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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 397
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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3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

A= Dark in color like a dark auburn color, nice head and lots of lacing.

S= The smell is what threw me off because it's listed as a Imperial IPA but has a barleywine nose to it huge carmel notes, maybe some chocolate, or other dark fruits almost not what a Imperial would smell like really.

T= In the taste you get a strong carmel backbone the alchol is hidden pretty good with a abv of 12.5% I don't really pick that up but again when I'm thinking Imperial Ipa I'm thinking hops and this just doesn't have it at all.

M= Thick and chewy has the feeling of a barleywine.

O= Overall a good beer I just feel that it's labeled wrong I would consider this almost a barleywine instead of a Imperial Ipa. That's why it got a lower ranking for me because I don't really think this is a Imperial IPA would have been higher if it was labeled a barleywine.

08-20-2011 05:33:37 | More by LiquidBread219
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South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber color with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Aroma is caramel, sweet, alcohol, and slight citrus. Taste is very intense right up front. Taste follows the aroma, high alcohol flavor, and a lingering caramel sweetness, as well as a nice long lasting bite of hop bitterness. In my opinion, it's good, it's interesting, but it's just not for me. The alcohol is too pronounced, and there isn't the definitive hop aroma I was expecting. I'm glad I tried it, but I can't say I'll be having it again soon. Worth a taste if it's available to you, but obviously this one is not for me.

09-26-2012 00:01:05 | More by scvance
Photo of domtronzero


3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

A - Dark reddish copper colored with a big frothy long lasting whitish head. Lots of lacing. Too dark for a double IPA, IMO.

S - Caramelly sweet malts, estery and a big piny/citrusy hop aroma. Little alcohol as it warms.

F/M - Big sweet caramelly malty flavor up front. Toffee and sweet bready malts. Big piny/citrusy/earthy hops with a moderately high, very firm bitterness. Medium full bodied, thick and a little oily. Moderate carbonation. Lingering piny hops with a big sweet caramel flavor.

D - Pretty good for what is basically a young barleywine. Big, full flavored and easy drinking.

10-19-2010 05:33:05 | More by domtronzero
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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%

Oh my if that's not the brownest double IPA I've ever seen! It's pretty enough I suppose, the head is huge and tight and leaves about as nice a lace as I could ever ask for. The aroma is sweet with banana and all sorts of assorted fruit with a bit of booze and certainly some caramel. The flavor is sweet, even too sweet and too caramel focused as well but somehow I figured it would be worse from the aroma. The beer is bitter and features some fruity hop varietals giving it a nice melon rind and grapefruit flavor that sort of gets a little bit lost in the mix of everything else going on here. At 12.5 abv the beer is obviously boozy but not even close to showing that kind of strength, if I were to guess I would have clocked it in at 8-9% abv but it does get boozier as the beer warms. They really could have called this a barley wine as easily as anything, and it's not bad altogether just a bit messy. Perhaps I'll pick up another bottle and cellar it for the heck of it.

02-18-2011 22:24:58 | More by BieresDesMoines
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3.18/5  rDev -15%

Poured into a snifter on 12/4/09

Courtesy of PDXHops

A - Dense crimson in color with ruby highlights. ¼ inch head thins quickly, though swirling revives it some. Ok retention. Sparse streaks of lace.

S - Malt-bomb central: potent caramel, toffee & candied malts. Hints of toasted bread. Not picking out much in the way of distinct hops. Surprisingly little booze considering the 12.5% abv.

T - A little hop bitterness upfront with some resiny grit throughout. Bits of pine & murky floral undertones. This gives way to what is suggested with the nose - caramel, toffee & burnt/toasted malts. In abundance.

M - Heavier in body with low & somewhat smooth carbonation. As mentioned above, there is plenty of resinous grit. Some alcohol is noticeable, more so on the finish, lingering with sweetness & a faint bitterness.

D - Drinkability is good; it's rather tasty & the alcohol is well-hidden. To this end, it doesn't help salvage the fact that as a DIPA this mostly misses the mark. It's good beer, just not exactly a good representation of the style, in my opinion. As a barleywine, it would be an easy B or B+.

01-30-2010 21:46:10 | More by Ryan011235
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3.18/5  rDev -15%

12oz. bottle into half pint on 1/4/09. Shared with FooFaa.

A - Hazy reddish copper-colored body with minimal carbonation and a thin off-white head that diminished, leaving behind only a sparse amount of lace.

S - Malty and floral with some perfumy notes and lots of toffee and caramel malt character. Given the ABV%, the alcohol presence is rather restrained.

