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Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

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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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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks super dark for the style. Caramel brown in color. Not much head. Looks okay. 3.5

I smell roasted malts and earthy hops without much vigor. Caramel, grapefruit, and pine. 3.5

Total candy DIPA with rich toffee malts and notes of fig and orange and grapefruit. Sweet and very malty, like a barleywine. Not particularly hoppy. Light chocolate note. Heaps of alcohol. 3.5

Sticky with sweetness. Light-to-moderate carbonation. Pretty boozy. 3.0

Okay DIPA. Enjoying the strength more than the flavor, at this point. 3.5

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Photo of GaryFields
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of nUgZ
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber color with 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling beer. Malts are present as well as piney hops and some alcohol.

T: Just like the smell, the taste is very sweet malts followed by a good bit of hops. There's no way you would know this is 12.5% ABV.

M: Full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Coats your whole mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. Too easy to drink!

O: Not as hop heavy as some IPA's, but still a great beer. If there was a category for Triple IPA's this would be it. It's just like the label says...Extreme!

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Photo of bobojuice
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beerdhabelly
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Riverared
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by a friend. Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a very deep, deep, amber color. With 2 fingers of tan colored head that lingers for a while, and leaves some sticking lacing on the glass.

S- Seems kind of off style. Smells rich with lots of sweet caramel. Very thick resinous pine aroma underneath all of that sweet caramel. Smells good.

T- Very sweet malt bomb with a huge amount of hoppy kick. Again, seems a tad off style but good nonetheless. Is that a light roasted coffee after taste? Or maybe rich dark caramel / toffee? Very interesting. There is a huge resinous, bitter, piney kick, followed quickly by more rich sweetness and that interesting aftertaste. Well done.

M- HUGE! This beer coats the mouth with a stickiness that seems unparalleled. This one brings a new definition to a full bodied beer. The 12.5% ABV is really unnoticeable and well hidden. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A great beer! Just seems a tad off style. Who are we to judge what the Brewer calls his beer? This is one intense in-your-face beer. Not for the faint of heart. A huge, full bodied, malt explosion, hop BOMB. A beer that tests the limits of brewing and takes the art of brewing to the next level.

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Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper body with reddish hues beneath the dense tan head that has some serious staying power and leaves quite a sticky lacing behind.

Big sweet malt aromas lead the way with generous resiny pine and earthy hops.

Similar to the aroma the flavor offers abundant sweet toffee and caramel malt and earthy hops. A touch of candy sugar and dark fruits are present as well.

Medium carbonation with a thick, chewy body and a palate coating finish that sticks around for a while.

The focus is clearly on the malts as this brew lacks the generous hop profiles typical of the style but it is still quite tasty.if such a thing as an imperial bock existed this may be it.

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Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of illiniipa
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of scvance
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Connor
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mttdls
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Jambarino
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a deep dark amber,very little head retention and almost no lacing.Very little carbonation.

S:Caramel,faint citrus hops,faint apple juice.

T:All malt up front,faint hop kick at the end with a lingering bitterness.Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

M:Medium mouth feel with some carbonation.Sticky at the end with a slight alcohol burn.

O:I don't understand the negative reviews,I guess because its not quite what the label says,however it is a great beer regardless.If you take yourself too seriously,or if you are expecting a hop bomb look elsewhere because this is not it.However if you want a good barleywine/ipa style beer then this is it.I would compare this to Dogfish Head Squall,maybe just slightly sweeter and not as hoppy.A top 20 beer for me.I'm really enjoying this.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SamW
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 macrosmatic
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear, very dark amber with a one and a half finger tan head that fades pretty quickly without much lacing. Only a bit of visisble carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel, boozy, with a bit of pine hops.

T: Caramel, booze, bitter from hops. I don't get a whole lot of other hop presence.

M: Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Decent carbonation sensation. Alcohol is very noticeable - this is pretty hot.

O: I'm torn as to how to review this. As a DIPA, this is a complete fail. It was decent for a barleywine, not great though. Low hop presence and over-malted which results in a very cloying sweet overall impression. If this was listed as a American Barleywine, I think it would be in the 3.5-3.75 range for me overall.

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 498 ratings
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