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 IPAís Iíve ever had. I wish I could afford this beer on a regular basis. Itís malty. Itís extremely hoppy. A hopheadís 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 í64ozí).
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. Iíd pay for a 6 pack. But I refuse to pay for a 4 pack of anything. This is why I usually donít 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 canít get to brewery or you arenít close, then just search it out and find it for this price.
rdixon77 (1192) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Big malty IPA. Amber brown pour. Big caramel sweetness, some booziness, a little chewy. Pretty much a one trick ponyÖbut a big one.
Tmoney99 (11475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration.This is a soft beer.
cuboozer (1) - pomaria, South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pretty good beer from my growler. Strong, maybe a little too strong. Had two and it snuck up on me.
alex_alkis (403) - SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A really powerful and malty imperial IPA. It tastes great, but i couldnít drink up the whole bottle by myself
alexsdad06 (6450) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a dark amber, copper color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts and not much else, a very light bitterness to the finish, this is closer to an English barley wine than a DIPA.
DrSilverworm (7800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, shared with local raters. Picked up from Habersham in Savannah on 2/23/15. Didnít realize this was so big until just now... OK, you deserve to call it "extreme". Mostly clear red/brown color... Darker than expected. Little off-white head. No lace. In the nose... Some dark fruit, caramel, some warmth. Some grapefruit citrus hop in the flavor, but this is more malt forward. Not as uber-sweet as expected... Iíve had sweeter 12+% IPAs. But this is pretty sweet. Bigger sweet taste, moderate-plus bitterness too, and a mild bite on the finish. Bigger body, kind of slick texture. Lighter carbonation. Alright to try 4oz of, but I can easily imagine how quickly a whole bottle to myself would have gotten old quickly. Iím skeptical as to how fresh the bottle is, but no forgiveness can be given since this brewery doesnít clearly mark dates (as far as I could see)
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle to taster (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks like a malt bomb; a semi-transparent dark copperish brown with very light caramel head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells like a sticky barleywine. Tastes like it smells with a sticky, bitter mouthfeel. Not good. Not good at all.
chinchill (2558) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An abundance of off-white head out of the tap, with a yellow gold liquid underneath. The head leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The generous carbonation also influenced the mouthfeel making feel, I think, lighter than it would otherwise.
This is one boozy beer, and the high ABV is evident but not objectionable in the nose, but too overpowering in the taste. It also lends some burn and harshness to the mouthfeel, in addition to some warming. The beer also may be mis-classified as a DIPA ... it is more like a barleywine and a bit like a Belgian tripel. There is a definite hop contribution, but also a substantial balance from sweet caramel malts. Neither the high IBU (111) nor the high ABV (12.5%) seem quite so high.
O - you want a super high ABV beer? ... usually sacrifices need to be made in mouthfeel and taste. Such is the case here although the negative effects are not as pronounced as a 12.5% reading would often produce.
Cunningham (5162) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good looking unclear amber color with a fine thick tan head. Nice lacing. Toffee, nutty, fruity and hoppy aroma with some alcohol coming up. Full body. Tad sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft to average carbonation. Lots of caramel and toffee. Pleasant round fruitiness. Not to well masked alcohol. Nice evening sipper. More like a hoppy barley wine after a while.
[Bottle from a trade with tony_gorilla]
hfmejias (905) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.