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Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter!

Alas, I have been hoodwinked! My typical "pick up anything new that says IPA on it" strategy has fooled me! Actually, there's nothing pale at all about the muddy brown color that this pours, with little head to speak of. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic, denying any of the hops I might have expected. The taste does do a bit better on this front, delivering a hop presence akin to a hoppier American barleywine along with some sweet fruits and malts. The finish is sweet, but a drying sensation stops it from being too cloying. A sipper. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is about what you'd expect from such a 12.5% alcohol brew. It's a pretty good beer, but don't be fooled by the "Extreme IPA" moniker plastered on the bottle. This one's a barleywine through and through.

shand, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
2/5  rDev -46.2%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

jriggins6, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber, light brown with no head or lacing.

Smells sweet with raisins and malt. A slight floral, bitter hop aroma.

Taste was not what I was expecting from an Imperial IPA. Like the nose it tastes sweet with raisins, figs, a little spice. Finishes with some hop bitterness and alchohol.

Mouthfeel is thick with good carbonation.

Not sure what this is, but not a typical IIPA. Definitely a sipper, the alcohol was quite noticeable. Won't be going back to this one.

busterwhite, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

HumanParaquat, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Biestie
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Biestie, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MtnDewd
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

MtnDewd, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BrewtalAlement
4/5  rDev +7.5%

BrewtalAlement, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring the 12 ounces into a room temperature pint glass this stuff fills the vicinity quickly with pungent herbal hop and fruity wine, fairly barleywine-like actually, and very nice with nutty nuances. It's color is ruby brown, dark but clear, with a thin but stubborn light brown head and a luscious coat of lacing. The flavor comes on with thick, near seaweed flavored hops over earthy tobacco juice malt. Not quite sure how much I like this taste at first but it feels luxurious with foamy smoothness and tiny bubbles that coat the tongue. I pick up licorice and intense root beer but the sweetness seems muted by this sort of saltiness that brings some molasses and peanut with it. The feel is beautiful and the aroma works well though not real typical of the style. But I'm not sure if the flavor holds up quite as well. Considering the fairly hefty ABV, it should be more of a sipper I suppose, in which case it might work better. But the feel and aroma are so inviting that it's hard not to tip it back pretty quickly, and there I sort of want a little more sweetness perhaps. But really, it's not bad at all, just a little shy of my expectations here.

Durge, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
3/5  rDev -19.4%

dsuedbeck, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of bkonk10
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

bkonk10, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of HopJack
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

HopJack, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, ruby tinted chestnut brown. It poured small, short lived creamy head.

s: Not hop forward, this was very balanced. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of hops, there was just plenty of caramel, brown sugar, and hints of chocolate cake batter to provide balance. The hops were resiny and earthy.

t: Citrus, then sweet brown sugar/chocolate and caramel. The finish is bitter grapefruit rind and moderate warmth. 12.5% is hard to believe, it is so well incorporated.

m: Heavy and chewy.

o: I asked about local barleywines at GBX and they didn't have any. This was one they suggested as an alternative. Great suggestion, not only was this a great beer, but is definitely more b-wine than pale ale.

DIM, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of floydie83
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

floydie83, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared at a tasting. The bottle states, "Sink the status quo, extreme IPA."

12.5%? Hmm, we don't get stuff like this in OH so I am curious, but also a bit weary, too.

A - Dark, nearing close to black once collected in the glass, wasn't expecting that. Very dark head as well.

S - Really malty. Toffee, leather, and oak aromas. Also a ton of hop bitterness.

T - Weird... black roast and char-type bitterness. Then comes the hop bitterness, it's a lot of stomach alongside all the alcohol.

O - Too harsh to drink in quantity (even as 12oz bottle to oneself).

Spider889, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -19.4%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Deuane for supplying this bottle.

A - From the bottle, the beer poured a semi-clear, chestnut colored body...it had a few ruby highlights...two fingers worth of tan head held very well and left great lacing...slow carbonation bubbles were visible

S - The nose indicates this is a very big beer...it was bold in both the hop additions (juicy, resiny) and the malt bill (sweet caramel)...both came across in a nice balance

T - First sip shows the beer is actually a little more tame than the nose suggests...a heavy malt bill comes across first...deep flavors bring forward very sweet caramel and toffee...the hops come in towards the middle and finish the beer...they are oily and really show some piney bitter notes...the combination of hops and malts in this beer actually bring out some coffee and chocolate notes towards the finish

M - Medium/thick bodied...chewy and oily...sweet yet the bitterness lingers

O - This was an interesting beer to say the least...it's very big in ABV and flavor...just when you think it's becoming too sweet/malty for an IPA, the hops come in full force and leave your palate wiped

thain709, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +7.5%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Pretty deep dark amber, almost a redish brown tint to it. Very nice clarity. One finger light tan head that lasts forever but only leaves a light lacing.

S: Very caramely. Sweet with a slight spice. A light earthy and piney hop comes through a touch. Toffee and a slight nuttiness. Almost like an aged Barleywine.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee upfront. Some kind of hop tries to come through, maybe a pine or a citrus but the caramel mixes with it and becomes a weird raisin flavor. Alcohol and buttery caramel in the finish. Don't know if I can finish this one.

M: Medium body. High carbonation. Super syrupy, and sticky.

O: Double IPA? I don't think so. This is even less a DIPA than Double Crooked Tree. This is definitely a sipper. Just so you'll be able to stomach the whole bottle.

doughanson78, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

PthPndr, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bsuedekum, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of eddiechilton
4/5  rDev +7.5%

eddiechilton, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -19.4%

jophish17, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Up the Creek pours a dark, nut brown color. Looks mostly clear. When held to light, it has a strong reddish tint. Looks crimson. A tan head tops it off and stands about a finger tall. It’s relatively quick to recede. Perhaps too much abv? Lacing was a little sticky, but lighter in volume.

The nose is below average. It’s not all that aromatic to begin with. It does have a strong, sweet caramel malt scent. Eh. Not so great. Smells like there might be some dark fruit in there. Raisin and plum come through. Hops are not all that strong at all. There are hints of pine and citrus grapefruit, but they’re very subtle in the mix. Alcohol is quite prominent. No big shock there. All in all, not that great.

The flavor is a little better than the nose. It starts out with a sweet caramel malt flavor. It’s strong. Given a beer of its size, I guess it needs the malt base. It’s too much though. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum are noted. Is this an American Barleywine? Tastes like it to me. Hops are there, but aren’t all that strong. Light pine and citrus grapefruit flavors are most notable. Alcohol is definitely there in flavor. It’s a tad warm, but isn’t quite hot. Finishes sweet with a touch of dark fruit and hops.

Up the Creek has a medium body. It feels a little thin for its size. Carbonation is moderate, but doesn’t feel buzzy. It’s not quite smooth. Given its size, it’s definitely a sipper. It’s big. I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish of the bottle.

Up the Creek is not very impressive beer. I suppose it’s a bit of novelty. Frankly, it’s much more of an American Barleywine than it is any sort of IPA. Whatever it is, it’s not all that great. There are not enough hops and the alcohol is over the top. I’d suggest passing on this one.

prototypic, Dec 04, 2011
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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