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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 111   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 youíll find yourself Up the Creek!


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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2007
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 thereís a triple dry hopped oaked version out there... ~6/25/07~ draft Brewed to celebrate South Carolina "Popping the Cap" on itís 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 canít numb the hop bombardment. Great, but very hard to throw back; truly a DOUBLE IPA ... they should age this one on oak. On tap @ CWís Taproom in Columbia.


2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ed5388 (2517) - 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!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1455) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerathon (1539) - 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. Itís a big beer, but thatís really the only thing it has going for it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kingaugusta (22) - 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. Itís something, though Iím not entirely sure what, though overall I like it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (1540) - 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 ponyÖbut a big one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11821) - 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.

1.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_alkis (415) - SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
A really powerful and malty imperial IPA. It tastes great, but i couldnít drink up the whole bottle by myself

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrSilverworm (8353) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
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)


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