Thomas Creek Up The Creek - Thomas Creek Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
First off, I am disregarding the ipa label and judging this for what it is. An American strong ale. This carries none of the characteristics of an ipa. The color is deer reddish brown amber with a thick tan head that gives way to a spiderweb of cream lacing. The nose is deep and malty. With notes of dried fruit even some caramel. There is also an underlying scent of booze (no surprise given the abv). The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy. Again nothing like an ipa but amazing none the less. The flavors are all malt with a little hop bitterness on the tail. I get lots of raisins, prunes, dried apricots, and even a little coffee. Maybe this is just a very old bottle but it definitely does not represent an American ipa. What it is is a damn good strong ale or barleywine. With the right label this would be an incredible beer.
02-13-2014 04:40:15 | More by lochef81
3.69/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle Dec. 10 2013
Pours surprisingly dark, thin, tan dissipating head. Nose is light orchard fruit and caramel. Both characteristics get bumped up on the palate. Straight caramel apple you dropped in pile of pine needles. Hides the alcohol OK. Still boozy, but not quite 12.5% boozy.
Overall, from my recent sampler, it's Thomas Creeks MO to make India Pale Ales that aren't pale at all. The malt bills seem to really be detracting from the hops they're trying to showcase.
02-05-2014 23:18:02 | More by Zach136
4.26/5 rDev +13.9%
12oz bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates
A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly opaque, that has ruby hues when held to light. 2.5 fingers width of dark khaki colored head has very good retention and leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Tons of sweetness, sweet malts, candied sugar, and caramel/toffee. Only subtle citrus rind/piney hop notes. American Barleywine, yes; DIPA, no. Very nice aroma though.
T: Like the nose there is tons of sweetness, starting with dark fruits, and a bit of cocoa. I then get caramel/toffee, and a fair amount of hoppy bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
M/D: Smooth, carbonation on the lower end, full body, ABV is well restrained, and for how bit the big is, drinkability is good.
O: This is a pretty bad DIPA, but its an excellent barleywine! Seriously though, this has american barleywine written all over it, starting with the color then continuing all the way through the aroma and taste. I docked this one some points for being completely off style, but even with the deductions I still rated it highly, thats how much I like this one. Really a great beer if you throw that IPA description out. I plan to buy a few of these for some aging.
01-20-2014 00:07:28 | More by zac16125
4.26/5 rDev +13.9%
Thomas Creek Up the Creek has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, rust-red appearance, with a few bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, very sweet, bread crust and generalized bread. Think bread. The taste is of the same, with a profoundly bitter hop oil treatment, but even this is subdued, in a way. Think bitter, yet subtle. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and syrupy, and Thomas Creek Up the Creek finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and more drinkable than one would suspect. For those who adore extreme bitterness and richness, this should do the trick.
12-25-2013 16:34:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.96/5 rDev +5.9%
A-surprised how dark the beer pours, amber with a thin layer of head that leaves a ring around the top
S-rich malts with hints of bitter hops
T-caramel malt, brown sugar, and a piney finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, did not taste like 12.5% at all.
M-medium sticky body, good carbonation
Overall this beer does not drink like an IPA, still pretty enjoyable though. And alcohol is no where to be seen.
12-15-2013 22:27:40 | More by ksimons
Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
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