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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

431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 68 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

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2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint at Chili's with brunch. No head whatsoever and next to no lacing as I drank. Red-mahogany in color and very little carbonation.

Smell is of sweet sugary malts with maybe a hint of hops, it's kinda hard to smell through the malt sweetness. Tastes much like it smells with a faint hop trying, but failing to balance the sweetness. Couldn't detect the alcohol as the roast-sweet malt flavor dominates this brew. Fairly light body, sweet kind of slick mouthfeel.

One was plenty...not impressed.

Photo of dleiner
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of meehandennis
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber to reddish in color. A light bit of white foam covers a small bit of the top of the beer. Light aroma of caramel and amber malt. There's a taste of amber malt with very little play from the hops. There's not much in the fade. The body is a bit light for my taste.

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of seavercm
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of BucBasil
3.15/5  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.

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.