Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek River Falls Red AleThomas Creek River Falls Red Ale
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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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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 68
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2.73/5  rDev -24%
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 Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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 saintwarrick
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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 daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single at the cooler at the Whole Foods in Raleigh. It's the first time I've seen Thomas Creek here in NC besides the vanilla cream ale, which was strange but not bad.

Pours a decent supply of off white head to top the classic orange amber color but it dooesn't last. Nose registers a strong malt backbone with hints of suugar and spice. Interesting.

Taste is big and bold up front with a malty, spicy body but things kind of goi wrong after the initial blast. Hops are present, not just real important. Mouthfeel is crisp enough but tails off into watery nothingness. The water seems not quite right due to the similar sour, brackish finish that I noticed in the vanilla cream.

Seems like they're on the right track but they need to change something somewhere in the process or ingredients to make this highly quaffable. Glad I only sprang for a single.

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Photo of kkipple
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fills my glass with an unfiltered autumn-orange. A fleeting white head hugs the rim of my glass. I note that the bottom of the bottle has a good bit of yeast inside.

Smell is good, sweet malt, some citrus hops, and a bit of an earthy yeastiness round this one off. Smells grainy.

Taste is fairly good, an upfront malt sweetness that fades into a dry, simple, mouth-filling mild bitterness. This is an easy drink. A bit of DMS in the aftertaste, and a definite yeast flavor. Mild sourness. Very unassuming, really.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. This has a nice crispness without being harsh, and is smooth enough to down in a hurry.

I get the feeling that Thomas Creek didn’t set out to redefine the style with this beer, but rather settled on something very average and safe. This isn’t a “bad” beer, but it’s got little to help it stand out from the pack, either. I do like the fact that it’s brewed in my state, folks in SC need all the help they can get.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was fairly average all the way around. It poured a cloudy red colour with a white foamy heaf that went away in less than 15 seconds. This was much cloudier than I was expecting, and even looked as though it had some sediment in it.
Smell was sweet malts. Period. In fact, this reminded me of a breakfast cereal. Taste was a bit bitter up front with some dry malt on the finish. Mouthfeel was very thin and lacked carbonation. Overall, this was a very, very average offering.

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Photo of jabocu
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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 -20.3%
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 clemtig76
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle from a local brewer in Greenville, SC. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a good sized head that quickly dissipates. Minimual lacing. Nice malty aroma with some spiceness (cinnamon?) in the background. Taste is sweet malt with a little spicy flavor and very little ho bitterness. Not a bad brew, just not one I would seek out. I prefer their amber ale over this one.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a amber burnt-orange with an extreamly frothy offwhite head that leaves a bit of lacing and a little film all the way down. The smell is mostly malty with sweet aromas and the chararacteric malt smell that seems to come along with all thomas creek beers. The taste exhibits the same characteristics as the smell. This is mostly sweet malts with a bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a nice thickness. There is also a slight dryness associated with it. Overall, average on drinkability. That characteristic maltiness that seems to be consistent throughout all Thomas Creek beers just isn't to my liking

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-honey colour, slight reddish overtone. Two finger off white head, somewhat quickly falls to one finger, leaving sparse lace behind before slowly falling more.

Fresh smell of malt and yeast, with just a bit of orange and nuttiness. Not a strong smell, but subtle and sweet.

Woody and a bit ashy right up front, then a bland sweetness with just a hint of peach follows. There's a watery element to the flavour as well.

It's a little watery right up front, then the carbonation (a little higher than mild) pops out at the same time as an average body makes itself apparent. The body holds well to the finish.

It would be a decent session beer if it had a little more going on. As it is, the flavour profile can be a little bland. I'd get just a touch bored with this one after a while.

Be well

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Photo of babydoc
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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 Loki
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 John
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking slightly hazy amber/red. Decent tan head. Aroma is similar to sweet wort with some faint, leafy hops. Flavor is predominately malt as it should be for the style, sweetish and biscuity. An easy going hop finish makes for a decent red. A good crossover brew for someone discovering better beer.

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Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
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