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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 398
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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Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.3/5  rDev +15%

Notes from 11/02/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a dark reddish-brown color with a half-finger of light tan head.

S: It has aromas of pine, chocolate, some nuttiness, and a strange sour bit at the end.

T: It tastes like sweet berries, a strong hoppy flavor, caramel, dark fruits, and a just a touch of booze.

M: It has a very thick body that is sticky and chewy.

D: This is potent and dangerously drinkable. I have a hard time classifying this as a DIPA though.

11-04-2010 02:42:57 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Deuane


4.3/5  rDev +15%

Multiple samples on tap at BrewGrass 2009.

A-Hazy, dark copper with a small light tan head that held on tight and left decent lace.

S-Bright floral and grapefruit hop punch up front with a healthy backing of sweet caramel and toffee.

T-BAM! Big fat blast of ruby red grapefruit, floralness and touch of spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Backing caramel malt comes through after the HUGE wave of hops passes over your palate. Hard to believe that this one is 12+%

M-Medium bordering on medium-light...amazing considering it's ABV strength! Nice, long lingering bitterness.

D-Ok, broken record here...this is 12%? What? Certainly doesn't drink like it. A veritable hop bomb with full on aggressiveness. An excellent brew made to capture the glory of hops. I went back time and time again to grab a sample of this one.

01-20-2010 14:22:16 | More by Deuane
Photo of Chronicsurfer69

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +15%

I tried this beer at the Thomas Creek brewery and I was very impressed. I confirmed that it does infact have a ABV of 12.5%, I had a conversation with Thomas A. Davis the head brewer at TCB. This brew will most likely end up in a speical 22oz bottle.

01-23-2008 10:38:57 | More by Chronicsurfer69
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Toasty tan head, which is big and fluffy and firm, sitting on top of a burnt red liquid. Looks more barleywine or American strong ale than double IPA (the brewery labels this an "extreme IPA"). Beautiful beer.

Nose is burnt sugar, heavily roasted grain, cherry taffy, and solvent alchohol. It appeals to the barleywine/strong ale fan in me, but again, I'm not thinking "IPA" here at all.

You know that candy Boston Baked Beans? This tastes just like that, in liquid form. Nicely burnt, sweet and a little nutty. There's a laid back spice character, like cinnamon or allspice, and an earthy/grassy bitterness. Caramel/toffee in abundance, edging the hops out as the dominant force--Up The Creek is a malty monster. Alcohol is nicely incorporated, underlining everything and making it glow yet not jabbing out too strongly on its own. Grassy astringency spreads out in the finish, but so does robust malt, sweetness and the spice. However, it's broken record time: this is nothing like an IPA of any sort!

Chewy and creamy, firm and round, just a smidgen of carbonation for some vibrancy. Very, very nice.

The only two Thomas Creek brews I had previous to this were not impressive. That was four years ago. Apparently this brewery has changed its tune, and are brewing behemoth 12+ percenters to boot. And this is a good one, achieving the careful balance any beer this big demands. But it's definitely something they should be selling as what this site calls an "American strong ale," because that's what it is. Not docking them points for this, just sayin'.

07-13-2010 21:24:21 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Was in Barleys tonight and saw this one on tap. I had been waiting for one of the locals to finally brew up a high gravity, and this is apparently the first. Went into it with very high expectations....

A - Poured a deep russet brown, nearly opaque, but not thick looking. Large off white head slowly faded to leave behind just a touch of side lace. Decent look actually. The head and color were quite nice to be honest.

S - Aroma was a bit off perhaps. Had some notes of sugar with a caramel nuttiness to it. Hops were definatly present, but not overwhleming. Not really an IPA type of smell to me, more of a strong ale type as the malts definatly dominated the nose here. Literally no hint of alcohol in the aroma, which at 12.5% struck me as a bit odd, but never the less I continue on..

T - Definatly not the Double IPA taste here. This was a strong ale, and I am guessing maybe 8% in the high end. There was just no way this was 12+%. If it was, kudos man cause that is just completely not apparent at all. Nice sugary tome up front with a nice dry finish. Somewhat of a touch of alcohol, a little warming but nothing really crazy at all.

M - Nice, not too heavy, and not watered down at all like some of the others seem to be. This one definatly had some work but into it and it was obvious. A little harsh, and apparently a little strong to be a session ale, but I found it to be a little more then a sipper to be honest.

D - Very good here. It was not strong enough to prohibit me from drinking in decent quantity. I could see this one bottled very nicely. It just had a good drinkability for something soo sdtrong.

Overall it was not bad, to be honest I have had much better, however for their first try at something big, I gotta give them props for trying, and for getting it out there. The only downside is there is no way it is 12.5%. I just cant see it. It doesnt taste that strong, no where near it. If it is, damn it could get me in trouble!

