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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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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple samples on tap at BrewGrass 2009.

A-Hazy, dark copper with a small light tan head that held on tight and left decent lace.

S-Bright floral and grapefruit hop punch up front with a healthy backing of sweet caramel and toffee.

T-BAM! Big fat blast of ruby red grapefruit, floralness and touch of spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Backing caramel malt comes through after the HUGE wave of hops passes over your palate. Hard to believe that this one is 12+%

M-Medium bordering on medium-light...amazing considering it's ABV strength! Nice, long lingering bitterness.

D-Ok, broken record here...this is 12%? What? Certainly doesn't drink like it. A veritable hop bomb with full on aggressiveness. An excellent brew made to capture the glory of hops. I went back time and time again to grab a sample of this one.

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

a: tulip serving, deep mahogany brown in color with a light layering of khaki carbonation

s: thick caramel body with undertones of nearly burnt toffee and something of a dry, dark chocolate edge, steeped-pine hops with a big, bold scent that indicates the bite to come, lots of date and raisin, promising start

m: carbonation on the lighter side, body medium-full

t: big, almost sludgy caramel and toffee body holds a monstrous pine resin hop profile, imagine pulling a chunk of dried tree blood from a long-ago wounded longleaf and treating it as a piece of hard candy, additional flavors of dry chocolate, dates, molasses, and fresh soil precede the bitter, piney finish, heavy-handed on all fronts, not your typical dipa - this one has a rough, mean side and is definitely worth a try

d: limited by strength

single from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, reviewed awhile back before the internet hookup

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Photo of ffejherb
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into half pint on 1/4/09. Shared with FooFaa.

A - Hazy reddish copper-colored body with minimal carbonation and a thin off-white head that diminished, leaving behind only a sparse amount of lace.

S - Malty and floral with some perfumy notes and lots of toffee and caramel malt character. Given the ABV%, the alcohol presence is rather restrained.

T - Initial flavor is quite syrupy and sweet for a DIPA, although some floral and perfumy notes creep into the mix. However, flavor is dominated by caramel and toffee malt, as well as a burnt sugary sweetness. Finishes with minimal bitter notes and mild alcohol warmth.

M - Thick and syrupy texture with kind of chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes quite sweet with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Big and malty for a DIPA, perhaps a bit too malty overall. Alcohol isn't too obtrusive, especially for a 12.5% brew, which helps with the drinkability factor.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark ruby-amber/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy yellowish beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of soily pine needle and citrus character as well as a strong caramel malt and toffee presence. Kind of leathery as well. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit. This smells more like a hoppy barleywine than a DIPA.

Very hop forward with a lot of dry pine character and a much more subtle citrus presence than I was expecting based on the aroma. The dry earthiness from the hops lingers throught into a dry finish but the malt presence is much stronger than I prefer. Lots of earthy, leathery malts with hints of toffee and caramel and a sweet alcohol presence. A decent amount of heat and warmth in the finish. Again, this is much more like a barleywine. Decent but way too strong of a malt presence and not really to style.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of "Extreme IPA", poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark amber with a finger of tan foam that threatens to disappear, but can be revived with a gentle swirl now and then. Even with the minimal head, nice lacing is left behind.

I've had UTC a handful of times. It's a challenging and interesting brew that sort of defies style restrictions, beginning with the powerfully sweet aromas of massive maltiness, dark brown sugar, a bit of sorghum, candied fruits, just loads of sweet stuff. Some charred wood and a pine character that becomes quite pronounced as it warms up.

A substantial pine punch to the tongue from the first sip. Stinging bitterness from start to finish, but also a powerful sweetness that almost tastes like a lot of dark brown sugar tossed in on top of the malts. Lots of woodiness, almost like there's a barrel aged portion added in. Cocoa, caramel, orange zest- man, there's a lot going on here. Medium-thick bodied with moderate carbonation and a long finish that alternates between sweet, citrusy, piney and woody. The sugary sweetness distracts from things a bit, but the overall flavor profile is quite complex and enjoyable.

