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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 First rating
Bottled at Rotary Pub, Göteborg
On May 14, 2010
Clear very dark copper to brown color, big lasting tan head. An IPA in color? Not very pale. Fantastic, sweet, malty, caramel scent, a very complex maltiness, also some chocolate and orange. Very, very smooth nice smell. Close to perfect for me, but not quite top score for the smell, something is a bit less than perfect, though I couldn’t put my finger on what. Sweet, malty, alcohol, bitter, solvents, grainy taste. Does not back up the smell all the way, would’ve been amazing had it done so. Medium to smooth mouthfeel. Medium high harsh dry bitterness. So not pale enough for the style, and also not enough smell of hops for the style. Still, my scores are based on personal preference as always, not on correctness of style.
9/4/7/4/16=4.0

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Bottle on The Old Beefeater Inn, Göteborg, on April 28, 2012
Sold at a low special prize, most likely been there a while. Was told it was more a Barley Wine, which I agree on.
Clear red color, lasting tan head. Sweet, malty, mimlky, alcohol scent. Sweet, toffee, alcohol, grainy taste. Roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, warming alcohol. Lasting bitterness that is high initially.
Very nice and very drinable, but messes me up with the ABV, gotta be careful.
8/4/8/4/17=4.1

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
Thanks to Bob. Pours to a bright glowing dark chestnut body with a thin off-white head. The aroma is a sweet barley wine. Huge amounts of sweet barley with some nice bitter hops. This is a really nice barley wine. Sweet and nicely bitter medium heavy texture.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
Smells like a barley wine. Looks lie a barley wine. Tastes like a good barley wine. Good but not an ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
Thanks to Bob for bringing the bottle! Poured rather deep coppery-amber (slightly hazy) with a short, but well-retained off-white head. The aroma was barley wine all the way.. warm aged caramel, molasses, and a touch of dark fruit with a little peppery spicage around.. some earthy accents.. the sugars led for the most part, and even managed to mask the 12.5%. The flavor found warm caramel and molasses again, but with more bitterness than expected.. earthy and dark fruity notes around.. spicy finish with some warmth, but again not 12.5% of it.. this wasn’t great, but was tasty enough and I could drink a lot of it. Medium-plus bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. warm and sweet.. very much a barley wine, and it was aiight.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2010
Golden orange pour. I must say first that the alcohol was extremely well hidden. Ridiculous in fact. Aroma purely of pine, grassy and light grapefruit hops. Flavor begins slghtly sweet and ends most earthy and resinous. Interesting. Somehow, tastes like a 5% beer would

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours a reddish-brown with a tan head. Pretty nice lacing. Aroma is malt and citrus hops. Taste is malt and sweet caramel with a hoppy finish. The taste of the alcohol is well masked but you can feel a strong warming feeling as you drink. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Clear brown pour with garnet hues. Much darker then any double IPA ive ever seen. Off white head and honey comb lace. Aroma is fresh hops. Pine grapefruit, and citrus with a nice malt backbone. For a beer over the 12% mark the alcohol os well masked

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (4101) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Drat at Brewvival: Cherry and grapefruit nose. Clear walnut color, firm yellow head. Malty grapefruit peel flavor. Alcohol is very evident. Not very memorable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3498) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Think barleywine, and you’ll be all good. Thanks to vacax on BA for the sample! It pours reddish with a tan head. The aroma is strong of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The flavor is the same with some honey and maple syrup. Very yummy beer with the high alcohol well hidden. Would love some more!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9500) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Reddish/brown pour. Rich tan head. Aroma is fruity, with lots of honey and dried fruit and some spicy hops. Flavor is delicious. Rich and fruity. Hoppy and spicy. Damn this is a fine beer. Under the radar is an understatement. Wow.


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