supersournhops (21) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent caramel, a little lean. good session red. easy to come by a good go to beer. never had a complaint with this one.
Merin (18) - Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass. Pours a dark mohogany. With a very shortlived biege 1/8 inch head. Didnt draw much for aroma, given the smokey atmosphere.Palate is medium. Flows good. With 17 IBUs, not very bitter. Or as hoppy as i like, usually. Taste is of caramel malts, slight alcohol presence, with a sweet finish. Over all a good, enjoyable beer.
Audio (18) - san diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a huge fan of Ambers, not a huge fan of Karl Strauss. This one is just OK. Let's just say it's drinkable.
HistoryGeek (17) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím a native San Diegan and I seriously wanted to like this beer to honor my San Diego roots, however, it just didnít have the flavor I expected from it.
milty908 (13) - USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
not bad, not too great, very drinkable but lacks any further distinction, especially in the flavor department. Taste is just average.
norsk (13) - USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber rose--nice looking, small to medium tan head, rich tasting, almost musty "thick;" reminiscent of Christmas ale (julebrygg). Would be great with some grilled food, cozy next to a firepit--definitely for ale beer lovers! [Like the packaging too!]
rhys_mavis (11) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When out to dinner I find myself trying new beers if possible, but having the dependability of red trolley is always nice too.
Illywhacker (11) - - JUN 23, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeah okay. Head disappears in seconds, but does impress with quite delicious dark crystal malts; plums, raisins. Very malt driven, quite sweet. Hopheads will be unhappy. Strange tart yeasty finish though which sort of ruins the experience. By the of the six pack it tastes like VB. Strange but true.
okitasan (10) - USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it at Karl Strauss La Jolla. I thought it was pretty decent, it was sort of sweet with a lingering taste of dates.
hannaugh (10) - Fullerton, California, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like this beer. Itís pretty to look at, smellís great, and is very flavorful, especially considering Iíve only had it from a bottle. Itís got a bit of sweetness to it with a bitter finish. Very smooth going down considering the amount of carbonation. My aunt lives right next to the brewery, so I should go try it from tap there.