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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Brewed with a half ton of caramelized malts, this bold red ale has caramel and toffee flavors, notes of dried raisins and currants, and a slightly sweet finish.
Color: 30 SRM
Bitterness: 17 IBU
Gravity: 15° Plato
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs and Bottles

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Okra23 (28) - Flowood, Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Had this beer brought to me from San Diego. Has a great rich red color with a mild head that doesn’t last very long. Has a sweet malty caramel kind of taste. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer and will enjoy my 6-pack before it runs out.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2175) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
Something about drinking amber ales in pints at "pubs" clicks with me. Had this one at the ESPN club in Anaheim. Dark amber, creamy palate with a nice malty taste. Some hops in finish, I detected little in the aroma department.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 13, 2005
Draft at the Sheraton San Diego - Darkish amber in color. The beer may have been too cold, but it did not seem to have a strong/distinctive aroma. Not much going in the hop arena either. Decent maltiness. Not much going on here...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 10, 2005
On tap at the brewpub on Columbia Street. Amber in color. Weak in aroma. Mild malty sweetness with honey flavors. Low carbonation. No head. Flavor is mild. Medium palate with little aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
erisdiscordia (2) - Chula Vista, California, USA - APR 6, 2005 does not count
I Don’t know why but this drink reminds me a lot of sierra nevada...Which isn’t a bad thing Since I love sierra Nevada. I liked this drink Although I prefer Stone’s as far as Local beer goes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Nice Red color. Sweet aromas that carry over into the flavor. Maybe a bit too sweet. Hints of caramel and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juleslovesbeer (1) - Santee, California, USA - APR 4, 2005 does not count
I just tried this beer yesterday for the first time and I absolutely LOVED it! Besides the fact that it is locally brewed, I really enjoyed the caramel taste plus the full-bodied stout taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) Fairly flavorful, and the moderate caramely maltiness is partially balanced by a fairly mild hops, but the overall flavor seems kind of sugary and a little on the cheap side. The body is typical of the style, but the sugary palate is tiring. It definitely needs more hops to clean the palate and give this beer some character. The nose is sweet and caramely, and again, lacking sufficient hops. Red Trolley Ale is aptly named as the color is an attractive, very deep ruddy amber color, but given my general opinion of Karl Strauss beers, I have to wonder if there food coloring in this. Small, light tan head quickly fades to a wide brim around the edge of the glass. Whatever lace is left on the glass dissipates rapidly. Not a horrible beer, but too one-dimensional (i.e., sugary). Red Trolley Ale is aptly named for another reason: our trolley system in San Diego is servicable in certain situations, but generally not all that good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
(Draft) Pours a clear amber body with a moderate white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, and a hint of hops. Smooth, sweet malt flavor. Enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pretty color, fair head. Fairly sweet for an ale. Not bad, not great. Enjoyable, but nothing super special

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