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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

129 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 129
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 04, 2014
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of chogm54
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've started to see more of the Karl Strauss beers pop up around the place. It looks like Sierra Nevada may not be the only american beer to be widely available in Oz. Bring it on I say - Im yet to have a really terrible craft American beer. Poured from a 330ml bottle.

a - Looks how it should - hazy dark orange/brown, pours a 3cm off - white head, that lingers to a 5mm thick lacing.

s - big kick of hoppy floral odours, slight whiff of malt and spicy citrus

t - a citrus tang (blood orange/grapefruit) tang at the very beginning, before the hoppy bitterness comes in, mixed in with some faint roasted malt, with caramel and honey overlapping at the rear

m - moderate to high carbonation (for an APA), light to moderate body with slightly creamy texture

O - slightly more bitter than the average pale ale or APA, this is nevertheless an enjoyable beer, with enough bitterness to enjoy the flavour, but not too much so it isn't sessionable. Definitely work a try if you want an alternative to Little Creatures or Sierra Nevada PA's.

chogm54, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jheezee, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of TheMarkE
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy amber with decent head and lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops, caramel, pine.

Taste: Pine, citrus, fresh bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Very good. Well balanced and tasty, it’s not a bad alternative to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Firestone Pale 31.

TheMarkE, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MN_Beerticker, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bcerv-ca, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jmint, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

slackerjk, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of tomgetz
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tough to completely review due to it being served in a plastic cup at Disney California adventure. Despite this, this is a solid pale ale with citrusy taste. Low alcohol level makes this very drinkable. For the Midwest people, this is much like founders all day ipa. A very good offering from Karl Strauss.

tomgetz, Feb 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Smarty_Pints, Jan 10, 2014
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
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

pveilleux, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

BMMillsy, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

TJ_B, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

magpieken, Sep 02, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dank26, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

bostonryan, Jul 30, 2013
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.