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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
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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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zac16125

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:07:28 | More by zac16125
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2014 20:04:51 | More by dmorgan310
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-17-2014 23:15:38 | More by jzlyo
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mverity

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-13-2014 03:19:46 | More by mverity
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GeorgeBeerS

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-04-2014 16:28:59 | More by GeorgeBeerS
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mecmd

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-02-2014 22:26:17 | More by mecmd
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-30-2013 02:04:57 | More by rjp217
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rrski198

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-27-2013 03:15:52 | More by rrski198
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 16:34:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-19-2013 08:35:28 | More by aztraz
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ksimons

New York

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-surprised how dark the beer pours, amber with a thin layer of head that leaves a ring around the top

S-rich malts with hints of bitter hops

T-caramel malt, brown sugar, and a piney finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, did not taste like 12.5% at all.

M-medium sticky body, good carbonation

Overall this beer does not drink like an IPA, still pretty enjoyable though. And alcohol is no where to be seen.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:27:40 | More by ksimons
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-15-2013 02:41:01 | More by BillRoth
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Gladius270

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-13-2013 19:45:08 | More by Gladius270
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2013 03:43:05 | More by gritz147
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-13-2013 01:40:33 | More by JMS1512
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BeerGod27

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-10-2013 21:02:09 | More by BeerGod27
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Alex5

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-10-2013 01:50:33 | More by Alex5
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polopaul20

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-06-2013 14:16:36 | More by polopaul20
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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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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-04-2013 04:55:33 | More by RochefortChris
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-30-2013 04:05:26 | More by Axnjxn
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Freemann

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-27-2013 03:02:36 | More by Freemann
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Pookie

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-17-2013 16:28:53 | More by Pookie
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JIsaacMcKelvey

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Uncorked Marietta, GA. Living in Georgia, it's a big deal to get your hands on a 12.5% so I picked up this Up The Creek with little knowledge of Thomas Creek. The bottle says it's an IPA or "Extreme IPA." BA labels it an Imperial and I'd have to agree more with that, but even then...it's almost more of a barrel-aged imperial or even a barleywine.

It pours (into a Stone VE glass) a dark, malty color with barely a one finger off white head.

The aroma comes off the top with a big malt kick and tobacco; not to be overdone by the strong ABV which is prevalent as well.

The taste caramel, tobacco, malts, and a pine note from the hops. Tastes almost barrel-aged to me though. I almost question whether I bought an outdated bottle, being originally expecting just a strong IPA. I don't get any fruit notes or bitterness but a very malty, woodys taste with the slightly overpowering alcohol content.

The mouth feel if full-bodied but creamy. Only slightly carbonated, it's really not over the top for one of the strongest beers we can get down here.

Overall: It's a great beer but I think it is misrepresented which brings a confusing mindset to the initial enjoyment of the beer. I'd definitely recommend this beer but don't be expecting a big hoppy "Imperial IPA" with high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 16:59:20 | More by JIsaacMcKelvey
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet capped by an ecru head that grows rocky as it leaves a decent amount of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, tobacco and pine

Taste: Caramel and tobacco tones dominate the front end, with the piney hops building to a crescendo; not to be outdone, the malts add a toffee sweetness to the finish though bitterness also remains in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noted, this beer is more in barleywine territory and it is a good one when measured by that standard

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:13:09 | More by brentk56
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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