Pinstripe Red Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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Pinstripe Red AlePinstripe Red Ale

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.15%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice, burnished-autumn color; minimal head, but solid fat-bubble apparent fizz. Very nice nose: dry, husky notes; bit of barn-floor grain; some underlying deglazed-pan or demi-glace sweetness; hay and tarragon. Tasty, but less impressive taste-spectrum, with little in the way of sticky-red strata, with the absence clearing space for an abundance of dry malty bite; indeed, this is quite a different vector for a so-called "red ale", seeming much more akin in overall impression to strident those malty-grassy pilsners, or cooler-fermented alt biers, that can taste aggressively crisp. There is, at the finish, a touch of reclaiming sweetness, along with a reasserting of those bitter-hay and dry tarragon notes detectable on the nose, which—along with the medium-light mouthfeel—continue the "crisper" trend and hold this red much more airy and bright than most of its nominal species (though still with enough heft that I wouldn't call it "fresh").

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance here, red, good clarity, over an inch of white head on it. Solid artwork.
Aroma hit you with all the red ale smells, for better and worse, traditionally driven, not all that hoppy.

Body is lighter than the appearance would lead you to believe, light hops. Sweet like oktoberfest. A decent beer that is underhopped for today's needs.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a little on the light side for a red ale but still has a good amount of flavor. it's not the best red ale i've ever had but one i would drink again.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden straw, a bit cloudy. No head but a few white bubbles afloat

S: not too dramatic, a modest malty fruit scent

T: just like the scent but more explosive

M: sweet but bitter taste lingers, kinda tingly if you pay close attention


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 12/14/15. 5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells pretty good, but there is a metallic aspect in the taste that makes this one a bit hard to drink much of.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent, but average amber ale. Pours amber (duh!) with thin white head, and sparse carbonation. Initial aroma of IPA, muted with some malt. Taste is hops, malt, mouth feel is about right.

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Photo of mzingie
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small head with little retention. Hazy apple juice color. Very little smell but has a small hop presence with some fruity notes. Taste is pretty average. Malty sweetness with a small amount of hops, a tad yeasty. Pretty uninteresting beer to be honest.

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Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%

Reviewed at Cosby Campground, Smoky National Park, TN. Full notes taken at time of consumption.

A- The bottle pours with an orange not red body to a chalice. Pretty much clear of any haze as a white cap forms to about one finger. The fluffy head falls to a thin ring and lacing is spotty.

S- Yeast fruits come to mind with apple esters and some dried light fruits. Toasted, cereal and light crystal grainy hints. Not picking up much and strength is a bit lacking.

T- The paler appearance of the beer shows up in the flavor as it lacks anything beyond lightly toasted malts. Cereal grains, biscuit, light crystal and just a bit sweet. Bready from the yeast with light fruits coming to mind and a finish provided by spicy, earthy hops.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp, foamy consistency. The carbonation is moderately high and it all ends lightly bitter.

Just not up to par with other Red Ales. Has a strong fruity yeast feel and lacks malts and hops to really counteract that. Leaves me looking for more.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new offering to me from Ska Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery bronze orange colored body with just over a finger of foamy khaki head. Leaves some nice spotty lacing behind. Looks pretty nice.

S - The nose is comprised of sweetened caramel malts, toffee, toasted grains, a bit of soapiness, mild alcohol phenols. A bit of an earthy / twiggy / fruity / berry / herbal tea like presence as well.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malt, toffee, herbal / twiggy / earthy tea leaf like flavors, and some mild hop bitterness. Lightly metallic on the finish.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and malty. Mild fruitiness / bitterness lingering behind on the palate. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid example of the style from Ska Brewing. This is easily one of the better beers I have had from these guys, and one that is a likely contender for repeat drinking.

Ska Brewing Pinstripe Red Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 10/23/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours copper-brown in color with a thin white head. Left a lot of lacing with each sip. The aroma isn't much actually, maybe some caramel with some grain. The taste was much better than the smell. A tad 'watery' at first but has a lot of complex flavors at the end. Perfect carbonation and great balance. Smooth to drink and goes down easy. Better than many other 'Red Ales' i have had.

