Karl Strauss Brewing Pintail Pale Ale
Pintail is a seasonal brew from San Diego-based Karl Strauss, and for a long time it was available only at Karl Strauss brewpubs. Last year, Strauss started bottling it for sale in stores.
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.
— Charles Perry
Style: A brisk, attractive medium-bodied pale ale with a very piney nose and medium bitterness
Price: $8.29 per six-pack
Where to find it: Karl Strauss brewpubs in Costa Mesa and Universal CityWalk, http://www.karlstrauss.com; and Beverages and More stores, http://www.bevmo.com.