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

423 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 423
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 17
Gots: 63 | 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 (50) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 423 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of T100Mark
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Nice copper color. Amazing clarity. Big tan hear that fades quickly. Minimal stickage. A fine looking brew.

Smell - Faint malt nose. Sweet. Slight hint of burnt toast. Not overwhelming.

Taste - Malty. Sweet. Slight hint of burnt toast. Walnuts? The hops are almost nonexistent.

Mouth - Syrupy.

Overall - A malty, sweet, smooth amber ale with just a touch of nuttiness. Simple and honest. I appreciate the fact that this beer is a a true amber ale (so many California amber ales are loaded with hops). Your Coors Light chugging buddies might be able to appreciate this beer.

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a ruddy mixture of crimson and copper, similar to rooibos tea. Minimal head formation/retention. Aromatics are rich but fleeting and are not notably different than the flavors on the palate. The caramelized malts come through with a persistent toasty/nutty presence. This is balanced by a unique flavor that is difficult to identify (candy / dates / figs?) but is quite pleasant. Karl Strauss attributes this quality to the warm fermentation process. While not a malt-heavy beer, the yeast seems to be doing more of the balancing work than the hops. A slightly drying finish that leads you back for another sip.

While not as powerful in comparison to other seasonal red ales (e.g. Santa's Private Reserve Ale brewed by Rogue Ales), Red Trolley Ale deserves praise for its drinkability. It almost seems like in a failed attempt at crafting a winter-warmer Karl Strauss lucked on to something with more universal appeal.

Photo of StArnoldFest2010
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Medium carbonation and dime head that dissapers quickly. Amber color
N: Roasted malt & barley with light yeast smell
T: This is what a red ale should taste like. Caramel malt and barley blended with nutty & slightly sweet aftertaste
M: Surprisingly thin compared to the taste. From the taste, you'd expect a medium thick palate coating residual effect, but it goes down pretty easy. Price wise, if I saw 22oz bottles for $3.99 or 12oz 6 packs for $8.49, I'd pick some up from time to time.

Photo of mkrass
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Beernoobie
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of MikalMick
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Will_F
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of grissom51
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of rand
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of CSGardenhire
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Obsidian
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of gshak
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of likesbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jchanrahan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.