1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

368 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 368 | Reviews: 119 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

g_jenkins, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into a small Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Clear copper body with a large off-white foam that collapsed down thin. Excellent retention.

Sweet caramel maltiness, wintergreen mint. Milk chocolate. Orange marmalade.

Medium-toasted malts up front. Earthy/herbal. Touch of caramel sweetness. Medium bitter. Finishing medium malty sweet.

Medium-light in body with a soft carbonation.

Easy-drinking beer with a malt-focused flavor. Light caramel sweetness and hints of mint and chocolate.

BrewerB, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of trytoketchup
4/5  rDev +13.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev +13.6%

dbarny76, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DrewShalvoy, May 13, 2013
Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev +13.6%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.


Drinkerofales, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of readbaron
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

readbaron, May 06, 2011
Photo of BWH999
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

BWH999, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -14.8%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

kerry4porters, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -29%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of BreweryRun
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BalancingBrooms, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of baybassboy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

baybassboy, May 21, 2012
Photo of Pug
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Pug, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

StoicBeast, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of terpinsd
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Dmann
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Dmann, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of SteveO1231
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.


SteveO1231, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of rinhaak
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

rinhaak, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of BlackTuesday
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

BlackTuesday, Aug 02, 2014
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.