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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek River Falls Red AleThomas Creek River Falls Red Ale

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%

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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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 19:27:58 | More by bditty187
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle from a local brewer in Greenville, SC. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a good sized head that quickly dissipates. Minimual lacing. Nice malty aroma with some spiceness (cinnamon?) in the background. Taste is sweet malt with a little spicy flavor and very little ho bitterness. Not a bad brew, just not one I would seek out. I prefer their amber ale over this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 13:15:17 | More by clemtig76
Photo of MSchae1017


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a amber burnt-orange with an extreamly frothy offwhite head that leaves a bit of lacing and a little film all the way down. The smell is mostly malty with sweet aromas and the chararacteric malt smell that seems to come along with all thomas creek beers. The taste exhibits the same characteristics as the smell. This is mostly sweet malts with a bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a nice thickness. There is also a slight dryness associated with it. Overall, average on drinkability. That characteristic maltiness that seems to be consistent throughout all Thomas Creek beers just isn't to my liking

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 23:15:00 | More by MSchae1017
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

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 00:48:22 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of babydoc


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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 02:16:29 | More by babydoc
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 02:45:44 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured amber brown with an ever so slight haze. The head was white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with dark caramel and a mild fruitiness.

The flavor was malty with caramel leading the charge. The flavor begins sweet on the palate and that flavor is pretty even all the way through the aftertaste. The bitterness is just present enough to keep the sweet caramel malts in check so the beer stays well balanced.

The finish was off dry with caramel maltiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

12 ounce bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. Add some additional bittering to the flavor to tip the balance toward bitter and this could be a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 23:54:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber red in color. The head was hard to judge as I tasted this at a festival in a 2.5 oz shot glass. Immediately pick up sweet malt on the nose that dominates any other scent. The taste was clean, sweet malt with a very robust, lingering finish with average carbonation. I agree with the other reviewers in that this is much better that other American Reds. A great improvement over their Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 08:27:24 | More by Loki
Photo of John

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking slightly hazy amber/red. Decent tan head. Aroma is similar to sweet wort with some faint, leafy hops. Flavor is predominately malt as it should be for the style, sweetish and biscuity. An easy going hop finish makes for a decent red. A good crossover brew for someone discovering better beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 17:42:53 | More by John
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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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