Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber AleThomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

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

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

a clear amber with nice off-white colored head. good head retention. aroma is stale oxidixed malt, and so is the bulk of the taste - just not very good. not really any hop flavors at all. I don't think this beer is really old, as the rest of the beers in this variety case were good.
average mouthfeel, medium body, higher carbonation.

overall- just a miss.

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Photo of jwc215
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazy amber with a thin head that soon becomes a patch.

The smell is of sweet graininess with a touch of caramel. There is a slight fruitiness in the back. A subtle funkiness is present, as if the aromas don't mesh very well, but they work well enough to not be unsatisfactory.

The first sip reveals a certain fruitiness. The subequent sips reveal that there is some malt - a caramelish sweetness mixed with an earthy leafiness. The flavors are mild and in an odd mix that take it in different dircetions that never really come together so well. A slight mettalic tinge becomes more noticeable as the drink progresses. There is a candy-ish caramelish sweetness, but seems almost lost. Finishes...well..oddly - some bitterness with a sweetness that seems out of place - and abruptly.

The body is rather thin. There is some coating effect, but the flavors don't hang on long enough to make that matter. There is a slight astringincy to it.

Not too drinkable, though it's not drain pour either. I made it through one, and that's enough of that.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is a murky, brownish amber color with no lacing and what heads forms deteriorates into a thin lace around the edge of the surface of the beer.

Aroma is mostly nonexistent. What aroma there is is mostly a sourness, a little bit of dirty diaper, and a litte bit of toasty caramel malts. Some light fruits such as apple or pear as well. Not very appealing.

Taste is fruity and sour. Again, a big apple flavor but there is some toasty caramel and some bicuity flavors, but overall, unimpressed and different than any other amber I have tasted.

Not bad, but there are certainly better examples. Good drinkability and mouthfeel is nice: Well carbonated, smooth, crisp, light medium body. Most TC beers I have sampled are below average and this, unfortunately, is in that category as well. I will not revisit this beer again.

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2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy amber witha asmall fizzy white head that doesnt stick well or lace well. The smell is all malt and that malt (whatever it is) that is present in all of the Thomas Creek beers. The taste is again dominated by that malt (what the hell is that). The mouthfeel is fine for body and carbonation. Overall another below average beer from Thomas Creek. I am thoughouly unimpressed by them.

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2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is malt, caramel and citrusy hops with some weird off-flavors. The taste is toasted malt, a hint of nuts and a dry bitter finish from the hops. Mouthfeel is light and prickly from the carbonation. Overall, this is a less than stellar Amber that I would not purchase again.

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2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking slightly-cloudy dark sunburst color with a big-bubble head on top. The head retains fairly well, and there's a good bit of carbonation happening too.

A malty aroma brings some caramel to the nose, with a fairly sweet graininess following.

Flavor is dominated by a sourness the pushes away the malt and hops characteristics this obviously possesses. There's your basic hop tanginess, and then there's just bad sourness, and this flavor is dominated by the latter. Some very basic, earthy graininess rears its head, but overall this just tastes "blah". I don't believe this is a bad beer, it was bought fresh, has been stored properly and to my knowledge has not been light-stricken. Just tastes like a poorly-brewed beer to me.

I've had two Thomas Creek offerings, and the multi-grain was just a little better than this. But so far this brewer's output isn't anything worth returning to.

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2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from a co-worker. Thanks Eric!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head over the clear copper brew. Head deflates gradually, with thick coating lace. Aroma is sweet with tart and vegetal notes.

Taste follows the nose along. Sweet upfront, tart in the middle, with an earthy hops bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Not something I'd look for again, most likely.

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2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Hazy, orange gold in color. Modest, creamy, ivory colored head.

Smell gives up citrus and a sweet, caramel scent. Some sort of smell like artifical sweetner in the background.

Taste of citrus. Biscuity. Grassy, lingering well into aftertaste. A bit out of balance.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Seemed out of balance for style. Not terribly interesting in that bitter is about all I get out of the taste.

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2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Good: Beautiful dark amber color, two finger thick of white head, some lace, nice carbonation.

The bad: doesn't jive with my taste. I almost said yuck after the first swig.

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2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to pint glass this beer had aboout 1.5 fingers of head which did not stick around long. I felt it was mostly malt but had a thin watery mouth feel. Nothing special but went down pretty easy. Might try some other viarities from them since it is easy to find in NC.

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