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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 192
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.65% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 12-18-2002

21 IBU
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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 192
Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle.It says 6.2% abv on the label. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is hops up front, caramel malts at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (275 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.12/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Frosted shaker of draft at Longhorn Steak House in Greenville, SC
Aroma - can't detect any
Head - decapitated by bartender; what remains is an off-white 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor - rare island of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor - some malt detected; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, aggressive carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 1, Flavor 2.5, Palate 2.5, Overall 2.25

Not very good but who knows how well the restaurant maintains its tap lines. I do give the Longhorn in Greenville credit for serving a local brew. (574 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A clear, medium gold, with visible carbonation. The color is rather light for the style. The head is large, white, and resilient.

Smell: Quite a bit of diacetyl, even for an Irish Red. The rest of the aroma profile consists of sweet malt and caramel. Not an excellent bouquet, but not off-putting, either.

Taste: The malt bill exhibits bready, toasty, and grainy flavors, with an appropriately dry, roasty finish. Caramel gives the beer an obvious, but is balanced nicely with the malt. Very low bitterness. A fine, classic Red Ale in the Irish style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and medium carbonation produce a refreshing, part sessionsable/part sippable mouthfeel. Even with a 6.2% ABV, some light alcohol warming adds a hearty sensation.

Overall: Not the most tip top Irish Red I've had, but definitely a solid, traditional recipe. It just needs a little more polish and finesse. In its current state, especially with the diacetyl factor, it reminds me of an award winning homebrew ...in a small, regional competition. (1,037 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

No idea how old this is, but it's a gusher. Took 5 minutes to see what color it was. It's amber with a billowing cream head. Aroma is metallic, with nutty notes and specialty malt fruitiness. Flavor is also metallic and nutty, with herbal hop notes. That metallic character dominates, though. Becomes phenolic as it warms. (322 characters)

Photo of beerblogger
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color typical of the style; deep copper. Lingering, off-white head in the glass. Caramel malt in the nose, no hop presence. Good malt flavors mid-palate, with light English hop flavors and roasted malt well balanced. I'd say medium body but with crisp mouth feel and dry, light roasted and very smooth finish. Very easy drinker. (328 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to reddish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet caramel like malt. In the taste, sweet caramel malt, citrus notes, and a sweet to dry roast. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and citrus aftertaste. Nice citrus hop and sweet caramel malt. (310 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the bottle but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale copper. A finger of off-white, buttery head left a thick ring around the edge and a spotted lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee, red and black licorice. It induces flashbacks of another beer but cannot remember which. (Murphy’s Irish Red?) As it warms, dark fruit plum and raspberry emerge, as well as strawberry and apple sweetness.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy — a very welcome surprise. At first, the flavor is somewhat subtle and unimpressive; it offers very little except caramel and toffee sweetness. Hop spice and bitterness come into play as the beer warms, giving it a nice boost, and hints of fruit and licorice also emerge.

Drinkability: Very good stuff. Each sip invites another. (879 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Carolina Ale House in Greenville SC

A: copper; thin head; clear, good lacing
S: thin, slightly malty aroma; the smell might have dissipated in the time taken from draft to table service
T: sophisticated red ale; dry; not sweet; complex hop profile; not boozy
M: silky, smooth

Solid red ale, good meal beer (323 characters)

Photo of jploving
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review in many years...when I originally joined I was a casualty of the economic down turn....very happy to be back...
First off....the bottle of Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale I am drinking from says it is 6.2 % abv...maybe the recipe has changed since the original was introduced...
This is a very balanced beer.
Open the bottle and a very light sweet scent of malt is present--only a small bit above subtle...
First sip is not that of many American Reds-malt, caramel then a boat load of bitterness...but rather sweet apple (pink lady or maybe gala) and nicely ripped pear. As I continue to take a few sips, the sweet-but light-malt sweetness comes through. There is enough bitterness to balance it out but I did not actually notice any bitterness until close to the end of the first bottle-which I did welcome. The second bottle I noticed a more prevalent array of malt and caramel sweetness accompanied by the bitterness, which is the trend that continued into the last bottle of the six pack-...what did you expect?-I never start a six pack w/o finishing all six.
I have had this beer several times-bottles and draft- and proud to rejoin this community with a winner:
Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale is a really good beer...
solid 4 out of 5 (1,268 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received from a co-worker. Thanks Eric!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" orangey tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head bubbles down slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is nutty with a touch of citrus.

