Red Car Brewery & Restaurant Reviews




brokensail
2.1
Red Car Electra Lite
Light golden pour with a white head. Smells like butter and corn syrup. Sugary sweetness, apples, straw, and grass. Mild malt aroma. Not a very good aroma. The flavor is a slight improvement. Very sweet and sugary. Corn syrup, apple, and white grape. Light malt, grass, and some butter.
Monday, May 20, 2013

brokensail
2.8
Red Car Motorman Reserve
Amber pour with an off-white head. Fruity, ester forward nose. Pear, apple, and banana. Sweet bread, caramel, and toasted malt. Mild floral hoppiness. Very sweet flavor, almost syrupy. Pear, apple, banana, and caramel. Toasted bread, hints of diacetyl, some grass, and a light floral note.
Monday, May 20, 2013

brokensail
2.9
Red Car South Bay IPA
Golden orange pour with a white head. Really fruity nose. Mild grapefruit, some orange, and a strange amount of banana. Okay...sweet bread and caramel, too. The flavor is sweet and malt forward. Fruity, citrus hops and lots of banana esters. Mild pine flavor and bitterness.
Monday, May 20, 2013

brokensail
3.3
Red Car South Loop Porter
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Roasted malt, cocoa, and earthy hops. Notes of dark fruit, light licorice, hints of coffee, and some caramel. Sweet flavor of caramel and dark fruit. A touch of licorice, some cocoa, and coffee. Roasted malt and earthy hops.
Monday, May 20, 2013

brokensail
3.1
Red Car Two Rail Pale Ale
Amber pour with a white head. Caramel malt, grassy and floral hops, and a light fruity character. Some bread and toast, too. The flavor is lightly bitter with a sweet caramel character. Bread, toast, and a bit of sweet fruit. Floral and grassy hops with a light pine bitterness.
Sunday, May 19, 2013

bb
3.1
Red Car Turbo Pumpkin
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Light malt aroma. Malt and spice flavor with light vegetal notes. Medium bodied. Spice and light vegetal lingers with malt.
Thursday, January 03, 2013

bb
3.2
Red Car South Loop Porter
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Light toffee aroma. Nutty and caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Nuttiness and caramel linger with light toffee.
Thursday, January 03, 2013

bb
3.4
Red Car Night Train Barleywine
Draft. Copper beerw ith a dark cream head. Malt aroma. Caramela nd light banana flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and malt linger with light toffee.
Thursday, January 03, 2013

bb
3.3
Red Car South Bay IPA
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit aroma. Caramel and grapefruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingerw ith light caramel and a light butteriness.
Thursday, January 03, 2013

bb
3.1
Red Car Big Red Ale
Draft. Copper beerw ith a dark cream head. Malt aroma. Malt and light citrus flavor. Medium bodied. Citrus and caramel linger with light cocoa.
Thursday, January 03, 2013

ADfan
3.1
Red Car PumpkinHead Ale
Pale orange color in the glass with a small head. Aroma has mild pumpkin but a blend of other spices. Maybe some cinnamon. Taste has a little tang to it with some nutmeg and pumpkin. Pretty good beer.
Monday, December 19, 2011

BMan1113VR
3.1
Red Car PumpkinHead Ale
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a hazy orange to red body with a scan off-white head. Aromas are all spice showcasing ginger and allspice. Very much a mulling spice feel. Bready and caramel malt notes, light esters (compared to their other beers). A bit sharp. Flavors are of mulling spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Bitter (spice bitterness), a touch metallic. Bready malt. Lively bubbles, thin and somewhat dry.
Monday, November 21, 2011

BMan1113VR
3
Red Car South Loop Porter
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a near black body with a tan head. Aromas are of esters, tar, leather, roast and dark fruits. Flavors are chalky, roast, anise, molasses, dry. Lots of esters, very roasty. Very lively carbonation, a bit acidic, and on the thinner side of things.
Monday, November 21, 2011