Overall impression: A beer that doesn't fit neatly into style guidelines. Not a great DIPA, but really nice as a barleywine or strong ale, and an easy recommendation as such.

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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 Kadonny
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass.

A: A dark brown with a hint of reddish tint. Nice half finger tight head that leaves full glass lacing.

S: Huh? Wow. Smells of sweet dark fruit with caramel and a hint of hops.

T: Again, heavy malt flavors at first with flavors of dark ripe fruits, raisin, some wood, pine, some chocolate flavor and a hefty dose of sweet caramel and toffee malts. Very sweet and heavy flavors going on here. A nice earthy piney hops bitterness comes in near the end but gets a beat down from the malt. Finish leaves a sweet smooth coating with some residual hop bite.

M: Full, coating, bruising, prickly but sweet. Alcohol is there, but not what I expected for the 12.5%.

D: Not great. Really after one I was pretty beat up and not sure I could have had another.

Overall I'll agree with everyone else's assessment. On a blind taste I would have all day long said it's squarely a barleywine, as I really think that's what it is. Still, it's a fairly complex beer that was enjoyable, but it does not fit into this style clearly. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a recent shipment from hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee!

Poured into an 8oz. snifter.

Appearance: Most definitely dark and syrupy-looking. A small, sticky, tan head immediately forms on top, and then decays to a creamy halo. Body is a dark cedar color that shows brilliant shades of crimson when held to light. Lots of web-like lacing.

Smell: Caramel, maple syrup, moist pine, sweet red berries, and candied orange. Lots of residual sugars in here. I can certainly pick out the hop presence, but this smells like the making of a malt bomb. Oh yeah, alcohol is completely masked.

Taste: Sweet wood and toasted malt start things off, caramel and piney hops follow. Finishes prickly, dry, and bitter; however none of those aspects are overly pronounced. Caramel throughout.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, prickly, very lightly carbonated, and dry. Not too heavy though, and the alcohol is hidden well. For what it is (a 12.5% Imperial IPA), it's quite smooth.

Drinkability: I expected this one to be a very slow sipper. However, it was actually a pretty easy drink. Not that hot, not that dry, and not very bitter. While I would have preferred a citrusy hop-bomb, this definitely got the job done.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin by saying this beer is perplexing, to say the least. This is not an American Double/Imperial IPA by any stretch of the imagination. Were I to review it as such, it would probably be in the low C or D range. However, it's an enjoyable beer, no matter what classification, so I won't rate this to style.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown color, with burgundy highlights. The tannish head grows to about 2 fingers, and retains pretty well before dropping and leaving behind some decent lacing. At this point, I had to look this beer up and read other reviews to make sure this was the beer I was supposed to have, and it hadn't gone horribly wrong to the point of being undrinkable. Well, it looks like I have the right one.

As I smell the beer, I can kind of see where this could be a DIPA, but it would be a serious stretch. There a certainly a lot of dark, sweet smells...Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, maybe even some bittersweet chocolate. But, there is a hint of some resinous hops, it just happens to be hiding behind what smells like an English Barleywine.

The taste pretty much follows what I'm smelling, but I want to use this space to say how ridiculously drinkable this beer is if it's 12.5% like advertised. There's no real boozy harshness or heat. It's a delight to drink.

Thick body, almost syrupy, but the carbonation cuts it nicely. It's actually pretty smooth, and, like I said earlier, a much easier drinker than anything I've had before with this ABV.

This was a pretty pleasant drinking experience, and it's exciting to know that a brewery like Thomas Creek, who I haven't heard many good things about, can brew a beer as, well, thought-provoking as this one. Good stuff, and I hope to see more in the future.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of beernerd81 (Ben). Thanks a bunch for a great first trade experience!

Pours a very unexpected brown with ruby hints when held into the light. Thick tan head is produced from even a careful pour, and it has ok retention. Some lacing, but not a lot.

The nose suggests something strange. This isn't an IPA at's way too sweet and way too malty. I'm not even sure I pick up much bitterness. This is a barleywine for sure, and a good smelling one at that.

