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Off The Rails | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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
Ranking:
#12,136
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
85
pDev:
13.14%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

8.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice caramel and fruit presence in the smell, but the taste is super malt forward in my opinion.

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Photo of MikalMick
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kaleh001
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Obsidian
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of thebeeler
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jjh19
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice deep red color, okay head.

Smell: Big caramel in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with hops punching in mid-taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Smooth and balanced. Off The Rails is my go to beer for something with big malts and then some big hops.

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Photo of Vigilante
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BlackTuesday
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ChrisConnell
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of MickeyMonk
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of afrokaze
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Devinph
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz, No bottle date
Central Waters globe

A: Pretty slightly hazy reddish amber color. Not a lot of head. Basically just a thin ring of off white head around edges. There is carbonation but its minimal.

S: On the nose, it's mostly really caramel and toffee like malt. It's almost barleywine like initially. Some toasted breadiness. Maybe some soapy pine behind that.

T: Tip of the tongue, some bitterness. A piney hop flavor there. Then it gets into the red ale like character. Really malt driven. Getting that toasted breadiness that I smelled. Then the caramel and toffee and biscuit.

M: Full medium body.

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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 akokinakes
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Backlash209
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Off The Rails from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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