Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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)
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enjoyable red ale

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4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thagr81us for this.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention isn't so good and only a touch of lacing.

4.5 S: Smells more like a brown than a red...and I like it. Lots of nuttiness with sweet caramel close behind. Candy like sugary sweetness third. Simple, but really nice.

4.0 T: Again, simple but pleasant. Nuttiness is number one again. Caramel, toffee, and a moderate balancing bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps a bit too much carbontation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: After looking at the average for this, I'm not quite sure why everyone hates it. It's a solid red ale that tastes more like a brown ale. I'd happily drink this again.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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.

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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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