Thomas Creek Up The Creek

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. This bottle has been in the cellar for several months. I have had a few really NASTY experiences with Thomas Creek, so I approach this beer with a little trepidation to say the least. However, several people have told me that their experiences have been similar, but Up the Creek made them think again. Off the top, the beer contradicts its "Extreme IPA" moniker in many ways (see below), so if you are looking for a classic, American DIPA look...

OBP Squared (Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared)

Extremely surprised to come across this at The Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC, USA. $2.49 as a 12 oz single. There is a smudged, inky, dot matrixed Best Before date on the label but it is unreadable. This appears to be a pretty rare find, but perhaps Thomas Creek is re-releasing/re-making it. I am VERY wary of this for two main reasons. Firstly Thomas Creek has been pretty much an unmitigated disaster in my book - beer, after beer, after beer has been disappointing in many cases, and very...

Thomas Creek Jingle Bell Bock

On tap, Taco Mac, Decatur, GA, USA. OK, I've given Thomas Creek every opportunity to come through and this is just another let down in a long line of let downs. Actually this was much worse than a let down, and I am not at all sure what this beer is supposed to be. First off it's NOTHING like a bock to me. Medium brown pour with a decent head, but it fades quickly. The smell and taste are UTTERLY bland and weak. Lots of wet cardboard, some nasty plastic aftertaste and a mild bitterness. I have...

River Falls Red Ale

Single 12 oz bottle. Another below average offering from Thomas Creek. I've had a number of their beers now, and I'm about to give up - they're simply not very good. Mid-amber pour with a short-lived head and very little sustainable lacing. Slightly acrid smell with some apple (ethanal) notes. Possible infection? Tastes reflect the aroma. Mild apples, slight acid and weak. Weak is a good word for the whole experience. Very light mouthfeel (a constant problem with Thomas Creek) which really...

Dockside Pilsner

Frankly I have almost no idea what this beer is supposed to be, but I can say one thing for certain, this doesn't taste ANYTHING like a German Pilsener! Massive head, in fact the carbonation is annoying. Once it dies down then we get a disappointing amount of sustained head and very little (if any) lacing. Buttersotch yellow cloudy pour - where is the crystal clear body? Aroma is a weird peppery, soapy mess. Taste is ridiculously sweet. Not horrible becasue I like sweet beers, but in a Pils??...

Pump House Porter

$3.00 on draft, Mellow Mushroom, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA. Nice looking beer with an excellent head and lacing. Served way, way too cold, I had to let this stand for about 15 minutes before the aroma and taste even began to manifest themeslves properly. Very servicable Porter with a decent combination of chocolate malts, burned caramel and malts in the nose and the tastes. Did not finish too dry, which I like in my Porter's, and it maintained a nice level of creaminess; another good...

Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale

Very yellow (almost artificial looking) color, but with a really nice head and some attractive lacing. Cloudy appearance, a bit like an artificial Hefe. Definite Cream Ale feel, quite nice in the mouth, and considering the vanilla moniker virtually no vanilla flavor for me. Has a distinct Wit feel, but without the spice notes. Not a very good beer, but a little better than I expected. Drinkable as lawnmower material but little else.

Deep Water Dopplebock

Not good. Thomas Creek have been in GA for sometime now, and I have only got around to trying this one now. Not a very nice experience at all. Pour is decent looking with a brown body and decent head that leaves some lacing. The aroma seems to be stout like, but is also acidic. There is a thought of chocolate malt in there somewhere too. The acid feeling is taken into the taste. The body is woefully thin for a beer of this style and the whole experience is insipidly acid like. This doesn't...