SDalkoholic (2377) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Created a firm layer of foamy head up top while a dark brass/copper color filled my pint glass. As for the aroma, a deep profile of caramel malts fill the nose and mask the alcohol content completely, but I’m unable to pick up on any scents of hops. The flavor is dominated by the sweet and sticky caramel malts that drive this recipe and really juice the Red Trolley beer into becoming an Imperial Red ale. I definitely enjoy the alcohol presence in this beer but the drink is a little too sharp for my taste. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
[Cask] Bright clear reddish amber hue, creamy cask head. Biscuit malt and grapefruit citrus hop aroma. Sweet jammy malts followed by a decent grapefruit finish all tempered by the cask smoothness. wetherel (1881) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On tap at Karl Strauss Carlsbad location. Deep amber color. Light small bubble head. Buttery melanoidins. Sweet aroma. Needs more bitterness or something. Dopplebockish. Some yeasty banana notes. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a brwon and ruby color with a faint sweet malt aroma. Taste was distinctly plum, raisin, and caramel mixed together. The alcohol content came through in the flavor and dissipated rather quickly. This led to a warming finish, almost like a light alcohol burn in the chest after the swallow. beer-yum (1656) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Restrained aroma in a copper pour. Full bodied flavour tends to the sweet/malt but quick clean finish leaves one wanting another (and there’s nothing wrong with that).
User134089 (1644) - - MAR 14, 2012
Poured into a pint glass at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in La Jolla, Calif. Color was red, semi-clear. White even bubble lacing. Long lasting cobweb, washy film on the sides.
Smelled caramel and toffee with some dark fruit, maybe cherry?
Tasted similar to the nose but can definitely taste the alcohol. Also caramel, toffee, Heath Bar and light chocolate.
Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth, long lasting finish.
A pretty good beer overall. It was my first of the outing and I ended up sticking with it throughout the night. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pint at the brewpub. Pours light, clear red with an off-white head. Aroma is light, barely noticeable hops, sweet underlying malt, and perhaps some graininess. Taste is sweet malt with a touch of roast followed by light bitterness and an off flavor. Mouthfeel is clean. Did not care for this beer. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Not one of their best efforts. Should have named it "Awful Really?" If there were any amount of hops in here it isn’t much. Aroma is soft caramel, hints of toffee brown sugar. Appearance is cloudy red with almost no head. Taste is sticky sweet and not in the vinous way, malt malt and more malt but in a simplistic way. Palate is thick and heavy. Not what I was expecting or hoping for. Quite heavy and simple. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Jug to go from Sorrento Valley: Reddish amber color with a thin beige head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor starts rich raisin, plum and caramel sweet transitioning to a sweet citrus then lightly tart citrus finish. Full body is smooth with moderate carbonation. J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Aromas of roasted malt and dark fruit. Medium amber with a light tan head. Sweet dark fruit flavor follows the aroma with some vanilla and a creamy texture. Definitely some earthy bitterness in here along with a nice alcohol bite to balance the sweetness. Finishes with more plum and raisin dark fruit flavors and a lingering tingle on the tongue. Just had some Red Trolley tonight with dinner and I wouldn’t have guessed this was it’s big brother. Interesting amplification of RT but not as balanced as the original.