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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 304
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i bought this one to bring to the furthur shows at red rocks because it had a grateful dead-esque skull and roses on the label. its a very sessionable ale. pours a not so red copper color, with a medium head. nose is hoppy and enticing. mouthfeel is perfect for what it is. its drinkable but medium bodied, sprightly. taste is indicative of a red ale, but not fully engaging. props for a not overwhelmingly sweet version, but not fully memorable either. worthy (460 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a modest head that does manage to stick some lace on the glass

Smell: Vague fruity aroma of apples

Taste: Starts with a fruity and slightly sweet toffee flavor that becomes infused with delicious apples and pink grapefruit just before the swallow; earthy, peppery bitterness appears to close out the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and slightly watery; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink; a different flavor profile than I was expecting from an amber ale and I think this fits more in the English Pale Ale category from that standpoint (631 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apricot orange with Sunkist borders. In other words, the color that results when amber and red are mixed together (though this is clearly marked as a red ale). A thick slice of eggnog colored cream was produced on the pour and looks good at all points along the journey.

The nose is primarily musky and fruity. Despite the fact that caramel malt is used (which fits the style), it isn't really appreciated. Liberty hops aren't making much of a positive impression either.

Pinstripe Red Ale tastes like a combination amber ale and Oktoberfest. There has to be some form of nutty-earthy malt (like Munich) in use, because my melanoidin detector is hyper-sensitive. Too bad the flavor profile isn't actually caramel malty because it would have made for better beer.

It tastes and feels like all 42 IBUs are present and accounted for, so this must be a fairly fresh bottle. PRA's biggest negative is that it doesn't have a flavor hook. Malts dominate the first half of each mouthful, and hops dominate the second, but the whole isn't worthy of even semi-enthusiastic praise.

There are no problems whatsover with the mouthfeel. It's an appropriate size and hangs on nicely at the finish. Well-done bubbles too, which helps.

Ska brews (mostly) solid beer across the board. This is another well-crafted offering, but the ingredients used don't exactly jibe with my idea of an American red ale. Pinstripe is not a strike... and probably not even a spare. (1,451 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of a copper than amber or red with not much head to speak of,aromas of caramel and toasted malt with a nice lingering fruitiness.Taste is ur typical red though but with a nice hop presence in the finish,toasted and light caramel sweetness dominate with a hint of soap in some sips.A pretty good beer here I like these Ska brews will try the rest of the line if I get a chance. (387 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with little head, but a lot of lacing as it drops. Nose is extremely sweet. Taste is what seems like a prolonged nutty texture. A little odd really. But when I drink it I just think about heavy nuts. Mouthfeel is pretty standard and the drinkability is pretty high. Overall a decent brew. Nothing overly fantastic, but worth trying I would say. (362 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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! (360 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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-

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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+ (2,388 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finishing out the ska brews my friend Ryan set me up with. Thanks fella! "Brewed and bottled by Ska Brewing Co. Durango, Colorado. We use the finest malt, hops, yeast, water and love." ... hmmmm dirty hippies or lovers of the craft? Regardless here goes.

The neck of the bottle has a stamp: Best by 12/30/10. How about that, the other Ska offerings I got to try didn't have a freshness indication. Poured into a pint glass this brew appears an orange amber color with a finger of yellow stained head. As the head fades away, and it does so quite quickly, it leaves some small patches of lace clinging to the glass. A few bubbles of carb rise through the clear body and break at the surface where there remains little to no head outside of a persistent thin film.

The aroma of this brew has some fresh grain character that smells a little sweet like caramel malt. The hops present themselves with a bit of a floral aspect that really highlights the sweetness of the nose but it fades into a more herbal hop scent towards the back.

The taste of this brew has a nice balance of sweet caramel malt to herbal bitterness. A light fruity aspect almost akin to orange is noted partially due to the mixture of hops and alcohol flavor. For just over 5% abv, the alcohol is not shy at all in this brew. It comes across as being more bold in both warmth and taste. There is a lingering aftertaste of fresh grain left inside the mouth, slightly biscuit-like in flavor.

It is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Initially I thought this was going to be quite light on the carbonation but as it is swirled it picks up more strength to the head and it is somewhat prickly with carbonation on the tongue. Overall not bad but not something I would go out of my way for. (1,779 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear copper / orange color with a short 1/2" head that dissipates immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: caramel is all the nose can detect. One dimensional aroma here.

