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Off The Rails - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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very good

75 Ratings

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 mentor
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for all my volunteer efforts. Pours two fingers of lightly red-browned head over a clear ruby-copper liquid. Smells fruity esters (pineapple, tropical, green raisin), hops (pine, oranges, and tangerine), cardboard oxidation, and clean alcohol.

Tastes rich malt with robust fruity esters. Moderate hop grassy bitter and strong clean alcohol. Malt is toast, caramel, hazelnut, and mineral biscuity. Esters are mixed sweet berries (primarily raspberry and strawberry), crisp apple, honey, and anise. Hop flavors are thyme and sage herbal, oranges, sweetened lemon pith, blackberry, and green onion. Md and creamy in the mouth yet dries sharply in the finish due to a strong alcohol sting. Needs some time to age off the alcohol edge and will likely not deteriorate in an unpleasant way otherwise. Complex, but a bit disjointed right now. Very nice beer as is, and still drinkable despite the alcohol.

mentor, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +2.3%

CaptDavyJones, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

magictrokini, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

2GOOFY, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Lucnifter, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BucannonXC5, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Eriktheipaman, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +27.9%

CEDAMA, May 20, 2012
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

dertyd, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ocelot2500, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +2.3%

danwho, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

tastymug, May 24, 2014
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

VaTechHopHead, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +2.3%

AlexM, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

YamagamiTravis, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Popp24, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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

whatthehull, Nov 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

anon, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BlackTuesday, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of MikalMick
4/5  rDev +2.3%

MikalMick, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of heresy22
3/5  rDev -23.3%

heresy22, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of afrokaze
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
Photo of jaredkc889
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jaredkc889, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Vigilante
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Vigilante, Jan 20, 2014
Off The Rails from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.