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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
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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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

MadWolf, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Calculat0r, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

greeniedgator, Sunday at 12:16 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

BeerNut78, Jan 26, 2012
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 jballeng
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a huge, beautiful but unfortunately short-lived soapy head which filled the glass immediately even though I was pouring very carefully. Excellent lacing though, some of the best I've seen in an American ale. Succulent aroma of sweet malts and berries. The flavor is surprisingly non-sweet with a subtle maltiness and a robust hoppiness that is neither overly cloying nor bitter. There is a background of smoky, woody tones with hints of apple and grape, and an assortment of mixed ripe fruits not unlike some of the more complex Belgians, although considerably dryer and with less body. There is a smoothness there that is surprising and delightful considering the dryness of the mouthfeel. Also, there is a lot of carbonation in this beer, which accounts for the gigantic head.

Overall, an absolutely beautiful, dry, and complex amber ale that is well worth trying.

jballeng, Jun 12, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Daktah, Jun 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Miuzzo19, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

justinm4bama, Apr 14, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +24.9%

JohSchmidt, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bottle to pint. The color is crystal clear copper with a one finger white head, head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Smell is pretty subdued (might be sinuses lol) But I can smell caramel notes with a light bready note and little raisin.

T: Follows the nose well with some with a strong caramel sweetness, light bready and dark fruit note, and a more floral hop taste.

M: Meduim bodied, full carbonation, and fairly dry finish.

O: A very good beer a little high in abv to be a session beer but very drinkable, would definitely recommend.

xShoWTeKx, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

das_Bier, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle, also on-tap at the Thomas Creek brewery
Note: Appalachian Amber Ale is Lazy Goat Amber Ale

A: Pours a transparent amber mahogany color with a creamy/rocky/dense eggshell colored head. Retention is good, not great.

S: Caramel and 2-row Pale malts immediately greet the nose, lending some toasty, toffee, caramel, and slight vanilla. Hops do a good job balancing, but its all malts.

T: Hops are less apparent other than the slight bitter kick. Malts give off caramel, toffee, molasses, and some dark fruits. There is an inherent sweetness throughout the entire flavor profile. This bottle seems a little old (getting a little wet dog flavor), but this brew is excellent on-tap when fresh.

MF/D: Chewy for the style (even though it looks light), fizzly carbonation (a little prickly), with a lingering caramel and metallic finish

scottyshades, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Dougwillhike, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

iamsolidsnake, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

cantstandya65, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ChefBenhase, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Yabev15, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

rramsey, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

jeanphony, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of chefkevlar
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby hinted brown color with a thin layer of white head

S: Smells of dark cherries, chocolate and coffee

T: The flavor is assertive at first with flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, and a little bit of pepper. The flavor finishes rather quickly though

M: Medium body with a light carbonation

D: Very enjoyable brew over all, with a very enjoyable flavor and smooth mouthfeel

chefkevlar, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of bigone4
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew on my trip to Easley, SC. Nice presentation. Clean and clear amber orange copper color with a nice tanish off white head. Strong lace down the glass. Smell is dough like with a mild citrus hop scent. Good carbonation and head retention. Taste was more along the lines of an ESB in my opinion. Nice mix of hops and caramel malt very well balanced and enjoyable to drink. Certainly has a dry hop finish that makes you want another sip. Good malt flavor up front followed by that lingering hop finish. At $2.50 a pint at two restaurants I was at it is a winner every time in my book! Man the bubbles do not stop cascading up the pint. Not over carbonated at all and it has a really easy drinkability. I would like to get my hands on a few more of these. Certainly recommended any time in South Carolina.

bigone4, Oct 23, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a large, frothy, off-white head. Fair amount of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malty, lightly sweet-smelling blend of caramel and pale malts with, as the taste, some toasty hints. Light fruit notes. Spicy, earthy, maybe even a tad herbal hop scent.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts, a tad toasty, and with a medium amount of slight candyish sweetness. Touch of fruitiness. Spicy, lightly earthy hop character, seemingly English, and with only a medium-low amount of bitterness. Finishes dry, malty, and with merest bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, reasonably well-balanced amber ale. I liked it well enough. Though, if you're interests reside with the bitter, tongue-pinching West Coast ambers, you might want to look elsewhere.

ChainGangGuy, May 27, 2009
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a light head that doesn't linger. Deep ruby amber. Nice looking. Okay lace.

S: Fresh bread, a little boozy. Caramel and fruity esters.

T: Big round flavor. Grilled stone fruit and a spicy hop. Milky sweetness. Caramel banana. Boozy throughout. A little hibiscus.

M: Nice level (medium) of carbonation for the flavor profile and style.

D: Screams session. Nice example of the style without any of the unnecessary frills.

ForWhatAlesYou, Apr 05, 2011
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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.