Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
Draft to Pint
@Karl Strauss Costa Mesa
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
4/5 rDev +5.8%
A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind
S - Is mostly of citrus hops on caramel malt
T - Starts off with grapefruit hops finishes with a touch of caramel malt
M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it
D - This was a pretty good pale thats easy to drink with its good taste I could probably drink a few of these in a sitting worth picking up sometime to give it a try
07-04-2010 20:57:23 | More by armock
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
06-17-2010 14:19:17 | More by Jayli
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
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
06-06-2009 00:44:53 | More by magictrokini
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
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.