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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
111 IBU

(Beer added by: khiasmus on 06-03-2007)
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Reviews by 1Adam12:
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1Adam12

Indiana

2.33/5  rDev -37.7%

Such a weird beer. If I rate to style, this gets horrible marks, as you can see. Pours crazy dark, brownish red. Smells malty, sweet, and thats about it. Taste is malty, sweet, maybe fig? There are some hops there, but not close to what I was expecting. This has barleywine taste all over it. Mouthfeel is creamy for a DIPA, not very carbonated, just weird. Overall, how this is classified as a DIPA I will never know. This tastes, looks, and feels like a barleywine. If I were rating a barleywine, it would've gotten higher marks, but rating as a DIPA, this was awful.

07-25-2011 22:16:10 | More by 1Adam12
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Picked up a four pack today at Bestway here in Greensboro.Poured into an oversized wine glass a darker color than expected,deep amber with a tight fomed 1/2 slight off white head.Somewhat muted aromas,I picked up some resiny and leather-like notes.Wow this is more American barley wine in nature on the palate,deep fruit esters with some brown sugar, the hops come in late with a big pine resin finish.There is a lingering licorice-like flavor that lingers wich is different for the style as well.A bit hot but its nice,maybe I should have waited till after the Wings beat the Pens to drink this because it could bring on some spleepiness.

06-12-2009 22:18:15 | More by oberon
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +8%

12oz bottle.

Pours deep, clear copper with a big, thick beige head that shows excellent retention and sits as a small cap throughout with some solid lacing.

Aroma is packed with resinous floral hops, tons of pine with some pithy grapefruit as well. Lots of caramel malts and bread as well. Smells like a hopped-to-hell barleywine...I like it.

The taste is a more complex version of the nose. It certainly starts out with the same biting, abrasive pine hops with a more pronounced sweet caramel malt and toffee backbone. Bitter, crazy hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky, real sticky, with hops and astringent as hell. Not in a bad way.

Some will understand it, some won't. I would get it again when in the mood for something heavy.

07-21-2013 14:01:27 | More by ExtraStout
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%

08-19-2014 00:46:41 | More by GameOfBeers
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Aaron420

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

This brew has a very deep crimson color, with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Has a very malty smell for an IPA, and not much alcohol for a 12 Plus beer. On first taste of this beer I would not believe it was an IPA, had very little hop flavor for an IPA. Very strong flavor of sweet malts, with a very very mild hop flavor. I would almost classify this as a strong ale, it just doesn't make me think IPA. Overall the beer is not bad though. It is not the most drinkable beer, but that is understandable being a 12 plus brew. Final thoughts, the beer is not going to my list of favorites but I would order one again.

02-15-2010 22:03:40 | More by Aaron420
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Lazaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2014 02:25:05 | More by Lazaro
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.5%

09-17-2013 20:48:56 | More by TTripp725
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-25-2014 04:10:39 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-12-2012 01:14:47 | More by TimoP
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mverity

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-13-2014 03:19:46 | More by mverity
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottle thanks to mntlover. Pours a clear copper body with a large creamy tan head. Good retention and an abundance of sticky lacing.

Aroma has malty toffee, molasses, and toasted caramel, complimented by huge notes of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.

Mouthfeel has an almost full body due to the chewy maltiness. Moderate carbonation.

Taste has big malt and big hops, but it's more on the malty side. Chewy caramel and toffee join with some syrupy molasses to provide a malt tour de force. Citrusy and earthy hops are equally aggressive but struggle to provide a balancing bitterness. Alcohol is hidden very well, quite a feat for a 12.5 % brew. A little warmth is noted as it reaches room temperature.

Definitely a sipper, but seems more like a barleywine.

05-30-2010 01:08:23 | More by merlin48
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

Thanks to FreeThyHops for sending this bottle.

The beer pours a dark red color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar and orange citrus hops. The beer smells more like a barleywine than a DIPA, but it still smells nice.

