Red Trolley Ale | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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3.56/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,549
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
576
pDev:
14.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 576 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Bammer21
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of treehugginslug
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FIRST REVIEW

A - Nice amber color

S - Smell was very attractive. Nice malted caramel, Really liked the smell.

T - Taste was similar to smell, not much on hops.

M - Mouth was very weak. Not a lot of carbonation and flavor had too much caramel, but there was something I really liked about it. Similar to a stout.

D - Drinkability is high.

Whould I buy it again: Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Absolutely
Overall: Very Good

SECOND REVIEW

A - Nice amber color

S - Smell is nice, but similar to package malt extract.

T - Taste was way too sweet. Not enough hops to balance out the malt. Thought there was a little too much acidic taste to it.

M - Weak, not a lot of carbonation.

D - This time I had a 22 oz. and couldn't drink anyomore.

Whould I buy it again: No
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes, but just to try.
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Maybe
Overall: Fair, but not going to be added to my rotation.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkrass
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a ruddy mixture of crimson and copper, similar to rooibos tea. Minimal head formation/retention. Aromatics are rich but fleeting and are not notably different than the flavors on the palate. The caramelized malts come through with a persistent toasty/nutty presence. This is balanced by a unique flavor that is difficult to identify (candy / dates / figs?) but is quite pleasant. Karl Strauss attributes this quality to the warm fermentation process. While not a malt-heavy beer, the yeast seems to be doing more of the balancing work than the hops. A slightly drying finish that leads you back for another sip.

While not as powerful in comparison to other seasonal red ales (e.g. Santa's Private Reserve Ale brewed by Rogue Ales), Red Trolley Ale deserves praise for its drinkability. It almost seems like in a failed attempt at crafting a winter-warmer Karl Strauss lucked on to something with more universal appeal.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerStud187
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look, ambers suck and we all know that, but this is decent for the style. It’s highly malty, not very bitter or hoppy. Not interesting at all for an established drinker, but could possibly be a first step gateway for some college kid weening himself off bud light. It’s a fine attempt at a terrible style.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 576 ratings