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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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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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Ratings: 390 | Reviews: 165 | Display Reviews Only:
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-03-2013 00:04:22 | More by kaelingirl
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-01-2013 12:33:45 | More by discharmingly
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cackalacky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-28-2013 22:56:35 | More by cackalacky
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-24-2013 20:01:49 | More by BMart
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somelikehops

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-17-2013 12:04:52 | More by somelikehops
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-13-2013 02:22:54 | More by teamwiggum
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-07-2013 00:39:53 | More by dvanhandel
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-05-2013 22:50:59 | More by BigTrubble
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bcuz7

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-04-2013 22:02:49 | More by bcuz7
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-04-2013 15:24:03 | More by FUwolfpacker
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-02-2013 15:38:14 | More by ShemRahBoo
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-01-2013 03:18:58 | More by DMarlinJ
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a dark ruby/brown color. Body is slightly hazy. Great head. Decent size and great retention. Strong lacing consistency.

S-Rich, deep candied citrus hops. Resinous oily hoppiness. Loads of sweet caramel. Booze is surprisingly not too evident here. The nose has strength but its a bit too subdued for a beer of its epic gravity.

T-Supremely sweet. Hops are sweet and candied in flavor. Loads of caramel. Doesn't taste like a DIPA to me. Sweeter than anything else. Reminds me of a Double Crooked Tree with a less pronounced hoppiness.

M-Full, full, full. Chewy and resiny. Softer carbonation. A real sipper.

O/D-As expected, the girth of this beer makes it a slow-sipping Barleywine or Strong Ale in my opinion. Its worth a try but I am incredibly thankful that most DIPAs don't taste like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 23:40:00 | More by VelvetExtract
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MadWolf

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-24-2013 19:46:11 | More by MadWolf
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in hotel glass in Greenville, SC

A: very dark; good thick head; great carbonation; good lacing
S: overwhelmingly like an imperial stout in its aroma; lingers nicely
T: has a strong imperial stout quality in its booziness and dark roast profile; but the stronger hop profile is unmistakable, with an emphasis on brighter, finishing hops; this might be considered too much an attempt at a cross-over, which isn't, imo, a great idea
M: smooth, viscuous

This is a good closing beer, mainly for the high gravity. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 04:29:05 | More by Arithmeticus
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-17-2013 15:50:39 | More by twenty5
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-16-2013 02:48:09 | More by JISurfer
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-11-2013 10:17:49 | More by Travcofarms
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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-07-2013 23:24:01 | More by pcsnyder
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A pure transparent copper, lightly dark (if that makes sense). Head is off white, with an orange tint to it rising to maybe 1/2"

Smell: Heavy caramel and malts, your nostrils will love you.

Taste: Without a doubt this brew will satisfy most palates. An easy hoppiness with heavy caramel and sweet hops. Malts in full effect. ABV is a little overwhelming but no complaints it is just enough to offset it's bitterness.

Mouth: Easily the weakest property but it somewhat light carbonation shouldn't scare you, it's how sticky it is, is what you would fall in lust for.

Overall: Before even looking this beer up to do a review I already had a ballpark figure in my head of where the rating should be and am quite surprised is this "low". An incredible after dinner beer that definitely gave me a lot for a little. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 18:48:37 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33%

05-04-2013 00:54:26 | More by ejimhof
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think that this was another of local, in-person trader, tone77's haul from a recent trip to North Carolina. If so, well done, my friend! I was astounded when I noticed its 12.5% ABV, but I am the man for the job.

From the bottle: "Sink the Status Quo."; "Extreme IPA".

This was stunning from the pour onwards. I was a little heavy handed at first and I got a cascading action that resulted in two fingers of dense, deep-tan head with excellent retention. The color was somewhere between ruby and mahogany with NE-quality clarity and I wish that I had an SRM chart as I have never seen a DIPA of this shade. Nose was bringing the heat and I felt some nose hairs spontaneously combust. Recovering (in the form of a body wracking sneeze or two), I got caramel and mint and now I was slavering like a dog. In the interim, the head began to fall and the sticky lacing was going to require a jackhammer to remove. A monkey appeared out of my past, jumped on my back and began chattering loudly. Mouthfeel was soft, but hot and I mean vapors wafting from my tongue hot. Phew! Once I got my bearings and could properly function again, I realized that it reminded me of an American Barleywine - very hoppy and very malty at the same time. I know that aging of IPAs is frowned upon, but I wonder what this might be like given some time to mellow the heat. Finish was dry, between the alcohol heat and the peppermint hops. Schnapps also came to mind. This is a no playing around beer and should be treated as such.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 23:45:40 | More by woodychandler
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$3.25 single from Abe's.

Ruby colored body, good clarity when backlit. This is definitely more Imperial red/amber than IIPA. Two fingers of off white foam decays quickly but laces well.

Aroma is huge malty sweet, with some candy sugar, and very sweet cherry. A bit boozy.

Big sweet slathering malt incapacitates the tongue. Big hops manage to balance it by the swallow. Some warming alcohol.

Full mouthfeel.

It's a good beer. It's exactly like an IIPA except for the color, aroma, and taste. Call it a barleywine, or a strong ale, but it is not what is advertised.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 03:52:48 | More by RonfromJersey
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gmcsierra91

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-26-2013 22:52:52 | More by gmcsierra91
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown/red appearance. Short yellow head with beautiful lacing. Thick roasted malts and rebellious hop aroma with espresso, nuts and wood notes. Bitter/sour blast of roasted nuts, wet wood and rich hops on the first taste. Complex overall flavor with apple, bittersweet chocolate, craisins and coffee bean notes following the initial sip. For 12.5%, the alcohol seems rather well masked. Sour, nutty, bitter, complex mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 16:46:57 | More by YouSkeete
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.