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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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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 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.


3.6
patrick767 (4164) - 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 (6) - - 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 (1296) - 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 (6476) - 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 (20) - - 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 (3755) - 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 (1661) - 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 (1150) - 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 (476) - 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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