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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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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 26.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 98 | Hads: 277
Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a fine yeasty haze and effervescent carbonation that has created three fingers of marshmallow-like froth. The head, which is sticky enough to leave small sheets of sea foam lace, craters more than it pits during deflation.

The aroma has a mild toasted and caramel malt undertow that doesn't get in the way of the (primarily) citrus zesty hops. The lineup includes Magnum, Cascade, Styrian Aurora, Willamette and Centennial. 84 IBUs ought to be pretty impressive on the palate if this bottle is reasonably fresh.

Class Five IPA is acceptably hop-focused beer, but it's a little light to be calling itself an American IPA. An aggressively hopped APA is more like it. Victory malt is in the same general ballpark as Munich (neither are among my favorites) in that it provides more toasted earthiness than is desirable. Hop flavor is almost bold enough to cover it.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, bitter tea leaves, a hop-related herbal quality, and shavings of white grapefruit zest. The next highest taste score is almost... almost... not quite within reach. Hopheads will love the firmly bitter back end bite.

The mouthfeel could use slightly more size and smoothness. More malt and better buried bubbles would most likely have allowed the 4.0 to be granted.

Enough though the scores aren't higher, Class Five IPA is the best Thomas Creek brew that I've had to date. There are still some tweaks that could (and should) be made, but they're definitely on the right track.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Sweetish caramel malt nose marked by mild hop notes of spice and lemon zest.

Taste: The lightly sweet, initial maltiness is predominated by a distinct taste of caramel cubes. Very minor grain hint. Spicy, citrus zest hop flavors with a medium, easy-going bitterness. Finishes dry with just the lightest touch of remaining hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent India Pale Ale. Certainly a bit more malt-forward than many other examples of the style, so, if you prefer less-malty, punchier IPA's, you may want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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)

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to thick surface foam.

Smell: earthy hops and caramel are easily detectable.

Taste: big caramel, earthy hops, and some ripe fruit sweentess.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. More malty than other IPAs so this is a nice change up from the usual malt bombs.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy, off-white foam. A fair amount of lace is left by the sticky head.

Aroma is full of caramel, citrus and fusel. Not the cleanest smell.

In the taste, citrus, toffee, caramel, herb, grass, and pellet. Mild but earthy bitterness does an ok job with balance. Big malt sweetness. Has an English ipa vibe and in that sense it's not bad. Tastes a bit stronger than 5.5% abv there is definite clean alcohol flavor.

Medium to full bodied, a bit hefty for the style, but smooth. Overall this reminds me of a light barleywine than ipa. You could do worse.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has come a long way in beer quality oveer the last year or more. This IPA is a case in point. Well made and with a firm piney bitterness with some grapefruit rind as well. Pretty nice. Pours orange with a grainy head that fades to a thin cap. Smells grainy and quite hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit rind. Tastes similar, but perhaps slightly watery. Still, nice hop presence. Very little malt(perhaps not quite as much as it should), lots of hop bitterness, and a fairly thin finish. Keep working on those brews, they're getting better and better!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another extra that I received from mikesgroove recently. Thanks!
This beer had an orange colour and was a little hazy. A vigourous pour resulted in a fluffy, two inch, off-white head that settled slowly and left some clumpy lacing behind on the glass. Good head retention overall. The aroma was full of citrus, grapefruit and lemon mostly, with mild biscuit malts in the background and a bit of floral character. Fragrant, but not overpowering. The flavour wasn't bad, but it seemed a little weak. Bitterness was muted up front (my first impression was that it didn't have much bitterness at all) and only made an impact towards the end. It started off citrusy with some biscuit and caramel, but these flavours tailed off quickly. A bit more than light bodied with fairly high carbonation. The texture was on the creamy side and it finished with a bit of dryness. A decent drinking beer, but it was lacking some depth. It sounds like they've been tinkering with their recipes, so I hope they keep working on this one - it wouldn't take much to turn it into a real winner.

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Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is red with a tint of amber; the liquid is clear. The three finger head is pale brown. Lots of thick lacing.

American hops dominates the smell. Citric fruits and cream. It is strong and a bit chemical with some sour notes.

The taste is quite bitter with a fat note of cream and margarine. Some raspberry syrup and a light sweetness. Medium body. Hints of beef stock in the short aftertaste, some roasted notes and more bitter citric fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong, large short-lived bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

A bit too much of those broth-flavours...

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Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Mostly smelled roasted malt, with some hops and citrus. Not much like an IPA.

T: Tasted predominantly - like the smell - of roasted malt, with just a tinge of hops and citrus. Not bad tasting, just not at all in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but as I said, this one is not like an IPA.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I got a bottle of this as an extra in a recent trade. I'd never heard of this brewery, and coming from a state whose beers seldom find their way to my fridge, I was curious. Thanks, Calton!

Pouring a deep amber with a dense, light khaki head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a pretty excellent looking IPA. Sheets of lace are everywhere, this could pass off for lingerie. The nose, however, is a crystal malt bomb. Huge, deep caramel sweetness is present with toffee, and a moderate hop character that leans heavily towards a blend of pine and mint. It could use a lot more expressive hops and less malt.

The nose opens with the huge malt character you'd expect from a barleywine, minus some of the syrupy sweetness. Caramel, toffee, a little butterscotch even, the hop bitterness and flavor are on the low end of the spectrum, with a light pine bitterness, along with a little grapefruit. A touch herbal as well, there's some mint present. Sweet on the finish with a little hop character, this beer is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation. This about exemplifies what I don't care about in an American IPA.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a decent aroma that is hoppy and a little malty. It pours a pretty coppery-amber with an average off-white head. Flavor is somewhat hoppy with a fruity undertone, a tiny bit of bitterness and a touch of sweetness. Texture is tingly and lively and a little thick. Not too shabby.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-glowing transparent red color with orange edges, a thinner creamy off white head.

S-the nose is quite strong and very balanced. it actually leans towards the malt side with lots of caramel and toasted biscuit. the hops are piney and resignous, oily dankness in back.

T-the malt presence is right up front and still pretty strong. slightly burnt caramel and brown sugar stand out, the biscuity flavors are more subdued but definitely still present. again, very oily and piney, a dank herbal hop presence with plenty of bitterness in the finish the ends ubruptly.

M-medium to light body, a little thin actually, with a syrupy texture and plenty of carbonation with a crisp clean finish.

D-this is a very malty IPA. maybe the hops have faded a little but it doesn't seem to have. I think this is a malt forward brew with a lighter hop presence. still nicely balanced and pretty tasty.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 5/20/09. Thanks to Deuane for snagging one of these for me during a recent trip to Asheville.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with reddish highlights and a substantial two-finger foam beige cap that settled to a quarter inch of retention and some patchy lacing.

S - Initial aroma is on the maltier side for an IPA with hints of toasted grains and sweet caramel. Hop character is a tad spicy with a few scant citrusy notes and a subtle perfumy aspect.

T - Malt presence dominates the flavor all the way through to the finish, when a moderate hop bite finally emerges, offering a perfumy character with trace amounts of citrus and spices.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture, although a tad watery overall. Carbonation is mild , although approaching moderate. Finish is subtle and bittersweet on the palate.

D - Decent IPA with more of malt presence than I prefer for the style. Good enough, but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of Zach136
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Thomas Creek Class Five IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.