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Thomas Creek Trifecta IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-28-2011

Brewed exclusively for The Community Tap.
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a deep copper color with a half finger off white head that leaves two broken rings of lace behind as it settles pretty quickly.A rush of citric and resiny hops jump out in the nose,alot of grapefruit and pine resin overtop of sweet biscuit and caramel,great stuff.Fresh citric flavors with grapefruit rind standing out most,the hops get a little bitter bite to them as well giving great hop complexity,again a sweet caramel-like malt base holds true to the finish holding up well to the hops.A great IPA here,Thomas Creek's best beer in my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Duckworth's, Cornelius North Cackalacky.

Looks great - dark amber with minimal head and generous lacing. The floral notes in the nose are nice and the taste follows suit, lots of citrus present. The mouthfeel is wonderful, rich and creamy. I brew and I've had difficulty achieving the thick texture of this brew. Good beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint from the tap st the Handlebar.

Pours a clear dark amber with a off-white head that has poor retention. Glass is nicely coated on the way down

The aroma is dominated by piney and herbal hops with citrus overtones. The taste is similar, with a powerful but not over the top hoppy flavor. The malt base is mainly evident by implication, as this beer is not too bitter and the flavor has a good depth and richness.

M: medium body; well chosen carbonation.

O: a fine but powerful IPA, with a level of hops nearly up to an imperial IPA.

Photo of tastybeer
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Auburn, woody-gold colored with a large yellowish-cream head. Big sticky lace and nice cakey foam retention. Aroma up front is sweet, chewy caramel, buttered bread with a zesty pine, lemon, fleshy fruit topping. Peachy, sweet candy mango, some kind of citrus, a little earthy musk.... Smell is heavy and sugary with lemony tart notes seeping through at a casual pace. Flavor is caramel, buttery malty with a fruit candy glaze. Pulpy tropical hits the taste buds with spicy bitterness, coniferous vegetation, and rock candy. Sticky....mouth coating situation here.

This beer isn't bad. Quite the array of hops all over swimming in a sugary malt pool. This beer seems heavier to me than it should be and even more so if not in the DIPA category. And it's very candy-like...

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this during my birthday dinner with a few friends. Served from tap into a nonic. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine resin, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, fruit, pine, pine resin, and pine hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The hop profile on this one was very pine forward, which was almost abrasive to the palate to a point. This hurt the drinkability of it for me, but it didn't kill the beer overall. The citrus really helped to bring it all back together. Worth trying if you get the chance and are a fan of big in-your-face hops.

Photo of wedge
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep amber color with a quality head of lumpy off-white foam above. Mild hoppy aroma at first, just some grapefruit and grass coming through. Increasing musky floral notes as it warms. Very citrusy flavor, especially grapefruit and lemon, all zesty and bright with a touch of caramel sugar coming through for support. Some piny earth and spice with a finishing dose of yeast. Medium bodied with some texture, fluffing up in the mouth as I swirl it around. Dry finish, helping the drinkability. This just arrived in the area, but I wouldn't describe it as super-fresh tasting or bursting with hoppy goodness. A solidly made hoppy beer that could perhaps use a bit less Munich/Caramel malt or a larger dose of finishing hops. I don't mind a balanced East-coast IPA at all, but something needs a slight adjustment here.

Photo of businesstime
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Nose Dive.

A - golden, slightly copper with a nice creamy head.

S - lots of hop aroma on this bad boy. Some cattiness, some fruit mixed in there.

T - Tastes like it smells, some fruity and cattiness flavors, balanced by the malts, which are slightly on the darker/richer side. Not too malty, but a great balance.

M - creamy, not dry. Has a very full body for a 6.9% IPA.

O - great beer, an unexpected surprise from the fine folks at Thomas Creek. They've really reached out and embraced the hop heads on this one with a very drinkable IPA.

Photo of dijgf_hkkbgf1993
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer and IPA. Brewed right here in my hometown of Greenville, SC. Pours a deep amber into a tulip. 1/3 finger of a white/yellowish head. Overwhelming aroma of pine and grapefruit. Perfect balance of citrus notes include mango, grapefruit, and pine needles. Then finishes with nice dry biscuity malt backbone. My go to beer for any place I stop to grab one. Can't get enough of it.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film comprised of medium to large bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops with light to moderate aromas of biscuit + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet biscuit + caramel malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and lighter flavors of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness are present in the finish.

O: Definitely my favorite beer from this brewery with a nice complexity of hop aromas and flavors. Easy to drink and fairly well balanced, not coming out too sweet or too bitter yet having malt and hops flavors and aromas present.

