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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.15% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Reviews by Shultzerdugen:
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with date notches.

Hazed light orange in color with a small white cap.

Bread and biscuit like malts would pretty much cover the nose.

Light in body with a mellow carbonation and bit of graininess. Bread and biscuit like malt flavors to match the nose, with a touch of caramel and floral notes in the finish.

Nothing wrong with this beer, and not much to get me excited. Could slake a thirst.

Shultzerdugen, Jan 18, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of a copper than amber or red with not much head to speak of,aromas of caramel and toasted malt with a nice lingering fruitiness.Taste is ur typical red though but with a nice hop presence in the finish,toasted and light caramel sweetness dominate with a hint of soap in some sips.A pretty good beer here I like these Ska brews will try the rest of the line if I get a chance.

oberon, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Cool skull label with bowling pins and hops in the mouth. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a light amber beer and a patchy white creamy, foam head. Last drop was full of "stuff" and turned the beer a bit cloudy.

Smell: Big malty, biscuit, fresh grain aroma.

Taste: Smooth and relatively light on the palate. A bit fruity, hint of roasted, with a mineral/metallic flavoured back bone. Mild sweetness. Low hop bitterness with a slight floral flavour. Bready and biscuit malt flavours follow with a bitty/grain mouthfeel and a crisp dryness that runs into the finish.

Notes: Doesn't resemble a "red ale", but this beer has many of the typical characteristics that you might expect -- crisp, dry, touch of roasted, etc. It's also very basic, making for some easy, no thinking drinking. A superb session beer.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Todd, Mar 26, 2002
Photo of Beaver13
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured light amber, almost yellowish-orange with a smallish head with big bubbles that quickly dissipated except for slight traces. Slight caramel, hoppy smell. Bland tasting, with a slightly fruity initial flavor and a hoppy finish and a kind of skunky aftertaste. Overall, I wasn't too impressed by this. It's definitely not what I'd consider a red ale, more like a pretty poor amber ale.

Beaver13, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012 (I think; it's partly scratched out). Still, only just out of date amirite?! Picked up a little while ago from Trembling Madness in York. What's with the skull & skittles on the label?

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with dry, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a mild hint of pine.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, biscuits, earthy yeast, stewed hops, faint candy sugar and undertones of pine resin. Slightly sweet. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but perhaps a tad insubstantial. Aftertaste of grainy caramel malt and yeast.

An OK brew, though nothing amazing. Primarily malty in flavour, with a subtle touch of hops - kind of like a paler brown ale. Nothing really stands out about it, while the body could perhaps be amped up a little. Drinkable enough, but no need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light red and orange hues to the beer, good 1" head to it, plenty satisfied with the appearance and clarity on this one. And yes, they do get a .5 point for involving bowling, skulls and ska on the label. Too cool.

Aroma was largely malt driven, did have that woodsy irish red aroma, but was hoping for more from the Liberty hops in this one, but I guess they aren't really aroma hops anyways, but so rarely used, was still hoping for some unique convergence here.

Was amazed with the light body, yet full flavor, even if primarily malt sweetness driven. Low bitterness, low hopping. Mild breadiness. Despite its appearance, doesn't really have that caramel thing going for it.

While this beer was decent, I would like to see some kind of hop variation for it. Like hop it along the lines of Modus. Or double/triple the amount of Liberty hops to make their existence cognizable. Yeah, amping the hops up isn't exactly 'original,' but I'm just interested in good, not unique. This beer is unique. I think it can be even better with a slight change.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a hazy light copper color with a vigorous carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan head with big bubbles popping through.

S- The smell of floral green hops comes through even as I pour this beer. A faint note of lightly toasted honey malt is in the background. The aroma is a bit soft in the nose.

T- This beer has a fruity hop taste with big sweet ruby red grapefruit and a soft lightly toasted malt before the bitter hop finish. There is a bright tangy taste to the grapefruit and the other hop flavors are in the background.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a strong fizz texture. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer has interesting flavors. The grapefruit sticks out much more than the rest of the hops and the malt comes through and enhances the grapefruit. When looking at the bottle for more info I see that it was bottles in Oct. '04. I never would have guessed it but I will re-review when I get a fresher bottle.

rhoadsrage, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

LXIXME, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of scottblaze
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured about a 1" frothy head with good retention, clear amber, very nice lacing. A little grassy smell, otherwise not a lot on the nose. Liberty hops showing through with hints of lemon grass, pineapple, chamomile and caramel. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall an easy drinking brew but somehow finishes a little thin. Worthwhile

scottblaze, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of racer2k
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark orange color beer that is clear with a very thin head. Light carbonation in my pour.

S- Malt, Biscuits, sweetness and a bit of yeast in the smell

T- Moderate malt flavor that I would characterize as lighter than a traditional red ale. Caramel and fruit flavors are present with balanced sweet finish.

