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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

362 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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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Boone757

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-05-2013 06:30:34 | More by Boone757
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HarleyCorps

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-12-2012 19:17:11 | More by HarleyCorps
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-08-2013 05:18:51 | More by Zbeetleman
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SheboyganJake


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-16-2012 00:02:46 | More by SheboyganJake
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Naterobsnyk4

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-24-2012 05:22:03 | More by Naterobsnyk4
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Foxtrot

California

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
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bcerv-ca

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

10-05-2013 00:13:38 | More by bcerv-ca
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-25-2013 00:23:07 | More by duff247
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Danny06m

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-18-2014 02:26:12 | More by Danny06m
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2GOOFY

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-30-2012 21:17:53 | More by 2GOOFY
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-25-2013 03:32:21 | More by BeerOps
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours to a moderate beige head and moderate lacing. Color is brilliant red-amber. Aroma is a disappointingly weak caramel malt. Flavors consist of a mild mix of graininess, crystal malts, pale malt and a balancing hop bitterness and weak hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit too flat Pepsi-like. Overall it is a decent, predictable drinking experience.

07-25-2010 20:55:56 | More by EagleTalon
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IntriqKen

California

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
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

I sampled this brew on draft at kilt lifter bar near Petco Park.
Arrived in a 20 oz pint glass. The beer is a rich mahogany hue with some garnet highlights. No head whatsoever.
Aroma is all malt with caramel, toffee and some grainy malt. I don't get any hops and I find the nose to be just a bit too sweet.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carboantion. Texture is a bit sticky and leaves some residue on my lips.
Flavor is rich malt toffee and some grain again not really any hop profile.

The beer is very straightforward malty brew and easy to drink. Good when out with friends if you'll not really wanting to think too much about your beer. But could be more interesting with a little more hop balance.

01-14-2012 23:36:10 | More by sulldaddy
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JALN13


3.32/5  rDev -5.7%

08-13-2014 02:46:26 | More by JALN13
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

This one was ok.

Got one on tap, served too cold.

Looked pretty good.
Poured a deep red color, no head, moderate carbonation.

This one was rather smooth but uneventfull on the old palate. Nothing to rave about here. If your at a Karl Strauss resteraunt check it out. One of Karl's better beers.

Drinkable, pretty smooth, a little too sweet.

Cheers!

10-09-2005 07:10:33 | More by SteveO1231
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beerguy101

California

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

Medium amber color. 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. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is harsh. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

08-26-2003 00:57:28 | More by beerguy101
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SmashPants

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle: decent 355mL brown bottle. Nicely styled label - kind of old-school cute.

Appearance: quite a nice dark mahogany colour. Unfortunately the head never really comes to more than a half-finger, and dissolves to a thin film with no lacing.

Aroma: a fair amount of sweetness from caramel and toffee malts - not a lot of hops coming through.

Taste: the caramel and toffee malts are accompanied by some nut flavours, and a pinch of berries or underripe fruits. An odd - and to be honest, quite awkward - doughy quality on the undertone does nothing for this ale.

Aftertaste: fortunately the awkwardness disappears, to be replaced solely by the lovely caramel and fruits flavours.

Mouth feel: medium body, and a fairly low carbonation. I would say it is quite sessional other than that awful doughy quality that makes you almost have to pinch your nose if you want to down it.

Overall: really not a brilliant beer. If you want a good caramel-malt-and-nut-based beer, try James Squire's Amber Ale. Much better built, and cheaper by the case.

07-02-2012 23:56:36 | More by SmashPants
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oggg

California

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

Part of a 6 beer sampler

Seemingly yet another amber ale. Same amber color. Minimal head due to sample size. Nice spicy and fruity aroma, quite surprising. Taste was mostly hop bitterness with some spiciness and generic fruit. Not too impressive. Low on malt character. Medium body. Tasted against the Del Marzen lager, you can clearly tell this is an ale that isn't perfectly clean, but has some character to it.

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2/3/05 at Outback
I'll stick with my previous rating. This beer has a good amount of biscuity malt, so this is a big big step up from macroswill. Hop bite is mild, and there's a decent amount of fruitiness between the hops and esters -- sweet raisins....

03-15-2004 05:47:55 | More by oggg
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Armand

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Good reddish color. Some carbination.
S: A little too dampness. May have been from the glass that it was served it. Glass was too chilled, but that flavor came out in the end.
T: Too flat. Tart, and mild.
M: Light bodied beer.
O: Karl used to be on my top favorite beers, but have gone on to bolder beers. I won't knock 'em down for what they do. It's just my opinion, but I hope they continue to make different ones for us to try.

06-27-2011 22:39:10 | More by Armand
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rxdrewthejew

California

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
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kflorence

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JUN 14, 2007

While it doesn’t blow me away, it is highly drinkable, has a great red-like amber color and smells of toasty hops with a tiny hint of vanilla/caramel. I think it’s one of the better Strauss beers, but it’s not exceptional.

07-23-2011 06:17:33 | More by kflorence
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Brewsmith

California

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
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RunDWP

California

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
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dansmcd

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -4%

A - Nice clear caramel ruby red tone without a head, just a ring with some very short lived lacing.

S - Fruity and sweet, toffee and a hint of booze, quite a British aroma.

T - Raspberry, toffee, grainy malts. Mild and tasty.

M - Moderately carbonated, dry and light in body.

O - Not a bad beer this one. Nice accompaniment to a winter meal.

06-20-2012 10:52:20 | More by dansmcd
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.