Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This beer is beautiful, a wonderfull combination of red and amber gold.
The first thing I smell is Tomato soup (call me crazy). The taste is slightly malty with a warm finish that sticks to the pallet. Perfectly carbonated. I would session this beer. Trying to drink all the local San Diego beers and this is one of the best.
04-05-2009 19:10:50 | More by Bricelyn
3.38/5 rDev -4%
I salute the San Diego airport, which of all the airports I've been to in America, has the best selection in the terminals. For instance, before catching a flight in SAN yesterday, I had a couple pints of Red Trolley Ale. Nice reddish brown color with a thin white head and some decent lace work on the glass. Not much in the aroma department, but maybe mine was a little too cold to generate much aroma. Slight caramel malt aroma. Nice rich combination of caramel malt with a little roastiness, maybe a little nuttiness, and a slight grassy hops finish. Doesn't blow me away, but nice blend of flavors for a solid ale. A little high in the carbonation, which I've noticed in other Karl Stauss brews. Nice, smooth, mellow finish and a very solid session beer.
03-26-2009 14:21:32 | More by RunDWP
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured into a Pint glass from a 12oz bottle
A - Holds true to the red/amber color, perfect hue with a small 1/4 inch head that recedes to small film in a few minutes.
S - Smells of hops, cherry and strawberry candy. Perhaps a bit of syrup smell that make the beer almost smell like a soda.
T - Very sweet, but not syrup like the smell would incline. Hops can be detected although not to strong. Raisins, caramel and some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Tasty.
M - Medium carbonation, seems to go dull very quickly though, so all the good taste is in the front.
D - I think I could drink this for a session beer. It certainly beats the bud/coors/miller available at the corner store.
02-06-2009 03:39:34 | More by surfer4life
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Poured a nice dark amber hue with a small ivory head and decent lacing.
Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Just faintly picked up some malts with a touch of sweetness. Nothing really pronounced at all with the aroma.
Taste was decent at best. Definitely big on the malts but no hop bitterness to balance it out. I found this particular beer to be slightly too sweet for me. Just a bit much on the caramel and toffee flavors.
The mouthfeel was good. It seemed a little light to me.
Drinkability is certainly good, but the flavor and lack of hop presence makes this beer less desirable.
01-19-2009 07:37:45 | More by Foxtrot
3.38/5 rDev -4%
On tap at the Chili's in Torrance, CA. Aroma has a hint of malt, not much hops in there. Amber red with a small tan beige head. Smooth malt flavor with a slight hint of chocolate in there. Caramely and a little sweet. Easy drinking and dry in the finish. Well made and no real flaws. Could be a little more assertive.
01-05-2009 04:38:41 | More by Brewsmith
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
2.58/5 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
3/5 rDev -14.8%
Carmel Color with a tan head that had some lacing clinging to the glass.
Tastes like barley. It is a beer that would go with grape nuts or cheerios.
There wasn't much scent to this brew, maybe a little metallic.
Not any carbonation.
Decent beer, but won't go out of my way in the future.
10-28-2008 16:26:40 | More by dippy
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
Tried this one on tap at the Fish Market Restaurant in San Diego where it poured nice and cold, a dark brown, thick and hazy color with a fizzy whimpy off-white head that disappears with some minor lacing. The aroma suggests malty brown sugar and grassy wheat. The taste is consistent with the smell. Somewhat thin, with minor sweetness and a pretty forgetable wheat bitterness. Fairly drinkable and well carbonated for a refreshing feel, but not something you really feel compelled to drink many of in my opinion. Not the best of what I have tried from this brewer but not regrettable either.
10-12-2008 05:52:37 | More by Durge
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
A good beer, but nothing to write home about. If it were just a little more hoppy I'd like it a lot more. There is practically no aroma that comes of this beer, which is a big disappointment. It has a decent mouthfeel to it, but a slight bit less malt would be my taste.
10-05-2008 23:34:37 | More by noknife83
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
Has a deep tawny/copper color with a nice beige head. The aroma is heavily of roasted malt, toffee, and caramel. The taste is of caramel and some dark fruits...like raisins or dates. Pretty sweet...wish it were hoppier. It has a medium body and finishes pretty smooth and sweet.
08-26-2008 16:21:47 | More by Douglas14
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a diluted root beer with no head
Slight malt scent-very mellow
Roasted malt character - rather clean actually with a little faint coffee and cinnamon note
Light for a darker mini-macro with solid malt backbone
Drinks well for chain restaurant offering
08-15-2008 21:13:01 | More by IBUnit63
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
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
Here's a Karl Strauss offering which you can find in a handful of bars here in Southern Califronia. Let's see...widesh distribution = better than their other offerings, right? So we find out. On to the beer:
It pours a medium amber color into my glass with a small head. The smell is sweet and fruity, almost like candied fruit. There's a trickle of malt in the nose too. Well, so far it's off to a good start. But good starts only last for so long. More sugary fruits in the taste without much balance from the hops, and the malt runs around on the palate. The beer is made to be sweet according to the bottle label, but it's a little cloying in my opinion. Worth a try.
01-17-2008 05:49:21 | More by DoubleJ
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
A strong head forming beer. A clear red colored beer that is nearing the color of brown. Tall tan colored head that you could almost call light brown.
