Thomas Creek Class Five IPA | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Class Five IPAThomas Creek Class Five IPA

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
84 IBU

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-29-2008

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Photo of rlshep
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Piney aroma followed by dark fruit

Appearance: Thick creamy off-white head good lacing. Long lasting head. Reddish orange color. Clear.

Flavor: Big piney flavor followed by fruits with dark caramel. Dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high mouthfeel. Slick coating from resinous hops. Medium carbonation. Alcohol present but not overbearing.

Overall: Well balanced IPA with edge to hops. Excellent and easy drinking.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
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 DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +18%

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

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixed feelings. Balanced IPA, loved the dark caramel malt mixed with the hops. But, it could have used some more hop presence. Although, I rated this beer higher than others, its not my favorite. Solids IPA and I would suggest trying, but this is not a hop head beer by any means.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, local IPA here. Bottle poured into a McChouffe Tulip glass..color is dark golden hued caramel color with notes in the nose of piney grassy hops will copious malt to offset. The head is generous and lasting offering some lacing. Taste is as expected, of hops, citrus, earthiness, enjoyable and not overwhelming, and the mouthfeel is solid and finishes clean.
Overall, Ill be having another one soon.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy, deep orange with hints of red, a beige head - not much lacing, some curtains.

The smell is earthy and musky as well as citric (grape-fruit) and floral. A fermented honey nuance as well.

The taste is quite malty, toast, sweet raisins and mango and some coffee bean bitterness.

Little carbonation, oily and soft, but a dry finish.

More malt than expected from an IPA, bur that was not a bad thing. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp.

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Photo of dino213aa
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if I should review this beer based on expectations for an IPA or for the flavor alone. There are several aspects to this beer that are satisfying. The appearance is a deep amber with a nice even, frothy head and a nice ring of lacing around the glass. The taste starts with some nutty malts and finishes hoppy, with a slightly metallic taste somewhere in between. Overall, the added malts make this an easy drink which is easy on the palette. At 5.5% ABV I'd consider this a session brew.

As a side note: what is the difference between this and your standard run-of-the-mill brown ale? Maybe a bit cloudier? But that's all I can tell.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been too impressed with Thomas Creek so far so let's see if they can redeem themselves with this most necessary style for a modern American microbrewer. Solid tight bubbled head crowns a comely copper hue. Nice start, but the nose is a little different with some herbal and spicy notes but no distinctive pine or citrus the way you might expect.

The taste produces a stellar return to form: withering but not unbearable piny bitterness along with some caramel and biscuit noted malt balance. Perhaps a little too much carbonation but the oily texture in the finish is a plus.

This isn't bad. Not terribly complex or different, but competent for the style and drinkable.

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Photo of johnmichael712
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Unfortunately Thomas Creek doesn't put freshness dates on their bottles, but I'm not really worried as I'm sure that this one is fresh. This beer pours a beautiful amber color with orange highlights, and holding the beer up to eye-level allows me to appreciate its remarkable clarity. The two-fingered head forms rapidly after a fairly vigorous pour, and it is supplemented by a moderate amount of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The off-white head has good retention, and as fades it takes on a very rocky appearance, eventually becoming a thin film on the surface of the beer that leaves an absolutely phenomenal amount of lace behind, and I can barely see though the glass by the time I'm finished. This is one very good looking IPA.

Smell: The nose of this beer is dominated by a very complex hop aroma, with strong notes of citrusy hops that manifest themselves in the aromas of grapefruits, orange, papaya, and lemon zest. There is also a strong floral hop aroma with grassy or leafy notes, and strong hints of pine resin. These numerous hop aromas are offset by a good amount of sweet caramel malt, and this IPA has a very good nose.

Taste: Thomas Creek's motto (or raison d'etre, perhaps) is "sink the status quo", and this beer is definitely a good example of that. While I was expecting a really citrusy hop-bomb from the nose, this beer is actually very malt-dominated - something that sets it apart from most other beers in its class. Class Five IPA begins with this rich, sweet malt that has light flavors of both caramel and toasted bread, and this then moves to a very clean, slightly grainy character that makes me think that a lager yeast was used in this beer. About midway through the flavor profile the hops make their presence known, and they do so in the typical citrusy (grapefruit, bitter orange peel, and lemon zest), leafy, and piney fashion. There is also a moderate amount of hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, but the sweet malt helps to hold back the harshness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium-bodied IPA with a pleasant smoothness about it that is supplemented by a medium-to-medium-low carbonation. Not the best mouthfeel for an American IPA, but still above average.

