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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 111   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Big thanks to MikeinCharleston for this one! A-pours a dark brownish ruby red, transparent, with a dark tan colored head that is thick and bubbly. S-lots of caramel, toasty malts, notes of raisins, hints of brandi, citrus hops add some balance in the back but lightly. T-even more caramel than in the nose, some toasty chocolate malts as well. there are notes of brandi soaked raisins come in behind shifting into a light citrusy hop finish with faint bitterness. M-full chewy body, very thick, sticky and syrupy, assertive carbonation in the back with a good crisp finish. D-this beer is rather big, loads of malts and lightly balanced hop presence and tasty.

4.2
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2010
HEADS UP THE CREEK, THIS IS A BARLEYWINE! Bottle and served in my other NB Worthy glass: Pours a deep coppery hue nearly brown with a small but lush creamy head which left nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma is heavy caramel/crystal, pumpernickel bread, slight marizpan, dank and herbal hops, white pepper and clove, and a slight peaty like smoke and earthiness. The taste starts with brash peppery and twangy hops over a big layer of caramelized malts and levels of earthiness that is quite pleasantly surprising. Lots of mineral and some tannic activity. Even a slight hint of sourness rounds out the experiance. The mouth feel is lush and meaty with just a enough kick of bitters to keep you coming back for more, the alcohol while apparent never got in the way of the flavors.

While Thomas Creek may label this as an DIPA, it is in fact a classic big assed Barleywine and one that most brewers would be proud to serve. Did I get lucky and get a great bottle that the beergods shined upon or is this tasting a brief moment in time where what Up The Creek gave me exactly what I wanted? Who knows, but at least right now I can confidently say that this beer rocks! I will be going to get some more just to see if it was a one off or a seriously undervalued brew.

3.8
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. Poured ruby with a creamy tan head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Fruity aroma with a malt and hop mix in the background. The flavor found caramel, dark fruit, and citrus hops. Medium to full body. Smooth and warming. Sticky. Mild bitterness.

3.9
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmø. Clear amber/brown - white head. Raisins, high malty, roasted, toasted, chocolate notes, nutty, nice hoppy, licorice, ryebread, nice bitterness. OK balance.

3
drowland (8888) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
10/2/10. Bottle. Piney resinous aroma with a huge sweet caramel flavor. Meh.

2.7
Aurelius (5430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Tangy, slightly floral malty aroma. Bad label. Boozy, stings a bit. Peaty, raisiny, a bit like a heavy handed Scotch Ale. Raisins in the finish, along with metal and wood. Clumsy.

3.7
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Thanks to FreeThyHops for sending this bottle. The beer pours a dark red color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar and orange citrus hops. The beer smells more like a barleywine than a DIPA, but it still smells nice. The flavor confirms that this beer - or at least this bottle - is more like a barleywine. The beer is very sweet and has a lot of brown sugar, orange, pine and caramel notes. The bitterness is low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is this specific bottle really isn’t a DIPA in my book, but it is a pretty nice hoppy barleywine.

3.7
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Not really an ipa. This is a barley wine in every way. Not sure why ratebeer has this in the wrong category just because the brewery marketing interest labels this "extreme ipa". The good news is that its a very good barley wine. A little on the sweet side

3.8
mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark cola color with no head. Aroma was a nice mix of rich sweet malts and resiny hops. Lots of caramel, some toffee too. Flavors were similar, lots of malty character up front that faded into an array of subtle hop flavors. The fact that this is as high as it is in ABV is unreal, almost unbelievable. Drinks super smooth with a big mouthfeel but the sweetness is held in check by a big hop presence throughout and in the finish. The finish yields a bitterness that isn’t agressive but instead balancing. Don’t get me wrong, this is sweet but in a good way. Nice stuff.

3.9
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle. A deep brown red body with a medium khaki colored head. The nose has lots of caramel and some pine. There is also grapefruit. It smells fantastic. The taste is malty and piney. As I drank more I got the grapefruit along with black tea. The finish is strongly citrus along with some toffee. There are also tobacco hints. Nicely done and a pleasant surprise.


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