Thomas Creek Up The Creek | Thomas Creek Brewery

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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

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#32,220
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506
pDev:
16.49%
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a small, beige head.

Smell: All in all, a modest aroma, but you get a sense of the malt and grapefruit awaiting you in the flavor.

Taste: Sweet, candyish toffee maltiness. Juicy ruby red grapefruit with a bright, earthy hop bitterness that grows as it warms a bit. Sure, you can tell the alcohol is in there, but it blends in very well with the other components of the beer. Bittersweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite good, Thomas Creek, I gotta tell ya. Drinks very easy, very smooth for being over 12%. Won't you be so good as to bottle this, TC?

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Edit) This review was for a beer called Celebration and the recipe for the current version is different.

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Poured a pint from a keg of this beautifully red, brown golden colored beer in to a Sam Adams glass. With a heavy hops smell of citrus and flowery pine, this so called DIPA sits on that thin line nestled between a DIPA and an American Barley Wine. What a great place to be!

First sip is overpowered by heavy malts followed by the strong hops. The 12.5% ABV is the best hidden of any beer I have tried to date. You think it is about 9 or 10% - certainly not 12.5%. What gives it away is the punch you feel after just 2 glasses. Is this the strongest beer ever legally brewed in South Carolina? It also may be the best.

Sierra Nevada is forcing Thomas Creek to change the name. The new name will be, "Up The Creek".

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Photo of Chronicsurfer69
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Thomas Creek brewery and I was very impressed. I confirmed that it does infact have a ABV of 12.5%, I had a conversation with Thomas A. Davis the head brewer at TCB. This brew will most likely end up in a speical 22oz bottle.

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Photo of bobbyc881
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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Photo of khiasmus
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 506 ratings