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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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281 Ratings

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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 armock
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +10.2%
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 -4.5%
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 -19.5%
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
Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium amber color, with not much head retention. The nose is sweet and malty, tending caramel, which continues upon tasting and is the main flavor present. However, some moderate bitterness makes a nice contrast and improves drinkability. Nonetheless, this is a fairly undistinguished beer.

allengarvin, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers about which it's difficult to say much - it's a decent stock amber. Nothing particularly wonderful about it but nothing to turn your nose up at. It has a very pleasing appearance. The nose is a bit thin, as is the body, but the flavour is good - slightly sweet, not much bitterness, a slightly bready, biscuity taste. Not at all unpleasant... but nothing really leaps out. Nor is there anything wrong with that. Very easy and pleasant to drink.

omnigrits, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and grass. There is also malt to balance. The appearance golden with an amber hue and not close to red. The flavor is like the aroma and a bit weak. The palate is thin. Overall a good but weak beer. I would like to try it again soon.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Pleasing reddish amber with ample 1-2 finger beige head with average retention and scant lacing.

S: Light biscuit and earthy hops aromas dominate

T: The flavor was a big surprise. The malting of this beer is excellent for the style with strong biscuit flavors with a slightly metallic twang that is interesting and enjoyable. The spicy hops in the finish carry this beer the rest of the way.

M: Body and carbonation are medium with a lightly salted, sweet biscuit aftertaste.

D: A really nice amber ale with some unique flavor characteristics. Best of the Ska lineup that I sampled by a longshot.

argock, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of walshclimb
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber red with thin white head that leaves somewhat continuous lace. Constant string of bubbles swirling up through the very center of the body. Good malt aroma that is maybe a little grassy and fruity. Initial flavor is a little thin, but the aftertaste is decently malty with a flavor similar to the aroma but maybe a little more earthy and less fruity. Mouthfeel is light to medium body and very dry. Drinkability is good. Seems like it would make a good session beer, but I only had one. The flavor was clean and light but definitely more interesting than many session beers.

walshclimb, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy, well carbonated orange-red color, with pillowy off white head that lingered thru the entire glass and left excellent lacing. Unfortunately, this was the high point of this beer. Nose was muted, but what was there appeared to be a fruity, green apple scent. Mouthfeel was tingly, yet cottony dry, which made it difficult to ascertain much of a flavor. Finish was likewise very clinging and dry.

Nice label though!!

kimcgolf, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of malcontent
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Attractive light auburn hue with just a thin layer of head fed by vigorous bubbles from below. No real lacing to speak of but a vibrant-looking red nonetheless.

Good biscuit/caramel duality that works nicely into a pronounced but controlled hop twang. Very nice.

Soft caramel lead runs into a slightly watery middle which is quickly picked up by a welcome spicy hop kick on the finish. Ends clean as a whistle.

Crisp without overcarbonation and manages to resist the thickness/fruitiness that sometimes makes this style taste more like its English cousin. Everything this style is supposed to be, a true session ale. One of the better offerings from a hit-or-miss brewery.

malcontent, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour was a strange, for a red ale, light amber with a nice three finger creamy head that slowly dissapated and left little or no lace on the glass.

The smell was malty sweet with an apricot undertone, almost wine like grapes hidden the rear of the nose with a slight hop spice.

The drink started with a malty sweet flavor followed by sticky sweetness with a quick kick of hops and a clean finish.

Very drinkable and enjoyable beer, just not what I would call a red ale. It lacked a caramel character and in my opinion needed more hop bite. All and all a very enjoyable beer just not one of my favorite red ales.

coasterfreak75, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An unusual Red Ale. Looks great. Huge pillowy soft white head that hangs in there. Cloudy amber/orange color. Good lacing. The smell is fairly mild, malty with some spice, probably black pepper.

Several layers of taste. First a malty taste with a hint of Belgian beer spice (coriander?) and black pepper. There is a quick bit of bitterness. Unfortunately the finish is a little skunky, vegetable, macro lager thing.

