Karl Strauss Red Trolley Goes “Off the Rails”

By melody daversa

After brewing the award-winning Red Trolley Ale for more than two decades, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is ready to unveil the beer’s turbo charged cousin—Off the Rails.  Off the Rails is a double version of Red Trolley Ale with more malt, more hops, and more alcohol.  This West Coast Imperial Red Ale is full of dark fruit flavors, toffee, and a smooth warming finish. 

“Fans have loved Red Trolley since we first brewed it as our holiday beer 22 years ago,” says Paul Segura, Karl Strauss Brewmaster.  “Off the Rails is an opportunity to take the flavors people love in Red Trolley and really push the limits by doubling the recipe.”  Brewed with an impressive amount of caramel 60 and 80 malts, and a healthy dose of Willamette and Warrior hops, the finished beer has the same flavors as Red Trolley Ale, but with a more assertive and complex malt profile, and a warming increase in alcohol.

Small batches of Off the Rails have been brewed over the past two years for draft only and the response has been overwhelming.  “Each time we brew this beer, our fans clamor for more.  It’s really rewarding to be able to offer this beer in bottles for the first time,” says Segura.  The company is bottling a very limited supply of 200 cases in 22oz bottles for release in early July.  The bombers will be available across Southern California in select retail accounts.  For more information visit www.karlstrauss.com.  Share it.  Cheers.

Off The Rails


8.5% ABV

32 SRM

40 IBU


After brewing our award-winning Red Trolley Ale for more than two decades, we decided to raise the stakes. Why mess with a good thing? Because it’s that kind of dangerous thinking that leads to the next great beer. For this undertaking, we more than doubled our Red Trolley recipe with massive amounts of sweet caramel malts and earthy Willamette hops. Off The Rails has arrived: A West Coast Imperial Red Ale with rich toffee flavors, undertones of dark fruits, and a derailing hop character. If this is your first time off the rails, hang on with both hands.

About Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is celebrating 22 years of brewing in San Diego.  From humble roots, a big vision, and the desire to share handcrafted beer with America’s Finest, Karl Strauss has grown from one brewery restaurant to a local institution—brewing 34,000 barrels in 2010 and operating six successful brewery restaurants across Southern California.  The company has not strayed from its pioneering roots with new releases like Big Barrel IIPA and Whistler Imperial Pils, while still capturing hearts and the 2010 WBC and GABF gold medals for long-time favorites like Red Trolley Ale.  With distribution solely in California, Karl Strauss is ranked #44 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries. For more information visit us at http://www.karlstrauss.com/, facebook, twitter, or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739. 

Contact Info

Company: Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Contact: Melody Daversa
E-mail: Melody@karlstrauss.com