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Train Wreck Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%

Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tubacharlie on 03-21-2010)
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Photo of Brenden


3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks thick, completely opaque in its body and red-brown in color. Oddly, just the bottom 1/2 inch is translucent. 3/4 of a finger of brown head is formed and shows intermediate staying power as it forms a ring from the foam and follows with spotting.
The aroma consists of earth, mineral and leaf with a gentle touch of sweetness , almost English-style overall. A bit of the yeast comes out while the honey takes time but eases in.
It's sharper on the tongue, moderately bitter with earth and leaf, slightly herbal, as the malts lay down a taste of thick breads. It works pretty nicely, though it needs to be warmed to allow the subtle maple flavor to come out. Do, though, and it will. The sweetness is countered by dryness as it finishes with a lightly chalky note.
It's got an even medium body that certainly works for the style, and the even keel between the firm but not overbearing crispness and the middling sort of smoothness pulls together well. It never gets too sweet, even ending on the dry side as the mild chalkiness translates to the feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 18:31:46 | More by Brenden
Photo of DeathrayGourmet


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - I think they've recently updated the bottle design. This new design is a little amateur, for lack of a better word. Also, occasionally I'll have a pretty difficult time getting the damn things open. It's not every bottle, but some of these caps are really cranked on these things.

Appearance - A deep amber color, as expected. Not much head to it.

Smell - I'll just go ahead and say this is one of the best smelling beers ever did smell. Fantastic smelling beer. Very toasty and sweet.

Taste - Average tasting. A big contrast between initial taste and aftertaste. At first it's quite sweet, and then finishes on the bitter side (perhaps slightly too bitter, for my tastes). Almost leans towards an IPA flavor. The high alcohol content does cut through a bit. Also has a bit of a metallic tinge to it; something I'm not very fond of. Maple syrup & honey are prominent, just like the bottle says.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp. Carbonation is just right... if it were any less carbonated, the metallic taste would really dominate and make it undesirable (like with Dos Equis). If it were any more carbonated, it would be too fizzy. Just right.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:13:06 | More by DeathrayGourmet
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz bottle from Sicilianos (Grand Rapids; August 2013) served in a snifter.

A: pours dark amber-brown color; lightly hazy; very little head despite a vigorous pour, yet traces of foam are quite durable. Leaves only a few small spots of lacing.

Smell: A bit sweet, like a high ABV amber beer, with hints of caramel and old bread.

Taste: Starts sweet, ends with a faint hop note added in a bitter/sweet finish.

Feel: Medium-light body with low carbonation.. Not as much carbonation as I would prefer. Some bite from the alcohol.

O: largely an imperial amber, at over 8% ABV, this beer provides the substantial sweet, light- and medium-roast malts of an amber with a high gravity ale. Lacks finesse.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:16:19 | More by chinchill
Photo of Alextricity


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$2 bottle. Twist-off cap. 050 13 is the presumed date ... so I guess that'd be about February 19th 2013 bottling date. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Head bubbles away quickly so there's nothing to speak of there. The beer has a slight haze and a nice dark amber color. Zero lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness and alcohol describes this one adequately. Maybe dark fruits hidden in there in the aroma as well.

Taste/feel: Like the smell with a good bit of malt sweetness. A touch of alcohol in the taste, and some warmth. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness to it, and a spicy, roasty, dirty malt quality. The feel is alright. Pretty prickly carbonation, not too thin... not bad.

A pretty forgettable, average beer, but it's not bad. My first beer from Mt. Pleasant -- I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out alright. A solid-at-best representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 17:36:35 | More by Alextricity
Photo of andrewjraab


3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden honey brown, amber, orange. Bubbles racing. A crisp white head with excellent foamy stick to the glass right off the bat. As time passed, the stick was gone.

S - Malty, Fruity, a mild sweet smell almost like a hard cider or fruity wine.

