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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

360 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-01-2012 00:35:49 | More by a_sh0pping_cart
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

12-23-2011 22:56:58 | More by HopHead84
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-14-2012 05:12:31 | More by rudedogg811
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-18-2011 18:59:39 | More by mhaugo
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-19-2012 17:49:28 | More by TrojanWheels
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2012 20:04:23 | More by Vevoda478
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-30-2014 00:07:41 | More by PhillyNole
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-14-2011 19:02:06 | More by AlexM
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Arizona

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-07-2013 05:37:29 | More by trytoketchup
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-27-2014 02:51:04 | More by Kofcydonia
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-21-2013 02:44:09 | More by aaronoaks
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-26-2012 03:43:40 | More by dmquinn
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-23-2014 20:56:13 | More by matthewncover
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-18-2011 07:30:22 | More by drno904
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-23-2011 17:40:17 | More by nanobrew
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-18-2011 01:43:14 | More by ineva
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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-09-2014 05:54:03 | More by ViragS
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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California

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
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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California

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Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.