Off The Rails - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured into a pint glass at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in La Jolla, Calif. Color was red, semi-clear. White even bubble lacing. Long lasting cobweb, washy film on the sides.
Smelled caramel and toffee with some dark fruit, maybe cherry?
Tasted similar to the nose but can definitely taste the alcohol. Also caramel, toffee, Heath Bar and light chocolate.
Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth, long lasting finish.
A pretty good beer overall. It was my first of the outing and I ended up sticking with it throughout the night.
03-15-2012 03:27:13 | More by BucannonXC5
3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
Poured a dark amber with little white head.
The smell is malty as to be expected with a little more hops and alcohol coming through.
The taste is strange. At first I pick up a lot of that caramel malts I love in Red Trolly but as I drink on all I get is hops and alcohol. The finish is fairly dry which makes the alcohol and hops much more intense.
Overall I'm glad I tried it but this beer just isn't for me.
07-16-2011 01:09:40 | More by Eriktheipaman
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
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
A - translucent blood red, one finger off white almost ten head (that sticks around for a while) and some minimal lacing
S - Tons of malt, candy sugar, holiday spices, slight oak, some booze, dried out branches, dark fruits, very yeasty, apple blossoms, and very slight hop
T - lots of very nice malts, almost taste like apple, slightly toasted, sweet beady yeast, slight bitter/sour note, holiday spices, terrior, hops oils, a bit floral and once it cool, nice and fruity
M - medium plus body, low acidity, well balanced, decent complexity and medium finish
D - If you like malty ales this one is as good if not better than many. Refreshing, nice flavors and not to much or to little. Not a huge fan Of KS, but this is a nice easy drinking beer
Final thought - $8 a pop? Stop it. Other than the price tag I like this beer. Also 8.4% is nice too
11-25-2011 22:59:43 | More by whatthehull
Off The Rails from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.