Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 7, 2003
It started off good, but as it is with all Karl Strauss beers, they start to taste like ass as they warm. Decent, but I would never buy it for myself Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
This brew pours with a slightly cloudy, deep amber body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is rather weak. It's slightly sweet, malty and fruity with a slight caramel note. The flavor is similar but more pronounced. It's light to medium bodied and smooth. SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Draft. Nice red hue and a slightly sweet finish. Drinkable with a decent body. Slightly underwhelming. Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2004
I like hops in my nose. Red trolley is all that. Rusty red color with a very dry but mostly barley taste (?). Fair head retention and nice lace. Sampled on tap in San Diego. Hansen (8621) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2005
Sampled by friends who brought it from US. An ok ale, ruby colour, medium head. Corn-flakes flavor, bitter finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught at Karl Strauss La Jolla. Clear copper color with a ruddy hue. Toffee and subdued caramel aromas and flavors. Similar to the amber lager, but spicy and dry, lacking the buttery note. Pretty good. kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2007
By no means a bad beer. While it doesn’t blow me away, it is highly drinkable, has a great red-like amber color and smells of toasty hops with a tiny hint of vanilla/caramel. I think it’s one of the better Strauss beers, but it’s not exceptional. bhensonb (15993) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Draft at the downtown brewpub. Light medium malt aroma. Reddish amber color with a creamy off-white head. It laced a bit. Medium body; moderate carbonation. Sweet dark fruits, but not too dark, and some carame/toffee malt. Not much bitter. Arguably a very flavorful amber. Finish is not quite dry, and again, not much bitter. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/30/2006BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
clear red, wispy white head, light caramel malt aroma, rich caramel malt flavor with good notes of biscuit and toasted, light hop flavor leading to a light bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
On tap at Universal City location. Aroma of currants, some alcohol, a bit of caramel and maybe some smoke or scotch. Pours with an off-white head with some lacing over an amber body. Taste is of soggy malts. Its too fizzy and a bit harsh.