T - Initial flavor is quite syrupy and sweet for a DIPA, although some floral and perfumy notes creep into the mix. However, flavor is dominated by caramel and toffee malt, as well as a burnt sugary sweetness. Finishes with minimal bitter notes and mild alcohol warmth.

M - Thick and syrupy texture with kind of chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes quite sweet with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Big and malty for a DIPA, perhaps a bit too malty overall. Alcohol isn't too obtrusive, especially for a 12.5% brew, which helps with the drinkability factor.

01-05-2010 23:48:31 | More by ffejherb
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle courtesy of bmanning. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours quite dark with some nice ruby highlights in the body. Single-finger head falls down a bit quickly and brings some larger carbonation bubbles. There is some pretty good lacing as it starts to fall down.The initial whiff has some light notes of cherry cough syrup. It's quite faint. Some mildly-sweet caramelized malt.

The taste has a really nice malt character as well as some sweetness and caramel. This reminds me more of an English barleywine. It could be an old bottle, but it's fairly enjoyable how it is. However, I will say that the mouthfeel is a bit of a drawback as there is a slight astringency that comes out a lot more in the finish as a sort of metallic dryness.

I like where the taste was going, but the finish was a bit too much and really affected the drinkability of this one. A nice offering, though. Thanks again, Ben.

11-19-2010 23:55:48 | More by Thorpe429
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

Shared at a tasting. The bottle states, "Sink the status quo, extreme IPA."

12.5%? Hmm, we don't get stuff like this in OH so I am curious, but also a bit weary, too.

A - Dark, nearing close to black once collected in the glass, wasn't expecting that. Very dark head as well.

S - Really malty. Toffee, leather, and oak aromas. Also a ton of hop bitterness.

T - Weird... black roast and char-type bitterness. Then comes the hop bitterness, it's a lot of stomach alongside all the alcohol.

O - Too harsh to drink in quantity (even as 12oz bottle to oneself).

12-30-2011 07:29:33 | More by Spider889
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-17-2014 22:06:04 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-27-2014 05:17:15 | More by rworkman
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a two finger off-white head that settles to one slowly. Maintain excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of big malt and hops. The flavor was of big malt, hops, and a spicy note. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was very nice. There was no sign of the alcohol flavor anywhere in this one (minus just the spicy hint) as it was masked quite well with the big malt. It was not overly drinkable however. This one could sneak up on your easily if you aren't careful weighing in as a heavy hitter.

08-06-2010 19:42:36 | More by thagr81us
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-19-2014 03:44:51 | More by DeltaFour
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-27-2013 03:15:52 | More by rrski198
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-18-2014 22:22:51 | More by Baguley99
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-02-2014 23:34:52 | More by khargro2
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-18-2012 03:21:28 | More by PaulMc
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-09-2014 14:45:36 | More by tpacek
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-10-2013 21:02:09 | More by BeerGod27
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-05-2013 19:04:26 | More by shiggins22
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-15-2013 17:20:16 | More by jricharc
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-23-2013 02:10:32 | More by JAHMUR
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-12-2013 08:25:08 | More by WDJersey
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-23-2013 02:27:25 | More by mebummer
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12 oz. bottle into a Meantime snifter; courtesy of Ryan's Ghetto Fab BIF.

Pours dark, too dark for an IIPA, with a rusty amber hue that looks like cola once the glass is filled. More like an Imperial Amber in color, with a thin, wispy head of small khaki bubbles. [EDIT: bumped appearance rating from 3.0 to 3.5 after reading other reviewers that suggest this beer may be a barleywine] Thankfully, the aroma is on point, although I'm still getting the Imperial Amber/Red vibe. Candied amber malts and sticky-sweet caramel & brown sugar provide the breadth of the malt profile, and the hops are green and resinous. This is what a hoppy candy bar would smell like...in some ways it smells like an aged barleywine (think SN Bigfoot).

Aggressive in all ways, the flavor blasts the front of the tongue with a raw hoppiness that quickly gives way to hot rubbing alcohol. Hop cones and harsh bittering alpha acids nip at the front and sides of the tongue like a high grit sandpaper. Sweet caramel malts in the background, but most maltiness gets overwhelmed by the rawness of the booze. Way too alcoholic and medicinal to be anywhere close to drinkable. Body is syrupy and overly carbonated, exaggerating the rough edges of this monster of a beer. Thomas Creek took a risk with Up The Creek, but sometimes risks do not pay off in the beer world. This is one example. Too big, too boozy, too unrestrained, and nowhere near an IIPA for me. I'd have to pass on this one next time...

08-21-2009 03:05:31 | More by wagenvolks
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-05-2013 22:50:59 | More by BigTrubble
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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