The smell is sweet and decidedly herbal smelling. A little malty and a little woody smelling there isn't much C type hops in the scent.
The taste starts out malty and bready in the mouth with a buttery aftertaste. A little woody and malty this is very much what you are talking about when you say "middle of the road ale." Mild bitterness in the aftertaste but not very bitter certainly easy to drink.
The mouthfeel is OK.
Super easy on the taste buds ale. Nothing is particularly outstanding here this is simply a mild all purpose ale that just wants to be a beer. Pretty much this would work with just about any meal.
11-03-2007 04:03:06 | More by Zorro
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
A: Pours a lovely reddish-brown with a frothy tannish head that leaves a small layer of film, and some lacing on the glass.
S: Sweet and syrupy with a hint of roasted malt.
T: Sweet beginning with some bitterness coming out after the initial burst. Fairly mild flavor overall.
MF: Not too heavy, some warming, surprising considering the relatively low alcohol content. Maybe a little too bubbly for this style, but goes down smooth.
O: This beer is almost a nut-brown/mild on steroids. Fairly mild and well balanced flavor, and it has a nice little hop kick. A drinkable beer, but the flavor is pretty basic. Good, not great.
10-11-2007 07:29:29 | More by rxdrewthejew
3.05/5 rDev -13.4%
Pint from Chili's Restaraunt in Manhattan Beach
Poured was a golden brown with an inch thick white head
Smell was lots of yeast
Taste was crisp and smooth, full of hops
More like an APA than an amber to me
This brewery's beer all has the same hoppy aftertaste to it, cannot figure it out
Could drink good amount of this brew
09-15-2007 06:07:16 | More by Floydster
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
I'd like this beer more (not that I'd rate it higher, but I'd subjectively like it more) if it wasn't always priced as a premium.
Nice little red ale that's mostly malty sweetness with some fruit tones, no real hops to speak of, and certainly not a complex beer by any means. I find it goes perfectly with bar food and football. Also works well at California Disney.
Best of the Karl Strauss offerings I've had, though I haven't seen the Stout offered anywhere yet.
09-11-2007 04:33:37 | More by Overlord
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
Karl Strauss is a decent organization that I think suffers from trying to please too many people. Being a brewpub, they aim at appealing to beer nuts, but at the same time, they position themselves as a kind of beer-themed family restaurant. This is a tricky balance to acheive, and there is some overlap in those two schemes, but beer-wise, it guides them to aim for the middle. This beer (along with most of their lineup) exemplifies that. The beer is clean and crisp and easy to drink, but largely unremarkable. It has some pleasant malty-toffee notes with a hint of toastyness, but given a decent hoppy zing, it would have been considerably more interesting. I'm not saying they should remake Arrogant Bastard, I'm just saying that I would like this beer more if it had a little hoppy dryness in the finish and just a frisson of hop perfume in the nose. Aiming for accessibility is one thing, and this beer is quite accessible, but even so, when I was in the K.S. in Universal Citywalk, the people at the next table displayed their preconceptions when they picked out the "Endless Summer Light Lager" as their fave, saying of the red, "We don't like those dark beers". The problem is, you can't please everybody. It looks like they are pleasing enough to stay in business, at any rate.
07-15-2007 20:11:26 | More by ctdfalconer
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
4.2/5 rDev +19.3%
My recent fascination with Red Ales probably gives this brew more credit than it deserves but overall I thought it was very good. A little too much on the sweet side but finishes nice and smooth. The aroma is perfect for the style and the mouthfeel is very light. I chose this particular brew over the sampler because I had just recenlty brewed my own batch of red Ale and I gotta say the Red Trolley Ale was definately better than mine.
05-05-2007 15:16:58 | More by dojobrewco
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
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
"A full bodied copper-colored ale with rich flavors of tofee, subtle hintsof currants an dates, andan incredibly smooth finish."
Yep...a little too sweet....definately a light roasted flavor to the malts....a very full and smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of citrus hops on the end to leave the palette clean and dry.
Beautiful lacing with lots of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom the entire time I was drinking this pint.
10-29-2006 00:59:16 | More by IntriqKen
3.8/5 rDev +8%
On tap in the hotel in S.D., reviewed on the lobby wireless hook up, ah technology...
A - Pours a rich shade of medium mahogony, clear, with an eggshell head, show retentive powers and leaving nice ringed and scattered lacing.
S - malty goodness.
T - This is tasty, malty brew, light on the hops, but some are preent in the rear and the finish, notes of honey, caramel, wafer cookies
M - Smooth , medium bodied, easy and pleasant on the tastebuds.
D - This is not my favorite style, kind of dull, especially after a week of seeking out and consuming SD style 2xIPA hop bombs, this is a pleasant, drinkable brew, nothing more, nothing else.
08-12-2006 20:56:39 | More by Billolick
4.47/5 rDev +27%
Was lucky enough to have this one at the Santa Barbara beer festival.
A - Slightly reddish brown body.
S - Light roasty malt scent.
T - Perfect hop/malt balance. Starts with a little sharpness that smooths out quickly into rich malts. It has a slightly sweet flavor that I just love.
M - Full mouthfeel. It rolls around the tongue hitting all the right tastebuds.
D - Completely and absolutely drinkable. To me, this is a session beer of dream-like proportions.
07-23-2006 02:25:44 | More by JayTheFinn
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.