Train Wreck Ale | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Train Wreck AleTrain Wreck Ale

Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color. The nose has a hint of sweetness to it. The head was minimal, but you do see the bubbles from the carbonation. The taste is interesting. I get some bitterness to it. Slight sweetness, very sight. Not bad.

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Photo of carlborch
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12-oz bottle it pours a brilliant amber-red and develops a creamy, pocketed, tan, 1-inch head. Malt and honey on the nose and palate with modest bitterness in the lingering. Medium body. Very faint maple syrup taste - I would not have found/identified it without the label's suggestion. Some lace does develop. The alcohol is not evident on the palate. As such the ale may have a surprise head-effect. I do not expect to seek this ale again this year, but would not decline if offered.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A friend picked this up for me on his travels thru MI.
A - Pours a clear deep red color with a small head.
S - Aroma is sweet, with candy or wine notes.
T - Malty, bready, maybe a little caramel. Surprised by the bitter finish. Not sure what role the maple or honey played.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Disappointing overall. Very average and no maple.

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Photo of brandongoblue24
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

L: Coppery brown, quite hazy, with two fingers of off-white head. Lasted a few minutes. No lacing.

S: Slightly boozy (it is 8.2%), but mostly covered by citrus hops and caramel malts.

T: Initially caramel malts with dark fruit, plenty of citrusy hops on the finish. The aftertaste does have a slight tinge of maple, although there is no sweetness.

F: The honey and maple syrup make it very dry, but this complements the slight booziness. Moderate/low carbonation.

O: A dry, big beer which is well balanced. Runs the line between a pale ale and amber, but overall a tasty selection. Would buy again, if given the chance.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured it into a mug glass from a dark bottle. Pours this nice reddish orange color with a thick foam head which dissipates at a moderate rate.
Smells like a bitter IPA.I can't smell a honey or maple syrup flavor from it like the bottle says. Smells hoppy like an IPA.
Tastes... like an IPA. Bitter, but not too strong, but noticeably hoppy. Not tasting much, if any of the maple/honey flavors it's supposedly brewed with.
Mild to moderate carbonation makes it a smooth drink besides it's overly bitter taste.
Overall, i was expecting something sweeter considering what the bottle said it was brewed with. Not this bitter IPA -like taste. It disappointed me personally.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to tulip. Garnet-amber in color, with active carbonation running up the sides of the glass. One finger of solid, off-white head that hangs with good retention. Not a lot of lacing. A quick swirl halfway through the glass brings the head roaring right back, took me by surprise. Aroma is sweet malts, some fruits, apple/pear/plum, dark sticky honey, toasted bread. Taste is more of the same, with a bit of bitterness on the end. Not much, though. Enjoyable, would have again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smeared date on 42 degree bottle into shaker
Aroma somewhat vinegary
Head small (< 2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, diminishing to two mm ring and thin layer
Lacing – none
Body amber, hazy
Flavor weak malt, no maple, honey questionable; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, hearty beer. A hint of honey, but no trace of maple syrup, which I was really looking forward to. This beer would go really great with a meal.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this one at the Bourbon Bacon Beer Festival in Fort Wayne, IN. I had never heard of Mountain Town Brewing but I was intrigued.

A - Nice amber color with some haze. Egg-shell white head with some lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with some grain. Has a predominant honey-like character. No hops or booze.

T - Very malty sweet up front and develops with honey, caramel, and some maple character. Very light herbal/floral hops for bittering to help cut the sweetness. Not too strong but very sweet honey/caramel character that is very tasty. Almost like some sort of old-timey soda.

M - Medium to lighter mouth-feel with moderate to low carbonation. It is so sweet in a flavor and lower in carbonation and bitterness this beer is very cloying like a sweet mead instead of an American Amber. I prefer more balance and drinkability in my brews.

Overall, a very good beer if you like all of the sweet flavors I described. This is definitely not a go-to for me but I did enjoy the flavors and one of these for some dessert after a rich meal would be pretty tasty. If you like sweet beers you should try this one.

