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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 you’ll find yourself Up the Creek!


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (943) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle to Arrogant Bastard "rocks" style glass. Wow, this is a Mapuche darker brew than I was expecting. Maple syrup color with a garnet hue. Thin khaki colored head that fades to a film surrounded by a thick, soapy collar around the glass. Aroma of carmelized sugar, lemon rind, and peach tea. The taste is extremely sweet followed by a bitter bite. Flavors remind m pe of golden brown sugar, agave nectar, cedar wood, lavender, and anise. This is very herbal. Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely unusual and I’d like to some of their other beers.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (996) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
[Drack den på Malmö Öl och Whiskey festivalen 2014] ett kraftpaket. Sötma, fyllighet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (622) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2014
Backlog. A good example of an balanced but uncompromising American IPA. Extreme without pushing any bounds of quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malaclemys (244) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (2610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (426) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jwtinn01 (34) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
BAM IPA to the face. Boozy, hoppy slam dunk IPA. Wish it were more fruity, citrusy. Will settle, but not again for this price.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (497) - - DEC 31, 2013
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1105) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
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


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