Train Wreck Ale - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Train Wreck AleTrain Wreck Ale

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | 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: 144 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by sweett3k:
Photo of sweett3k
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SAxDRC5
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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 kyle_goochstink
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
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 morimech
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
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 MadeInTheMitten
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
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 buschbeer
3.02/5  rDev -12%
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
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Gryphon69
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Tone
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Boozermurfin
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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 +26.8%
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 GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/1/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, honey, toast, brown bread, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, honey/maple, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, honey, toast, brown bread, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, toast, brown bread, maple, light pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of dark/bready malts, honey/maple, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial amber ale style. All around good complexity and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, honey/maple, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. The flavors were not as bold as I would have expected given the ABV; but it was still really quite enjoyable.

Photo of MIMicrobrews
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Emmy_Simcox
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Franktheteacher
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Lillenk
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Johnd8
4.34/5  rDev +26.5%
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 Pdu8s
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of IPASetter
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of wingedeel
2.19/5  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.

Photo of DannyDan
4.15/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Train Wreck Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.