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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 Cresant
2.24/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a shaker pint glass. No date. The golden body held a big frothy, light tan head. There was a stiff latte like foam that left sticky lace.

The smell was dirty, bready. Not much hops, maybe an old bottle?

The taste was not very balanced/well constructed. There was a hollow bitterness. It seems there was not enough malts to give this beer any depth. Again, maybe an old bottle.

The mouthfeel was light to medium in body and had enough carbonation. Not rich enough. This is either a poorly made beer or it is well past it's prime. Who can tell when brewers don't date their products?

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Photo of Netdigger2
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a few of these during Easter break via a side trip to Knoville. This ended up being a double-bottle review, so just roll with me, lol...

Appearance - pours a pale peachy orange with lots of effervescence. A big pocky head with a smooth creamy cover. The bead coming off the SA laser etching is about as active as I've seen using this glass, a solid ring of bubbles flowing upward. A little too much perhaps...

As expected, this first bottle has a long head life and leaves plenty of sticky lacing around. Bottle2 is far tamer, a thin cover realized a minute or two following the pour. Still puts up some nice streaks of lace.

Aroma - a trace of grain, but not very fruity or citrusy. In fact, this bottle smells a little off. It was (see taste). A second bottle loses the off aroma but has just a trace of something grainy/hoppy.

Taste - the first bottle - bad stuff. Insanely acrid (spolied) and poured after a sip and a swallow. Bottle two was a little better but not by much. This one too is spoiled but a bit of IPA is getting through. I enjoyed a bottle of this about a month ago and the hop profile was mostly pine and grapefruit. This has just a peek of that before being lost in some nastiness. 2 of 3 bottles are drainpours. Unfortunate, but I'll survive.

Mouthfeel - crisp, too much so on the bad ones. Medium body.

Drinkability - find 'em fresh or on tap is my suggestion. I believe the bottling line here is new, perhaps they're dealing with some QC issues. As for these bottles, caveat 'emptier' (to the drinker beware). ;-)

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
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 yankeepride
2.51/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Quick Review:

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Proprietary date code.

Pours a simple amber with thin khaki head that leaves lots of lacing. Clear. Nose is subdued and slightly earthy (mud and wet hay). Palate is sharp with acidic hops and moderate bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a bitter, but otherwise nondescript finish. There's a weird "wet dog" flavor in there that I don't like. Not in a flawed way, just an earthy way.

Not impressed.

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Photo of kevintaraross
2.59/5  rDev -23.6%
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...

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Photo of semihobo
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from bgranger, thanks!

Pours with a reddish body, fairly opaque with an elegant dusty particulate swirling like a snowglobe. Sinking sediment complements rising bubbles, all capped with a large dense off-white head. Incredible lacing for the style.

Smell is pretty serious pine, resiny with a pale malt backbone.

Like in the smell, the hop profile skips nuance and focuses on simple high-alpha bitterness. It's not overwhelming and is pretty balanced. On the dry side for the style. Not much of interest... as garden variety as an American IPA gets. No grapefruit, citrus, etc. Just below your average bitterness level for the style.

Full bodied mouthfeel, sticky bitter finish.

Reading the brewer's website, I see exactly what I tasted: 2 row pale malt, Cascade + Centennial (and Fuggles) hops. That's all there is to this one... decent but fairly mundane.

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Photo of Sipchue
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of everythingiszen
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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?)

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Photo of beer2day
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

3 fingers of light head adorn this pale orange pour. Retains well, but just too much head to work through. Amazingly faint lacing for the head and carbonation here.

Nose has very little to do with an IPA. All malt with the faintest of indications of a hop presence. Getting a sour grape smell as the beer warms.

Hits a little on the creamy side, which is nice. Mid pallate is a bit undefined. Roast malt come in and then finally a hop note. More pine than citrus, but really not much of anything.

Feel is pretty good for the style.

Drinkable? No.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
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 FtownThrowDown
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours gold in color with about an inch of head sitting atop.
Smell is slightly hoppy. Seems a bit subdued and not near enough. Same thing comes across in the flavor. Seems to be incredibly muted and restrained. Very easy drinking, but not overly inviting or complex.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice to see more of this brewery around this area. Consumed on 6/22/09.