The flavor confirms that this beer - or at least this bottle - is more like a barleywine. The beer is very sweet and has a lot of brown sugar, orange, pine and caramel notes. The bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

The beer is this specific bottle really isn't a DIPA in my book, but it is a pretty nice hoppy barleywine.

09-29-2010 01:17:16 | More by Mora2000
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

07-04-2013 01:49:26 | More by juicebox
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

01-19-2013 22:23:01 | More by Mantooth
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jmbraxton

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-03-2012 03:08:45 | More by jmbraxton
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Jsonta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-10-2014 18:21:54 | More by Jsonta
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wo87810

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-15-2012 20:47:49 | More by wo87810
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dwren89

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: deep burgundy with nice creamy tan thick head, great clarity

Aroma: deep bready and caramel notes, piney and citrusy hop aroma with noticeable bitterness,

Taste: very malty with a deep bready and caramel flavor that finishes pretty darn bitter, though much more balanced than most double IPAs. Very developed malt character with more bitterness than hop flavor. Definite alcohol note, though not a hot or fusel one

Mouthfeel: very full bodied, thick and chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Overall: A beer defined by its deep and very developed malt flavor and very bitter finish, but not much hop flavor. The hop flavor is likely very masks by the overwhelming malt because the aroma is there. At 12.5% ABV, it's no mystery why it's is so malty.

08-20-2013 23:53:04 | More by dwren89
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%

I had no clue this was 12.5% abv. What's going on all I wanted was a standard IPA...okay I will drink it. Pours a deep ruby mahogany brown hue with big flowing tan head, clings to the sides of glass actually leaves some really nice intricate lacing. Aroma has deep pine, earthiness with a big malt backbone think caramel and dark chocolate toffee notes. Robust and chewy on the palate, big resinous hops coated with a balanced level of malt. Badass beer that states: "Sink the status quo." That's exactly what this beer is doing, I would label it an old ale or barleywine if handed to me blindly but the brewer chose, extreme IPA...EXTREME IPA it is!!! Layers of alcohol intertwined with viscous caramelized malt sugars nearly burnt at times, roasted malts, earthy resinous dank hop components this thing is firing on all cylinders. Mouthfeel is...see above description of chewy, with moderate slow bubbling carbonation never cloying but a bit abrasive in a good way. Overall, I'm glad I accidentally bough some extreme IPA, most IPAs I wouldn't recommend aging but this one will lay down and turn into something beautiful, think Bigfoot aging potential. Good fresh but I can almost bet this only gets better and better. By the way I'm pairing with a petit corona from Illusione 68 aka Bombone...it is small but mighty chalk full of raging Honduran, and Nicaraguan long fillers brings the spice and strength with all of the ligero leaf they managed to package in this small cigar. Dion Giolito is blending genius!

09-17-2013 01:27:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

An abundance of off-white head out of the tap, with a yellow gold liquid underneath. The head leaves polenty of sticky lacing. The generous carbonation also influenced the mouthfeel making feel, I think, lighter than it would otherwise.

This is one boozy beer, and the high ABV is evident but not objectionable in the nose, but too overpowering in the taste. It also lends some burn and harshness to the mouthfeel, in addition to some warming. The beer also may be mis-classified as a DIPA ... it is more like a barleywine and a bit like a Belgian tripel. There is a definite hop contribution, but also a substantial balance from sweet caramel malts. Neither the high IBU (111) nor the high ABV (12.5%) seem quite so high.

O - you want a super high ABV beer? ... usually sacrifices need to be made in mouthfeel and taste. Such is the case here although the negative effects are not as pronounced as a 12.5% reading would often produce.

08-20-2011 02:09:32 | More by chinchill
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tugg407

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-06-2012 02:07:06 | More by tugg407
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-17-2014 22:06:04 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-13-2013 01:40:33 | More by JMS1512
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RDW

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-28-2012 01:25:18 | More by RDW
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-27-2011 00:52:25 | More by whitekiboko
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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.