Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2003

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

40 IBU
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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of jballeng
4.36/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Photo of chefkevlar
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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

Photo of bigone4
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a nice dark amber color with 2 fingers of sticky off-white head that hangs around a while. Really impressive lacing around the glass.

The nose has some light fruit notes surrounded by a bready and caramel malt background.

Pretty good flavor. Right off the bat some bready and caramel maltiness greets your tongue, followed by some light fruitiness. The beer finishes with a nice earthy, slightly spicy hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel, moderate amounts of carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer with a pretty solid flavor. So far, it seems Thomas Creek makes some pretty decent beers.

Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical clear amber, but a little more appetizing than most. Aroma is strong and smoothly hoppy, not outstanding but still inviting. Flavor is rich and overwhelmingly malty - hardly any hop bitterness and exceptionally smooth. This is one beer worth savoring.

Photo of biggred1
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a creamy, fleeting tan head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. Not much going on in the aroma, faint caramel and toasted grain. Malt forward and sweet up front with plenty of caramel and a touch of hop bittering to balance. Medium full bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. A decent Amber ale.

Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear ruddy amber with a thin tan head. Lots of carbonation.

S-Malty, grainy sweetness and plenty of it. Appealing nose for the style.

T-Lots of malt all the way through with a very little bit of hops. Also a bit grapey in the finish. A bit odd at the end but decent up to that point.

M-Nice carbonation, a little dry.

D-Pretty good. I rarely get jazzed about drinking a lot of ambers in a row but this one would work for me.

First beer for me from this brewer. Looking forward to trying the porter in the fridge. Thanks to greenvilleguitar for this cool extra.

HV

Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-very clear copper colored with about 3 fingers of head that faded to a nice 1/8" cap with alot of lacing

S-nothing very strong just a little sweet carmel malts

T-a little carmel and maybe some toast but a slight metallic finish

M-nice carbonation with clean finish

O-easy to drink with not much complexity

Photo of Ldobbie
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

surprisingly smooth for a hi abv

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured amber brown with a slight haze. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and sweet with caramel and some slight fruitiness.

The flavor was caramel with a backbone of bittering. The bitterness had a citrusy quality, but was not prominent in the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus in the background. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. A little more hop flavor and aroma would really improve this beer.

Photo of Jdmpolk
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body ranges from cola brown to amber. A finger length of off white head caps the top.

S- Very malty with hints of sweetness. Slight caramel notes in the nose.

T- Sweet and malty with a bitter melon aftertaste. A finish similar to red bean.

M- Thick and coating with a mouth watering character.

O- Pretty tasty and easy drinking, but I would have liked the hops to have been brought up more.

Photo of Apellonious
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear orange/red color, with a thin head and lace.

Smell: Hops, flowery overtones.

Taste: Taste has a balance of hops and malt. Plum and grassy overtones.

Drinkability and mouth feel: The mouthfeel slightly thin. The beer is drinkable, though I will probably not be searching this out anytime soon. Would like to try it on draft.

Photo of clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one on tap at Carrabba's in Greenville, SC. Beautiful amber color with a thin, off white head. Nice caramel malt aroma with just a hint of citrusy hops. The taste has a rich caramel malt character with citrusy hops in the background. A well balanced ale with no apparent faults.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear burnt orange in color with light amounts of fine active carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and significant amounts of amber highlights.The beer has a quarter finger tall slightly fizzy slightly sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium to large mottled thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with slightly stronger than moderate amounts of citrus/orange zest hops. The intensity of the aroma increases as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of toasted caramel and pale malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by a moderate amount of citrus/orange zest hops that imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness that does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy towards the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and it would definitely pair well with foods - specifically with grilled or smoked meat. Not the most interesting beer so not sure I will pick it up again.

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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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