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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

346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freebie from the In-Laws house figure why not give er a review.

Notes from 09/12/11
12oz to pint glass

A: Red Trolley pours a deep hazy amber color with a thin one finger sandy colored head. No stay power. No lace really.

S: Smells malty sweet with toffee notes and a slight orange tartness to it.

T: Tastes of warm toasty sweet toffee and caramel notes. A bit more classic to the style. Still some slight hop bitterness. Orange and pine in there. Dash of alcohol. Sweet dry finish.

M: Light-med. body with a dry finish. Nice carbonation levels. Keeps the chewy caramel malts at bay.

D: I found myself enjoying this brew after having at so many restaurants and parties/events etc. I would say this brew has mass appeal and would be a good "gateway" craft recommendation.

You get a caramel flav distinct to the style with a lighter less-filling body and actual decent hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 22:31:39 | More by Nugganooch
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Modernrickk

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-07-2014 14:25:35 | More by Modernrickk
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kmanjohnson

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

07-29-2014 18:41:27 | More by kmanjohnson
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-24-2014 00:20:22 | More by tastymug
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taospowder

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-22-2014 23:58:33 | More by taospowder
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a pint at the San Diego airport before flying home. Beer served in a standard pint glass. Pours a pale light clear red with a thin white head. Not much to report in aroma, very average hop and malt aroma. Similar taste: some caramel sweetness with some malty biscuity character, mild hoppiness. Overall, this beer was about as average as you can go. Glad to have tried it, would not drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 15:32:18 | More by hopfacebrew
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BKotch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-27-2014 07:51:00 | More by BKotch
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev +14%

12-23-2011 17:40:17 | More by nanobrew
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kushlash23

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-05-2013 02:36:11 | More by kushlash23
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speedvagen

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14%

12-09-2013 04:23:36 | More by speedvagen
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Booner818

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

11-17-2013 21:47:05 | More by Booner818
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large mug.

A: The beer is a brownish red amber/caramel sort of color - expected out of an Irish Red. Head is 2 fingers offwhite to very light tan and has ok retention.

S: Caramel and toffee notes dominating. Light toasted character with fruity twinges underneath. Buttery note in there as well, which gets in the way a bit.

T: Very much a malt bomb - this seems much more like a doppelbock or something to me. Butterscotch and toffee up front. Toasted bread throughout as well as a touch of brown sugar. Some berry notes hidden way underneath. Not much hop character here. Super sweet and gets a bit cloying at times. On the plus side, very smooth.

This is a good beer in smaller doses, but is very sweet. Not too bad overall, but I don't think I'll pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:54:22 | More by BucBasil
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured amber/copper into a 5oz sampling glass, with a finger of white head, and decent carbonation. Smelled overwhelmingly of malt, with some caramel, biscuit, and a tiny hint of chocolate. The taste however was very one-dimensionally geared toward maltiness, from start to finish, with a little bit of caramel sprinkled in. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, but not a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:37:03 | More by donniecuffs
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-01-2014 01:01:06 | More by BeerDawgs
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-04-2013 04:47:36 | More by bh123
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jcalabre

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 18 February 2002. I am writing this review form my notes. Boring. There is nothing outstanding or bad about this beer. Like all Karl Strauss offerings, in my opinion, it is sufficiently benign not to offend the mass market. There are many better beers available

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 18:44:23 | More by jcalabre
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gshak

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-15-2013 13:17:39 | More by gshak
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-13-2014 18:12:59 | More by harsley
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nitter

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-24-2014 03:12:19 | More by nitter
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +14%

01-19-2012 17:49:28 | More by TrojanWheels
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2014 04:19:23 | More by Hopfenpeter
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wolf_switzer

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-19-2014 08:01:38 | More by wolf_switzer
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seavercm

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

08-23-2013 13:14:25 | More by seavercm
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-22-2013 05:07:46 | More by heytomcat
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.