I get a fairly complex sweet malt backbone, with underlying tones of wood and alcohol. Smells to me like an English Barleywine, which is even farther from an IPA. Never the mind, it's still a great smelling beer.

The taste confirms my beleif, this is in fact (in my opinion that is) a barleywine. It almost tastes aged, which in barleywine terms is a good thing. Sweet malt backbone with subtle hints of wood aged qualities. Our friend ethanol makes his presense known early and often, this one will warm your belly for sure. After I've swallowed and allowed the flavours to duke it out for a bit, I get a nice earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very thick yet creamy and smooth. No carbonation or bitter bite to speak of. The drinkability is dangerous, while the alcohol is fairly obvious, the flavours make is very drinkable. I would limit myself to one of these in a sitting, this could be bad news.

Overall, a solid brew from a brewery I had never heard of before but glad I'm getting a chance to try one of their offerings. Again, thanks a million Ben for the chance to try this unique and great beer!

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Photo of jbhuxley
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours unexpectidly dark brown in color, similar to cola. Holding it to light exposes deep ruby tones. Pour yeilds over 2" of dark reddish-tan head, with decent retention.

Smell is very malty, with a strong dose of molasses and a hint of chocolate. Nice presence of sweet fruit, mostly plum. Light floral hop smell, with a moderate presence of alcohol.

If I had not seen the bottle, I would never call this a DIPA. It definitely resembles a barleywine. It has a very complex maltiness, mostly cocoa and some wood, with a hint of pine hops. It finishes sweet and very smooth with little bitterness. Hop presence becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is quite thick, with very little carbonation, yet it is not sticky or chewy. The 12% abv remains well hidden, but definitely impacts the drinkibility.

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Photo of hargettf
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your everyday DIPA. Had it just recently in a blind DIPA tasting and everyone agreed it was near the top. It was going up against Pliny and Hopslam among others. With that being said, it tastes nothering like a DIPA. Blind, it could have been a barleywine. All agreed it was very good, but not representative of the style. Pours and looks a good bit like Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot barleywine. Big surprise, thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: They do bottle this bad boy, picked this up at Tiger Qwik Mart in Clemson for $2.XX for a 12oz. with a bright yellow label

A: Pours a brown color with large garnet highlight when held to light. Very fizzly looking eggshell colored head that retains pretty well and leaves a coating of fluffy foam all over the glass. Gorgeous looking pour and coloration.

S: Surprisingly malty nose. Lots of caramel, molasses (dominant note), wood, chocolate, and cocoa. The hops are very present and quite powerful, but the malts do a very nice of keeping the nose balanced. Very floral and aromatic hops as well as the bitter variety make up a grand-slam of hop character. A whiff of alcohol is apparent, but only when the beer warms up.

T: Very sweet, perhaps brown sugary. Surprisingly viscous! Malty as well, with caramel, molasses, cocoa, chocolate, and a wonderful woody note that really spruces up the flavor profile. A bit spicy and peppery as well. (I feel like I'm reviewing a wine after saying that!). The hops are really not as strong as the typical DIPA, but I think that is amazing!! This is one of the easiest and least bitter DIPA's I've ever had. I think this brew is amazingly interesting because the hops are providing the base for the malts! Role reversal in this style, but it is quite refreshing. Alcohol is very well hidden.

MF/D: Perfect carbonation, loong syrupy molasses finish with a slight wood twang, full in body, highly drinkable and highly recommended, just watch that ABV!

EDIT: So I just looked through a couple reviews to see what other people found in the flavor profile, and I must say I missed coconut, which is pretty easy to identify, but just not necessarily expected! Nice touch!

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra in a trade with funkydelic. Thanks, Cameron!

A: Pours a porter brown in my tulip with ruby highlights near the edges of the glass. The head is an inch of off-white foam that recedes into a scattered film on the brew and the dreaded donut around the glass. Leaves some ivy lacing at the start of the drink, but the second half of the glass is clean. Why is this brew so dark?