BMan1113VR
2.8
Red Car South Bay IPA
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a muddy orange hued body with a white head. Aromas are very fruity and estery (disturbingly so), pine, citrus and grapefruit rind hop character. Flavors are a bit husky, hoppy, cheap perfume floral character. Estery, fruity, sticky and resiny. Medium to lively bubbles, oddly sticky and slightly tannic/astringent.
Monday, November 21, 2011

BMan1113VR
2.7
Red Car Motorman Reserve
On tap. Pours with a hazed golden to amber hued body with an off-white head. Aromas are grainy, malty, caramel and light esters, a touch of grass. Flavors show a bit of diacetyl, cereal and grainy, light fruit. Mild. Lively bubbles and quite thin.
Monday, November 21, 2011

BMan1113VR
2.6
Red Car Big Red Ale
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a muddy bronze hue and a scant off-white head. Aromas of cereal, brown sugar, molasses, fruity, toffee and a hint of roast. Flavors are fruity, nutty, bread and light roast. Thin with very lively carbonation.
Monday, November 21, 2011

ADfan
2.9
Red Car Motorman Reserve
Thanks to my neighbor for purchasing one of their 1/2 gallon jugs at the pub. The beer poured an amber color in the glass with small head. Aroma was mild with some fruit and butterscotch. The taste was lacking any full flavors. Very mild hop taste with a little citrus coming through. Definitely thought it would have a more flavor.
Monday, October 24, 2011

jonno
2.8
Red Car Big Red Ale
Bottle @ the Roxy. Solid malt heavy amber. Reminds me of James Squire Amber with a slightly hoppier finish.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dogbrick
3.2
Red Car Anniversary Ale
Sample at the brewpub, served with an orange. This brew pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin white head that recedes to an outer ring quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of ripe fruit and yeast. Light body with flavors of sweet fruit, yeast, wheat and a bit of malt. The finish is fruity with a short spice aftertaste. Barely average overall.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Dogbrick
3.4
Red Car South Loop Porter
Sample at the brewpub. This brew pours dark brown with amber highlights. Thin off-white head that diminishes steadily, and stringy lacing. Roasty malt aroma with some coffee notes. Medium, semi-dry body with flavors of roasted coffee, sweet malt and nuts. The finish is mildly bitter coffee with a sweet malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Dogbrick
3.1
Red Car Big Red Ale
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes steadily. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Caramel malt aroma with a bit of hops in the background. Light to medium body with sweet malt and caramel flavors alongside a lightly bitter hop flavor. The finish is sweet and malty and does not last long. Average brew overall.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Dogbrick
3.4
Red Car South Bay IPA
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a murky apple cider color with a thin white head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Patches and spots of lacing. Hoppy aroma that has pine and citrus notes. Some malt in the nose too. Medium body with a moderately bitter piney hops character offset by some sweet malt. The finish is hoppy with a short bitter aftertaste. Decent IPA overall.
Monday, August 23, 2010

Dogbrick
3.2
Red Car Motorman Reserve
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber-brown color with a thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Sweet malt and fruit in the nose. Light body with flavors of sweet bready malt, grass and mild hops. The finish is brown sugar and chocolate malt with a short sweet aftertaste. The brewery says it is a Pale Ale but I couldn’t figure how it fits in that category. Regardless it is a thoroughly average flagship beer overall.
Monday, August 23, 2010

BeerandBlues2
3.4
Red Car South Loop Porter
Draught. Pours clear black with a small, rocky light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hop (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of plum and dates. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BeerandBlues2
2.9
Red Car Electra Lite
Draught. Pours clear dark yellow with a small, fizzy white head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, grain, meal), average hop (grass), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of vegetable. Light bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BeerandBlues2
2.4
Red Car Motorman Reserve
Draught. Pours clear tawny with a small, rocky, white head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, cereal), average hop (grass), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple and pear. Light bodied, mineral texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BeerandBlues2
3.5
Red Car South Bay IPA
Draught. Pours cloudy amber with an average, frothy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, grain), heavy hop (pine, spruce, citrus), average yeast (dough, leaves) with notes of pear, peach, and pineapple. Medium bodied, thick texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness. Chewy malt flavor with leafy hop and hop oil notes.
Friday, August 07, 2009

