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Train Wreck Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tubacharlie on 03-21-2010)
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Reviews by Pdu8s:
Photo of Pdu8s
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Pdu8s, Feb 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of TurboChief
5/5  rDev +45.8%

TurboChief, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of SAxDRC5
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

SAxDRC5, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of mikejonze
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

mikejonze, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

chinchill, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of freehafe
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

freehafe, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  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.

Brenden, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of dmorley21
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

dmorley21, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +2%

WoodBrew, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

morimech, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of ianpstephens
3.5/5  rDev +2%

ianpstephens, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jereb33
4/5  rDev +16.6%

jereb33, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of acostuhhh
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

acostuhhh, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

MAUEX_MFA, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of stephaniemaarie
4/5  rDev +16.6%

stephaniemaarie, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +16.6%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  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.

buschbeer, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Markus98
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Markus98, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of sweett3k
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

sweett3k, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

HardyA, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

stortore, May 29, 2014
Photo of Gryphon69
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Gryphon69, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Zaphog, Feb 06, 2013
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Train Wreck Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
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