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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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246 Ratings

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of Rickdiggity


4.38/5  rDev +23%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 17:27:30 | More by Rickdiggity
Photo of keesimps


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable malty beer that pours a nice copper color. It has a nice flavor of roasted malts & finishes with a hint of the Liberty hops, but isn't too overpowering either way. A perfectly balanced beer that can easily be drunk one after another.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 13:36:23 | More by keesimps
Photo of 1fastz28


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a super cloudy light reddish amber color with a small head that laces a little bit. smell is very sweet, malty and kinda hefe like, atleast with the citrusy aroma. taste is a really flipping good, very fruity and full. mouthfeel is good, as is the drinkability, i like it

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 05:17:23 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of Ryan_Graham


4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown color. One finger head. Cool bottle artwork.

S: Hard to explain. Pretty basic beer smell.

T: Very refreshing to start. Goes down like a cheap watered down beer but ends with a complex aftertaste.

M: Very smooth! Great balance. Aftertaste is a little rough but it fades quickly.

O: A good beer for a hot day. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:33:30 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of mentor


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from a local liquor store and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one fingr light tan head over a clear rust/copper liquid. Smells caramel, tangerine, tangy, oranges, butterscotch, metallic. Tastes caramel, biscuit, light citrus, iron, toasted grain. Sweet ending and fruity delicious aftertaste, lightly of syrup in which canned peaches are suspended. Hop floral rises up the back of my throat and flows in to coat the entire inside of my mouth with a flowery oily. The irony fruity sweet makes my mouth water onto my slight carb-stingy tongue and makes my mouth water even more. Simple delicate flavors interacting in interesting combinations to make a delightful and highly drinkable beer. Smooth, for being medium bodied and moderately carbonated...perhaps a touch too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 05:33:57 | More by mentor
Photo of roddwolff


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Look: Reddish amber color, very white foam collar, which lasts until you finish the beer, good lacing. Smell: Floral hops, strawberries and cinnamon. Taste: Floral and pine hops combined with strawberry. Mouthfeel: Fruity and dry, bitter, robust body and medium carbonation. Drinkability: Seems youre drinking an IPA, good in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 15:57:06 | More by roddwolff
Photo of woodychandler


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First a blonde, now a red, but no brown to be found. Awww.

It arrived with a finger of ecru head and hung in nicely with some moon-like craters being formed by the CO2. It was very unusual. The color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a distinct, characteristic sweetness as one might expect from a red. The mouthfeel was medium, approaching full, with a pleasant malty quality on the tongue. The finish had a mildly malty sweetness, but not and overpowering one, which is what I disdain. This, IMHO, was a good red.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 14:44:43 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tgbljb


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish orange color with modest white head that quickly fell to a thin ring.

Smell is very light with perhaps a youch of fruit noted.

Taste shows more of the fruitiness and some bready hops, but very light. There is a nice bitterness that slowly emerges.

The dryness becomes more intesnse at the finish and and leaves a pleasing mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, too drinkable. Disappeared way too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 21:03:29 | More by tgbljb
Photo of malcontent


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Attractive light auburn hue with just a thin layer of head fed by vigorous bubbles from below. No real lacing to speak of but a vibrant-looking red nonetheless.

Good biscuit/caramel duality that works nicely into a pronounced but controlled hop twang. Very nice.

Soft caramel lead runs into a slightly watery middle which is quickly picked up by a welcome spicy hop kick on the finish. Ends clean as a whistle.

Crisp without overcarbonation and manages to resist the thickness/fruitiness that sometimes makes this style taste more like its English cousin. Everything this style is supposed to be, a true session ale. One of the better offerings from a hit-or-miss brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 04:28:55 | More by malcontent
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 05:28:44 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 21:38:57 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Medium toffee colored amber. A cream colored head dissipates to chunky bubbles and film. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Caramel, malts, biscuits.

Taste: Sweet malty caramel hits first, and it's a perfect sweetness. There's a slightly metallic taste in the middle, then a slightly citric hop finish. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, dry finish.

Overall: Perhaps the best offering I've had from Ska. Although, as I continue drinking this, I taste the hop finish more and more. Still, decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:23:13 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Todd


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 23:23:13 | More by Todd
Photo of russpowell


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 03:33:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of LacquerHead


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:51:40 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of dhowe


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice head retention, low carbonation, clear, amber colored.

S - distant floral scent

T - Distinctive amber "toasted" taste - very nice aftertaste, as well.

