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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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80
good

374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of brockett
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

brockett, Jan 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

jdougherty, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

StoicBeast, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

OleJohnnieAle, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sd123, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Tagsg
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Tagsg, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Aiptasia
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is getting panned a lot as a "meh" beer, but when I was at a convention last week at the SD convention center, it was a welcome alternative to BMC beers. I didn't pour it into glass, but it appeared to be clean inside of the bottle with a nice neck head. It smelled of citrus hops, biscuit malt and nuttiness. Similar taste, with a great malt nutty backbone and finished dry. Average carbonation and drinkability, makes a great summer beer when you're looking for just a little depth in your beer.

Overall, it's a solid beer. It's inexpensive and worth drinking.

Aiptasia, Jan 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +42%

ATADakaCHAD, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

hopfacebrew, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this brew on draft at kilt lifter bar near Petco Park.
Arrived in a 20 oz pint glass. The beer is a rich mahogany hue with some garnet highlights. No head whatsoever.
Aroma is all malt with caramel, toffee and some grainy malt. I don't get any hops and I find the nose to be just a bit too sweet.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carboantion. Texture is a bit sticky and leaves some residue on my lips.
Flavor is rich malt toffee and some grain again not really any hop profile.

The beer is very straightforward malty brew and easy to drink. Good when out with friends if you'll not really wanting to think too much about your beer. But could be more interesting with a little more hop balance.

sulldaddy, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

CEDAMA, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

tbeq00, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

stuckintraffic2, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pilsner glass at the Top of the Hyatt bar in San Diego.

A: Served a reddish light brown with a thin creamy layer of just off-white head on top. Retention was pretty good with small clusters of lace left behind.

S: Really had to strain to get much aroma out of this. It was pretty cold when first served so it began to release a tiny nose after it warmed. Caramel, toasty bread, lemon-y hops. Meh.

T: See above.

M: Enjoyable. Slick with a definite toasty dryness.

O: Really pretty boring. It's saviors are how it looks and how it feels. Pass.

GbVDave, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

MEOGDEN, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/23/2011

On tap at Karl Strauss

A: Reddish amber with a small beige head.

S: Aromatic toffee and caramel with a firm and insistent bready malt presence. I get some earth and a little prune.

T: Rich caramel malt accompanies baked bread and biscuit. The beer brings raisin to mind and maybe a touch of prune. Bitterness is low.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty nice Irish Red Ale.

HopHead84, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cycoduck, Dec 23, 2011
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.