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RATINGS: 285   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!


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 (1201) - 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 (9596) - 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 (791) - 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 (3578) - 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 (1110) - 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 (1339) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2051) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
The beer poured very well with a nice creamy light head to it that clung to the sides of the glass, well carbonated. The beer has a nice brown/reddish hue to it almost like a brown ale. The smell comes off early with a bourbon smell, then leans into a slightly fruity/citrus and carmel smell. The taste is the best part of the beer (which is good because I dont buy a beer on its smell only). I get a slight bourbon flavor to it then it leads into a nice Imperial IPA (almost Dopplebock) with some carmelly hoppy flavor, which blends well. The mouth feel afterwards sits with you, slight heavy with a bourbon and carmel flavor to it. Overall, this beer is a great beer but not right for the summertime, it would fit perfectly around October-December. It is something that I would seek out the next time I am in Charlotte again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle at Bishops Arms a while back. Very malty and sweet with a powerfull hoppy aroma. Slightly boozy but not to bad considering the ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2013
first impression is the pour is a beautiful ruby-bronze. a bit darker than I expected, but a pleasant surprise. aroma is hoppy and sweet, not surprised (DIPA). mouthfeel is thick and slick, would remind me of an aged imperial stout if it weren’t for the hoppy bite. i can tell there is a high abv from the thickness and the heat, but it isn’t entirely unpleasant. I really enjoyed this one.


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