Truebrew69 (17) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark smooth DIPA. What an awesome combination of malts and hops on this one! Hits you with many different flavors on each sip. Would recommend giving this one a try for any beer fan.
Scopey (4697) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Works Charleston. It pours mahoganny brown with a medium beige head. The nose is wood, leathery, varnish, hot cross buns, rasin, candied peel. The taste is wood, toffee, leather, varnish, booze, dried fruit and leaf with a dry, bitter-sweet finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. More like an American barley-wine really, but pretty tasty stuff. Abv hidden hidden pretty well. Decent.
DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark tan pour, thick 1.5" head and an aroma of heavy matl & boozy hops. Flavor is boozy copper malt, stale hops and finished dry. I really wonder how old this was and if this might be better fresh. Not bad for 12.5%, but not much better than average based on this bottle.
thornecb (3989) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola-mahogany into a tulip. Tan head mottles and recedes to sicken surface. Stale beer mung aromas. Soft with sweet caramel and roasted nuts upfront turning to hot toffee in the cloying finish.
JFGrind (1780) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker than typical 2XIPA and lighter aroma than expected. Malt is about even with the hops. Alcohol percentage is higher than expected. I would like to taste a version of this beer as an American Strong Ale.
Nate (3470) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Mild fruity-floral hops with a bit of resin. Caramel and Twizzlers. Dark coppery amber clear with thin light amber head. Medium body with heavy carbonation and alcohol warming. Starts and stays sweet, more like a barley wine than an IIPA. Malty, rich, with nice bittering. Smooth bitter finish, rich and malty. Sweet lingering after.
regmcduffee1 (1) - Neptune City, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany and claret colors under a tight burned head as deeply rustic and the contents below. Brilliant garnet edges when held up to the light. Alluring and intriguing.
Boozed flambéed apples, pears, peaches. Cinnamon sugar flambéed apples on top. Biscuit and melba in the back. Rustic. Bananas foster. Fall leaves, cabins, pine trees and pine needles. Stewed plums and meaty prunes in the middle – mild so that it doesn’t detract from the unfettered rustic forest notes and boozed spiced fruits. Sweet alcohol.
Wow! Grabs tastebuds and tongue firmly in the middle and doesn’t let go. Plums and apples in the back. Imperial IPA, American Strong Ale, and American Style Barleywine join in an unexpected harmonious orgy of flavors. Pine and Christmas trees on top and in the back of each swallow with some tree bark and rustic log cabinetry. Caramelized, boozed, spiced apples, plums, and peaches. Fruitcake but in a good way. Warm spicy boozy bite in the back. More tree bark and Fall leaves underneath. Candied boozed apples and maraschinos. Candied pineapple.
Talk about a beer blurring style guidelines… Extreme IPA is right and I was extremely grateful to be able to quaff a couple glasses before it was gone. Thomas Creek Brewery is relatively new to Florida via distribution, and I hope to see more of them on draft at various craft beer establishments. Good stuff.
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smboselli (82) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too dark and malty for an extreme IPA in my opinion, but it was tasty and smooth for all of that alcohol. I'd have it again
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Belgian22 (17) - Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This should be billed as an Abbey Quad Style / IPA hybrid. Before you actually taste, Abbey Quad is basically what this beer does. As it pours, sits in the tulip, laces, carbonates, and smells (at fridge temp) it’s Abbey all day. So much biscuit - also a ton of malt, maybe even a doppel bock sniff or two. Basically no signs yet of ’IPA’ OR hops.
Once you let it warm to the right temp and take a sip... yea not so much IPA.
I actually enjoy this, my second one (had the first 3 nights ago) and would still buy and enjoy under a more accurate heading - but can’t seem to find much of what you’d come to expect in strong IPA’s. Their non-traditional method for the beer explains the shift -