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Pinstripe Red Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of rowew


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Interesting graphics that appear to be marketed towards the hipster crowd. Freshness date notched on the side of the label.

Appearance: Great pour into a pint glass with a nice off white head. Beer is slightly red orange and clear. Nice retention on the head.

Smell: Aroma is very bready, with grain and yeast smells dominating.

Taste: Crisp flavor with the bready malts dominating. A nice hop spice comes in at the end to make this very well balanced.

Overall impression: Not your typical red, and not the most exciting offering out there. Despite this it is a solid beer that I enjoyed, and would be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 22:50:17 | More by rowew
Photo of arizcards


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 6 pack put together at Papago Brewing Co back in April for $6.99.

Pours a golden red color, small head, leaving splotchy lacing. Nose is grainy with a floral hop presence. Taste is heavy on a biscuity grain with a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is kind of thin but it is nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is pretty good. Not an overly complex beer but pretty good on a hot desert day nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 23:30:46 | More by arizcards
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, deep red-copper hue with a moderate off-white head, that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a nice bit of lacing.

Bit of sweet malts in the nose, biscuits and bread. Just a hint of floral hop in the aroma.

Taste is smooth with a bit of sweet malt and caramel, some bready, biscuity malt backbone, nice underlying hop flavor to back it up.

Nice balance and carbonation level, very easy drinking, nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 19:20:36 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
Photo of Gusler


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a limpid amber color with a modest frothy light tan head that disappears quickly leaving a thin sheet of lace to occult the glass. The nose has a light fruity aroma, fresh and crisp, caramel and a bit earthy; the start is somewhat sweet, the malt profile adequate and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is sternly acidic with the hop present and spicy, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a decent drinking beer, not bad, not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 23:26:41 | More by Gusler
Photo of Mitchster


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

Brewed with Caramel malts and Liberty hops. Part of a mixed 12 pack sampler. Brewed in August 2004.

Pours to a clear medium amber, forming a small off-white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice with a clean ferment, mild toast and nut and fruity esters, the strongest of which is apples. Swirling produces more toast and nuts. Floral hops are mild. Mouthfeel is a little watery with a medium-light body and semi-astringent finish from a combination of the grains and hops. Taste begins with herbal and floral hops, followed by mild nut and toast. The bitterness is moderate and also herbaceous. No particularly distinct flavors although it's cleanly fermented.

This is a little dull. There are no complexities and tastes like a run-of-the-mill red ale. The bitterness is plain and makes me want more hops. Mouthfeel is not impressive. Pretty average across the board.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 18:33:02 | More by Mitchster
Photo of mntlover


3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber with amall of white head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is light caramel malt some earthy hops grassey and musty mixed with citrus. Taste is light on caramel malt, almost like their blonde with some toasted caramel malt flavors added. Hop flavors are grassy with some fruity citrus thrown in the mix. Mouthfell is light to light for a amber ale need more malt thrown in to the mix. Drinkability is average better then say Killian's but not much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 20:32:12 | More by mntlover
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amberorange color -- transparent with plentiful fine carbonation. A full off-white head with good retention and a sticky lace. Aroma is grassy with malt and caramel and a light citrus background. Flavor is lightly sweet with a mild hop finish. Palate is light bodied and mildly effervescent with a light hop presence.
IMHO: a drinkable, well balanced beer -- not crudely over-hopped as expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 02:20:58 | More by SeanChouffe
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear light amber golden with an off-white head which was long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel and light fruitiness with a slight citrus.

The flavor was light and citrusy with a slight caramel. All the flavors were very muted.

The finish was dry with a slight citrus bitterness and fruitiness lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 22:48:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of a copper than amber or red with not much head to speak of,aromas of caramel and toasted malt with a nice lingering fruitiness.Taste is ur typical red though but with a nice hop presence in the finish,toasted and light caramel sweetness dominate with a hint of soap in some sips.A pretty good beer here I like these Ska brews will try the rest of the line if I get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 00:42:22 | More by oberon
Photo of Beaver13


2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured light amber, almost yellowish-orange with a smallish head with big bubbles that quickly dissipated except for slight traces. Slight caramel, hoppy smell. Bland tasting, with a slightly fruity initial flavor and a hoppy finish and a kind of skunky aftertaste. Overall, I wasn't too impressed by this. It's definitely not what I'd consider a red ale, more like a pretty poor amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 04:29:13 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Todd


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Cool skull label with bowling pins and hops in the mouth. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a light amber beer and a patchy white creamy, foam head. Last drop was full of "stuff" and turned the beer a bit cloudy.

Smell: Big malty, biscuit, fresh grain aroma.

Taste: Smooth and relatively light on the palate. A bit fruity, hint of roasted, with a mineral/metallic flavoured back bone. Mild sweetness. Low hop bitterness with a slight floral flavour. Bready and biscuit malt flavours follow with a bitty/grain mouthfeel and a crisp dryness that runs into the finish.

Notes: Doesn't resemble a "red ale", but this beer has many of the typical characteristics that you might expect -- crisp, dry, touch of roasted, etc. It's also very basic, making for some easy, no thinking drinking. A superb session beer.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 23:23:13 | More by Todd
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Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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