Thomas Creek Class Five IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Class Five IPAThomas Creek Class Five IPA

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-29-2008

84 IBU
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Reviews by Gu3mom:
Photo of Gu3mom
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At our house, we use a 10-point scale. For this particular beer our ratings are as follows:

Her - 7.5 Warm. Heady. Carbonated. A little "brown" but good!
Him - ?

(Not sure why He didn't make any comments/notes about this brew. With no mention of piney-hoppiness from her, chances are he didn't hate it.) Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Netdigger2
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle with no date.

Beer pours a brown with red hues. Full finger of off-white head and tons of lacing.

The smell is mostly caramel malts and some earthy, piney hops (not much here, as far as an IPA goes)

The taste is the same as the smell, but amplified. It is a malt bomb and no where near an American or English IPA in terms of hop presence.

It is well carbonated, but too sticky and under-attenuated for the style.

This is a very subpar IPA (would fit better as a brown ale), and doesn't have the dryness that I would expect/desire.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed lighter amber shade with a thinner but well retained white head.A mix of herbal hop and caramel,pretty basic but ok.Big caramel malt sweetness starts out on the palate then a shot of herbal/leafy hop comes thru,even a bit pithy in the finish.No frills and not really a hop bomb,but its decent.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed, amber body supports a tall, offwhite head. Lots of attractive patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and grassy hops. Light medium body with ample carbonation. Taste is nicely balanced betweeen the grapefruity hop bitterness and light caramel malt sweetness. Very enjoyable with no apparent flaws.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tropical fruit in it, with some papaya and mango notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same, with the papaya notes balanced out by the toffee malt to keep the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden-amber. It has a light haze but is clear enough to see rising carbonation bubbles. The head is large, creamy and thick for the style. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Aromatic, with a surprising amount of bread dough mixed in with the floral/earthy hops and toasted malt. Rather malt forward for an IPA.

T: The taste is rather malty, like the smell, but the spicy/earthy hops come through more.

M: Medium bodied; nicely smooth; slightly dry finish. Excellent for style.

O: A solid IPA coming from a reliable, if rather mainstream, brewer. Hoppiness will not satisfy some hop heads.

{lightly revised with fresh bottle in Feb. 2014)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American Pint Glass)
A- This beer pours a deep orange body that is clear but slightly dense. There is a thick light tan foam on top that is supported by a sea of carbonation.
S- This beer has a green earthy pine flavor with a hint of cologne to the hops and a cream note comes through when it warms.
T- This beer has a soft pale malt note with a bigger green pine hop bite with some good depth to the hops.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture.
D- This beer has a good malt support to a good hop flavor with some nice depth.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly-hazy brown-amber with a short white head. Aroma of piney hops and a slight whiff of whiskey. Bitter and clean on the tongue, with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Muted tones of pine, citrus, and caramel malt.

Not overly complex, but enjoyable enough.

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - amber with a thin lacing of white head that has decent retention

S - bread, sugar, caramel

T - burnt toast, bread, sugar, caramel, earthy, spicy, piny

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a great beer. It has an odd toasted malt character that was unexpected and off putting but on the whole it was delicious. It's well worth checking out.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into mug.
A-Golden color with 1 inch head, some lacing.
S-Floral, some banana,caramel and bread
T-Citrus,caramel, malts, light pine
M-Medium body, good carbonation, nice hoppy finish.
O-A easy drinking beer. Not bad at all. Not the best of the style, also has a bit more malt than some other IPAs. Would still get again. Nice S.C. beer.

Photo of Jon
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard IPA poured a pale copper with a small head. Notes of faint hops and fruit lingered in the nose. A fairly bitter hoppiness prevailed in the taste department, and was backed up by a light malt character. Mouthfeel was bit too thin and watery for the style. Easy drinking, but missing some of the qualities I look for in a solid IPA.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Doughy & piney, plus orange peels, all fade once warm

T: Caramel, piney & woody hops, atouch of mineral dryness & biscuitty malt up front. Leafy hops mix with slight pear fruittyness as this warms, some grapefruit on the edges. Finishes with dry woody hop flourish that doesn't really wow me, plus just a touch of toffee & orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

A nice, not great AIPA, drinkable enough though

Photo of tkelley
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack while in SC for the holidays. Im trying to keep my beers in my basement (about 60 degrees F) now as opposed to my fridge in the hopes that more of the flavors will be exposed. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A -- very light copper color with a very fluffy white head that went over the top of the glass without spilling over the side, which was very cool. It is very, very clear. No haze to speak of.

