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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
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 +1.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Pinstripe Red Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 337 ratings
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