Thomas Creek Up the Creek
I got off work at about 4 o’clock today and realized that the weather was fantastic! Winter is almost over which means the obvious… Warm temperatures are just around the corner. As I started down the road I turned on my A.C. for the first time this year, but why? Quickly, I changed my mind, windows rolled down in a hurry. Sail by Awolnation started playing on the radio, and before I knew it, the volume was turned up to max and I was screaming “Sail” at the cars that passed by. As usual, I wound up at my favorite retail establishment without even thinking about it. What beer would fit my current mood? Well, with weather like this, I want to canoe down a cool creek. I love going up to the mountains, listening to the water flow, while enjoying a good craft beer. It’s not easy for me to shop for beer, it is definitely not a quick process. I have to cross reference everything with Rate Beer, Untappd and Beer Advocate at least once. Scratching my head, I was getting nowhere. That was until, like a message from the dude up above, my choice was clear. Maybe it was the light shining through the window just right, or maybe it was divine intervention, but Up the Creek by Thomas Creek Brewing was glistening like a perfect diamond. Their Extreme IPA easily made its way into my shopping basket.
This delight fits the bill when it comes to abv. Weighing in at 12.5%, it will definitely get you going in the right direction. I’m not going to lie, you feel the alcohol tingle pretty quick with this one, but I’m not complaining. Now while I can still type, let’s talk about the beer. After pouring this heavy weight into my glass it’s hard to believe that it’s an IPA. The dark reddish, brown liquid doesn’t look like most beers in the style. The light brown head looks rather good sitting on top of this beast. Aroma was pretty unique for an IPA also. Scents of pine are there which is common, but I also get strong hints of butterscotch and brown sugar. The taste is spot on with the smell. Initially sweet is what I get, more of that butterscotch, toffee, and sugar cane. The more I drink the more of the hoppy bitterness I taste. The color and taste remind me a lot of a Barleywine that was kicked in the butt with some hops. No doubt an extreme beer, it’s got tons of flavor that hide the enormous abv rather well. The creamy mouthfeel makes you want to drink it faster than you probably should. Not a typical IPA at all, but I really like this one. On my 1 to 10 scale, I’d hit Up The Creek with an 8.5. For you extreme vegans (that term will never be used again) you’re safe with not only this brew, but all of Thomas Creeks varieties.
My only complaint is that this beer only comes in glass bottles. If cans were an option, my canoe would be a perfect home. Up the Creek makes me want to travel to S. Carolina (home of the brewery) with my tent, boat, and beers in tow. Once I get there, I have no clue what I will do, but I guarantee, it will be an extremely good time.