Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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2.96/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
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
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2013 08:58:46 | More by PolarBear3
3.84/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Having tried a couple of Karl Strauss special release brews in California, I thought I'd check out some of their regular range that are now making their way to Australia. Purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.
Pours a lovely deep, slightly bronzed red colour, which matches the colour on the label rather nicely. Head forms a solid fine crest of beige, and settles out to a decent persistent ring. Carbonation is fine, and there's some weight behind the body. It's nice.
Nose is quite grainy, with a thin toffee sweetness backing it up. Some leafy-sweet and slightly earthy hops behind it, especially when the beer is swirled, and a marmalade sweet-citrus note. I'm actually liking it more as it goes along, and it makes a pleasant departure from the hopped up red I was expecting.
Taste is similarly less hoppy than expected, with more grainy notes and a light body. But there's subtle complexities here. The grain has a wholesome character to it, digestive biscuits and whole grains, mingling with some marzipan, a little honeyed sweetness and some pleasantly biting ester characters on the back: it might just be the hint of extra booze, but it provides a bit of a cut on the finish which is nice.
Feel is light, but solid enough.
Overall, this is pretty drinkable stuff. Once I got over the lack of hops, and realised that this was a very determined choice, it was clear that this was a pretty well-crafted brew. Though the flavours might be subtle, they're there to be explored. I enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 04:20:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.