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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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 18:30:32 | More by Poulan
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 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 kinupanda


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid ruddy amber color that is still relatively transparent. A foamy one-finger head with good retention; nice light lacing during drinking. Balanced aroma for the style, not too malty and not too hoppy, and overall not particularly complex. Obvious toasted malt taste with some sweetness, leading to good bitter finish from the hops with a somewhat lingering aftertaste. Not very imposing, with medium carbonation and smooth texture.

FourthBeer potential: AVERAGE. Overall this isn't a bad beer, but I can't see myself drinking too many of them due to the lack of complexity in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 09:03:56 | More by kinupanda
Photo of Rayek


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Freshcraft in Denver. Served in a Nonic.

A: Reddish amber with nice clarity and minimal carbonation. A foamy cream cap is small, but does stick around. Leaves a little lace.

S: Toffee and grape really stuck out at first. A citrus hop aroma came in late.

T: Basic, but pretty decent. Starts sweet with caramel and grape. The beer thins out in the middle before the hops come on to provide a balanced grapefruit bitterness. Finishes rather clean.

M: Medium-light body feels a bit thin.

D: For me, this is a decent and unassuming session beer. A good beer to drink with friends at a social outing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 22:31:23 | More by Rayek
Photo of cagocubs


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took me a while to get to this one. Being a fan of red ales I was indifferent about this brew. Nice taste weak a and s.

A: Pours a redish amber that has a nice big white foamy head that dissipates to a thin layer.

S: Nose is a little weak. You do get hints of pine and earthy tones with some hop.

T: I thought the taste was well balanced. You get a nice bite from the hops. The beer is also accompanied by sweeter caramel tastes. Nice aftertaste.

M: Crisp and refreshing. No complaints.

D: I like this red ale, but I have had better. With that being said, I would not hesitate to order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 12:56:54 | More by cagocubs
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 20:25:53 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of GregSVT


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at a bar in Plano, poured into a pint glass

A: Pours amber with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves lots of lacing.

S: The smell is mostly malty with a piney hop presence in the background. Not much there but it wasn't bad...

T: The taste is much better with a nice hoppy element at first that levels out and allows the sweet malty flavors to come out. On the finish is lots of caramel/sugary flavors with a little bit of buscuit.

M: The feel is creamy yet crisp and refreshing. I had a few of these and was left wanting more after each sip.

D: This is very drinkable and I don't think the ABV is that high which makes this higly sessionable. I could, and did, drink a few of these in a row.

Pretty good if you're looking for a hoppy amber ale with a nice balance of sweetness and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 07:06:56 | More by GregSVT
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 atpben


2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 16:49:55 | More by atpben
Photo of racer2k


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 23:41:55 | More by racer2k
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 Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, deep red-copper hue with a moderate off-white head, that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a nice bit of lacing.

Bit of sweet malts in the nose, biscuits and bread. Just a hint of floral hop in the aroma.

Taste is smooth with a bit of sweet malt and caramel, some bready, biscuity malt backbone, nice underlying hop flavor to back it up.

Nice balance and carbonation level, very easy drinking, nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 19:20:36 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
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 ChapPJ


3/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 05:00:16 | More by ChapPJ
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 gleemonger


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden red color with a small frothy white head that sits around for a bit. Nice, fine lacing down the glass. Looks much heavier than it really is.

Weird, almost no aroma at all, just the slighest hint of sweet caramel malts, that's about it. I wonder if this one is a little old. Tiny bit of biscuity malts in there too if I try really hard.

Kind of honey sweet with the expected caramel malts, but not very spicy or much else going on to really make it taste like a red ale. Actually it tastes a little more like a blonde with caramel malts in it. Just a little hop bitterness to round it out, but no hop flavors really.

Slightly full bodied with moderate carbonation and a really creamy smooth feel. This is probably my favorite thing about it.

Not exactly a red ale, in my opinion. Really pretty basic, kind of mass market tasting. I guess a good gateway beer for some BMC fans, but just not very interesting at all to me. That said, it's refreshing, decent, and a good session beer, so I wouldn't knock it too much.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:28:01 | More by gleemonger
Photo of gxtmfa


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer for the price. A little flat and watery, with no strong aftertaste. This isn't to say it didn't have flavor- it was smooth and I don't remember the mouthfeel varying too strongly. Some may like that about the beer, others may want a three-part experience between palate, throat and aftertaste. What makes it a better beer is how it compares to the others of its price range where I live. Compare it to some of the classier stuff where the mouthfeel is a 3-part experience and it doesn't stand as strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:49:11 | More by gxtmfa
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a light coper clean pour with absolutely no head, just a light rim of white foam. the smell is quite sweet and fruity - very reminiscent of their blonde ale i am getting a lot of pilsner malt, bready notes, slight fruit hint of pears/apples. sweet malty taste, slight tangy fruity feel, slight hop bitterness. medium body with barely any carbonation.. not exactly sure where this beer went wrong, but it is not honestly what i'm used to from ska brewing company.. i feel pretty let down. could just be that this is an old bottle.. i was told that this and their esb don't move much, so that could be the case, and it makes sense. even though it's not their best, it is still not terrible and very drinkable, but it just lacks profile in every aspect. or maybe i've just been spoiled by their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 06:58:26 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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...


Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:30:19 | More by KajII
Photo of kojevergas


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Low B-


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.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:53:23 | More by kojevergas
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:49:00 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Twincrasher

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color. Moderate head retention.

S: Mineral (metalic?) smell. Some altbier tones. Much more floral at warmer temps. Recommend serving in 40's.

T: Good overall, not great. Nice for session beer.

M: Typical for this style.

O: Worth having again. A nice red ale beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 20:27:44 | More by Twincrasher
Photo of TMoney2591


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 21:15:49 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber orange-ish with a huge foamy 2 finger beige head that was packed with bubbles and didn’t move, fading very slowly and leaving very nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Impressive looking brew.

Smells of malt, grains, caramel, light butterscotch, wheat bread, syrup, herbs and light floral hops; pretty malty nose that has just enough hops for good balance.

Tastes of malt, grains, caramel, wheat bread, biscuit, light syrup, herbs, faint brown sugar, yeast and light floral hops; there’s almost a cake-like sweetness from the caramel, brown sugar, what seems like cinnamon and herbs. It’s all malt, but somehow easy to drink. Not the most exciting beer, but fits the style.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and very smooth at the same time, with light to average carbonation, a medium body and a bready finish that's on the sweet side.

Good beer, I guess, but I was hoping for more hops in the mix for better balance. It's a little too basic tasting and I had hoped for more zing in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:53:48 | More by CHickman
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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.