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Pig Swig Pig Tail Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Pig Swig Pig Tail Ale
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 21.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed for Piggly Wiggly supermarkets.

(Beer added by: SuperSpy on 06-08-2011)
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -2%

03-04-2012 02:37:42 | More by buckyp
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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

03-23-2013 12:56:14 | More by avisong
Photo of goblue3509


3.18/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a burnt orange color with some red highlights in the darker reaches of the light. There is a slight head and decent lace. The aroma is of big caramel malt and a slight breadiness. Nice and inviting if not overly complex. The taste follows suit with a breadiness at the start before a big wave of sweet and caramel malt take over. A refreshing taste again decent but not very complex. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and very slightly creamy. Overall it was a decent beer, it is a beer you can have a six pack of and not worry about it. Worth a try.

01-02-2013 20:13:57 | More by goblue3509
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

10-13-2013 15:29:10 | More by JISurfer
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -4.2%

I think it's kinda cool the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain has it's own beer. It's not a bad beer either. It's certainly brewed to appeal to the masses but at least it is a real beer. Clear amber/brown in color with a small beige head with good retention. Not much going on in the aroma dept. Carmel and some toasted malts. Caramel malt flavors with just a hint of hop bitterness for flavor. Thin slick mouthfeel, sessionable beer.

06-30-2012 04:48:37 | More by wcudwight
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

05-29-2012 23:52:07 | More by redfox405
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

03-06-2012 00:50:52 | More by carrollmel7
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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

06-28-2012 02:23:30 | More by LouDogg114
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3.28/5  rDev +7.2%

This is one of Thomas Creek's beers brewed under Piggly Wiggly's Pig Swig label. It may be one of Thomas Creek's other beers under a different name but I am not sure which one. I picked this up at a Piggly Wiggly in Charleston during Memorial Day weekend. It is in a brown 12oz bottle with a red checkered label that has a little pink pig trying to lick up every last drop from an upturned beer mug. I think this may be my wife's favorite beer label ever.

No freshness date on the bottle but considering that Piggly Wiggly just launched this beer it should be fairly fresh.

This beer is a very clear, dark amber. The head is thick, sticks to everything, refuses to die completely, and leaves lace up and down the glass. This is a really, really good looking beer.

The aroma is slightly malty at first with hints of toast and caramel. Good, but not very complex and not outstanding.

Great medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A nice malty flavor with just enough hops to round it out. It has a some toast and caramel right up front then quickly balances out with a slightly herbal but otherwise rather generic bitterness. It then finishes with bready grain and more bitter flavor. They definitely went middle of the road with this but I think they're trying to appeal to a large audience.

It's a good beer for the price and I would definitely drink it again, but it's not something I plan to keep on hand regularly.

06-08-2011 21:36:14 | More by SuperSpy
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +30.7%

12-07-2011 15:42:32 | More by UnderPressure
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-10-2012 01:00:41 | More by Caterwaul
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-14-2013 18:48:01 | More by clemtig76
Photo of whitekiboko

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -34.6%

12-27-2011 00:37:44 | More by whitekiboko
Photo of Mattybz28

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-19-2012 19:29:42 | More by Mattybz28
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

09-03-2012 00:40:37 | More by Nyskizy
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -2%

12-09-2012 15:43:59 | More by BigDaddyJohn
Photo of thadbme

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%

A: Pourds a nutty brown with little carbonation and head. Beer is cloudy and non transparent. Has a reddish tint to it when held up to the light.

S: Smells of caramel toasted malt. How very short of a description, but I literally stuck my nose in the beer trying to pick up more. Just not a lot going on in the smell department.

T: Taste isn't bad, reminds me of newcastle just like some other beers i've had recently. Its a tad bitter, but drinks very easily. Not much carbonation at all. It almost has a watered down taste.

M: Very light on the mouth and almost no carbonation. Bitter, goes down easy.

O: I will drink it because its beer, but I would probably prefer something else. If it was handed to me, great... but disapointed in this one.

10-21-2011 00:01:14 | More by thadbme
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1.5/5  rDev -51%

01-07-2013 00:03:28 | More by Pinnerjo
Photo of brandonlovesbeer

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +38.2%

Cost: $7.99 for a 6 pack.

This beer is covertly brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery.

When it was first poured, there was about two inches of a nice creamy head. It’s a really deep amber color.

It smells similar to an English Brown Ale. There’s a pronounced maltiness with a very light hop character. It’s definitely got an English fruitiness about it.

Just like it smelled, it tastes just like an English Brown Ale. It’s slightly similar to Newcastle Brown Ale. Again with the pronounced maltiness and a very light English hop character. It definitely has that characteristic English Fruitiness in the taste. They possibly used an English ale yeast, which typically imparts those fruity flavors. If I were to guess, I’d say this was the same beer as Thomas Creek’s "Appalachian Amber Ale" rebranded for Piggly Wiggly.

$7.99 is about average for a 6pack of a decent craft beer. And this is certainly that.

Don’t let the title, ’Store Brand’ sway your opinion before you even try it. Think of it as a really good craft beer that just happens to be cursed with the title of, "Store Brand." So if you love good beer, don’t miss out on this one. Don’t let the title, "Store Brand" turn you off.

If you’re in the coastal areas of South Carolina, find your closest Piggly Wiggly, pick up a 6 pack of Pig Tail Ale and enjoy a well crafted beer.

02-22-2013 04:42:55 | More by brandonlovesbeer
Pig Swig Pig Tail Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.