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Thomas Creek Multi Grain AleThomas Creek Multi Grain Ale
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Thomas Creek Multi Grain AleThomas Creek Multi Grain Ale

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.38%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass very lightly hazy copper with an off-white quickly dropping head which did try to lace the glass.

The aroma was a light citrus and a light tartness when first poured. Some caramel was present and some fruit character but as it warmed acetic acid tartness became prevalent in the aroma.

The flavor was husky and grainy with a light acetic acid tartness beginning to form. The husky and grainy nature was coupled with some light caramel character and a bit of citrusy hop, but only a slight bit. The flavor also had a lactic character to it, similar to that of a pickle fermentation.

The finish was dry with a light lasting husky nature into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation level. This beer was heading nowhere fast. Skip it. A note on the label near the UPC said "ARGH!!", there can be no doubt someone at the brewery must have tasted this beer!

12 ounce bottle. TCM-18 on label.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with one finger white head leaving a small amount of lace behind,aromas mainly of toasted grain just a light amount of sweetness but its malt dominated for sure.Taste is lightly sweetened with that toasted grain presence but nothing to write home about by any means,a craft beer no doubt but pretty subtle nothing sticks out but it would be a good card game and/or new craft beer convert type beer.

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Photo of merlin48
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, pours a clear amber with a minimal white head that quickly vanishes. No lacing. Nose is subdued to the point that not much can be noted except some faint fruitiness and caramel. Mouthfeel is carbonated and light bodied. Taste is a bit of caramel sweet malt, some grain, and not much else. Not overly sweet, but hops presence is missing. Light enough to be a good session beer, I suppose, but there's not much here to talk about. Nothing negative, other than its lack of any significant qualities to discuss. The addition of some quality hops would improve this brew significantly.

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Photo of ByTor2112
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice pale color with bubbles actively rising. Thin film of an off-white head is present.
Aroma-sweet, pungent, tart, yeasty, smells like my rye homebrew!
Very unique tastes here: rye grain imparting some sweetness? I am getting a little wheat malt in there as I get a little bite on the finish. Any distinct hop profile is lost in the sweet, tart almost tangy flavors. It is not altogether bad, it just doesn't offer a good ale flavor. This is my first Thomas Creek and I know they create good beers. I thought maybe my bottle was old but the previous reviews echoed some of my thoughts. I'll review their Amber soon. When SC " Pops the Cap " on their alcohol limit for beer, Thomas Creek will surely be upping their game and I will support and advocate for them! Cheers.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.04/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jabocu for the trade.

Pours out a bone-white head that completely disappears in seconds. Color is an amber/dirty orange, with slow bubbles waltzing patiently up through the liquid.

Aroma is very grainy indeed, with a slight bit of sweetness. Reminds of the enjoyable Legend Lager (VA) with that caramel-corn element showing up (if anyone can use that reference point...).

The flavor is grainy at the expense of everything else...doesn't seem like a desirable maltiness was achieved even with all that grain, and the faint hops can't really do much to save it. A weird rotten orange flavor dominates way too much, and the sweetness is just plain weird. The sourness reminds of the mostly bad Barley Creek stuff from PA.

Mouthfeel is fine, a bit chewy. Not bad. Unfortunately it doesn't have a very good flavor to deliver.

Not undrinkable. But easy to pass up in favor of a zillion other better beers.

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Photo of bditty187
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, dull peachy-brown in hue with a slight golden influence this is not an attractive color. White head, too bright, it contrasts with the body. At the peak the foam was one finger tall; head retention was fair as it slowly faded to a soapy collar. There was minimal subsequent lacing. I don’t care for the appearance. It is not often I find an ugly beer. I found one here.

The potency of the nose is low so I had to work at finding the aromas. It is grainy and spicy but the smells are unremarkable. What is with the name, BTW? Is this a fancy way to say adjunct ale? At the back is some sweetness and a hint of fruit and floral. Candy hints too. Butter. While not offensive the nose really isn’t inviting because it fails to say enough to capture my attention.

The palate is unique. This is not a true Pale Ale; IMO, it is without style. It is just an ale. The softest aromas are now the strongest flavors. Sweetness reigns, fruity and flowery notes follow, as does some caramel candy. It is grainy in the middle; this has a boring malt bill. Buttery notes in the distance, very odd. Minimal hop bitterness and no really hop flavors. It could be better balanced. Sweet but not cloying; dull overall… confusing too. What is the direction this beer is taking?

Medium/medium-light in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. Nice.

