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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber AleThomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Full-bodied, crisp and refreshing American Amber Ale with a malty flavor, rich caramel color, smokey notes and a smooth aromatic finish.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2003)
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BCraig:
Photo of BCraig
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- pours a red copper color; 1 inch light tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin lacing across the surface.

S - caramel malt dominates the aroma, but I can sense the 5.5% ABV, very little hop aroma.

T- I get a bit of metallic upfront, which is too bad because there appears to be a subtle caramel roastiness trying to peak through and be the star. Light hop flavors, not distinctly American or citrusy though - more florally.

M - Mildly smooth but the little roughness is more from metallic than hop bite unfortunately.

O - Not a bad beer, but lacking in the American flare; it has an underwhelming hop balance. From the ballsy claims on the packaging I was expecting more. I think there's better examples of the style coming out of Colorado and the West Coast.

BCraig, Feb 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a clear rich maber with a tight formed one finger white head that held well leaving a ring of broken lace behind as it settled quickly.Not much of anything in the nose,slight caramel but honestly there was not much there to be had.Flavors are pretty modest with caramel malt and light roast winning the day,not much hop presence to be had.Eh its a standard amber ale not much hop profile and lighter flavors.

oberon, May 02, 2010
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, copper amber body, with a tightknit, ivory head that retains well, and deposits patches of lace down the glass.
Aroma is caramel malt and some orange blossom scented hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.
The taste has a deep, malt character of caramel and toffee. There is a slight orange citrus hop note, and a nutty character that evokes an ESB. Malty sweetness dominates, but the hops have enough bittering to add a delicate balance, and slightly bitter finish.
This amber ale was much better than expected, and significantly better than the two other brews I've had from this South Carolina, brewery. I will, definitely, buy this one again.

merlin48, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of amidabha
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a gift from my parents for watching their dog, thanks.

label says 6.8 abv, could be a typo since it doesn't taste that strong.

a vigorous pour into an imperial pint glass with a one inch white head and a quarter inch lacing after it settled. this has a beautiful dark amber color that exemplifies the style.

beer may be beyond it's expiration date by the coppery smell i get from it. not so hot.

slightly metallic bite that is somewhat harsh at first then dissipates to a soft malt followed by another slight metallic twinge at the end. both of these don't last too long and i seem to care less the more i drink because it feels smooth enough going down.

overall this isn't too bad and i would drink it if i were in the carolinas myself. since i can't buy this around here it probably adds to my pleasure but i typically like most amber style beer.

amidabha, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -11%

dankjohn, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of nasa60
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nasa60, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle; undated.

Pours a clear, reddish amber. A fine, deep color. Has a decent off-white head that leaves a good bit of patchy lacing.

The aroma is rather light, but has a promising mix of toasted malt and spicy hops. As anticipated, the flavor is neither bold nor strong but, like the aroma, is a well balanced mix of hops and malts, with the hops in the background. Sweet up front, then becoming mildly bitter by the finish. Although I canot put my finger on it, both the flavor and the aroma are somewhat unusual -- probably just an unusual choice of hops. This is not at all unappealing, just different. Lightly sweet.

M: medium-light body; ample carbonation.

O: an easy drinking beer. Recommended for fans of this style.

chinchill, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Brixx in Greenville, SC.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of nondescript fruits - if I had to say it would be citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors start things off and taste like they're almost toasted. Light citrus flavors follow into a mildy bitter finish. Every now and then a metallic flavor comes out, although it's not terribly invasive.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, although I would've preferred a bit less carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass alright, though I'm not excited about another.

Overall this is a decent beer - it's almost a light version of an American Brown. Not really recommended, but not one to avoid either.

glid02, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ltdantheman, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking slightly-cloudy dark sunburst color with a big-bubble head on top. The head retains fairly well, and there's a good bit of carbonation happening too.

A malty aroma brings some caramel to the nose, with a fairly sweet graininess following.

Flavor is dominated by a sourness the pushes away the malt and hops characteristics this obviously possesses. There's your basic hop tanginess, and then there's just bad sourness, and this flavor is dominated by the latter. Some very basic, earthy graininess rears its head, but overall this just tastes "blah". I don't believe this is a bad beer, it was bought fresh, has been stored properly and to my knowledge has not been light-stricken. Just tastes like a poorly-brewed beer to me.

I've had two Thomas Creek offerings, and the multi-grain was just a little better than this. But so far this brewer's output isn't anything worth returning to.

