Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.
Pours a clear orange with a 1 inch whitish-orange head that fades to a thin cap. Random foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. Taste is of grapefruit and it’s juice, citrus zests, and slight malt. Medium bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid pale ale with some nice citrus aromas and flavors and an excellent choice for a Summer beer.
08-02-2011 16:58:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
Ferric oxide orange with honeybee highlights and crystalline clarity throughout. The head is equal parts eggshell and ecru and melts in fine fashion. BB-shot lace isn't extensive, but there's enough of it present to result in the above score.
For a spring seasonal, PPA is still pretty hoppy with respect to the aroma. Cascade and Newport were used, with Amarillo for dry-hopping. Tangerine and grapefruit zest on a primarily pale malt base is right up my APA alley.
Pintail Pale Ale is a solid version of the style without a doubt. That's no surprise since the only other Karl Strauss beer that I've reviewed to date (Big Barrel Double IPA) is an underappreciated hoppy humdinger. Little brother is tasty and drinkable as well.
The malts are sufficient in amount and seem very slightly toasted and earthy, as if a small percentage of Munich or Vienna is present. The top notes are all bright citrus peel of the sort described above. It tastes and feels like most of the original 47 IBUs are still kickin'. The finish is lingeringly hoppy-bitter and semi-crisp.
The body/mouthfeel is the only (teensy weensy) fly in the ointment. It's a little bit thin and slightly too harshly bubbled. Things improve in the bottom half, just not enough to make a difference where score is concerned.
It's difficult to say after only two of their offerings, but it appears as though Karl Strauss doesn't get enough love. Maybe it's different out there in California, who knows? This is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a well-hopped American pale ale that doesn't allow its malts to be backseat drivers.
09-26-2010 12:31:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
The color on this is much more brown than I would have anticipated for the style. Nice lacing though. There are good tones of spices from hops, but there are a lot of malts on here as well that mix with the hops and hold them back from getting too obnoxious I would say. Carbonation could be tones down a degree or two really. Overall though, a pretty good beer.
08-23-2012 07:32:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Deep amber in the pint glass. Long lasting white foam on the brew. Really a tasty light style of Pale Ale. Big floral taste fills the mouth, followed by a very modest bitterness. Resins in the flavors add some interesting spice, and a lot of rich, toasted biscuit flavor fills out the body. An extremely drinkable beer with a big splash of hops, yet light enough for a quaff.
It's hard to get too far away from Karl Strauss in San Diego, but I somehow missed this peg in their standard lineup. Tasted at the La Jolla outlet. This and the Hefeweizen are really quite good, I think.
03-05-2012 06:26:54 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours amber with a low medium white head. Some soapy lace, good retention.
S: Sweet grapefruit notes and assorted citrus, flowery.
T: White grapefruit and lemon peel are the main flavour. It can get bitter/astringent at times, but the other tastes are good. Malt is nonexistent.
M: Crisp, light to medium-bodied, biting carbonation, thin at points.
D: A solid hoppy San Diego pale ale, good to see this quality from Karl Strauss. Not as good as the standard Sierra Nevada, but can hold its own.
03-05-2011 22:58:19 | More by Halcyondays
3.54/5 rDev -6.3%
355ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. Yeast sediment in the bottle, which I left there.
Pleasant deep orange colour, almost copper in hue, with a very fine, pleasant pale orange-tinged beige head. Lacing is patchy, but solid and streaky where it forms. Body is quite light and fluid, but it holds some decent fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.
Pithy pine and lemon nose, hint of barley sugar, some honey and a slight ginger tone. Pleasantly fragrant when swirled, a bit of resin comes forward along with some peppery spice. It's very pleasant.
Taste is lighter and slightly sweeter than expected, although it starts out quite well. Pleasant clean, crisp entry, some leafy hop characters and a mild neutral malt character open it out. Mid palate is where things go slightly awry, with a touch of coconut and a slight buttery character coming in ever so subtly. Under this is still the main thrust of clean mild hops and base malt, but those other characters (while very faint) do detract significantly from the taste overall.
Feel is good—clean and light and crisp, but with enough body to keep it going and to balance the hops.
Overall, this is a very decent brew. It's clean and crisp for the most part and has pleasantly bright flavours which provide interest and drive. Sure, there are those minor flaws, but while they provide a slight splinter in the works, they don't really affect the overall beer, which is pretty tasty.
07-06-2013 06:35:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Looks the part of a good pale beer, amber colored, thin head. Aroma was very pleasant, good dry hopping here.
Taste, a solid beer, especially from a brewery I've never been a big fan of. Great summer sipper. Citrus hops, snippet of pine even. Nothing too crazy, holds its own. Does recede downhill though, everything that stood out diminishes. Man, if they only served this 5 oz. at a time, it would be excellent. . .
As always, about $1-2 more than superior products in the same category SNPA. . .
07-28-2010 17:41:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
On tap at Karl Strauss downtown. Orange color.aroma is nice tropical fruits. Flavor is citrus but very crisp and fleeting like a Speite with no sugar. Aroma was a real tease and gla or didn't live up to it. I wanyed this beer to taste a certain way but its the other way. Ho hum.
05-03-2013 20:08:45 | More by ArrogantB
3.93/5 rDev +4%
1227th Review on BA
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App- A decent dark orange with light ambers and a small 1/2 finger of white head. HUGE amazingly clingy lace with webbing for days.
Smell- Hoppy, piney, citrusy and crisp bitter. Smelled like a clean beer. Had a good small feel. Wasnt too muddled.
Taste- I like this one. Along the lines of a SNPA. Had a good clean profile with a nice hop flavor and then only a small malt profile.
Mouth- A clean medium body with a medium carbonation level. Has a semi bitter citrus level.
Drink- Clean all around. Well layered ad has nice simple flavors. Would like this one again.
04-22-2012 03:27:50 | More by FosterJM
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine, floral notes, citrus fruit and spicy hops. Some light clean malt underneath.
Flavours follow along the same lines, with more floral and spicy notes along with a little fruit. Lovely clean malt underneath with just a hint of a cookie dough-like character.
Carbonation is perhaps just a little high.
Wonderfully refreshing and drinkable.
10-29-2012 01:32:58 | More by CrazyDavros
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
4.03/5 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.