T - Robust malty flavor, alcohol is present, some hops appear late, but the hops are far outweighed by the maltiness.

O - I'm glad I gave this a shot. I think it is an okay brew, but didn't blow me away. I'd still try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:49:02 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of DannyDan


4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber hue with a thin whitehead that has some decent retention and spots of lacing. The aroma has a maple syrup, sweet malts, and raisins. The taste starts out with a maplesyrup and raisin flavor followed by some sweet malts, dark fruits and alcohol. The mouthfeel is sticky and chewy with a slightly dry feel and overall the beer has a nice flavor with the raisins and maple complementing each other. A rather pleasant beer to enjoy while enjoying a nice day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 05:52:54 | More by DannyDan
Photo of Franktheteacher

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deceptively strong ale (8.2% ABV) that has a bold, fruity taste and a subtle aroma. Medium dark in color, well balanced. I had it to accompany a pasta dish with chicken and it was a bit overwhelming for the entree I chose. It would go very well with red meat - in retrospect I should have ordered a steak, as this is a beer to match food with rather than the other way around. Overall a very good beer indeed. I will look for it locally. Well worth trying!

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 23:03:46 | More by Franktheteacher
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown with a maple syrup like color.
S: Like sweet raisins.
T: Maple syrup flavor really comes through. Otherwise very complex with hints of raisins, oak, some alcohol but with a subtle sweetness on the linger.
M: A little too carbonated but sits with a good body.

Overall this was a very sweet beer and I could see how some people might not like it. I was a fan, and I think the complexity is worth checking this beer out for.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 17:23:33 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of sweett3k


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color. Head disipates to thin foam layer. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma of a sweet fruit bread.

T: Flavors of rasin and metallic notes. Some malt. Crisp and clean.

M: Bitter and sweet.

O: Taste like your average red amber ale. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 00:45:47 | More by sweett3k
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Siciliano's. Thanks Maddog for picking this up for me.

A: darker copper-colored beer, clear, with a nice creamy head that is thinner but definitely there, dissipated to thin veil, nice lacing
S: full nose, pronounced earthy grain
T: nice taste, definitely more on the malt/grainy side, good roasted qualities with hints of smokiness
M: creamy, easy drinking for ABV, slightly cloying but not distracting

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:42:20 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of Pdu8s


2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark brown, almost red. not much of a head at all, at least when it was served to me.

S- Refreshing, almost evoked a spring rain for some reason. The smell was definitely one of the better parts of this beer.

T-Begins with an alcohol taste, Maple Sugar ingredient really comes through in the middle. Detected hints of apple, maybe candy apple. Ends in an alcohol taste, almost soapy. First sip is good, can definitely taste the sugar, but then subsequent tastings get worse.

M- smooth and slightly thick, easily went down.

O- the alcoholy taste detracted from the beer, but when the sugar or apple tastes came through, it was decent. Smell and sight were best qualities. Worth a try, but not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:50:15 | More by Pdu8s
Photo of BrauKilR


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Sweet malt, caramel, both of which being swept up nearly instantly by a volatile alcohol presence. No hops or esters discernible in this sample, just sherry.
A: Clear copper with a moderate white head that disappears completely after a few minutes. Legs are present on the sides of the glass.
F: Bitterness up front and a strong, cutting alcohol presence which makes other flavors very hard to discern. Caramel is evident. Mild sweetness. No hop flavor. No esters. Phenolics are spicy-vinuous and clove-like, as in a Belgian triple or strong golden. Finish is crisp and alcoholic.
M: Medium bodied with a crisp, vinuous mouthfeel. No astringency. Significant warming which verges on harshness. Rather, I'll just say the alcohol makes its presence known.
O: They say this was fermented with honey, and since it tastes like a braggot I brewed a few years ago I do recognize the similarities. But, as with my own mediocre attempt, rather than finding honey or mead qualities in the flavor or aroma I find it more apparent in the attenuation as alcohol, as would adding candy or cane sugar, thinning the body while boosting alcoohol. The bitterness compounds the thin body sensation, making the alchohol somewhat a distraction. I like big beers, but in this medium bodied beer I would prefer more residual sweetness to counter the bitterness and alcohol. I does seem to be a popular beer, and by all accounts is well crafted toward a particular audience in and around a college campus. It might develop a cult-like following for its strength, which, unlike a strong Belgian, is very obvious. As for me, I would prefer more balance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 01:57:45 | More by BrauKilR
Photo of GRPunk


