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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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131 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 311
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Reviews: 131 | Hads: 311
Photo of Padron4KM
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Date code notched on the label shows 1st week of May, but doesn’t state year.

Hazy amber, lively carbonation, thin tan short lived head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is light caramel.

Flavor is light caramel, light citrus.

Body is thin and watery.

Finish is short, and lightly bitter, lightly sweet.

When you’re in the mood for something average, this is it.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.47/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12fl oz bottle poured into my mug

Pours a very dirty and hazy copper looking color with a mere 1 inch head that subsides rather quickly leaving a small ring on the outside edge of the beer. Very little lacing left on the sides of my glass.

Smell is that of fruit, with the likes of apples, grapes. Some spices and a smell of wet hay is what I shall say this beer smells like to me.

Taste is very minimal with the likes of dried fruit and a very minimal sweet lingering aftertaste. Quite watery if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with low carbonation.

This beer was a disappointment for me, but do not let this beer give you the idea that there other beers will be the same, cause there not.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up at Total Wine in Glendale, AZ. On to the beer:

Loud "pffsstt" noise as I open the bottle. Look out, it's a foamer! Very sticky foam. An orange dominant color with a glow of red, hazy body. That head is staying up a long time. The aroma is mild, some plastic band-aid notes and a touch of caramel. Goes sour. I hope the flavor isn't terribly infected.

Apple skins and a sour apple flavor are the first flavors I pick up with this brew. The sourness is kind of pleasant, but it's not what I want in a red ale. Hint of vomit floating around. Weak body with a flimsy feel.

I hope my other Ska offerings aren't like this.

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Photo of bashiba
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of humanawho
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light amber color no hint of red light head and some lacing

S - there is a nice malty aroma

T - a little syrupy tasting nice malt background and sweet nothing exciting though

M - a little light feeling not bad though

D - it is light and drinkable but no exciting to try again

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Photo of rawfish
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice clear amber with golden highlights. Soapy white head reaches an inch in height with decent retention and nice bands of lacing.

Well hopped, amber light amounts of bready malt with a hint of toast. Hop aroma makes this smell like a hop enhanced lager, dark notes of pine and herbaceous notes.

Starts nicely with some cereal grains and a good toasted quality flows smoothly into pine resin hops. Finishes all down hill from there, hop quality becomes increasingly herbal and medicinal taking out the balance of the malt. The beer finishes both astringent and metallic something I wasn't hoping for in an ale. Doesn't go away even as the beer warms.

Slightly watery body with adequate carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick and thin with a metallic and astringent finish as it dries. Unpleasant.

Finishes alot more like a lager than an ale with the soapiness but the whole beer on a whole seems like it has a split personality ale front, lager finish with enhanced bitterness. Herbal flavored hops are probably my least favorite of the varieties and pinstripe is full of them.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Huge slightly off white head with good retention. Slightly hazy amber body.

Smell - Overripe banana and malt.

Taste - Good front end, poor finish. Hoppy and stale. Slightly astringent. Almost like a strong AAL or a vienna lager.

Mouthfeel - Too watery.

Overall Drinkability - The watery mouth kills the overall drink.

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Photo of atpben
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Pours a very nice red color with about a one inch head. Very mild in the smell with very light caramel and ctirus notes. The taste was very bland and watery with some malt sweetness. in the middle. I was getting too much bisctuity flavors. Medium carbonation. Wouldn't recommend this or drink again.

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Photo of ADZA
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons for this and pours a red copper hue which leaves a fluffy three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is weak and below average with aromas of toffee and a touch of herbalness but thats it smells abit flat to me,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and flat and the tastes are not much better with hints of light biscuty malts,toffee,boiled candy,a hint of herbal hops with a sweet finish overpowering any hop action for me and overall i wouldnt drink again if i had to pay for it cheers.

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Photo of maltlikker
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light mahogany with an off white head which dissipates rather quickly leaving abstract lacing patterns.

Aroma is minimal but fresh... maybe dried apples?

Initial flavor is hard to pin down (pun intended), very light roasted maltiness with a moderate rush of green apple-like flavor followed by a moderate bitterness which is cleansed with medium carbonation and a light mouth-feel. Slight bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger too long.

Not a great beer, not a bad beer - a pretty easy drinker with a cool label.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear copper orange with some light peach highlights and an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a medium film and large collar and having fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt, grassy hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was a lot like the aroma with a light bitter malty flavor with just a hint of caramel early on, progressing with a mild hoppiness and a light citrus presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a light citrus peel bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery, dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be a mildly hoppy and slightly fruity Red Ale with a very good drinkability...


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Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%

Reviewed at Cosby Campground, Smoky National Park, TN. Full notes taken at time of consumption.

