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Crazy Train Black IPA - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

Crazy Train Black IPACrazy Train Black IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.89%


Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StoutHunter on 01-25-2012)
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Reviews by blackcompg:
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - poured 3 fingers of bumpy mocha cumulus head, body is a transparent mahogany cola brown, left great huge khaki lacing after the session.

Smell - Ripe plims, figs, grapefruit, some meadowy floral hop smells, touch of comb honey.

Taste - Definitely getting some nice spice characters here - starts ruby red grapefruits, then add coriander and anise, then floral meadowy hops prevail long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, carb is on the lower side, mouthfel is very smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Flavors here are very well balanced, there is nice depth and complexity, a very good representation of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 16:03:47 | More by blackcompg
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Pours a brilliant dark-mahogany brown with a 2 inch creamy head that persists. Fresh, sour(?) notes in the nose. Chocolate, char, and bitterness on the palate. Medium body. Light lingering with some sour(!)-smoky notes. Quite nice. Well-developed Belgian lace. The bitterness of the hops is somewhat overshadowed by the char notes. More like a Schwartz Bier - Rauch Bier hybrid than a IPA. Most persistent bitterness. Could do well with BBQ, charred, or smoked foods.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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Bottled coded 079 13 542... no idea what that means. Bottled 79th day of 2013? I hope not, this beer would be about six months old. $2.19 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: The highlight. Gigantic four finger head makes it hard to pour the whole thing in the glass. Rocky and creamy on top, with a soapy underlayer. Phenomenal thick and sticky lacing. The beer is a ruby black/brown color with some particles floating around. Slight haze. The label (as seen in the picture) is maroon and gold. Hm.. Mt. Pleasant? Central Michigan University?

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Crazy Train Black IPA from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.