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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Photo of jmdrpi
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
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 -27.7%
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
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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Photo of MSchae1017
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
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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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of Metalmonk
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of ppoitras
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Photo of
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Photo of Chug-a-lug
2.78/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of MikeBlemker
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Photo of rangerred
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep dark copper with a one finger white head. Decent head retention with some ok lacing.

Aroma if of burnt toffee, caramel, and a touch of roasted malt. Some earth and tree bark but not much at all in the way of hops in the aroma.

The taste is very heavy on the toffee and caramel. Fairly sweet with molassass and burnt sugar. Some biscuit and tree bark. Light bitterness and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, not very impressed with this one. Too sweet and heavy and just not a lot of depth to the flavor. Not one I'll pick up again.

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Photo of jabocu
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper with a two finger cap that dissipates quickly. Aroma is caramel malt and citrus hops. A little floral too. Flavor did not quite meet the expectations from the nose. Malty at first... but instead of a balance it a little on the bitter side... not really a good hoppy bitter, but a little harsh.
Med-light body with med-high carbonation.

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Photo of thezach
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Hiya, fellow beer readers. I'm about to tell you about the Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale. Rust red with a rich head that races to a wonderful lasting lace. There are some rich flavors in there, but most of them are caramel and toffee, but with a touch of roast. There's also an unpleasant cheesy taste hidden amongst the toast, sweet malt, and bitter finish.

The nose is all sweet. The beer does have a nice bitter finish and some nice flavors, but there are just far too many caramel malts and that damn cheesy umami note to be good.

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Photo of Loki
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color. I couldn?t judge the head as I tasted in 2.5oz shot glasses. I detected some malt, mild hops, and hints of fruit. The taste is of sweet malts with caramel undertones. The high carbonation and smooth, slightly sweet finish give a good mouthfeel. Decent amber with a little more carbonation that I would like to see.

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Photo of BCraig
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- pours a red copper color; 1 inch light tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin lacing across the surface.

S - caramel malt dominates the aroma, but I can sense the 5.5% ABV, very little hop aroma.

T- I get a bit of metallic upfront, which is too bad because there appears to be a subtle caramel roastiness trying to peak through and be the star. Light hop flavors, not distinctly American or citrusy though - more florally.

M - Mildly smooth but the little roughness is more from metallic than hop bite unfortunately.

O - Not a bad beer, but lacking in the American flare; it has an underwhelming hop balance. From the ballsy claims on the packaging I was expecting more. I think there's better examples of the style coming out of Colorado and the West Coast.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a decent clear red with a standard white head. Nothing really that memorable. Had a fairly decent hop aroma and taste. The beer was smooth and had a dry finish but the best part was that I felt that I could have had a few. Overall, the beer is average and would only look for it everyonce in a while, maybe when only in South Carolina.

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Photo of amidabha
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a gift from my parents for watching their dog, thanks.

label says 6.8 abv, could be a typo since it doesn't taste that strong.

a vigorous pour into an imperial pint glass with a one inch white head and a quarter inch lacing after it settled. this has a beautiful dark amber color that exemplifies the style.

beer may be beyond it's expiration date by the coppery smell i get from it. not so hot.

slightly metallic bite that is somewhat harsh at first then dissipates to a soft malt followed by another slight metallic twinge at the end. both of these don't last too long and i seem to care less the more i drink because it feels smooth enough going down.

overall this isn't too bad and i would drink it if i were in the carolinas myself. since i can't buy this around here it probably adds to my pleasure but i typically like most amber style beer.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a large foamy off white head that recedes slowly leaving behind very little lacing.

Not much going on in the nose, lightly malty with hints of caramel and toasted bread. Some faint fruity notes, and just a hint of floral hops.

The flavor is clean; slightly bready, with hints of caramel and just a hint of citrusy hops. There is a small metallic off flavor that becomes more noticable as the beer warms. Light/medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Easy to drink

My overall impression is that this is not a bad beer, but it is not a terrific beer either. Nothing about this beer tempts me to go pour another. In a word... Meh

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a very nice head that hangs around for a while; not much lacing, however

Smell: Caramel malt and some nuttiness on the nose

Taste: What a surprise! I was expecting a balanced malt/bitter beer but the malts were quickly overwhelmed by bitterness that was getting close to sour. Perhaps I had a bottle that was on its way out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation

Drinkability: As I finished the bottle, each sip became progressively more sour. Half an hour later, I'm still trying to get rid of the sour taste.

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Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a clear rich maber with a tight formed one finger white head that held well leaving a ring of broken lace behind as it settled quickly.Not much of anything in the nose,slight caramel but honestly there was not much there to be had.Flavors are pretty modest with caramel malt and light roast winning the day,not much hop presence to be had.Eh its a standard amber ale not much hop profile and lighter flavors.

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Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

mikesgroove sent this along in a recent trade. Thanks!
This one poured a clear reddish amber with a short cap of off-white foam. Streaky, chunky lacing clung to the glass as the head settled to a thin skim and collar. Grainy aroma with some caramel and a bit of fruit. The flavour was balanced towards malt, but it still had enough bitterness. Grainy and caramel throughout. The fruit character was along the line of grapes and there was a slight tartness. This flavour was very similar to what I found in their pilsner earlier this evening. Medium bodied with a dryish finish. Not bad, but it suffered a bit from the strange fruit character in the flavour.

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Photo of grayburn
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pulls a nice tawny color with a good crown of small bubbles. The retention isn't great, but the lacing is.

The smell is minimal. There are some nice caramel notes, but they are few and hard to find.

The taste is again a bit of a let down. There just isn't much there, for an american amber, I expect more of a hop profile, and at least some kind of malt backbone...not getting it.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium body, medium carbonation. Doesn't leave much behind.

I could drink a few of these, but I opted for something different rather quickly.

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Photo of beer2day
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cloudy gold with brown tints. Frothy 2-finger head, nice retention, and decent lacing.

Nose is slightly tart, with roast notes sneaking through. Bock-like. Slight winey hints present as well, bringing the overall presentation down.

Iced tea flavor dominates. Slightly peaty, but weak. Weak tart flavor at the end. Little to no hop presence.

Feel is thinner than expected for the style and the taste profile.

Not bad to drink, but not a very good beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, with some hops as well. Decent.

T: Tasted of light hops, malt, caramel and a grassy finish. This flavor is a bit uninteresting (not that ambers are the height of complexity) and a little unwieldy.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another beer that isn't bad, but doesn't separate itself from the herd.

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Photo of glid02
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Brixx in Greenville, SC.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of nondescript fruits - if I had to say it would be citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors start things off and taste like they're almost toasted. Light citrus flavors follow into a mildy bitter finish. Every now and then a metallic flavor comes out, although it's not terribly invasive.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, although I would've preferred a bit less carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass alright, though I'm not excited about another.

Overall this is a decent beer - it's almost a light version of an American Brown. Not really recommended, but not one to avoid either.

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