River Falls Red Ale
Thomas Creek Brewery

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #125
Ranked #43,466
3.62 | pDev: 14.36%
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
River Falls Red AleRiver Falls Red Ale
Notes: 21 IBU
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 232 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle picked up in SC. Pours a copper color with a large amount of foam. Malty smell. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Malty flavor with some caramel-like sweetness and a slightly bitter finish. A good all-around red ale. Definitely true to style -- I've had red ales in Ireland that were foamy on tap too.

Jan 01, 2021
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gb1277 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best red ales I’ve had in a long time. Found a six pack at a discount store (wish TC dated their packaging), got lucky as this was fresh and a real stand out for the style.

Sep 15, 2019
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ManlyWealth from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I agree with the Alstrom Brothers' description, an all around exceptionally well balanced Irish Red Ale. No one particular traditional red ale ingredient dominates this ale's taste or smell. Outstanding job Thomas Creek Brewers! One of the best Irish Reds I've had and I look forward to another one.

Sep 06, 2017
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opieo from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though its an ale, i dont find the brew hoppy. As a non-hoppy guy, a pleasant surprize. Malty, caramel, rich complex taste. Nice creamy feel. I really enjoyed this brew and will look for more when i get home.

Jul 04, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Thomas Creek brewery in Greenville, SC. The appearance is a reddish orange color with a small white head. The aroma is slight malt and grains. The taste is toasted malt and is slightly bitter.

Jan 31, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle.It says 6.2% abv on the label. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is hops up front, caramel malts at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

May 01, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Frosted shaker of draft at Longhorn Steak House in Greenville, SC
Aroma - can't detect any
Head - decapitated by bartender; what remains is an off-white 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor - rare island of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor - some malt detected; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, aggressive carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 1, Flavor 2.5, Palate 2.5, Overall 2.25

Not very good but who knows how well the restaurant maintains its tap lines. I do give the Longhorn in Greenville credit for serving a local brew.

Nov 14, 2014
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BethanyB from New York

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A clear, medium gold, with visible carbonation. The color is rather light for the style. The head is large, white, and resilient.

Smell: Quite a bit of diacetyl, even for an Irish Red. The rest of the aroma profile consists of sweet malt and caramel. Not an excellent bouquet, but not off-putting, either.

Taste: The malt bill exhibits bready, toasty, and grainy flavors, with an appropriately dry, roasty finish. Caramel gives the beer an obvious, but is balanced nicely with the malt. Very low bitterness. A fine, classic Red Ale in the Irish style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and medium carbonation produce a refreshing, part sessionsable/part sippable mouthfeel. Even with a 6.2% ABV, some light alcohol warming adds a hearty sensation.

Overall: Not the most tip top Irish Red I've had, but definitely a solid, traditional recipe. It just needs a little more polish and finesse. In its current state, especially with the diacetyl factor, it reminds me of an award winning homebrew ...in a small, regional competition.

Oct 11, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

No idea how old this is, but it's a gusher. Took 5 minutes to see what color it was. It's amber with a billowing cream head. Aroma is metallic, with nutty notes and specialty malt fruitiness. Flavor is also metallic and nutty, with herbal hop notes. That metallic character dominates, though. Becomes phenolic as it warms.

Oct 04, 2014
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beerblogger from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color typical of the style; deep copper. Lingering, off-white head in the glass. Caramel malt in the nose, no hop presence. Good malt flavors mid-palate, with light English hop flavors and roasted malt well balanced. I'd say medium body but with crisp mouth feel and dry, light roasted and very smooth finish. Very easy drinker.

Aug 05, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to reddish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet caramel like malt. In the taste, sweet caramel malt, citrus notes, and a sweet to dry roast. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and citrus aftertaste. Nice citrus hop and sweet caramel malt.

Jul 13, 2013
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the bottle but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale copper. A finger of off-white, buttery head left a thick ring around the edge and a spotted lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee, red and black licorice. It induces flashbacks of another beer but cannot remember which. (Murphy’s Irish Red?) As it warms, dark fruit plum and raspberry emerge, as well as strawberry and apple sweetness.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy — a very welcome surprise. At first, the flavor is somewhat subtle and unimpressive; it offers very little except caramel and toffee sweetness. Hop spice and bitterness come into play as the beer warms, giving it a nice boost, and hints of fruit and licorice also emerge.

Drinkability: Very good stuff. Each sip invites another.

Jun 20, 2013
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Carolina Ale House in Greenville SC

A: copper; thin head; clear, good lacing
S: thin, slightly malty aroma; the smell might have dissipated in the time taken from draft to table service
T: sophisticated red ale; dry; not sweet; complex hop profile; not boozy
M: silky, smooth

Solid red ale, good meal beer

May 20, 2013
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jploving from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review in many years...when I originally joined I was a casualty of the economic down turn....very happy to be back...
First off....the bottle of Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale I am drinking from says it is 6.2 % abv...maybe the recipe has changed since the original was introduced...
This is a very balanced beer.
Open the bottle and a very light sweet scent of malt is present--only a small bit above subtle...
First sip is not that of many American Reds-malt, caramel then a boat load of bitterness...but rather sweet apple (pink lady or maybe gala) and nicely ripped pear. As I continue to take a few sips, the sweet-but light-malt sweetness comes through. There is enough bitterness to balance it out but I did not actually notice any bitterness until close to the end of the first bottle-which I did welcome. The second bottle I noticed a more prevalent array of malt and caramel sweetness accompanied by the bitterness, which is the trend that continued into the last bottle of the six pack-...what did you expect?-I never start a six pack w/o finishing all six.
I have had this beer several times-bottles and draft- and proud to rejoin this community with a winner:
Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale is a really good beer...
solid 4 out of 5

Apr 29, 2013
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received from a co-worker. Thanks Eric!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" orangey tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head bubbles down slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is nutty with a touch of citrus.

