Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

BA SCORE
79
okay
158 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber AleThomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full-bodied, crisp and refreshing American Amber Ale with a malty flavor, rich caramel color, smokey notes and a smooth aromatic finish.

40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
15.04%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of MadWolf
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of greeniedgator
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of BeerNut78
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ruby amber with a soft, white head with little retention

S - caramel, sugar, bread, faint nuttiness, plum, raisin

T - same as the nose with more pronounced sugar and fruit notes

M - medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation

This is a fantastically flavored beer. It has more flavor than most ambers and it retains a strong drinkability. It's definitely worth checking out.

 378 characters

Photo of jballeng
4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a huge, beautiful but unfortunately short-lived soapy head which filled the glass immediately even though I was pouring very carefully. Excellent lacing though, some of the best I've seen in an American ale. Succulent aroma of sweet malts and berries. The flavor is surprisingly non-sweet with a subtle maltiness and a robust hoppiness that is neither overly cloying nor bitter. There is a background of smoky, woody tones with hints of apple and grape, and an assortment of mixed ripe fruits not unlike some of the more complex Belgians, although considerably dryer and with less body. There is a smoothness there that is surprising and delightful considering the dryness of the mouthfeel. Also, there is a lot of carbonation in this beer, which accounts for the gigantic head.

Overall, an absolutely beautiful, dry, and complex amber ale that is well worth trying.

 893 characters

Photo of Daktah
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Miuzzo19
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of justinm4bama
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of JohSchmidt
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bottle to pint. The color is crystal clear copper with a one finger white head, head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Smell is pretty subdued (might be sinuses lol) But I can smell caramel notes with a light bready note and little raisin.

T: Follows the nose well with some with a strong caramel sweetness, light bready and dark fruit note, and a more floral hop taste.

M: Meduim bodied, full carbonation, and fairly dry finish.

O: A very good beer a little high in abv to be a session beer but very drinkable, would definitely recommend.

 572 characters

Photo of das_Bier
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle, also on-tap at the Thomas Creek brewery
Note: Appalachian Amber Ale is Lazy Goat Amber Ale

A: Pours a transparent amber mahogany color with a creamy/rocky/dense eggshell colored head. Retention is good, not great.

S: Caramel and 2-row Pale malts immediately greet the nose, lending some toasty, toffee, caramel, and slight vanilla. Hops do a good job balancing, but its all malts.

T: Hops are less apparent other than the slight bitter kick. Malts give off caramel, toffee, molasses, and some dark fruits. There is an inherent sweetness throughout the entire flavor profile. This bottle seems a little old (getting a little wet dog flavor), but this brew is excellent on-tap when fresh.

MF/D: Chewy for the style (even though it looks light), fizzly carbonation (a little prickly), with a lingering caramel and metallic finish

 854 characters

Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of iamsolidsnake
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of cantstandya65
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of ChefBenhase
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of rramsey
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of chefkevlar
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby hinted brown color with a thin layer of white head

S: Smells of dark cherries, chocolate and coffee

T: The flavor is assertive at first with flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, and a little bit of pepper. The flavor finishes rather quickly though

M: Medium body with a light carbonation

D: Very enjoyable brew over all, with a very enjoyable flavor and smooth mouthfeel

 394 characters

Photo of bigone4
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew on my trip to Easley, SC. Nice presentation. Clean and clear amber orange copper color with a nice tanish off white head. Strong lace down the glass. Smell is dough like with a mild citrus hop scent. Good carbonation and head retention. Taste was more along the lines of an ESB in my opinion. Nice mix of hops and caramel malt very well balanced and enjoyable to drink. Certainly has a dry hop finish that makes you want another sip. Good malt flavor up front followed by that lingering hop finish. At $2.50 a pint at two restaurants I was at it is a winner every time in my book! Man the bubbles do not stop cascading up the pint. Not over carbonated at all and it has a really easy drinkability. I would like to get my hands on a few more of these. Certainly recommended any time in South Carolina.

 827 characters

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear amber color with red highlights. On top is a massive 2-3 finger head that last throughout the drink. The color is a vanilla to a tan head that is creamy in appearance and extremely dense. Great lacing, it coats the glass until the very last drop.

S: Not a complex nose, this beer has a very malty aroma. There are some subtle fruity hops, but they are overpowered with caramel & pilsner like malts and some dark chocolate notes (picked it up as the drink warmed up).

T: An intial sweetness on the palate with hints of fruity hops are taken over with subtle caramel & bready malts. There is a lingering bitterness, but the balance between the hops and malts are extremely pleasant. A good tasting beer.

M: A silky texture with a medium body and a lot of carbonation.

D: For $1.79 I can see myself drinking a lot of these. Great Taste + Great Price = 5 on the drinkability.

 892 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a large, frothy, off-white head. Fair amount of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malty, lightly sweet-smelling blend of caramel and pale malts with, as the taste, some toasty hints. Light fruit notes. Spicy, earthy, maybe even a tad herbal hop scent.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts, a tad toasty, and with a medium amount of slight candyish sweetness. Touch of fruitiness. Spicy, lightly earthy hop character, seemingly English, and with only a medium-low amount of bitterness. Finishes dry, malty, and with merest bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, reasonably well-balanced amber ale. I liked it well enough. Though, if you're interests reside with the bitter, tongue-pinching West Coast ambers, you might want to look elsewhere.

 913 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.39 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More