trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Everyone says this is the best Karl Strauss has to offer. Its a decent beer. Good color, malty sweet with a lasting finish. Pretty thin, not remarkable. For a lighter beer, I think the Amber Lager is a much better alternative.
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Pint draft at red lobster. Served as a caramel-reddish with almost no head. Aroma was almost non-existent (This glass was served way to cold, but even as I let it warm-up, little aroma emerged). Flavor is sweet with caramel, plums and raisins. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, with good prickly carbonation. Hops are well integrated and barely noticeable. Finish is short and dry. Overall this is a fair, session-able amber ale, but not a great one.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery. Very watery taste, not impressed at all, was hoping from tap would be better than bottle. Not great
glaze0101 (79) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
light amber colour. small head, strong bitter aftertaste, I liked the aftertaste better than the beer itself which left something to be desired. That said it was nice to have a mirobrew at the San Diego Airport, kinda cool!
JorisPPattyn (8018) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Served ice cold in a frosted glass... Red-brown with small yellowish rim. Malts, and very little else, seen the temperature. Roasted malts, some bitterness with slight retronasal sweetness, which continues growing warming up, pastry flavours. Medium bodied at best. Horrible presentation for a beer that isn’t all that great to start with...
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colored pour with little to no head. Malty, caramel aroma with a caramel toffee finish. This was ok.
TomDecapolis (4526) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Carlsbad. Pours a translucent copper amber with a small bubbly off white head. Aroma of toffee, nuts, light citrus and caramel. Flavor of the same. Moderate hop bitterness.
Crit (3369) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber with off white head.Carmel malt aroma with faint hops.Mostly sweet malt flavor with a light hop finish.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(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.