Pours a dark brownish gold with a big yellow/ivory head on top. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells floral and piney, but also some raosted malts are pulling through. Good balance.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for my liking, but not flat. Decent. The flavor on this is different. It's bitter, but it's a dull, grating bitterness. Citrus flavors are absent. Some caramel malts are noted, but it finishes slightly sour and metallic. Different. I had higher hopes for this, but it was disappointing. Try for yourself.

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Photo of jgurley
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber, off-white head and nice lacing. Looks good so far. I like the smell. Pineapple, citrus, produce market type smell. Really good, though a bit mild. Maybe too cold. Taste is a bit of a letdown. Not as full as the nose would lead one to believe. Piney hop and a bit burnt tasting. The fruityness of the nose does NOT come through in the taste. Slightly sticky, bubbly mouthfeel. Twangy bitterness on the finish gives way to chewed aspirin aftertaste. Excellent on the eye, excellent on the nose, not so good in the mouth. Kinda disappointing.
edit: Upon warming, the smell gets even more complex. I'm getting some grapefruit and it even is maybe a little vinous. At times the nose even reminds me of Two Hearted Ale. I can't get over how full this beer smells and how vapid the taste is. Very weird.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange/amber in color with a nice creamy off-white head. Head is sticky and leaves spiderweb lacing. Smells a bit off to me. No citrus/pine aromas. I get a bit of tangerine and maybe some herbal aromas but I have to sniff really hard to get them. I love it when an IPA's aromas jump out at you on the pour. This one does not do that. Thankfully this one taste much better than it smells. Caramel and toasty backbone with some citrus, herbal hoppiness. Hoppiness is strongest on the finish and leaves a nice tangerine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a decent beer to have if in Greenville SC, or if you want to try something from a different brewery. But if combing the isles of a beer store you can find a better IPA.

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Photo of taylocd
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass.

A - beautiful dull, slightly darker than bronze color; retains slight head, but leaves some lacing

S - smells mostly of pine, with a touch of floral aroma

T - dominated by pine resin flavor with a barely perceptible grapefruit bitter aftertaste

M - great texture

D - the texture and balance of this one are not enough to make up for the disappointing flavor

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: Poured a medium dark amber color, with a finger of head at the top. Lacing mostly at the top of the glass, but some has been trickling down to the bottom.

Smell: Smells mostly like caramel malt, with a subtle hop aroma.

Taste: Mostly tastes like a mixture of caramel and roasted malts, with a slight hop flavor at the end. The hop flavor at the end is a little citrusy, probably from the cascade hops that were used.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Goes down quite easily.

Drinkability: I first had one of these over spring break in the Great Smoky Mountains. I wanted to try some local beer around that area of the U.S. so I picked up a few bottles of Class Five. Overall I wasn't that impressed. It wasn't that hoppy of a beer, and it felt like it would maybe be a mixture between a Black IPA and a regular IPA.

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Photo of horshack7
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Oranges and grapefruit up front on the nose with a touch of pineapple aroma. The finish has some pine characteristics.

T: There is a bit of caramel malt at first followed by a little citrus rind and then a lot of resiny pine flavors. The finish is quite bitter and lingers around.

M Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being oily, but the bitterness keeps it from being crisp as well.

O: A mediocre IPA overall despite a good nose. The flavors are just overly bitter and a bit bland because of it.

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Photo of MammothBrew
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my trusty tulip. Bottle date unknown.

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy deep copper and has a faint tan head that measures one finger. Decent retention.

S: Caramal malt is the most distinguishable in this one. There's citrus and faint hop aroma somewhere in there. Some piney aroma shines through as it warms.

T: Again, primarily malt and caramel. Some faint grassy and citrus notes.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Pretty clean finish.

O: Very one dimensional that screams malt. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb or anything but it's pretty faint all around in this one. I will not seek this out again.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber or a medium copper color with a yellowish tan head and a little hint of lacing. Smells of toasted malts, and a strong resinous pine character. Tastes much the same -- strong bittering hops with a little toasted malt flavor -- a little too malty. Mouthfeel is medium with a hefty carbonation. Drinkability is okay. I am not really a fan of this beer.

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Photo of Paincane
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

The beer poured an golden amber with a tan head that leaves a bunch of lace and leaves a nice amount of film over the top of the beer.

The aroma is toasted and caramel malts along with a subtle hoppyness.

The flavor is up front with the malt flavor, toasted and caramel again. The hops follow and display a grassy piney flavor, but are not all that appealing.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, medium bodied with carbonation

Overall, the hops just aren't that strong for the style and they are not all that appealing to me. Just an OK IPA

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