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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 182
Reviews by BrauKilR:
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3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Sweet malt, caramel, both of which being swept up nearly instantly by a volatile alcohol presence. No hops or esters discernible in this sample, just sherry.
A: Clear copper with a moderate white head that disappears completely after a few minutes. Legs are present on the sides of the glass.
F: Bitterness up front and a strong, cutting alcohol presence which makes other flavors very hard to discern. Caramel is evident. Mild sweetness. No hop flavor. No esters. Phenolics are spicy-vinuous and clove-like, as in a Belgian triple or strong golden. Finish is crisp and alcoholic.
M: Medium bodied with a crisp, vinuous mouthfeel. No astringency. Significant warming which verges on harshness. Rather, I'll just say the alcohol makes its presence known.
O: They say this was fermented with honey, and since it tastes like a braggot I brewed a few years ago I do recognize the similarities. But, as with my own mediocre attempt, rather than finding honey or mead qualities in the flavor or aroma I find it more apparent in the attenuation as alcohol, as would adding candy or cane sugar, thinning the body while boosting alcoohol. The bitterness compounds the thin body sensation, making the alchohol somewhat a distraction. I like big beers, but in this medium bodied beer I would prefer more residual sweetness to counter the bitterness and alcohol. I does seem to be a popular beer, and by all accounts is well crafted toward a particular audience in and around a college campus. It might develop a cult-like following for its strength, which, unlike a strong Belgian, is very obvious. As for me, I would prefer more balance.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TurboChief
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -35.2%

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 freehafe
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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 chuckgietzen
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorley21
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
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 +8.1%

Photo of gmorri0
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Gardmark59
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +0.9%

Photo of Danielr26
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jereb33
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of acostuhhh
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of RAFH
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of stephaniemaarie
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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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