slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2009 ~8/24/09~ok, bottled this time & is NOW called Up the Creek. I KNOW when I rated it the last time (two plus years ago now) it was called something different, something celebratory, something to do w/ being past the old awful law... but I digress, it is STILL AN AMAZING BEER! Dark, cola, looking ale w/ whitish head. Nose: hops. Taste is sweet, no lie, but then followed by strong hops (could be stronger) & a very dominate alcohol linger... but it all works out, i swear. Proud of this one to be from SC. I heard there’s a triple dry hopped oaked version out there...
~6/25/07~ draft Brewed to celebrate South Carolina "Popping the Cap" on it’s former ABV limit! Dark amber ale w/ creamy off-white/ tan head. Hop nose w/ pine. Taste is huge, oily hop resin & alcohol. Syrupy mouth feel; a little lacing. The malts are there but can’t numb the hop bombardment. Great, but very hard to throw back; truly a DOUBLE IPA ... they should age this one on oak. On tap @ CW’s Taproom in Columbia.
VictorStr (992) - 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 (621) - 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.
chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that lasts; loads of CO2 is released for the duration of the drink. Aroma is sweet and caramel malts with citrus and resin hops. Flavor is sweet and bitter with flavors of resin and citrus hops. Despite a sweet smell the taste is well balanced and very enjoyable. High alcohol is masked well making this a really drinkable big beer. I’m not sure it fits the IPA bill or is borderline barleywine, imperial brown ale but either way I like it and would have it again in the future.
Malaclemys (226) - 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 (2581) - 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 (418) - 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 didn’t have it the week before. Not sure how old it is, but there’s some hop oils, and it actually tastes good, if a bit sweet, but a hop bomb it isn’t. Lots of caramel malts, dark fruits... Some pine resin bitterness to balance. This tastes like a strong ale. I won’t 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 (495) - - 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 (301) - 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. You’ve not had a hop bomb until you’ve been Up the Creek. Thomas Creek hasn’t 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 (1103) - 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