08-12-2007 02:48:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of srandycarter


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

I am not docking for style. I am rating for experience.

A - Brown, cola like, off white head. Sticky lacing. Liking the look, but an IPA?

S - Big sweet malt. Cooked fruits, booze.

T - Oh, taste follows smell in a big way. Nice hop twang at end to balance it out too.

M - Good on all fronts. Nice balance, creamy but carbed, I like this one.

D - A little muted considering the ABV....

GOOD STUFF though!

08-07-2009 05:46:24 | More by srandycarter
Photo of rfbenavi80


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Bottle given to me by a friend. Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a very deep, deep, amber color. With 2 fingers of tan colored head that lingers for a while, and leaves some sticking lacing on the glass.

S- Seems kind of off style. Smells rich with lots of sweet caramel. Very thick resinous pine aroma underneath all of that sweet caramel. Smells good.

T- Very sweet malt bomb with a huge amount of hoppy kick. Again, seems a tad off style but good nonetheless. Is that a light roasted coffee after taste? Or maybe rich dark caramel / toffee? Very interesting. There is a huge resinous, bitter, piney kick, followed quickly by more rich sweetness and that interesting aftertaste. Well done.

M- HUGE! This beer coats the mouth with a stickiness that seems unparalleled. This one brings a new definition to a full bodied beer. The 12.5% ABV is really unnoticeable and well hidden. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A great beer! Just seems a tad off style. Who are we to judge what the Brewer calls his beer? This is one intense in-your-face beer. Not for the faint of heart. A huge, full bodied, malt explosion, hop BOMB. A beer that tests the limits of brewing and takes the art of brewing to the next level.

10-08-2012 00:57:03 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.26/5  rDev +13.9%

Thomas Creek Up the Creek has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, rust-red appearance, with a few bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, very sweet, bread crust and generalized bread. Think bread. The taste is of the same, with a profoundly bitter hop oil treatment, but even this is subdued, in a way. Think bitter, yet subtle. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and syrupy, and Thomas Creek Up the Creek finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and more drinkable than one would suspect. For those who adore extreme bitterness and richness, this should do the trick.


12-25-2013 16:34:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

01-20-2014 00:07:28 | More by zac16125
Photo of RDW


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-28-2012 01:25:18 | More by RDW
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

12-08-2012 16:09:28 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of bkonk10


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

01-22-2012 03:36:50 | More by bkonk10
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-26-2013 14:40:43 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-26-2013 03:43:48 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of gigaknight


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A- This brew pours a deep mahogany brown, much darker than expected, while the approximate finger of eggshell head and sticky lacing are more indicative of an IPA than the color of the body lets on. A bit of a swirl doesn't kick up much carbonation; it's becoming evident that this isn't your average double india.

S- Loads of toffee and caramel start you out, and are enthusiastically followed by piney hops. Somehow, though, there doesn't seem to be as much hop aroma as would be expected of the style. If anything, the hops blend with the ample malt to approximate some bitter coffee aroma. No complaints, though, this brew smells very inviting.

T- Indeed a delicious offering, but I have to agree with.the consensus that this is more of a barleywine, albeit a hoppy one. That being said, it offers a masterfull mix of dark malt sweetness and ample lupulin oiliness. Of course there's some booziness, but that's near impossible to avoid at this abv.

M- This is another strong point of the beer, the ideal middle ground of body and carbonation. Just enough 'fizz' to keep it refreshing, but a round and full oiliness to make it a sipper on its own.

O- Barleywine, DIPA, whatever you want to call it; serious beer drinkers will throw their oars to the wind going up this creek. If only I could find this stuff back home...

08-16-2011 23:12:37 | More by gigaknight
Photo of JohnBender


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-08-2013 00:48:27 | More by JohnBender
Photo of hargettf

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Not your everyday DIPA. Had it just recently in a blind DIPA tasting and everyone agreed it was near the top. It was going up against Pliny and Hopslam among others. With that being said, it tastes nothering like a DIPA. Blind, it could have been a barleywine. All agreed it was very good, but not representative of the style. Pours and looks a good bit like Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot barleywine. Big surprise, thoroughly enjoyable.

09-10-2009 20:26:57 | More by hargettf
Photo of markasparov

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-18-2012 18:17:26 | More by markasparov
Photo of zbodnar1

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-22-2014 01:10:22 | More by zbodnar1
Photo of dcellis

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-15-2012 13:08:48 | More by dcellis
Photo of thingsidontremember

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

01-18-2013 18:50:31 | More by thingsidontremember
Photo of 420drinker


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-22-2013 10:36:26 | More by 420drinker
Photo of pcsnyder


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-07-2013 23:24:01 | More by pcsnyder
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-16-2013 02:48:09 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Hobo


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

04-01-2013 21:52:52 | More by Hobo
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.