Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours to a moderate beige head and moderate lacing. Color is brilliant red-amber. Aroma is a disappointingly weak caramel malt. Flavors consist of a mild mix of graininess, crystal malts, pale malt and a balancing hop bitterness and weak hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit too flat Pepsi-like. Overall it is a decent, predictable drinking experience.
07-25-2010 20:55:56 | More by EagleTalon
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
03-19-2006 22:48:55 | More by scottoale
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
Freebie from the In-Laws house figure why not give er a review.
Notes from 09/12/11
12oz to pint glass
A: Red Trolley pours a deep hazy amber color with a thin one finger sandy colored head. No stay power. No lace really.
S: Smells malty sweet with toffee notes and a slight orange tartness to it.
T: Tastes of warm toasty sweet toffee and caramel notes. A bit more classic to the style. Still some slight hop bitterness. Orange and pine in there. Dash of alcohol. Sweet dry finish.
M: Light-med. body with a dry finish. Nice carbonation levels. Keeps the chewy caramel malts at bay.
D: I found myself enjoying this brew after having at so many restaurants and parties/events etc. I would say this brew has mass appeal and would be a good "gateway" craft recommendation.
You get a caramel flav distinct to the style with a lighter less-filling body and actual decent hop bitterness.
09-14-2011 22:31:39 | More by Nugganooch
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
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large mug.
A: The beer is a brownish red amber/caramel sort of color - expected out of an Irish Red. Head is 2 fingers offwhite to very light tan and has ok retention.
S: Caramel and toffee notes dominating. Light toasted character with fruity twinges underneath. Buttery note in there as well, which gets in the way a bit.
T: Very much a malt bomb - this seems much more like a doppelbock or something to me. Butterscotch and toffee up front. Toasted bread throughout as well as a touch of brown sugar. Some berry notes hidden way underneath. Not much hop character here. Super sweet and gets a bit cloying at times. On the plus side, very smooth.
This is a good beer in smaller doses, but is very sweet. Not too bad overall, but I don't think I'll pick this one up again.
02-14-2011 02:54:22 | More by BucBasil
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured amber/copper into a 5oz sampling glass, with a finger of white head, and decent carbonation. Smelled overwhelmingly of malt, with some caramel, biscuit, and a tiny hint of chocolate. The taste however was very one-dimensionally geared toward maltiness, from start to finish, with a little bit of caramel sprinkled in. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, but not a session beer for me.
01-29-2010 05:37:03 | More by donniecuffs
2.5/5 rDev -29%
Originally sampled on 18 February 2002. I am writing this review form my notes. Boring. There is nothing outstanding or bad about this beer. Like all Karl Strauss offerings, in my opinion, it is sufficiently benign not to offend the mass market. There are many better beers available
06-21-2003 18:44:23 | More by jcalabre
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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