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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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81
good

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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

PolarBear3, Jun 27, 2013
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blguillen, Jun 17, 2013
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bh123, Jun 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

JMM0414, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

pin, May 27, 2013
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ClayO, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

NickyG213, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Braz, Apr 24, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

Newbiebeer, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

retry4z, Mar 30, 2013
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bestpoop, Mar 17, 2013
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.