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Barrel Trolley Amber Ale - World Brews

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Portertime on 02-21-2012

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by Knapp85:
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2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention was minimal and the lacing was lightly scattered on the glass. The smell of the beer was of sweet grains, some caramel and honey. The taste of the beer was light with the honey notes coming on pretty strong in the forefront. The mouthfeel was a bit on the watered down side which was disappointing. There wasn't much in the way of any complexity at all. Overall this beer was sessionable but not something I would personally choose. It's a bit too one dimensional to me and not enough balance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of "ale with honey" served in a snifter.

Appearance: clear and bright copper-amber color. Pours with 1 cm of white head but this quickly reduces despite a good bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: caramel with toasted malts.

Taste: toasted caramel malts dominate. Honey seems evident; in any case, this is a bit sweet. 3.75

M: medium body; medium+ carbonation that is well chosen; slightly dry and very smooth.

O: A pleasant, relatively malty amber with a nice finish. Attractively inexpensive.

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MJ63
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Since my assertions of repetition amongst the World Brews recently made available under multiple labels in Alberta have gone wholly unheard (or at least, not once responded to) by the retail store, the local rep, the World Brews contractor, and Genesee themselves, I am just going to straight up assume this is the exact same beer as any number of their other 'American Amber Ale' offerings.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few thin streaks of bridge-like lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds into the ether.

It smells of musty caramel malt, semi-sweet orchard fruit, a bit of overripe black berries, and some mildly funky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, bland earthy fruitiness - peaches and apples, mostly - and dead-eyed (anthropomorphized, apparently) leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite neutered, and barely noticeable, the body a so-so medium weight, and too pithy and cloying to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy caramel malt still buoyed by a stale fruitiness, as the hops seem to be truly absent by this point, replaced by a small, finally evolved plastic twinge.

I'm not getting that unpleasant from the get-go impression that its colleagues seem to engender, so colour me surprised, I suppose, but its overall essence still gives me the minor willies, only if there's really nothing else on offer to make me change my mind.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mikalveli
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of GRG1313
1.25/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of SLewis
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of CUbeerfan
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of tjsmith910
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium-bodied with a complex malt flavor, this Amber Ale exhibits a subdued malt character elevated by a subtle citrus aroma.
Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%

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color is a orange with half finger head. small amount of lacing. has a tad citrus taste but a nice malt feel to it. does seem a bit heavy. a tad warming finish but al in all a fairly good all purpose beer.

Photo of Izzi
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of jjd315
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of JoeSzymanski
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sebas
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mpalestino
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Scorazza
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: clear, dark-ish orange-amber color. ~1 cm head which dies down quickly. Extremely minimal lacing.

Nose: Malty with distinctive honey notes in the mix.

Taste: Sweet malty flavor with, yet again, a very prominent honey flavor to it. I like it!!

Mouth: Light carbonation doesn't disrupt the flavor at all. Dry finish. Very easy to drink.

Overall: I like this one!! A tame, relaxed beer which is easy to drink and went well with my sweet pork ribs.

Photo of JG-90
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Barrel Trolley Amber Ale pours a clear, light-amber, golden color with a large off-white head. Head has okay retention and leaves moderate/low lacing. Smells of musty grain and malt, with just a hint of fruit and hops.

Taste starts with stale bread, grain, and malt, moves on to a strange metallic-ness, with a fruity sweetish, slightly bitter, more rounded finish. Greatly hurt by the metallic note here, without that it would have an okay/good taste, but is kinda ruined by the cloying metallic bite. Mouthfeel is lighter than average with average carbonation for an Amber Ale.

Photo of Oester16
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mcloud2
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CalbeDacks
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Lexighton
3.25/5  rDev 0%

It's good quality, very smooth. Just wish it didn't taste so bland.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.52/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Botttle ino dimpled mug. (what is it about the dimpled mug that appeals to me so much lately?!)

Very clear orangey amber body. Weak head, low retention, and virtually no lacing.

Smells like grainy malts with a big honey sweetness--- like reminding me of honey flavored cough syrup. The flavor has virtually no noticeable hop presence, and no bitterness. Very sweet finish.

The body feels rather syrupy.

Overall-- this is a very unimpressive amber. People tend to be overly generous in their ratings on this site... While there is nothing offensive in this beer, it is certainly in the lower echelon of amber ales. Perhaps just slightly below average.

Photo of Smithperson
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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Barrel Trolley Amber Ale from World Brews
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