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Photo of Poulan
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer if you do not drink a lot of red ales. Lighter in color than your average red ales. Can not taste any distinctive hops.Taste very watery but did not taste terrible. It has a very smooth finish. Can not taste that much malt. It's like it needs a little chocolate malt.

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Photo of ChapPJ
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium strong. Good but I've had better.

Did not note where I first had the beer but I've ordered it more than once.

Feb 2012

Medium strong. Good but I've had better.

Did not note where I first had the beer but I've ordered it more than once.

Feb 2012

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown color. One finger head. Cool bottle artwork.

S: Hard to explain. Pretty basic beer smell.

T: Very refreshing to start. Goes down like a cheap watered down beer but ends with a complex aftertaste.

M: Very smooth! Great balance. Aftertaste is a little rough but it fades quickly.

O: A good beer for a hot day. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of gleemonger
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden red color with a small frothy white head that sits around for a bit. Nice, fine lacing down the glass. Looks much heavier than it really is.

Weird, almost no aroma at all, just the slighest hint of sweet caramel malts, that's about it. I wonder if this one is a little old. Tiny bit of biscuity malts in there too if I try really hard.

Kind of honey sweet with the expected caramel malts, but not very spicy or much else going on to really make it taste like a red ale. Actually it tastes a little more like a blonde with caramel malts in it. Just a little hop bitterness to round it out, but no hop flavors really.

Slightly full bodied with moderate carbonation and a really creamy smooth feel. This is probably my favorite thing about it.

Not exactly a red ale, in my opinion. Really pretty basic, kind of mass market tasting. I guess a good gateway beer for some BMC fans, but just not very interesting at all to me. That said, it's refreshing, decent, and a good session beer, so I wouldn't knock it too much.

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Photo of gxtmfa
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer for the price. A little flat and watery, with no strong aftertaste. This isn't to say it didn't have flavor- it was smooth and I don't remember the mouthfeel varying too strongly. Some may like that about the beer, others may want a three-part experience between palate, throat and aftertaste. What makes it a better beer is how it compares to the others of its price range where I live. Compare it to some of the classier stuff where the mouthfeel is a 3-part experience and it doesn't stand as strong.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a light coper clean pour with absolutely no head, just a light rim of white foam. the smell is quite sweet and fruity - very reminiscent of their blonde ale i am getting a lot of pilsner malt, bready notes, slight fruit hint of pears/apples. sweet malty taste, slight tangy fruity feel, slight hop bitterness. medium body with barely any carbonation.. not exactly sure where this beer went wrong, but it is not honestly what i'm used to from ska brewing company.. i feel pretty let down. could just be that this is an old bottle.. i was told that this and their esb don't move much, so that could be the case, and it makes sense. even though it's not their best, it is still not terrible and very drinkable, but it just lacks profile in every aspect. or maybe i've just been spoiled by their other brews.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear copper orange with some light peach highlights and an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a medium film and large collar and having fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt, grassy hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was a lot like the aroma with a light bitter malty flavor with just a hint of caramel early on, progressing with a mild hoppiness and a light citrus presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a light citrus peel bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery, dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be a mildly hoppy and slightly fruity Red Ale with a very good drinkability...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The bottled on markings aren't marked at all. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with red label and standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, fair cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hopping, brilliant toasted malt character, biscuit malt, and even some pine. Closer to an Irish Red than an American Amber. A marvelous aroma for the style. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An evocative aroma, and a pretty strong one at that.

T: Toasted malt backbone with nectary hops throughout, as well as some muted floral hops. Crisp and clean. Tasty but overly simple. Lacks subtlety. That said, it's very pleasant to drink and rather refreshing. Quite an enjoyable beer. No yeast character. No alcohol comes through. Really well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp and clean. Refreshing. Good carbonation and thickness. Nectary. a major problem is that it's too wet, even bordering on watery.

Dr: Drinkable but held back by its simplicity. I could down this all night, especially at a party. I'd happily pick up a keg of this, but it's by no means an impressive brew. There's nothing unique or special here, but it's damn drinkable.

