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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

rudedogg811, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Kofcydonia, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

aaronoaks, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

dmquinn, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

drno904, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

nanobrew, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

carlitosbronson1, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

ViragS, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

timjallday, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DM1293, Oct 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

sunny289, May 02, 2013
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.