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Off The Rails - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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70 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
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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Photo of t0rin0


4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-19-2012 16:25:27 | More by t0rin0
Photo of inlimbo77


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

22oz, No bottle date
Central Waters globe

A: Pretty slightly hazy reddish amber color. Not a lot of head. Basically just a thin ring of off white head around edges. There is carbonation but its minimal.

S: On the nose, it's mostly really caramel and toffee like malt. It's almost barleywine like initially. Some toasted breadiness. Maybe some soapy pine behind that.

T: Tip of the tongue, some bitterness. A piney hop flavor there. Then it gets into the red ale like character. Really malt driven. Getting that toasted breadiness that I smelled. Then the caramel and toffee and biscuit.

M: Full medium body.

10-30-2012 18:06:00 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a khaki cap; good retention and a bit of lace

Smell: Irish soda bread - bread, caramel and dried fruit

Taste: Waves of interesting malt flavors on the front of the tongue, bringing the biscuit, apple, plums and caramel; some earthy hops add balance, in the middle, but the caramel and fruits return to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The first American Strong I have enjoyed in a while; the complex malt bill here is really satisfying and I don't mind that there is not much of a hoppy character to the beer

Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity

10-26-2012 01:00:11 | More by brentk56
Photo of akokinakes


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2012 22:02:31 | More by akokinakes
Photo of Backlash209


5/5  rDev +27.9%

09-03-2012 21:43:49 | More by Backlash209
Photo of pepelemofo


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-20-2012 02:22:42 | More by pepelemofo
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-31-2012 05:31:05 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of shade13

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-25-2012 21:34:34 | More by shade13
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-17-2012 21:19:16 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of SocalKicks


4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-17-2012 06:38:18 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of yonnie


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Poured into tulip. Amber red with a finger of creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet malts, spice, yeast. Very light sweet aromas.

T - More sweet malts, toasted bread, red apples with caramel. Slight alcohol.

M - Light to medium, very slightly bubbly on the tongue. Smooth and creamy.

O - If I'm not mistaken, this is the first Imperial Amber I've ever had. Overall it is quite enjoyable. If you're looking for a big character beer with malt dominance as opposed to the typical hop-bomb, this is a great choice.

06-08-2012 00:13:15 | More by yonnie
Photo of ocelot2500


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
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +27.9%

05-20-2012 03:57:12 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of TeamUgly


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-14-2012 23:58:52 | More by TeamUgly
Photo of laughingman4929


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-24-2012 05:30:45 | More by laughingman4929
Photo of LiquidAmber


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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-16-2012 00:02:12 | More by SheboyganJake
Photo of Chrisdslap


3/5  rDev -23.3%

04-15-2012 19:22:05 | More by Chrisdslap
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-12-2012 01:00:21 | More by hackedfly
Photo of crvcac


4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

Red-amber in inn hue.. A great combination between sweet caramel malts and a heavy hop profile. A very smooth drinking beer without being cloyingly sweet. Finishes nice and smooth with some residual sweetness. I'd recommend trying this on tap. I have yet to seek out a bottle.

03-27-2012 21:14:08 | More by crvcac
Photo of AlexM


4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-18-2012 21:29:40 | More by AlexM
Photo of BucannonXC5


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
Photo of javiernano


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-06-2012 01:34:52 | More by javiernano
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at Yard House, 11/5/11.

A-Pour is a clear reddish amber with a frothy white head and good sheets of lacing.

S-Sweet caramel malt with some dried cherry notes.

T-Lots of sweet malt, some nice earthy hops.

M-Light side of medium, moderate carbonation.

O-Very tasty. Quite smooth for the ABV.


02-16-2012 14:45:03 | More by sholland119
Photo of notchucknorris


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Dark copper color with pretty much no head at all. Thin ring of tan foam on the top.

S: Tons of sweet malt with some hints of berries. I get blackberries and maybe some red currants.

T: Big and malty with some hints of berries and a lot of breadiness. Had no idea how strong it was until it was too late. Sneaky beer.

01-08-2012 08:42:47 | More by notchucknorris
Off The Rails from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.