Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
This beer was copper-colored with a nice white head and great lace on the glass. It smelled like grapefruit juice mingled with a little bit of pine. Great aroma! It tasted dry - which is good - with slight notes of caramel. The beer was super hoppy without being very bitter. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied. This is definitely a sessionable pale ale. I could drink alot of this one.
04-30-2010 21:57:46 | More by Beerocrat69
4.4/5 rDev +16.4%
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
08-17-2010 15:16:06 | More by crvcac
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
05-02-2010 04:00:13 | More by jjh19
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
A - Pretty burnt orange, nice near white head, leaves to ring fast. Plenty cling lace.
S - Almost solid malt center nose. Bitter circling main focus.
T - Nice sweet malt controlled very well by the hops. This is great for a pale ale. Within style, but so much flavor.
M - Medium body, creamy and carbed, finished clean after sweet and bitter blend.
D - Not overpowering, not high abv. It's a keeper.
10-08-2010 20:41:44 | More by srandycarter
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
02-03-2014 20:25:10 | More by tomgetz
4.21/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
04-24-2014 09:03:46 | More by chogm54
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
On-tap at OC Brewhouse, on to the beer:
A little paler than copper, this beer has very good head retention and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. Nose is pleasant, giving off grapefruit and piney aromas. A clean pale ale, leans towards the hoppy side, though never bitter or rough at any moment. The grapefruit seems sweeter in the taste. Piney and limey as well. Gentle and medium-light in mouthfeel, and very easy to quaff.
Refreshing and appetizing beer from Karl Strauss. This would be ideal for lazy summer days.
06-02-2011 06:01:16 | More by DoubleJ
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
12oz brown bottle with a code on the neck.
Clear and brassy, thin but impressive lacing. APA nose with floral and citric hop notes with bready and biscuity malt. Somewhat deep smoothness develops into a quick snap of crispness. Medium body. Citric hop flavor runs from pulp to zest to a little bit of rind with a bitterness that sticks. Maltiness holds together well, a good base with biscuity and bread flavors that meld with yeasty undertones. Finishes malt and bitter at the same time, semi-dry though.
A stellar example of the APA style, nothing crazy ... to style.
07-01-2010 01:55:27 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
04-08-2011 06:00:17 | More by beagle75
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
03-31-2011 05:05:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
11-13-2013 02:54:13 | More by BMMillsy
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.