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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | 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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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

Imacul8drm, Tuesday at 01:01 AM
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck code is smeared and unreadable but I know it must be somewhat fresh because the store I work at just got it in stock.

A- The darkest IPA I've ever seen. It's medium brown in color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a .

S- Smell is barleywine-like with lots of sweet biscuity malt and caramel. Also some moderate hop fume and some not-so-moderate alcohol fume.

T- Taste is a bit more intriguing as the caramel sweetness comes through nicely and isn't overbearing. Another thing that's not overbearing is the alcohol. I wouldn't guess this was 12.5%. More like 10%. The hops aren't prevalent enough for me to consider this an IPA. It certainly fits the barleywine style more than IPA.

M- Somewhat creamy but also prickly from the medium carbonation and alcohol. Fullish body.

O- This is a fine beer but definitely not an IPA in my opinion. It's a slow-sipping American Barleywine with a nice amount of sweetness.

Immortale25, Monday at 01:53 AM
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1.72/5  rDev -53.8%

Dreynolds1808, Sunday at 09:46 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

RyanByorick, Sunday at 12:35 AM
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3.24/5  rDev -12.9%

Andrewl1, Sep 10, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -15.1%

randysthomas, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BenBull3030, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

bigjake7455, Aug 30, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -18%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby color. The head is around a finger high, and light khaki in shade. Considering its gravity (12.5%), the retention is excellent. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Holy fuck, this is sweet. Then again, what else can be expected from a monstrously huge IPA? The caramel notes are utterly massive, backed by a subtle dankness. Almost no citrus here, this is all pine, earth, and weed. Even better, it's not palpably boozy in the least. Very likable in that brutish, unrefined sledgehammer of a way. (4)

Taste: This is totally a barleywine. It starts off as a total caramel bomb, but there are additional notes of candy, brown sugar, and even chocolate. Some hoppiness appears past the midtaste: again, it's exclusively piny and dank. A lot of these shameless hop-and-malt bombs hide the alcohol superbly, but this has some leathery booze popping up on the finish and aftertaste. Even for the style, it's pretty imbalanced and hard to drink. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy, creamy...this feels massive in every way. There's a definite boozy bite that I feel going down. Carbonation is really low, as well. Honestly, this one is hard to drink...and hard to finish. (2.75)

Overall: Man, this smelled so much better than how it tasted. Normally I enjoy big and shamelessly beastly mega-IPAs, but this one is rubbing me the wrong way. It's too sweet (EVEN FOR THE STYLE!) and boozy, plain and simple. (2.75)

3.05/5: On the wrong side of the massive/moronic mega-IPA spectrum

ThisWangsChung, Aug 29, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

Justinbshelton, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Dark brown with a long-lasting medium-brown 4-finger head. Tons of lacing.

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - Caramel-candy sweet, piney, nearly Stout flavor. Sweetness serves to mask high ABV.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - You have to sink your upper lip into the super-creamy head. A real smooth feel. Not syrupy. Some carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - This is so dark, it's almost a Stout. But it's a very enjoyable drink.

Homers_Beer_Odyssey, Aug 12, 2014
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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.