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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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.

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Photo of umfskibum


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:37:27 | More by umfskibum
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 13:10:34 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of tgbljb


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 21:03:29 | More by tgbljb
Photo of woodychandler


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 14:44:43 | More by woodychandler
Photo of drumrboy22


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 17:05:12 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of naproxen

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 02:41:43 | More by naproxen
Photo of scottblaze


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 23:29:09 | More by scottblaze
Photo of 1fastz28


4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a super cloudy light reddish amber color with a small head that laces a little bit. smell is very sweet, malty and kinda hefe like, atleast with the citrusy aroma. taste is a really flipping good, very fruity and full. mouthfeel is good, as is the drinkability, i like it

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 05:17:23 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of dakeller80


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friend of mine left a few in the fridge after a holiday party. Just moved to Durango so I'm still sampling the local beers. This is my latest Ska sampling.

A-Crystal clear light coppery/amber color. Slightly orange-red. Thin head, little webbing on pint glass. A little pale for an American Amber I think.

S--Aroma not overwhelming but sweet, malty, slight esters, some biscuity/yeasty smell

Taste--leaning to the malty side but good balance. Hop flavor barely noticeable, slightly spicy. Good malty/caramel flavor without too much sweetness. Not terribly complex but some fruitiness comes out. Nothing overpowering.

M--thicker mouthfeel than I expected but somehow thinned as the beer warmed

D-I'm not usually huge fan of these balanced American Ambers ("red ales") but this one is very drinkable with no big flaws for the style. Good stuff. I'll keep drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 01:24:47 | More by dakeller80
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:04:18 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 20:09:33 | More by Gavage
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice hazy dark amber with a good white head that stays around a little clumpy like and leaves a nice lace. biscuity malty aroma with a little hop in the back and some fruit. smells great. tase is still good, but not as well blended or as dry or hoppy as i would have hoped. i also hoped for the fruit and biscuity bready thing to come through a little more. descent body and good carbonation. easy drink but i'm not doing backflips.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 00:29:11 | More by timtim
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This can just as easily be classified as a pale ale, both in terms of flavor and appearance. It pours a golden-copper that doesn't look very red or amber to me. An army of bubbles and a creamy inch-high head are its best traits in the looks department. The head halves quickly but retains well, leaving lots of lace in its wake.

Nose provides some good sniffin': light and fruity hops, red licorice, bubblegum.

Grape bazooka dominates the flavor. Hops are fruity and springy as the aroma hints. Bubblegum keeps coming to mind. Just enough malt backup to keeps things well-rounded.

Some carbonation is here and that's good; I was worried how this beer would be (in that dept. and others) since it was bottled in September '06. Looks like it has staying power, though the very soft and smoothed-out texture does hint at some age, bordering on watery.

Nothing spectacular, but a very likeable beer that satisfies, with nothing terribly negative going against it. Was glad to try it--thanks to my bro mnwags for hooking it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 21:38:57 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of flexabull


3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color, with a nice looking head.

Beer smells malty, cereal like, and with a sweet character.

This one tastes a lot like sun brewed ice tea. But with a creamy finish, and touch of a hoppy bitterness.

This beer is a bit light in the mouthfeel. But it is drinkable, and could lend itself well to sessions. It's just a bit uniteresting.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 06:00:49 | More by flexabull
Photo of Zorro


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 04:22:47 | More by Zorro
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 20:59:11 | More by brentk56


3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 5" of dense off-white huge head ~ WTF?!?! 1" over the rim with excellent retention, so much so that I could not pour the whole beer at once. The beer is an orange / amber color. The head left some nice lacing down the side.

S - Malty aroma over a clean herbal, citrusy hop. Almost like a English Pale Ale.

T - Light caramel maltiness. Citrus and herbal hop bite. Apple skin. Fruity citrusy finish.

M - Thin to medium body with high carbonation.

D - Easy drinking ~ session style. To me this is more of an English style of ale that the catch all Amber / Red. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 03:32:00 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of Padron4KM


2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Date code notched on the label shows 1st week of May, but doesn’t state year.

Hazy amber, lively carbonation, thin tan short lived head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is light caramel.

Flavor is light caramel, light citrus.

Body is thin and watery.

Finish is short, and lightly bitter, lightly sweet.

When you’re in the mood for something average, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 06:43:41 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a fairly light color to be a red ale. It looks like a pale ale combined with a red ale. There is a medium frothy white head. The smell is piney. There is a noticable hop presence in the taste. Not as much as other hoppy red ales, but noticable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This brew drinks easy. I could go for this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 22:20:50 | More by Enola
Photo of russpowell


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 03:33:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of bashiba


2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with a touch of white head with a little lacing.

Smell was light with a bit of caramel malts and a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is nothing but a bit of light caramel maltiness, there is a very slight hint of hops with some bitterness, but no hop flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is watery with a slightly dry finish.

Nothing exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:03:29 | More by bashiba
Photo of Blakaeris


3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-copper with a modest head and slight lacing.

Smell is caramel malt and light hop fruitiness.

Taste is balanced and buttery malt and hop. Very ESB like. Caramel, sweet orange and tangy grapefruit. Finish is crisp with a mildly spicy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. A little more body and a touch of hop oilyiness would have been appreciated.

Drinkable, but nothing fantastic here. Mouthfeel and flavor were a little thin and watery. If this beer was a little bolder I would be very pleased.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 22:41:56 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ranges in color from light rusty red to smoggy yellow-orange, with a vanilla-colored, meringue-textured head so enormous I had to stop pouring halfway through the bottle to wait for it to die down, and so stiff it supports itself a good inch or so above the mouth of the glass. All of the Ska beers I've tried have had similarly impressive heads, with the exception of the Ten Pin Porter.

Smell: Bright, sharp, evergreen hop aroma, slight yeasty tartness, and sweet, grainy malts with a slight Macintosh apple edge. I love the hop profile but the malts are lacking in that toasty aroma that really makes a great American red.

Taste: Hops taste more citric than they smelled, lending a pleasant, refreshing orange character. Malts are very pleasantly toasty, nutty, and fruity. Yeast character is a bit more noticeable than usual for the style. Clean, mild, bittersweet finish. Very good, although the whole thing tastes just a bit watered-down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and frothy, but a little too flat, and occasionally parching.

Drinkability: This is a yummy beer, good for all seasons, flavorful, well-balanced, and refreshing. It isn't the most robust American red out there, but it is still very enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 03:32:41 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 21:50:30 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Shultzerdugen


3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with date notches.

Hazed light orange in color with a small white cap.

Bread and biscuit like malts would pretty much cover the nose.

Light in body with a mellow carbonation and bit of graininess. Bread and biscuit like malt flavors to match the nose, with a touch of caramel and floral notes in the finish.

Nothing wrong with this beer, and not much to get me excited. Could slake a thirst.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 01:21:20 | More by Shultzerdugen
Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.