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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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


3.48/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


2.35/5  rDev -33.8%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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!

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


2.63/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -9%

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.

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

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

(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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -9%

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.

01-18-2006 01:21:20 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of maxpower


3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz bottle pours a deep reddish-coper color, decent white head that sticks to the glass, light sweet roasty nutty-caramel aroma. Some roasted malty nutty flavors, light to medium body, light and smooth mouthfeel, a bit watery leaves a somewhat sweet aftertaste, pretty average and drinkable amber.

11-19-2005 19:43:17 | More by maxpower
Photo of mentor


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

Bottle obtained from a local liquor store and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one fingr light tan head over a clear rust/copper liquid. Smells caramel, tangerine, tangy, oranges, butterscotch, metallic. Tastes caramel, biscuit, light citrus, iron, toasted grain. Sweet ending and fruity delicious aftertaste, lightly of syrup in which canned peaches are suspended. Hop floral rises up the back of my throat and flows in to coat the entire inside of my mouth with a flowery oily. The irony fruity sweet makes my mouth water onto my slight carb-stingy tongue and makes my mouth water even more. Simple delicate flavors interacting in interesting combinations to make a delightful and highly drinkable beer. Smooth, for being medium bodied and moderately carbonated...perhaps a touch too much.

08-24-2005 05:33:57 | More by mentor
Photo of rowew


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -9%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-27-2004 02:20:58 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


2.45/5  rDev -31%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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