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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.1%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

jriggins6, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of thegooddoctor_b
1.63/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Light colored pour with a white, airy head. Didn't like the color much - golden but with an off tint.

S - Bitter, bitter, bitter. Not appealing to me.

T - A ton more bitter. IPA to the extreme. Couldn't discern any more flavors. The aftertaste was not skunk or rotten, but was not pleasant, and took several sips of water and swishes to get it out.

M - Coated my mouth in a film which intensified the aftertaste.

O - It's not just a clever name! The hops in this are intense. It's only for IPA lovers.

IPAs have never been for me at all. I wanted to try this because of three points: I rarely buy them, I assumed from the name this would be very hoppy, and the high ABV. Gave it a shot, glad I did, reaffirmed my view of my tastes. I see what the brewer is shooting for and I'm sure will please the hopheads.

thegooddoctor_b, Jun 26, 2012
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1.72/5  rDev -53.8%

Dreynolds1808, Sep 14, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

Justinbshelton, Aug 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

TTripp725, Sep 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Pumilio, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a slow, sluggish, deep darkish, murky orange color with a small white cap which quickly resedes leaving very minimal dirty white bubbles

S: Big caramel and breadiness with a hidden pine and citrus element

T: Immediate malt bomb; caramel and bread dominate start to finish. There is a inital orange peel and pine resin which try to break free. No dice. The beer is heavy, sticky, a bit buttery as well, a messy concoction I would not even know how or what to call it besides a Strong Ale but not a IIPA

M: Big body, heavy on palate, bittering boozey mouthfeel, sticky and off

O: This beer needs to go back to the drawing board.

barleywinefiend, Aug 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Cook82, Sep 22, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

jaswilson2, Sep 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

GiantMidget, May 30, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

davewlfpckfan29, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Such a weird beer. If I rate to style, this gets horrible marks, as you can see. Pours crazy dark, brownish red. Smells malty, sweet, and thats about it. Taste is malty, sweet, maybe fig? There are some hops there, but not close to what I was expecting. This has barleywine taste all over it. Mouthfeel is creamy for a DIPA, not very carbonated, just weird. Overall, how this is classified as a DIPA I will never know. This tastes, looks, and feels like a barleywine. If I were rating a barleywine, it would've gotten higher marks, but rating as a DIPA, this was awful.

1Adam12, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Pretty deep dark amber, almost a redish brown tint to it. Very nice clarity. One finger light tan head that lasts forever but only leaves a light lacing.

S: Very caramely. Sweet with a slight spice. A light earthy and piney hop comes through a touch. Toffee and a slight nuttiness. Almost like an aged Barleywine.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee upfront. Some kind of hop tries to come through, maybe a pine or a citrus but the caramel mixes with it and becomes a weird raisin flavor. Alcohol and buttery caramel in the finish. Don't know if I can finish this one.

M: Medium body. High carbonation. Super syrupy, and sticky.

O: Double IPA? I don't think so. This is even less a DIPA than Double Crooked Tree. This is definitely a sipper. Just so you'll be able to stomach the whole bottle.

doughanson78, Dec 20, 2011
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2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pint tumbler; freshness code of TCUP-235BA, which should be ~ July 20, 2010 bottle date; brew courtesy of fellow local BA.

A - deep amber body with bubbly tan head that left decent lacing; the color was an odd surprise as I expected a brighter color

S - caramel aroma dominates here, but there is a whiff of scotch

T - another disappointing surprise here with what seemed to be a mix of caramel and butterscotch; as beer warms there is a slightly bitter finish, but nothing near expected for DIPA, and it is still outweighed by the sweet malty flavor.

M - the beer had a nice texture and carbonation and the sticky feel expected for IPA/DIPA

D - the nice sticky finish worked against the beer as it caused the overly sweet flavor to linger far too long

As much as I can relate to the name of the brew and empathize with the soon-to-be-swimming kayaker, I can't appreciate what Thomas Creek tried to do with this one. Perhaps this was just an out-of-date sample.

taylocd, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of VincentFrey
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A giant beer at 12.5% for a 12oz bottle. Poured into a Heavy Seas snifter. Pours a see through amber to brown. The smell is particularly unpleasant; it smells like every other DIPA I've had off a random store shelf: booze drowning out earthy hops. It's pretty though, on those aspect.