Low B-


01/24/13: Brief impressions:

Appearance isn't at all amber or red, but is rather a clear copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Has a pleasant malty aroma with some pleasant herbal and floral hop aromatics. A hint of bubblegum too. Not the amber malt/toasted malt build you might expect in a red ale, but pleasant and inviting. No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

Very enjoyable, if a bit simple. Floral and herbal notes dominate the hop profile, with a generic pale malt and light amber malt foundation playing well alongside it.

Not boozy or yeasty. Quite clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit too coarse and has too much weight for a red ale.

Quite drinkable but ultimately unremarkable. A nice red when in the mood, but nothing particularly impressive.

High C+

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012 (I think; it's partly scratched out). Still, only just out of date amirite?! Picked up a little while ago from Trembling Madness in York. What's with the skull & skittles on the label?

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with dry, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a mild hint of pine.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, biscuits, earthy yeast, stewed hops, faint candy sugar and undertones of pine resin. Slightly sweet. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but perhaps a tad insubstantial. Aftertaste of grainy caramel malt and yeast.

An OK brew, though nothing amazing. Primarily malty in flavour, with a subtle touch of hops - kind of like a paler brown ale. Nothing really stands out about it, while the body could perhaps be amped up a little. Drinkable enough, but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of Twincrasher
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color. Moderate head retention.

S: Mineral (metalic?) smell. Some altbier tones. Much more floral at warmer temps. Recommend serving in 40's.

T: Good overall, not great. Nice for session beer.

M: Typical for this style.

O: Worth having again. A nice red ale beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Who's up for some bowling? ...Maybe later? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. Gotta be one of the palest reds I've seen in a long time. The nose comprises pine resin, caramel, and a strong backbone of orange peel. The taste holds notes of mildly sharp (yup) orange rind, lightly-toasted biscuit, light caramel, and a twinge of pine sap. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a languid feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad red, one that partially-vainly tries to add a hop bite, and one that feels really odd and unappealing on the tongue. Not a fan.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber orange-ish with a huge foamy 2 finger beige head that was packed with bubbles and didn’t move, fading very slowly and leaving very nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Impressive looking brew.

Smells of malt, grains, caramel, light butterscotch, wheat bread, syrup, herbs and light floral hops; pretty malty nose that has just enough hops for good balance.

Tastes of malt, grains, caramel, wheat bread, biscuit, light syrup, herbs, faint brown sugar, yeast and light floral hops; there’s almost a cake-like sweetness from the caramel, brown sugar, what seems like cinnamon and herbs. It’s all malt, but somehow easy to drink. Not the most exciting beer, but fits the style.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and very smooth at the same time, with light to average carbonation, a medium body and a bready finish that's on the sweet side.

Good beer, I guess, but I was hoping for more hops in the mix for better balance. It's a little too basic tasting and I had hoped for more zing in the flavor.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is one of the most crystal clear beers I have ever seen. Very pretty. The color is a very light orange and hundreds of bubbles are popping up from the bottom of the glass into a slightly off-white ceiling of head. The head is about a half-inch thick, but quickly loses half of its height.

SMELL: The aroma is quite pleasant with a strong dose of orange, maybe a little coriander and a little citrus.

TASTE: It's funny how the first sip of this instantly takes me to Durango. I first had this beer there a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is what a summer night in Durango tastes like to me, but enough gushing about Ska - the caramel malt comes through in a big way up front. Citrus and some dark fruit emerge towards the end of the sip before an ever so small hint of earthy hops finish it off.

MOUTHFEEL: The malt makes this a medium-bodied brew that starts out a little dry, but finishes a little sweet. Very solidly balanced in this respect.

OVERALL: This isn't the best beer in Colorado. It isn't the best beer that Ska makes either. It is, however, a wonderful session beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Medium toffee colored amber. A cream colored head dissipates to chunky bubbles and film. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Caramel, malts, biscuits.

Taste: Sweet malty caramel hits first, and it's a perfect sweetness. There's a slightly metallic taste in the middle, then a slightly citric hop finish. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, dry finish.

Overall: Perhaps the best offering I've had from Ska. Although, as I continue drinking this, I taste the hop finish more and more. Still, decent.

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