The overall effect is pleasant enough and I would have no problem with it as a session beer. Nothing outstanding, but interesting enough

JayQue, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of racer2k
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

racer2k, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of humanawho
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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

humanawho, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This twelve once bottle poured into my trusty glass a reddish amber with a creamy head. Poor retention and wispy lacing. Poor aroma, hard to discern, lightly spicy. Flavors were better, some fruit and bready malt with a dry character. Very much a Red Ale. The dryness becomes more bitter as it warms up. Crisp finish and a nice mouthfeel. Good beer and very sessionable.

thekevlarkid, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, but not exceptional. Pours copper with a thin head. The aroma is strongly amber malt, with a little sour citrusy hops, sort of a rose water effect. The flavor is malty, a bit sour, with some rose and some cedar in there. The mouthfeel is astringint, lacking in carbonation bite. This is an OK beer, but not outstanding in this increasingly trendy style.

Seanibus, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of umfskibum
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with russpowell. Cheers, Russ! 12 oz bottle, poured into an Achewood pint glass. While it doesn't factor into my score, I do have to give major props to Ska for their awesome beer names and bottle art.

A: Copper-red pour, with a nice little (maybe a finger-width) foamy head. Relatively clear body, without any carbonation really visible. The head disappeared pretty quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the top of the brew. No real lacing to speak of as the beer retreated down the pint.

S: Whoa, does this beer even have a nose? I can hardly smell anything, even when taking a sip. If I reach, I can pull out a bit of a sticky-sweet smell with a bit of caramel malt and the slightest scent of Liberty hops.

T/M: Coming from drinking a lot of bold beers, the first sip of Pinstripe leaves me tasting .. nothing in particular. Not necessarily a bad thing, as the beer does taste very balanced. Not too hoppy and not too malty, the beer has a nice caramel malt flavor up front and a floral, barely hoppy finish. Super-crisp finish, and a round full mouthfeel. Very smooth.

D: Other than the unimpressive nose, finishing one of these just has me wanting to reach for another. I think that Ska sums it up pretty well on their website, stating that "Maybe you're not in the mood for a raspberry flavored, low carb, ice, dry maltsicle, and you certainly aren't in the mood for a Rotgutzen. You are, however, always in the mood for a Pinstripe." While I wouldn't put Pinstripe in the "extraordinary" category quite yet, it is a well-balanced, tasty, solidly brewed beer. Recommended, especially as a session beer or an accompaniment to pub fare.

umfskibum, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into my Tyler's shaker pint yields a clear reddish copper body capped with a finger of off-white foam that retains at a chunky sheet that leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

Smell is spicy and malty. Not a lot hitting my nose here.

Taste is juicy dry (yes, juicy dry) caramel red apples with lightly dry malt backbone. Nice and crisp with a bitter apple-peel finish.

Juicy and drinkable.

cvstrickland, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish orange color with modest white head that quickly fell to a thin ring.

Smell is very light with perhaps a youch of fruit noted.

Taste shows more of the fruitiness and some bready hops, but very light. There is a nice bitterness that slowly emerges.

The dryness becomes more intesnse at the finish and and leaves a pleasing mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, too drinkable. Disappeared way too quickly.

tgbljb, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

woodychandler, May 25, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was dark orange in color with a one-finger, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet with pine hops, bread and was also mildly earthy.

Taste was balanced, but somewhat spicy and biscuity. Lightly bitter finish.

This was a very crisp, clean beer. An easy drinking session beer.

drumrboy22, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of naproxen
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle a very hazy copper/amber which cleared up pretty fast. The head was about a half inch thick and creamy white, very appealing. OVerall I would have expected a much more prominent reddish hue for this style.
S: a milder aroma for this beer, almost an earthy sweetness but nothing overpowering
T: heavy on the malts, not the hops
M: a smooth drinker
D: very drinkable for an amber, none of the characteristics are over the top. a good fall back beer in my opinion.

naproxen, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of scottblaze
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured about a 1" frothy head with good retention, clear amber, very nice lacing. A little grassy smell, otherwise not a lot on the nose. Liberty hops showing through with hints of lemon grass, pineapple, chamomile and caramel. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall an easy drinking brew but somehow finishes a little thin. Worthwhile

scottblaze, Jan 31, 2008
Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.