1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

437 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 437
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (63) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 437 | Reviews: 130
Photo of Jfn
4.69/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer while in San Diego during a business trip and really enjoyed it. A smooth, quality beer in which I enjoyed numerous times both on draft and bottle. I just wish you it was sold in Alabama!

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red/ amber color but only about half a finger head. I think partially because it wasnt that aggresive of a pour and the beer was very cold.

Smells of chocolate, carmel, and raisins.

The taste is very light going in, slight carmel in the middle, and an amazingggg fresh warm toffee on the finish.

I've always loved this beer and am suprised to see it only have a B. It is the perfect winter beer in my eyes.

Photo of Joeyd138
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Gingerfart
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of samturner
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of sevenshubby
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of jminsc76
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, forms a red-meets-beige head atop a rich and vibrant amber body.

Aromas of biscuit-y malts and caramel as well as sweet and floral hops. So much going on here, though medium in intensity.

Flavors are similar to the aromas, with an excellent balance between the malts and hops. I've had this beer before repeatedly, and the flavor profile always varies, something I admire. The biscuit-y caramel malts are always present (yay!), but something just a little different comes through per each serving.

Mouthfeel is thin and light.

Overall, barring the mouthfeel, Red Trolley is pretty much perfect. So much complexity, balance, and flavors while being perfectly fit for a session beer, it's small wonder it's won the accolades it has.

Photo of CousinSuzy
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Petersfavoritebrews
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Totalpackage411
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Troublebar
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Mackenzie_Gloven
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Zzigg92
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Serialx2
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of p0wder2
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea how to review beer yet. I'm still new :-)

The best thing I can say is that this beer is sweet as opposed to being bitter. I've always disliked beer in general, but only because I apparently wasn't drinking the right beer. It wasn't until I had a glass of this, that I decided beer can be awesome!

Photo of brewskii2010
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to have this one at the Santa Barbara beer festival.

A - Slightly reddish brown body.
S - Light roasty malt scent.
T - Perfect hop/malt balance. Starts with a little sharpness that smooths out quickly into rich malts. It has a slightly sweet flavor that I just love.
M - Full mouthfeel. It rolls around the tongue hitting all the right tastebuds.
D - Completely and absolutely drinkable. To me, this is a session beer of dream-like proportions.

Photo of dutesanch
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super smooth and refreshing malt forward with a slightly sweet finish. A great tasting beer for any occasion that I feel even novice drinkers would enjoy. Good from the bottles but I enjoy these the most from my Sam Adams perfect pint glasses.

Photo of Highstplz
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ClayO
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of NickyG213
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of LScully02
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Thescottgay
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of meehandennis
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.