Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
02-12-2007 00:44:10 | More by Sammy
2.98/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
11-10-2011 04:46:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.96/5 rDev -15.9%
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
06-27-2013 08:58:46 | More by PolarBear3
2.93/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
01-19-2008 01:56:04 | More by barleywinefiend
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
12-09-2008 23:01:40 | More by magictrokini
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
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
06-26-2011 22:21:44 | More by SundaySour
2.73/5 rDev -22.4%
Poured into a Stone nonic.
A: Pours a dark amber with a plentiful white head that leaves porous but otherwise killer lacing. Not bad lookin'.
S: Malt bomb with grain and wheat notes. Smells like a mediocre lager.
T: The nose. Grain, malts, wheat, mediocrity.
M: Despite the head there's very little carbonation in the body. Pretty watery. Not pleasant but I've had worse.
O: Karl Strauss somehow has the place in my mind of a brewery that makes macro beers but holds the self-image of a microbrewery. They've been digging me out of this perception with some beers, such as Parrot In a Palm Tree which was actually a very superior brew, or their most recent anniversary stout which had some flare. With their classic selections like Red Trolley Ale, though, there's just not much room for anything other than boredom and disappointment. I'm not sure I've ever had an Irisih Red Ale so I can't make much of an in-style comparison but I can tell you I'd probably take some generic lagers over this. Unless you're new to craft beer and want to make baby steps from coors light, I'd avoid this.
As a final note, I hope the people at Karl Strauss keep taking risks as they have been trying to recently. They've been creative before, they just have to keep trying. I look forward to future efforts from them but I won't bother trying their classic selection anymore.
07-16-2011 03:47:57 | More by Klym
2.73/5 rDev -22.4%
Clear, bright amber body with a decent finger of head. Retention is OK and the resulting lacing is competent.
Musty, almost mealy aroma. Hints of sweetness peek through occasionally.
Ugh. Flavors are all over the place. Plastic-like aftertaste surfaces after a rather flat malt body.
A tad slick on the finish although the body is thick enough to be passable. Reading other reviews of this beer I'm wondering if my bottle wasn't a bit off. Still, in a beer landscape with a glut of amber ales I'd like to see brewers a) do something more interesting with the style or b) refrain from including it in their roster altogether.
Thanks to HoppyBen for the bottle.
06-16-2007 13:24:31 | More by malcontent
2.73/5 rDev -22.4%
On-tap at some bar:
Way too sweet. Cloying. Thick mouthfeel for the style as well. Nothing really positive to say, other than the fact that I'm probably being too generous with my ratings on this one. Sorry Mister Strauss, you have yet to impress me.
07-21-2009 02:44:56 | More by Trappissed
2.68/5 rDev -23.9%
Not impressed. This beer comes on too sweet and malty for my tastes and IMO for the style. Carbonation is also too low.
If I didn't read the label, I might guess this was an Oktoberfest. In fact, if they upped the carbonation 50% it might make a good one. As is, it's flat on both counts.
12-02-2009 04:10:04 | More by neeld
2.63/5 rDev -25.3%
Shared with SundaySour on a Sunday afternoon
750ml split into two Stone Nonics.
A: Beer poured a strong three fingers atop a ruby red body. The foam is slightly off white with modest lacing. Shots of light give the beer a more promising mahogany look.
S: Sea salt on carmel, a really strong toffee richness. The smell isn't that deep, and the sweetness of bready malts almost goes into mold. It's just a sweet and sour nose that just doesn't quite seem right. It's not so unpleasant, I just struggle to find sources for the overt sweetness, and it's odd mold-like finish. The bottle is most certainly suspect.
T: A very mild taste of semi-sweet malts, and not much else. The middle goes into a funky sawdust that seems to linger like memories of wood-shop class in highschool. Someone took a power sander to the malt. The malt needed solid roasting in order to make this work, and really the malt has this slightly mushy/warm flavor, like they were microwaved instead. Another point in favor of this bottle not being right.
M: The mouth really is very weak. I think this is my least favorite aspect of the beer. The flatness is so unwarranted, and I can't help but believe it contributes to that very base (as in anti-acidic) mold flavor. just a poor mouth. I would have a hard time believing this is as intended.
O: I think that there is a strong case for poor handling on part of the seller. For that reason I can't really rule out that this isn't the intended state of this beer. I will reserve my final say of this beer until I can confirm/debunk the authenticity of this tasting. Karl Strauss has consistently made decent beers, and I wouldn't be shocked if revisiting this beer would provide a completely different tasting experience.
06-26-2011 22:27:53 | More by Cavery
2.58/5 rDev -26.7%
Pint on tap inside Disneyland.
Poured a deeper amber color with a small sized off white head. I had this side x side with a pint of their Oktoberfest, and honestly, other than this being a little deeper in color, I would have a hard time telling the difference. Some caramel, toastiness, and some light citrus.
12-03-2008 03:34:24 | More by hopdog
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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