GarrettB (999) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Summer 2011 - Karl Strauss’ Red Trolley is a San Diego institution. It is EVERYWHERE. As a graduate student at UCSD, I see it at all of our social functions, and it shows up at all the restaurants and bars. It is like a local fat tire, and for good reason. Irish Ales are appealing, flavorful, and anything darker can feel sort of weird or out of place on a San Diego afternoon. This review comes from notes where I first tasted it, where first impressions are most powerful. As per the style, the Trolley pours out a deep mahogany red , and immediately produces a rich, enveloping smell of cranberry, raspberries and that burnt aroma of caramel so familiar to martens. The taste is grainier and maltier with deep honey notes and that smell of wet malt that hits you when you enter a brewery. The flavor is sweet but not overwhelming. The Red Trolley reminds me a lot of Bristol’s Laughing Lab, another school staple when I was in college. Both feature solid, straightforward, no nonsense flavors, and both give your sweet tooth a little gratification. They’re good beers, and they pair well either with a party or a heavy, greasy meal. They’re flexible, and that’s why they’re everywhere. Good, but not great, but always something I could consider when out with friends.
Finhead (1151) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crimson red with an off-white head. The light caramel aroma mimics the taste. It has a light body with a thin texture and lively carbonation. Somewhat boring but not bad at all.
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear red/orange colored beer, with a light beige head. The aroma of malts and fruits, little hop. The taste of red sweet fruits, and a little hop. Aftertaste mostly sweet.
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a deep rich amber with a medium sized bubbles and head. Aroma was pleasant. Taste was good, its in line with the Reds. Finish; Reds are a little light for my liking, but would drink it again if it was gifted to me as this was...thanks Nick @ Willows Market, Menlo Park, CA
bs476 (80) - - AUG 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much happening in this one. Good copper color, no head and not much finish. Cannot recommend.
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crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A sweet and hot mess. Dont know what they were going for but this is poor and i dont recommend it.
achtungpv (210) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat muddy mouth feel. Not a ton of flavor but nothing unpleasant. It’s a perfectly acceptable beer but I wouldn’t seek it out again.
kikistamatis32 (4) - - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
esta es una de las peores cervezas que he tenido la mala suerte de probar, de verdad esta en un nivel tan bajo, tan bajo como una Corona.
saxo (13833) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ the brewpub, San Diego. Medium head with medium duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, malt and hops. Sweet finish.
Brenhophead (543) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL bottle. Pours a clear deep mahogany with a nice fresh toffee apple aroma. The flavour is very very sweet toffee wow, very nice with a very light low alpha hop backing. Personally i prefer hoppy red ales but i really cant fault this beer its sweet and flavoursome.