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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

123 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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)
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-20-2014 01:02:59 | More by ortie
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Braz

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-24-2013 19:07:58 | More by Braz
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stumac

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-05-2014 00:56:33 | More by stumac
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-01-2014 15:37:02 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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mulder1010

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-24-2014 00:20:56 | More by tastymug
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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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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Karl Strauss at Universal City, CA.

A: Amber color, almost orange but with some reddish notes. Offwhite head of about a finger with ok retention.

S: Subtle but has a malty backbone of bread with a light fruit sweetness and a hint of floral.

T: Light and smooth. Good hop profile but with a bit of balance in the form of slightly bready malt. A hint of herbal and floral hop and slightly fruity going down.

O: Very drinkable but nothing too exciting. A solid pale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 17:24:47 | More by BucBasil
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-20-2013 02:03:58 | More by Dank26
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KimenTshom

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

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

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 18:10:02 | More by TheMarkE
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MrDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-23-2013 19:02:53 | More by MrDave
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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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tonistruth

Nevada

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

on cask @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- pours a cloudy, unfiltered straw color, with a silky two finger white head and lace, great retent on both

S- fresh citrus and bready

T- dry toasted malts, bready, citrus, leafy, burnt cardboard flavor in background

M- silky, smooth, dry and somewhat sticky after

D- burnt flavor can be harsh and a brew from cask is a love or hate situation, but not to shabby, probably be better off on tap

Serving type: cask

10-01-2007 02:08:38 | More by tonistruth
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heytomcat

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-22-2013 05:07:18 | More by heytomcat
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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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magpieken

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-02-2013 13:20:57 | More by magpieken
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SmashPants

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: decent 355mL brown bottle. Nicely styled label - kind of old-school cute.

Appearance: darker orange amber in colour, with fast but refined carbonation. A limited white head stays for some time. Minor lacing.

Aroma: some citric hops with a light caramel backing. A touch of pine to fill it out. Not outstanding, but a standard pale ale aroma.

Taste: very muted in flavour for a pale ale. There are the usual suspects as there are in the aroma - grapefruit, pine, caramels - but the flavour is quite muted and dull. Quite disappointing actually.

Aftertaste: pretty much the same - muted without much in the way of follow-up aftertaste.

Mouth feel: I think this is half the problem with the muted flavour profile - the light-to-medium body is fine, but the lack of carbonation really seems to dull this beer down. A pity, as this could have been a good beer if it had a bit more backbone.

Overall: this is the second beer I have had from the Karl Strauss Brewery, and the second one that comes up short. A good flavour profile wasted on limited carbonation and no backbone. A pity, really.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:25:49 | More by SmashPants
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doktorhops

Australia

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the good old US of A is the Pintail Pale Ale from Herr Karl Strauss, and we all have fond memories of the Tower 10 IPA, at least I do, so my best [taste] buds are humming with anticipation at what to expect from this quality west coast brewer because everyone knows "the west is best" when it comes to craft beers... wait, I may be wrong, perhaps it is "the mid-west is best"... It's definitely not "the tex-mex is best" this I know for certain.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Body is a classic Pale Ale deep amber with a thin off-white dusting on top, very run of the mill, and who doesn't like run of the mill? I'll kill them... with a mill. It will be one creative death right there.

S: To all the American Pale Ale admirers out there this is, simply put, berfume (a portmanteau of "beer" and "perfume" I invented). A full bouquet of floral/citric/pine hops and generous caramel malt base blend well here. It is borderline Sierra Nevada Awesome [SNA for short] with hops leading the nose well.

T: The taste, however, falls short of SNA with those hops flattening out flavour-wise and presenting less complexity than one is lead to believe by the aroma. Citric hops (minus much of that floral/pine note mentioned above) share evenly with a caramel malt base and finish, for an APA at least, balanced between bitter and dry.

M: Medium bodied (Karl Strauss seem to have a knack for this) with a light but active carbonation.

D: It is an easy drinker and a good introduction to the APA style for those unaccustomed to overtly bitter beers, but ultimately once you've looked into the sun and seen the glory of the universe a glance directly into a lamp doesn't cut it. However that is a gross overstatement/analogy as this is really a top-notch APA that isn't quite SNA but could be DEGMHF*, and if that isn't EIFY† I don't know what is.

Food match: For some reason or another this brew conjured up a desire for a roast lamb with mint sauce and roasted vegetables dinner, however this ale is a little too bold for the simple roast lamb dinner so for something different a spicy Harissa rubbed lamb would easily do the trick.

*Decent Enough Given More Hop Flavour.
†Enough Initialisms For You.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 12:10:18 | More by doktorhops
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-07-2012 03:07:40 | More by Hardcore
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meehandennis

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-23-2014 00:42:27 | More by meehandennis
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cherche

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-06-2014 01:43:17 | More by cherche
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-30-2014 03:54:27 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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velosuds

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours an amber-orange with a one and a quarter finger, off-white head with average retention and nice, even lacing.

S-Very fragrant, citrusy hops and caramel malt.

T-A full flavored light ale. Nice blend of bitterness and tropical fruit notes with a balanced malt presence.

M-Very smooth. Good carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable and a decent ale.

O- Good, but not great, at regular prices. However, I would buy this for $5.99 a sixer, whenever available. A good APA.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 06:41:04 | More by velosuds
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DrewShalvoy

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-12-2013 22:52:07 | More by DrewShalvoy
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.