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 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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Photo of jwhorsley26
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Deep brownish red color, thin head disappears. Sweet sugary fruit aroma. Big sweet malty caramel taste. Big and boozy with an odd bitterness at the end. This would be ok maybe as a barleywine but not good as an ipa.

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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