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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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:
21 IBU

(Beer added by: John on 12-18-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Arithmeticus, May 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Reddish brassy color, crystal clear with a decent amount of foam on top. A little toffeeish and hoppy in the nose with a more firm grip coming from the bready malt. Smooth, with a fluffy, moderate-sized body--exactly what you are looking for with Irish Reds. Maltiness bounces from caramel sweetness to biscuity graininess, and stays clean throughout. Hops are dialed in just enough to balance with the bitterness and add some character with a mild herbal/citric flavor. Maltiness lasts, which is nice to see, as many of the mass-produced Irish Reds seem to drop out with an immaculate aftertaste. A vague fruitiness is present middle to end; finishes with a light sweetness.

Right on target here, it's a style in which you don't want massive complexities clinging on the palate or flexed flavors bursting at the seams. Balanced and very drinkable--not a flaw showing.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label on the bottle says "River Falls Red Ale". Pours a mostly clear, copper/orange body with a medium beige head. Good retention and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass. Restrained aroma has hints of toasted caramel and vague hops. Light medium body has medium carbonation. Taste is malty, mostly caramel, but not overly sweet. Hop bitterness is restrained but balances well. A nice red ale that goes down well. Unassuming, but nicely put together with no obvious flaws.

merlin48, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Mantooth, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | 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.

chinchill, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of DarrellK
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DarrellK, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy, deep-amber ale has a wonderful, creamy, off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. It's malty and sweet in the nose with a hint of yeasty fruitiness. Thin streams of steadily rising bubbles reveal its moderate carbonation; and it's smooth and creamy in the mouth with a dextrinous, medium body. Sweetish, caramel and toffee-like malt dominates the flavor, which is laced with floral and delicately citrusy hops, and backed by a firm bitterness. A basic, approachable and drinkable beer!

NeroFiddled, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jploving
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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

jploving, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-brown with a decent head.

Aroma is mostly malt, a hint of caramel and fruits.

Light-medium body. Big malt flavors, lots of caramel, though not overpowering. A very faint bitterness comes through. Some biscuit flavors show up in the finish.

Not a bad amber, certainly there are better out there, but I could drink a few of these pretty easily.

Southernbrew, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of bditty187
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, red-coppery in hue with a peachy influence; I like the color. Fizzy off-white head, at the apex the foam was only one finger tall. The head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly faded to a slender cap. There some subsequent spotty lacing. In general, this is a respectable looking beer.

The nose is a soft mix of caramel malts and citrus with hints of biscuit. The hops and malts are well balanced but I do wish there was more complexity. It is oddly airy and empty; simple and soft spoken… not all that inviting but it’s not offensive.

The palate has a tickle more life than the nose indicated but that is not saying much. Upfront is biting citrus and metal, juicy malts in the middle, some caramel and biscuit. It suffers from dull sweetness at the end; minimal bitterness throughout. Even for an “Irish Red” this beer is pretty darn dull. Yawn.

Medium-light in body, light carbonation, the mouthfeel suffers because the lack of effervesces makes the flavor profile seem sluggish.

In some ways this beer, while average, is fairly decent and yet run-of-the-mill with warts… this doesn’t cut it with me. This isn’t something I’d want to drink again as there are much better similar products. Nevertheless, thanks timtheenchanta for the bottle.

bditty187, May 03, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-honey colour, slight reddish overtone. Two finger off white head, somewhat quickly falls to one finger, leaving sparse lace behind before slowly falling more.

Fresh smell of malt and yeast, with just a bit of orange and nuttiness. Not a strong smell, but subtle and sweet.

Woody and a bit ashy right up front, then a bland sweetness with just a hint of peach follows. There's a watery element to the flavour as well.

It's a little watery right up front, then the carbonation (a little higher than mild) pops out at the same time as an average body makes itself apparent. The body holds well to the finish.

It would be a decent session beer if it had a little more going on. As it is, the flavour profile can be a little bland. I'd get just a touch bored with this one after a while.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Sep 02, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

thagr81us, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Bung, Apr 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

AdamBurgess41, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

cantfindme, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazyorange, with no head and some decent lacing. Nice streams of carbonation coming from th botom of the glass. Smell was light, grainy with a hint of sweetness. The taste really caught me off guard. Came off vey sour. Hints of grapes and pears, more complex then I thought. Very light and well carbonated, and goes down very smooth. Overall tis wasalot more of a beer then I thought it was going to be. Seems like they have done a bit of exploring with this. Very complex and a good drinker.

mikesgroove, Mar 26, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

OregonGrown7, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a finger high white head that faded away, only to leave a ringer of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness are present in the nose along with some notes of apples.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and some notes of apples, caramel and bready malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I could easily drink a few of these in one night.

metter98, Dec 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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

tvv375ia, Sep 21, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ouncer kindly sent by dano 123 during Blue&Gray 2005. Pours a hazy iced-tea color, with a creamy ecru head that slowly fades. Leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Nose is sweet malts, caramel. Tastes of sweet malt and caramel throughout, with hops pushing back to balance and leave just a bit of bitternes in the sweet finish. Mouth is full and modertately carbonated. Drinks rather easily, would be nice to have another tonight!

babydoc, Jul 10, 2005
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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glorious reddish copper color with a very thin, creamy head. The aroma is largely a very fruity, berry-like malt sweetness. The flavor is more balanced with a nice hop bitterness, but the sweet caramel malts are still a bit dominant, but not quite as fruity as the nose would suggest. Medium bodied, but it feels a bit thin because of a fine carbonation that is almost reminiscent of an adjunct-lager. By no means am I comparing this to a Killian's, though, as this one has a nice malt sweetness but is also fairly balanced, making it a good (but not great) beer.

devilben02, Nov 15, 2009
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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.