Taste: caramel along with plums and ripe sweet apples make up the majority of the profile here. Some mild bitterness levels out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied beer. Brief fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability: so-so as this is a very standard amber ale. There are more flavorful ones available. (512 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, this beer is also brewed with love, as with the Ten Pin and the yet to be tried Nefarious Ten Pin, odd only the beers that have a bowling theme are brewed with this special ingredient,

A: Pours amber with a muddle mild off-white head, sudsy lacing.

S: Crystal like malt with notes of pine and orange soda. Kel Kimble would be a fan.

T: As with LH Sawtooth, not overhopped, more like an ESB though the finish is quite bitter. Biscuity sweet malt, citrusy lemon/orange mid-palate, with a mint play to finish with bitter pine needle.

M: Very soft carbonation which almost makes it feel watery/thin, but it isn't. There's a solid body weight to this beer. Medium-bodied and smooth.

D: While the bitter pine ending didn't really meld with the other flavours, I still enjoyed this offering. Ska's making some pretty good "succession" beers and this is one of them. (879 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a hazy light copper color with a vigorous carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan head with big bubbles popping through.

S- The smell of floral green hops comes through even as I pour this beer. A faint note of lightly toasted honey malt is in the background. The aroma is a bit soft in the nose.

T- This beer has a fruity hop taste with big sweet ruby red grapefruit and a soft lightly toasted malt before the bitter hop finish. There is a bright tangy taste to the grapefruit and the other hop flavors are in the background.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a strong fizz texture. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer has interesting flavors. The grapefruit sticks out much more than the rest of the hops and the malt comes through and enhances the grapefruit. When looking at the bottle for more info I see that it was bottles in Oct. '04. I never would have guessed it but I will re-review when I get a fresher bottle. (1,034 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thursday eveniong home late from work...time to unwind with some SKA Pinstripe Red. The appearance is very nice, finger thick white head that is lacing great. The color is clear amber. The smell has very sublte hop and pine. The taste is very good and balanced nicely. There is hop that is balancing the malt. The aftertaste is a little sour and clings to the pallete. The ABV is right in line for a session beer...which I could certainly do! Overall it is a very nice beer! (474 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spiced hops, slight citrus hops, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body. An easy drinking, session beer. (476 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light red and orange hues to the beer, good 1" head to it, plenty satisfied with the appearance and clarity on this one. And yes, they do get a .5 point for involving bowling, skulls and ska on the label. Too cool.

Aroma was largely malt driven, did have that woodsy irish red aroma, but was hoping for more from the Liberty hops in this one, but I guess they aren't really aroma hops anyways, but so rarely used, was still hoping for some unique convergence here.

Was amazed with the light body, yet full flavor, even if primarily malt sweetness driven. Low bitterness, low hopping. Mild breadiness. Despite its appearance, doesn't really have that caramel thing going for it.

While this beer was decent, I would like to see some kind of hop variation for it. Like hop it along the lines of Modus. Or double/triple the amount of Liberty hops to make their existence cognizable. Yeah, amping the hops up isn't exactly 'original,' but I'm just interested in good, not unique. This beer is unique. I think it can be even better with a slight change. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a limpid amber color with a modest frothy light tan head that disappears quickly leaving a thin sheet of lace to occult the glass. The nose has a light fruity aroma, fresh and crisp, caramel and a bit earthy; the start is somewhat sweet, the malt profile adequate and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is sternly acidic with the hop present and spicy, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a decent drinking beer, not bad, not great. (530 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish/orange color. Not much of a head forms. Just a small white cap. Decent sticky lace is left though.
S: Caramel malt with some citrus hop bitterness. Kind of a sulfur skunk in the nose though.
T: Again, sweet caramel and a light hop bitterness. Cereal and grain. Definitely some skunk flavor.
M/D: A medium body with a good clean snap of carbonation. A bit on the watery side, but not overly so. Really easy and smooth to drink. As easy choice for a session beer.

Not bad. Pretty much average. Not really a bad thing, but a bit on the bland side. Something that would go well at a summer BBQ. Easy drinking all the way. (651 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%

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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of ADZA
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (505 characters)

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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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