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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: 381
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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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3/5  rDev -14.8%

BoRaeCho, Sep 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

jasewaaang, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

JayDiddy, Sep 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

akokinakes, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of rawfish
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber, rusty colored under the light, mild chill haze. One finger high head of tight off white bubbles. Average retention with many solid lines of lacing. Kinda attractive for a session beer.

Caramel malts with a slight bit of dark berries, very dank and musty hop aroma. Little bit on honey and toasted almond on the finish.

Very raw and grainy malt bill, some mixed nuts and caramel in the flavor. Notes of burnt sugar and subtle fall fruits. Hops don't really push back any as they are small and dank, shriveled up with some pine and lettuce leaves. Husky grains and raw bread dough finish off the drink and really accelerates on the finish.

Well carbonated with an average body. Drying that accentuates the awful grainy taste in the finishing malt.

This beer is everywhere in SD but I don't see how it's gotten so popular or how it deserves a gold medal of any kind. Flavorful malt bill and sessionable but an absolute adjunct and raw mess on the finish, you need to keep quaffing this thing to keep the aftertaste out of your mouth. Karl's seasonal offerings and one shots are so much better, I'll pass on this.

rawfish, Sep 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +42%

Backlash209, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

RedDeath987, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Serialx2, Aug 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

sevenshubby, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

sbanacho, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

pepelemofo, Aug 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

crob3888, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Euler, Jul 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

tsailor, Jul 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Anything, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

slowandlazy, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ChrisConnell, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

rudedogg811, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

HarleyCorps, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with golden highlights. A medium sized tan head settled quickly to a ring that barely leaves some lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, a note of burnt sugar, musty.

Taste is a big bigger, toasted malts, a hint of chocolate and hint of vanilla sweet on the finish.

Smooth and drinkable, but thin, with a medium dry finish.

It's ok, but needs a little more hop to balance it out.


Drinkerofales, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: decent 355mL brown bottle. Nicely styled label - kind of old-school cute.

Appearance: quite a nice dark mahogany colour. Unfortunately the head never really comes to more than a half-finger, and dissolves to a thin film with no lacing.

Aroma: a fair amount of sweetness from caramel and toffee malts - not a lot of hops coming through.

Taste: the caramel and toffee malts are accompanied by some nut flavours, and a pinch of berries or underripe fruits. An odd - and to be honest, quite awkward - doughy quality on the undertone does nothing for this ale.

Aftertaste: fortunately the awkwardness disappears, to be replaced solely by the lovely caramel and fruits flavours.

Mouth feel: medium body, and a fairly low carbonation. I would say it is quite sessional other than that awful doughy quality that makes you almost have to pinch your nose if you want to down it.

Overall: really not a brilliant beer. If you want a good caramel-malt-and-nut-based beer, try James Squire's Amber Ale. Much better built, and cheaper by the case.

SmashPants, Jul 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

g_jenkins, Jun 28, 2012
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.