Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

285 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Rickdiggity
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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!

Photo of keesimps
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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

Photo of elezotte
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of malcontent
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.