Barrel Trolley Amber Ale | World Brews

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Barrel Trolley Amber AleBarrel Trolley Amber Ale

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Portertime on 02-21-2012

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of GRG1313
1.25/5  rDev -60.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and biscuit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and apple cider flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a fairly decent smell but the apple cider like flavor I am getting is weird.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention was minimal and the lacing was lightly scattered on the glass. The smell of the beer was of sweet grains, some caramel and honey. The taste of the beer was light with the honey notes coming on pretty strong in the forefront. The mouthfeel was a bit on the watered down side which was disappointing. There wasn't much in the way of any complexity at all. Overall this beer was sessionable but not something I would personally choose. It's a bit too one dimensional to me and not enough balance.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Since my assertions of repetition amongst the World Brews recently made available under multiple labels in Alberta have gone wholly unheard (or at least, not once responded to) by the retail store, the local rep, the World Brews contractor, and Genesee themselves, I am just going to straight up assume this is the exact same beer as any number of their other 'American Amber Ale' offerings.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few thin streaks of bridge-like lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds into the ether.

It smells of musty caramel malt, semi-sweet orchard fruit, a bit of overripe black berries, and some mildly funky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, bland earthy fruitiness - peaches and apples, mostly - and dead-eyed (anthropomorphized, apparently) leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite neutered, and barely noticeable, the body a so-so medium weight, and too pithy and cloying to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy caramel malt still buoyed by a stale fruitiness, as the hops seem to be truly absent by this point, replaced by a small, finally evolved plastic twinge.

I'm not getting that unpleasant from the get-go impression that its colleagues seem to engender, so colour me surprised, I suppose, but its overall essence still gives me the minor willies, only if there's really nothing else on offer to make me change my mind.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of "ale with honey" served in a snifter.

Appearance: clear and bright copper-amber color. Pours with 1 cm of white head but this quickly reduces despite a good bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: caramel with toasted malts.

Taste: toasted caramel malts dominate. Honey seems evident; in any case, this is a bit sweet. 3.75

M: medium body; medium+ carbonation that is well chosen; slightly dry and very smooth.

O: A pleasant, relatively malty amber with a nice finish. Attractively inexpensive.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The last of the never-vaunted Barrel Trolley series, and something tells me Binny's is as thrilled to see it leave its store as I am to try it out. It pours a clear amber (how thoroughly appropriate) topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuit, very light flowers, and a kiss of butter. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a bit of orange zest, helping to bring some semblance of balance to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a mediocre amber. 'Nuff said, really.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a amber body with two finger head that dies quick with no lace and the aroma is slightly bready and caramel malt but mostly a artificial sweet (I guess this is the honey) edge. It goes down easy and smooth, I'll say that. Other than that there is really nothing here except minimal bitter hops, a mediocre malt presence that is somewhat breadlike and a bit of sweetness. Had one and that was enough...good enough for mainstream consumption.

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Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MacStinson
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jjd315
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mpalestino
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.52/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Botttle ino dimpled mug. (what is it about the dimpled mug that appeals to me so much lately?!)

Very clear orangey amber body. Weak head, low retention, and virtually no lacing.

Smells like grainy malts with a big honey sweetness--- like reminding me of honey flavored cough syrup. The flavor has virtually no noticeable hop presence, and no bitterness. Very sweet finish.

The body feels rather syrupy.

Overall-- this is a very unimpressive amber. People tend to be overly generous in their ratings on this site... While there is nothing offensive in this beer, it is certainly in the lower echelon of amber ales. Perhaps just slightly below average.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Minkybut
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a nice amber color and the beer had a pretty decent head that was really white looking to be on a amber ale. Anyway, the beer had a bit of a bitter aftertaste but not too bad. Not as prevalent as say in a English bitter or something like that. Overall Liked the beer and think it worthy of buying again.

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Photo of Sebas
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of MJ63
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Barrel Trolley Amber Ale from World Brews
3.2 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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