Trainwreck Red | Crooked Fence Brewing

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Trainwreck RedTrainwreck Red

Brewed by:
Crooked Fence Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-10-2013

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of stevoj
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking beer with amber body and thick, creamy beige head, lacing coats the glass. Bitter, woody aroma, taste is bitter, soapy, floral. Average for an Irish.

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Photo of simonj01
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macpapi
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trainwreck pours an amber hue, which shades to brown. It has a decent sized tan head and is not quite translucent. Bubbles cloy and linger on the side of the glass. A very nice looking red ale.

Smell is dominated by maltiness and all of the attributes that go along with that general characterization--biscuit, caramel, etc... There is also the presence of hops and fruity sweetness, though those do not come through as well.

Taste is a nice balance of malt and hops (though malt is a bit ascendant here). Very nice full and malty body followed by a bite of sharp and biting resinous hop presence.

On the palate, this beer has a nice, pretty full body. It also has moderate carbonation. A good presence.

Overall, this is a pleasant and pretty tasty brew. It is somewhat bolder than most of its peers in the style. It has a nice, but not overwhelming, hop presence and plenty of malty goodness. This is a good beer to enjoy when you are not looking for anything to move the earth, but are simply in search of a balanced and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can says 6.5%abv now.
Hazy amber with one finger of dense five minute head. A fair amount of fine bubble lace left on the glass as the level falls.
Smell is mostly bready malts. A hint of hop aroma underneath the malt.
Taste is sweet malts held down by a nice dose of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium and average carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and bitter.
It is a big red ale. I do think it is too hoppy for an amber though.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was an amber color with a finger's worth of white foaminess running around the glass. A light lacing runs around the glass.
The smell has a strong caramel presence allowing some light resinous and earthy hops to blend in underneath.
The taste was somewhat bready with the caramel malts to blend. The bitterness is through the hops replaying the earthy and citrus qualities. There's a light caramel to citrusy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a fair carbonation hitting my tongue.
Overall, its a good Amber ale for the most part, I could see myself having it again.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeDAdams
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of seanthornton152
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of fivetime
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber hue with a very light haze and a light-to-moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam which leaves a good, chunky lace on the glass. Spot-on for the style.

Smell: strong caramel aroma, although not overly sweet. Hops are dank and earthy. Not too bad.

Taste: bready, biscuity and caramelly. Hops are earthy and moderately bitter. Not bad for the style, although I admit the formula is not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad amber ale; quite middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of Skyyalpha
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Lane_in_ID
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Juno_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ the Firehouse, Meridian ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Dark copper/amber with lots lacing left in rings along the glass. Attractive brew.

S: Hugely malty; toasted and a bit nutty in true Amber Ale fashion, with the slightest suggestion of resinous/piney hops. Big-time fruity presence in this one, not sure if its the yeast but it is definitely predominant after the malt.

T: Bready and malty, plenty of toasted grains and even some suggestions of caramel. I could of been tricking myself with the pine I detected on the nose; this thing is unabashedly malty with really no trace of hop balance. Plenty of that fruity character here as well, apples and honey come to mind.

MF: Medium bodied, fairly drinkable and approachable for such a malt-forward brew.

O: Decent drinker, not exactly what I was expecting, but with all of the hopped-up Amber Ales out there, this was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of DragonzBreath
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up tonight at Brewer's Haven... Paid $5ish. Poured into my HotD goblet.... 1" off-white head rises up and sticks around for a bit... nice lacing and cap... the brew is coppery/red.

Toasted biscuits in the aroma... hops are light and hard to pick out.. I get a light floral/citrus note, but that could be my nose playing tricks on me. Unapologetic malt forward, but still very balanced.

Flavor has all the same characters as the nose, but a light bitterness breaks up the maltiness and allows the flavors to separate and come back together.. Dry toast with some seemingly fermented out light caramel essence.. possibly some yeasty esters that make me think English yeast, but I am probably wrong.

Body is lighter side of medium with a nearly perfect carbonation... I normally don't give Amber ales too much thought, but this one is well done. Crooked Fence is really upping the game... I am seeing a ton of improvement since the opening.. Good work.


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Trainwreck Red from Crooked Fence Brewing
3.65 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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