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:
495
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 495 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of rrs
1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of Barkmatic
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I gave this a poor rating based upon the the fact that it is being advertised as an extreme IPA, what I got was a decent strong ale. If you are into strong ales, I recommend this one, but if you are looking to enjoy a nice IPA, do not waste your time. The beer store I went to discounted them at a $1 a bottle, so I am happy about the purchase. How often can you get a beer at 12.5% for a buck?

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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

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 thegooddoctor_b
1.59/5  rDev -57%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Light colored pour with a white, airy head. Didn't like the color much - golden but with an off tint.

S - Bitter, bitter, bitter. Not appealing to me.

T - A ton more bitter. IPA to the extreme. Couldn't discern any more flavors. The aftertaste was not skunk or rotten, but was not pleasant, and took several sips of water and swishes to get it out.

M - Coated my mouth in a film which intensified the aftertaste.

O - It's not just a clever name! The hops in this are intense. It's only for IPA lovers.

IPAs have never been for me at all. I wanted to try this because of three points: I rarely buy them, I assumed from the name this would be very hoppy, and the high ABV. Gave it a shot, glad I did, reaffirmed my view of my tastes. I see what the brewer is shooting for and I'm sure will please the hopheads.

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1.64/5  rDev -55.7%

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1.72/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of Justinbshelton
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.01/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a slow, sluggish, deep darkish, murky orange color with a small white cap which quickly resedes leaving very minimal dirty white bubbles

S: Big caramel and breadiness with a hidden pine and citrus element

T: Immediate malt bomb; caramel and bread dominate start to finish. There is a inital orange peel and pine resin which try to break free. No dice. The beer is heavy, sticky, a bit buttery as well, a messy concoction I would not even know how or what to call it besides a Strong Ale but not a IIPA

M: Big body, heavy on palate, bittering boozey mouthfeel, sticky and off

O: This beer needs to go back to the drawing board.

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of 1Adam12
2.32/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Such a weird beer. If I rate to style, this gets horrible marks, as you can see. Pours crazy dark, brownish red. Smells malty, sweet, and thats about it. Taste is malty, sweet, maybe fig? There are some hops there, but not close to what I was expecting. This has barleywine taste all over it. Mouthfeel is creamy for a DIPA, not very carbonated, just weird. Overall, how this is classified as a DIPA I will never know. This tastes, looks, and feels like a barleywine. If I were rating a barleywine, it would've gotten higher marks, but rating as a DIPA, this was awful.

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2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small pine hop, and a huge presence of hairspray like alcohol. In the taste, dry alcohol, caramel like notes, and mellow hops in the end. Oh, did I mention the hairspray like dryness of alcohol all the way through. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small alcohol and note of hop in the aftertaste. Just a note of hops, boozy and unbalanced.

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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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Photo of doughanson78
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Pretty deep dark amber, almost a redish brown tint to it. Very nice clarity. One finger light tan head that lasts forever but only leaves a light lacing.

S: Very caramely. Sweet with a slight spice. A light earthy and piney hop comes through a touch. Toffee and a slight nuttiness. Almost like an aged Barleywine.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee upfront. Some kind of hop tries to come through, maybe a pine or a citrus but the caramel mixes with it and becomes a weird raisin flavor. Alcohol and buttery caramel in the finish. Don't know if I can finish this one.

M: Medium body. High carbonation. Super syrupy, and sticky.

O: Double IPA? I don't think so. This is even less a DIPA than Double Crooked Tree. This is definitely a sipper. Just so you'll be able to stomach the whole bottle.

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2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pint tumbler; freshness code of TCUP-235BA, which should be ~ July 20, 2010 bottle date; brew courtesy of fellow local BA.

A - deep amber body with bubbly tan head that left decent lacing; the color was an odd surprise as I expected a brighter color

S - caramel aroma dominates here, but there is a whiff of scotch

T - another disappointing surprise here with what seemed to be a mix of caramel and butterscotch; as beer warms there is a slightly bitter finish, but nothing near expected for DIPA, and it is still outweighed by the sweet malty flavor.

M - the beer had a nice texture and carbonation and the sticky feel expected for IPA/DIPA

D - the nice sticky finish worked against the beer as it caused the overly sweet flavor to linger far too long

As much as I can relate to the name of the brew and empathize with the soon-to-be-swimming kayaker, I can't appreciate what Thomas Creek tried to do with this one. Perhaps this was just an out-of-date sample.

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Photo of VincentFrey
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A giant beer at 12.5% for a 12oz bottle. Poured into a Heavy Seas snifter. Pours a see through amber to brown. The smell is particularly unpleasant; it smells like every other DIPA I've had off a random store shelf: booze drowning out earthy hops. It's pretty though, on those aspect.

Taste is...generic? The alcohol is present but there are many beers that hide it much worse. It's interesting to pick apart the flavors, but that just goes to show an uninteresting whole. It's pretty much a mess.

Uninteresting and unappealing. Was hoping for more for the first time seeing these guys in my area.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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