BeerandBlues2
2.8
Red Car Special Bitter
Draught. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw), average hop (herbs), average yeast (sweat, leather) with notes of peach and tobacco. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Friday, August 07, 2009

elihapa
3.5
Red Car South Bay IPA
First of all, I shall assume this beer also goes by the name, "Red Car IPA", which it was listed as on 6/30/09 at the brewpub. Served in the same chilled and ungainly goblet as the porter. I actually let this brew sit for 5-10 minutes before touching it, fearing my lips might get frozen to the rim of the glass. Appears hazy orange with a medium sized head. Aroma is faint for an IPA, but from what I could detect, it had nice juicy apricot, grapefruit and peach fruit. Flavor was rounded, fruity, but a little muted. Frustratingly, I couldn’t really tell if this was the fault of an overchilled glass (detracting ability to taste flavors) or just the beer itself. From what I could tell, this is a decent, strong, IPA with a full body.
Friday, July 17, 2009

elihapa
3.3
Red Car South Loop Porter
6/30/09 notes: on tap at brewpub, served in a rather clunky goblet. Appears dark brown, clear, and with a small cream-colored head. Aroma displays chocolate malt upfront, then earthy qualities and some nuttiness. Palate is smooth, maybe a touch thin, and with finishing dryness. Flavor is sweet and dry, but rather pleasant in its simplicity. There is a bunch of chocolate, malt and hazelnut. The finish adds a hint of toastiness, though this does not encroach on the overall sweetness of this porter.
Friday, July 17, 2009

Brewsmith
3.3
Red Car Motorman Reserve
On tap at the brewery served in a pint glass. Aroma is toasty and just a hint of earthy floral hops. Color is a medium brown, served with very little head. Flavor is more toasty cracker. Some hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Very little sweetness and bitterness is balanced even with the malt. An easy drinking session beer that is light on the palate and drinkable. This beer is more like a lower gravity brown ale or a slightly bigger English Mild.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Brewsmith
3.9
Red Car Two Rail Pale Ale
On tap at the Red Car in a pint glass. Aroma has a good amount of hop character, slightly citrus and earthy. Amber golden color with a little off-white head. Hops dominate the flavor up front followed by the clean malt through the finish, bready biscuit. Bitterness is balanced and the beer finishes fairly dry. A nice APA.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

jujubeast6000
3.3
Red Car South Loop Porter
Reviewed 1/2/2009 (Tap @ Red Can Brewery, Torrance, CA): Pours a very dark brown color body, small off-white head. Chocolately roasted aroma. Sweetness too. Roasted coffee chocolate taste. Nice chocolate goodness. Carbonated mouthfeel. Some nuttiness in the taste. Very roasted.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Saarlander
3.1
Red Car Winsome Wheat
On Tap at the brewery, I enjoyed this one, for being made local, its not bad, Fresh, lots of wheat flavor,Some malt, Citrus, drinkable, an ok example of an American style hefeweizen.
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saarlander
2.9
Red Car Big Red Ale
On tap at red Car last night. A drinkable brew, lots of malt, abit too sweet for me, but that’s ok on occasion! some caramel, abit sticky, but not bad, drinkable for sure.
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saarlander
3.6
Red Car South Bay IPA
My favorite Red Car brew, some nice grapefruit, Piney hops, but not overdone, plenty of malt character as well, easy drinking considering the Alc.%, didn’t know it until now, very nice drinker! on Tap at brewery.
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saarlander
2
Red Car Electra Lite
On tap at brewery, very plain, Grainy, oily, taste was lacking, could have been hopped abit, drinkable, but nothing going for it, my least favorite of the RedCar brews.
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Brewsmith
3.4
Red Car Big Red Ale
On tap at the Red Car Brewery. A deep red color with a small head. Clear. Aroma is a little carmely and a little hop aroma. Taste is clean and balanced. More rich caramel and a hint of roast in there. Very drinkable. Not overly sweet and drys in the finish. A nice beer, but I want a little more caramel and hops.
Thursday, November 27, 2008

