Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

BA SCORE
84
good
495 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 495 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of mebummer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Mattsk1
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dwren89
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep burgundy with nice creamy tan thick head, great clarity

Aroma: deep bready and caramel notes, piney and citrusy hop aroma with noticeable bitterness,

Taste: very malty with a deep bready and caramel flavor that finishes pretty darn bitter, though much more balanced than most double IPAs. Very developed malt character with more bitterness than hop flavor. Definite alcohol note, though not a hot or fusel one

Mouthfeel: very full bodied, thick and chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Overall: A beer defined by its deep and very developed malt flavor and very bitter finish, but not much hop flavor. The hop flavor is likely very masks by the overwhelming malt because the aroma is there. At 12.5% ABV, it's no mystery why it's is so malty.

 763 characters

Photo of Flying_Moose
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jricharc
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of davet100
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Cluker
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ONN8
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jaywes754
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bradwnelson
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Wrigfen
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of shiggins22
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of CalbeDacks
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stonewild
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Brobiehansen
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Book
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours deep, clear copper with a big, thick beige head that shows excellent retention and sits as a small cap throughout with some solid lacing.

Aroma is packed with resinous floral hops, tons of pine with some pithy grapefruit as well. Lots of caramel malts and bread as well. Smells like a hopped-to-hell barleywine...I like it.

The taste is a more complex version of the nose. It certainly starts out with the same biting, abrasive pine hops with a more pronounced sweet caramel malt and toffee backbone. Bitter, crazy hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky, real sticky, with hops and astringent as hell. Not in a bad way.

Some will understand it, some won't. I would get it again when in the mood for something heavy.

 738 characters

Photo of MAJ85
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of caramel and toffee malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of boozy alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the malty flavors stand out much more prominently compared to the underlying pine resin hops, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint hints of stickiness are noticeable.
O: This beer is packed with so much malts that one might think it actually is a barleywine instead of an IPA. It definitely tastes strong, but more like a 9% abv beer instead of a 12.5% one because the alcohol is rather well masked from the taste.

 1,030 characters

Photo of Broanoke
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe