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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%


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 OWSLEY069:
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small pine hop, and a huge presence of hairspray like alcohol. In the taste, dry alcohol, caramel like notes, and mellow hops in the end. Oh, did I mention the hairspray like dryness of alcohol all the way through. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small alcohol and note of hop in the aftertaste. Just a note of hops, boozy and unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 17:15:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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SolCollins

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-18-2014 20:14:15 | More by SolCollins
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markgugs

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33%

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Cruick

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-27-2014 05:17:15 | More by rworkman
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Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-25-2014 13:24:31 | More by nobodyhadthis
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-23-2014 15:30:25 | More by Oidmoe
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-22-2014 01:10:22 | More by zbodnar1
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

03-16-2014 16:12:24 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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onedogtwodog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-16-2014 04:48:15 | More by onedogtwodog
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Benvarine

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-15-2014 23:04:40 | More by Benvarine
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MPSTARR

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-15-2014 22:19:56 | More by MPSTARR
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khargro2

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-02-2014 23:34:52 | More by khargro2
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MikeB1984

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Caramel and pine

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and hoppy.

Overall: As others have noted, this beer is more in barleywine territory than the IPA territory and it is a good one when measured by that standard. Strong hence the 12.5% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 15:43:05 | More by MikeB1984
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-24-2014 20:26:09 | More by xseanprimex
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paulgarrison

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-23-2014 05:41:24 | More by paulgarrison
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GatorCoop

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Craigory

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-16-2014 23:47:03 | More by Craigory
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cmak316

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-14-2014 02:22:27 | More by cmak316
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lochef81

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I am disregarding the ipa label and judging this for what it is. An American strong ale. This carries none of the characteristics of an ipa. The color is deer reddish brown amber with a thick tan head that gives way to a spiderweb of cream lacing. The nose is deep and malty. With notes of dried fruit even some caramel. There is also an underlying scent of booze (no surprise given the abv). The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy. Again nothing like an ipa but amazing none the less. The flavors are all malt with a little hop bitterness on the tail. I get lots of raisins, prunes, dried apricots, and even a little coffee. Maybe this is just a very old bottle but it definitely does not represent an American ipa. What it is is a damn good strong ale or barleywine. With the right label this would be an incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 04:40:15 | More by lochef81
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Zach136

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Dec. 10 2013

Pours surprisingly dark, thin, tan dissipating head. Nose is light orchard fruit and caramel. Both characteristics get bumped up on the palate. Straight caramel apple you dropped in pile of pine needles. Hides the alcohol OK. Still boozy, but not quite 12.5% boozy.

Overall, from my recent sampler, it's Thomas Creeks MO to make India Pale Ales that aren't pale at all. The malt bills seem to really be detracting from the hops they're trying to showcase.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:18:02 | More by Zach136
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Lazaro

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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zac16125

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly opaque, that has ruby hues when held to light. 2.5 fingers width of dark khaki colored head has very good retention and leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

S: Tons of sweetness, sweet malts, candied sugar, and caramel/toffee. Only subtle citrus rind/piney hop notes. American Barleywine, yes; DIPA, no. Very nice aroma though.

T: Like the nose there is tons of sweetness, starting with dark fruits, and a bit of cocoa. I then get caramel/toffee, and a fair amount of hoppy bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M/D: Smooth, carbonation on the lower end, full body, ABV is well restrained, and for how bit the big is, drinkability is good.

O: This is a pretty bad DIPA, but its an excellent barleywine! Seriously though, this has american barleywine written all over it, starting with the color then continuing all the way through the aroma and taste. I docked this one some points for being completely off style, but even with the deductions I still rated it highly, thats how much I like this one. Really a great beer if you throw that IPA description out. I plan to buy a few of these for some aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:07:28 | More by zac16125
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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.