Photo of PDXHops
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. This is batch # 2. I never had batch # 1, but I understand that the recipe got tweaked this time around. The Trifecta in question is Thomas Creek, All Good Brands and my excellent neighborhood bottle shop, The Community Tap.

Slightly hazy caramel amber with a nice thick cap of off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Citric and catty nose, exceedingly potent. It’s rather full-bodied for the style, but the matching full carbonation lends a certain fluffiness to the mouthfeel. Rather than swimming in caramel (my #1 pet peeve about east coast IPAs), it’s very bready with a dry, toasty, and sticky finish. I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised by the hop character of this beer; there’s a mean, almost angry bitter streak running through it and the hop flavor is an explosive combo of pungent, earthy and grapefruit goodness. The touch of heat is a minor complaint (make that very minor; I killed the growler with alarming ease). A great choice for local hop junkies.

Overall impression: Trifecta joins Sweetwater as the second representative in my top tier of east-coast IPAs. Well done, guys.

Photo of EdWuncler3rd
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill poured into a pint glass. This is the 3rd of 4th growler I have had and am finally getting around to reviewing the beer.

Appearance - Beer pours a nice carmel color with a solid inch of head with good retention and lacing. The beer has a slight haze and is appropriately carbonated appearing.

Smell - A bright citrus and floral aroma with bright hop aromas.

Taste - Very similar overall to the aromas with a good deal of citrus, and an appropriate amount of hops. Very good overall representation of an American IPA.

Mouthfeel - A nice light beer on the mouth, not overly carbonated, but not at all flat on the tongue.

Overall - A solid beer overall. A brilliant collaboration by the guys over at The Community Tap with the folks at Thomas Creek. This is a great representation of an American IPA and it is not at all hard to find yourself pouring a third or even fourth pint before it starts to catch up with you.

Photo of jimmerz
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not big on technical reviews, but this was a very smooth and tasty ipa. It felt like i could sit and guzzle these all day...well done!

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two inch head that fades somewhat while leaving a strand or two behind

Smell: Bready, with a hint of caramel and a resinous tropical fruit and pith character

Taste: Bread and caramel, up front, with the resinous hop flavors adding a pith and tropical fruit (guava, papaya and tangerine) aspect through the middle; after the swallow, the bitterness builds but never overwhelms; quite fruity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite enjoyable and my favorite from this brewery; Don Richardson has his hands behind the scenes in another winner

Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is thick with caramel malt sweetness and muted citrus, with a touch of pine. There's a hint of resin, but the sweetness dominates. More reminiscent of an old dipa.

Flavor reveals toasted, bready malt at the backbone, with modest caramel sweetness, and a lightly bitter, earthy, herbal finish. Citrus is again muted throughout, almost pithy.

Lacks big American flavoring hops, and the malt overwhelms, for the style. Bitterness becomes more pronounced, and overwhelms.

Photo of beermjo
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amberish color with a very nice 1in head which sticks around for a bit with nice lacing.

Nose is full of citrus (orange, grapefruit & mango)

This citrus from the nose carries over very nicely to taste, with the grapefruit and mango shining through in what IMO is a beautiful dry hop. The malt bill balances out this medium bodied IPA in superb finishing fashion.

Overall a very good beer that I look forward to when on the TCT growler station or on tap at local Greenville establishments.

History About Trifecta: This is The Community Tap's house IPA that came about when Mike & Ed from (TCT) & Don Richardson (All Good Brands) sat down and put a recipe down on paper. The beer uses 4 hops (2 bittering/2 dry hop) and once Don fine tuned the recipe at home it was taken to local brewery Thomas Creek. Thomas Creek contract brews this beer for TCT. The name comes from the 3 parties involved in the process.

Photo of jshusc
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly reviewing this one because I can't quite get behind a flat 4.25 but I think it's better than a flat 4.

Served 12 oz bottle into Founders Tulip

A: Darker color than I expected for such a citrusy, floral beer. Almost a copper coloration. Nice thick 1/2 inch head.

S: Smells like a month old Heady actually. It is in that vein of IPA style, but not in the same class.

T: Surprisingly, very good flavor. More hoppy than balanced, moderate malt base to keep in stable, but very citrusy.

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation, which is how a prefer an IPA of this style.

O: Overall, I'd say this beer falls around a 4.10 or so. It's good and shows either a) that the community tap is a good influence on brewers or b) that Thomas Creek Brewery is capable of a higher end product. Solid offering here.

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Thomas Creek Trifecta IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.