Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Reviews by ctdfalconer:
3.03/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Karl Strauss is a decent organization that I think suffers from trying to please too many people. Being a brewpub, they aim at appealing to beer nuts, but at the same time, they position themselves as a kind of beer-themed family restaurant. This is a tricky balance to acheive, and there is some overlap in those two schemes, but beer-wise, it guides them to aim for the middle. This beer (along with most of their lineup) exemplifies that. The beer is clean and crisp and easy to drink, but largely unremarkable. It has some pleasant malty-toffee notes with a hint of toastyness, but given a decent hoppy zing, it would have been considerably more interesting. I'm not saying they should remake Arrogant Bastard, I'm just saying that I would like this beer more if it had a little hoppy dryness in the finish and just a frisson of hop perfume in the nose. Aiming for accessibility is one thing, and this beer is quite accessible, but even so, when I was in the K.S. in Universal Citywalk, the people at the next table displayed their preconceptions when they picked out the "Endless Summer Light Lager" as their fave, saying of the red, "We don't like those dark beers". The problem is, you can't please everybody. It looks like they are pleasing enough to stay in business, at any rate.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2007 20:11:26 | More by ctdfalconer
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3.66/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the brewpub.
Appearance: fine red-brown color with excellent clarity and a semi-durable beige head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Aroma: appealing mix of caramel and baked brown bread.
Flavor: good but simple flavor. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.
Feel: medium-light body wih crisp, near medium carbonation.
O: well-crafted if not particularly exceptional Irish Red.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 20:54:43 | More by chinchill
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.