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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

290 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of kinupanda
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of dhowe
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice head retention, low carbonation, clear, amber colored.

S - distant floral scent

T - Distinctive amber "toasted" taste - very nice aftertaste, as well.

M - Balanced mouthfeel.

D - Very Drinkable.

I like this beer. Did have nice packaging and interesting name. Was not sure I would like this but was pleasantly surprised. Will have another soon and want to try others they make.

Photo of Fenris244
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles quite quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Copper in color. Hazy body.
S) A nice hop aroma - floral and citrus, but not overly aromatic. Very mellow caramel tones linger just below the surface.
T) Malty sweet - caramel, raisins, subtle apple. Finishes with a subtle and dry hop bitterness. A clean taste overall.
M) Medium body. Fairly smooth. Some crispness and a mellow dryness in the finish.
D) A decent brew. I'd drink another.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and grassy hops.

Tastes of the solid malts with a nice hop kick. Malts have a toasted bread nature with some syrupy sweetness to it. Some fruitiness comes through as well. Hops come in the end and add a bitter finish. Mostly an herbal, floral characteristic with some grassiness as well. Fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

This red ale has a nice amber color to is and a good scent of malts. It has a semi heavy malt taste and a slight taste of hops nicely mixed together. Overall it has a decent flavor that drinks smooth. Definetly worth a try.

Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Amber in color, with a thin tan head that shows average retention but not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is delicate, a bit more on the sweet, caramel malty side, but floral hops do have a noticeable presence.
Medium bodied, perhaps slightly thinner than that, it shows a well balanced taste of mostly caramel maltiness and grassy hoppiness. Ambers are not supposed to blow you awaym and this one does not, but it is a very solid and pleasant amber.

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of LacquerHead
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter shade of amber

S: There was a musty hop aroma.

T: it was hops dominated. The hops provided a nice pale taste. To me it tasted like a pale ale that was attempting to cross over to IPA status. The malts took a supportive role to the hops.

Overall, my only complaint is I would have liked a more pronounced malt profile. Despite my modest complaint I'll still order a pint at a bar, where I typically drink this. This is a readily available beer that is worth a try.

Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very bright copper hue sat below a sticky frothy tan head. It receded slowly and left a nice curtain of thick lace.

The nose was somewhat mild off the get-go. Toasty biscuits, cinnamon pie crust, and caramel malt ran the show. The website's claim of 42 IBU's seems high compared to what I whiffed. Some earthiness and a dash of noble hops is what I could muster.

The hops had a bit more strength in the flavor, as grassy earth tones emerged to balance the still very toasty malt flavors. Sweetness was limited to some fruity esters before the hops finally came into color, as the nose shifted to earthy and floral towards the end.

The body was on the light side of medium, and the feel was a bit drab. Slight carbonation and a bit of stickiness barely pushed my verdict from watery to smooth. Definitely easy to drink, enough flavor to satisfy, yet could have more spunk. But I suppose, that's what most ambers and reds are all about.

Photo of bamadog
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy Jeff picked this up for me on a recent trip out to Colorado. Review is from notes taken on 8/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a slightly pale orange/coppery color and it starts with a 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to a thin and fizzy island skim and thick ring around the surface; body is pretty clear and shows decent carbonation; standard spots of lacing apply.

Smell: A nice toasty graininess comes with a sweet corn-like maltiness; bit of a spicy hop presence becomes more and more bold and pronounced -- fairly robust an I enjoy this aspect.

Taste: Interesting -- a bit more hop bitterness than I initially expected and there's a bit of a spicy and raw hop leaf aspect and it really becomes the dominant flavor; bit of a metallic/coppery acidic bite in the back that kind of brings me down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light and the carbonation is strong and quite prickly and sharp on the tongue; a fairly thick coating is left on the roof of the mouth, but overall it's a pretty moist finish; mouth is left tingly from all of the carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh, not bad, but one I'd not likely seek out because of the metallic bite in the flavors.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of beerman207
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
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 OlRasputin989
3.53/5  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.

Photo of cagocubs
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of aristeros
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of maltlikker
2.86/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.47/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of keesimps
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.