3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- 1/2-finger khaki head drops to a thin film. Clean, amber-copper body with moderate carbonation. Really good sticky rings are left on the glass. I'm a sucker for stick.

S- Nice mix of malt and hops. Caramel and light fruit. Leafy hops. Not so robust.

T- Slightly charred caramel. Definitely malt forward. Enough hopping to keep it well within the amber ale profile. Leafy/tobaccoish hops. I like it.

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweetness make for a lingering, slightly coating feel.

O- It's a pretty good beer that exceeded my expectations. The charred flavor is different, but a welcome change from the normal amber profile. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 21:04:06 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Florida9


3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, very dark amber in color. Maybe even light brown. Fairly translucent. Forms a small, off white head that dissipates to absolutely nothing. Very minimal lacing.

S: Smells of a blend of malts, caramel, wood and peat.

T: Tastes the same. Unsurprisingly malty with an odd earthy astringency. Caramel, wood, and toast.

M: Medium bodied and undercarbonated. Not flat, but approaching it. Dry, chalky, and bitter (and not in a good way)

O: A fairly average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:54:42 | More by Florida9
Photo of mactrail


3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, fruity ale. More like an Old Ale with the winey, raisin flavors and malty strength. Amber color with a hint of orange in the tulip glass. Quite rich but interestingly cut with a distinct acidity, reminiscent of red wine. But rather sweet. Biscuits and yeast. Long fragrant nose of fruit cake and rum. This is like a lighter sort of barley wine, with a rewarding complexity as you sip. Yet another interesting Michigan beer that seems to sprawl across the styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:33:08 | More by mactrail
Photo of clint1019


2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Gold/Amber in color with a thin cream colored head.

S - Light malt aroma and a hint of fruity smell.

T - Same as the nose. Not much going on.

M - Light bodied.

O - Not a big fan of this beer. Just doesn't have a lot going on. Not that it is a terrible beer, but with so many great craft beers out there this one is very mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 14:18:58 | More by clint1019
Photo of wingedeel


2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the brewery 5-30-11.

After reading the other reviews I am wondering if this was just a bad batch ?

Nice enough looking beer I suppose, but thats where the good part ends. Some malt and hop flavor snuck through, but the main two flavors were alcohol and diacetyl.Even the smell was off putting.I was looking forward to this one, but I could hardly finish the glass.An unbalanced mess.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 22:45:32 | More by wingedeel
Photo of Lillenk


2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very hazy dark browish/red color with a white/tannish head.

Smell was sort of confusing. Some roasty malty notes but also some huge hoppy characterists.

Taste was not my favorite. Sort of got lost in what they were going for. Lots of hops but also very sweet at the end.

Mouthfeel was big and with the higher abv I certainly couldnt drink more than 1.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 23:06:24 | More by Lillenk
Photo of Internatbrewlove


4.7/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a translucent, dark amber coloration. It has a mild scent of sweet roasted malt, and a slight tough of herbal-citrus. The initial taste is slightly sweet, with a slight tingle of alcohol followed by a light hoppy flavor and a pleasant caramel ending.

Although this is a relatively high alcohol content beer it can easily be consumed repeatedly without fatiguing of its pleasantly complex flavor. It is one of the best beers that is part of Mt. Pleasant Brewery's regular line-up. I would highly recommend stopping by their Tap Room and treat yourself to a taste of this delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 04:01:11 | More by Internatbrewlove
Photo of SAxDRC5


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber color. not much head or lacing.

