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RATINGS: 307   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
branlovesbeer (14) - 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.


3.6
patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2017
bottle, 2016 rating - Amber-brown pour, aroma of caramel, molasses, resin, and alcohol. The flavor is really big on the malt for an IIPA with caramel, resin, maybe a little dark fruit, lots of hops, and boozy character buried in an almost syrupy body. I don't love it, but it's enjoyable and pretty unusual.

4.2
Russtheiceman (9) - - NOV 10, 2017 does not count
Good dark beer with lots of body. The 12.3 percent alcohol means I can’t drink but one at a time ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Aggiebob (1385) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2017 Bottle from Liquor Express. It poured a rich copper color with a frothy beige head and moderate lacing It has a rich malty aroma with notes of caramel, molases, candy sugar, and dark fruits. It has a medium thick mouth feel. The 12.5 abv is well hidden. A7 A5 T6 P5 O17

3.6
jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Deep, very dark brown coloured body with a nice, two to three centimetre tall tan head that stays afloat nicely. Aroma of super pungent alcohol, caster sugar, candy sugars, treacle, a big dose of grassy and piney hops, some big malt notes that somehow balance out the hops, along with a huge dose of alcohol warmth very noticeable all around just in the nose. Full-bodied; Strong malty flavours up front with caster sugar and especially a bunch of candy sugars, coupled with some apple and pear sweetness and a distinctly apple-y and strong malt bite right behind. Aftertaste shows a relatively nice balance, but the alcohol, malt and sugars are way high on this one, but some nice bitterness from hops and complexities remain throughout. Overall, a nice and very pungent and warming Barley-Wine-ish IPA-ish beer that has a lot of sweetness around and only a small dose of pungency and bitterness. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, South Carolina on 20-April-2015 for US$2,99 sampled at home here in Washington a few hours before leaving back for South Carolina, on 18-August-2017.

3.8
bbaird (37) - - JUL 10, 2017
Darker than I expected and a bit of malty with the hoppy bitter you'd expect of a 2-3X IPA. Nice beer but powerful... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Unusually dark for and imperial IPA. Aroma’s hops, burnt sugar, malt. Flavor’s like nose with hops forward, otherwise fairly balanced. Strength is hidden. Good body and finish.

3.9
geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Complex and good smell....dark fruits and alcohol...looks dark and malty....taste is malty on front end... transitioning to sweet and bitter together on end....lots of depth in flavor...the ones that come to mind when you think "dark"...unique beer...almost too sweet and too bitter at the same time...but pulls it off... couldn’t drink more than 2 though...very bold flavor...warming

4
Bricks (1160) - Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Beautiful beer. dark red/brown, great foamy off-white head. Smells good, but super sweet and malty. Taste is very malty, sweet, maybe some roasted flavors.. chocolate, dark fruit... the alcohol is non-existent. I wouldn’t call this an IPA, but it’s great nonetheless.

3.6
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a nice golden orangish color. Aroma is big piney hops with some floral and fruit. Flavor of a classic pale, mildly sweet malt action followed by great hop flavor bite, smooth throughout and a great finish.

3.7
Cakes (498) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2016
Sampled at a brewfest. A disticnt beer, very nicely done with alot of goods things going on here. Light brown color with almost- a light syrup base A little bitter but with a bit of a honety taste.


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