1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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

123 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 123
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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)
View: Beers (51) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pintail Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jayli
Jayli

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 14:19:17 | More by Jayli
Photo of 2beerdogs
2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-10-2014 18:54:12 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of JoEBoBpr
JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice strong copper color with a 1 inch soapy off-white head that has some good retention. Active carbonation rise form the bottom of the glass.

S - Malty goodness is present with some underlying and delicious grassy hops. Some citrus grapefruit notes are present but the bready grain backbone is definitely dominant.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice bready grain notes. Freshly baked and toasty. Delicious malt backbone to this brew. There is some nice grapefruit and slightly grassy hop notes to balance the malt backbone. There si some slight malt sweetness to the beer as well. With some slight carmel notes mixed in with the grain. Good light mouthfeel with great overall flavors.

O - I was pleasantly surprised byt his beer. It is up there with some of the more known Cali Pale Ales. In fact to me it trumps SNPA. Good malt backbone with nice hop hints.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 05:05:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of magictrokini
magictrokini

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 00:44:53 | More by magictrokini
Photo of djaeon
djaeon

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-16-2014 01:36:51 | More by djaeon
Photo of codynevels
codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-01-2012 05:43:36 | More by codynevels
Photo of bostonryan
bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-30-2013 04:52:46 | More by bostonryan
Photo of beagle75
beagle75

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops are pungent anf focused early, but diminish quickly in intensity. Toasted grain is predictably more evident as hops fade, but otherwise the smell is very clean.

T: Begins dry, with aromatic hops that match the smell closely and bright acidity that is strong but welcome. Pale malt emerges in the middle, husky and robust. Bitterness develops gradually, becoming nearly bracing at its peak during the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced featuring an acidic edge, with moderate carbonation.

D: Not only is Pintail one of the best beers Karl Strauss brews, it may also be one of the best APAs brewed in Southern California. One has to consider some other much more poorly-distributed beers--Alpine Hoppy Birthday, Strand 24th Street pale--to find one that is both local and is able to exceed this beer in its masterful approach to the style. While off-flavors are virtually non-existent here, one could potentially criticize the acidity present and the speed at which the hop aromas seem to fade from the smell. That said, even they are small transgressions that should not prevent this beer from rising to the top of the Karl Strauss stable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 06:00:17 | More by beagle75
Photo of BeerOps
BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-25-2013 03:34:36 | More by BeerOps
Photo of pin
pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-09-2012 12:19:33 | More by pin
Photo of funkel81
funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-23-2012 18:06:44 | More by funkel81
Photo of CEDAMA
CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +32.3%

07-14-2012 06:49:01 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of BucannonXC5
BucannonXC5

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Just over an inch of head. Color was caramel. Plenty of lacing on top with some film on the sides. The film stayed throughout the pour.

Initial whiff was pine and grapefruit, followed by hops.

Initial taste was a pleasant balance of hops, pine and grapefruit, followed by a small hint of bitterness. Even some lemon wafer cookies in there as well.

Moderate on the carbonation. Flavor stayed consistent throughout. Pine and hops rule the day.

I thought this beer was going to be good and it didn’t disappoint. Heavy on the hops, but smooth. Great combination.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 07:55:42 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of dgherm
dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-12-2014 01:55:47 | More by dgherm
Photo of heygeebee
heygeebee

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 08:35:01 | More by heygeebee
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-04-2014 04:53:26 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of Stoffel
Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-05-2012 04:24:13 | More by Stoffel
Photo of TheSixthRing
TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:14:46 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of rawfish
rawfish

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 05:06:00 | More by rawfish
Photo of oldvines
oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2012 18:44:12 | More by oldvines
Photo of dwagner003
dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-27-2013 06:48:16 | More by dwagner003
Photo of dansmcd
dansmcd

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 09:50:06 | More by dansmcd
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
ThreeWiseMen

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 18:29:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of MN_Beerticker
MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-07-2014 14:26:56 | More by MN_Beerticker
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-22-2013 00:12:59 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.