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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 478
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: khiasmus on 06-03-2007

111 IBU
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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 478
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.32/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Barkmatic
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I gave this a poor rating based upon the the fact that it is being advertised as an extreme IPA, what I got was a decent strong ale. If you are into strong ales, I recommend this one, but if you are looking to enjoy a nice IPA, do not waste your time. The beer store I went to discounted them at a $1 a bottle, so I am happy about the purchase. How often can you get a beer at 12.5% for a buck?

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Photo of Nevbo
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark red with a tan head. Smelled slightly hoppy but mostly malt and dark fruits. Very sweet taste, not much hops: malty and sugary with a hint of plum. The high ABV is all but hidden.

This is my second time trying this and I really dig it. True IPA or not, I like it.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sicilian
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My wife picked a bottle of this up for me when she was at the store and I told her to get some IPA's.
I opened it without seeing the ratings here and was shocked when I poured it after reading the label.
Much darker than expected, to the point where I wondered if something had gone wrong with this bottle.
Reminds me of many other Barley Wines in both color, smell and flavors with all of them maxed out.
I was disappointed mostly in the fact that I was in the mood for an IPA and this wasn't.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of merlin48
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: This is a very beautiful beer. It pours brilliant coffee brown with ruby highlights under a 1” cream to tan colored moderately persistent foam collar. S: Pitted fruit, light roast malt, vegetal hop, spice, hint of anise, biscuit. T: Rich, malty, pitted fruit, a suggestion of maple to brown sugar, a touch of grape with a big hop bitterness and plenty of alcohol. Medium high to high malt. Medium high hop bitterness and medium yeast flavors. F: Medium full body, medium carbonation and mild warming. A little sugary stickiness on the lips. O: This is a big, assertive malty bitter alcoholic IPA that works.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of briandaube
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As others have said its a pretty decent barleywine and I would have rated it higher if that is what the Brewers had intended it to be.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dwren89
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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