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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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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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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MEOGDEN

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-06-2012 20:35:28 | More by MEOGDEN
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RadicalEdward

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-21-2011 07:32:03 | More by RadicalEdward
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kevindp9

Arizona

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-08-2014 04:42:38 | More by kevindp9
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rob99er

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-08-2012 04:52:35 | More by rob99er
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slowandlazy

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-21-2012 01:59:25 | More by slowandlazy
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Newbiebeer

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-21-2013 04:20:02 | More by Newbiebeer
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stuckintraffic2

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-08-2012 23:00:15 | More by stuckintraffic2
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Appearence is rich mahogeny with a small off-white collar leaving very light lace.

Smell isvery sweet malt, carmel, some gingerbread.

Taste is also real sweet and malty, but there is a husky bite too it as well, a touch metallic.

Mouthfeel is off dry and sharp.

Drinkability is ok if you like a really sweet, malty ale. I'd not have a 2nd if it wasn't the only craft brew in the san diego airport where I have a painful 4 hour layover. I was really hoping for some good IPA!

10-20-2012 19:36:47 | More by ccrida
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

On tap at LAX.

Pours a slightly pale red copper. A good-sized head that left behind a mild lace.

Not a very interesting nose, with aromas of mild rust, copper, and bubblegum.

Very light in body, though a tad syrupy.

Mild flavors, the beer has a fruity character with a hints of the rustiness I expect in an Irish Red. No finish to speak of, nearly no bitterness, it's pretty simple and one-dimensional.

Overall, I was quite disappointed. I've had both their Tower 10 IPA and Full Suit Brown, and was very impressed with both. This really wasn't up to that standard and was really rather ordinary. Not worth having.

11-29-2011 03:17:07 | More by rinhaak
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dippy

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Carmel Color with a tan head that had some lacing clinging to the glass.

Tastes like barley. It is a beer that would go with grape nuts or cheerios.

There wasn't much scent to this brew, maybe a little metallic.

Not any carbonation.
Decent beer, but won't go out of my way in the future.

10-28-2008 16:26:40 | More by dippy
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BittEER

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-18-2013 03:32:33 | More by BittEER
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Seanibus

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours, well, red. Mostly red. Not much head, with a smooth, malty aroma, with some caramel. The flavor enhances that caramel vibe, with a sweet, smooth malt and a little indefinable hop edge. It finished with some cherry and smoke, though just a little. The mouthfeel is thick and a little creamy, though dead flat from a carbonation perspective.

Not bad. Not great. A perfectly competent Irish Red.

06-04-2011 23:56:25 | More by Seanibus
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taospowder

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-22-2014 23:58:33 | More by taospowder
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Joelski

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-23-2013 02:23:55 | More by Joelski
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Picked up a pint at the San Diego airport before flying home. Beer served in a standard pint glass. Pours a pale light clear red with a thin white head. Not much to report in aroma, very average hop and malt aroma. Similar taste: some caramel sweetness with some malty biscuity character, mild hoppiness. Overall, this beer was about as average as you can go. Glad to have tried it, would not drink it again.

01-16-2012 15:32:18 | More by hopfacebrew
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anon

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

09-10-2013 20:06:40 | More by anon
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BoRaeCho

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

09-19-2012 16:19:44 | More by BoRaeCho
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Roeters

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Poured from bottle in to a pint glass, reddish copper color with a finger and half of off white foam
S: Quite malty, little caramel slight breadiness
T: All malt, no real bitterness present, mostly just sweetness
M: lighter body, little too thin/watery
D: very easy drinking, personally I think it needs more bitterness to offset the malty base of this beer.

