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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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TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

01-26-2013 04:14:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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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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olafphysics

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-19-2013 01:42:35 | More by olafphysics
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dansmcd

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

A - pours a deep golden amber, nice thick and creamy head with excellent retention, sloppy sticky lacing.

S - piney hops, spice and caramel malt.

T - really tasty. Well balanced. Pine, caramel, sweet and bitter. Good example of the style.

M - moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O - surprisingly good considering the other offerings from these guys.

01-01-2013 09:50:06 | More by dansmcd
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +4%

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine, floral notes, citrus fruit and spicy hops. Some light clean malt underneath.
Flavours follow along the same lines, with more floral and spicy notes along with a little fruit. Lovely clean malt underneath with just a hint of a cookie dough-like character.
Carbonation is perhaps just a little high.
Wonderfully refreshing and drinkable.

10-29-2012 01:32:58 | More by CrazyDavros
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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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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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theempire

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

09-08-2012 17:52:25 | More by theempire
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

The color on this is much more brown than I would have anticipated for the style. Nice lacing though. There are good tones of spices from hops, but there are a lot of malts on here as well that mix with the hops and hold them back from getting too obnoxious I would say. Carbonation could be tones down a degree or two really. Overall though, a pretty good beer.

08-23-2012 07:32:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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mulder1010

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

355 ML bottle

A-- Poured a darker orange amber color. Quite clear and some visible carbonation bubbles. Half finger of off white head. Nice lacing with this. Good sticky ring of lacing. Head holds up quite nice.

S-- Pineapple, passion fruit, Lemon, orange, and lime. Good citrus nose. Some caramel backbone but this is very fruit forward.

T-- Pine, orange and grapefruit in the taste. Turns to a more herbal variety. Citrus tones get lost in the taste. Not much of a backbone to this.

M-- Slight amount of toffee in the feel but not enough to back up the hops. A sort of thin, soapy herbal character to this. A lot of hop bite to this but nothing to sooth it out. Dry, medicinal orange and grapefruit finish. Some resin in the mid palate. Lightly carbonated and medium feel.

O-- More body to back this up. Lots of hops in this and could be very nice with a bigger backbone. Better than a lot of APA's out here but not on par with LCPA. Would buy again as a pretty well hopped APA.

08-01-2012 12:06:16 | More by mulder1010
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pepelemofo

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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


3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-26-2012 23:58:18 | More by tsailor
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a_sh0pping_cart

California

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

07-23-2012 15:27:23 | More by a_sh0pping_cart
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KimenTshom

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-21-2012 23:36:35 | More by KimenTshom
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +32.3%

07-14-2012 06:49:01 | More by CEDAMA
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Naterobsnyk4

New York

3/5  rDev -20.6%

06-24-2012 05:21:58 | More by Naterobsnyk4
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Arrives to the table with a deep orange amber hue and a small off white cap of froth that leaves an even ring of stick on the glass. Nice clarity with active carbonation.

A little muted but nice caramel malt back bone with even balance of citrus and pine hop aromas. Smells lightly herbaceous and clean.

Clean malt bill, not a hint of any coarse grains and it quickly clears allowing the beer to lean towards the hoppy side of the spectrum with grapefruit citrus , pine and lemon zest. Mildly bitter in the finish, with a brightening acidity.

Prickly carbonation but nothing overblown, deceivingly lighter body then the color lets on, doesn't give a drying feeling but unmistakably clean.

Very clean and on the hoppier side of the spectrum as far as pale ales go. Reminds me quite a bit of fresh SN pale which is also very good. One of Karl Strauss' better beers in the standard lineup.

05-06-2012 05:06:00 | More by rawfish
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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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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

California

3.93/5  rDev +4%

1227th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Karl Strauss Costa Mesa

App-  A decent dark orange with light ambers and a small 1/2 finger of white head. HUGE amazingly clingy lace with webbing for days.

Smell-  Hoppy, piney, citrusy and crisp bitter. Smelled like a clean beer. Had a good small feel. Wasnt too muddled.

Taste- I like this one. Along the lines of a SNPA. Had a good clean profile with a nice hop flavor and then only a small malt profile. 

Mouth-  A clean medium body with a medium carbonation level. Has a semi bitter citrus level.

Drink- Clean all around. Well layered ad has nice simple flavors. Would like this one again.

04-22-2012 03:27:50 | More by FosterJM
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elwoodjblues

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-07-2012 04:47:19 | More by elwoodjblues
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.