River Falls Red Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

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River Falls Red AleRiver 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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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Ryan011235
2.02/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.12/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: when poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this had a nice amber color and somewhat thick consistency. There was a quarter inch head and not much lacing.

S: I got a big whiff of hops here, but it was also vaguely skunky. Not a great sign.

T: While there was a trace of hops in the flavor, it was a bit on the thin side. Also, the alcohol wasn't masked well enough, giving it a nasty cough syrup quality.

M: Below average carbonation and a slick finish. Underwhelming mouthfeel.

D: I didn't find this one particularly drinkable. The taste wasn't complex and was fairly uninteresting.

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Photo of Veristic
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of cantfindme
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Better red ales out there.

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Photo of jaswilson2
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Docrock
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark amber in color. Pretty big decent bubbly white head. Smell is malty and slightly ''off'' hops. Beer seems to be stale or old. Taste is uninviting and off putting. Some soapy notes as well.
Seems that this beer was mishandled by the distributor or the storekeep. It's a shame because this is my first encounter with this brewery. It's not their fault and I'll try to find some more of this beer and their other offerings again and revisit.

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Photo of Buggabeer
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Nice orangish red in color with a thin off white head. Not much lacing going on here.

S. Not much in the smell....very lack luster. I pick up bread and grass with some old bar rag.

T Taste thin to me with zero hops. More like a Killian's. Would be better on a hot day after mowing the grass.

M. This is where the macro over carbination comes in. As stated above this is like a Killian's Irish Red. To much carbination for my liking or this style

O If you a relatives that have no idea what a good beer is and you want to fool them into thinking you do then give them this. This should have a Coor's lable on it

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review #960 for me and kind of special as it is review #1 for my almost-9-year old son. He got about 2 ounces in a small tasting glass. You never saw someone savor a quarter cup of 5% beer like this guy did, lol. He wrote down some comments for all five areas. I told him when he's old enough we'll get his notes entered online. Lots of chin rubbing and thoughtful expression from the cute little guy, trying his best.

Appearance - an orange amber pour, a finger of off-white head. Thin consistency, melts back to a partial cap. Doesn't lace much beyond a few stray dots.

Aroma - some toasty grain at first, not bad. As it sets up, it goes a little lifeless.

Taste - toasty grain, a light smack of acidic sourness, moving to weak grapefruit rind on the swallow. Finishes with a sour bitterness that I'm not much into.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, interferes with the flavor to some degree. A touch of smoothness with an average body.

Drinkability - better with food than by itself, this could be sessionable (more likely on tap) but I'll need an appetite to work with.

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Photo of
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Slight haze, amber in color. Medium sized, creamy, ivory colored head.

Smells very sweet, mainly caramel. Bit of bubblegum? Phenols and grass.

Taste is citrus/bitter more than sweet, very different than the aroma. Just a touch of biscuit in the middle. Floral/rosy and medicinal. Seems out of balance to me.

Medium in body. Medium - carbonation. Dry.

More bitter than usual for style. Not something I'll be going back to.

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Photo of AdamBurgess41
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of olbubba
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of jabocu
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this on tap while waiting at the airport... Pours a medium amber color with orange tones. Had a one finger off white cap that dissipated to almost nothing, and leaving very slight lacings up sides of "airport plastic cup". Aroma is caramel, cloves, citrus, coriander, and hops. Flavor is a little watered down, but the light caramel malitness comes through with medium hop bitterness. Slight citrus undertones and a little spice and slight peppery-ness. Has a hoppy earthy aftertaste that doesn't quite agree. Body is light, with medium carbonation, and a little on the watery side.

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Photo of bditty187
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, red-coppery in hue with a peachy influence; I like the color. Fizzy off-white head, at the apex the foam was only one finger tall. The head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly faded to a slender cap. There some subsequent spotty lacing. In general, this is a respectable looking beer.

The nose is a soft mix of caramel malts and citrus with hints of biscuit. The hops and malts are well balanced but I do wish there was more complexity. It is oddly airy and empty; simple and soft spoken… not all that inviting but it’s not offensive.

The palate has a tickle more life than the nose indicated but that is not saying much. Upfront is biting citrus and metal, juicy malts in the middle, some caramel and biscuit. It suffers from dull sweetness at the end; minimal bitterness throughout. Even for an “Irish Red” this beer is pretty darn dull. Yawn.

Medium-light in body, light carbonation, the mouthfeel suffers because the lack of effervesces makes the flavor profile seem sluggish.

In some ways this beer, while average, is fairly decent and yet run-of-the-mill with warts… this doesn’t cut it with me. This isn’t something I’d want to drink again as there are much better similar products. Nevertheless, thanks timtheenchanta for the bottle.

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Photo of saintwarrick
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish orange with only a lacy head around the edges of the glass. Smell is sugary and dry malts, and marmalade, some hops in the background. It smells thicker than it tastes, not much of a hop presence outside of the smell though. The mouthfeel is sturdy at first, but not much after that. It doesn't hold up over time. A decent beer, but there are a lot better red ales out there.

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Photo of kcrumle18
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Chug-a-lug
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of IrishFrenchman
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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