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Thomas Creek Class Five IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek Class Five IPAThomas Creek Class Five IPA

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%

Brewed by:
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
84 IBU

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-29-2008)
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Photo of Zach136


3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 18

Pours a translucent amber, thin white head. OK lacing.

Nose is fairly malt forward, lots of caramel and toast. The background hop profile is mostly spicy hops, with just a hint of citrus/pine.

Flavor is more of the same. Hops come through more, but are muted a bit by a caramel, black tea -esque malt bill.

A bit too malt forward for my tastes. This is really bordering on a hoppy amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:55:18 | More by Zach136
Photo of Netdigger2

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -33%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 22:45:22 | More by Netdigger2
Photo of rajendra82


3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer looked quite nice, with a clear, orange-amber body, and a large head. The smell was too mild for the style, with perfumey hops and toasted malts. The taste was quite bitter, with a metallic tang. There was caramel malt besides the hop bitterness, and not much else. The finish was very dry. The beer was among a mixed six pack of IPA's I picked up at the store last week. I doubt I will go back for this one again very soon. It wasn't bad, just not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 04:45:17 | More by rajendra82
Photo of kots84

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish copper body with a off white head.

Smell - Piney hops. A little malt aroma.

Taste - Citrus , pine , grassy taste with a little bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. A little dry with a medium body.

Overall - It' s a okey beer. Would recommend more for someone as a starter ipa.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:12:10 | More by kots84
Photo of Mojo


3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Highland Brewing Company snifter

A - Pours up a clear beautiful copper with an off-white two finger head, pretty good retention, and good lacing.

S - earthy, pine, grass, and resin

T - an initial maltiness is sort of overpowered by a big hop presence that makes it a little unbalanced. The hop taste is more rye than citrus.

M - good carbonation with a bit of an aftertaste

O - not awesome, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:27:43 | More by Mojo
Photo of SerialHiker


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish caramel brown color…it’s a nice dark color, but somewhat transparent, I do see a few bubbles in the middle…head is a mixture of big and little bubbles, creating a thin layer that covers the top…it does liven up a bit with a couple of swirls, but settles rather quickly…(3.5/5)

Smell: First thing I get is an earthy yeast aroma, somewhat musky and woodsy…a very balanced IPA, I’m getting a nice mix of hops and malts here…things are very earthy & woodsy with touches of caramel, mild sweetness (honey maybe) and pale malts…it’s got kind of a syrupy fruit cocktail thing happening here too, but it’s no where near as strong as all the earthy tones…not bad…(3.5/5)

Taste: Hmmm…starts very earthy, with tons of woodsy/earthy bitterness, yeast and caramel hitting my tongue first…it’s very balanced I have to say…there’s a peachy type fruit sweetness playing a background role keeping the musky notes in check…malts are on the pale side for sure and it has a bit of noticeable cascade hops bite that shows late…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation…fluffs up into a cloud of earthy/woodsy bitterness and caramel/pale malts…easy drinking, smooth and finishes crisply…there is a woodsy bitterness that gently lingers in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: While this isn’t my typical style of IPA, this is very drinkable…usually I get sick of all the earthy/woodsy/musky hops and yeast strains, but it seems they’ve mixed things to just the right proportions for my taste buds…with it’s relatively low ABV, only 5.5%, this is a brew that works well with having to socialize, make somewhat critical life decisions or just walking the disc golf course…if hoppy citrus bombs are not your style, than this one may be right up your alley…it’s not gonna blow your mind, but it’s easy to recommend and is a brew worthy of a six pack pick up…(3.5/5)


Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:54:07 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of horshack7


3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: On top is a thick rocky head off white in color beneath that is a clear amber colored beer with brown hues.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, simple syrup, peach, pear, grapefruit, piney, light breadiness.

Taste: Dry in the front. Tropical fruit sweetness with light rye notes. Piney, bready, grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth but it has a bready dry finish.

Notes: A decent beer not too bad for a warm day and decently drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:04:39 | More by horshack7
Photo of Sipchue


2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice clean pour, beautiful color, nice carbonation and attractive lacing.
Smelled fragrant with a nice citrus aroma.
Taste was unbalanced. Malt flavors were masked by the bittering hops. Those added for flavor were low key for the style, IMHO.

So you have a pretty pour, with a beer that smells great but doesn't deliver on the palate because it was too bitter. If this beer tasted a little more like it smelled and was balanced, I would have rated it higher.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:33:07 | More by Sipchue
Photo of yankeepride

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours out nicely and looks really good, but this one is all hops with no real malt presence to balance it out. This is exactly what I don't like in an IPA - one that is so bitter that it isn't refreshing to me at all. Has a lingering aftertaste that just won't go away.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 22:58:37 | More by yankeepride
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber with off white head that has trailers.
Orange blossom, resin and honey on the nose but some stewy grain, too.
Nutty granola with stewed orange and pine sap.
Skunky finish and oily linger.
Medium, clingy, sticky.

