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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 12
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003)
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California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

09-29-2013 06:31:12 | More by Joshpu
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ChrisConnell

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-15-2012 04:26:14 | More by ChrisConnell
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-07-2013 17:27:55 | More by CDCNAM
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Pennywise999

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-08-2014 00:18:33 | More by Pennywise999
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scripna

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-10-2014 01:53:12 | More by scripna
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

02-19-2014 05:35:14 | More by orangesol
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Uraznfriend

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-30-2012 06:11:36 | More by Uraznfriend
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

02-15-2014 03:17:32 | More by DantheMan75
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Euler


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-27-2012 19:23:25 | More by Euler
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Chou

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-17-2012 23:00:11 | More by Chou
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-23-2012 18:11:47 | More by funkel81
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jfvarela

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

06-06-2012 19:44:14 | More by jfvarela
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larbush

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-14-2012 23:16:08 | More by larbush
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-17-2012 02:54:20 | More by t0rin0
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-28-2013 16:23:16 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Jemonster

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel red color with large bubble carbonation. No head.

S: Root beer barrel candy, malt, and butter.

T: Root beer candy and malt dominate. There is some vanilla also. Almost too sweet.

M: A little too carbonated for me. The sweetness makes it almost slimy.

D: Not bad overall, I like it and it goes well with food. A not too challenging, smooth, and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:02:23 | More by Jemonster
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Drinkerofales

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with golden highlights. A medium sized tan head settled quickly to a ring that barely leaves some lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, a note of burnt sugar, musty.

Taste is a big bigger, toasted malts, a hint of chocolate and hint of vanilla sweet on the finish.

Smooth and drinkable, but thin, with a medium dry finish.

It's ok, but needs a little more hop to balance it out.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:47:41 | More by Drinkerofales
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Aiptasia

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is getting panned a lot as a "meh" beer, but when I was at a convention last week at the SD convention center, it was a welcome alternative to BMC beers. I didn't pour it into glass, but it appeared to be clean inside of the bottle with a nice neck head. It smelled of citrus hops, biscuit malt and nuttiness. Similar taste, with a great malt nutty backbone and finished dry. Average carbonation and drinkability, makes a great summer beer when you're looking for just a little depth in your beer.

Overall, it's a solid beer. It's inexpensive and worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 17:14:38 | More by Aiptasia
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treehugginslug

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FIRST REVIEW

A - Nice amber color

S - Smell was very attractive. Nice malted caramel, Really liked the smell.

T - Taste was similar to smell, not much on hops.

M - Mouth was very weak. Not a lot of carbonation and flavor had too much caramel, but there was something I really liked about it. Similar to a stout.

D - Drinkability is high.

Whould I buy it again: Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Absolutely
Overall: Very Good

SECOND REVIEW

A - Nice amber color

S - Smell is nice, but similar to package malt extract.

T - Taste was way too sweet. Not enough hops to balance out the malt. Thought there was a little too much acidic taste to it.

M - Weak, not a lot of carbonation.

D - This time I had a 22 oz. and couldn't drink anyomore.

Whould I buy it again: No
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes, but just to try.
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Maybe
Overall: Fair, but not going to be added to my rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:49:54 | More by treehugginslug
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jpa01

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a dark red and amber looking beer, thinly foamed at the top.

Smell: It has a pleasant grainy, toffe-like aroma.

Taste: It has a malty, caramel taste with a mild bit of sweetness and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a medium-bodied beer, having moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It seems sightly watered down, but is fairly smooth and easy to drink with or without food.

Overall: I'd say it's a solid red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 16:17:13 | More by jpa01
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flexabull

California

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a decent head.

Smells malty, bready, tea like, and a little caramel too.

Taste is clean and crisp. Mostly malts up front, caramel sweetness, crisp nutty breads, and some brewed tea. Finish has that crispness, with some mineral like hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, a touch thin, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty solid amber ale. Definitely malt forward, but that's certainly not a bad thing. After this one, I think I'll have another...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:29:11 | More by flexabull
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joshstillskates

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very drinkable, not very bitter, but not too weak. To me, it actually has a very distinct malty flavor and leaves behind a sweet aftertaste. I randomly selected this brew and honestly, I wasn't the least disappointed. My only criticism is, I could use a bit more carbonation. All in all, will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:09:59 | More by joshstillskates
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itfitz

California

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With hints of resin, herbs, caramel, cereal, nuts, and roasty undertones, this easily-consumed beer has lively carbonation which gives it a light, pleasant finish.

When poured, it has a great-looking red hue which doesn't really prepare you for the hoppy overnotes.

Served cold and fresh, Red Trolley Ale works well as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 10:46:21 | More by itfitz
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dcmchew

Romania

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber, small head, that goes quickly to a nice lacing.
Smell of caramel, apple pie, bit of toffee, not bad.
Taste starts with big tasty carameland some toffee, mixed malt mash (a bit biscuity) and a mild nuttiness. Fruitiness also, with a bit of red apple and pear acidity, and a touch of dried figs and raisin. Some woody spices, pinch of vanilla, pinch of butterscotch. Hop presence in the finish, a tiny bit "green", not on the same level with the rest of the brew, but faint enough not to disturb.
Medium body, a bit buttery, medium carbonation. Not as creamy as the usual red ales of Albion, but ok.
More than decent, enjoyable, packs almost enough flavor, but lacks any interesting characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 16:28:02 | More by dcmchew
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ehammond1


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Dark red and amber with a thin khaki colored head. Lines of lacing left down the glass.

Very bready aroma with some significant caramel sweetness as well. Simple, pleasant enough, and very bready.

This tastes like toasted bread with a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Simple, though very drinkable.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

An extremely bready red ale, and flavorful enough per the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 04:17:19 | More by ehammond1
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.