Pintail Pale Ale - BOTTLEPintail Pale Ale

Brewery info:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

California, U.S.A

[No website listed]

Alcohol: 5.3%
Standard drinks: 1.5

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.49 AU

Label info: ‘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 flavours, so we created Pintail – a dry hopped pale ale from the West Coast’
AND
‘An American Pale Ale with a floral, grapefruit hoppiness and a clean dry finish’ 

What the label really means: So what I gathered from this label is that a pintail is a surfboard…I think. When I first saw this brew some time ago, I assumed the pintail was the type of bike depicted. Anyway, I also gathered that there is one very interesting brew inside.

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Label: I’m a fan of all the labels coming out of the Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and the Pintail Pale Ale is no exception. I like the sketchy, rough drawn image and simple fonts used. This label has a certain organic feel to it…it’s predominantly green with an earthy beige. Depicted on the label is a cruiser bike with a surfboard (a pintail) strapped to the side. It’s riderless thankfully or it would have looked dorky. In some regards the word ‘classic’ springs to mind as it seems to hark back to a bygone, carefree Summer. It just works so well.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.

AROMA:  Delicious. Soft fruits pave the way for caramel malty aromas.

Taste: GLASS – Definitively American pale ale in style, Pintail Pale Ale has some subtle smooth flavours that lead into bold caramel beats and healthy doses of bitterness. This is one truly delicious drop.Pintail Pale Ale - GLASS

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the bottle it’s just not as strong a contender. It becomes a bit fizzier, sharper and more biting on the palate, and a bit unrefined in finish. Combine this with a pervasive bottle-cap oxidation flavour and I strongly suggest you stick to the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Pork…perhaps a nice pork schnitzel would work well.

Best season to appreciate: Because of the darker, caramel tones in this brew, I am suggesting this would make a good Winter brew. And this is just one reason why I love reviewing pale ales – the spectrum of flavour. From the fruitiest of flavours to the darkest of caramels there is just so much variety.

All-nighter beer? Yes please – bring it on.

NEXT WEEK: KISS Destroyer 

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Comments
  1. radiosnivins says:

    Karl Strauss knows his fooze. PIntail is superdooper stuff. It goes guzzlingly beaut with a plate of Scotch eggs, and the latest media race furore. So, in conclusion, get six in ya. Nine out of ten…hic

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    • radiosnivins says:

      No, but seriously, it has a superb hop profile. It reminds me of Milena Velba in that respect. Also, there’s a show on C31 on Tuesday nights at 9 called Craft Beer Crusaders. It’s a couple of Melbourne guzznauts that go and yak to craft brewers in their natural habitats. A few Pintails and an episode of which would go together like chlorine and brake fluid.

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    • Radio Snivins says:

      No, but seriously, it has a hopping profile is of such superdooperness you could hang a towel on it. It reminds me a bit of Milena Velba actually. Also, to jag the subject, there’s a show on C31 on Tuesday nights at 9 called Craft Beer Crusaders. It’s a couple of Melbourne guzznauts that go and yak to craft brewers in their natural habitats. I reckon a few Pintails and an episode of which would go together like chlorine and brake fluid.

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      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        For some reason this comment was put as ‘pending’ a while ago and I never saw it! Weird…

        Thanks Snivelly.

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        If I was a betting Snivins, which I am, and I was to place a wager with my Vietnamese based bookie, then my đồng would be on WordPress having a moderation required phrase filter for ‘chlorine and brake fluid.’

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