PINTAIL PALE ALE
As far as hops go, Pintail Pale Ale offers the best of both hemispheres. Motueka hops from New Zealand’s South Island provide a vibrant tropical aroma, while multiple additions of American-grown Cascades lend zesty citrus hop flavors. Finishing crisp and dry, it’s the perfect session beer for hop heads.
When you spot a pintail headed towards the beach, odds are the surf is way up. And where this board provides balance on big waves, Pintail Pale Ale brings balance to big hops. We wanted to brew a session beer with huge hop flavors, so we created Pintail – a dry-hopped pale ale from the West Coast.
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“It’s definitely a late-spring, early summer beer. It’s hopped with several varieties — Newport for a clean bitterness and both good old Cascade as well as a so-called super-Cascade, Amarillo, for a piney-citrusy nose. Amarillo has a reputation for citrusiness, but the pine note really dominates — sniffing this beer is a little like a campout in the woods. Finally, there’s a long finish with malty sweetness and bitterness duking it out to the end, bitter winning (on a split decision) at the end. What to serve it with? It's a summer beer — anything from the grill. A brisk, attractive medium-bodied pale ale with a very piney nose and medium bitterness.”
--Charles Perry, LA Times
“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.”
--Jason Alstrom, Beer Advocate Co-Founder
“Karl Strauss Brewing Company, local purveyor of extraordinary specialty beer, is once again tempting craft and quality beer enthusiasts with their most recent seasonal release, Pintail Pale Ale. What Karl Strauss would have you know about Pintail: it is an American Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV, medium bodied, with a dry, refreshing finish and deep golden color. What you need to know, Pintail is an outstanding, blessing of a beer, and if it disappears at the close of Spring, beer connoisseurs are going to suffer despair, similar in severity and depth to that with which they were afflicted when Karl pulled their Oktoberfest. If you like beer, you owe it to yourself to find and try Pintail Pale Ale. You also owe it to the greater good to ask for it wherever you drink, eat and shop. With enough support, perhaps the decision makers at Karl Strauss will consider making it one of their core beers, or else look forward to a series of email messages from the San Diego Bars Examiner with, "WHY?!?" as a subject heading.”
--Christopher Schmidt, SD Examiner