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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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MadWolf

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

05-24-2013 19:43:40 | More by MadWolf
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Calculat0r

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

09-04-2012 15:04:56 | More by Calculat0r
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BeerNut78

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

01-26-2012 00:14:47 | More by BeerNut78
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:25:17 | More by tdm168
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jballeng

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:32:06 | More by jballeng
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Daktah

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

06-21-2012 19:04:37 | More by Daktah
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

04-14-2014 03:17:50 | More by justinm4bama
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 19:48:28 | More by xShoWTeKx
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das_Bier

Alabama

4/5  rDev +19.4%

06-27-2013 22:40:38 | More by das_Bier
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +19.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:25:56 | More by scottyshades
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +19.4%

02-23-2014 04:47:33 | More by Dougwillhike
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iamsolidsnake

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-18-2011 00:40:46 | More by iamsolidsnake
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ColSanders123

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-15-2011 16:48:02 | More by ColSanders123
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cantstandya65

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

05-23-2013 15:57:19 | More by cantstandya65
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ChefBenhase

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

05-18-2013 18:18:02 | More by ChefBenhase
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-24-2011 18:52:10 | More by Yabev15
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rramsey

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-27-2012 20:30:26 | More by rramsey
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jeanphony

New York

4/5  rDev +19.4%

10-17-2012 21:34:59 | More by jeanphony
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chefkevlar

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:49:32 | More by chefkevlar
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2008 20:55:42 | More by bigone4
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:36:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 15:38:40 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear amber color with red highlights. On top is a massive 2-3 finger head that last throughout the drink. The color is a vanilla to a tan head that is creamy in appearance and extremely dense. Great lacing, it coats the glass until the very last drop.

S: Not a complex nose, this beer has a very malty aroma. There are some subtle fruity hops, but they are overpowered with caramel & pilsner like malts and some dark chocolate notes (picked it up as the drink warmed up).

T: An intial sweetness on the palate with hints of fruity hops are taken over with subtle caramel & bready malts. There is a lingering bitterness, but the balance between the hops and malts are extremely pleasant. A good tasting beer.

M: A silky texture with a medium body and a lot of carbonation.

D: For $1.79 I can see myself drinking a lot of these. Great Taste + Great Price = 5 on the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:27:45 | More by BrewCrew2010
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American amber is actually burnt orange with pumpkin edges. That's what happens when black patent malt is used, which is an odd design decision to say the least. More than three fingers of cork colored foam develops a gentle rockiness over time, while gracing the glass with thick streamers of suds.

The nose, other than being slightly darker than the style average, is fairly nondescript. It's fruity and earthy, with no real hook that impels the sniffer to tip up the glass.

Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale is meatier and (again) darker than most. The malt bill includes pale, Carapils, caramel and black patent. Hops are Hallertau, Tettnang and East Kent Goldings. Good flavor balanace and good sweet-bitter balance make this an easy drinking brew.

Specifics include caramel-toffee, ripe fruit, tea leaves and a pinch of cocoa powder. This stuff is definitely growing on me as the ounces pass. AAA should match up (and hold up) well with most foods, in addition to being just fine all by its lonesome.

The mouthfeel benefits by the beer having a generous amount of malt for the ABV. By the middle portion of the bottle, it's pushing medium-full and doesn't give an inch on the finish. Perfect carbonation doesn't hurt.

Despite not standing out in any one area, Appalachian Amber is one of Thomas Creek's best brews. It's one of the darker ales of this sort that you'll run across... and is one of the best ones as well. A little internet research shows that Appalachia just does extend into the northwest corner of South Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 12:35:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 21:57:10 | More by mikesgroove
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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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