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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: 368
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

rand, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Hopfenpeter, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

crob3888, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Bobhoya, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

I tried this last week at the Dodgers game and wanted to try it in a real glass (not a plastic cup). I didn't trust my taste buds or nose at the stadium; it was a lot more chocolately than your average amber.

Appearance: Poured a clear, beautiful deep copper with a tint of orange. A half finger of head developed on my first glass due to drinker's error, but my second glass produced a finger and a half of tan foam that reduced to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: My first impression was of chocolate. Maybe my review at the stadium wasn't so bad after all. It's a little surprising from an amber. There is also a very deep and rich caramel aroma. Reminds me of a caramel filled piece of chocolate from a heart shaped box. As it warms a scent of plumbs and bread dough enters.

Taste: The chocolate is subdued and overtaken by hops, which are well-balanced with the malts. There is a plumb quality that blends perfectly with the caramel notes. There is a slight citrus flavor of sour grapefruit, but it is very subtle.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew, even at a baseball game in a plastic cup.

TheQuietMan22, Jun 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

CDCNAM, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of malcontent
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%

Clear, bright amber body with a decent finger of head. Retention is OK and the resulting lacing is competent.

Musty, almost mealy aroma. Hints of sweetness peek through occasionally.

Ugh. Flavors are all over the place. Plastic-like aftertaste surfaces after a rather flat malt body.

A tad slick on the finish although the body is thick enough to be passable. Reading other reviews of this beer I'm wondering if my bottle wasn't a bit off. Still, in a beer landscape with a glut of amber ales I'd like to see brewers a) do something more interesting with the style or b) refrain from including it in their roster altogether.

Thanks to HoppyBen for the bottle.

malcontent, Jun 16, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

DudMan, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
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.

SmashPants, Jul 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Franziskaner, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

RichD, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

kevindp9, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

hpthebull, Feb 18, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin tan head. Looks like this is going to refreshing. Head fades after a few minutes leaving behind a moderate dosing of lace.

S - The nose is mild overall. Caramel is mostly what comes through. Some raw bread dough quickly follows. Alcohol is barely noticeable at the end.

T - The flavor doesn't quite follow the aroma which is somewhat of a relief. Starts out with some sweet bread followed by a cracker flavor. Caramel comes and goes throughout but stays mild overall. Alcohol is very hard to pick up.

M - Light bodied with just enough carbonation to pull it through. Finish is sweet and doesn't hang on for very long. Very smooth.

D - Drinkability is good. The smoothness really helps out alot. This one comes across as a run of the mill amber for the most part. Not bad but not too remarkable either.

csmiley, May 08, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

jesus808, Feb 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ssgunbond, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

larbush, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

DantheMan75, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

sbanacho, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

IRONRakkasan, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Snellgg5, Dec 08, 2011
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.