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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 215
Photo of Hoser77
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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 metter98
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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 kneeland
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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 biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Boto
3/5  rDev -13%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Naugros
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a slight red glow. Not much of a head develops at all, there's pretty much just a crown. Carbonation is evident.

Not much in the nose, but if you try really hard you'll get some buckwheat honey and floral esters.

The taste reaffirms the above, but in a stronger fashion. This beer is honey sweet with some floral tones from the hops, but there is a metallic tang to it that is not pleasant and detracts from the overall taste. It pretty much tastes like Killian's.

Not much body and that metallic tang continues into the aftertaste averting you from trying another. I left five of the bottles from the six-pack in the hotel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
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 bigbluebeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, lighter red than I was expecting, frothy off white head, about 1", that receded fairly quickly to little lacing.

Smell was decent. A little malty sweetness, with a touch of hops.

Taste was better than the nose would indicate. Decent caramel-apple start, a little earthy, touch of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel was lacking a little. Finishes a bit dry, nothing left on the tongue as far as taste. Very mild carbonation.

Drinkability overall is pretty good. I can't get this beer in KY (picked up in Asheville, NC), but would buy again if the price was right.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

River Falls Red Ale pours clear, golden amber, with a fair amount of carbonation, and two fingers of creamy white head. Orange highlights and a slight lacing add some interest to the presentation.

The aroma tells is a sad story of poor handling, as this one is dominated by wet cardboard.

The bitterness is fairly balanced against caramel and apple, with a long sharp finish. All-in-all, the flavor is much better than the aroma suggested.

With a light body and slick texture, the fizzy carbonation and metallic notes are all too reminiscent of the standard fair.

My Sam Adams Perfect Pint is a little disappointed, but I suspect a fresher offering would be worthwhile as a tailgate beer. You know, something that quenches ones thirst while lowering inhibitions, without feeling like a waste.

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Photo of beer2day
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden red, very deep in texture. 1-finger head gives way with faint retention. Laces well.

Surprisingly hoppy nose. EArthy, peaty malt rises and overcomes the slightly piney hops. Overall, quite pleasing.

Hits the tongue with a nice bite. Malt balances well, but the finish is really disappointing. Not much flavor in the end. Faint hops, slightly flowery, and dry.

Feel starts right, but fails to deliver.

Easy drinker, but just not worth the effort.

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Photo of devilben02
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glorious reddish copper color with a very thin, creamy head. The aroma is largely a very fruity, berry-like malt sweetness. The flavor is more balanced with a nice hop bitterness, but the sweet caramel malts are still a bit dominant, but not quite as fruity as the nose would suggest. Medium bodied, but it feels a bit thin because of a fine carbonation that is almost reminiscent of an adjunct-lager. By no means am I comparing this to a Killian's, though, as this one has a nice malt sweetness but is also fairly balanced, making it a good (but not great) beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a see-thru reddish amber with a smallish head and a bit of drippy lacing.

Smells of very light malt sweetness, some husky grain notes and a bit of sour cherry?

Yup, sour cherry. More pronounced in the mouth, it's an unexpected, yet pleasant flavor in this brew. Hints of tart apple as well. Very little sweetness with a nip of hops preceding a rather crisp finish. Light body with plenty of carbonation that accentuates the dry and tart qualities of the beer.

Overall impression: Not something I'd seek out necessarily, but a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a light amber with a 2 finger white head. The aroma is a bit grainy. It has a bready flavor to it, not real sweet, the finish is crisp. A medium bodied quaffer. IMO this is more of an amber ale, but overall a decent beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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 FtownThrowDown
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
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 farrago
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a solid head of cream colored head, pretty much runs down swiftly to a thin surface covering, lacing shows a bit more tenacity. Light copper red to orange color, complete transparency without seeming watery. The strength of the caramel and roasted coffee is out of balance with the whole, hence the nose is very dominated by the former, over time managing to offer honey oats, burning hay bales, stone moss and a thin slice of lemon. Medium-bodied, here the malts not as roasted, more so Nestle Quik powder, caramel and honey oat cereal. Carbonation fits the overall weight and flavor level. Hops akin to straw slowly lit by a match, one by one. No citrus notes. Finishes smoothly enough, doesn't lose much weight but didn't have much to begin with.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 merlin48
3.21/5  rDev -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 MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
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 avalon07
2.26/5  rDev -34.5%
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
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +7.2%
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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