Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Up The CreekThomas Creek Up The Creek

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

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

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish ruby brown with a small slowly dissipating to a thin lasting tan he’d with good lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, yeasty fruity notes with some earthy floral hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, brown sugar and molasses, with earthy floral hops bitterness. Palate is a full body, smooth mouth feel, good carbonation, with good sweet bitter balance. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, some dark fruity notes, brown sugar, molasses with earthy floral hops for balance, ending is sweet lingering caramel malt, brown sugar and some sweet alcohol. Alcohol seems well hidden. Overall a very good, flavorful and balanced brew, nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of acidicbassist
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark, mahogany colour (blood red if held up to a light) with a thick, light head that leaves a nice lacing.

S - Malty, boozy. Reminiscent of a good barley wine.

T - Initial crisp hoppy flavour, but finishes following the smell with a malty taste of delicious dried fruit.

M - Thick. Coating the inside of the mouth with a syrupy drip.

O - Very full-bodied and complex beer. The high ABV definitely leaves it's mark in the boozy smell and malty flavour, but the as a DIPA, it presents a great amount of hops with lots of other flavours to compliment. Love it.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of adjunctlager
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dvanhandel
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of bcuz7
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a dark ruby/brown color. Body is slightly hazy. Great head. Decent size and great retention. Strong lacing consistency.

S-Rich, deep candied citrus hops. Resinous oily hoppiness. Loads of sweet caramel. Booze is surprisingly not too evident here. The nose has strength but its a bit too subdued for a beer of its epic gravity.

T-Supremely sweet. Hops are sweet and candied in flavor. Loads of caramel. Doesn't taste like a DIPA to me. Sweeter than anything else. Reminds me of a Double Crooked Tree with a less pronounced hoppiness.

M-Full, full, full. Chewy and resiny. Softer carbonation. A real sipper.

O/D-As expected, the girth of this beer makes it a slow-sipping Barleywine or Strong Ale in my opinion. Its worth a try but I am incredibly thankful that most DIPAs don't taste like this.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in hotel glass in Greenville, SC

A: very dark; good thick head; great carbonation; good lacing
S: overwhelmingly like an imperial stout in its aroma; lingers nicely
T: has a strong imperial stout quality in its booziness and dark roast profile; but the stronger hop profile is unmistakable, with an emphasis on brighter, finishing hops; this might be considered too much an attempt at a cross-over, which isn't, imo, a great idea
M: smooth, viscuous

This is a good closing beer, mainly for the high gravity. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 498 ratings.
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