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Barrel Trolley Amber Ale - World Brews

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
World Brews visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Portertime on 02-21-2012)
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

chinchill, Jun 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

mrosenfeld32, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -8%

tdm168, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of mikalveli
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

mikalveli, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
1.25/5  rDev -61.7%

GRG1313, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of SLewis
3/5  rDev -8%

SLewis, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of CUbeerfan
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

CUbeerfan, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of tjsmith910
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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%

Prev. text was from web site.

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.

tjsmith910, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Izzi
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Izzi, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of jjd315
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

jjd315, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of JoeSzymanski
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%

JoeSzymanski, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Sebas
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Sebas, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
2.25/5  rDev -31%

mpalestino, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Scorazza
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Scorazza, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of JG-90
2.76/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

JG-90, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Oester16
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Oester16, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mcloud2
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

mcloud2, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of CalbeDacks
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

CalbeDacks, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

bluckbeyes, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Lexighton
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Lexighton, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

AleWatcher, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Smithperson
3/5  rDev -8%

Smithperson, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Markita
4.88/5  rDev +49.7%

Markita, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The last of the never-vaunted Barrel Trolley series, and something tells me Binny's is as thrilled to see it leave its store as I am to try it out. It pours a clear amber (how thoroughly appropriate) topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuit, very light flowers, and a kiss of butter. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a bit of orange zest, helping to bring some semblance of balance to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a mediocre amber. 'Nuff said, really.

TMoney2591, Apr 17, 2013
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Barrel Trolley Amber Ale from World Brews
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