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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 36 | 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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4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no clue this was 12.5% abv. What's going on all I wanted was a standard IPA...okay I will drink it. Pours a deep ruby mahogany brown hue with big flowing tan head, clings to the sides of glass actually leaves some really nice intricate lacing. Aroma has deep pine, earthiness with a big malt backbone think caramel and dark chocolate toffee notes. Robust and chewy on the palate, big resinous hops coated with a balanced level of malt. Badass beer that states: "Sink the status quo." That's exactly what this beer is doing, I would label it an old ale or barleywine if handed to me blindly but the brewer chose, extreme IPA...EXTREME IPA it is!!! Layers of alcohol intertwined with viscous caramelized malt sugars nearly burnt at times, roasted malts, earthy resinous dank hop components this thing is firing on all cylinders. Mouthfeel is...see above description of chewy, with moderate slow bubbling carbonation never cloying but a bit abrasive in a good way. Overall, I'm glad I accidentally bough some extreme IPA, most IPAs I wouldn't recommend aging but this one will lay down and turn into something beautiful, think Bigfoot aging potential. Good fresh but I can almost bet this only gets better and better. By the way I'm pairing with a petit corona from Illusione 68 aka Bombone...it is small but mighty chalk full of raging Honduran, and Nicaraguan long fillers brings the spice and strength with all of the ligero leaf they managed to package in this small cigar. Dion Giolito is blending genius!

WVbeergeek, Sep 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

jaswilson2, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

ChuckS, Sep 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

Pumilio, Sep 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrewShalvoy, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

carterbt, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dlin0sbb, Aug 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mebummer, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Mattsk1, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kmos27, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of dwren89
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep burgundy with nice creamy tan thick head, great clarity

Aroma: deep bready and caramel notes, piney and citrusy hop aroma with noticeable bitterness,

Taste: very malty with a deep bready and caramel flavor that finishes pretty darn bitter, though much more balanced than most double IPAs. Very developed malt character with more bitterness than hop flavor. Definite alcohol note, though not a hot or fusel one

Mouthfeel: very full bodied, thick and chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Overall: A beer defined by its deep and very developed malt flavor and very bitter finish, but not much hop flavor. The hop flavor is likely very masks by the overwhelming malt because the aroma is there. At 12.5% ABV, it's no mystery why it's is so malty.

dwren89, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jricharc, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

stonewild, Jul 31, 2013
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Brobiehansen, Jul 31, 2013
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.