branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
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.
Gachupines (847) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[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.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jkwood04 (3742) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A full on attack on your tastebuds, this is what the American Beer Revolution is all about. Give the people what they want? And then some. An amazing IPA. There’s almost no need to go on about the nuances here, as they are all here, with no remorse. Like an Iron Maiden concert in your mouth.
Lightrider (299) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a very dark ruby with a thick head. Aroma is sharp and thick. Taste is semi sweet bitter and thick hop. Finish is a flat bitterness, this is a great IPA
VictorStr (1200) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Drack den på Malmö Öl och Whiskey festivalen 2014] ett kraftpaket. Sötma, fyllighet.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. A good example of an balanced but uncompromising American IPA. Extreme without pushing any bounds of quality.