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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 111   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Up the Creek is mashed at a low temperature to increase the amount of fermentable sugars while reducing residual sweetness. This creates a hoppy behemoth of a beer with its alcohol well hidden. UTC is designed to be dangerously drinkable, so use caution or you’ll find yourself Up the Creek!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (1019) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark cola color with no head. Aroma was a nice mix of rich sweet malts and resiny hops. Lots of caramel, some toffee too. Flavors were similar, lots of malty character up front that faded into an array of subtle hop flavors. The fact that this is as high as it is in ABV is unreal, almost unbelievable. Drinks super smooth with a big mouthfeel but the sweetness is held in check by a big hop presence throughout and in the finish. The finish yields a bitterness that isn’t agressive but instead balancing. Don’t get me wrong, this is sweet but in a good way. Nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle. A deep brown red body with a medium khaki colored head. The nose has lots of caramel and some pine. There is also grapefruit. It smells fantastic. The taste is malty and piney. As I drank more I got the grapefruit along with black tea. The finish is strongly citrus along with some toffee. There are also tobacco hints. Nicely done and a pleasant surprise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft. Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits -- almost candy like -- with loads of piney, grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma with more intense caramel and pine with a distinct brandy taste, courtesy of the high ABV. Thick, viscous, oily palate. Very good double IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, dark amber color with a finger’s worth of khaki colored foam. S: There are some slight pine hop notes to the nose along with a dominant toffee, caramel, and molasses malt base. T: A slightly burnt sugar flavor along with lots of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. The hop character is present here too and is somewhat bitter with a resinous pine flavor. M: The body is on the full side with a lively and moderate level of carbonation. D: More like a barleywine than anything, but pretty good. The alcohol was not really all that noticeable on the flavor or aroma, but this one could be a chore to drink too much of.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Traded with EddieB23 for the 12 bottle and shared at pre-DLD ’10. Pours a semi-hazy copper amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of powdered caramel malt, raisin, some grapefruit zest, a touch of alcohol and some light figs. Taste is full bodied, quite sweet with flavors of caramel malt, raisin, prunes, grapefruit zest a touch of tangerine and alcohol. Finish has a powdery and chalk caramel malt aftertaste with plenty of alcohol warmth. If someone told me this is a Barley Wine instead of a double IPA, I would believe them.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby/amber color with a small off-white head. Sweetish thick malty hoppy piny aroma. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with piny hoppy hints. Has a sweetish thick malty hoppy piny finish sorg a bitter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a deep amber / copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toastiness, some dark fruitiness, and a little roasty. Tastes of the same fruitiness, caramel, brown sugar, citrus, and pine. Lively body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 12 oz bottle. Poured a dark plum red with a thin off-white head. Aroma: Lots of fruits, raisins, sweet, hoppy, caramel, malt. Taste: grapes & fresh fruits, caramel, hoppy, pine, all over a solid malt backbone (taste got a little too sweet for me as it warmed). Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Some depth, balanced enough. Finish: mild alcohol burn, medium bitterness, dry. Overall a good DIPA... could not smell or taste the alcohol but I felt it. I don’t know if I would buy another but glad I tried it. Interesting brew - changes profile as it warms.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Pours brownish amber with thick, frothy tan head.  Looks like a brown ale in the glass.  Aroma of caramel malt.  Taste has huge malt flavor of caramel and toffee with piney hops in the finish.  Thick, chewy mouthfeel.  Definitely more malt driven than hops.  Decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a two finger off-white head that settles to one slowly. Maintain excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of big malt and hops. The flavor was of big malt, hops, and a spicy note. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was very nice. There was no sign of the alcohol flavor anywhere in this one (minus just the spicy hint) as it was masked quite well with the big malt. It was not overly drinkable however. This one could sneak up on your easily if you aren’t careful weighing in as a heavy hitter.


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