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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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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

rramsey, Mar 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -11%

buckyp, Mar 04, 2012
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
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
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3/5  rDev -11%

RoryOMoore, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

BeerNut78, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

avalon07, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dowen44, Dec 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Tackle42, Dec 05, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

jophish17, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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

iamsolidsnake, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

jeffthepony, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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

tvv375ia, Oct 16, 2011
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 Jdmpolk
3.55/5  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.

Jdmpolk, Jul 17, 2011
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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

metter98, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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

CBlack85, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

biggred1, Sep 28, 2010
Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.