M - Balanced mouthfeel.

D - Very Drinkable.

I like this beer. Did have nice packaging and interesting name. Was not sure I would like this but was pleasantly surprised. Will have another soon and want to try others they make.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 05:11:57 | More by dhowe
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark amber with a nice one inch off white head and a good amount of lace. Nice retention on the head as well. Smell was deeply hopped, with a nice pine resin aroma and a hint of light grain. My first impression was a bit light in the carbonation, and a slight slickness or oilyness to it. Big hop profile was very nicely balanced against the malted grain back. Overall this was an easily sessionable and highly enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:20:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into my Tyler's shaker pint yields a clear reddish copper body capped with a finger of off-white foam that retains at a chunky sheet that leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

Smell is spicy and malty. Not a lot hitting my nose here.

Taste is juicy dry (yes, juicy dry) caramel red apples with lightly dry malt backbone. Nice and crisp with a bitter apple-peel finish.

Juicy and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 13:10:34 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, bubbly, orange color with an off-white, one-finger head of foam. No lace at all.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and a good deal of caramel.

T - A fairly hoppy amber ale with a nice burnt toast backbones. It had nice piney hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied, easy drinking ale.

D - This is a pretty good amber ale. It brings more hops than most and is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:02:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of yemenmocha


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as 20 oz. draft at the Mellow Mushroom. Dark copper color, thick rich/creamy head that is off-white. On the nose there are light aromas of apple, general citrus, and some bready notes. On the palate there is toffee/caramel sweet and is easy drinking overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 02:55:32 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of StoneTSR


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is one of the most crystal clear beers I have ever seen. Very pretty. The color is a very light orange and hundreds of bubbles are popping up from the bottom of the glass into a slightly off-white ceiling of head. The head is about a half-inch thick, but quickly loses half of its height.

SMELL: The aroma is quite pleasant with a strong dose of orange, maybe a little coriander and a little citrus.

TASTE: It's funny how the first sip of this instantly takes me to Durango. I first had this beer there a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is what a summer night in Durango tastes like to me, but enough gushing about Ska - the caramel malt comes through in a big way up front. Citrus and some dark fruit emerge towards the end of the sip before an ever so small hint of earthy hops finish it off.

MOUTHFEEL: The malt makes this a medium-bodied brew that starts out a little dry, but finishes a little sweet. Very solidly balanced in this respect.

OVERALL: This isn't the best beer in Colorado. It isn't the best beer that Ska makes either. It is, however, a wonderful session beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 09:00:22 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 10/23/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours copper-brown in color with a thin white head. Left a lot of lacing with each sip. The aroma isn't much actually, maybe some caramel with some grain. The taste was much better than the smell. A tad 'watery' at first but has a lot of complex flavors at the end. Perfect carbonation and great balance. Smooth to drink and goes down easy. Better than many other 'Red Ales' i have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 21:53:30 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of bigaltemple


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, clear, amber brew. Good looking burnt copper color. Relatively no head. Gentle swirl produces a small cap that doesn't really leave any significant lacing.

S - Some light maltiness with piney hop aroma.
Seems like it will be pretty well-balanced.

T/M - Get a taste of light crystal/caramel malts before the resinous hops kick in. It does come across as a good balance. Light to medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Easily drinkable. Don't think they were trying to re-invent the wheel, just put forth a good beer. I generally like what SKA puts out.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 12:17:51 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of rowew


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Interesting graphics that appear to be marketed towards the hipster crowd. Freshness date notched on the side of the label.

Appearance: Great pour into a pint glass with a nice off white head. Beer is slightly red orange and clear. Nice retention on the head.

Smell: Aroma is very bready, with grain and yeast smells dominating.

Taste: Crisp flavor with the bready malts dominating. A nice hop spice comes in at the end to make this very well balanced.

Overall impression: Not your typical red, and not the most exciting offering out there. Despite this it is a solid beer that I enjoyed, and would be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 22:50:17 | More by rowew
Photo of brdc


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Amber in color, with a thin tan head that shows average retention but not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is delicate, a bit more on the sweet, caramel malty side, but floral hops do have a noticeable presence.
Medium bodied, perhaps slightly thinner than that, it shows a well balanced taste of mostly caramel maltiness and grassy hoppiness. Ambers are not supposed to blow you awaym and this one does not, but it is a very solid and pleasant amber.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:49:31 | More by brdc
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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.