Taste is...generic? The alcohol is present but there are many beers that hide it much worse. It's interesting to pick apart the flavors, but that just goes to show an uninteresting whole. It's pretty much a mess.

Uninteresting and unappealing. Was hoping for more for the first time seeing these guys in my area.

VincentFrey, Oct 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

ejimhof, May 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

markgugs, Apr 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

AltimusPrime, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of MrOH
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with orange highlights. Thin light tan head. Doesn't look much like an IPA, more like a brown ale.

Orange, dried fruit, and caramel. Prunes, raisins, candied citron. Brandyish alcohol. It's like a well made fruit cake. Smells like an awesome young barleywine.

Bright orange flavor. Alcohol. The dried fruit shows up again. This must be one of those "double everything" DIPAs. Way more like a dark, hoppy barleywine than a standard DIPA. Good, in its way.

Slick, heavy feel. Low carbonation. Not incredibly drinkable.

Unfortunately, I went into this thinking it would be more of a standard DIPA. If it were labeled as an American barleywine, it would have gotten much better scores, because I do enjoy it, but it is not anywhere near my interpretation of the style.

MrOH, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Sayson
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber/brown pour into my pint glass. White head some lacing. Very clear. Certainly filtered.
S: Lots of malt very little hops. Really kicking myself for spending $12 on a four pack by now. If this said barlieywine and not DIPA, I'd be pleased.
T: Malt, malt and more malt. No hop flavor, some residual bitterness
M: Average
D: Too much alcohol for too little flavor. I'm going to steer clear of this beer and brewery until I hear something positive. If they're willing to slap a DIPA label on a beer without making it hoppy, they won't get my money again.

Sayson, Feb 28, 2010
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2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle courtesy of soulforpeanuts (thanks, Rick!) into a perfect pint.

A - Far and away the darkest DIPA I've ever seen -- looks more like an imperial amber/red than anything else. Big, fluffy two fingers of head with great retention. Rings of lace on the glass.

S - Very sweet-smelling. Lots of caramelly malt, some vanilla, brown sugar. Not much in the way of a hoppy bite, but it's there in the background. Alcohol is evident in the nose, which is not a surprise considering the abv.

T - Looks like an amber, tastes like an american barleywine. Toffee, burnt sugar, and caramel flavors, coupled with just a little bit of a hop bitterness. But the alcohol has more presence than I'd like, and makes the finish long and dry. This one definitely needs a year or two, and that would take it out of DIPA territory.

M - Thick and creamy, which is kind of strange for a DIPA. But it's not a bad thing. Full bodied and pleasant.

D - At 12.5%, with the alcohol not very well hidden, it's not really drinkable at all. You'd never buy a 4 or 6-pack of this for the afternoon (don't know if it even comes like that). Flavors are nice enough, but definitely one-and-done.

O - Strong, with a sweet malt background and hoppy overtones. Sounds like an american barleywine, right? I think the brewer has miscategorized this one. It's not bad, but not something I'd go out of my way to seek out.

djmichaelk, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of macrosmatic
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear, very dark amber with a one and a half finger tan head that fades pretty quickly without much lacing. Only a bit of visisble carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel, boozy, with a bit of pine hops.

T: Caramel, booze, bitter from hops. I don't get a whole lot of other hop presence.

M: Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Decent carbonation sensation. Alcohol is very noticeable - this is pretty hot.

O: I'm torn as to how to review this. As a DIPA, this is a complete fail. It was decent for a barleywine, not great though. Low hop presence and over-malted which results in a very cloying sweet overall impression. If this was listed as a American Barleywine, I think it would be in the 3.5-3.75 range for me overall.

macrosmatic, Aug 27, 2012
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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.