S -- I thought the smell was pretty hoppy, leaning away from citrus and towards a kind of woody/resiny scent. Big malt nose too, for an IPA anyway.

T -- Pretty good. Again, it's hoppy, but not so bitter with hops to make you go "Wow! That's super hoppy." And again, more of a piney/resiny hop taste than a fruity/citrusy one. Probably more like an east coast version of a British IPA. Nice biscuity notes too.

M -- Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Feels soft and a little thick.

O -- I would say very drinkable. A quality ale on the hoppy side.


Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours red-orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of big malt, hops, and citrus. The flavor was of citrus, big malt, with a subtle hop followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. However it wasn't a typical IPA as the malt definitely stole the show more than most IPA's I've had. However it was still quite drinkable despite all of that.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: Poured a medium dark amber color, with a finger of head at the top. Lacing mostly at the top of the glass, but some has been trickling down to the bottom.

Smell: Smells mostly like caramel malt, with a subtle hop aroma.

Taste: Mostly tastes like a mixture of caramel and roasted malts, with a slight hop flavor at the end. The hop flavor at the end is a little citrusy, probably from the cascade hops that were used.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Goes down quite easily.

Drinkability: I first had one of these over spring break in the Great Smoky Mountains. I wanted to try some local beer around that area of the U.S. so I picked up a few bottles of Class Five. Overall I wasn't that impressed. It wasn't that hoppy of a beer, and it felt like it would maybe be a mixture between a Black IPA and a regular IPA.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint. Pours red-orange with a two-fingered head. Floral notes, citrus, piney hops, and coriander aromas leap from the glass. The taste isn't as orangey as I had hoped but the pine and floral hops combine for a crisp and clean finish. Nice.

Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Oranges and grapefruit up front on the nose with a touch of pineapple aroma. The finish has some pine characteristics.

T: There is a bit of caramel malt at first followed by a little citrus rind and then a lot of resiny pine flavors. The finish is quite bitter and lingers around.

M Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being oily, but the bitterness keeps it from being crisp as well.

O: A mediocre IPA overall despite a good nose. The flavors are just overly bitter and a bit bland because of it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a good selection of the new Thomas Creek bottles and I went in for this one first. I had it on tap a while back and I know they have been tinkering with the recipe a bit to bottle it, so I thought I would give this one a good try first off. Grabbed it from the fridge and poured it into a pint glass. Decent pour with a nice and crystal clear dark amber coming through straight away. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom throughout the session, letting me know that this one was indeed alive. A nice two inch head of white froth formed on the top immediately and settled down gracefully into a thin pillow across the top which broke up into a crown and dropped a respectable amount of side glass lace. Not a bad look at all. I reached in for the smell though and it seemed a little muted to me. It was very bright, I will give it that, with some nice lemon and grapefruit aromas, a touch of light biscuit like malts, but everything was just a hair too light for me, and you really had to go searching for it. As it warmed it picked up a tad but never really did blow me away.

Went in for the taste and was surprised that it was actually quite nice. A touch light in the feel, though not thin or watery by any means, which was a very good sign that improvements are being made here. Nice carbonation profile left the mouth tingling. The flavor rushed through quickly with an unbalanced hop bite. Nice and sharp with a quick cutoff, the floral citrus bouquet hits you straight up. A touch tangy at first, but more calming as it warms, giving the grapefruit like bite away to a more subtle pine infused orange. The finish was quick, and very dry with not much of a lingering aftertaste, but still a drastic improvement over what I have seen in bottles from earlier runs. Very good drinkability as it was very easy to session and went down extremely smooth.

