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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber AleThomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%


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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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.39/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

a clear amber with nice off-white colored head. good head retention. aroma is stale oxidixed malt, and so is the bulk of the taste - just not very good. not really any hop flavors at all. I don't think this beer is really old, as the rest of the beers in this variety case were good.
average mouthfeel, medium body, higher carbonation.

overall- just a miss.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 05:03:25 | More by jmdrpi
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thezach

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Hiya, fellow beer readers. I'm about to tell you about the Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale. Rust red with a rich head that races to a wonderful lasting lace. There are some rich flavors in there, but most of them are caramel and toffee, but with a touch of roast. There's also an unpleasant cheesy taste hidden amongst the toast, sweet malt, and bitter finish.

The nose is all sweet. The beer does have a nice bitter finish and some nice flavors, but there are just far too many caramel malts and that damn cheesy umami note to be good.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:22:54 | More by thezach
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csparace

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber glow with a large head that turns into some awesome lacing.

Smells mildly of malts and the hops are quite hard to find. Fresh smelling just not strong or very defined.

Tastes light with some darker flavors hinting. Caramels and other fall flavors are preset.

Feels light bodied initially but a kind of stale feeling lingers.

Not a terrible beer. I'd probably enjoy this much more after some intense manual labor. There is some character to it which to me makes this a good candidate to share with people who may not enjoy the pleasures of some of our more flavorful companions.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:26:37 | More by csparace
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep dark copper with a one finger white head. Decent head retention with some ok lacing.

Aroma if of burnt toffee, caramel, and a touch of roasted malt. Some earth and tree bark but not much at all in the way of hops in the aroma.

The taste is very heavy on the toffee and caramel. Fairly sweet with molassass and burnt sugar. Some biscuit and tree bark. Light bitterness and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, not very impressed with this one. Too sweet and heavy and just not a lot of depth to the flavor. Not one I'll pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:04:01 | More by rangerred
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from a co-worker. Thanks Eric!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head over the clear copper brew. Head deflates gradually, with thick coating lace. Aroma is sweet with tart and vegetal notes.

Taste follows the nose along. Sweet upfront, tart in the middle, with an earthy hops bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Not something I'd look for again, most likely.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:34:27 | More by ppoitras
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +33.3%
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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Bung

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:04:55 | More by Bung
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BCraig

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:31:38 | More by BCraig
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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 and has exceptional durability.

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:55:44 | More by chinchill
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, with some hops as well. Decent.

T: Tasted of light hops, malt, caramel and a grassy finish. This flavor is a bit uninteresting (not that ambers are the height of complexity) and a little unwieldy.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another beer that isn't bad, but doesn't separate itself from the herd.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 15:27:46 | More by avalon07
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:25:31 | More by tvv375ia
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amidabha

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 22:32:09 | More by amidabha
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Jdmpolk

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:10:00 | More by Jdmpolk
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly malty and has flavors of caramel and pale malts; the finish has a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and seems like it would pair well with food, however the flavor isn't interesting enough to make me want to try this again on its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 13:25:18 | More by metter98
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a large foamy off white head that recedes slowly leaving behind very little lacing.

Not much going on in the nose, lightly malty with hints of caramel and toasted bread. Some faint fruity notes, and just a hint of floral hops.

The flavor is clean; slightly bready, with hints of caramel and just a hint of citrusy hops. There is a small metallic off flavor that becomes more noticable as the beer warms. Light/medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Easy to drink

My overall impression is that this is not a bad beer, but it is not a terrific beer either. Nothing about this beer tempts me to go pour another. In a word... Meh

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:06:17 | More by CBlack85
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biggred1

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 00:38:57 | More by biggred1
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chefkevlar

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:49:32 | More by chefkevlar
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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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MikeBlemker

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to pint glass this beer had aboout 1.5 fingers of head which did not stick around long. I felt it was mostly malt but had a thin watery mouth feel. Nothing special but went down pretty easy. Might try some other viarities from them since it is easy to find in NC.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 21:46:15 | More by MikeBlemker
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oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 21:09:28 | More by oberon
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +19%
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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beer2day

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cloudy gold with brown tints. Frothy 2-finger head, nice retention, and decent lacing.

Nose is slightly tart, with roast notes sneaking through. Bock-like. Slight winey hints present as well, bringing the overall presentation down.

Iced tea flavor dominates. Slightly peaty, but weak. Weak tart flavor at the end. Little to no hop presence.

Feel is thinner than expected for the style and the taste profile.

Not bad to drink, but not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:26:21 | More by beer2day
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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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