Class Five IPA
Thomas Creek Brewery

Class Five IPAClass Five IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,955
Ranked #47,180
3.38 | pDev: 15.38%
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
Class Five IPAClass Five IPA
Notes: 84 IBU
Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 298 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer on vacation in Myrtle Beach. This is just OK. Pours a dark copper. Smell is faint grassy hops. Taste is caramel malt, peppery (rye) and grassy slight citrus hops. I taste a lot of Chinook hops I think. It’s somewhat clashing flavor profile for me. Not a great IPA.

Jul 20, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orang amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, mango, citrus peel/rind, mint, wood, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. A bit muddy aromas. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, mango, citrus peel/rind, mint, wood, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, mango, citrus peel/rind, mint, wood, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a nice IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Classic tasting IPA. Centennial, Cascade, Fuggles. Nice juicy, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice dark/bready malt backing, with minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Aug 11, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap at the brewery. The appearance is a brown color with a small white head. The aroma is malt and some hops. The taste is more malt than hops.

Feb 08, 2016
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kevintaraross from Maryland

2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very disapointing as an American IPA. More so when i spent top dollar for this "blah" bottle at a premier resturant in up-town Charlotte....and i lived in Greenville for a long time...

Jan 30, 2015
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everythingiszen from Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, 11/6/14. No bottled on date. Pours a golden color. Medium carbonation. Tastes fine enough, but wouldn't call it an IPA. Somehow bitter without being hoppy. No hop flavor or hop in the nose. Malt character comes through more in the nose and taste than hops. Wouldn't seek it out if I was in the mood for an IPA. Could work better as a Brown or a Red, but just isn't those colors.

For the Trekkies out there: it's like Synthale, like a computer tried to make an approximation of an IPA but can't quite get it right (SynthIPA?)

Nov 07, 2014
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.3%

At Thomas Creek right now...don't know if its permanent, but they've changed up the recipe for Class Five. Its much more balanced and better hopped with a bigger citrus flavor. It has changed enough for me to up my rating! Stop by the brewery for a fresh taste, may take a little while for bottles to start circulating. Edited 9/12/14

Jul 28, 2014
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SSS from Canada

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On the drive down to Florida from Canada I wanted to explore some of the local beers in the states we crossed...

A- nice light golden amber, weak off white head not retained very long
S- malt character with a subtle hint of hops aroma
M- moderate carbonation, not over powering
T- good balance of malt and hops, but also nothing to bring to the forefront.
O- the more I drank then less I found. The beer kind of faded into the abyss of every other beer that tries to be craft. It is drinkable, on a hot summer day, just not memorable enough to have much cause for concern. Sorry South Carolina.

Jul 23, 2014
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Paincane from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Amber golden clear body capped by an off-white head. Good head retention and lacing. S: Floral, caramel and pine aromas.
T: Caramel malt backbone starts sweet but leads to hoppy middle and back end with piney and herbal flavors.
M: Clean and dry. Balanced brew.
O: Malt and hop profiles produce good balance of flavors.

May 27, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -16%
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.

May 14, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Feb 05, 2014
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Netdigger2 from South Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Oct 28, 2013
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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sep 20, 2013
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kots84 from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Sep 05, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Aug 28, 2013
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SerialHiker from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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)

Jun 10, 2013
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horshack7 from England

3.08/5  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.

May 06, 2013
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Sipchue from Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Apr 26, 2013
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yankeepride from New York

2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Apr 10, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Mar 30, 2013
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Gu3mom from Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Feb 07, 2013
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Damian74 from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Jan 18, 2013
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Jan 13, 2013
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jan 12, 2013
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


Dec 29, 2012
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the buttonwood last night. It replaced thier dopplebock which as of 10/26 they were still serving so the class five should be fairly fresh. And this was a new brewey to me I was looking forward to trying it out.
This beer came to me with a nice looking amber color and a dense 1/2 inch head.
Ididn't notice the carbonation. the aroma was light and leaned toward sweet malts. I couls pick up traces of citrus hops.
It tasted pretty good considering my environment with a more pronounced malt taste. This beer seems to be more towards the tradional as apposed to a west coast IPA.
Drinks smooth and clean and not really all that bitter,
Very drinkable and quite flavorfull.
The buttonwood is in a touristy area of Bucks co with probably no requlars to help roatate the taps so you get what you get.

Nov 11, 2012
Class Five IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
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