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Barrel Trolley Pale Ale - World Brews

Barrel Trolley Pale AleBarrel Trolley Pale Ale

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%


Brewed by:
World Brews visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 07-22-2011)
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Dull dark gold. Greyish head. Good lacing.
S: Vinous, green grapes, strong Liebfraumilch and ginger.
T: Immediately I get prickly ginger plus Liebfraumilch but it dies after a second and you're left with a very flat tasting pale ale with an element of cardboard.
O: Weird. Most insipid.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 10:37:13 | More by Hoppsbabo
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HalfFull

California

2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:52:23 | More by HalfFull
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and citrusy perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but the smell is a bit too artificial in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:48:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Lazy_Genius

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Amber/Brown Color, 1 - 1.5 finger head with some lacing

Smell: Carmelly, hoppy, scent

Taste: A bitterness on the front of the tongue, moving to citrus and floral tones.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but still quite smooth.

Overall: A nice hoppy beer that pairs very well with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:36:24 | More by Lazy_Genius
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 18:45:59 | More by TMoney2591
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy copper color with a thin white head on top. The retention is thin and a very light lacing. There is a good amount of floating flakes in this beer also. The smell is malty, very subtle hop aroma if any at all. The taste is moderately balanced with malt and hops. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a subtle crisp finish. Overall it's a decent brew, nothing too special though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:09:01 | More by Knapp85
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 01:26:12 | More by WoodBrew
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottle reads brewed in Rochester, NY which conflicts with the info above.

A - Pours a dark gold and slightly hazy with a one finger head that dissipates quickly in a thin cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Mainly malt in the nose. Some caramel, mostly bread very faint hop aroma.

T - Sweet malt upfront and in the middle, finishes with a hint of bitterness. Caramel notes. Not a lot going on in the flavor.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation, smooth easy drinker.

O - Average pale ale. Nothing that stands out but nothing off putting either.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:47:43 | More by Profchaos20
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label states "brewed by World Brews, Rochester NY" - so unsure whether the Californian version would be different. Not a bad beer and reasonably true to style, but not one of which I'll rush out to buy more.

Pours a light amber with little head, no lacing and limited carbonation. Slicker mouthfeel than style, ABV or hoppiness warrants. The mild and malt-forward aroma has a staleness that may be the result of age, but as the bottle was purchased this afternoon from a reputable store and there's no date indication on the bottle - and it's missing the faded hop bloodiness of an older, well hopped beer - I'm assuming this is fresh. Flavour is also mild, caramelized malted sweetness followed by a simple bitterness of a hop that I can't name. No "west coast" elements, which although traditional for the style, won't make it my favourite.

Would consider this a decent transition beer to bring macro red drinkers one step closer to the craft world...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 22:27:49 | More by hopsolutely
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Guden

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:36:18 | More by Guden
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AleWatcher

Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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."

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 01:27:51 | More by AleWatcher
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:02:08 | More by biboergosum
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pkalix

California

3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

never liked the 'hoppy' brews or the IPAs but figured there must be something to them for as popular as they seem to be. so i decided i would give it another (fair) shot and talked to the girl at Total Wine who recommended this as a 'starter' (or a break in) as opposed to something from Stone.

A: love the orange color, the graduated levels of white around the sides from each drink.

S: what smell? there is none.

T: can taste the hops, a little malt (i think), soft bitterness compared to the others- she was right- it would be a 'starter'.

M: decent, some good carbonation to give it a 'healthy' feel but not too much.

O: great taste for me but still not my preference. decision from here is Do i try another one or go back to the belgiums??

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:39:24 | More by pkalix
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jeffjeff1

California

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:09:19 | More by jeffjeff1
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Abytehead

New York

1.78/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:14:22 | More by Abytehead
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tjsmith910

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
Awards:
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:33:35 | More by tjsmith910
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Bung

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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".

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:35:16 | More by Bung
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hmk22

New York

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm pretty sure that this beer is the same as (or very similar to) Roscoe's Hop House Pale Ale, which was a house brand for Whole Foods, and I think the Barrel Trolley moniker was invented to sell the same recipe in other retail outlets. In any case, it's a good-quality pale ale...not awesome, but v. good hop flavor for the price although a little heavy on the palate for my taste -- it feels a little bit gloppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:16:36 | More by hmk22
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mixcat

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, its not as hoppy as I expected but its very nice for the price.. I reviewed this one on youtube if you would like to see what the beer looks like watch?v=48Bmxc9LCJ0
Its very malty and rich but has an odd fruit back, like apple or pear sweetness.. ABC had these on sale and they were almost free ;o) For the price, its really good.
All the best,
-Pete

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:01:24 | More by mixcat
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Swim424

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:23:52 | More by Swim424
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JacStance

California

3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light brown color; much darker than I expected. The white head doesn't have much lacing, however.
Has a pleasant marriage of malt and hops that are surprisingly balanced. Bitterness is pretty mild, and the beer is highly drinkable.
Overall, a pretty decent beer coming from a brand name and brewer I've never heard of.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 06:33:28 | More by JacStance
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oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:00:10 | More by oberon
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pBRale

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:47:47 | More by pBRale
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streetcommander

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:49:01 | More by streetcommander
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 17:44:25 | More by tdm168
Barrel Trolley Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.