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RATINGS: 287   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!


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerluvrmi (5) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Dark copper color. Rich aromas of toffee, caramel, bourbon and a slight hint of coffee. Rich mouthfeel. Slightly sweet maple flavor with toffee and nuts. You would never guess this is 12.5% alc. Very good.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2088) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2014
bottle @ Habersham Beverage / Savannah GA --- Clear amber brown with a tan head cover, light sprays of lace. Taste is potent dark fruit and malt that explodes its way through the palate to an end that, while strongly bittered, has no chance against alcohol and more malt. Way more here than the bottle implies. Not for the faint of heart, but great for lovers of power malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (945) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a nice off white head with good lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, sweet malts, caramel, woody notes, and some very faint booze. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of dark fruits and toffee. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long lingering, ever so slightly boozy finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex beer that tastes more like a strong ale and hides its extreme abv very well.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HomerBeerOdysy (22) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
APPEARANCE - Dark brown with a long-lasting medium-brown 4-finger head. Tons of lacing. SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, sweet, herbaceous. TASTE - Caramel-candy sweet, piney, nearly Stout flavor. Sweetness serves to mask high ABV. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - You have to sink your upper lip into the super-creamy head. A real smooth feel. Not syrupy. Some carbonation. OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - This is so dark, it’s almost a Stout. But it’s a very enjoyable drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle@Nya Tröls, Malmö - dark amber/brown pour with good off-white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel and toffee, big grapefruit, with some dark dried fruits, almost more barley wine than IIPA, but damn its good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (913) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is pine hops. Flavor is fairly mellow pine hops. Well balanced with some sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness. Wife: 3.4

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1260) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a cream colored head. Taste is malty up front followed by an orange citrus well rounded flavor finishing dry with a little residual sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
[Bottle] Tawny brown color with little head. Nose is of sweet malts, alcohol and a heavy grapefruit bitterness. Notes of sticky caramel, toffee, alcohol, fruity flavors, more grapefruit in the taste. Lingering harsh bitterness is reminiscent of varnish. A thick and heavy beer. Tasting notes from 2/2012.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3298) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2014
12 oz. bottle thanks to Phatdog1. Tulip shows deep ruby color with light bubbly head. The aroma and flavor is similar to a young barley wine. Dark fruits of figs, raisin and dates. Also very sugary with a big note of pine.

No surprise that this tastes just like the aroma. The texture is oily with a lasting pine resin residue across the tongue. Long lingering notes of pine. The alcohol is well hidden but it provides a light warming after the swallow. Full-bodied with a near syrupy texture. Really sweet and I understand the brewing process of a barely wine and…. This is a barely wine no matter how the brewery labels it. Still for what it is, pretty decent stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4036) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2014
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, light floral hops, notes of alcohol, and bread. Flavor the same with lots of malts. Flavor more like a barley wine. Average texture. Not happy with this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (8595) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours dirty brown with off white/tan head. Nose/taste of caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, fig fermented grapefruit peel and molasses. Sugary. Boozy. Like grainy caramel prune juice. Full bodied. Not really a IIPA. Not really good, in my opinion.


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