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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

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

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

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

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

2beerdogs, Jul 10, 2014
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 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 ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

ArrogantB, May 03, 2013
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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 magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

magictrokini, Jun 06, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

heygeebee, Aug 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

likesbeer, May 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

djaeon, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

kojevergas, May 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

cherche, Jul 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mulder1010, Aug 01, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

PolarBear3, Jun 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Braz, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

blguillen, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

codynevels, Feb 01, 2012
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.