Off The Rails | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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86
very good
85 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by magictrokini on 09-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 25
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent deep copper red color with a nice off-white khaki 1 inch soapy head that leaves some ample lacing.

Aromas begin with a ton of malts; toffee, butterscotch, caramelized brown sugar and caramel sticky chewy candy. As it warms I detect a nice dark fruitiness including figs, dates and raisin. Aromas are typical of a beer made with dark Crystal malts (above 120 Lovibond for you homebrewers). As much as I try I cannot detect any hops aromas what-so-ever; not that I care either way, but I was expecting some for a West Coast Amber ale.

The tastes begin with waves and waves of sweet caramel maltiness. As I continue to sample I get more of the toffee, darker caramelized brown sugar flavors and the dark fruits once again; prunes, figs and dates wrestle with the caramel flavors for superiority. Other verry-like fruits are also evident as you continue to sample, light raspberry and strawberry sweet preserves is the best way to describe them

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation; appropriate for the style. Finish is full and sweet and sticky on the palate. Alcohol is only detectable once the beer is room temperature but the sweet malt are ever-present and continue to dominate the flavor profile here.

Overall the flavor profile is pretty sweet overall to be honest and I actually would like a little hop balance here. This beer is only 3 months old (I believe), so freshness shouldn't be an issue. This tastes more like an Imperial Irish Red Ale as opposed to your typical citrusy hop balanced West Coast Amber ale. Don't get me wrong it is still quite tasty, but just not what I was expecting. If you are not a fan of sweeter, malty beers this is not for you. Luckily I do not care to judge beers to style but just overall "yumminess" so this one still works for me. Not monumental or worth seeking out, but worth a go if it is readily available to you.

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Photo of Obsidian
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Vigilante
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MissBaker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a khaki cap; good retention and a bit of lace

Smell: Irish soda bread - bread, caramel and dried fruit

Taste: Waves of interesting malt flavors on the front of the tongue, bringing the biscuit, apple, plums and caramel; some earthy hops add balance, in the middle, but the caramel and fruits return to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The first American Strong I have enjoyed in a while; the complex malt bill here is really satisfying and I don't mind that there is not much of a hoppy character to the beer

Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yard House, 11/5/11.

A-Pour is a clear reddish amber with a frothy white head and good sheets of lacing.

S-Sweet caramel malt with some dried cherry notes.

T-Lots of sweet malt, some nice earthy hops.

M-Light side of medium, moderate carbonation.

O-Very tasty. Quite smooth for the ABV.

HV

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Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SDtastentune
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker amber/red, small head when poured faster but not much at all, some ok looking lacing but not much.

S - Smells kinda bread like, toffee and barley/malts. A little musty/barley, like when you walk in to brew day at a brewery.

T - Toffee and rich amber malts, has some sort of hop background but nothing too bitter or piny, Kinda has a red apple mixed in there or some other kinda fruit like that, but definitely not a fruity beer at any point. Maybe a slight smoke/wood/whiskey thing going on.

M - Higher carbonation ,small fizzy bubbles, easy up front leading into a aftertaste that's rich but not overpowering.

O - Overall... I was expecting a little more from this, more red and more alcohol taste would be good. But... I cant really say I can compare it to much else right now... good brew but nothing spectacular for a hop head. Getting better though as it warms up a little, as most brews start to shine when warmer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Devinph
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of the_benskii
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber w/ a freshness date.

LOOK: Reddish amber

SMELL: Toasted grain, some sweetness, over ripened apples, floral hops, estery alcohol, mint, caramel.

TASTE: Sweet toasted malt, very bready, mild herbal hop, ripe apple fruitiness, yeasty twang, spice, dried grassy finish.

Malt bomb comes to mind, letting this warm up a bit really makes it a treat to drink. Worth the visit and my palate asks for more.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery amber. Thin off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with a hint of fruit. Taste is sweet, bready and caramel malt (and lots of it), light and dark fruit, faint hops. Very interesting aftertaste of cherries and other fruit esters. The malts are forward, but fairly mellow. The fruit ester in the finish redeems this otherwise kind of quite and mellow malt ale. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Interesting and different.

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Photo of yonnie
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into tulip. Amber red with a finger of creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet malts, spice, yeast. Very light sweet aromas.

T - More sweet malts, toasted bread, red apples with caramel. Slight alcohol.

M - Light to medium, very slightly bubbly on the tongue. Smooth and creamy.

O - If I'm not mistaken, this is the first Imperial Amber I've ever had. Overall it is quite enjoyable. If you're looking for a big character beer with malt dominance as opposed to the typical hop-bomb, this is a great choice.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tulip

A - translucent blood red, one finger off white almost ten head (that sticks around for a while) and some minimal lacing

S - Tons of malt, candy sugar, holiday spices, slight oak, some booze, dried out branches, dark fruits, very yeasty, apple blossoms, and very slight hop

T - lots of very nice malts, almost taste like apple, slightly toasted, sweet beady yeast, slight bitter/sour note, holiday spices, terrior, hops oils, a bit floral and once it cool, nice and fruity

M - medium plus body, low acidity, well balanced, decent complexity and medium finish

D - If you like malty ales this one is as good if not better than many. Refreshing, nice flavors and not to much or to little. Not a huge fan Of KS, but this is a nice easy drinking beer

Final thought - $8 a pop? Stop it. Other than the price tag I like this beer. Also 8.4% is nice too

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Photo of kaseydad
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is an 8.5%.

Pours a nice amber colored ale with a decent cream colored foam that quickly disappears. No lacing.

The aroma is sweet, sweet malt, caramel, dark plum, apple and some reminders of candy.

The taste is big sweet malt. Some dark fruits are also present, plum, pear and apple. There is a touch of a hop kiss on the drink as well.

Overall this was better than I expected. It was a wife "pick" and not bad at all. I thought the Red Trolley Ale meant amber and got a little concerned, but this definitely drinks like an imperial red. It is a bit sweet, but alas, that's the style. Worth picking up and sipping.

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Off The Rails from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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