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RATINGS: 335   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


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Reddish amber with off white head.Carmel malt aroma with faint hops.Mostly sweet malt flavor with a light hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Bottle. Toasted Caramel sweet, lightly hopped. Something going on with the finish that makes it bitter in the back of the throat. I've had this on draft and enjoyed it much better.

2.8
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Copper pour with a medium tan head, which quickly dissapates. Somewhat thin-bodied. Virtually flat and uncarbonated texture. Roasted caramel and toffee malt with a lighly creamy texture. Very light hints of a floral hopping highlight. Average.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TChrome (1414) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
On tap at brewpub, Carlsbad, CA: Color is more brown than red with a beige colored head that mostly diminishes. Aroma of cheap cologne. Flavor was soapy with a bit of soggy maltiness. Disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Poured clear and pale amber. A one-finger tall white head produced marginal lacing in the pint glass. The aroma was soapy, medicinal at times and a bit nutty. The flavor was soapy and floral over some nutty sweetness. Thin, almost harsh carbonation. Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours with a redish brown hue with a white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is of dried fruit - mainly prunes and raisins, nuts. Flavor is malty, musky, and has a lot of toffee in the end note. Couldnt feel that much carbonation weirdly enough. Interesting tasting beer - i don’t like the muskiness and maltiness of it though.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a tap into a 20-oz. pilsner glass at the San Diego Tap Room in the airport. Color was reddish brown. Had about ¾-inches of head. Slight lacing in the beginning, but more throughout. Smelled malty with hints of caramel, but nothing too special. Good first taste. Malty, red, somewhat nutty. Aftertaste was a bit more bitter. It never really got better or even stayed as good as it started. Tastes wore out. Average carbonation. Taste got old quicker than I hoped, but will give the benefit of the doubt for 24 ounces and the plastic cup. Mid-to-high carbonation. I’m sure this would have been much better out of a pint glass or bottle, but sometimes you have to go with what you have. Will give it another try and check the ratings then.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (5999) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Feint aroma of cereal malts, syrup and light caramel / toffee. Flavour of raisins and other such dried fruits, toffee / caramel, male syrup and some bready malts. Finished syrupy and fruity. Low-to-medium complexity. Easy to drink, but nothing extraordinary. Fine for what it is.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfbaked (48) - - APR 20, 2013
From the bottle, pours a red/brown with little head. Aroma is understated sweetness. Flavour is of flat malt, a little caramel. It’s a basic beer, I think it lacks complexity. Bland...


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