Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.15/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Apricot orange with Sunkist borders. In other words, the color that results when amber and red are mixed together (though this is clearly marked as a red ale). A thick slice of eggnog colored cream was produced on the pour and looks good at all points along the journey.
The nose is primarily musky and fruity. Despite the fact that caramel malt is used (which fits the style), it isn't really appreciated. Liberty hops aren't making much of a positive impression either.
Pinstripe Red Ale tastes like a combination amber ale and Oktoberfest. There has to be some form of nutty-earthy malt (like Munich) in use, because my melanoidin detector is hyper-sensitive. Too bad the flavor profile isn't actually caramel malty because it would have made for better beer.
It tastes and feels like all 42 IBUs are present and accounted for, so this must be a fairly fresh bottle. PRA's biggest negative is that it doesn't have a flavor hook. Malts dominate the first half of each mouthful, and hops dominate the second, but the whole isn't worthy of even semi-enthusiastic praise.
There are no problems whatsover with the mouthfeel. It's an appropriate size and hangs on nicely at the finish. Well-done bubbles too, which helps.
Ska brews (mostly) solid beer across the board. This is another well-crafted offering, but the ingredients used don't exactly jibe with my idea of an American red ale. Pinstripe is not a strike... and probably not even a spare.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2011 11:51:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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