Red AleMay 1, 2006 Greenville, SC
Thomas Creek Brewery
Available: GA, NC, SC, TN
Tom Davis, a bartender-turned-brewer, and his architect father Bill founded Thomas Creek Brewery in 1998.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.5
Alcohol (vol.): 5.6
Color: deep copper
Original Gravity: 1055
Final gravity: 1010
Malts used: 2 Ron Pale Malt, Caramel 30 Malt, Carapils Malt
Hops used: Perle, Fuggles, Kent Golding, Tettenger
A bronze/red beer with a powerful and intriguing nose, reminiscent of lead pencils and boiled vegetables. The palate is radically different—quenching, packed with juicy malt, peppery hops and quince fruit. The finish is spectacularly dry and bitter, with an iron-like hoppiness balancing fruit and malt. Get past the forbidding aroma and you’re in for a treat.
- Roger Protz
Great bouquet here. One is tempted to linger and enjoy the gentle aromatic blending of malt and hops. Although the head soon disappears, it also has a quiet and pleasing note to hear. On the palate, this distinctively hoppy malt nose blends into one’s taste buds right on cue. This beer’s character offers exactly what is promised and expected in the style. Invitation fulfilled.
- Fred Eckhardt
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
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