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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!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Thomas Creek: Up the Creek IPA. A+ beer but kind of pricey. This is an awesome extreme IPA. This is one of the best high gravity IPA’s I’ve ever had. I wish I could afford this beer on a regular basis. It’s malty. It’s extremely hoppy. A hophead’s dream. Style: Imperial/Double IPA Color: Red Mahogony Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 20, Special B, Caramel 120 Bittering Hops: Warrior & Nugget Flavor/Aroma Hops: Amarillo, Willamette, & Dry hopped with Amarillo ABV: 12.5% IBU: 111 It comes in 4 packs of 12 ounce bottles for $10 at Total Wine (In South Carolina). But in in other states, it can be as expensive as $14 per 4 pack. But it can also be bought in a growler-fill for $13.50 (1/2 gal ’64oz’). So clearly the 4 packs are cheaper by the ounce. 4packs (48oz) = 20.8 cents per oz 1/2gal Growler = 21.1 cents per oz But it is all perception. A 4 pack just seems like they are charging me just because they can. Why not sell it in a 6 pack or a 750mL bottle. A growler is nearly a 6 pack (5.33 12oz bottles) and they sell the growlers. I’d pay for a 6 pack. But I refuse to pay for a 4 pack of anything. This is why I usually don’t drink Dogfish Head beers. Because everything they sell is in a 4 pack. Sorry. Not gonna happen. So do I agree with the sale practices of this beer? NO. Do I absolutely LOVE this beer? HELLS YEAH! The prices are more steady if you get the growler filled or the 4 packs directly from the brewery located on Piedmont Highway in Greenville, SC. But if you can’t get to brewery or you aren’t close, then just search it out and find it for this price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (780) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Nice looking beer; poured clear, dark amber, nice tan head, lots of carbonation and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma Is mostly malty, but there is also booze, and some hops notes; quite earthy. Taste is consistent; sweetness from malts, quite boozy, and quite hoppy. A sipper, but a very good one, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2187) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (970) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HomerBeerOdysy (31) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2266) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (930) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1277) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3412) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4118) - 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.

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