Metalmonk, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of tdm168
4.48/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ruby amber with a soft, white head with little retention

S - caramel, sugar, bread, faint nuttiness, plum, raisin

T - same as the nose with more pronounced sugar and fruit notes

M - medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation

This is a fantastically flavored beer. It has more flavor than most ambers and it retains a strong drinkability. It's definitely worth checking out.

tdm168, May 29, 2012
Photo of bcseda
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

bcseda, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is malt, caramel and citrusy hops with some weird off-flavors. The taste is toasted malt, a hint of nuts and a dry bitter finish from the hops. Mouthfeel is light and prickly from the carbonation. Overall, this is a less than stellar Amber that I would not purchase again.

cjgator3, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

aztraz, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon popping the cap the beer erupted from the bottle; I lost a fair amount of fluid. Damn. I delicately poured the bottle into a pint glass and I still got a fist of white head. If this was a Belgian Ale or a German Weizen I would have been impressed. Head retention was excellent, I had to wait a while before I even tried to smell the beer let alone drink it. Oh, the liquid was hazy, peachy-brown in hue; I like it. There was tons of thick, sticky subsequent lacing. This is an excellent looking beer aside from the explosion and massive dome.

For the style the nose was bright; juicy citrusy orange notes with faint graininess and fruitiness. I don’t mind the nose; it’s a tad APA-like. The malt is too silent thought, for any style. I’d like more depth and rich, louder aromas throughout. The bouquet is simple but promising… I’ll call it inviting.

Amber Ale, eh? The palate says APA meets an Americanized ESB but I’m not going to complain. I like the juicy orange-citrus hoppiness, moderate bitterness but lingering, spicy finish. The malt profile is grainy and lightly fruity with a faint kiss of earthiness. I’d like more life from the malt but it is acceptable for an APA/Americanized ESB, pour for an Amber Ale though, IMO. But it is tasty regardless. Overall, I like the straightforwardness of the flavors and the hoppy bite. Quite nice, from start to finish.

Medium in body, slightly heavy carbonation but I can tolerate it, the mouthfeel fits this beer well and the bubbles do add to the possible food partners, I’m thinking pizza, BBQ, burgers with sharp cheese. Yum.

It is plenty drinkable, I could kick back with a six-pack and be quite happy. While not the best beer of its ilk and frankly it is forgettable in the grand scheme of great beers but it is a worthy quaff from South Carolina. I’d be happy to drink it again. Thanks timtheenchanta for the bottle.

bditty187, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this out at My Father's Pizza and Pasta in Black Mountain, NC--great place I might add. This was the only beer I had not tried available and the beer list only said Thomas Creek (no style at all). pours nice head, average carbonation, and little lacing. Smooth and crisp and all "good" qualities for an amber ale. Only wanted one, however. Would like to try more from this South Carolina brewery.

Backer2004, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of shoretaxi
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%

shoretaxi, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a decent clear red with a standard white head. Nothing really that memorable. Had a fairly decent hop aroma and taste. The beer was smooth and had a dry finish but the best part was that I felt that I could have had a few. Overall, the beer is average and would only look for it everyonce in a while, maybe when only in South Carolina.

PhillyStyle, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Red/amber pour, half finger of off white head that retained for a really long time.

Aroma, a mild malty caramel. Light herbal and citrus tea.

Taste, tea, caramel. A light toast and hazelnut. Some hops show up late, kind of an earthy English hop flavor.

Body is to the heavy side of light. My bottle said 6.8%, which I thought was high for an amber, but ok. Wasn't noticeable. Drinks fine but it is just a bit bland. Improved overall though when it warmed.

Bung, May 09, 2012
Photo of das_Bier
4/5  rDev +18.7%

das_Bier, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Jman_01
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Jman_01, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Mudawg, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hzy burnt amber with a nice fluffy off white head that quickly faded leaving behind a nice thick layer of lace.

S - Smell was somewhat light, but picked up after a few mins. Main flavors were baked cereal, and a nice grain and bread tone. A slight hoppiness can be detected and serviced to lighten it up a bit.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, and a very easy drinker. Crisp clean feel and taste with a nice dry finish. A somewhat tones were detected and only served to punctuate the profile. Nice flavor of cereal and grain were the most predominant and were balanced against a fruity texture in the back. Only really downside was a slight watery or thin feel, just didn;t have a robust profile.

D - Overall a decent session beer that I could easily see myself throwing back a few during a ballgame. Nice amber ale, nothing special, but not bad at all.

mikesgroove, Apr 10, 2007
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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.