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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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277 Ratings

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of beerman207
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine hooked me up with this on a recent trip.

A: Pours an amber color with a nice fluffy head leaving lace behind.

S: Smell is malt and has some decent hop smell but nothing special

T: Taste is sweet malt with some bitter. Also has biscuit and caramel flavor

M: Has a creamy texture and medium carbonation

D: Good sessionable beer. Could go for another

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

beerman207, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

roddwolff, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: pours a red orange with a small white foamy head with some larger bubbles. leaves alot of lacing in big ugly spiderwebs

S: smells of caramel, floral and grapefruity hops. also picking up on some candy sugar, though overall, the aromas are very faint.

T: blend of caramel and fresh grain flavor leads to the hoppy flavors of cut grass, grapefruit, and maybe that's a hint of apricot. finishes slightly bitter (though not as much so as this hophead would like), more malty sweetness, tropical fruit juices, and raw grain.

M: very creamy medium body and the hops give it a snappy feeling, finishing dry.

Overall, the beer is a decent example of the style, just that it comes up short in a few areas (more hops please). Not the worst amber ale by any means, but there are better out there.

OlRasputin989, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of cagocubs
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

cagocubs, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

BlackHaddock, May 31, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
3.8/5  rDev +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.

GregSVT, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of aristeros
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A desperate red ale purchase in support of St. Patrick's day when I didn't want Guinness and there were only a few craft brews and fewer real imports. Poured into a Bodum pint glass.

Pours a darker amber-orange, on the lighter end for a red ale. Almost no head to speak of. Very mild citrus and red fruit; almost no nose!

Slightly sour up front with a red fruit presence over light malt. Light hop presence at the end. Decent carbonation helps an otherwise watery mouthfeel. Lower ABV, between 4.5 and 5.5 I'd guess. Good finish, slightly crisp.

Somewhat of a let down. This is the first Ska brew I've had that wasn't a real winner. If it was an obscenely hot day I'd have liked this one a lot more because it's fairly light.

Served with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and soda bread, and was a good complement to that. Would also go well with grilled fish and meat.

aristeros, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of maltlikker
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

maltlikker, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

yemenmocha, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
2.45/5  rDev -31%
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.

tr4nc3d, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of keesimps
4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

keesimps, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear golden color with four fingers of thick beige head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma of bubblegum, tropical fruit, sweet malts, and floral hops.

Like the aroma, the taste is bubblegum, tropical fruit, sweet malts, floral hops, and cinnamon. Similar to a Belgian, actually. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

A very sessionable Red Ale from the folks at Ska.

Monkeyknife, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like it, but it is not one of my favorite beers, I love ambers but this one was a little too hoppy for me, this would go good with a nice sweet chicken glaze or a nice bourbon marinade on a good red meat. Overall it is not bad but it really is not one I will by jumping to try again. ALthough I am interested in drinking the other beers they make.

skeetermoses, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass. pours a clear red that is very transparent. a finger of slighty off white head with nice retention and lacing.

very subtle malts. very calm smell.

taste is a tad thin at first but finishes with a nice well balanced sweetness.

mouthfeel is pretty sticky in the end i must say, but it goes down easily.

very sessionable. would be great outside or to share at a party. pretty straight forward.

this beer tastes good but it is just not exciting.

northaustin, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

champ103, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

zeff80, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this the other day and have enjoyed a couple of them so far. Ska Brewing is relatively new-ish to San Antonio, and this beer was new to me.

Pours a light orange, pale caramel color with a nice thick head. Yields good, sticky lace. The nose is rich and malty sweet. Hints of vanilla, orange peel, caramel, cut grass, and strawberries. Not bad at all. The taste is fruity with a noticeable caramel malt presence. Light fruits like apple and pear. Some hoppiness, but not much. Pleasantly sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

A nice red ale. Unpretentious but tasty. Sessionable and easy-drinking. I would return to this. Might go well with some grilled sausages or a baked potato.

Atlas1, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of beeragent
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium copper, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Very very light aroma of sweet malt.

T - Considering the taste is very light, it is still very tasteful. Light sweet malt taste dominates the palate, creating a very smooth and creamy sweet toasted flavor. Simple but effective.

M - Very clean and smooth mouthfeel. My only gripe is the carbonation is a bit low.

D - Overall, very clean and tasty. Nice flavor with a smooth mouthfeel. I usually dont drink amber/red ales, but this one is definitely a sessionable ale that I would like to keep on hand.

beeragent, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

aerozeppl, May 28, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Glowing amber, a little lighter than I would expect in a red. Head was relatively minimal. Traces of lacing apparent.

S: Clean nose, with hints of caramel with a tinge of hoppiness. Quite nice.

T & M: Medium mouthfeel that it just slightly on the water side. Taste Finish is a little on the flat side, no real bitterness or crispness that I pick up. Almost a little tea like, I wasn't terribly impressed with taste.

D: Not bad, but I don't think I'll be having aging. Ska just came to North Texas but so I far I have not been impressed.

elniko, May 02, 2009
Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with a big off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt upfront then some hops

T - Bitter hops on top of a caramel malt base

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer just not all that exciting has a good taste to it that I could drink a few of these in one sitting while hanging out with some friends worth a try

armock, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is a little sour and malty with roasted chocolate/sugar and toast notes. Floral perfume. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep copper orange color, very hazy, moderate head with pretty quick dissipation. Looks okay.

Creamy-smooth malt body with nice tart, bitter, and sour embellishments. Toasty, nutty malty. Floral, citric, and perfumey hop notes. Good bitterness to work with the malt sweetness. Well balanced. Tastes good. Feels quite good.

It's not overbearingly malty like many amber/red ales (which I like); it has a decent hop presence and bitterness. Good drinkability.

MrHungryMonkey, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours little head with a clear amber color.

Smell is of faint caramel malts and almost no hop presence. One whiff and I ather that this amber will lack character.

The taste of sof mild caramel malt sweetness with a tiny hop bitterness to balance. Hop aromas and flavors are almost non-existent.

Adequate fullness on the palate, but the carbonation level is a little low.

This amber ale is nothing special. I could session it, but I would have a boring session.

jasonjlewis, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of atpben
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

atpben, Apr 16, 2009
Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.