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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

08-30-2012 05:39:01 | More by Serialx2
Photo of p0wder2

4.49/5  rDev +27.6%

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!

02-02-2013 20:57:42 | More by p0wder2
Photo of JayTheFinn


4.47/5  rDev +27%

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.

07-23-2006 02:25:44 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of jjh19


4.28/5  rDev +21.6%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle a nice, rich red with a little amber-ness and clear. Impressive foamy head. This is what I like a beer to look like.

Smell: I got a slight sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer is the caramel notes I get later in the taste. There's a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, this is a rich ale.

Drinkability: As the temperature cools down, I find it's an even better time to enjoy a warming Red Trolley. It just works really well enjoying one or two while watching the Chargers. I tend to drink this beer slower than a lot of other beers, making the most of the malts. This is a beer I've enjoyed over the years, and I think it gets a little bit better each time I have it. Or maybe I appreciate it a little more each time?

12-05-2009 19:07:56 | More by jjh19
Photo of mkrass


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-18-2014 02:21:51 | More by mkrass
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

08-10-2013 20:47:21 | More by Highstplz
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-19-2013 22:34:10 | More by ClayO
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-15-2013 05:37:47 | More by NickyG213
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-28-2012 20:04:34 | More by LScully02
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

07-24-2014 02:19:55 | More by Thescottgay
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

At first glance this is a darker beer. It has a deep reddish color to it. The scent is fairly sweet, and you can smell caramel strongly with a hint of chocolate undertones.

It tastes as it smells, with caramel being the first taste and chocolate second. This is definitely a dessert drink for me.

01-25-2010 06:32:20 | More by VWBuggirl
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-25-2012 21:50:04 | More by RichD
Photo of dojobrewco


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%

My recent fascination with Red Ales probably gives this brew more credit than it deserves but overall I thought it was very good. A little too much on the sweet side but finishes nice and smooth. The aroma is perfect for the style and the mouthfeel is very light. I chose this particular brew over the sampler because I had just recenlty brewed my own batch of red Ale and I gotta say the Red Trolley Ale was definately better than mine.

05-05-2007 15:16:58 | More by dojobrewco
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4.1/5  rDev +16.5%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This beer is beautiful, a wonderfull combination of red and amber gold.
The first thing I smell is Tomato soup (call me crazy). The taste is slightly malty with a warm finish that sticks to the pallet. Perfectly carbonated. I would session this beer. Trying to drink all the local San Diego beers and this is one of the best.

04-05-2009 19:10:50 | More by Bricelyn
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. The beer was poured into a pint glass, presenting with a deep amber-red color and a good, thick white head. There is a spicy-malt nose to the beer. The beer has a good, full-bodied flavor that is well balanced malt and toffee, with fruity undertones. The beer is very full and robust in mouth, with a smooth, malty finish. Very easy to drink.

01-08-2011 09:06:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

The color was an amber when poured. The aromoa was of a mild roasted malts and hop's, with a hint of sweet spices and candy. The taste of lightly roasted malts and hops along with a hint of caramel was evident on the palate. Nicely balanced and a pleasant surprise. Not tart, but, a nice long pleaant finish.

12-22-2010 01:17:41 | More by BeerManDan
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

Tried this beer while watching the Niners Game last Sunday. Poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

Appearance: My favorite quality of this beer was the appearance. Absolutely polished. Poured with a perfect 2 finger head with some lacing left in the glass. Carbonation was perfect and head retention was delightful.

Smell: This beer did not have a lot of aroma as I would think an irish red shouldn't. Hop character is low so you really smell more of the malts that were used than you do the hops.

Taste: The taste was good. Typical irish red flavor. It's my personal preference that I don't like irish reds to be really sweet, but have a slight amount of malt sweetness and focus more on the body and slightly doughy/biscuity character of the malts used. This beer was a little too sweet for me and after a few drinks, I started to enjoy it less and less. However, thats my personal preference and it is still a great beer. You can definately taste the caramel and toffee notes of what I presume to be the victory and munich malts that are used in the grain bill.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was good. Smooth, well balanced and easy drinking.

Overall: I would say this is a good irish red, just not my style. If you are an irish red drinker, I would recommend you try this beer as it's won some very prestigous awards for its example of the style.

01-22-2013 16:22:48 | More by jhutch31
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

Pouring into a small Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Clear copper body with a large off-white foam that collapsed down thin. Excellent retention.

Sweet caramel maltiness, wintergreen mint. Milk chocolate. Orange marmalade.

Medium-toasted malts up front. Earthy/herbal. Touch of caramel sweetness. Medium bitter. Finishing medium malty sweet.

Medium-light in body with a soft carbonation.

Easy-drinking beer with a malt-focused flavor. Light caramel sweetness and hints of mint and chocolate.

12-11-2011 22:39:10 | More by BrewerB
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-08-2011 03:08:41 | More by Snellgg5
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-27-2013 06:11:56 | More by danwho
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-07-2012 21:45:29 | More by avckc
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-09-2014 20:09:40 | More by sjmad23
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New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-07-2012 16:00:04 | More by jweingarten
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-09-2013 04:23:36 | More by speedvagen
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-17-2013 02:26:21 | More by blguillen
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.