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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek River Falls Red AleThomas Creek River Falls Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 11:37:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 13:30:27 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber/orange color with a two finger head that dissipates to islands of foam; some lacing on the sides

Smell: Caramel with hints of dried fruit on the nose; raisins and dates, mostly; slightly chalky

Taste: Lays down a malt backbone that provides a toffee character throughout the flavor profile; relatively low hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant drinker; a decent example of a style that I rarely seek out

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 22:17:00 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 23:58:32 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-17-2014 22:05:44 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:51:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 23:05:08 | More by kylehay2004
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -23%

12-06-2012 22:46:33 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 23:00:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish orange in color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: there are only some hints of caramel sweetness detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, sweet red apples, plums, and a very mild bitterness makes up a lighty malty beer than leans to the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout but mildly dry late.

Drinkability: decent beer but it needed a bit more bitterness IMHO. The beer was easy to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 23:31:54 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -16%

07-18-2014 04:59:52 | More by beernads
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12%

08-06-2012 16:57:42 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 22:43:35 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-29-2013 00:00:17 | More by ejimhof
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-10-2014 03:04:20 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:52:42 | More by chinchill
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: when poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this had a nice amber color and somewhat thick consistency. There was a quarter inch head and not much lacing.

S: I got a big whiff of hops here, but it was also vaguely skunky. Not a great sign.

T: While there was a trace of hops in the flavor, it was a bit on the thin side. Also, the alcohol wasn't masked well enough, giving it a nasty cough syrup quality.

M: Below average carbonation and a slick finish. Underwhelming mouthfeel.

D: I didn't find this one particularly drinkable. The taste wasn't complex and was fairly uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 15:25:47 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 21:47:51 | More by thagr81us
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:45:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 21:31:44 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23%

07-26-2013 01:01:29 | More by WOLFGANG
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-03-2014 02:56:32 | More by AngusOg
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 23:34:39 | More by merlin48
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Vancer

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brew sent by brent56 in a good trade.

Surprise twist off cap, then she poured an amber / copper with a frothy ivory head – if poured aggressively.

Biscuity and doughy malts in the aroma, which morphs’ a bit into a woody and toasted nuts taste. Nice. Dry and crisp finish, if in South Carolina I’d say go for a sixer anytime. I was bumming I only had one.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 15:04:41 | More by Vancer
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 04:15:35 | More by DavoleBomb
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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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