Crazy Train Black IPA | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Crazy Train Black IPACrazy Train Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by StoutHunter on 01-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown/red liquid.

Tan head; nice lace. Sweet citrus nose; coffee undertones.

Medium mouthfeel.

Definite Black IPA characteristics; an odd mix of sweet orange citrus & roasty black coffee. Slight pickle juice finish but this is drinkable.

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Photo of scmtim
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MIbeer27
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beardown
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HighGravityMan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable brew. Not what I was expecting from a black IPA. Goes more like a session IPA with more body. Pleasant experience and acceptable as a craft brew. Would drink again.

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Photo of MikeZ9654
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not for me

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Photo of Jack74
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NateDyk47
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, but nothing I'd go out of my way to buy again. Doesn't smell like much of anything and not as much flavor as I was expecting/hoping for... I enjoyed the 6-pack, though.

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Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ESchweers
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firkingroovin
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of torwart94
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of torwart68
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weldchecker
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of entenduintransit
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ilphay
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gopens44
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 39 degrees into shaker, allowed to warm to 46 degrees
Aroma practically none – very faint malt
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to one cm ring and frothy island
Lacing good – complete coverage of inside of glass with tiny bubbles from initial ring, then irregular froth islands and archipelagoes as the level drops.
Body dark brown, nearly opaque
Flavor – again, practically none. Some malt with a slight bitterness. No hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a touch of roastiness in the aroma, dark chestnut to auburn, 2” fluffy head descends to a root beer float kind of a head. Starts rich, medium bodied with a light touch of Pacific Northwest hops. Dark malts mingle with Pacific Northwest hops, a little roast, excellent lace.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/30/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, light char, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, light char, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good sized pine/citrus rind/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The bitterness is a bit rough on the finish, but not unbearable. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of clager
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cryptichead
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Crazy Train Black IPA from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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