S- smells like a typical amber beer. Grainy and a bit sweet. A touch of caramel perhaps.

T- Good taste. a bit grainy. Starts sweet, ends with hops and a hint of alcohol.

M- pretty light. Not as much carbonation as I would expect. not much warming alcohol feel for 8.2%abv.

D- I would have this again. It's really easy to drink for over 8% alcohol. I'd like to try it on tap next time im at the tap room. Easily one of my favorites from Mt Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:36:47 | More by SAxDRC5
Photo of gmfessen


4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, train wreck is a very pretty, clear amber color with a thin, yet stable off-white head. The nose has the components of what you might expect from an amber, lightly toasted bread and caramel. There is also a slightly spicy component I was not expecting that I attribute to the higher ABV. The flavor comes back with an initial toasty breadiness which faintly reminds me of victory and transitions into a sweet caramel/dark fruity flavor and finally a very warming alcohol finish that reminds me of a dubbel. The mouthfeel is full in body with a minimal yet creamy carbonation. This beer is easily drinkable; while the ABV is noticeable it is a well crafted beer which makes you forget how much is in there. I could easily see how this beer could lead to a "train wreck". By far the best beer out of my six pack from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 21:50:16 | More by gmfessen
Photo of morimech


3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with slight haze as some of the yeast got poured into the glass. A large sand colored head forms and has great retention. A large cap remains throughout. A large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is pretty straight forward amber. A little sweet malt and that is about it. Nothing wrong with the flavor, it actually tastes good, but with this ABV and touting honey and maple syrup, I was expecting much, much more. Just slightly sweet overall and very low bitterness. The alcohol at first was noticeable but after a few sips it seems to have mellowed out. The body is not as big as it should be for a larger beer but has very good carbonation. I believe this is bottle-conditioned so good job there. Overall I thought this was a well made beer but very mediocre in the aroma and flavor department. I certainly would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:58:54 | More by morimech
Photo of IPASetter


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the tap room in Mt. Pleasant and got a quick tour of the facility from the bartender.

A- Nice amber color without much of a head but what there was retained but did not create much lacing on the glass.

S- Smells like a typical amber beer, grain coming through pretty strong and you can taste it too. But based off their site i was hoping for some sweeter smells of maple and honey.

T-I'm not huge on red beers but this one had a good taste to it. Nothing to blow me away but definitely was satisfying. I was hoping for something a little sweeter since it is claimed to be brewed with maple syrup and honey. Also a bit on the grainy side for me.

M- On the lighter side and a little carbonation but not much.

D- I would order this again but it wouldn't be my first choice here. But after talking with the bartender they have a hard time keeping of with the demand for it. Overall a good beer that I wouldn't be upset if someone ordered me one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 04:11:20 | More by IPASetter
Photo of MIMicrobrews


4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a slightly cloudy amber with barely any head, and appears rather thick for an amber. There's a mighty interesting aroma emitting from my glass, it has a slight cider essence underneath the malt/hop balance. It has an aura of refreshing... The taste is smooth, more than expected for a brew with an ABV of 8.2%. I do get a slight crispness, like that of a cider or chardonnay. But the malt overtones are prominent with a uniquely balanced sweetness and bitterness. It definitely has a nice amber ale taste, but combined with an interesting sweetness that provides body and brings out the flavor. Given that the added ingredients are maple syrup and honey, neither of which are truly spelled out, it provides a varied sweetness, slight cinnamon-like spice to it. The aftertaste has a decent linger time to it. I get a little hot in end, but nothing like most brews with higher ABVs. There's a nice bitter, but it's rather mild.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 20:54:57 | More by MIMicrobrews
Photo of Tone


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark golden color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, grain, and slight honey. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight dry hop, and honey. Overall, too much grain in aroma and body.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 00:49:13 | More by Tone
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Train Wreck Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
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