Big toasty Victory malts and Fuggles hops character make this heavier (and more English) than it should be, especially at 5.5%. No citrus or fruit to lighten the dank. Just a bit of hard work.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:35:39 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:19:33 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City recently, having never tried any of the Thomas Creek beers before. I thought this might pack a punch since this had "Class Five" written on it but as it turned out, this was a poor man's Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Not a lot of alcohol to speak of here but that accompanied a mouthfeel and taste that was underwhelming as well. This may pass for an IPA in Dixie but for most other parts of America, this would leave a lot to be desired.

This poured a light copper with a minimal amount of head that didn't last long. The same could be said for the lacing that slide down the sides of my pint glass after every sip. The aroma was that of citrus and mango hops and the taste repeated those, without any warming effect or feelings of booze. Some resin here too like the beer that I mentioned above but without the buttery texture or lingering bitterness in the end. This never felt like an IPA from start to finish and there needed to be more earthiness or a metallic tinge to this for me to even consider this as one.

Even tough this was an IPA categorically, this felt like a session beer. I could have had a few in a sitting if there wasn't anything else lying around but as it turned out, I only bought one of these. While this wasn't watered down or not crafted well, this didn't hold up well in a very competitive style. It's only worth a go if you love IPA's and just can't get enough - not that this would satisfy the cravings of a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 09:08:22 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've rafted on three class five rapids in my life. Each one is an unbelievable experience. To name a beer after the second highest rapid rating is a pretty lofty expectation.

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and immediately had about a finger of foam. The foam dies down pretty quickly into a ring around the outside. The coloring on the Class Five is a brownish-orange.

Off the top I get a little bit of orange from the hops. There is also a little bit of flowery presence to this one. I would expect a much higher hop forward presence than I am getting on this one.

The flavor is surprisingly unbalanced. The malt and hops are not playing off each other very well.

I was not really happy with this one. I was hoping for something more than this. I don't think I will buy another bottle/draft of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:20:22 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of tkelley


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:51:03 | More by tkelley
Photo of BMMillsy


3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep copper color with little to no head. Smells of sweet hard candies, toffee, bready and hops. Flavor is lacking a bit, and was disappointing after the nice aroma. This one is mostly bready malts with a hint of grapefruit from the hops. This could benefit from a little more conplexity, maybe some more fresh hops. Flavor falls a bit flat, with a slick mouthfeel and medium low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:40:29 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of PorterLambic


3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the color of weak iced tea. A finger wide, light tan head sits on top. Really good retention. Amazing amount of lace.
Smell is flowery hops, resin, faint malt and grapes.
Taste is hoppy, very faint malt and nought else to be found.
Nearly full bodied, effervescence is bold up front but fades soon enough. Finish is dry and quite clean, leaving just some herbal notes to remind you of what you drank.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:04:30 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:37:48 | More by Mora2000
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:29:32 | More by tdm168
Photo of FosterJM


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1143rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from Total Wine Tampa for $1.79

App- A very curiously dark orange with some gold notes on e bottom. Spotty head but some nice slow moving bubbles flood upward. Good cling on this.

Smell- A ton of caramel and sweet malts. Smells decidedly like a old ale or a brown ale.

Taste- For an IPA this is one big malt bomb. Tiny amounts of bitter on the flavor, with the caramel and sweetness for days.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with more caramel and more malty brown ale notes.

Drink- It's just okay. Probably won't come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 17:31:02 | More by FosterJM
Photo of shand


3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Judging from the ABV, I'm expecting something closer to an American Pale branded with the ever-trendy IPA label. The second "IPA" I've had from them that actually isn't an IPA at all? Let's see.

The pour is right, an amber color with a smaller head and plenty of visible carbonation. The aroma consists of bready malts as well as citrus and pine hops. The taste, as expected, skews closer to an APA. The hops are very restrained and kept in check by caramel malt. There is a dry, piney finish that'll remind you of an IPA, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly drying, and the drinkability is pretty good. Overall it's a pretty good beer, don't come here looking for a hop fix. Maybe one day these guys will actually brew an IPA, instead of Barleywines and APAs they call IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:04:38 | More by shand
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:56:47 | More by chinchill
Photo of titosupertramp


3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darker amber with two fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of sticky lacing and foamy cap.

S: Pretty malt forward which is always a bit disappointing for an IPA. Toasted, biscuity malt with grassy, slightly citrus hops.

T: Taste is a good bit better than the smell. Still malty, but hops do shine through a little more. Grassy and citrus hops with toasted and caramel malts. Mildly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry and bitter.

O: This probably isn't what most folks are looking for in an IPA these days, but this isn't a bad beer. I certainly don't regret buying this, but won't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:00:58 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of MDDMD


3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-light amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-bread and citrus notes with a hint of bitterness

T-citrus and pine with some yeasty bread and decent hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent IPA, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:25:27 | More by MDDMD
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with some initial but diminishing head. Aroma of citrus and pine with a strong malt nose. Robust malt caramel flavor on top of the citrusy hops. Overall, the hops doesn’t shine at all and it is just an average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 17:33:19 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
Photo of russpowell


3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:19:04 | More by russpowell
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Thomas Creek Class Five IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.