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Barrel Trolley Pale Ale - World Brews

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 29.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tdm168 on 07-22-2011

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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 67
Photo of AleWatcher
1.83/5  rDev -42.3%
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."

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Photo of biboergosum
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
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??

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Abytehead
1.83/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.39/5  rDev -24.6%
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%
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.

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Photo of Bung
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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".

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Photo of hmk22
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mixcat
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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,

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Photo of Swim424
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of JacStance
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of pBRale
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of streetcommander
4.84/5  rDev +52.7%
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!

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Barrel Trolley Pale Ale from World Brews
76 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.