Barrel Trolley Pale Ale - World Brews
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Reviews by Abytehead:
1.78/5 rDev -42.9%
First impression: must be spoiled.
Tried another six pack a few months later.
Just plain bad but not as bad as their amber.
I guess that explains the $5.99 price. Duh.
Not hoppy. No citrus, floral, fruit taste.
Aftertaste not acceptable. Hard to review because it is not at all good.
06-23-2012 22:14:22 | More by Abytehead
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev +9.9%
My wife picked this up today at the local Harris Teeter,not bad and cheap.Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a nicely formed creamy white head that lasted for the duration of the glass.Crystal malt notes in the nose and some iron/metallic,not a whole lot going on.Crystal malt biscuit malt flavors mixed with an herbal lightly citric hop profile,this is an English style pale no doubt.Not half bad,if you like EPA's you would really be into this.
12-17-2011 23:00:10 | More by oberon
3.23/5 rDev +3.5%
A- A perfectly clear copper tinged gold with lots of carbonation bubbles. 1 inch of head sticks around leaving some lacing.
S- Caramel, wood, pine and a little lemon.
T- A bit of a weird mix. Peppery and lemongrass hoppiness up the front with a big sweet middle and a moderately bitter finish with tinges of aspirin, fruit and tannin.
M- Thin and crisp, could use more body to help it be less puckering and more mouth filling.
O- This one started off with a lot of promise, it looked good and smelled good. There's just something off with the mix of the taste. Not terrible but the bitterness isn't as clean and smooth a finish as it should be.
11-03-2012 19:36:18 | More by Guden
2.75/5 rDev -11.9%
12oz bottle, a single from one outlet of the local liquor store monopoly. This one is from Rochester, NY, yet still brewed by World Brews.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decent array of coral reef lace around the glass as it duly recedes.
It smells of semi-sweet generic citrus fruit, an underlying musty yeastiness, faint grainy malt, and a further herbal medicinal hop character. I wonder which of the '3' different hops that is? The taste is thin, stale bready malt, more yeasty, musty citrus fruit pith, and a weird herbal, weedy hoppiness, which is damned near devoid of bitterness.
The carbonation is quite laid back, no sass there, and no surprise, the body a lulling medium weight, and whose clamminess is starting to seem like the calling card of this whole affair - so smooth, yes, but with the standing caveat. It finishes off-dry, the neutered malt and still prominent yeasty, herbal, bland fruitiness having their way.
Everything seems rather disjointed, unbalanced, and jerky, not to mention just plain boring. A beer designed by committee, this is. No inspiration, no chances taken, and no fun. And certainly a hell of lot more than 6.99 a sixer in my neck of the woods.
10-25-2012 03:02:08 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev +13.1%
Pours a light clear amber with very little head. Smells of rich malts but little else. Taste is very mild malt character with a pretty decent hop bitter finish. Mildly carbonated, light bodied and crisp.
Surprisingly, decent for a Harris Teeter house brand. There are definitely better Pale Ales out there, but this was good to try once.
07-22-2011 17:44:25 | More by tdm168
3.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Picked up a bottle of Barrel Trolley's Pale Ale off the singles shelf at the nearby Binnys. The beer pours a pale yellow with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is bolstered by subtle fresh hops. The taste is a nice balance between the malts and hops. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it's decent...reminds more of a blonde ale than pale ale. Would be fine as a session ale.
01-03-2013 01:26:12 | More by WoodBrew
2.3/5 rDev -26.3%
Standard 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Shows a lightly hazed deep golden with perhaps a hint of copper. Light cap of white foam shows typical and average retention.
Aroma is muddled with some caramel and old hops. Indistinct from all fronts and warming doesn't help a lot if at all. Reminds me of the house beers at BevMo and might well be the same. Likely has some stressed yeast issues/underpitching.
Taste follows with a smooth and lightly carbonated delivery, touch of caramel malt and a very light hop delivery. Touch too malty yet without a balancing hop characer. Obvious house beer quality and previously seen at Ralph's/Kroger if I recall correctly. Brightens a bit on the feel with some spritzy, at times, carbonation. Lackluster finish. Boring and a bit harsh overall.
03-02-2014 03:52:23 | More by HalfFull
2.8/5 rDev -10.3%
12oz. Everything about this sounds right except this says world brews Rochester NY. Same amber, white and pale offerings so I'm assuming they are the same.
Dark gold pour, solid finger of white head that lasts.
Aroma, herbal hops, some malt background. Fainter pine.
Taste, tea and light caramel. Mostly herbal and citrus hops, though they are fairly subdued. No telling how fresh this is though, guessing not very.
Lighter bodied, good carbonation, drinks quite easy.
