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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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: 15į Plato
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs and Bottles

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4206) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
Pours clear amber with a small tanned head. Aroma is lightlyvtoasted malty fruity and a bit sweet. Flaver is neat acidy floral fruity malty. Medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Very drinkable. Great ruby/ deep burnt orange color. Very minimal head, but decent carbonation nonetheless. Slightly sweet upon first tasting. Something I could probably make a decent session out of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1471) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I got this at #BBC13.

Appearance: Beautiful red/dark copper color. Clear body with some carbonation visible. Forms a small, tan, sudsy head which mostly dissipates and doesnít lace the glass.

Smell: Malty for sure, but slightly astringent. Almost like it were stale.

Taste: According to their website, Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale was originally brewed as a Christmas beer, but they decided to make it year round. Thatís odd considering this is an Irish Red at the core. I have mixed feelings on the style, but I know what I like and this one, unfortunately, isnít it.

The palette begins with general caramel malt flavor. Itís not especially sweet, though itís pleasing enough I suppose. Faint hints of raisin as well. At the crest of the swig comes a dry bitterness, which seems much stronger than the advertised 17 IBUs. The finish is a strange sensation of off-flavors. Slightly oily, mostly nondeScript astringency. This is disappointing because the beer started off well, but each swig became less and less enjoyable. Perhaps itís an old bottle, but itís probably just the recipe - one I just canít dig.

Drinkability: While I wasnít too crazy about the taste, Iíll admit that Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale was no trouble getting down. The mouthfeel is rather thin and light for its weight. It goes down smooth, but does leave a slightly cloying aftertaste of dark fruit and dry bitterness. At 5.8% ABV there should be more flavor than there is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (1112) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 A mild tasting and pleasant beer that I could drink quite a few of. Would not be upset if this was all a place had to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2395) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Reddish color... Aroma is light malts... Flavor is sweet up front, notes of toffee and caramel, slightly burnt finish... Solid red ale, not my favorite style but better than most ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
o_Merlin_o (193) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a beautiful red tinged golden brown. Zero head. And I truly mean zero. The top is crystal clear. Zero aroma. I can't smell a single thing. Tastes okay, but very watered down. No unpleasant off notes. Just plain and boring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Amber color from the tap. Light sweet, malty aromas with some sweet throughout the finish and crisp on the palate. Lacked complexity but great choice at California Adventure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (913) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2013
On tap at Karl Strauss in Universal City Walk Hollywood. Pours a clear, medium brown color with creamy, off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with malts. Taste is very good for its style. Slightly sweet and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (20000) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub, San Diego, CA. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wittales (733) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2013
Appearance was clear orange red with creamy off white diminishing 1/2 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet caramel, pale malts, fig, dates and toffee, no hops or alcohol. Taste are sweet malt of toffee, caramel vanillas, touch of date, fig and chocolate. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with meduim body, average length slightly English sweet dryish finish. One of the best redís out there.

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