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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
208
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
28.49%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
22
For Trade:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 208
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 metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a finger high white head that faded away, only to leave a ringer of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness are present in the nose along with some notes of apples.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and some notes of apples, caramel and bready malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I could easily drink a few of these in one night.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber/orange color with a two finger head that dissipates to islands of foam; some lacing on the sides

Smell: Caramel with hints of dried fruit on the nose; raisins and dates, mostly; slightly chalky

Taste: Lays down a malt backbone that provides a toffee character throughout the flavor profile; relatively low hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant drinker; a decent example of a style that I rarely seek out

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."

--Red Buttons

Bonfire orange with Sunkist highlights and two fingers of sandstone colored cream that looks pretty good. Plenty of bubbles keep the cap from falling too quickly, and spots of suds begin to appear when it eventually starts to shrink.

The aroma is more malty than hoppy... but isn't impressive in either direction. A whiff of muskiness and some toasted grains is about it. It's interesting that the brewery uses the words 'roasted malt character' for a beer than contains nothing darker than caramel.

In my somewhat limited experience, beer from TCB ranges from average to solidly good. Unfortunately, River Falls Red Ale is closer to the former. Like the nose, malt has the biggest say on the palate, which is how it should be for the style.

Specific flavors include toasted bread, baked nuts, hints of caramel, and a nonspecific earthiness that is probably coming from a hop bill that includes Perle, East Kent Goldings, Tettnanger and Willamette. Maybe something more citrus zest-like would have been the way to go. Inoffensive... and unimpressive.

There's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's on the generous side for the ABV and becomes nicely creamy by the bottom half the bottle. Sometimes a barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking works out just fine.

Even though Thomas Creek considers River Falls Red Ale to be their 'flagship beer', it's more of a sturdy little tugboat. It would also be best if they took the tagline 'Sink The Status Quo' off the label, because this stuff is the very definition of the status quo.

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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 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 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 chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

red-orange tinted dark amber; crystal clear with short-lived and smallish white head

Aroma - a rather unimpressive toasted malt and cereal with hints of dark fruit

T - toasted malt; neither complex nor bold. Noticeably and nicely bitter [IBU = 21], but seems too sour.

M - Light-medium bodied; moderate carbonation; quite smooth

D - a pleasant red ale for sure, but too plain and subtle to generate much interest.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish orange in color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: there are only some hints of caramel sweetness detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, sweet red apples, plums, and a very mild bitterness makes up a lighty malty beer than leans to the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout but mildly dry late.

Drinkability: decent beer but it needed a bit more bitterness IMHO. The beer was easy to quaff.

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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 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 barczar
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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Photo of avalon07
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
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 Bung
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 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 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 Boto
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, somewhat lighter amber color. There was a bit of a fizzy head on it that dropped off rather quickly. It leaves a little lacing. Lighter but decent nose. Some floral and toffee notes. The taste is OK. A little lighter in the body. Mildly bitter, with just a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Very faint roastiness. Decent enough, but nothing special.

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Photo of merlin48
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label on the bottle says "River Falls Red Ale". Pours a mostly clear, copper/orange body with a medium beige head. Good retention and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass. Restrained aroma has hints of toasted caramel and vague hops. Light medium body has medium carbonation. Taste is malty, mostly caramel, but not overly sweet. Hop bitterness is restrained but balances well. A nice red ale that goes down well. Unassuming, but nicely put together with no obvious flaws.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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 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 ummswimmin
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.
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