M- Moderate thickness but very smooth and drinkable.

D- Very nice red ale with a great balance and nice sweet finish. This was a fine session beer on tap at a wedding reception in Durango, CO

Not your average Red Ale. Very nice beer!

racer2k, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This can just as easily be classified as a pale ale, both in terms of flavor and appearance. It pours a golden-copper that doesn't look very red or amber to me. An army of bubbles and a creamy inch-high head are its best traits in the looks department. The head halves quickly but retains well, leaving lots of lace in its wake.

Nose provides some good sniffin': light and fruity hops, red licorice, bubblegum.

Grape bazooka dominates the flavor. Hops are fruity and springy as the aroma hints. Bubblegum keeps coming to mind. Just enough malt backup to keeps things well-rounded.

Some carbonation is here and that's good; I was worried how this beer would be (in that dept. and others) since it was bottled in September '06. Looks like it has staying power, though the very soft and smoothed-out texture does hint at some age, bordering on watery.

Nothing spectacular, but a very likeable beer that satisfies, with nothing terribly negative going against it. Was glad to try it--thanks to my bro mnwags for hooking it up.

Metalmonk, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously poured, a copper liquid fills the pint and leaves one finger of white head on the top, not much in the way of lacing...

Smells of slight alcohol, and some mild hops not much here

Taste is sweet and malty, a good first impression. A little bit of bitters in the back but they do not dominate.

A medium body and copious carbonation give this beer a solid foundation, slightly chewy as well.

Overall this was a surprisingly sweet red, that I did enjoy. i would recommend a try for a new "better beer" drinker to have as a stepping stone to heavier playing fields.

JoeAmerican77, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pinstripe Red has a pleasant orange tint to it. I definitely had a hard time differentiating Pinstripe from Modus Hoperandi.

Smell: Fairly hoppy, and plenty of pine hops. Am I sure this isn't Modus? No, no I am not.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great roasted malty notes combined with a crisp hop bite. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very bubbly and active.

Overall Drinkability: My favorite Ska.

tjsdomer2, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thursday eveniong home late from work...time to unwind with some SKA Pinstripe Red. The appearance is very nice, finger thick white head that is lacing great. The color is clear amber. The smell has very sublte hop and pine. The taste is very good and balanced nicely. There is hop that is balancing the malt. The aftertaste is a little sour and clings to the pallete. The ABV is right in line for a session beer...which I could certainly do! Overall it is a very nice beer!

WoodBrew, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Beermasons poured into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a light glowing amber coour with a beige head of foam that was a couple of fingers before falling with some lacing.

Smell is a mix of malt and resinous hops. The malt sweetness seems to blend in well with what seems to be relatively modest hopping.

Light malt flavour with a little bit of pine hop flavour. Not enough hops to keep it in sync for the style.

Mouthfeel is thin to start with, ends with good balance, but the thinness does sort of shock you a little.

First underwhelmer from Ska. Needs more oomph for an American Amber/Red. More hops and a bigger body and this would be fantastic. This bottle sadly wasn't in that league.

MrKennedy, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours amber with a 2.5" offwhite head. A little head retention & no lacing

S: Slight earthy hops up front then a little fruittyness

T: Piney hops up front followed by fruittyness & a slight grainyness. Finishes fruitty & quenching

MF: Medium body, good carbonation & really nice balance

Drinks pretty easy. A decent red, another solid ale from Ska!

russpowell, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of bashiba
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with a touch of white head with a little lacing.

Smell was light with a bit of caramel malts and a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is nothing but a bit of light caramel maltiness, there is a very slight hint of hops with some bitterness, but no hop flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is watery with a slightly dry finish.

Nothing exciting here.

bashiba, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Travix1516
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Travix1516, Nov 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of ByMySword
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
Photo of Kmlund
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Kmlund, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Poulan
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer if you do not drink a lot of red ales. Lighter in color than your average red ales. Can not taste any distinctive hops.Taste very watery but did not taste terrible. It has a very smooth finish. Can not taste that much malt. It's like it needs a little chocolate malt.

Poulan, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

mac10thmtn, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Rickdiggity
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All in all my favorite beer from ska. All around

sessional. Smooth on taste, great flavor, not

too heavy. A red ale thats not gonna blast you

with hops. My solution to all you trendy fat

tire drinkers. Was able to split an 18er with a

friend (before we went out) and felt great the

next day!

Rickdiggity, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of LacquerHead
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter shade of amber

S: There was a musty hop aroma.

T: it was hops dominated. The hops provided a nice pale taste. To me it tasted like a pale ale that was attempting to cross over to IPA status. The malts took a supportive role to the hops.

Overall, my only complaint is I would have liked a more pronounced malt profile. Despite my modest complaint I'll still order a pint at a bar, where I typically drink this. This is a readily available beer that is worth a try.

LacquerHead, Oct 06, 2010
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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.