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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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80
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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | 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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Drinkerofales

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with golden highlights. A medium sized tan head settled quickly to a ring that barely leaves some lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, a note of burnt sugar, musty.

Taste is a big bigger, toasted malts, a hint of chocolate and hint of vanilla sweet on the finish.

Smooth and drinkable, but thin, with a medium dry finish.

It's ok, but needs a little more hop to balance it out.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:47:41 | More by Drinkerofales
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readbaron

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt red/orange with plentiful off white head that fades into a tiny ring. No lacing.

Smells strongly of malts - biscuits/cereal, with a ton of caramel sweetness and some faint hops and decent spice (cloves?)

Tastes a lot like it smells - tons of strong malty flavors, lots of sweetness and a bit of hops and spice on the finish. Pleasant aftertaste.

Feel is thin and prickly.

Overall - very good. Not sure it tastes like an ale, but I'm a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:11:54 | More by readbaron
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BWH999

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

01-04-2014 06:41:13 | More by BWH999
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trytoketchup

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14%

12-07-2013 05:37:29 | More by trytoketchup
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

12-31-2011 04:52:59 | More by hawkmage
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-02-2013 04:10:59 | More by IRONRakkasan
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DrewShalvoy

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-13-2013 17:36:49 | More by DrewShalvoy
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baybassboy

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-21-2012 04:31:10 | More by baybassboy
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rob99er

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-08-2012 04:52:35 | More by rob99er
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StoicBeast

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-29-2012 09:47:44 | More by StoicBeast
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freshflesh

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

11-27-2013 08:58:52 | More by freshflesh
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Dmann

California

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent offering from Karl Strauss and will definantly appeal to the MaltHeads out there. The beer poures a deep amber/red color with a nice frothy white head that left nice lace down my glass. The smell was interesting and made up of a very light doppelbock type scent. The taste was nothing as intriguing as the scent, but quite plesent. The beer had a nice malt flavor to it and was quite sweet with a definant caramel aftertaste. Like I said, lovers of malt will go for this beer but the taste is a little too one dimentonal for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 10:51:52 | More by Dmann
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was ok.

Got one on tap, served too cold.

Looked pretty good.
Poured a deep red color, no head, moderate carbonation.

This one was rather smooth but uneventfull on the old palate. Nothing to rave about here. If your at a Karl Strauss resteraunt check it out. One of Karl's better beers.

Drinkable, pretty smooth, a little too sweet.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 07:10:33 | More by SteveO1231
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

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

On tap at LAX.

Pours a slightly pale red copper. A good-sized head that left behind a mild lace.

Not a very interesting nose, with aromas of mild rust, copper, and bubblegum.

Very light in body, though a tad syrupy.

Mild flavors, the beer has a fruity character with a hints of the rustiness I expect in an Irish Red. No finish to speak of, nearly no bitterness, it's pretty simple and one-dimensional.

Overall, I was quite disappointed. I've had both their Tower 10 IPA and Full Suit Brown, and was very impressed with both. This really wasn't up to that standard and was really rather ordinary. Not worth having.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 03:17:07 | More by rinhaak
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MikalMick

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

06-29-2014 02:33:15 | More by MikalMick
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terpinsd

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-27-2014 17:44:48 | More by terpinsd
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BreweryRun

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-10-2014 15:40:05 | More by BreweryRun
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BoRaeCho

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

09-19-2012 16:19:44 | More by BoRaeCho
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Joshpu

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

09-29-2013 06:31:12 | More by Joshpu
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sevenshubby

California

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

08-22-2012 00:57:45 | More by sevenshubby
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Pug

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-21-2014 00:32:39 | More by Pug
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MadCat

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

Appearance: Beautiful amber red color, very clear, good white head

Smell: Caramel and fruit on the nose

Taste: Caramel, fruit, biscuity malts Good flavor for the style

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good example of the style, and good mainstay at Karl Strauss, but not the most exciting beer. Still, no complaints

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 02:35:20 | More by MadCat
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kerry4porters

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

06-08-2014 18:59:53 | More by kerry4porters
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kflorence

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JUN 14, 2007

While it doesn’t blow me away, it is highly drinkable, has a great red-like amber color and smells of toasty hops with a tiny hint of vanilla/caramel. I think it’s one of the better Strauss beers, but it’s not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 06:17:33 | More by kflorence
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Klym

California

2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a dark amber with a plentiful white head that leaves porous but otherwise killer lacing. Not bad lookin'.

S: Malt bomb with grain and wheat notes. Smells like a mediocre lager.

T: The nose. Grain, malts, wheat, mediocrity.

M: Despite the head there's very little carbonation in the body. Pretty watery. Not pleasant but I've had worse.

O: Karl Strauss somehow has the place in my mind of a brewery that makes macro beers but holds the self-image of a microbrewery. They've been digging me out of this perception with some beers, such as Parrot In a Palm Tree which was actually a very superior brew, or their most recent anniversary stout which had some flare. With their classic selections like Red Trolley Ale, though, there's just not much room for anything other than boredom and disappointment. I'm not sure I've ever had an Irisih Red Ale so I can't make much of an in-style comparison but I can tell you I'd probably take some generic lagers over this. Unless you're new to craft beer and want to make baby steps from coors light, I'd avoid this.

As a final note, I hope the people at Karl Strauss keep taking risks as they have been trying to recently. They've been creative before, they just have to keep trying. I look forward to future efforts from them but I won't bother trying their classic selection anymore.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:47:57 | More by Klym
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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