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Train Wreck Ale - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tubacharlie on 03-21-2010

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 41
Photo of dmgeng
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this one at the Bourbon Bacon Beer Festival in Fort Wayne, IN. I had never heard of Mountain Town Brewing but I was intrigued.

A - Nice amber color with some haze. Egg-shell white head with some lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with some grain. Has a predominant honey-like character. No hops or booze.

T - Very malty sweet up front and develops with honey, caramel, and some maple character. Very light herbal/floral hops for bittering to help cut the sweetness. Not too strong but very sweet honey/caramel character that is very tasty. Almost like some sort of old-timey soda.

M - Medium to lighter mouth-feel with moderate to low carbonation. It is so sweet in a flavor and lower in carbonation and bitterness this beer is very cloying like a sweet mead instead of an American Amber. I prefer more balance and drinkability in my brews.

Overall, a very good beer if you like all of the sweet flavors I described. This is definitely not a go-to for me but I did enjoy the flavors and one of these for some dessert after a rich meal would be pretty tasty. If you like sweet beers you should try this one.

Glass- 4oz tasting glass

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my mouth, from the bottle.

1/2 way through a 12oz bottle, and it's nothing ground breaking. I'm still waiting for a maple/honey taste.. It just is not there. Typical ale from my end.

ALSO: the label is different now, so the picture should be updated. I would do the deed, but I don't know how.

5/5 on the buzz. While this beer is nothing special, it will sure knock you on your ass.

Photo of Johnd8
4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Only down side to this one... It approaches a american strong ale. Okay so thats not much of a down side.

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a solid brew from mountain town brew, on my list of breweries to visit this summer.

Photo of cjgiant
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated mid Nov, 2014:
The beer pours without much head, even with a good pour. However, the carbonation sustains throughout the pour, and even provides some lacing. The nose is not much, but I don't expect much from an amber. Perhaps I should expect some syrup or honey, but I only get light honey-like sweetness.

The taste gives a hint of amber, but turns to a little darker feel when the sweetness hits. Perhaps this is the influence of the maple syrup, but it turns the beer from an amber to a darker style (dunkel or wee heavy, perhaps). The feel is heavier than I expect for an amber, but isn't much more than medium.

I enjoyed this beer, perhaps because the amber ale nature didn't come through strongly. It's still a fairly neutral beer, without any strong flavors, but that seems a little darker than you might expect.

Photo of misternebbie
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

not a huge fan of this one way too over carbonated and alcohol tasting, Nosferatu by Great Lakes is a much better example of these high octane Ambers, but only available in the fall, I thin this one is a year rounder

Photo of clager
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Initially caramel flavor progresses to metallic taste and finally finishes with a slight sweetness but metallic taste persists. High alcohol content slightly apparent. Cannot taste any honey or maple syrup as advertised. Overall did not enjoy this beer.

Photo of Emmy_Simcox
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with maple syrup and honey wish you could taste more of those flavors

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Way over carbonated. I could not pour into a glass. At first I got a full glass of foam, all foam no liquid. After letting the head die after about 15 minutes I could finish the pour. The taste was okay, not too sweet but not much to speak of. I don't like the feel of over carbonation but overall it was not undrinkable just had to wait for it to die.

Photo of mlacanne
4/5  rDev +17%

Served in a pint glass
Nice color and aroma

Photo of buschbeer
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is rust colored with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with two inches of beige head with no lacing.

S - I smell caramel, molasses, and alcohol.

T - I taste toast with hints of caramel. The alcohol is apparent.

M - Medium

O - I was hoping for more from this beer. I found no traces of the maple or honey. It is average at best.

Photo of Boozermurfin
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's been a while since a beer made me think "why?" But this one did. Completely disjointed.

Harsh bitterness. Slightly biting alcohol twinge. And below average flavor (maybe average at best). I Don't feel compelled to go into any greater detail. Just not worth trying IMHO.

Photo of balcomjo7
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Train Wreck Ale is a darker golden yellow beer.
8.2% ABV

Smell and taste carmel in the beer.
Easy to drink. It is a very smooth beer
Taste: Carmel, and wheat, hops

This beer has a slight taste of hops in it. It is a clean beer
Is cloudy

Served on tap!

Photo of sonnens4
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark golden, smaller head, less than 1 inch, not murky but not completely translucent--very bubbly though

Smell: Caramel, honey, sweet maple syrup almost

Taste: Crisp, carmel/honey, not overwhelmingly sweet

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well balanced, an easy drink--medium to light carbonation

Overall: Tried this one in Mt. Pleasant at Mountain Town and it was a delight!--overall an easy drink with great qualities

Photo of Gryphon69
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A- Deep dark amber, carbonation clearly visable. light lacing on the sides, not much of a head, but did leave a nice ring around the glass for quite some time.

S- Malty, some sweetness from mild dark fruits, smell is very good.

T- Not my normal style, but some dark fruits, malts up front, slight hop presence in the finish, and noticeable alcohol. Has a odd metallic like after taste.

M- Thicker than I anticipated, full body with noticeable carbonation.

O- Pretty decent from start to finish, I loved the color and the full body. The flavor was just plain old fashion good, only knock is that odd metallic after taste, didn't care for that much.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of DeathrayGourmet
3.59/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Alextricity
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of DannyDan
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of Franktheteacher
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of sweett3k
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Train Wreck Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.