Taste is medium toasty malt upfront, citrus in the middle, with a clean close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Liking this one.

Feb 25, 2013
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, and I really like the shade of read in my glass. On top you get quite a bit of foam that dies down pretty quickly. There is minimal stickyness to the foam, which leads to only slight lacing.

The nose on this one is pretty mild. I pick up some hops, but not a lot. There is some lightness in the red character.

The flavor on this beer is really understated. There isn't much happening in each sip. I feel like I have to pull air across the beer to pick up some funkiness.

I wouldn't turn this beer down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another bottle/pint of this one.

Jan 13, 2013
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Veristic from Tennessee

2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale served @ 45* into a Dos Equis tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/15/12. Can't read date code.

A- Red-orange amber body. Very good clarity, possibly filtered. Small white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a very thin crown that hangs around to the end. No lacing.

S- Out the neck: Doesn't smell very appealing, much like a macro, maybe a hint of caramel malt. Once poured, smell is slightly better, still a very light aroma. Slightly grainy with some crystal malt.

T- Man, not very impressive at all. Watery with some malt sweetness up front. Finish is pretty dry. Bland.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly slick on the lips. Sadly, the mouthfeel is one of the better qualities of this beer.

O- This beer needs MORE specialty grains. More crystal malt, more toasted and/or roasted grains. Not a horrible beer by any means but definitely one of the poorer examples of the style.

Jun 16, 2012
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Bung from Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Your basic red pour, a thin layer of white.

Aroma, herbal hops, malt, light tea.

Taste, a nice light balance of malt and herbal/piney hops. Some caramel and iced tea. Nothing real aggressive, but nice for the style.

On the lighter side, ample carbonation, drinks pretty easy. Wish the abv was a tick less, but you certainly still don't notice it where it is at.
A good red ale.

Apr 21, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a mug. Poured a deep red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, citrus, and subtle pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, and subtle pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me. While it was a decent brew from the style, it wasn't overly memorable. Worth trying if you haven't done so or if you see it on tap and want something a little lighter on the night.

Feb 11, 2012
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear and slightly reddish amber with a thick and fine-bubbled, if not persistent, palest golden head. Aroma has yeasty, malty, pear and banana notes. Flavor is mainly malty and yeasty, and fruity undertone is largely banana and pear. Texture is smooth, average-bodied and fairly fizzy.

Dec 29, 2011
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. The label is currently listing the ABV% as being 6.2%.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body the hue of a somewhat used (but abused) penny. Two fingers of slowly settling, whitish froth. Adequate lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented caramel, though light, paired with even lighter hints of fruit and zestful herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, caramel edged maltiness with a fair amount of pleasing initial sweetness. Faint, faint nuttiness as the malts roll around the palate for a few sips. Hint of baked spiced apple as the fruitiness comingles with the lightly spicy, scantly herbaceous hops. Low bitterness. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Good drinkability here, the Red Ale does a fine job at just simply being a Red Ale. Though the label states the beer as being 6.2%, I'd prefer the 5-something listed here on the site, to keep things even more easily drinkable.

Dec 22, 2011
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head, lots of lacing on a clear amber/gold body. Nice head retention. Very nice sweet caramel malt aroma however not very strong. More sweet caramel malt with a minty notes throughout the experience. Mild typical red ale bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a very attractive beer with the mint note making this one enjoyable and rather unique. Not as drinkable as some reds however.

Dec 20, 2011
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

2.02/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/23/11

Clear, burnt amber with just a slight chill haze. Two finger head rises quickly and recedes slowly to a thin, bubbly layer of foam. Good lace; half walled, half wispy.

Smells strange for a red ale; mostly adjuncts, a bit of grain and a very minute floral hop notion. Buried in the back is a note of artificial sweetener. Seriously lacking hop presence and caramel. Come to think of it, this smells like an adjunct amber lager.

Huh. Tastes a bit better than I was expecting but still not where it should be. The hops are ramped-up a smidgen and offer a reasonable and consistent bitterness. Hints of bread and caramel are appreciable in the middle, which is good for the style, but the follows suit with the nose toward the finish where notes of adjuncts emerge, as does a metallic twinge. The finish is not pleasant.

Medium body. Carbonation is way out of control at first but simmers towards the end of the glass. Slightly grainy feel, which I like; coating on the finish, which I don't.

This is kind of baffling. The aroma is weak and powerless. Tastes good at the start of each sip but totally falls apart by the finish. I wish that weren't the case; this beer is trying to be decent. As is, there's no need for me to finish the bottle.

Sep 29, 2011
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tvv375ia from Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-light sepia color with about a 2 finger head that faded fairly quick but left a little lacing

S-a little sweet carmel malts but not much else

T-the carmel malts again with some dried dark fruits like raisins and prunes

M-good carbonation

O-easy to drink not much to think about can use it to convert some friends definitely better from a glass rather than the bottle

Sep 21, 2011
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goblue3509 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a one finger head and some lace on the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and some fruitiness. The taste follows the nose a nice caramel malt backbone with a dark fruit sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is modearelty cabonated. Overall a solid amber not the best but certainly not the worst.

Aug 28, 2011
River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 232 ratings