Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
111 IBU

Added by khiasmus on 06-03-2007

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark, mahogany colour (blood red if held up to a light) with a thick, light head that leaves a nice lacing.

S - Malty, boozy. Reminiscent of a good barley wine.

T - Initial crisp hoppy flavour, but finishes following the smell with a malty taste of delicious dried fruit.

M - Thick. Coating the inside of the mouth with a syrupy drip.

O - Very full-bodied and complex beer. The high ABV definitely leaves it's mark in the boozy smell and malty flavour, but the as a DIPA, it presents a great amount of hops with lots of other flavours to compliment. Love it.

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4.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DanielMB
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A copper brown, with a small tan head. It has a sort of brick-like color, quite dark for an IPA. However, it looks like it tastes: delicious.

S: Not very strong, but a somewhat sweet smell with pine in the background.

T: Huge sweetness and caramel flavor up front, with lots of hops. There is some pine in the background. The heavy 12.5% ABV is pretty well masked, so be careful when drinking this brew!

M: Medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Pretty smooth overall. Again, be careful to remember that it is 12.5% ABV!

O: An incredibly tasty brew, and much sweeter than your standard IPA, which is surprising, considering the high alcohol content. Overall, I think this is a tremendous beer, and is highly underrated. Thomas Creek scored big with this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

There are big beers, and then there are BIG BEERS. This is one of the latter- 12.5% ABV, and not classified as a barleywine. Wow.

Smell: sweet, mildly piney
Taste: WOW- deceptively sweet, the almost chewy sweetness largely masking the powerful ABV. Hops, as suggested by the odor, are present, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: another WOW. Nice fully body- almost creamy.

Not a beer you'd want to session... unless part of your session routine involves blackouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of MikeB1984
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Caramel and pine

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and hoppy.

Overall: As others have noted, this beer is more in barleywine territory than the IPA territory and it is a good one when measured by that standard. Strong hence the 12.5% alcohol.

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4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that is 12.5% this beer is great and not overbearing. The sweetness is not your typical alcohol cover up but rather a nice honey note that compliments the hops nicely

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4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this as an American Barleywine, as a DIPA to style it is awful. Tom Davis is pretty persistant with calling this an IPA, and it's a shame, really. It'd get great Barleywine marks, both here and in competition methinks.

It pours deep, cloudy brown with a full one inch head. Some of the most outrageous, sticky lacing I have ever seen, and it will glue itself to your glass.

The smell is sweet crystal malt and maybe some low aroma bittering hops, but more caramel than anything. Inviting.

The taste is sweet caramel malt, but not cloying. It has a good hop balance, but not hop forward. The Amarillo flavors play off the malt, giving this great depth and complexity. Very refreshing

The mouthfeel is medium to thick, carbonation is great, head lasts all the way through.

Easy drinker for 12.5%, very good BARLEYWINE (Tom, get the hint, please!)

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark. Looks like a strong ale.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. The malt really dominates between the two.

Taste: BIG! But very well balanced. This is a sweet beer, but is well balanced by ample hops.

Mouthfeel: Big and sweet. Very little alcohol burn. Is this really a 12.5% abv? Finishes like a 7 or 8% abv.

Drinkability: Dangerously good. This is really a good beer and I'm happy to see a Carolina brewery finally bringing a huge IPA to the region!

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4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I may be a little biased as this is one of the first "Craft" beers I tried in college and started me on a journey to discover there was more than Forties and High Life out there.

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Photo of Wilson27
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

1.5 in head (snifter)

Smell - Could smell it as I was pouring - very nice. Taste - Chocolate, smokey, a bit of caramel sweetness, nutty. Flavor and body carry the alcohol well.
Very full mouthfull.

Overall - Great beer. I really like beers like this. Very earthy flavor, body and flavor carry the alcohol content well. I probably wouldn't have more than one due to the intense flavor and high alcohol content. I have not been "wowed" in awhile, this is a great beer.

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4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have tried in a very long time. Extremely smooth for an IPA and is definitely worth a try for any IPA fan. Its expensive at least for my budget especially for a 4-pack but proved to be deserving of every penny. Just an all around extremely enjoyable beer

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of this beer, just saw the 12.5% written on the tap handle and had to try it.

A- Deep mahogany red with an impressive light tan head that stuck around.

S- Layers and layers my friend. Lots of rich, thick, caramel malt, some toast, spicy alcohol, strawberry esters, and of course a big dose of citrus from the hops.

T- This stuff tasted almost like unfermented wort. Sweet, dense, bitter, lots of caramel, toffy, ginger bread, very spicy hop character, strong and surprising strawberry character.

M- Dense, sticky, thick, viscous... etc.

O- Much more like an American barleywine than a double IPA. Overwhelmingly rich and decadent. Everything a big beer should be. Would age wonderfully I'm sure but I prefer beers like this fresh as can be. Also a shout out to Cape Fear Wine and Beer for serving this in full pints at a great price. Made my evening.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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