What an odd tasting beer. Hops = none. Butter = yes. Fruity = yes. Malty = no. Tasty = not so much. Drinkable = to a degree. This is not a bad beer but it isn’t very good either. Why would I want to drink another? I’ll finish my glass and move on. Forgettable. Thanks timtheenchanta for the bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy slightly yellow amber with a nice frothy white head and a good amount of lace. Smell was light, hints of bread and grain were predominant, with a slight hint of must sour grape. The taste was very nice, smooth, with a nice frothy feel and a good amount of sour bite in the finish. Overall this was not bad at all and a nice sessionable ale from thomas creek.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, with an orange hue. Very clear liquid. White foamy head, with decent retention. Grainy smell, bread, maybe a hint of rye. Slight biscuity malt, seems to have a hint of rye flavor. Lacks real malt presence. Not much hop bitterness, some floral and citrusy hop flavor. Light to medium bodied, too much carbonation. Not much really stands out here. An interesting experiment.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber/copper color. Pale golden hues shine when held up to the light. Thin sticky head that leaves some white soapy lace.
I have to search hard for the aroma. Some citrus, some butter. I can't pick up the grain with my nose.
This beer taste like pickle juice. No shit. Pickle juice with a good malt profile. Amazingly it's not as bad as it sounds. Though it's really not that good either.
Light to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
It's a very interesting beer that I'm glad I've tried. That said, I don't think I will be seeking it out in the future.

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

I had to try this beer named like a bread, shoyuld have stuck with bread. This was not necessarily a bad beer, just average without many redeeming qualities. Poured from the bottle to an orange-amber color, with mnimal head, and some lacing. Both the aroma and flavor were mostly imperceptible. Again, not bad, but not much. Finish followed suit. If I had to sum this beer up in one word, it would be BLAND.

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Photo of jabocu
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear copper color with a one finger white cap. Aroma is malty-caramel, wheaty, and a little floral and fruity. The flavor did not jump out at me as far as a APA... not near hoppy enough. In fact there's very little bitterness. Lots of jumbled sweetness and a combination of malts all mixed together. Some floral, touch of rye and butter, but overall just sweet. Medium body and carbonation. Good session beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one. Obviously I liked it more than my previous reviewers, but that's why we have our own tastes I guess.

A - Frothy, foamy head, with a cloudy amber body
S - Caramel malts up front, with a fruity center, and a slight hop finish
T - Not too hoppy, but not too malty either. I thought it balanced itself
rather nicely. Also had a little bit of a orangey taste to it.
D - Easily a good session beer. Very clean on the tastebuds and no nasty
aftertaste. I think it would be a good "door opener" for someone looking
to expand their horizons.

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Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice medium amber clear body with a decent head and a bit of lacing

Smell: Citrus and floral nose with some bitter undertones

Taste: Starts out somewhat bland but a bursting bitterness envelopes the mouth shortly after the swallow; very unusual, and slightly sour, with a strange, somwhat soapy taste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: A bit unusual and I'll hand that to the brewmaster for taking a risk with this ale (wonder what the multi-grains are) but I can't say I really enjoy the taste

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Photo of saintwarrick
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold with amber hues, but only a lacy white head that dwindles and just rings the glass. Aroma is fresh and herbal with some citrus. Taste is almost pure bitter citrus, light but lacking any real depth or balance while the citrus is too overpowering. The hops offer no help. Goes down carbonated with a lemony aftertaste. Just a one-note pale ale with no balance.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild white capped head that goes away rather quickly. Aroma in earthy and sweet - the grains come through a bit here. Not too much hops to speak of.

Taste is on the earthy malty side, rather simple, with a hint of hops rolling around in there a bit. Some sweet citrus comes across parts of my tongue and then roll back out. Medium bodies on the mouth and not too bad.

This beer scored average across the board. Not bad and glad I got to try it for sure...thanks mikesgroove.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light colored medium head. Pale hazy appearance. Grainy malt smell (for obvious reasons). Slight hops aroma. Very nice crisp grainy taste. This is a very enjoyable beer. This is a nice one to sit back and drink all afternoon. Go grab yourself a sixer.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a Pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a transparent dull gold with an average head that sticks around for a while but eventually fades and does not leave much head. The smell is primarily biscuity malts which is the primary taste present. There is a decent amount of citrusy hops to balance out the malts. The beer is plesantly thick along with some nice carbonation. Overall an easy drinking pale ale and good local pickup.

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Photo of bobbyc881
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold color, rather hazy. Fluffy white head and an above average amount of carbonation. Head lingers with a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like a loaf of bread....perhaps sourdough. Taste is definately on the malty side. I understand the Multi-Grain label now... very bready... I detect some rye. Very little hop flavor in this.... some more would have balanced this a bit better I think. Feels rather heavy and chewy. Full-bodied for a pale ale. It feels more like a stout in my mouth. Interesting. Drinkability is rather low... I think this one would fill me up rather quickly.

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Thomas Creek Multi Grain Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 18 ratings