36 | More by BeerOps
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-30-2013 20:51:33 | More by kojevergas
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JMM0414

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-30-2013 14:10:28 | More by JMM0414
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thedjbear

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-29-2013 05:34:08 | More by thedjbear
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likesbeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-24-2013 23:51:48 | More by likesbeer
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afrokaze

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-18-2013 22:23:16 | More by afrokaze
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DrewShalvoy

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-12-2013 22:52:07 | More by DrewShalvoy
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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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dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-27-2013 06:48:16 | More by dwagner003
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Braz

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-24-2013 19:07:58 | More by Braz
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bestpoop

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-28-2013 21:57:46 | More by bestpoop
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-26-2013 00:56:43 | More by SocalKicks
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-18-2013 23:22:31 | More by somnus
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Brewt

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-12-2013 06:34:56 | More by Brewt
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arfenhouse

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-16-2013 08:31:30 | More by arfenhouse
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SmashPants

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

Bottle: decent 355mL brown bottle. Nicely styled label - kind of old-school cute.

Appearance: darker orange amber in colour, with fast but refined carbonation. A limited white head stays for some time. Minor lacing.

Aroma: some citric hops with a light caramel backing. A touch of pine to fill it out. Not outstanding, but a standard pale ale aroma.

Taste: very muted in flavour for a pale ale. There are the usual suspects as there are in the aroma - grapefruit, pine, caramels - but the flavour is quite muted and dull. Quite disappointing actually.

Aftertaste: pretty much the same - muted without much in the way of follow-up aftertaste.

Mouth feel: I think this is half the problem with the muted flavour profile - the light-to-medium body is fine, but the lack of carbonation really seems to dull this beer down. A pity, as this could have been a good beer if it had a bit more backbone.

Overall: this is the second beer I have had from the Karl Strauss Brewery, and the second one that comes up short. A good flavour profile wasted on limited carbonation and no backbone. A pity, really.

02-09-2013 02:25:49 | More by SmashPants
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Devinph

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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