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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

343 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | 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

4/5  rDev +14%

11-14-2011 19:02:06 | More by AlexM
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California

4/5  rDev +14%

03-26-2012 03:43:40 | More by dmquinn
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California

4/5  rDev +14%

07-23-2014 20:56:13 | More by matthewncover
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drno904

California

4/5  rDev +14%

11-18-2011 07:30:22 | More by drno904
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California

4/5  rDev +14%

12-23-2011 17:40:17 | More by nanobrew
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California

4/5  rDev +14%

08-31-2012 10:38:00 | More by RedDeath987
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California

4/5  rDev +14%

11-18-2011 01:43:14 | More by ineva
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California

4/5  rDev +14%

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California

4/5  rDev +14%

07-09-2014 05:54:03 | More by ViragS
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Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +14%

06-05-2014 03:48:48 | More by dbarny76
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4/5  rDev +14%

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DM1293

California

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Award winning huh? I'll put that to the test.

Bottle, clear cup.

Appearance - ...its a light red coloration. Interesting, seeing as the other reds I've tried have been a darker shade of red. The head foams up a little but dissipates after a couple minutes.

Smell - Light, unimposing; caramelly sweet notes. Gives way just enough for a bit of maltiness to shine through.

Taste - Interesting. It tastes like a red, no doubt. A slightly sweet, malty taste. Nothing too imposing, not too sweet or bitter (and what it is doesn't go over the top), not too bold or weak. I can see why its got an award on it. Its very well-balanced, doing everything it should but being exactly what a basic red ale should be. I could almost call this a benchmark for what a red should be.

Mouthfeel - Bold but dissipates quick. A light thickness that dissipates fast.

Overall - ...Pretty much iconic of what a red should be while making nothing too stand-out. Karl Strauss, I may have been unimpressed by your wheat (circumstances may have caused that), but your red is nothing to scoff at in my opinion. A great drink with the right meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:29:47 | More by DM1293
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Randy. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a biege head with a finger of bubbly head. A little bit of soapy lace.

Very malty on the aroma. Brown sugar comes to mind with a little bit of toffee and rich dark fruit. Smells pretty good. This is a malt bomb. Huge grainy malts on the pallet with a little bit of brown sugar and a bit of a caramel flavor. Ends with a little bit of a bitter flavor.

Medium to full body but the carbonation is a little bit coarse. Pretty good brew here. Malt bombs like this don't tend to be my thing but I'm really enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Florida

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bad a bottle at our hotel in San Diego. Pours a bright deep red, clear, with very small white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, sweet sugars, plums, some other fruits. Flavor follows with big sweet cherries and fruits, sweet sweet caramel. Body is medium, with low medium carbonation, and extremely smooth going down. Nice sweet finish lingers on the palate. Thought this was a really good beer and went down incredibly easy. On the sweet side for the style but very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

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Minnesota

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kansas City BBQ in San Diego

A: Nice rich amber red color, minimal head that left thin lacing behind.

S: Malts with a biscuit note, nice sweet caramel notes.

T: Nice malts up front with some sweetness coming through from the caramel and toffee.

M: Medium body, minimal carbonation. Well balanced.

O: Nice red, well balanced, nothing too special but a drinkable good showing of a irish red.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 00:55:42 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.