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Train Wreck Ale - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Train Wreck AleTrain Wreck Ale

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 33.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tubacharlie on 03-21-2010

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 159
Reviews by tubacharlie:
Photo of tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slight woody aroma with a hint of sweet, flowery hops.

Pours with very little head, but an unusual, nearly solid wall of bubbles clings to the side of the glass without rising to the surface. An interesting display in the otherwise clear amber brew.

Hop bitterness and a little tinny taste up front, which mellows along the palate with a bit of sweetness and a good, warm bitters aftertaste. Made with maple syrup and honey, according to the web site (the url is about the only information on the label), but their flavors were barely detectable, at least to my taste buds with this pour. Strong alcohol component (web site says 8.2% abv) releases volatiles in the back palate for a good finish.

I'll have to try a few more with some wood-fired pizza or drink it on tap at Mountain Town Station to get a better feeling for this one, but it is definitely very drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TurboChief
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of mikejonze
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of freehafe
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorley21
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of gmorri0
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Gardmark59
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ianpstephens
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jereb33
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of acostuhhh
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of stephaniemaarie
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TripleB
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of buschbeer
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Train Wreck Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.