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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: khiasmus on 06-03-2007

111 IBU
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Ratings: 447 | Reviews: 180
Photo of jshusc
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerparrot
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like it or hate it, this 12.5% beer is a sipper. Nice dark color, bold hops and malts combine to allow you to enjoy this beer for an hour, any quicker and you'd be tempted to open another until you get to the fridge. Then it occurs to you what you've just drunk. At least that's what happened to me, just saying. More towards the 120 kind of beer me thinks.

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely not a DIPA/IIPA. More like a strong ale or barley wine. Not sure if I can score this accurately. I'm unaware of the freshness on this 12oz. bottle.

Pours a very clear ruby red when held up to light. Minimal lacing with a few sticky spots towards the top of the glass rim.

The nose is very sweet and fruity. Almost perfume like.

Taste is a huge fruity sweetness backed with malt and booze.

Medium bodied, somewhat smooth for the massive abv.

Overall, not as advertised. This beer is nowhere even close to a typical DIPA/IIPA. Rated as a strong ale/barleywine.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby pour with thin beige head. Sweet malt/sugar beet notes. Tastes like caramel candy,alcohol on the exhale. Smooth, medium plus mouthfeel with alcohol burn on the tongue tip. Overall, rich with a candy/alcohol finish. Nice.

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A really powerful and malty imperial IPA. It tastes great, but i couldn’t drink up the whole bottle by myself

Photo of katterbe
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Barkmatic
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I gave this a poor rating based upon the the fact that it is being advertised as an extreme IPA, what I got was a decent strong ale. If you are into strong ales, I recommend this one, but if you are looking to enjoy a nice IPA, do not waste your time. The beer store I went to discounted them at a $1 a bottle, so I am happy about the purchase. How often can you get a beer at 12.5% for a buck?

Photo of marley2112
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnnyI
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled this one in a 5 oz. pour at Homegrown Brewhouse in Summerville, SC. Surprising, right from the rip. Pours with an unexpected ruby-amber color and crimson highlights when well illuminated. A single finger of khaki foam hung around forever, leaving a ribbon of thin lacing. As IPA's go, this is one of the least aromatic I have ever had. The weak hop presence is dominated by malts and molasses. Again, completely unexpected. The taste brings intense brown sugar malt sweetness with a tart dry finish of orange citrus pith. Some dark, fruity esters as well. Medium-bodied, slick with tame carbonation. A tad thinner than expected for such a big beer, probably due to the lack of creaminess. This was a strange one for me. I wouldn't readily suggest that this as an IPA, let alone a double. Initially, it did not seem at all to fit the profile, but I must admit that the hop flavor at least builds on your palate (along with a cumulative booziness). This would be more aptly described as a train wreck between a barley wine and an English IPA. Maybe Thomas Creek could coin a new phrase for this style. The EIBW? Nah, the name works about as well as this experiment. It's certainly not offensive, but it misses the mark in a lot of ways for me. An example of a beer that is less than the sum of its parts. I'd readily take any number of run-of-the-mill IPA's over this one. It's not even in the same league as most doubles.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, sugary. Does not taste like a barrel aged imperial stout. Very good taste but nothing like a DIPA

Photo of Nevbo
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark red with a tan head. Smelled slightly hoppy but mostly malt and dark fruits. Very sweet taste, not much hops: malty and sugary with a hint of plum. The high ABV is all but hidden.

This is my second time trying this and I really dig it. True IPA or not, I like it.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Dark and toasty. No real hop aroma or flavor.

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I may be a little biased as this is one of the first "Craft" beers I tried in college and started me on a journey to discover there was more than Forties and High Life out there.

Photo of KMitch
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of njtmayhem
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PaleAleSean
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cmq103
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Kono52
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gidyup
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TheAnk
1.64/5  rDev -55.7%

Photo of Keene
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of RichVlah
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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