S: Ah. It's dark because it's really a barleywine. Full-on malt aromas of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and an earthy / dark fruit character that I can only conclude is an inseparable blend of hops and plums.

T: Strong element of roasted malt when the beer is cold, which I really don't like as the hops start coming into play. Makes for a weird clash. But as the beer approaches serving temp, the clash is muted and the beer comes into a solid barleywine blend of malt and hops. Caramel, brown sugar, plums, dates, and possibly some toffee or nuts underneath it all: these set the initial taste. But they fade gradually into a hoppy finish, mostly earthy with a progressively stronger pine presence in there. The chocolate is noticeable again at times, but it works very well with the dark fruits.

M: Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Some astringency that I really don't enjoy.

D: I am honestly very impressed. I thought this would just be a random local extra that would turn out to be middle-of-the-road. My expectations were far exceeded. Someone hook me up with another...

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a Meantime snifter; courtesy of Ryan's Ghetto Fab BIF.

Pours dark, too dark for an IIPA, with a rusty amber hue that looks like cola once the glass is filled. More like an Imperial Amber in color, with a thin, wispy head of small khaki bubbles. [EDIT: bumped appearance rating from 3.0 to 3.5 after reading other reviewers that suggest this beer may be a barleywine] Thankfully, the aroma is on point, although I'm still getting the Imperial Amber/Red vibe. Candied amber malts and sticky-sweet caramel & brown sugar provide the breadth of the malt profile, and the hops are green and resinous. This is what a hoppy candy bar would smell some ways it smells like an aged barleywine (think SN Bigfoot).

Aggressive in all ways, the flavor blasts the front of the tongue with a raw hoppiness that quickly gives way to hot rubbing alcohol. Hop cones and harsh bittering alpha acids nip at the front and sides of the tongue like a high grit sandpaper. Sweet caramel malts in the background, but most maltiness gets overwhelmed by the rawness of the booze. Way too alcoholic and medicinal to be anywhere close to drinkable. Body is syrupy and overly carbonated, exaggerating the rough edges of this monster of a beer. Thomas Creek took a risk with Up The Creek, but sometimes risks do not pay off in the beer world. This is one example. Too big, too boozy, too unrestrained, and nowhere near an IIPA for me. I'd have to pass on this one next time...

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Charleston at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

This is a thick looking beer. Not even to the lips yet and you can see how thick it pours. The head was creamy light tan and had great structure. Even got above the glass by a ¼ inch. This did settle to a creamy cap that remained. The beer itself is very dark ruby red/amber and a very very deep color. Looks lime some barleywines.

Aroma is of dark fruits, malty sweet and of slight alcohol. Some bright pine as well.

Wait, is this a barley wine.? It's really good, but doesn't exactly remind me of a DPA. Really deep and layered malt flavor. Big pine hop presence. Slight coconut. Really big and wonderfully balanced. Almost a black cherry or chocolate covered cherry note to it.

Almost syrup thick. Very bold yet smooth and inviting.

I really enjoy this beer. There is something about it that just warms the heart.

** I had to read some other reviews after I wrote this and see I am not alone in thinking this is like a barley wine. Strange, but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not docking for style. I am rating for experience.

A - Brown, cola like, off white head. Sticky lacing. Liking the look, but an IPA?

S - Big sweet malt. Cooked fruits, booze.

T - Oh, taste follows smell in a big way. Nice hop twang at end to balance it out too.

M - Good on all fronts. Nice balance, creamy but carbed, I like this one.

D - A little muted considering the ABV....

GOOD STUFF though!

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Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raverjames hit the nail on the head with this one. It is definitey NOT an IPA but rather a decent malty barleywine. I gave it all 4's based on being a barleywine. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head. Aroma is of sweet malt and alcohol. Way too sweet for an IPA but fits a barleywine to a tee. An after dinner brew for sure, but no IPA.

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark. Looks like a strong ale.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. The malt really dominates between the two.

Taste: BIG! But very well balanced. This is a sweet beer, but is well balanced by ample hops.

Mouthfeel: Big and sweet. Very little alcohol burn. Is this really a 12.5% abv? Finishes like a 7 or 8% abv.

