branlovesbeer (12) - 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.
geologyguy (1299) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex and good smell....dark fruits and alcohol...looks dark and malty....taste is malty on front end... transitioning to sweet and bitter together on end....lots of depth in flavor...the ones that come to mind when you think "dark"...unique beer...almost too sweet and too bitter at the same time...but pulls it off... couldn’t drink more than 2 though...very bold flavor...warming
Bricks (957) - Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful beer. dark red/brown, great foamy off-white head. Smells good, but super sweet and malty. Taste is very malty, sweet, maybe some roasted flavors.. chocolate, dark fruit... the alcohol is non-existent. I wouldn’t call this an IPA, but it’s great nonetheless.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice golden orangish color. Aroma is big piney hops with some floral and fruit. Flavor of a classic pale, mildly sweet malt action followed by great hop flavor bite, smooth throughout and a great finish.
Cakes (411) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a brewfest. A disticnt beer, very nicely done with alot of goods things going on here. Light brown color with almost- a light syrup base A little bitter but with a bit of a honety taste.
TEJA (2368) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Monks cafe Wallingatan. Short head. Dark red amber color. Alcohole clearly present in the aroma with caramell and dried fruit. Sweet caramell taste with a huge hop taste and bitterness.
klas (404) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glass at Monas Stockholm. Strong, powerful. Rather dark. Very good in small amounts.
Savage_Night (414) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a medium khaki head that fades to a nice cap with decent lacing. AROMA: malt, tamarind, caramel, roasty, herbs, citrus, spruce, earthy, leaves, alcohol, herbal hops, spices, peppercorn, slight chocolate, dank fruit and molasses. TASTE: malt, tamarind, caramel, roasty, herbs, citrus, spruce, earthy, leaves, alcohol, herbal hops, spices, peppercorn, slight chocolate, dank fruit, burned brown sugar, slight rubber and molasses. TASTE: malt, tamarind, caramel, roasty, herbs, citrus, spruce, earthy, leaves, alcohol, herbal hops, over ripped pineapple, spices, peppercorn, slight chocolate, dank fruit and molasses. AFTER TASTE: malty, caramel, herbal hops, spices, tamarind and earthy with an oily thick molasses boozy finish.
Jorn69 (2623) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog...................... Sample @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival 20140329.
LLaurin (292) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a extreme IPA indeed. Heavy syrup on the nose with molasses and maltiness. Pours dark red/brown with a long lasting tanned head. Palate is heavy sugar and malts with some alcoholic sweetness but remarkably little for the percentage. Lasting taste with some bitterness but viciously easy to drink. If you don’t want to go up the creek - drink responsible.
BrewBrain (145) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2015 Pours dark amber clear, persistent tan head, heavy lacing. Nose is all molasses. Very sweet, intense malt, orange flavor. Strong hops are overwhelmed by the sugar and alcohol. Not bad, but not really an imperial IPA experience. I have been up the creek however and fortunately I was not drinking this strong beer but another more moderate one when trying to find my way In a real wilderness.