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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek River Falls Red AleThomas Creek River Falls Red Ale

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.65%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
21 IBU

Added by John on 12-18-2002

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Photo of beerblogger
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thagr81us for this.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention isn't so good and only a touch of lacing.

4.5 S: Smells more like a brown than a red...and I like it. Lots of nuttiness with sweet caramel close behind. Candy like sugary sweetness third. Simple, but really nice.

4.0 T: Again, simple but pleasant. Nuttiness is number one again. Caramel, toffee, and a moderate balancing bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps a bit too much carbontation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: After looking at the average for this, I'm not quite sure why everyone hates it. It's a solid red ale that tastes more like a brown ale. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of Hoser77
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving-12oz. bottle
A-Brilliant clarity. Copper with orange hues. Dense 1" off-white head that persists with lacing. Effervescent bubbles rise to the surface.

S-Malty sweetness with caramel and toasted notes. Slight earthy and floral hop aroma. Fruity fermentation esters. Very clean.

T-Very bright. Malty and toasty, with slight raisin, fruit, and toffee flavors. Pleasant floral and earthy hop flavors.

M-Moderate body, slightly overcarbonated. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry. No astringency.

D-Very crisp and refreshing. A nice example of a red ale. Easily a 2-3 pint beer. I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Reddish brassy color, crystal clear with a decent amount of foam on top. A little toffeeish and hoppy in the nose with a more firm grip coming from the bready malt. Smooth, with a fluffy, moderate-sized body--exactly what you are looking for with Irish Reds. Maltiness bounces from caramel sweetness to biscuity graininess, and stays clean throughout. Hops are dialed in just enough to balance with the bitterness and add some character with a mild herbal/citric flavor. Maltiness lasts, which is nice to see, as many of the mass-produced Irish Reds seem to drop out with an immaculate aftertaste. A vague fruitiness is present middle to end; finishes with a light sweetness.

Right on target here, it's a style in which you don't want massive complexities clinging on the palate or flexed flavors bursting at the seams. Balanced and very drinkable--not a flaw showing.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of jploving
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery amber with a dense sand colored head. Toasted malt and subdued floral hop notes in the aroma. Sweet malt well balanced with mild herbal hoppiness. Flavors of toffee and candied orange peel with a mild breadiness and soft herbal hop bittering. Well balanced and spot on for the style. Medium bodied and smooth. An easy drinker and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy, deep-amber ale has a wonderful, creamy, off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. It's malty and sweet in the nose with a hint of yeasty fruitiness. Thin streams of steadily rising bubbles reveal its moderate carbonation; and it's smooth and creamy in the mouth with a dextrinous, medium body. Sweetish, caramel and toffee-like malt dominates the flavor, which is laced with floral and delicately citrusy hops, and backed by a firm bitterness. A basic, approachable and drinkable beer!

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Photo of babydoc
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ouncer kindly sent by dano 123 during Blue&Gray 2005. Pours a hazy iced-tea color, with a creamy ecru head that slowly fades. Leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Nose is sweet malts, caramel. Tastes of sweet malt and caramel throughout, with hops pushing back to balance and leave just a bit of bitternes in the sweet finish. Mouth is full and modertately carbonated. Drinks rather easily, would be nice to have another tonight!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured amber brown with an ever so slight haze. The head was white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with dark caramel and a mild fruitiness.

The flavor was malty with caramel leading the charge. The flavor begins sweet on the palate and that flavor is pretty even all the way through the aftertaste. The bitterness is just present enough to keep the sweet caramel malts in check so the beer stays well balanced.

The finish was off dry with caramel maltiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

12 ounce bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. Add some additional bittering to the flavor to tip the balance toward bitter and this could be a real winner.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in our trade

The beer poured a clear, copper-tinged amber color with a tight, creamy, light tan, one-finger head. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass with every sip.

The aroma was malty and semi-sweet. Caramel malts were noticeable. As the beer warmed, the sweetness intensified and the caramel/toffee notes really came forth.

The taste was crisp, fruity and malty. Up front the beer seemed a bit bland, but as it moved along the palate the flavor came out. Some smooth, buttery, lager-like notes appeared in the center. As with the nose, the sweet caramel malts were quite strong. The finish was crisp yet a bit flat and bland flavor-wise, with some unpleasant metallic and bitter notes. A touch of hops appeared as well. Overall however, the beer was rather sweet for the style.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, moderate carbonation.

This was a tasty, light and crisp session ale. I was a bit disappointed that it lacked the toasted malt character found in most examples of this style. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazyorange, with no head and some decent lacing. Nice streams of carbonation coming from th botom of the glass. Smell was light, grainy with a hint of sweetness. The taste really caught me off guard. Came off vey sour. Hints of grapes and pears, more complex then I thought. Very light and well carbonated, and goes down very smooth. Overall tis wasalot more of a beer then I thought it was going to be. Seems like they have done a bit of exploring with this. Very complex and a good drinker.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.68/5  rDev +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

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Photo of Loki
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber red in color. The head was hard to judge as I tasted this at a festival in a 2.5 oz shot glass. Immediately pick up sweet malt on the nose that dominates any other scent. The taste was clean, sweet malt with a very robust, lingering finish with average carbonation. I agree with the other reviewers in that this is much better that other American Reds. A great improvement over their Pilsner.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of kneeland
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bartender told me it was one of his favorites, I thought it was good, but not a fave. Being called a red ale I thought there would be more red to it. More copper looking than amber. Very decent drinkability, I think a lot of people would enjoy this, but there was nothing special for me to point out.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a great amber color with a red hue. The head was good but lace was a little less than average.

Smell: A lot of malt in the aroma.

Taste: It is mainly a sweet beer but there is a little bit of hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel: A little bit oily and not much for bite.

Drinkability: Not bad a bit better than average.

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brew sent by brent56 in a good trade.

Surprise twist off cap, then she poured an amber / copper with a frothy ivory head – if poured aggressively.

Biscuity and doughy malts in the aroma, which morphs’ a bit into a woody and toasted nuts taste. Nice. Dry and crisp finish, if in South Carolina I’d say go for a sixer anytime. I was bumming I only had one.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-brown with a decent head.

Aroma is mostly malt, a hint of caramel and fruits.

Light-medium body. Big malt flavors, lots of caramel, though not overpowering. A very faint bitterness comes through. Some biscuit flavors show up in the finish.

Not a bad amber, certainly there are better out there, but I could drink a few of these pretty easily.

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