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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
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
155
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
25.37%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 155
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly malty and has flavors of caramel and pale malts; the finish has a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and seems like it would pair well with food, however the flavor isn't interesting enough to make me want to try this again on its own.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American amber is actually burnt orange with pumpkin edges. That's what happens when black patent malt is used, which is an odd design decision to say the least. More than three fingers of cork colored foam develops a gentle rockiness over time, while gracing the glass with thick streamers of suds.

The nose, other than being slightly darker than the style average, is fairly nondescript. It's fruity and earthy, with no real hook that impels the sniffer to tip up the glass.

Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ale is meatier and (again) darker than most. The malt bill includes pale, Carapils, caramel and black patent. Hops are Hallertau, Tettnang and East Kent Goldings. Good flavor balanace and good sweet-bitter balance make this an easy drinking brew.

Specifics include caramel-toffee, ripe fruit, tea leaves and a pinch of cocoa powder. This stuff is definitely growing on me as the ounces pass. AAA should match up (and hold up) well with most foods, in addition to being just fine all by its lonesome.

The mouthfeel benefits by the beer having a generous amount of malt for the ABV. By the middle portion of the bottle, it's pushing medium-full and doesn't give an inch on the finish. Perfect carbonation doesn't hurt.

Despite not standing out in any one area, Appalachian Amber is one of Thomas Creek's best brews. It's one of the darker ales of this sort that you'll run across... and is one of the best ones as well. A little internet research shows that Appalachia just does extend into the northwest corner of South Carolina.

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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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle; undated.

Pours a clear, reddish amber. A fine, deep color. Has a decent off-white head that leaves a good bit of patchy lacing.

The aroma is rather light, but has a promising mix of toasted malt and spicy hops. As anticipated, the flavor is neither bold nor strong but, like the aroma, is a well balanced mix of hops and malts, with the hops in the background. Sweet up front, then becoming mildly bitter by the finish. Although I canot put my finger on it, both the flavor and the aroma are somewhat unusual -- probably just an unusual choice of hops. This is not at all unappealing, just different. Lightly sweet.

M: medium-light body; ample carbonation.

O: an easy drinking beer. Recommended for fans of this style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hzy burnt amber with a nice fluffy off white head that quickly faded leaving behind a nice thick layer of lace.

S - Smell was somewhat light, but picked up after a few mins. Main flavors were baked cereal, and a nice grain and bread tone. A slight hoppiness can be detected and serviced to lighten it up a bit.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, and a very easy drinker. Crisp clean feel and taste with a nice dry finish. A somewhat tones were detected and only served to punctuate the profile. Nice flavor of cereal and grain were the most predominant and were balanced against a fruity texture in the back. Only really downside was a slight watery or thin feel, just didn;t have a robust profile.

D - Overall a decent session beer that I could easily see myself throwing back a few during a ballgame. Nice amber ale, nothing special, but not bad at all.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear burnt orange in color with light amounts of fine active carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and significant amounts of amber highlights.The beer has a quarter finger tall slightly fizzy slightly sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium to large mottled thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with slightly stronger than moderate amounts of citrus/orange zest hops. The intensity of the aroma increases as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of toasted caramel and pale malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by a moderate amount of citrus/orange zest hops that imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness that does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy towards the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and it would definitely pair well with foods - specifically with grilled or smoked meat. Not the most interesting beer so not sure I will pick it up again.

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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 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.

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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 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 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 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 Bung
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Red/amber pour, half finger of off white head that retained for a really long time.

Aroma, a mild malty caramel. Light herbal and citrus tea.

Taste, tea, caramel. A light toast and hazelnut. Some hops show up late, kind of an earthy English hop flavor.

Body is to the heavy side of light. My bottle said 6.8%, which I thought was high for an amber, but ok. Wasn't noticeable. Drinks fine but it is just a bit bland. Improved overall though when it warmed.

