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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 111   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neurbob (60) - - OCT 4, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eRock_2013 (350) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Well I just ordered this expecting a standard double IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised at this rather exotic and iconoclastic brew! This brew is half dopplebock and half IPA, truly fascinating! Pours a lighter amber off-brown color, slightly reminiscent of a standard IPA copper color but much darker. Aroma of rich burnt caramel and some piney resin, as well as a hint of vanilla. The caramel turns to chocolate malt in the taste, with a citrus orange hoppiness In the background, some other caramel maltiness. Essentially tastes like a chocolate dipped mandarin orange, with a bit of a boozy bite in the finish. Aftertaste of chocolate and grapefruit hops. I could see how others may find this off-putting, but I found it quite enjoyable! Extreme indeed, but memorably and deliciously so!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12496) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Draft. Minimal head atop crystal clear garnet-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, caramel, some cherry, orange, alcohol warming. Medium-full body, low carbonation. The maltiness and alcohol wholly subsume the hops.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ed5388 (2685) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2015
12oz bottle of beer I have access to, but got in a shitty trade on HBT!!! Pours a dark brownish/Amber color with a finger of creamy tan head. Aroma of nasty malty expired IPA and rotted citrus. No bottled on date, but this smells expired and gross. Taste of sweet malty caramel, bitter rotted citrus, tons of booziness, and toffee in the finish. Drain pour!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber almost brown. Aroma of caramel and plums. Flavor is heavy sweet syrupy malts. Just as you think its going to finish all boozy on you you get some helpful hop bitterness and piney and resinous hops. You can tell this is a big beer but the 12.5 tastes more like 9.0. Stronger than it needs to be. I think by any traditional definition this would be an american strong ale and not hoppy enough to be a double IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerathon (1666) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Mess of a beer. Dark brown pour with frothy head. Entirely too sugary, bitter, smells of stale barley wine. It’s a big beer, but that’s really the only thing it has going for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kingaugusta (40) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Whoa baby, this is a hot beer. Pours deep amber with a quick white head and a relatively subdued nose. Despite the 100+ IBU, this is not a hop bomb, though it is certainly not holding back on them and falls into that category. The story here is the rich, slightly sugary malt and the tremendous presence of alcohol. It’s something, though I’m not entirely sure what, though overall I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (1691) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Old rating. Big malty IPA. Amber brown pour. Big caramel sweetness, some booziness, a little chewy. Pretty much a one trick pony…but a big one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
cuboozer (1) - pomaria, South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
Pretty good beer from my growler. Strong, maybe a little too strong. Had two and it snuck up on me.

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