Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-20-2011 02:09:32 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
4.79/5 rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: A copper brown, with a small tan head. It has a sort of brick-like color, quite dark for an IPA. However, it looks like it tastes: delicious.
S: Not very strong, but a somewhat sweet smell with pine in the background.
T: Huge sweetness and caramel flavor up front, with lots of hops. There is some pine in the background. The heavy 12.5% ABV is pretty well masked, so be careful when drinking this brew!
M: Medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Pretty smooth overall. Again, be careful to remember that it is 12.5% ABV!
O: An incredibly tasty brew, and much sweeter than your standard IPA, which is surprising, considering the high alcohol content. Overall, I think this is a tremendous beer, and is highly underrated. Thomas Creek scored big with this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 23:56:24 | More by DanielMB
4.16/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Not nearly as hoppy as most IPA's which I personally enjoyed. Kinda thick but kinda awesome. Weighing in at 12.5 ABV you won't need much to feel like a total champion. However as a complete amateur myself I was not aware that it tastes of barley wine, which other reviews noted. Definitely glad I purchased it
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 01:07:46 | More by SampsonOfRaleigh
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.