tangentrider
3.3
Red Car Big Red Ale
Smooth mahogany ale, with prominent malt (caramel?) and a hop undertone. Finish is mild molasses with a bit of hop.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Brewsmith
3.4
Red Car South Bay IPA
From a growler purchased today at the brewery. Appearance is amber and very hazy. Small off white head around top of glass. Aroma has a little pine, spicy hoparoam with a little grapefruit in there. Not overpowering but a good hop aroma. Flavor is of pine hops, firmly bitterd, and a good malt profile that comes through. A little sweet, and some toasty flavors coming through on the finish. This beer is full bodied but very drinkable. Very balanced for an IPA. Not too over the top.
Saturday, March 29, 2008

kseecs16
3.2
Red Car South Loop Porter
Draught at the pub 03/08. Opaque brown dissipating light tan head, no lacing. Light roast chocolatey aroma. Flavor is malty some roast that lingers with some burnt toast character, a nice drinkable porter. Medium body.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

kseecs16
2.9
Red Car South Bay IPA
Draught at the pub. 03/08. Copper amber foamy lacing off white head. Resinous dry fruity aroma, taste a bit off seems unbalanced with a front of dry malt and the hops are just dry astringently bitter. Drinkable, but blah.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

jcwattsrugger
4
Red Car Night Train Barleywine
on tap-pours a disappearing light tan head and cloudy brown color with orange tint. aroma is medium malt, some spicy, medium fruit. Taste is medium malt-some sweet, spicy hops, some medium fruit. Nice Barleywine/American Strong Ale.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

jcwattsrugger
3
Red Car Big Red Ale
on tap-pours a light tan head and deep red color. Aroma is sharp crystal malt-sweet. Taste is sharp crystal malt-sweet, faint citrus hops (Willamette). Medium body.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

jcwattsrugger
3.1
Red Car Motorman Reserve
on tap-pours a patchy light tan head and deep red color. Aroma is mild musty medium malt. Taste is medium malt-roasty, faint hops. Easy drinking.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

jcwattsrugger
2.7
Red Car Electra Lite
on tap-pours a disappearing white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet grain, slight crisp hops. Taste is sweet grain, slight crisp hops. About right for a light beer.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

jcwattsrugger
3.9
Red Car Two Rail Pale Ale
on tap-pours a retaining tan head with lots of lacing and hazy amber/brown color. Aroma is mild citrus, medium malt. Tate is citrus/pine hops-some bitter, medium malt-caramel. Nicely balanced. Medium body. OK carbonation.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Charlzm
2.9
Red Car Electra Lite
Draft, consumed at brewery on 01/07/08. Clear light gold, nice carbonation. No aroma. Almost banana flavored and not as sweet as feared. Maltiness is subdued and not very corn-like (a nice departure for brewpub "light" styles) and some welcome though fleeting hop notes at the end. Better than average, though not outstanding.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Charlzm
2.8
Red Car Motorman Reserve
Draft, consumed at brewery on 01/07/08. Described to me by the bartneder as more of an ESB than an APA. Light brown/caramel coloring. Fast fading head. No aroma. Quite astringent with mild maltiness. Sweet orange finish without bitterness. Unusual and a touch more interesting than the rating might suggest.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Charlzm
2.8
Red Car Winsome Wheat
Draft, consumed at brewery on 01/07/08. Slightly cloudy medium yellow. Good head. Wheat aroma and flavor. Somewhat dry and bitter in the aftertaste. I like German and Belgian wheats, but Americans (like this one) just leave me missing the cloves and bananas,
Tuesday, January 08, 2008