Pretty good for a warm night, but a tad thin and a tad watery.
Meh, all right for the price of $6.99. Needs more "ingredients".
06-20-2012 02:35:16 | More by Bung
3.73/5 rDev +19.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear deep gold to light amber colored beer with a creamy off-white head that settles slowly and has excellent retention, leaving patches of fluffy head behind all the way to the bottom of the glass. A great looking beer.
Smell: Smells of non-discriminate citrus as well as grapefruit greet the nose along with subtle floral notes and a hint of a grassy/earthy scent.
Taste: Great balance to this beer--hop presence is there, but refined and balanced with an almost bready maltiness. Finish is crisp, dry, smooth, refreshing, and ever so bitter. Only complaint is that the overall taste feels a little subdued--I was expecting a richer, bolder taste, although the taste is good.
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than I expected, but still has good (ample) carbonation that leaves this beer crisp and very drinkable. It is smooth and I think it's a good thing that this beer drinks so easily compared to other pale ales I have tried. The excellent feel of this beer makes up for what I was missing in the flavor department. If I was going to drink a six pack or more, I would pick this beer over other pale ales that taste a little better simply because this beer has excellent drinkability.
Overall: A very good beer that accomplishes what it was brewed for (a private label beer for Harris Teeter stores to provide a more affordable microbrew than others they sell) and can stand on its own as a quality beer.
09-03-2011 22:47:47 | More by pBRale
3.48/5 rDev +11.5%
I saw this at the store and decided to try it.
Appearance- coppery color, very thin head, pretty good lacing
Smell- malt, citrus
Taste- malt, citrus
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- pretty good, I might have it again. Maybe if it was on sale or something.
07-16-2012 20:09:19 | More by jeffjeff1
2.35/5 rDev -24.7%
Three types of hops combine in this Pale Ale for a complex citrus hop aroma with deep flavor and a long crisp finish
Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%
88 Points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
Silver Medal "Highly Recommended - World Beer Championship, 2012
86 Points Draft Magazine, June 2012
prev. text from web site.
color was almost like an orange peel with a hint of yellow. 2 finger white head. wife thought it was a rolling rock. smooth after taste and light feel to the beer. not to bad over all but not as good in my opinion as the web site promotes.
06-22-2012 01:33:35 | More by tjsmith910
4.85/5 rDev +55.4%
This beer was phenomenal. SA Boston Lager malt character with a fantastic Amarillo/Citra etc. type finishing hop. Light but substanitive. Perfectly carbonated. I could easily drink one after another, perhaps I may even say more sessionable than SABL! The brewmaster hit the target. I have found that breweries have been over adding the newer hybrid finnishing hops and generally overpowering the grain bill on many beers in the past 5 years. This beer could possibly be the perfect modern Pale Ale. All the newer hops well represented without over compensating. Well done!
07-29-2011 23:49:01 | More by streetcommander
3.53/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured from a bottle into .5 liter mug
A-pours a clear amber red. small head with nice lacing
S-smells like slight hoppy pine mixed with carmaly malts
T-tastes slightly hoppy. very malty. sort of sweet. like a hoppy juice. mostly apple
MF-medium. not very thick but not watery like bmc.
O-pretty good. not as impressive as the amber. basically tastes like they added more hops to the amber. still pretty good though for a good price.
01-22-2012 03:23:52 | More by Swim424
1.83/5 rDev -41.3%
Bottle into nonic pint.
Thin, kinda watery, and somewhat overcarbonated.
Very clear pale golden color. Weak head, poor retention, and no lacing.
Smells and tastes lightly malty, a bit of sweetness, and a chalky feel on the finish. Very mild bitterness-- like the hops were a skipped step in the recipe. Some very light floral and citrus notes can be found.
Overall-- a very VERY unimpressive pale ale. I'm not looking forward to the ipa! This seems like an attempt from a BMC company at creating a "craft label."
10-26-2012 01:27:51 | More by AleWatcher
2.74/5 rDev -12.2%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Wow, judging by the sales-floor visibility and the talk, I'd say the Binny's foray into a "house label" (one that was already available in other chains in other states...) hasn't been much of a success. Oh well... This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry biscuit, old greens, and brown grass that's finally free to drink in the sunlight after suffering for months beneath a few inches of snow, but is too weak to do so right away. The hop presence is minimal at best and meek when it's there. The taste brings in more of the same, though that biscuit is now thoroughly buttered, and the greens are a touch brighter, having not spent as much time untouched in the fridge. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly watery feel. Overall, a sad little pale ale, proof positive of why this brand seems to have died a quiet, unmourned death around here.
04-03-2013 18:45:59 | More by TMoney2591
Barrel Trolley Pale Ale from World Brews
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