Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
111 IBU

Added by khiasmus on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
496
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 496 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of Tyecko
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.51/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

WARNING!!! This is an aggressively hopped American Barleywine, not a DIPA! Very unbalanced, super boozy and border line undrinkable.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JamFuel
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lokgard
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnTurano
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nate2034
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rrs
1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very deep ruby colored beer. Clear with a light tan head that left a few globs of lacing. The smell is sweet like candy with pineapple and caramel notes. There is a nice pine aroma as well. The taste is the same as the nose. Very bitter up front. Very sweet in the middle and a bitter finish. Pretty solid beer but barely an IPA.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MasterRigger
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PierceTheElder
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SomethingClever
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: This is a very beautiful beer. It pours brilliant coffee brown with ruby highlights under a 1” cream to tan colored moderately persistent foam collar. S: Pitted fruit, light roast malt, vegetal hop, spice, hint of anise, biscuit. T: Rich, malty, pitted fruit, a suggestion of maple to brown sugar, a touch of grape with a big hop bitterness and plenty of alcohol. Medium high to high malt. Medium high hop bitterness and medium yeast flavors. F: Medium full body, medium carbonation and mild warming. A little sugary stickiness on the lips. O: This is a big, assertive malty bitter alcoholic IPA that works.

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Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sicilian
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My wife picked a bottle of this up for me when she was at the store and I told her to get some IPA's.
I opened it without seeing the ratings here and was shocked when I poured it after reading the label.
Much darker than expected, to the point where I wondered if something had gone wrong with this bottle.
Reminds me of many other Barley Wines in both color, smell and flavors with all of them maxed out.
I was disappointed mostly in the fact that I was in the mood for an IPA and this wasn't.

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Photo of pagriley
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of willardt09
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russphillips
2.41/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Given that this is marketed as a double IPA I have to give it such a low score, based simply on style. This is not a double IPA. Perhaps a fine example of an American strong ale or even a barley wine as many have suggested. Pours rich and dark reddish brown, with a short lived head. Aroma is heavily sweet and caramel with a modest piney hop character. This is complimented by a plum fruitiness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a dark candy sugar caramelized richness. The alcohol presence on the tongue is less than I would expect given the ABV, but my sample is over a year in my conditioning refrigerator. Flavored are rich and complex. Sweet dark caramel dominates over the malt. Hop character takes a backseat to the complex sugars. As an American strong I would say 4 to 4.5 at least, perhaps higher. Much better with age, younger bottles were not as enjoyable. Not a double IPA, but a fine beer to enjoy slowly. As it warms it just gets more complex and better. One to age for a few months.

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 496 ratings.
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