Red Trolley Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale
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From:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #94
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,020
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 14.61%
Ratings:
625
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Jan 16, 2003
Wants:
  31
Gots:
  180
SCORE
81
Good
Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale
Notes: None
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3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
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3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Christianriveraaa

Look: reddish with a mix of brown. Slight carbonation continue to rises with a low head.
Smell: Hints of caramel and toffee.
Taste: Sweet front taste of caramel and toffee as smelled.
Feel: Nice dry - smooth finish.
Overall: Nice beer to enjoy after a long day at work or if you just want to relax.

Feb 20, 2022
 
3.68 by irishevans from California on Jan 19, 2022
 
3.69 by mkh012 from Colorado on Oct 24, 2021
 
3.68 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Jul 27, 2021
 
3.68 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jul 24, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Sayb from Arizona

L: Beautiful red / amber coloring . No head .
S: Sweet aroma of caramel and toffee.
T: Follows the smell , fairly sweet with slight bitterness .
F: Slight carbonation smooth finish.
O: Good sipping n relaxing brew .

Jun 25, 2021
 
4.22 by _derrr from California on May 02, 2021
 
3.75 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 01, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Gordono from Nevada

Crystal clear amber color,
Very little head,
Sweet, malty aroma, cotton candy?
Sweet, dry slightly roasty finish,
Sparkling, light body,
A nice clean, easy drinking amber.

Sep 26, 2020
 
2.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
 
 
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by adab123 from Ohio

A red ale with a malty sweet scent and taste, perhaps too sweet for its own good. One of the first craft beers I ever had, and a San Diego classic.

Apr 06, 2020
 
 
3.46 by ravger from Illinois on Feb 24, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

Karl Strauss Red Trolley pours a pleasant reddish brown, as a proper Irish Ale should. It produces a thin half inch head, which does not linger or lace. The nose is a mild sweet smell., which amplifies into a full caramel taste on your first sip. This is a lovely sweet beer, with a comparable mild hippiness rounding out the taste. I find the mouth feel particularly satisfying.. there is texture and body beyond what you might expect from such a mild brew. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, and find it a light and refreshing change from the dark, full bodied , high octane stouts and porters I usually favor. Erin Go Braugh!

Feb 08, 2020
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1.59/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
by Jed_Clampett

I've brewed this style several times and it's supposed to be a clean ferment. The esters were off the chart strong and I got a fusel headache after drinking it. Hard to give other feedback since those flaws are so overwhelming I couldn't taste much else. This would be a dumper batch of Homebrew.
Karl Strauss, you need better QA, cuz this is damaging your rep... I've had great beers on tap at your facilities so this is pretty deplorable to let something this bad go to packaging...

Feb 08, 2020
 
3.65 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 02, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.75
by PaulyV

Tasty beer that gets me drunk very quickly . . . saves me money and a bigger beer gut.

Jan 12, 2020
 
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1.4/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
by andyinsdca from California

I like this beer. Usually. In the past, I've enjoyed drinking it from the tap at Karl Strauss restaurants here in San Diego as well as from the bottle. But something has changed. Me? The beer? I don't know, but I popped the top on a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date of 3/19/20) and took a swallow and thought "wow, this is almost horrible." So, I dumped it and tried another bottle and had the same reaction, so the rest of the 6-pack was dumped down the drain. I filled in the Contact Us on the KS web page, maybe they'll tell me what's going on.

Dec 27, 2019
 
3.02 by TrackBeer from California on Dec 24, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by drinker400

A very sweet and malty sweet red ale. Has a deft richness that does not overpower a crisp finish in the mouth. Very sessionable. A delicious and identifiable example of what mainstream consumers might call "good beer." Caramel and chocolate flavors dominate the taste and smell.

Nov 12, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle from Donald
Calusa snifter

Gorgeous glowing red body with hints of mahogany. Grey-beige head of 1/2 finger receding to a ring pretty quickly, no lace.

Aromas of old raisin bread, toasted malt, blueberry muffin, prune.

Flavor is much the same - prune, raisin bread, toasted bread, pleasant malty sweetness, berries, slight onion.

Feel is medium-thin, with very mild warming alcohol, moderate carbonation, no stickiness or finish.

Overall an enjoyable and tasty red ale. I'd have it again.

Oct 10, 2019
 
3.5 by BerryKumquat from California on Sep 30, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2019-08-06 in Downey, CA at Bastards on tap

Aug 07, 2019
 
3.5 by DFred from California on Jul 06, 2019
 
3.6 by runwild99 from Minnesota on Jun 29, 2019
 
3.25 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 02, 2019
 
3.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on May 25, 2019
 
3.75 by paulish from New York on Apr 11, 2019
 
4 by cmoore32 from Nebraska on Mar 28, 2019
 
3.5 by Noelito76 from New York on Feb 22, 2019
 
3.44 by alexsanvic from California on Feb 12, 2019
 
3.12 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Feb 11, 2019
 
3.81 by JonBoy23 from California on Jan 22, 2019
 
3.36 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2018
 
4.16 by moxo26 from California on Nov 02, 2018
Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 625 ratings