Red Trolley Ale | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Red Trolley AleRed Trolley Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
545
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
146
For Trade:
0
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Photo of akokinakes
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of Puckstop98
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of Jfn
4.69/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer while in San Diego during a business trip and really enjoyed it. A smooth, quality beer in which I enjoyed numerous times both on draft and bottle. I just wish you it was sold in Alabama!

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red/ amber color but only about half a finger head. I think partially because it wasnt that aggresive of a pour and the beer was very cold.

Smells of chocolate, carmel, and raisins.

The taste is very light going in, slight carmel in the middle, and an amazingggg fresh warm toffee on the finish.

I've always loved this beer and am suprised to see it only have a B. It is the perfect winter beer in my eyes.

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Photo of Mr8iggins
4.54/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Joeyd138
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of sevenshubby
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of jminsc76
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, forms a red-meets-beige head atop a rich and vibrant amber body.

Aromas of biscuit-y malts and caramel as well as sweet and floral hops. So much going on here, though medium in intensity.

Flavors are similar to the aromas, with an excellent balance between the malts and hops. I've had this beer before repeatedly, and the flavor profile always varies, something I admire. The biscuit-y caramel malts are always present (yay!), but something just a little different comes through per each serving.

Mouthfeel is thin and light.

Overall, barring the mouthfeel, Red Trolley is pretty much perfect. So much complexity, balance, and flavors while being perfectly fit for a session beer, it's small wonder it's won the accolades it has.

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Photo of CousinSuzy
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of jaybmore
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of p0wder2
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
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!

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4.4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to have this one at the Santa Barbara beer festival.

A - Slightly reddish brown body.
S - Light roasty malt scent.
T - Perfect hop/malt balance. Starts with a little sharpness that smooths out quickly into rich malts. It has a slightly sweet flavor that I just love.
M - Full mouthfeel. It rolls around the tongue hitting all the right tastebuds.
D - Completely and absolutely drinkable. To me, this is a session beer of dream-like proportions.

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Photo of Giesch
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting Amber but has tastes of Carmel makt

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Photo of TonyFrac
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious Red ale, easy drinking had it in San Diego

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Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 545 ratings.
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