Taste is medium toasty malt upfront, citrus in the middle, with a clean close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Liking this one. (384 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, and I really like the shade of read in my glass. On top you get quite a bit of foam that dies down pretty quickly. There is minimal stickyness to the foam, which leads to only slight lacing.

The nose on this one is pretty mild. I pick up some hops, but not a lot. There is some lightness in the red character.

The flavor on this beer is really understated. There isn't much happening in each sip. I feel like I have to pull air across the beer to pick up some funkiness.

I wouldn't turn this beer down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another bottle/pint of this one. (616 characters)

Photo of Veristic
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale served @ 45* into a Dos Equis tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/15/12. Can't read date code.

A- Red-orange amber body. Very good clarity, possibly filtered. Small white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a very thin crown that hangs around to the end. No lacing.

S- Out the neck: Doesn't smell very appealing, much like a macro, maybe a hint of caramel malt. Once poured, smell is slightly better, still a very light aroma. Slightly grainy with some crystal malt.

T- Man, not very impressive at all. Watery with some malt sweetness up front. Finish is pretty dry. Bland.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly slick on the lips. Sadly, the mouthfeel is one of the better qualities of this beer.

O- This beer needs MORE specialty grains. More crystal malt, more toasted and/or roasted grains. Not a horrible beer by any means but definitely one of the poorer examples of the style. (926 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Your basic red pour, a thin layer of white.

Aroma, herbal hops, malt, light tea.

Taste, a nice light balance of malt and herbal/piney hops. Some caramel and iced tea. Nothing real aggressive, but nice for the style.

On the lighter side, ample carbonation, drinks pretty easy. Wish the abv was a tick less, but you certainly still don't notice it where it is at.
A good red ale. (386 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a mug. Poured a deep red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, citrus, and subtle pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, and subtle pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me. While it was a decent brew from the style, it wasn't overly memorable. Worth trying if you haven't done so or if you see it on tap and want something a little lighter on the night. (667 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear and slightly reddish amber with a thick and fine-bubbled, if not persistent, palest golden head. Aroma has yeasty, malty, pear and banana notes. Flavor is mainly malty and yeasty, and fruity undertone is largely banana and pear. Texture is smooth, average-bodied and fairly fizzy. (299 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. The label is currently listing the ABV% as being 6.2%.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body the hue of a somewhat used (but abused) penny. Two fingers of slowly settling, whitish froth. Adequate lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented caramel, though light, paired with even lighter hints of fruit and zestful herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, caramel edged maltiness with a fair amount of pleasing initial sweetness. Faint, faint nuttiness as the malts roll around the palate for a few sips. Hint of baked spiced apple as the fruitiness comingles with the lightly spicy, scantly herbaceous hops. Low bitterness. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Good drinkability here, the Red Ale does a fine job at just simply being a Red Ale. Though the label states the beer as being 6.2%, I'd prefer the 5-something listed here on the site, to keep things even more easily drinkable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head, lots of lacing on a clear amber/gold body. Nice head retention. Very nice sweet caramel malt aroma however not very strong. More sweet caramel malt with a minty notes throughout the experience. Mild typical red ale bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a very attractive beer with the mint note making this one enjoyable and rather unique. Not as drinkable as some reds however. (421 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.02/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/23/11

Clear, burnt amber with just a slight chill haze. Two finger head rises quickly and recedes slowly to a thin, bubbly layer of foam. Good lace; half walled, half wispy.

Smells strange for a red ale; mostly adjuncts, a bit of grain and a very minute floral hop notion. Buried in the back is a note of artificial sweetener. Seriously lacking hop presence and caramel. Come to think of it, this smells like an adjunct amber lager.

Huh. Tastes a bit better than I was expecting but still not where it should be. The hops are ramped-up a smidgen and offer a reasonable and consistent bitterness. Hints of bread and caramel are appreciable in the middle, which is good for the style, but the follows suit with the nose toward the finish where notes of adjuncts emerge, as does a metallic twinge. The finish is not pleasant.

Medium body. Carbonation is way out of control at first but simmers towards the end of the glass. Slightly grainy feel, which I like; coating on the finish, which I don't.

