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Red Trolley Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of StArnoldFest2010
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Medium carbonation and dime head that dissapers quickly. Amber color
N: Roasted malt & barley with light yeast smell
T: This is what a red ale should taste like. Caramel malt and barley blended with nutty & slightly sweet aftertaste
M: Surprisingly thin compared to the taste. From the taste, you'd expect a medium thick palate coating residual effect, but it goes down pretty easy. Price wise, if I saw 22oz bottles for $3.99 or 12oz 6 packs for $8.49, I'd pick some up from time to time.

StArnoldFest2010, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of itfitz
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With hints of resin, herbs, caramel, cereal, nuts, and roasty undertones, this easily-consumed beer has lively carbonation which gives it a light, pleasant finish.

When poured, it has a great-looking red hue which doesn't really prepare you for the hoppy overnotes.

Served cold and fresh, Red Trolley Ale works well as a session beer.

itfitz, May 27, 2010
Photo of jchanrahan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jchanrahan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of brockett
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

brockett, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Uraznfriend
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Uraznfriend, May 30, 2012
Photo of Euler
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Euler, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Joeyd138
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Joeyd138, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Puckstop98
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Puckstop98, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of eckwell
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%

eckwell, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of jpa01
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a dark red and amber looking beer, thinly foamed at the top.

Smell: It has a pleasant grainy, toffe-like aroma.

Taste: It has a malty, caramel taste with a mild bit of sweetness and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a medium-bodied beer, having moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It seems sightly watered down, but is fairly smooth and easy to drink with or without food.

Overall: I'd say it's a solid red ale.

jpa01, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of deivid24
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

deivid24, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Danny06m
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Danny06m, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of WallyBoag
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Disneylnad's California park this was a very attractive looking beer with a darker color and a smallish head. Laced pretty well. Smell was a very enjoyable sweet and tangy blend. Easy to drink. The taste could have used a little bit of improvement. It didn't taste bad, but at the same time there really wasn't too much to remember it buy. If only it tasted as good as it looked and smelled, this would be a truly great beer!

WallyBoag, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of neeld
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed. This beer comes on too sweet and malty for my tastes and IMO for the style. Carbonation is also too low.

If I didn't read the label, I might guess this was an Oktoberfest. In fact, if they upped the carbonation 50% it might make a good one. As is, it's flat on both counts.

neeld, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Jackal1379
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Jackal1379, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of LScully02
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

LScully02, May 28, 2012
Photo of joshstillskates
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very drinkable, not very bitter, but not too weak. To me, it actually has a very distinct malty flavor and leaves behind a sweet aftertaste. I randomly selected this brew and honestly, I wasn't the least disappointed. My only criticism is, I could use a bit more carbonation. All in all, will drink again.

joshstillskates, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Amabar
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Amabar, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of chrisb8s4
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

chrisb8s4, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of p0wder2
4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea how to review beer yet. I'm still new :-)

The best thing I can say is that this beer is sweet as opposed to being bitter. I've always disliked beer in general, but only because I apparently wasn't drinking the right beer. It wasn't until I had a glass of this, that I decided beer can be awesome!

p0wder2, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of timjallday
4/5  rDev +13.6%

timjallday, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Mrknightowl00
5/5  rDev +42%

Mrknightowl00, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Serialx2
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Serialx2, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Aztecs50
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Aztecs50, Dec 14, 2012
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.