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Off The Rails - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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87
very good

68 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: magictrokini on 09-01-2009)
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Reviews by timmos1:
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timmos1

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap at slaters in san Diego.

Like my favorite k.Strauss red trolley but more so. Malty goodness

Strong in abv but it's hidden well. Wish it were in bottle

wouldn't say malt bomb,but i prefer malt to hop so it's pretty good
light head smells great. Tasty great for dessert. Gotta have it when in san Diego..

01-08-2012 05:56:22 | More by timmos1
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

22oz brown bomber w/ a freshness date.

LOOK: Reddish amber

SMELL: Toasted grain, some sweetness, over ripened apples, floral hops, estery alcohol, mint, caramel.

TASTE: Sweet toasted malt, very bready, mild herbal hop, ripe apple fruitiness, yeasty twang, spice, dried grassy finish.

Malt bomb comes to mind, letting this warm up a bit really makes it a treat to drink. Worth the visit and my palate asks for more.

10-04-2011 03:04:39 | More by Jason
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magictrokini

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured orange-red into a tulip glass with minimal head. Good lacing at the top. Fragrant citrus hops in the nose, lots of grapefruit, with an equal amount of caramel malt. Smells strong and alcholic. Slick mouthfell with lower carbonation and a long, sticky finish. Bitter hops up front, lots of resin, give way to sweeter citrus flavors. Grapefruit and blood orange flavors dominate, but there is a nice undercurrent of melon. This is all blended with the omnipresent caramel malt. Some dried fruits appear briefly, but infrequently. The beer is a bit rough around the edges in terms of drinkability, but overall is very pleasant.

09-01-2009 20:32:09 | More by magictrokini
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -11%

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Dark red and amber with a thin khaki colored head. This beer leaves the glass clean and a bit oily.

Very bready aroma with some significant caramel sweetness as well. Simple, pleasant enough, and very bready, though there's a bit of alcohol presence.

This tastes like toasted bread with a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Simple, but a bit of alcohol heat hurts this beer's drinkability.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation, but a bit boozy.

An extremely bready red ale, and flavorful enough per the style, though nothing at all very good.

11-08-2011 02:56:17 | More by ehammond1
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dougieboy

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-14-2014 15:53:41 | More by dougieboy
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dertyd

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

02-17-2014 07:57:22 | More by dertyd
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2011 06:44:13 | More by GRG1313
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Backlash209

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

09-03-2012 21:43:49 | More by Backlash209
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jdougherty

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-16-2012 05:34:23 | More by jdougherty
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours a hazy dark amber with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts.

Tastes of the malts mostly, with a slight hop counternote. Malts lead off with caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Fairly sweet. Some slight hops come on the end with an earthy note, but I would say this is a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but I would like it to be a bit more balanced.

06-04-2012 02:20:42 | More by ocelot2500
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

05-20-2012 03:57:12 | More by CEDAMA
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MikalMick

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-29-2014 17:30:35 | More by MikalMick
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery amber. Thin off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with a hint of fruit. Taste is sweet, bready and caramel malt (and lots of it), light and dark fruit, faint hops. Very interesting aftertaste of cherries and other fruit esters. The malts are forward, but fairly mellow. The fruit ester in the finish redeems this otherwise kind of quite and mellow malt ale. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Interesting and different.

04-23-2012 04:06:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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largadeer

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

11-26-2013 09:50:37 | More by largadeer
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afrokaze

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

05-18-2013 22:22:48 | More by afrokaze
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javiernano

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-06-2012 01:34:52 | More by javiernano
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danwho

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-24-2013 17:25:53 | More by danwho
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TeamUgly

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-14-2012 23:58:52 | More by TeamUgly
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a translucent deep copper red color with a nice off-white khaki 1 inch soapy head that leaves some ample lacing.

Aromas begin with a ton of malts; toffee, butterscotch, caramelized brown sugar and caramel sticky chewy candy. As it warms I detect a nice dark fruitiness including figs, dates and raisin. Aromas are typical of a beer made with dark Crystal malts (above 120 Lovibond for you homebrewers). As much as I try I cannot detect any hops aromas what-so-ever; not that I care either way, but I was expecting some for a West Coast Amber ale.

The tastes begin with waves and waves of sweet caramel maltiness. As I continue to sample I get more of the toffee, darker caramelized brown sugar flavors and the dark fruits once again; prunes, figs and dates wrestle with the caramel flavors for superiority. Other verry-like fruits are also evident as you continue to sample, light raspberry and strawberry sweet preserves is the best way to describe them

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation; appropriate for the style. Finish is full and sweet and sticky on the palate. Alcohol is only detectable once the beer is room temperature but the sweet malt are ever-present and continue to dominate the flavor profile here.

Overall the flavor profile is pretty sweet overall to be honest and I actually would like a little hop balance here. This beer is only 3 months old (I believe), so freshness shouldn't be an issue. This tastes more like an Imperial Irish Red Ale as opposed to your typical citrusy hop balanced West Coast Amber ale. Don't get me wrong it is still quite tasty, but just not what I was expecting. If you are not a fan of sweeter, malty beers this is not for you. Luckily I do not care to judge beers to style but just overall "yumminess" so this one still works for me. Not monumental or worth seeking out, but worth a go if it is readily available to you.

09-22-2011 23:37:24 | More by claspada
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laughingman4929

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-24-2012 05:30:45 | More by laughingman4929
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akokinakes

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2012 22:02:31 | More by akokinakes
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jjh19

California

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%

Appearance: Nice deep red color, okay head.

Smell: Big caramel in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with hops punching in mid-taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Smooth and balanced. Off The Rails is my go to beer for something with big malts and then some big hops.

02-07-2014 18:49:11 | More by jjh19
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thebeeler

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

03-01-2014 15:50:12 | More by thebeeler
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Obsidian

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-20-2014 21:47:55 | More by Obsidian
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VaTechHopHead


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-31-2012 05:31:05 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Off The Rails from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.