1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pintail Pale AlePintail Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pintail Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of somalley26
4/5  rDev +5.5%

somalley26, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of blguillen
3/5  rDev -20.8%

blguillen, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of jwalden
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jwalden, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of somnus
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

somnus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of a_sh0pping_cart
2.5/5  rDev -34%

a_sh0pping_cart, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of likesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

likesbeer, May 24, 2013
Photo of jjh19
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: My bottle of Pintail Pale Ale poured a rich golden amber color. Decent head. Had a really clean look.

Smell: A pleasant aroma, hints of citrus (maybe grapefruit?)

Taste: Wow - this ale delivers big on the citrus with the first sip. Pretty cool. I think my favorite thing about the Pintail is the malts I get mid-sip. Creates a nice balance with the vibrant hops.

Mouthfeel: My bottle had a fairly ale-standard medium body. Nothing crazy.

Drinkability: This is a smooth pale ale with an interesting hoppiness. I'd totally recommend this. Can't wait for a hot San Diego day to enjoy a couple more.

jjh19, May 02, 2010
Photo of pepelemofo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

pepelemofo, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of tsailor
3/5  rDev -20.8%

tsailor, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of CMack71968
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

CMack71968, May 12, 2014
Photo of JMM0414
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JMM0414, May 30, 2013
Photo of betterbitter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

betterbitter, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of crvcac
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours with a nice golden amber hue

Smell: smells absolutely wonderful. Clearly dry-hopped, this beer runs a fine line between pale ale and ipa.

Taste: taste very similar to its smell. Again, a very hopped pale ale. Copious amounts of citrus and pine like flavors. Sits very nicely on the palate.

Drink ability: very drinkable. Moderate abv makes for a great session beer. Hop linger on the tongue makes me want more

Overall: solid

crvcac, Aug 17, 2010
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
Photo of bestpoop
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

bestpoop, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of hoptrip619
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if there was a reformulation to this recipe because there is no way this beer deserves anything less than a solid A. I sampled Pintail several times last night at a charity event for the San Diego History Center and was very very impressed. Ryan, the KS rep, mentioned it will be available in six-packs here in a few weeks and I definitely plan to pick some up when that become a reality.

A- Poured a clear bright golden orange with a 1/2" white head.

S- Prominent clean floral citrus aroma of grapefruit zest with some fruity notes.

T- Lots of hop flavor of grapfruit, orange, and meyer lemon. Some caramel malt contrasts nicely with the forward hoppiness.

M- Medium bodied and very very easy to drink.

D- This PA is clean, super flavorful, and incredibly easy to drink. This may very well become my go-to beer. I am seriously impressed by the new beers KS has been putting out lately.

hoptrip619, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of thedjbear
3/5  rDev -20.8%

thedjbear, May 29, 2013
Photo of Brewt
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Brewt, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of elwoodjblues
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

elwoodjblues, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of TJ_B
4/5  rDev +5.5%

TJ_B, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of itfitz
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 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
Photo of jchanrahan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jchanrahan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Gstarkey
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gstarkey, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of yesmynameisjosh
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Absolutely refreshing. Tastes especially delectable on a warm summer day.

yesmynameisjosh, Sep 04, 2014
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.