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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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 +6.2%

hunteraw, Oct 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

crob3888, Aug 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

harsley, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

maxcoinage, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of donniecuffs
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

donniecuffs, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

nitter, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

gshak, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

bh123, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

rand, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
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

jcalabre, Jun 21, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Franziskaner, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DantheMan75, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DudMan, Mar 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

CDCNAM, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopfenpeter, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

RichD, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Bobhoya, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BabaBeer, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.