Glass- 4oz tasting glass

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Photo of MadeInTheMitten
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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 cjgiant
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated mid Nov, 2014:
The beer pours without much head, even with a good pour. However, the carbonation sustains throughout the pour, and even provides some lacing. The nose is not much, but I don't expect much from an amber. Perhaps I should expect some syrup or honey, but I only get light honey-like sweetness.

The taste gives a hint of amber, but turns to a little darker feel when the sweetness hits. Perhaps this is the influence of the maple syrup, but it turns the beer from an amber to a darker style (dunkel or wee heavy, perhaps). The feel is heavier than I expect for an amber, but isn't much more than medium.

I enjoyed this beer, perhaps because the amber ale nature didn't come through strongly. It's still a fairly neutral beer, without any strong flavors, but that seems a little darker than you might expect.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

not a huge fan of this one way too over carbonated and alcohol tasting, Nosferatu by Great Lakes is a much better example of these high octane Ambers, but only available in the fall, I thin this one is a year rounder

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Photo of clager
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Initially caramel flavor progresses to metallic taste and finally finishes with a slight sweetness but metallic taste persists. High alcohol content slightly apparent. Cannot taste any honey or maple syrup as advertised. Overall did not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.02/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of Boozermurfin
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of balcomjo7
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

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Photo of sonnens4
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark golden, smaller head, less than 1 inch, not murky but not completely translucent--very bubbly though

Smell: Caramel, honey, sweet maple syrup almost

Taste: Crisp, carmel/honey, not overwhelmingly sweet

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well balanced, an easy drink--medium to light carbonation

Overall: Tried this one in Mt. Pleasant at Mountain Town and it was a delight!--overall an easy drink with great qualities

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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 DeathrayGourmet
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - I think they've recently updated the bottle design. This new design is a little amateur, for lack of a better word. Also, occasionally I'll have a pretty difficult time getting the damn things open. It's not every bottle, but some of these caps are really cranked on these things.

Appearance - A deep amber color, as expected. Not much head to it.

Smell - I'll just go ahead and say this is one of the best smelling beers ever did smell. Fantastic smelling beer. Very toasty and sweet.

Taste - Average tasting. A big contrast between initial taste and aftertaste. At first it's quite sweet, and then finishes on the bitter side (perhaps slightly too bitter, for my tastes). Almost leans towards an IPA flavor. The high alcohol content does cut through a bit. Also has a bit of a metallic tinge to it; something I'm not very fond of. Maple syrup & honey are prominent, just like the bottle says.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp. Carbonation is just right... if it were any less carbonated, the metallic taste would really dominate and make it undesirable (like with Dos Equis). If it were any more carbonated, it would be too fizzy. Just right.

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Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$2 bottle. Twist-off cap. 050 13 is the presumed date ... so I guess that'd be about February 19th 2013 bottling date. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Head bubbles away quickly so there's nothing to speak of there. The beer has a slight haze and a nice dark amber color. Zero lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness and alcohol describes this one adequately. Maybe dark fruits hidden in there in the aroma as well.

Taste/feel: Like the smell with a good bit of malt sweetness. A touch of alcohol in the taste, and some warmth. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness to it, and a spicy, roasty, dirty malt quality. The feel is alright. Pretty prickly carbonation, not too thin... not bad.

A pretty forgettable, average beer, but it's not bad. My first beer from Mt. Pleasant -- I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out alright. A solid-at-best representation of the style.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden honey brown, amber, orange. Bubbles racing. A crisp white head with excellent foamy stick to the glass right off the bat. As time passed, the stick was gone.

S - Malty, Fruity, a mild sweet smell almost like a hard cider or fruity wine.

T - Robust malty flavor, alcohol is present, some hops appear late, but the hops are far outweighed by the maltiness.

O - I'm glad I gave this a shot. I think it is an okay brew, but didn't blow me away. I'd still try it again.

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