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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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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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iamsolidsnake

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19%

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

Georgia

3/5  rDev -10.7%

11-17-2011 04:56:40 | More by jeffthepony
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ColSanders123

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19%

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

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 01:43:13 | More by feelmefoam
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 01:43:03 | More by Apellonious
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jballeng

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
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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atsprings

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp dark amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is slight sweet malts and fruits with a hint of hops. The taste is a slight amount of sweet malts with a touch of caramel and fruit, hops certainly take a backseat in this one. The beer is fairly light with moderate carbonation. This is a decent amber ale, but has the same mediocrity I find in most Thomas Creek beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 19:39:47 | More by atsprings
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +17%
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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grayburn

South Carolina

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

The beer pulls a nice tawny color with a good crown of small bubbles. The retention isn't great, but the lacing is.

The smell is minimal. There are some nice caramel notes, but they are few and hard to find.

The taste is again a bit of a let down. There just isn't much there, for an american amber, I expect more of a hop profile, and at least some kind of malt backbone...not getting it.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium body, medium carbonation. Doesn't leave much behind.

I could drink a few of these, but I opted for something different rather quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 02:14:07 | More by grayburn
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glid02

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Brixx in Greenville, SC.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of nondescript fruits - if I had to say it would be citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors start things off and taste like they're almost toasted. Light citrus flavors follow into a mildy bitter finish. Every now and then a metallic flavor comes out, although it's not terribly invasive.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, although I would've preferred a bit less carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass alright, though I'm not excited about another.

Overall this is a decent beer - it's almost a light version of an American Brown. Not really recommended, but not one to avoid either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 01:21:12 | More by glid02
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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
Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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