Drinkability: Dangerously good. This is really a good beer and I'm happy to see a Carolina brewery finally bringing a huge IPA to the region!

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color, with hints of ruby and a mainly clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Aroma consisted of hops, malt, pine and alcohol.

T: Surprisingly, the hops weren't at the forefront of this beer. Had a decent amount of malt, caramel and a piney quality. Alcohol is a little too noticable, and you definitely feel it after a while.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish.

D: A decent American IPA, drinkable, but not my favorite of all time.

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Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter pours a crisp dark brown with a decent tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is burnt caramel malts in front of citrus and pine hops. The taste is a decent amount of caramel and brown malts balanced nicely with pine hops. The beer somewhat heavy, but a bitter dryness and decent carbonation smooth things out nicely. As I said when I reviewed it on-tap a few weeks ago, this one is borderline DIPA/Barleywine, but this one is closer to DIPA than the draft version.

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Photo of raverjames
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Disclaimer: I rated this straight 4's because it does not match the style in any way. It is a delicious english barleywine, but a horrible IPA. I am not sure what the hell is going on at Thomas Creek. This is either a horrible mistake or a wonderful joke.

A: Dark brownish red with a small head.
S: Cherry, molasses, and vanilla.
T: Sweet cherries, slight leather, and caramel malts. Some nice fruity malty finish.
M: Mix of sweet and bitter. Higher final gravity for sure. Slightly boozy, which is something I love about barleywines.
D: Just perfect. Warms the body and goes down smooth.

This is a wonderful beer if the brewery would have labeled it correctly. If it was released as a barleywine, I would have given it an A+ rating. If you find this beer, buy it. This is perfect for cellaring. Ignore the label. There is no IPA here.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack today at Bestway here in Greensboro.Poured into an oversized wine glass a darker color than expected,deep amber with a tight fomed 1/2 slight off white head.Somewhat muted aromas,I picked up some resiny and leather-like notes.Wow this is more American barley wine in nature on the palate,deep fruit esters with some brown sugar, the hops come in late with a big pine resin finish.There is a lingering licorice-like flavor that lingers wich is different for the style as well.A bit hot but its nice,maybe I should have waited till after the Wings beat the Pens to drink this because it could bring on some spleepiness.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Nicks in Clemson, SC.

This beer is kind of a catch-all beer. It is listed at 12.5% abv, called an "Extreme IPA", yet has the characteristics of a Strong Ale.

The look, smell, and taste are close to a Double Bastard. However, one glaring, obvious, and awesome difference is drinkability: I have never had a touted 12.5% abv beer taste so smooth and non alcoholic. This beer will really knock you on your ass. The server at Nicks said this was extreme, but, being as this is the beer void of the south, I thought she meant "strong IPA". This beer was not that.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown chocolate with a creamy white head. Loads of lacing as well. Aroma was a heavy dose of hops followed by the sweetness of the malts. Some chocolate is present as well.

Awesome flavor. Perfect balance of sweet caramel malt, chocolate malt, citrus hops, and alcohol. Full bodied and dangerously drinkable. The most drinkable <10% beer I have ever had.

I have had several TC beers in the past and was generally unimpressed. However, this was a dangerous beer. TC is coming up in this world I believe.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, amber color bordering on red ale hues. Head dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation. From appearance only, maybe would have guessed this was an amber or even a barleywine.

Citrus hops are balanced nicely on the nose by a rich maltiness often lacking in bigger IPA's.

Rich, round mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation allows the hops to do their thing without scrubbing them off the tongue too quickly. Nice balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. ABV not listed on this particular bottle, but if it's above 7-7.5% it's hidden very well.

Touted as an Extreme IPA (listed by me as Double/Imperial IPA), this is definitely the biggest beer I've tasted from Thomas Creek. I'm in the process of rediscovering what is for me essentially a local brewery, and this is by far my favorite so far. I hope it hits the shelves soon. Hopheads won't be disappointed if they can get past the not-true-to-style aspects of this beer.

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 506 ratings