A- The bottle pours with an orange not red body to a chalice. Pretty much clear of any haze as a white cap forms to about one finger. The fluffy head falls to a thin ring and lacing is spotty.

S- Yeast fruits come to mind with apple esters and some dried light fruits. Toasted, cereal and light crystal grainy hints. Not picking up much and strength is a bit lacking.

T- The paler appearance of the beer shows up in the flavor as it lacks anything beyond lightly toasted malts. Cereal grains, biscuit, light crystal and just a bit sweet. Bready from the yeast with light fruits coming to mind and a finish provided by spicy, earthy hops.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp, foamy consistency. The carbonation is moderately high and it all ends lightly bitter.

Just not up to par with other Red Ales. Has a strong fruity yeast feel and lacks malts and hops to really counteract that. Leaves me looking for more.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a fairly clear copper color with a little bit of white head with some lacing.

S: Sweetness right up front and not the good kind. Little bit of corn as well. Not a good nose.

T: Very dry. Then into some malt. Really does taste like a homebrew which is never a bad thing. Not really else much going on.

M: Medium bodied. Nothing good or bad.

D: Split a 12oz bottle and that was enough. A decent enough beer but there are much better options out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Who's up for some bowling? ...Maybe later? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. Gotta be one of the palest reds I've seen in a long time. The nose comprises pine resin, caramel, and a strong backbone of orange peel. The taste holds notes of mildly sharp (yup) orange rind, lightly-toasted biscuit, light caramel, and a twinge of pine sap. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a languid feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad red, one that partially-vainly tries to add a hop bite, and one that feels really odd and unappealing on the tongue. Not a fan.

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Photo of ChapPJ
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium strong. Good but I've had better.

Did not note where I first had the beer but I've ordered it more than once.

Feb 2012

Medium strong. Good but I've had better.

Did not note where I first had the beer but I've ordered it more than once.

Feb 2012

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Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent, but average amber ale. Pours amber (duh!) with thin white head, and sparse carbonation. Initial aroma of IPA, muted with some malt. Taste is hops, malt, mouth feel is about right.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My third and final beer at Mia's Lounge in Flagstaff during my road trip.

A pint glass of a copper/amber/orange (not red) beer, no haze, clear and almost bright. The head was a thin off-white bubble covering which tried to stay the distance.

The smell was a mini mix of hops and malts, as was the taste. In fact the whole experience was a mini mix of flavours without any heavy substance.

Pleasant, but no world beater.

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Photo of mntlover
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber with amall of white head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is light caramel malt some earthy hops grassey and musty mixed with citrus. Taste is light on caramel malt, almost like their blonde with some toasted caramel malt flavors added. Hop flavors are grassy with some fruity citrus thrown in the mix. Mouthfell is light to light for a amber ale need more malt thrown in to the mix. Drinkability is average better then say Killian's but not much better.

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Decent clear amber colored beer that is on the red side of the spectrum. OK white head that doesn't last.

Smell is slightly sweet and clean with tea and lemon aromas. Smell isn't this beer's strong point.

Taste is malt with a neutral and slightly lemony taste at the start. Decent bitterness and quite woody in taste a dry version of the style. It is OK but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable by its non-offensive nature but I wouldn't buy a six pack of this over Sam Adam's Boston Lager.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best consumed by September 30 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


Poured a one fingered head. Mild carbonation with bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Most of the head dissipated within a minutes time. Carbonation randomly rises to the top. The color is a Tawny, shade of brown, and it does look nice. The lacing is probably the best looking thing to this drink since it follows the consumption of this drink quite nicely.


Mild caramel aroma with a slight hoppiness. A light floral smell, but overall the is nothing special and over kinda faint.


This mostly taste like malts with a hop aftertaste. There is even a floral taste to this. This beer follows it's smell to the key and that's nice, but I would rather be amazed with subtle almost random flavors. I feel like it personally taste better as it warms, but that's just me.


There is some slight carbonation in the mouthful. It's goes in with a smooth creamy feeling. It does feel somewhat light, but it's decent.


For a Red Ale it taste like it's supposed to. I just wish as a Red Ale it had more to offer. This drink is far from bad, but at the same time it isn't anything special. This feels almost like a safety drink rather than something I would be excited to drink.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ska pin stripe: I have to say I got this beer because of the name and the bottle art.

Pours a coppery amber color, very clear, very little head, poor retention, leaves very little lace. Seem like it's lacking carbonation...

Not much to it aroma wise, some faint malt and not much else.

Tastes better than it smells, sweet malt and hop flavors are nicely balanced with a metallic flavor underneath, normally I consider that a bad thing but in this beer it works

It's crisp and reasonably refreshing, more carbonation would help it's drinkability. I have no idea how long it was on the shelf though it could just be past it's prime.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Poulan
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.