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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +34%

11-21-2011 15:24:34 | More by WillyMac
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Another6Pack

Michigan

5/5  rDev +34%

11-22-2011 01:03:44 | More by Another6Pack
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corzocl

Florida

5/5  rDev +34%

11-21-2011 16:25:05 | More by corzocl
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mttdls

New York

5/5  rDev +34%

09-19-2012 18:20:10 | More by mttdls
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acidicbassist

Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark, mahogany colour (blood red if held up to a light) with a thick, light head that leaves a nice lacing.

S - Malty, boozy. Reminiscent of a good barley wine.

T - Initial crisp hoppy flavour, but finishes following the smell with a malty taste of delicious dried fruit.

M - Thick. Coating the inside of the mouth with a syrupy drip.

O - Very full-bodied and complex beer. The high ABV definitely leaves it's mark in the boozy smell and malty flavour, but the as a DIPA, it presents a great amount of hops with lots of other flavours to compliment. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 05:55:06 | More by acidicbassist
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DanielMB

South Carolina

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
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Bradwnelson

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

08-11-2013 01:17:51 | More by Bradwnelson
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MaC1916


4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

07-05-2012 21:04:11 | More by MaC1916
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this as an American Barleywine, as a DIPA to style it is awful. Tom Davis is pretty persistant with calling this an IPA, and it's a shame, really. It'd get great Barleywine marks, both here and in competition methinks.

It pours deep, cloudy brown with a full one inch head. Some of the most outrageous, sticky lacing I have ever seen, and it will glue itself to your glass.

The smell is sweet crystal malt and maybe some low aroma bittering hops, but more caramel than anything. Inviting.

The taste is sweet caramel malt, but not cloying. It has a good hop balance, but not hop forward. The Amarillo flavors play off the malt, giving this great depth and complexity. Very refreshing

The mouthfeel is medium to thick, carbonation is great, head lasts all the way through.

Easy drinker for 12.5%, very good BARLEYWINE (Tom, get the hint, please!)

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 12:10:36 | More by Netdigger2
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zuperman


4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that is 12.5% this beer is great and not overbearing. The sweetness is not your typical alcohol cover up but rather a nice honey note that compliments the hops nicely

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 16:13:55 | More by zuperman
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HoosBrews

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark. Looks like a strong ale.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. The malt really dominates between the two.

Taste: BIG! But very well balanced. This is a sweet beer, but is well balanced by ample hops.

Mouthfeel: Big and sweet. Very little alcohol burn. Is this really a 12.5% abv? Finishes like a 7 or 8% abv.

Drinkability: Dangerously good. This is really a good beer and I'm happy to see a Carolina brewery finally bringing a huge IPA to the region!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 22:35:30 | More by HoosBrews
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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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AlCzerik

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have tried in a very long time. Extremely smooth for an IPA and is definitely worth a try for any IPA fan. Its expensive at least for my budget especially for a 4-pack but proved to be deserving of every penny. Just an all around extremely enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 05:18:43 | More by AlCzerik
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skm

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-14-2012 01:32:23 | More by skm
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-07-2013 00:39:53 | More by dvanhandel
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knoxtennessee

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of this beer, just saw the 12.5% written on the tap handle and had to try it.

A- Deep mahogany red with an impressive light tan head that stuck around.

S- Layers and layers my friend. Lots of rich, thick, caramel malt, some toast, spicy alcohol, strawberry esters, and of course a big dose of citrus from the hops.

T- This stuff tasted almost like unfermented wort. Sweet, dense, bitter, lots of caramel, toffy, ginger bread, very spicy hop character, strong and surprising strawberry character.

M- Dense, sticky, thick, viscous... etc.

O- Much more like an American barleywine than a double IPA. Overwhelmingly rich and decadent. Everything a big beer should be. Would age wonderfully I'm sure but I prefer beers like this fresh as can be. Also a shout out to Cape Fear Wine and Beer for serving this in full pints at a great price. Made my evening.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 05:38:57 | More by knoxtennessee
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-06-2013 03:34:04 | More by JasonTaverner
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-01-2013 03:18:58 | More by DMarlinJ
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illiniipa

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

09-27-2012 20:14:54 | More by illiniipa
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Broanoke

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-16-2013 01:22:12 | More by Broanoke
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-14-2014 18:05:47 | More by DrMindbender
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wgfxkmf

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-29-2012 03:14:18 | More by wgfxkmf
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Mattsk1

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-22-2013 21:44:59 | More by Mattsk1
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MadWolf

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-24-2013 19:46:11 | More by MadWolf
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Calculat0r

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

09-04-2012 15:05:51 | More by Calculat0r
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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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