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%
 
 
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20
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Ratings: 496 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck code is smeared and unreadable but I know it must be somewhat fresh because the store I work at just got it in stock.

A- The darkest IPA I've ever seen. It's medium brown in color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a .

S- Smell is barleywine-like with lots of sweet biscuity malt and caramel. Also some moderate hop fume and some not-so-moderate alcohol fume.

T- Taste is a bit more intriguing as the caramel sweetness comes through nicely and isn't overbearing. Another thing that's not overbearing is the alcohol. I wouldn't guess this was 12.5%. More like 10%. The hops aren't prevalent enough for me to consider this an IPA. It certainly fits the barleywine style more than IPA.

M- Somewhat creamy but also prickly from the medium carbonation and alcohol. Fullish body.

O- This is a fine beer but definitely not an IPA in my opinion. It's a slow-sipping American Barleywine with a nice amount of sweetness.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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 rjp217
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of markgugs
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of n2185
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a surprisingly dark mahogany with red light coming through when held up to light. There's about a finger of off-white head which recedes into a small ring but leaves decent lacing.

S: A strong malt presence on the nose at first followed by some pine and resin aromas from the hops.

T: There is some sweetness up front but then the hops kick in for a huge blast of pine and resin, leaving the tongue tingling. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste along with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-heavy body with a good amount of carbonation which goes well with the piny hops.

D: For such a big beer, this does go down pretty easily. You won't want to drink many, but it avoids being cloyingly sweet like many beers of its caliber.

Overall, I would have rated this beer higher if it had been classified as an American Barleywine or Strong Ale. There's definitely a strong hop presence, but it's too dark and malty to be a DIPA. As a barleywine or strong ale, I'd say it's in the B+/A- region.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. A much deeper red pour than expected, just a ring of white bubbles around the glass. Aroma also more malt than expected. Some deep red fruits, malt and limited citrus/pine. Some light booziness. Malty taste, toffee and some vinuous fruits. Some prune and raisin. Solid medium body, good stickiness to it. Very little IPA characteristics, but very nice. Finish is more caramel and malt, not much hop presence. Warming but very drinkable, alcohol not strong at all. I'd put this somewhere between an American and English barleywine. Drink it as a winter warmer rather than an DIPA.
As long as you're not expecting a typical DIPA, this could be considered a nice little southern brewery gem.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gator Beverage in Gainesville. Pours a deep clear reddish brown, small cream colored head. Aroma comes off with serious caramel malts and a nice backdrop of caramels. Very malt-forward IPA, with some pine bitterness and grapefruit flavor on the finish. To me, this has a very similar flavor profile to Double Crooked Tree, but hides the alcohol better. A pretty solid brew here. Much better than their regular IPA.

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Photo of Zach136
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Dec. 10 2013

Pours surprisingly dark, thin, tan dissipating head. Nose is light orchard fruit and caramel. Both characteristics get bumped up on the palate. Straight caramel apple you dropped in pile of pine needles. Hides the alcohol OK. Still boozy, but not quite 12.5% boozy.

Overall, from my recent sampler, it's Thomas Creeks MO to make India Pale Ales that aren't pale at all. The malt bills seem to really be detracting from the hops they're trying to showcase.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep and dark amber color with a thinner tan head. Has to be the darkest DIPA I've ever seen.

Very barleywine like smell. Very sweet and very hoppy. The hops smell juicy and fruity with pineapple and citrus notes.

The taste is very barleywine like as well. Huge malty sweetness with an equally huge hop presence that adds some solid bitterness and juicy citrus and pineapple hop notes. A bit boozy and piney as well. Tons of flavor going on here.

Full bodied, soft and smooth. Quite nice feeling.

Really digging this huge DIPA. I guess it's more of a barleywine, but sometimes, who cares. Really quite drinkable and goes down easier than it should. Could be trouble. I recommend giving this one a serious try, I was impressed.

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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 WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MikeinCharleston for this one!

A-pours a dark brownish ruby red, transparent, with a dark tan colored head that is thick and bubbly.

S-lots of caramel, toasty malts, notes of raisins, hints of brandi, citrus hops add some balance in the back but lightly.

T-even more caramel than in the nose, some toasty chocolate malts as well. there are notes of brandi soaked raisins come in behind shifting into a light citrusy hop finish with faint bitterness.

M-full chewy body, very thick, sticky and syrupy, assertive carbonation in the back with a good crisp finish.

D-this beer is rather big, loads of malts and lightly balanced hop presence and tasty.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly hoppy with firm tones of grapefruit and, interestingly enough, yeast and honey sweetness. It pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany with an average light tan head, not what I expect in an IPA. Flavor is - WOO! It hits the tongue like an 18-wheeler on a patch of black ice with a strong hoppy and woody overtone, as well as good hop bitterness and undertone of honey with a bit of molasses mixed in. Texture is quite tingly and leaves a woody, slightly sweet finish with a good fizz.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring the 12 ounces into a room temperature pint glass this stuff fills the vicinity quickly with pungent herbal hop and fruity wine, fairly barleywine-like actually, and very nice with nutty nuances. It's color is ruby brown, dark but clear, with a thin but stubborn light brown head and a luscious coat of lacing. The flavor comes on with thick, near seaweed flavored hops over earthy tobacco juice malt. Not quite sure how much I like this taste at first but it feels luxurious with foamy smoothness and tiny bubbles that coat the tongue. I pick up licorice and intense root beer but the sweetness seems muted by this sort of saltiness that brings some molasses and peanut with it. The feel is beautiful and the aroma works well though not real typical of the style. But I'm not sure if the flavor holds up quite as well. Considering the fairly hefty ABV, it should be more of a sipper I suppose, in which case it might work better. But the feel and aroma are so inviting that it's hard not to tip it back pretty quickly, and there I sort of want a little more sweetness perhaps. But really, it's not bad at all, just a little shy of my expectations here.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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