Class Five IPA | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Class Five IPAClass Five IPA
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Class Five IPAClass 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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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

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1.88/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Cresant
2.24/5  rDev -32.9%
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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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Netdigger2
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
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 -31.1%
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 -30.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of yankeepride
2.51/5  rDev -24.9%
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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2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SFLpunk
2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
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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2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Class Five IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
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