Overall I have to say that this was not bad at all. They are really making some nice strides down at TC and I cannot wait to be able to get the Double IPA in bottle and see how that has progressed. I would have to recommend giving this one a try and will be sending a few around to see what others are thinking of them. But they have moved their image up a bit in my opinion.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber. Tan head holds very well, and leaves some great patches of lace on the glass.

Citrusy, and herbal hop aroma. A suggestion of a toffee, caramel malt base. Just a bit spicy as well, blending with the herbal qualities. Other fruity notes floating about.

Lots of caramel and tofee malt. A few fruity notes. Hops come in more herbal than citrusy. Dries out a lot at the end.

Medium body, a good amount of carbonation. Seems more like a pale ale than an ipa. Decent.

Photo of wcudwight
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange/amber in color with a nice creamy off-white head. Head is sticky and leaves spiderweb lacing. Smells a bit off to me. No citrus/pine aromas. I get a bit of tangerine and maybe some herbal aromas but I have to sniff really hard to get them. I love it when an IPA's aromas jump out at you on the pour. This one does not do that. Thankfully this one taste much better than it smells. Caramel and toasty backbone with some citrus, herbal hoppiness. Hoppiness is strongest on the finish and leaves a nice tangerine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a decent beer to have if in Greenville SC, or if you want to try something from a different brewery. But if combing the isles of a beer store you can find a better IPA.

Photo of daythree16
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a two-finger head that has some decent retention.

Aromas consist mainly of a malty sweetness with some nutty and grassy notes. Taste is caramel and nuttiness with a very mild bitterness on the finish. Almost reminds me more of an amber ale than an IPA.

Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. This one is a nice change of pace from the aggressively hopped West Coast IPA's, but I would personally prefer something with a more noticeable hop character.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy off white head that died down but left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is possible.
S: There are strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of citrus and pine resin hops, which also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish. There are some notes of biscuit malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The beer is easy to drink and I would definitely try another one of these because it is rather balanced and has a good taste.

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish pumpkin orange with a creamy finger of eggshell foam with great retention that leaves rings of lace on the glass. Caramel malt and sticky, dank hop spiciness in the aroma, nice but a little underwhelming. Plenty of rich, butterscotch malty flavor with some spicy, pine sap hop flavor to balance. Medium light bodied with smooth carbonation. An unusual, but good tasting IPA from Thomas Creek.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep bronzed orange color with an above average, frothy, dense, off-white head. About average retention with a thin layer of lace left.

S - A little light on the aroma. Has a good amount of earthy and herbal hops with just a hint of citrus. A pretty strong showing of sweet caramel malt is also present. Slight bready/biscuit aroma. Kind of somewhere inbetween an American and an English IPA with a healthy does of malt.

T - Pretty similar to the nose only with a bit of a floral hop kick in there. Earthy and floral hops are strongest and start it off with a bit of a citrus kick coming mid sip. Faint pine taste, but this is more of an afterthought. Like the nose it has a fairly pronounced malt presence. Not as faint as the nose suggested, but not a kick you in the teeth IPA.

M - Lighter side of medium body with slightly above average carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and pretty well balanced (although for an American IPA it is a little on the malty side). Flavors are nice and it is pretty refreshing. I could drink a couple and be happy, although I would probably not want to have one after another.

Notes: Meh, nothing off putting about this and it is a solid beer, but nothing really makes me want to drink it. Thought it was kind of lost inbetween an American and an English IPA but didn't really capture either one. Might be a nice intro to IPAs for someone that isn't a big fan of hoppiness or bitterness.

Photo of towersfall
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice mahogany amber color that reminds me of the furniture in a nice antiquities store. Has a constantly lingering had with a consistent lacing down the glass.

Smell: Has little to no smell to me but I can pick up hops and caramel.

Taste: Bitter citrusy hops with a strong bitter finish. A good tasting IPA with a nice placement in the caramel.

Mouthfeel: Bitter medium body with a solid hoppy finish.l

Drinkability: A nice standard IPA from a nice small microbrewery. So far what I've tried from Thomas Creek I've thoroughly enjoyed. A nice IPA thats a decent representation of the style.

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Thomas Creek Class Five IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.