Drinkability: I'm not the sort of person that could ever drink more than one IPA or DIPA in a row, so I don't rate drinkability for these beers on whether or not I'd have another. Instead, I like to focus on how easily drinking one bottle is/was, and in this case I didn't have much of a problem of finishing these 12 oz. Similar to the mouthfeel, I've had better drinkability in an American IPA, but this one is still above average.

Notes: This is only my second offering from Thomas Creek Brewery, and I must say that while I wasn't sure what to expect, Class Five IPA firmly establishes itself as an above average example of the style. Would I buy it again? You bet.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp orange with a decent off-white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is some caramel and slight pine, but slightly on the weak side. The taste is a little bit of a step up, decent balance of caramel malts and bold pine hops with a nice lingering finish that leaves you wanting more. The beer is medium bodied and crisp with a slight dryness. While still not one I'd drink regularly, this one was surprising compared to all the other Thomas Creek beers I've had before.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a really nice looking deep amber with a huge head. Didn't do a hard pour, but still got about 3 fingers of head out of this bad boy. As the head diminished it left some good lacing all down the glass.

Smells mainly of sweet caramel malt and some citrusy hops.

The caramel malt hits first, then is shoved aside by some citrus hops and some pine resin flavors that leave a little bitterness lingering on the palate.

Pretty light bodied beer (despite the initial look of it) with a medium amount of carbonation. Doesn't leave much sticking to your tongue; finishes fairly smoothly.

A pretty easy drinker, I'd say. Not bad at all. Not the best of the style, also has a bit more malt than some other IPAs. Reminds me a bit of a tamer HopDevil. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle tasting into a pint glass. Poured amber with a thin but decent looking white head, surprisingly has good retention. Aroma was a mix of caramel malts and a decent citrusy hop presence. Flavors were similar minus the sweetness and finished with some bitterness. This doesn’t stand out among other IPAs but is drinkable.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of MrOH
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant light copper with a thin off-white head.

Hops first, pine, earth, a touch of grapefruit, followed by a heaping share of malty aromas-caramel, bread, and a touch of cocoa

Grapefruit and orange hit the palate first, then pine, with the caramel, bread, and hint of cocoa making an appearance before the citrus shows back up and clearing out with a piney, herbal quality that lingers.

Medium-bodied and effervescent, very clean feeling.

I definitely wouldn't mind downing a few of these.

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Photo of towersfall
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of daythree16
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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 cvstrickland
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty NC Brewers Guild shaker pint glass, Thomas Creek's Class Five IPA is honey-amber in color with a huge glossy off-white cap of foam that fluffs up to over two-fingers' thickness. As the head settles into a rocky, pitted cushion, puffy blobs of lacing mark the sides of the glass.

The aroma is laden with mild, toasted malts accented with a big whiff of sweet magnolia blossoms and green citrus rinds.

The taste is hung on on a framework of sweetly mellow maltiness with an edge of burnt toast. Hop contributions are somewhat limited but effective, countering the sweetness with a touch of savory, dusty bitterness and a twinge of astringency.

The drink is medium-bodied with fine-bubbled but fluffy, mouth-filling carbonation that makes it quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Lunch
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with taylorhamrick as a generous extra(thanks man!), into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (04/11/10).

A: Pours a golden amber capped with 1 finger of an off-white head with great retention leaving nice lace.

S: Lost of malt and small smattering of pine.

T: Rather crisp and refreshing flavor profile that is well balanced leaving a bit more toward malt than hops.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. There is some lingering bitterness that is quite pleasant.

D: Easy to drink and the 5.5% abv. is quite modest.

Overall this was a solid IPA that was just a bit lacking in the hop department, but it was overall a very enjoyable beer. Thanks Taylor!

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Photo of Zach136
3.66/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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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