This is kind of baffling. The aroma is weak and powerless. Tastes good at the start of each sip but totally falls apart by the finish. I wish that weren't the case; this beer is trying to be decent. As is, there's no need for me to finish the bottle. (1,293 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-light sepia color with about a 2 finger head that faded fairly quick but left a little lacing

S-a little sweet carmel malts but not much else

T-the carmel malts again with some dried dark fruits like raisins and prunes

M-good carbonation

O-easy to drink not much to think about can use it to convert some friends definitely better from a glass rather than the bottle (413 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a one finger head and some lace on the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and some fruitiness. The taste follows the nose a nice caramel malt backbone with a dark fruit sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is modearelty cabonated. Overall a solid amber not the best but certainly not the worst. (314 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."

--Red Buttons

Bonfire orange with Sunkist highlights and two fingers of sandstone colored cream that looks pretty good. Plenty of bubbles keep the cap from falling too quickly, and spots of suds begin to appear when it eventually starts to shrink.

The aroma is more malty than hoppy... but isn't impressive in either direction. A whiff of muskiness and some toasted grains is about it. It's interesting that the brewery uses the words 'roasted malt character' for a beer than contains nothing darker than caramel.

In my somewhat limited experience, beer from TCB ranges from average to solidly good. Unfortunately, River Falls Red Ale is closer to the former. Like the nose, malt has the biggest say on the palate, which is how it should be for the style.

Specific flavors include toasted bread, baked nuts, hints of caramel, and a nonspecific earthiness that is probably coming from a hop bill that includes Perle, East Kent Goldings, Tettnanger and Willamette. Maybe something more citrus zest-like would have been the way to go. Inoffensive... and unimpressive.

There's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's on the generous side for the ABV and becomes nicely creamy by the bottom half the bottle. Sometimes a barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking works out just fine.

Even though Thomas Creek considers River Falls Red Ale to be their 'flagship beer', it's more of a sturdy little tugboat. It would also be best if they took the tagline 'Sink The Status Quo' off the label, because this stuff is the very definition of the status quo. (1,626 characters)

Photo of Buggabeer
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Nice orangish red in color with a thin off white head. Not much lacing going on here.

S. Not much in the smell....very lack luster. I pick up bread and grass with some old bar rag.

T Taste thin to me with zero hops. More like a Killian's. Would be better on a hot day after mowing the grass.

M. This is where the macro over carbination comes in. As stated above this is like a Killian's Irish Red. To much carbination for my liking or this style

O If you a relatives that have no idea what a good beer is and you want to fool them into thinking you do then give them this. This should have a Coor's lable on it (618 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Peace Tree pint. No freshness date.

A: Pleasant amber color. One finger head fades a little bit quickly. Minimal lace.

S: Sweet malt, some biscuit, and a bit of fruity esters. Pretty nice.

T: Semi-sweet malt, some caramel, dark fruits and a bit of leaf. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. There's occasionally some metal in the finish that hurts the flavor-- not every sip, but happens more than once.

M: Nice medium body with good carbonation, a bit of creaminess.

O: Not a bad beer, but really wish the metal wasn't there. Would help the beer a lot if that aspect could be fixed. (599 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

red-orange tinted dark amber; crystal clear with short-lived and smallish white head

Aroma - a rather unimpressive toasted malt and cereal with hints of dark fruit

T - toasted malt; neither complex nor bold. Noticeably and nicely bitter [IBU = 21], but seems too sour.

M - Light-medium bodied; moderate carbonation; quite smooth

D - a pleasant red ale for sure, but too plain and subtle to generate much interest. (446 characters)

Photo of Hoser77
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving-12oz. bottle
A-Brilliant clarity. Copper with orange hues. Dense 1" off-white head that persists with lacing. Effervescent bubbles rise to the surface.

S-Malty sweetness with caramel and toasted notes. Slight earthy and floral hop aroma. Fruity fermentation esters. Very clean.

T-Very bright. Malty and toasty, with slight raisin, fruit, and toffee flavors. Pleasant floral and earthy hop flavors.

M-Moderate body, slightly overcarbonated. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry. No astringency.

D-Very crisp and refreshing. A nice example of a red ale. Easily a 2-3 pint beer. I enjoyed this beer very much. (614 characters)

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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.