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.
Malaclemys (194) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours amber with red hues and an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, light alcohol, nut, citrus, and slight fruit. Taste is fruit, caramel, sweet front with a bitter finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Medium body.
bytemesis (2427) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby amber with a medium tan head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is quite malty, pine, citrus. Flavor follows, perhaps this is a bit past prime as a fall seasonal. Quite malty but not overly sweet per se, pine bitterness. Caramel and toffee. Quite bitter actually, leaving a strong bitter finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Hmmmm
WillRunForBeer (343) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a clingy beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, raisins, dark fruits...more strong ale than IPA. This is supposed to be hoppy? Maybe they ought to date the bottles. This is the first bottle I ever saw of this, bought 3 weeks ago from a store that didnít have it the week before. Not sure how old it is, but thereís some hop oils, and it actually tastes good, if a bit sweet, but a hop bomb it isnít. Lots of caramel malts, dark fruits... Some pine resin bitterness to balance. This tastes like a strong ale. I wonít take off points for missing the style. This is a decent brew.
jwtinn01 (34) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BAM IPA to the face. Boozy, hoppy slam dunk IPA. Wish it were more fruity, citrusy. Will settle, but not again for this price.
JHeath99 (421) - - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Winestyles. Pours a transparent amber with slight off white head. Aroma of floral hops, bready malts, with hints of booze. Taste of sweetness mixed with an alcohol burn.
jbuskirk (274) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy. As. Hell. Youíve not had a hop bomb until youíve been Up the Creek. Thomas Creek hasnít created your average Imperial IPA. This ale has a dark red color and an off-white head. It also has a generous amount of alcohol to add some sweetness to this 111 IBU monster. While the hop bitterness is VERY aggressive, this beer still manages to be impressively drinkable.
ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thomas Creek Up the Creek has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, rust-red appearance, with a few bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, very sweet, bread crust and generalized bread. Think bread. The taste is of the same, with a profoundly bitter hop oil treatment, but even this is subdued, in a way. Think bitter, yet subtle. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and syrupy, and Thomas Creek Up the Creek finishes semi-dry, surprisingly refreshing, and more drinkable than one would suspect. For those who adore extreme bitterness and richness, this should do the trick. RJT
Hankbrau74 (6) - - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
Not a traditional tasting IPA, but more like a Belgian Abbey beer. Very potent with an ABV above 12 percent. NOT a session beer!
GTAEgeek (1023) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in a flight from Ale Yeah! Dark burgundy color, with a big, foamy, tan head. The aroma is some notes of port wine, caramel, pine, and syrup. Very sweet and sticky, with a mild bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, syrupy, and thick. Overall, this is a big, malty beer. The hoppiness is minimal, and it comes across as more of a doppelbock than a DIPA.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, and cookie malt, dates and figs, earthy hops and spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, medium hops and bitterness, dark fruits, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.