05-24-2010 14:29:14 | More by Roeters
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ctdfalconer

California

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

Karl Strauss is a decent organization that I think suffers from trying to please too many people. Being a brewpub, they aim at appealing to beer nuts, but at the same time, they position themselves as a kind of beer-themed family restaurant. This is a tricky balance to acheive, and there is some overlap in those two schemes, but beer-wise, it guides them to aim for the middle. This beer (along with most of their lineup) exemplifies that. The beer is clean and crisp and easy to drink, but largely unremarkable. It has some pleasant malty-toffee notes with a hint of toastyness, but given a decent hoppy zing, it would have been considerably more interesting. I'm not saying they should remake Arrogant Bastard, I'm just saying that I would like this beer more if it had a little hoppy dryness in the finish and just a frisson of hop perfume in the nose. Aiming for accessibility is one thing, and this beer is quite accessible, but even so, when I was in the K.S. in Universal Citywalk, the people at the next table displayed their preconceptions when they picked out the "Endless Summer Light Lager" as their fave, saying of the red, "We don't like those dark beers". The problem is, you can't please everybody. It looks like they are pleasing enough to stay in business, at any rate.

07-15-2007 20:11:26 | More by ctdfalconer
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arfenhouse

California

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Dark amber with white head. Almost no lacing.

S: Smells like toasted bread and caramel.

T: Has a slight caramel-like sweetness and nuttiness to it. Hop flavor seems to be a bit muddled and undefined but present. Finishes off with a very slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Wet. Good feel in my opinion.

O: Decent beer, doesn't seem to be a prize-winning beer as stated on the label though. Feels like an improved and slightly more complex version of Newcastle. Probably would be a good candidate to get people into the craft scene.

12-29-2012 10:18:03 | More by arfenhouse
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Floydster

California

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

Pint from Chili's Restaraunt in Manhattan Beach

Poured was a golden brown with an inch thick white head

Smell was lots of yeast

Taste was crisp and smooth, full of hops

More like an APA than an amber to me

This brewery's beer all has the same hoppy aftertaste to it, cannot figure it out

Could drink good amount of this brew

09-15-2007 06:07:16 | More by Floydster
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HalfFull

California

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

Red Trolley pours a clear light copper amber with a thin and hard fought head of less than half an inch. Retention is virtually nonexistent, resulting in a flat beverage with no visible carbonation in short order.

Light caramel malts on the nose share the stage with some roasted notes. Rather sweet but not very complex on the nose and with just a hint of hops. More candied after a swirl, and showing muddled woody hops.

Sweet caramel malts dominate the flavor of the beer but aren't supported by any carbonation, yielding a rather viscous feel. Some toffee and dried fruit on the swallow are pleasant but short lived, improving later and adding some winter spice notes. Feel and finish of an Oktoberfest beer yet still suffering from carbonation issues. The beer improved in texture and complexity after letting it warm and allowing for some swirling action. Better carbonation would likely bump this beer a full letter grade.

5.8%

11-20-2009 02:53:50 | More by HalfFull
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Douglas14

California

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

Has a deep tawny/copper color with a nice beige head. The aroma is heavily of roasted malt, toffee, and caramel. The taste is of caramel and some dark fruits...like raisins or dates. Pretty sweet...wish it were hoppier. It has a medium body and finishes pretty smooth and sweet.

08-26-2008 16:21:47 | More by Douglas14
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

A: The pour from bottle to pint glass is a clear, amber color with a fluffy off-white foam.

S: Caramel, sweet malt, and a slight bit of roasted malt. Not all that much going on in the nose.

T: This is a very sweet beer. Too sweet for my taste. The flavor is very caramelly, with a fair amount of malt flavor coming through as well. Little to no hops, unfortunately, as this beer could really use it.

M: The beer doesn't feel too terrible on the tongue. A light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: The beer itself is not terrible. It is a bit too sweet for me, but other than that, it's not awful. The flavors that are there aren't bad, it's just not necessarily my cup of tea.

12-29-2009 09:36:17 | More by womencantsail
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harrymel

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

Thanks to jbtice0315 for the extra.
Poured to SA sig glass.

A: single finger peanut head falls quickly and reveals a red ale. Very standard look. No visual evidence of carbonation.

S: Malts, biscuits, slight creamy dryness I like in ESB's in there. Light, earthy hop characters.

T: This tastes like a Irish Red. Good example. malty, with earthy hops.

M: Medium body, nearly flat. Just as I would expect.

D: Drinkable, simple. Not the best, but standard.

02-09-2011 16:29:59 | More by harrymel
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.