Pintail Pale Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Just over an inch of head. Color was caramel. Plenty of lacing on top with some film on the sides. The film stayed throughout the pour.
Initial whiff was pine and grapefruit, followed by hops.
Initial taste was a pleasant balance of hops, pine and grapefruit, followed by a small hint of bitterness. Even some lemon wafer cookies in there as well.
Moderate on the carbonation. Flavor stayed consistent throughout. Pine and hops rule the day.
I thought this beer was going to be good and it didn’t disappoint. Heavy on the hops, but smooth. Great combination.
08-20-2011 07:55:42 | More by BucannonXC5
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
BB April 2013 (!)
Pours a deep amber, slight head, maybe half a finger. Dies to a film quickly. Sproadic lacing on swirl.
APA on the nose! Firm aromas of citrus, a little fruit salad, honey, and hops.
Taste is a let down after the nose. Hops and pine dominate a one-dimensional palate. Freshness is the issue methinks.
Mouthfeel a little watery. Carbonation good.
Overall, OK but not great example in crowded market.
08-11-2012 08:35:01 | More by heygeebee
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Arrives to the table with a deep orange amber hue and a small off white cap of froth that leaves an even ring of stick on the glass. Nice clarity with active carbonation.
A little muted but nice caramel malt back bone with even balance of citrus and pine hop aromas. Smells lightly herbaceous and clean.
Clean malt bill, not a hint of any coarse grains and it quickly clears allowing the beer to lean towards the hoppy side of the spectrum with grapefruit citrus , pine and lemon zest. Mildly bitter in the finish, with a brightening acidity.
Prickly carbonation but nothing overblown, deceivingly lighter body then the color lets on, doesn't give a drying feeling but unmistakably clean.
Very clean and on the hoppier side of the spectrum as far as pale ales go. Reminds me quite a bit of fresh SN pale which is also very good. One of Karl Strauss' better beers in the standard lineup.
05-06-2012 05:06:00 | More by rawfish
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Lace coats the glass with reckless abandon. Unbelievable stick.
Smell - Primary tropical and citrus aromas. Pineapple and orange. Prominent caramel malt aroma as well. Fantastic smelling beer.
Taste - After the smell and look, a bit of a let down. Taste is well-balanced, but comes across as almost hollow, especially to start. Malts are light and bready, with touches of caramel. Hops are present, but are more or less a ghostly presence until they eventually break through near the finish. Citrus. Touches on pine. Subtle soapiness.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Smooth and drinkable.
Overall - So close to being elite, but the flavor just isn't there. The aroma is a tease, for sure. Would I buy this beer again? I don't know that I would.
01-26-2013 04:14:46 | More by TheSixthRing
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
A - pours a deep golden amber, nice thick and creamy head with excellent retention, sloppy sticky lacing.
S - piney hops, spice and caramel malt.
T - really tasty. Well balanced. Pine, caramel, sweet and bitter. Good example of the style.
M - moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.
O - surprisingly good considering the other offerings from these guys.
01-01-2013 09:50:06 | More by dansmcd
Pintail Pale Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.