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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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Zzigg92
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Serialx2
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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Photo of brewskii2010
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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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
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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Photo of ThatDudeDannyD
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dutesanch
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.26/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of NickyG213
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of LScully02
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Thescottgay
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of meehandennis
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of jjh19
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle a nice, rich red with a little amber-ness and clear. Impressive foamy head. This is what I like a beer to look like.

Smell: I got a slight sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer is the caramel notes I get later in the taste. There's a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, this is a rich ale.

Drinkability: As the temperature cools down, I find it's an even better time to enjoy a warming Red Trolley. It just works really well enjoying one or two while watching the Chargers. I tend to drink this beer slower than a lot of other beers, making the most of the malts. This is a beer I've enjoyed over the years, and I think it gets a little bit better each time I have it. Or maybe I appreciate it a little more each time?

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Photo of John_Mory
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not the typical red. I was surprised when the bartender told me it was a red. It is fruity and slightly bitter.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance this is a darker beer. It has a deep reddish color to it. The scent is fairly sweet, and you can smell caramel strongly with a hint of chocolate undertones.

It tastes as it smells, with caramel being the first taste and chocolate second. This is definitely a dessert drink for me.

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Photo of johlac66
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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