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RATINGS: 288   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!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1083) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Winestyles. Pours a transparent amber with slight off white head. Aroma of floral hops, bready malts, with hints of booze. Taste of sweetness mixed with an alcohol burn.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (467) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Hoppy. As. Hell. You’ve not had a hop bomb until you’ve been Up the Creek. Thomas Creek hasn’t created your average Imperial IPA. This ale has a dark red color and an off-white head. It also has a generous amount of alcohol to add some sweetness to this 111 IBU monster. While the hop bitterness is VERY aggressive, this beer still manages to be impressively drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1310) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Thomas Creek Up the Creek has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, rust-red appearance, with a few bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, very sweet, bread crust and generalized bread. Think bread. The taste is of the same, with a profoundly bitter hop oil treatment, but even this is subdued, in a way. Think bitter, yet subtle. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and syrupy, and Thomas Creek Up the Creek finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and more drinkable than one would suspect. For those who adore extreme bitterness and richness, this should do the trick. RJT

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hankbrau74 (6) - - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
Not a traditional tasting IPA, but more like a Belgian Abbey beer. Very potent with an ABV above 12 percent. NOT a session beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1258) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
On tap in a flight from Ale Yeah! Dark burgundy color, with a big, foamy, tan head. The aroma is some notes of port wine, caramel, pine, and syrup. Very sweet and sticky, with a mild bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, syrupy, and thick. Overall, this is a big, malty beer. The hoppiness is minimal, and it comes across as more of a doppelbock than a DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9985) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, and cookie malt, dates and figs, earthy hops and spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, medium hops and bitterness, dark fruits, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (831) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2013
(Bottle). Aroma of sweet hops. The complexion is a clear red-brown with persistent lacing. Mildly sweet flavor balanced with a grapefruit hop bite. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3957) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours heavy brown with a short, light brown head. Caramel, burned sugar, bread aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, coffee/sugar burned bitter. Thick malt, dark, earthy fruit. Very tasty. Nicely hidden alcohol. More of a strong ale, in my opinion...or a barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Thi is an extremely strong double ipa. Super hoppy and bitter. Leaves a strong bite of alcohol in your mouth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Pours dark caramel. Aroma is caramel, honey, cane sugar, hay. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, honey, hay, resib, ripe fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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