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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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273 Ratings

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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 DoubleJ


2.45/5  rDev -31%

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.

03-10-2009 04:57:37 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of walshclimb


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

02-25-2009 02:56:36 | More by walshclimb
Photo of kimcgolf


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

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!!

01-05-2009 04:05:14 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of malcontent


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

01-04-2009 04:28:55 | More by malcontent
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

01-01-2009 03:55:26 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of JayQue


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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

11-27-2008 03:45:42 | More by JayQue
Photo of racer2k


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

10-16-2008 23:41:55 | More by racer2k
Photo of humanawho


2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

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

10-14-2008 01:16:07 | More by humanawho
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

09-16-2008 03:05:03 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Seanibus


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

08-26-2008 22:29:19 | More by Seanibus
Photo of umfskibum


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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


4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

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

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


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

12-24-2006 04:22:47 | More by Zorro
Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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