Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-23-2011 22:56:58 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Award winning huh? I'll put that to the test.
Bottle, clear cup.
Appearance - ...its a light red coloration. Interesting, seeing as the other reds I've tried have been a darker shade of red. The head foams up a little but dissipates after a couple minutes.
Smell - Light, unimposing; caramelly sweet notes. Gives way just enough for a bit of maltiness to shine through.
Taste - Interesting. It tastes like a red, no doubt. A slightly sweet, malty taste. Nothing too imposing, not too sweet or bitter (and what it is doesn't go over the top), not too bold or weak. I can see why its got an award on it. Its very well-balanced, doing everything it should but being exactly what a basic red ale should be. I could almost call this a benchmark for what a red should be.
Mouthfeel - Bold but dissipates quick. A light thickness that dissipates fast.
Overall - ...Pretty much iconic of what a red should be while making nothing too stand-out. Karl Strauss, I may have been unimpressed by your wheat (circumstances may have caused that), but your red is nothing to scoff at in my opinion. A great drink with the right meal.
10-09-2011 01:29:47 | More by DM1293
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.