Red Trolley Ale | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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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:
547
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
146
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0
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of jminsc76
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
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 +28.6%

Photo of Petersfavoritebrews
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Totalpackage411
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of BrickOneal
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Mackenzie_Gloven
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Zzigg92
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Serialx2
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of jaybmore
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of p0wder2
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
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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Photo of brewskii2010
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
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 +24.9%
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 +24.9%
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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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber with an off-white head.

Smell: Caramel, a bit fruity.

Taste: Moderately sweet caramel malt up front. Has a strong dark fruity hop aroma - like grapes or plumbs. Not very bitter. Leaves a clean hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, well carbonated.

Overall: I really like this. It’s not over the top, but plenty flavorful in an easy to appreciate kind of way. I imagine this would be a good choice to introduce someone to beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dutesanch
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super smooth and refreshing malt forward with a slightly sweet finish. A great tasting beer for any occasion that I feel even novice drinkers would enjoy. Good from the bottles but I enjoy these the most from my Sam Adams perfect pint glasses.

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Photo of BeerGainz
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Highstplz
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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