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Train Wreck Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company 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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Reviews by BrauKilR:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TurboChief
5/5  rDev +47.1%

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.

Photo of mikejonze
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of chinchill
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.

Photo of freehafe
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Photo of dmorley21
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Photo of ianpstephens
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jereb33
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of acostuhhh
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of stephaniemaarie
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TripleB
3.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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 DMarlinJ
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Markus98
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Photo of lewdwig
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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Train Wreck Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.