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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

NickyG213, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

LScully02, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Thescottgay, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of VWBuggirl
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance this is a darker beer. It has a deep reddish color to it. The scent is fairly sweet, and you can smell caramel strongly with a hint of chocolate undertones.

It tastes as it smells, with caramel being the first taste and chocolate second. This is definitely a dessert drink for me.

VWBuggirl, Jan 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

RichD, May 25, 2012
Photo of jjh19
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle a nice, rich red with a little amber-ness and clear. Impressive foamy head. This is what I like a beer to look like.

Smell: I got a slight sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer is the caramel notes I get later in the taste. There's a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, this is a rich ale.

Drinkability: As the temperature cools down, I find it's an even better time to enjoy a warming Red Trolley. It just works really well enjoying one or two while watching the Chargers. I tend to drink this beer slower than a lot of other beers, making the most of the malts. This is a beer I've enjoyed over the years, and I think it gets a little bit better each time I have it. Or maybe I appreciate it a little more each time?

jjh19, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

JayTheFinn, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of p0wder2
4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea how to review beer yet. I'm still new :-)

The best thing I can say is that this beer is sweet as opposed to being bitter. I've always disliked beer in general, but only because I apparently wasn't drinking the right beer. It wasn't until I had a glass of this, that I decided beer can be awesome!

p0wder2, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Joeyd138, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Gingerfart, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

samturner, Dec 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Amabar, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

sevenshubby, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Rule870, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Petersfavoritebrews, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Totalpackage411, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Troublebar, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Mackenzie_Gloven, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Zzigg92, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Serialx2, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of jminsc76
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, forms a red-meets-beige head atop a rich and vibrant amber body.

Aromas of biscuit-y malts and caramel as well as sweet and floral hops. So much going on here, though medium in intensity.

Flavors are similar to the aromas, with an excellent balance between the malts and hops. I've had this beer before repeatedly, and the flavor profile always varies, something I admire. The biscuit-y caramel malts are always present (yay!), but something just a little different comes through per each serving.

Mouthfeel is thin and light.

Overall, barring the mouthfeel, Red Trolley is pretty much perfect. So much complexity, balance, and flavors while being perfectly fit for a session beer, it's small wonder it's won the accolades it has.

jminsc76, Jan 14, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red/ amber color but only about half a finger head. I think partially because it wasnt that aggresive of a pour and the beer was very cold.

Smells of chocolate, carmel, and raisins.

The taste is very light going in, slight carmel in the middle, and an amazingggg fresh warm toffee on the finish.

I've always loved this beer and am suprised to see it only have a B. It is the perfect winter beer in my eyes.

Eriktheipaman, Dec 04, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

akokinakes, Sep 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

deivid24, Nov 26, 2012
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.