Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
The bottled on markings aren't marked at all. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with red label and standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, fair cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Floral hopping, brilliant toasted malt character, biscuit malt, and even some pine. Closer to an Irish Red than an American Amber. A marvelous aroma for the style. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An evocative aroma, and a pretty strong one at that.
T: Toasted malt backbone with nectary hops throughout, as well as some muted floral hops. Crisp and clean. Tasty but overly simple. Lacks subtlety. That said, it's very pleasant to drink and rather refreshing. Quite an enjoyable beer. No yeast character. No alcohol comes through. Really well balanced.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp and clean. Refreshing. Good carbonation and thickness. Nectary. a major problem is that it's too wet, even bordering on watery.
Dr: Drinkable but held back by its simplicity. I could down this all night, especially at a party. I'd happily pick up a keg of this, but it's by no means an impressive brew. There's nothing unique or special here, but it's damn drinkable.
01/24/13: Brief impressions:
Appearance isn't at all amber or red, but is rather a clear copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.
Has a pleasant malty aroma with some pleasant herbal and floral hop aromatics. A hint of bubblegum too. Not the amber malt/toasted malt build you might expect in a red ale, but pleasant and inviting. No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.
Very enjoyable, if a bit simple. Floral and herbal notes dominate the hop profile, with a generic pale malt and light amber malt foundation playing well alongside it.
Not boozy or yeasty. Quite clean.
Mouthfeel is a bit too coarse and has too much weight for a red ale.
Quite drinkable but ultimately unremarkable. A nice red when in the mood, but nothing particularly impressive.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 01:53:23 | More by kojevergas
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3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new offering to me from Ska Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - It pours a coppery bronze orange colored body with just over a finger of foamy khaki head. Leaves some nice spotty lacing behind. Looks pretty nice.
S - The nose is comprised of sweetened caramel malts, toffee, toasted grains, a bit of soapiness, mild alcohol phenols. A bit of an earthy / twiggy / fruity / berry / herbal tea like presence as well.
T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malt, toffee, herbal / twiggy / earthy tea leaf like flavors, and some mild hop bitterness. Lightly metallic on the finish.
M - The feel is crisp, clean, and malty. Mild fruitiness / bitterness lingering behind on the palate. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, a solid example of the style from Ska Brewing. This is easily one of the better beers I have had from these guys, and one that is a likely contender for repeat drinking.
Ska Brewing Pinstripe Red Ale ---3.5/5
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 17:22:32 | More by mfnmbvp
Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.