Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek Up The CreekThomas Creek Up The Creek
BA SCORE
56.2%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 498 ratings
Thomas Creek Up The CreekThomas Creek Up The Creek
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
Ranking:
#27,626
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
498
Liked:
280
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
16.76%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
61
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of bcm75
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Photo of Catlin
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Cluker
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of PIPhilosopher
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of onedogtwodog
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of demogorgon
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Gladius270
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of dsuedbeck
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of babaracas
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby, half inch of khaki colored head fades quickly leaving a thin ring and then poof it's gone. Smell: a whole bunch of caramelized sugar, whiffs of black cherry, cola, date, and booze, a little candied citrus peel. Taste: dark brown sugar, caramelized, date, plum, earthy, candied citrus peel. Medium bodied, syrupy-ish but with enough carbonation to keep it interesting. This is NOT a double IPA, at least not as I'm experiencing it. A really nice barleywine though, but if I score it as a DIPA it's a bummer. As a barleywine or ASA: 3.5 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 4.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thomas Creek
Up the Creek

LOOK: Pours a clear amber with ruby hints.

SMELL: Fruity ale yeast, some citrus from the hops. Strong alcoholic aroma which was not unexpected, given the abv.

TASTE: Sugary sweet caramelized malts, with just s bit of grapefruit, pine and drying bitterness. Not much like an IpA, this is essentially a barleywine with just a bit more hops than the norm. The alcohol is noticeable but is felt more than tasted.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, smooth feel, a bit syrupy and weighing on the palate.

OVERALL: A ho-hum middle of the road triple ipa/barleywine that boasts of its hops that are quite subdued. This was ok and as others have stated it will get you drunk.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby color. The head is around a finger high, and light khaki in shade. Considering its gravity (12.5%), the retention is excellent. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Holy fuck, this is sweet. Then again, what else can be expected from a monstrously huge IPA? The caramel notes are utterly massive, backed by a subtle dankness. Almost no citrus here, this is all pine, earth, and weed. Even better, it's not palpably boozy in the least. Very likable in that brutish, unrefined sledgehammer of a way. (4)

Taste: This is totally a barleywine. It starts off as a total caramel bomb, but there are additional notes of candy, brown sugar, and even chocolate. Some hoppiness appears past the midtaste: again, it's exclusively piny and dank. A lot of these shameless hop-and-malt bombs hide the alcohol superbly, but this has some leathery booze popping up on the finish and aftertaste. Even for the style, it's pretty imbalanced and hard to drink. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy, creamy...this feels massive in every way. There's a definite boozy bite that I feel going down. Carbonation is really low, as well. Honestly, this one is hard to drink...and hard to finish. (2.75)

Overall: Man, this smelled so much better than how it tasted. Normally I enjoy big and shamelessly beastly mega-IPAs, but this one is rubbing me the wrong way. It's too sweet (EVEN FOR THE STYLE!) and boozy, plain and simple. (2.75)

3.05/5: On the wrong side of the massive/moronic mega-IPA spectrum

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Dark in color like a dark auburn color, nice head and lots of lacing.

S= The smell is what threw me off because it's listed as a Imperial IPA but has a barleywine nose to it huge carmel notes, maybe some chocolate, or other dark fruits almost not what a Imperial would smell like really.

T= In the taste you get a strong carmel backbone the alchol is hidden pretty good with a abv of 12.5% I don't really pick that up but again when I'm thinking Imperial Ipa I'm thinking hops and this just doesn't have it at all.

M= Thick and chewy has the feeling of a barleywine.

O= Overall a good beer I just feel that it's labeled wrong I would consider this almost a barleywine instead of a Imperial Ipa. That's why it got a lower ranking for me because I don't really think this is a Imperial IPA would have been higher if it was labeled a barleywine.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish copper colored with a big frothy long lasting whitish head. Lots of lacing. Too dark for a double IPA, IMO.

S - Caramelly sweet malts, estery and a big piny/citrusy hop aroma. Little alcohol as it warms.

F/M - Big sweet caramelly malty flavor up front. Toffee and sweet bready malts. Big piny/citrusy/earthy hops with a moderately high, very firm bitterness. Medium full bodied, thick and a little oily. Moderate carbonation. Lingering piny hops with a big sweet caramel flavor.

D - Pretty good for what is basically a young barleywine. Big, full flavored and easy drinking.

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Photo of scvance
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber color with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Aroma is caramel, sweet, alcohol, and slight citrus. Taste is very intense right up front. Taste follows the aroma, high alcohol flavor, and a lingering caramel sweetness, as well as a nice long lasting bite of hop bitterness. In my opinion, it's good, it's interesting, but it's just not for me. The alcohol is too pronounced, and there isn't the definitive hop aroma I was expecting. I'm glad I tried it, but I can't say I'll be having it again soon. Worth a taste if it's available to you, but obviously this one is not for me.

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Photo of joshtheford
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/4/09

Courtesy of PDXHops

A - Dense crimson in color with ruby highlights. ΒΌ inch head thins quickly, though swirling revives it some. Ok retention. Sparse streaks of lace.

S - Malt-bomb central: potent caramel, toffee & candied malts. Hints of toasted bread. Not picking out much in the way of distinct hops. Surprisingly little booze considering the 12.5% abv.

T - A little hop bitterness upfront with some resiny grit throughout. Bits of pine & murky floral undertones. This gives way to what is suggested with the nose - caramel, toffee & burnt/toasted malts. In abundance.

M - Heavier in body with low & somewhat smooth carbonation. As mentioned above, there is plenty of resinous grit. Some alcohol is noticeable, more so on the finish, lingering with sweetness & a faint bitterness.

D - Drinkability is good; it's rather tasty & the alcohol is well-hidden. To this end, it doesn't help salvage the fact that as a DIPA this mostly misses the mark. It's good beer, just not exactly a good representation of the style, in my opinion. As a barleywine, it would be an easy B or B+.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of randysthomas
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh my if that's not the brownest double IPA I've ever seen! It's pretty enough I suppose, the head is huge and tight and leaves about as nice a lace as I could ever ask for. The aroma is sweet with banana and all sorts of assorted fruit with a bit of booze and certainly some caramel. The flavor is sweet, even too sweet and too caramel focused as well but somehow I figured it would be worse from the aroma. The beer is bitter and features some fruity hop varietals giving it a nice melon rind and grapefruit flavor that sort of gets a little bit lost in the mix of everything else going on here. At 12.5 abv the beer is obviously boozy but not even close to showing that kind of strength, if I were to guess I would have clocked it in at 8-9% abv but it does get boozier as the beer warms. They really could have called this a barley wine as easily as anything, and it's not bad altogether just a bit messy. Perhaps I'll pick up another bottle and cellar it for the heck of it.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into half pint on 1/4/09. Shared with FooFaa.

A - Hazy reddish copper-colored body with minimal carbonation and a thin off-white head that diminished, leaving behind only a sparse amount of lace.

S - Malty and floral with some perfumy notes and lots of toffee and caramel malt character. Given the ABV%, the alcohol presence is rather restrained.

T - Initial flavor is quite syrupy and sweet for a DIPA, although some floral and perfumy notes creep into the mix. However, flavor is dominated by caramel and toffee malt, as well as a burnt sugary sweetness. Finishes with minimal bitter notes and mild alcohol warmth.

M - Thick and syrupy texture with kind of chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes quite sweet with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Big and malty for a DIPA, perhaps a bit too malty overall. Alcohol isn't too obtrusive, especially for a 12.5% brew, which helps with the drinkability factor.

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 56.2% out of 100 with 498 ratings
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