Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

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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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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Liberty Taproom in Greenville. Deep red, very clear, thin tan head. Moderate carbonation. Smell was sweet & hoppy, slightly alcoholic.

Full bodied beer. Thick malty backbone with a hefty hop bitterness. Not a hop-assault like many of the west-coast DIPAs. This one shows a bit of Southern charm: well-balanced throughout. A bit of lingering bitterness in the end, as the thicker mouthfeel coats the tongue.

I had the first batch of this, which was certainly in the 12.5% neighborhood. I think the following batches aren't quite as strong. I had 2 pints during a reasonsably sized dinner, and walked off just fine. Two pints of 12.5% beer would have kicked me a bit harder. Either way, it was incredibly smooth and drinkable for such a strong ale. Bravo! I think this is a great taste of what we have to look forward to from South Carolina brewers - newly freed from the restraints of 6%.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was in Barleys tonight and saw this one on tap. I had been waiting for one of the locals to finally brew up a high gravity, and this is apparently the first. Went into it with very high expectations....

A - Poured a deep russet brown, nearly opaque, but not thick looking. Large off white head slowly faded to leave behind just a touch of side lace. Decent look actually. The head and color were quite nice to be honest.

S - Aroma was a bit off perhaps. Had some notes of sugar with a caramel nuttiness to it. Hops were definatly present, but not overwhleming. Not really an IPA type of smell to me, more of a strong ale type as the malts definatly dominated the nose here. Literally no hint of alcohol in the aroma, which at 12.5% struck me as a bit odd, but never the less I continue on..

T - Definatly not the Double IPA taste here. This was a strong ale, and I am guessing maybe 8% in the high end. There was just no way this was 12+%. If it was, kudos man cause that is just completely not apparent at all. Nice sugary tome up front with a nice dry finish. Somewhat of a touch of alcohol, a little warming but nothing really crazy at all.

M - Nice, not too heavy, and not watered down at all like some of the others seem to be. This one definatly had some work but into it and it was obvious. A little harsh, and apparently a little strong to be a session ale, but I found it to be a little more then a sipper to be honest.

D - Very good here. It was not strong enough to prohibit me from drinking in decent quantity. I could see this one bottled very nicely. It just had a good drinkability for something soo sdtrong.

Overall it was not bad, to be honest I have had much better, however for their first try at something big, I gotta give them props for trying, and for getting it out there. The only downside is there is no way it is 12.5%. I just cant see it. It doesnt taste that strong, no where near it. If it is, damn it could get me in trouble!

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

This ale was brewed by Thomas Creek to celebrate South Carolina's popping the cap. Served on draft at CW's Taproom in Columbia, SC.

A- Clear dark amber, with three fingers of tight, cream-colored head that settles to a single layer and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Strong, with equal portions of maltiness and nugget hops. Smells like a DIPA should, with a balanced but strong nose of pine and syrup.

T- Malty-sweet up front bordering on cloying, until the balancing hops come in, followed by a nutty and alcoholic finish. The taste is not the strength I expected, judging by the aroma, but still a good, fairly balanced DIPA.

M- Chewy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a slightly warming alcohol finish. A bit too thick of a mouthfeel for the style, but still good.

D- Very good for the 12.5% ABV. (I actually struggle to believe it...) But, it's not the most drinkable IPA- too full-bodied and too sweet for the style... and too heavy and alcoholic for several, especially when they're served in pint glasses :-)

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 503 ratings