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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 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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical clear amber, but a little more appetizing than most. Aroma is strong and smoothly hoppy, not outstanding but still inviting. Flavor is rich and overwhelmingly malty - hardly any hop bitterness and exceptionally smooth. This is one beer worth savoring.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, copper amber body, with a tightknit, ivory head that retains well, and deposits patches of lace down the glass.
Aroma is caramel malt and some orange blossom scented hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.
The taste has a deep, malt character of caramel and toffee. There is a slight orange citrus hop note, and a nutty character that evokes an ESB. Malty sweetness dominates, but the hops have enough bittering to add a delicate balance, and slightly bitter finish.
This amber ale was much better than expected, and significantly better than the two other brews I've had from this South Carolina, brewery. I will, definitely, buy this one again.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured amber brown with a slight haze. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and sweet with caramel and some slight fruitiness.

The flavor was caramel with a backbone of bittering. The bitterness had a citrusy quality, but was not prominent in the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus in the background. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. A little more hop flavor and aroma would really improve this beer.

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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 atsprings
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp dark amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is slight sweet malts and fruits with a hint of hops. The taste is a slight amount of sweet malts with a touch of caramel and fruit, hops certainly take a backseat in this one. The beer is fairly light with moderate carbonation. This is a decent amber ale, but has the same mediocrity I find in most Thomas Creek beers.

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Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon popping the cap the beer erupted from the bottle; I lost a fair amount of fluid. Damn. I delicately poured the bottle into a pint glass and I still got a fist of white head. If this was a Belgian Ale or a German Weizen I would have been impressed. Head retention was excellent, I had to wait a while before I even tried to smell the beer let alone drink it. Oh, the liquid was hazy, peachy-brown in hue; I like it. There was tons of thick, sticky subsequent lacing. This is an excellent looking beer aside from the explosion and massive dome.

For the style the nose was bright; juicy citrusy orange notes with faint graininess and fruitiness. I don’t mind the nose; it’s a tad APA-like. The malt is too silent thought, for any style. I’d like more depth and rich, louder aromas throughout. The bouquet is simple but promising… I’ll call it inviting.

Amber Ale, eh? The palate says APA meets an Americanized ESB but I’m not going to complain. I like the juicy orange-citrus hoppiness, moderate bitterness but lingering, spicy finish. The malt profile is grainy and lightly fruity with a faint kiss of earthiness. I’d like more life from the malt but it is acceptable for an APA/Americanized ESB, pour for an Amber Ale though, IMO. But it is tasty regardless. Overall, I like the straightforwardness of the flavors and the hoppy bite. Quite nice, from start to finish.

Medium in body, slightly heavy carbonation but I can tolerate it, the mouthfeel fits this beer well and the bubbles do add to the possible food partners, I’m thinking pizza, BBQ, burgers with sharp cheese. Yum.

It is plenty drinkable, I could kick back with a six-pack and be quite happy. While not the best beer of its ilk and frankly it is forgettable in the grand scheme of great beers but it is a worthy quaff from South Carolina. I’d be happy to drink it again. Thanks timtheenchanta for the bottle.

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Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear ruddy amber with a thin tan head. Lots of carbonation.

S-Malty, grainy sweetness and plenty of it. Appealing nose for the style.

T-Lots of malt all the way through with a very little bit of hops. Also a bit grapey in the finish. A bit odd at the end but decent up to that point.

M-Nice carbonation, a little dry.

D-Pretty good. I rarely get jazzed about drinking a lot of ambers in a row but this one would work for me.

First beer for me from this brewer. Looking forward to trying the porter in the fridge. Thanks to greenvilleguitar for this cool extra.

HV

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

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head

S - Is of caramel malt with a touch of hops

T - Starts off with some fruit notes finishes with some hops

M - This is a pretty smooth beer with lighter carbonation to it

D - Overall I think this is a decent beer the taste is good and it goes down easy this could be a session beer

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