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.
Appearance: 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.
Smell: 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.
Taste/Mouthfeel: 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.
Drinkability: 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.
[Cross-posted from Beer Advocate]