Freight Train DIPA | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Freight Train DIPAFreight Train DIPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CMUbrew on 10-25-2012

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Kerrie
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Annmarie69
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company's Freight Train DIPA last week for $3.09 at The Lager Mill. It's been awhile since I've had a new beer from this brewery and I thought I should give their DIPA a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok with a picture of a couple of old Freight trains that's fitting for the name. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that quickly faded to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I thought the color was pretty good.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of hops that impart an earthy, spicy, and citrus hop aroma with onion and other summit hop like aromas coming through. Up next comes a noticeable tobacco aroma with some toasted and caramel malt aromas also coming through. This beer had a nice aroma that was full of hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts with some toasted, bready, and caramel malt flavors with some sweet malts also coming through. Up next comes a slight tobbacco leaf flavor followed by some hops which impart a earthy, spicy, light citrus hop flavor with the summit like hop flavors seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that was just slightly warming and on the finish it had a lower amount of high bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer but I thought the summit like hop flavors were a little too dominating.

M- Not the smoothest, oily, fairly dry, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it could have been smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it's pretty close to being an average example of a DIPA, the bitterness was at about the right level but the hop aspect wasn't as enjoyable as I would have liked the alcohol could have been hidden a little better. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, it was a little filling, and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one would be enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma. I thought they were both nice and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability, they held this beer back from being as good as it could be. I wouldn't buy this beer again when there's so many other better DIPA's available and I wouldn't recommend it to my friends as a good DIPA. I also thought this beer was overpriced at over $3 a bottle. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it didn't have anything that really made it memorable and it pretty much fell right in the middle of the style, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either. Better luck next time guys, this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery

A: Small white head. Quite dark copper in color, almost brown. Could pass for a brown ale actually. Not what I think a DIPA should look like.

S: Soft bready malts, some pine, and a little bit of wet paper smell.

T: Some piney hops, maltiness in the back. Dark fruits can be found in there. No flavors really shine. I really wanted more hop punch out of this DIPA. Maltiness seems pretty high, so more hops would have been fine. No alcohol apparent.

M: Pretty low carbonation, but still feels medium-full.

O: An alright DIPA that could use some work. I feel I was pretty generous on the scoring here.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Eric1Mess
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buddha5050
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz twist off bottle into a duvel tulip.

A: Copper color with a finger of tight white head dissapates quick, hazy as hell from the hops can't see any light on the other side. Good carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Malt, hopps, bready, yeasty nose, citrus. Typical Double IPA smell, nothing spectacular but decent.

T: Hopp bitterness, middle sweet malt, dry citrus on the finnish

M: Medium carbonated mouthfeel.

O: Decent beer, needs a little work. It does'nt smack you in the face and rip your tongue out and slap you with it,but with that said not bad.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/15/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Some light lingering hop astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/resin/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good malty DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the increasing bitter/drying lingering resinous finish. Nicely juicy on hops with an ample malt backbone; but never overly sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brismit
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not date that I could find on the bottle, with a twist off cap.

A - Hazy smoke came out the top of the bottle when opened. Pours out a fluffy two finger off white yellowish head. Beer is a hazy dark reddish orange color. This beer is bottle conditioned and has some yeast in the bottom of it. Head has decent retention and produces nice lacing on the glass.

S - The nose on this is hops with pine, orange citrus, floral, and has a nice balance of caramel malt sweetness and some breadiness. Pleasant with no presence of alcohol on this.

T - This one has a sweetness of caramel up front that is followed by a bitter bite that last forever with a flavor of orange, tobacco, pine, and oily hemp. This one is nice and balanced between hops and malts, with no trace of alcohol. Surprising at how easy this drinks for a 8.8% double ipa.

M - Nice soft Full bodied mouthfeel. The bitterness is a little aggressive on the palate. Carbonated nicely for this brew.

O - A rather pleasant Local double IPA I can get my hands on. I wish they dated the bottle and it was not so pricey. This beer drinks nice and easy for a double and is really a pleasant beer that I believe any hop head would be glad to get their hands on. Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Gardmark59
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Freight Train DIPA from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 22 ratings