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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-07-2012 12:31:08 | More by neckbracesub
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

07-05-2012 21:04:11 | More by MaC1916
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1.63/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Light colored pour with a white, airy head. Didn't like the color much - golden but with an off tint.

S - Bitter, bitter, bitter. Not appealing to me.

T - A ton more bitter. IPA to the extreme. Couldn't discern any more flavors. The aftertaste was not skunk or rotten, but was not pleasant, and took several sips of water and swishes to get it out.

M - Coated my mouth in a film which intensified the aftertaste.

O - It's not just a clever name! The hops in this are intense. It's only for IPA lovers.

IPAs have never been for me at all. I wanted to try this because of three points: I rarely buy them, I assumed from the name this would be very hoppy, and the high ABV. Gave it a shot, glad I did, reaffirmed my view of my tastes. I see what the brewer is shooting for and I'm sure will please the hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:39:31 | More by thegooddoctor_b
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-21-2012 19:05:09 | More by Daktah
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2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a medium to dark ruby color with a thin tan lacing ring. This looks more like a strong ale than an IPA.

S - Subdued dark, ripe tropical fruit, some carmelized candy malt, and some alcohol.

T - Carmelized toasted candy malt and warm alcohol and if I REALLY reach, there's some tropical fruit buried about 12 feet under if I really concentrate.

M - Thick, full bodied and velvety on the tongue.

O - It would benefit the brewer to start dating their bottles because the first experience leaves me with the impression that's it's either poorly brewed, an old bottle, or label it a "Barleywine" instead. In any case, my first experience with a Thomas Creek beer leaves me hesitant. In its current state, it's not an "experience" and more like "get drunk and wreck sh*t in a glass". Had the label not been marked as "Extreme IPA", I would have called this one a Barleywine that sits somewhere between the U.S. and the U.K. style. I will convince myself of that so it doesn't go down the drain, this is nothing close to an Imperial IPA, not even in the ball park.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:57:22 | More by jzeilinger
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a garnet with a 1 finger light beige head. Small waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- sweet candi sugar, dark fruits, tobacco, some citrus bitterness.

T- dark malts, dark fruits, candi sugar, slight citrus, citrus rind bitterness. Caramel, tobacco, and leather characteristics similar to a Barleywine.

M- full body, medium carbonation. Abv is noticeable but the beer is not hot.

O- very peculiar beer. No resemblance of an ipa, except some bitterness, not even a American Barleywine. Resembles a English barleywines hopped up. Lower rating due to the lack of resemblance to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:34:03 | More by kawilliams81
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-29-2012 23:47:36 | More by redfox405
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-29-2012 03:14:18 | More by wgfxkmf
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-28-2012 04:46:01 | More by CollegeStogie
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of this beer, just saw the 12.5% written on the tap handle and had to try it.

A- Deep mahogany red with an impressive light tan head that stuck around.

S- Layers and layers my friend. Lots of rich, thick, caramel malt, some toast, spicy alcohol, strawberry esters, and of course a big dose of citrus from the hops.

T- This stuff tasted almost like unfermented wort. Sweet, dense, bitter, lots of caramel, toffy, ginger bread, very spicy hop character, strong and surprising strawberry character.

M- Dense, sticky, thick, viscous... etc.

O- Much more like an American barleywine than a double IPA. Overwhelmingly rich and decadent. Everything a big beer should be. Would age wonderfully I'm sure but I prefer beers like this fresh as can be. Also a shout out to Cape Fear Wine and Beer for serving this in full pints at a great price. Made my evening.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 05:38:57 | More by knoxtennessee
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-18-2012 03:21:28 | More by PaulMc
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-15-2012 13:08:48 | More by dcellis
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-28-2012 04:16:47 | More by tripledbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-10-2012 03:44:50 | More by Gatordaddy
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-06-2012 03:46:49 | More by vande
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-03-2012 03:08:45 | More by jmbraxton
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2012 21:18:01 | More by RollBeerTide
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-12-2012 20:50:08 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-10-2012 05:43:26 | More by OldTime
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-09-2012 18:35:52 | More by BeerMeBrah
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-04-2012 02:39:08 | More by buckyp
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-26-2012 16:25:25 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Builds a half-inch, dark beige head that is almost creamy over a dark ruby beer. The head is short-lived, leaving thin rings on a tulip glass. The viscosity of the beer is evident with each sip.

The aroma is a sharp mix of orange peel and pine tips.

As expected, this is a highly bitter beer with sweet grapefruit, caramel malt and a long, bitter, peppery finish.

Has a sticky texture and medium body with strong astringency.

The bitterness overwhelms the flavors, though this is still a good match for spicy Italian foods.

I nice gift.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:01:53 | More by SLeffler27
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

02-15-2012 03:31:42 | More by AltimusPrime
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours the color of a rootbeer. Very dark brown but you can still see light penetrate through it. Has a nice off white/cream almost tan one finger head.

S - I smell a lot of sweetness (raisins or stoned fruit) mixed with malt. There's just a glimmer of hops. The abv is not well hidden so far.

T - Very malty, sweet, and raisins/honey abound. A little bitterness at the end with the alcohol pronounced.

M - Heavy bodied, good carbonation. It just coats your mouth.

O - I'm torn by this beer. I love it, but at the same time there's no way it's a double or even an imperial IPA. It's more barely wine. BUT, it is very good to me because I don't mind when an Extreme IPA pushes the limits. DFH does it all the time and blurs the beer categories.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:51:00 | More by cvm4
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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