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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

In no way shape or form is this an Ipa. Maybe brewers are forgetting the fact that the P in IPA is supposed to mean Pale. This thing pours as dark as some porters do.
Aroma is black cherry, sweet sugary candy, alcohol.
Flavor is sugary sweet malt, booze, abrasive soapy pine and canned fruit mix of hops. Total mess.
Mouth feel is thick, tons of burn, cloying sweetness.
O. This is an American barleywine, nothing else. Shame on Thomas creek for trying to pass this as an ipa

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

There are big beers, and then there are BIG BEERS. This is one of the latter- 12.5% ABV, and not classified as a barleywine. Wow.

Smell: sweet, mildly piney
Taste: WOW- deceptively sweet, the almost chewy sweetness largely masking the powerful ABV. Hops, as suggested by the odor, are present, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: another WOW. Nice fully body- almost creamy.

Not a beer you'd want to session... unless part of your session routine involves blackouts.

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck code is smeared and unreadable but I know it must be somewhat fresh because the store I work at just got it in stock.

A- The darkest IPA I've ever seen. It's medium brown in color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a .

S- Smell is barleywine-like with lots of sweet biscuity malt and caramel. Also some moderate hop fume and some not-so-moderate alcohol fume.

T- Taste is a bit more intriguing as the caramel sweetness comes through nicely and isn't overbearing. Another thing that's not overbearing is the alcohol. I wouldn't guess this was 12.5%. More like 10%. The hops aren't prevalent enough for me to consider this an IPA. It certainly fits the barleywine style more than IPA.

M- Somewhat creamy but also prickly from the medium carbonation and alcohol. Fullish body.

O- This is a fine beer but definitely not an IPA in my opinion. It's a slow-sipping American Barleywine with a nice amount of sweetness.

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1.72/5  rDev -53.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.16/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby color. The head is around a finger high, and light khaki in shade. Considering its gravity (12.5%), the retention is excellent. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Holy fuck, this is sweet. Then again, what else can be expected from a monstrously huge IPA? The caramel notes are utterly massive, backed by a subtle dankness. Almost no citrus here, this is all pine, earth, and weed. Even better, it's not palpably boozy in the least. Very likable in that brutish, unrefined sledgehammer of a way. (4)

Taste: This is totally a barleywine. It starts off as a total caramel bomb, but there are additional notes of candy, brown sugar, and even chocolate. Some hoppiness appears past the midtaste: again, it's exclusively piny and dank. A lot of these shameless hop-and-malt bombs hide the alcohol superbly, but this has some leathery booze popping up on the finish and aftertaste. Even for the style, it's pretty imbalanced and hard to drink. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy, creamy...this feels massive in every way. There's a definite boozy bite that I feel going down. Carbonation is really low, as well. Honestly, this one is hard to drink...and hard to finish. (2.75)

Overall: Man, this smelled so much better than how it tasted. Normally I enjoy big and shamelessly beastly mega-IPAs, but this one is rubbing me the wrong way. It's too sweet (EVEN FOR THE STYLE!) and boozy, plain and simple. (2.75)

3.05/5: On the wrong side of the massive/moronic mega-IPA spectrum

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