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Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Pintail Pale AlePintail Pale Ale

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very good

128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-07-2014 14:26:56 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

03-30-2011 18:29:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-20-2014 01:02:59 | More by ortie
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-05-2014 00:56:33 | More by stumac
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-24-2013 19:07:58 | More by Braz
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-01-2014 15:37:02 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

08-01-2012 12:06:16 | More by mulder1010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-24-2014 00:20:56 | More by tastymug
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-28-2012 16:47:52 | More by Irrationalist
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-21-2011 17:24:47 | More by BucBasil
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-23-2013 19:02:53 | More by MrDave
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-20-2013 02:03:58 | More by Dank26
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

04-14-2014 18:10:02 | More by TheMarkE
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-21-2012 23:36:35 | More by KimenTshom
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-22-2013 05:07:18 | More by heytomcat
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-19-2013 01:42:35 | More by olafphysics
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-17-2012 19:37:53 | More by Beermazter310
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-02-2013 13:20:57 | More by magpieken
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

10-01-2007 02:08:38 | More by tonistruth
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2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

02-09-2013 02:25:49 | More by SmashPants
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3.78/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-17-2014 12:10:18 | More by doktorhops
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-07-2012 03:07:40 | More by Hardcore
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-23-2014 00:42:27 | More by meehandennis
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-06-2014 01:43:17 | More by cherche
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-12-2013 22:52:07 | More by DrewShalvoy
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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