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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

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80
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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

06-28-2013 06:13:37 | More by bird22
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Melocollo


2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

07-26-2014 18:01:58 | More by Melocollo
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California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

08-26-2012 17:17:16 | More by beerpadawan
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kmanjohnson

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

07-29-2014 18:41:27 | More by kmanjohnson
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s4s

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

12-04-2013 03:00:05 | More by s4s
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magictrokini

California

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everyone says this is the best Karl Strauss has to offer. Its a decent beer. Good color, solid red with an off-white head. A nearly too-sweet caramel nose with straw. Malty sweet taste, to the point it feels like it builds up on your teeth. Lasting finish. Pretty thin, not remarkable. For a lighter beer, I think the Amber Lager is a much better alternative.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2008 23:01:40 | More by magictrokini
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scottoale

California

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint at Chili's with brunch. No head whatsoever and next to no lacing as I drank. Red-mahogany in color and very little carbonation.

Smell is of sweet sugary malts with maybe a hint of hops, it's kinda hard to smell through the malt sweetness. Tastes much like it smells with a faint hop trying, but failing to balance the sweetness. Couldn't detect the alcohol as the roast-sweet malt flavor dominates this brew. Fairly light body, sweet kind of slick mouthfeel.

One was plenty...not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 22:48:55 | More by scottoale
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SundaySour

California

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with Cavery.

A: A misty reddish-orange beer with a massive cream colored head. Like a nuclear sunset.

S: There's something rotten in Denmark. I smell...dare I say, bile. There are other smells, maybe a bit of burnt caramel. But it's like someone ate something delicious before ralphing all over the place.

T: Fearing the worst after sniffing my way into a panic attack, this beer is surprisingly light. Truly, it is the Miller Light of red ales. I get a light flavor of sourdough bread, but mostly just water. If this were clear and in a Perrier bottle, I'd shrug and chug.

M: Fizzy, but not fizzy enough. Leaves a vague stale bread taste in the mouth.

O: This is like a very hunky man with rippling muscles and a fabulous car turning out to be a big yawn fest. I loved the appearance, but the flavor is nothing to cheer about. It's the kind of beer you wash something down with, not enjoy on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:21:44 | More by SundaySour
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at an airport bar in LAX. Poured a medium amber color with some red tint. Medium head. Aroma is malty and a touch sweet. A medium bodied amber. Malts are nutty and a touch sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. There is a slightly harsh feel to the taste in this beer. Kind of a typical amber. Drinkable, but typical. Not very complex at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 01:56:04 | More by barleywinefiend
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PolarBear3

Australia

2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a bronze, red amber colour with an off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace.

S - Sweet bready malt, almost toffee/candy apple like with some caramel.

T - Sweet malts and mainly caramel/toffee with a slightly mild bitter finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with very little carbonatio

O - A little sweet for my liking and seemed a little flat. Not recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 08:58:46 | More by PolarBear3
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Local consideration at Pizza Port Solena Beach. Some lace, some yeast noted, and some toasted malt. Not all that bad but this style is fairly commonplace and topped by many. Easy drink and beats a macro, not way out of a place in the incredible California beer landscape.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2007 00:44:10 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear amber with a 1 inch fizzy beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, fruit, and a slight metallic aroma. Taste is malty, fruity, caramel, and there is a slight metallic flavor just like the smell. The carbonation on this beer is fairly high and paired with a somewhat thin body the mouthfeel is not that impressive. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around. Nothing too horrible but not something I would probably try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:46:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light red, standard clarity, 1/2" head on it, white in color. Aroma was uneventful.

Taste, a little bit of caramel, toffee, sweet and bready. Not really any bitterness or hops to speak of here. Relatively light on the palate. For a second, I thought I should be giving this beer a higher rating, it doesn't do anything poorly, it is true to style, but its just so run of the mill for me, but I realize that's how I feel about most red ales. Just one of those, don't hate it, don't love it.

Its a beer that has a place in the world, but its not exactly teeming with flavor country either.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 07:42:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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iSrALE

Mexico

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-18-2011 04:45:39 | More by iSrALE
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InfernoBoss

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

05-26-2012 05:51:35 | More by InfernoBoss
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boesesfleisch

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-05-2013 20:37:08 | More by boesesfleisch
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-04-2014 06:55:45 | More by GRG1313
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jdougherty

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-30-2012 07:22:44 | More by jdougherty
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

06-07-2013 19:55:47 | More by largadeer
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Australia

3/5  rDev -14.5%

05-27-2013 03:26:07 | More by pin
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Matchews

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-20-2012 01:58:24 | More by Matchews
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-30-2013 05:28:36 | More by bostonryan
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.5%

04-05-2014 12:57:17 | More by BigDaddyJohn
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California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-26-2012 01:47:49 | More by Tagsg
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-18-2011 01:09:56 | More by nmann08
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.