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Thomas Creek Class Five IPA | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Class Five IPAThomas Creek Class Five IPA
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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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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy off white head that died down but left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is possible.
S: There are strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of citrus and pine resin hops, which also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish. There are some notes of biscuit malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The beer is easy to drink and I would definitely try another one of these because it is rather balanced and has a good taste.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden-amber. It has a light haze but is clear enough to see rising carbonation bubbles. The head is large, creamy and thick for the style. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Aromatic, with a surprising amount of bread dough mixed in with the floral/earthy hops and toasted malt. Rather malt forward for an IPA.

T: The taste is rather malty, like the smell, but the spicy/earthy hops come through more.

M: Medium bodied; nicely smooth; slightly dry finish. Excellent for style.

O: A solid IPA coming from a reliable, if rather mainstream, brewer. Hoppiness will not satisfy some hop heads.

{lightly revised with fresh bottle in Feb. 2014)

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed lighter amber shade with a thinner but well retained white head.A mix of herbal hop and caramel,pretty basic but ok.Big caramel malt sweetness starts out on the palate then a shot of herbal/leafy hop comes thru,even a bit pithy in the finish.No frills and not really a hop bomb,but its decent.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Doughy & piney, plus orange peels, all fade once warm

T: Caramel, piney & woody hops, atouch of mineral dryness & biscuitty malt up front. Leafy hops mix with slight pear fruittyness as this warms, some grapefruit on the edges. Finishes with dry woody hop flourish that doesn't really wow me, plus just a touch of toffee & orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

A nice, not great AIPA, drinkable enough though

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a fine yeasty haze and effervescent carbonation that has created three fingers of marshmallow-like froth. The head, which is sticky enough to leave small sheets of sea foam lace, craters more than it pits during deflation.

The aroma has a mild toasted and caramel malt undertow that doesn't get in the way of the (primarily) citrus zesty hops. The lineup includes Magnum, Cascade, Styrian Aurora, Willamette and Centennial. 84 IBUs ought to be pretty impressive on the palate if this bottle is reasonably fresh.

Class Five IPA is acceptably hop-focused beer, but it's a little light to be calling itself an American IPA. An aggressively hopped APA is more like it. Victory malt is in the same general ballpark as Munich (neither are among my favorites) in that it provides more toasted earthiness than is desirable. Hop flavor is almost bold enough to cover it.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, bitter tea leaves, a hop-related herbal quality, and shavings of white grapefruit zest. The next highest taste score is almost... almost... not quite within reach. Hopheads will love the firmly bitter back end bite.

The mouthfeel could use slightly more size and smoothness. More malt and better buried bubbles would most likely have allowed the 4.0 to be granted.

Enough though the scores aren't higher, Class Five IPA is the best Thomas Creek brew that I've had to date. There are still some tweaks that could (and should) be made, but they're definitely on the right track.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a good selection of the new Thomas Creek bottles and I went in for this one first. I had it on tap a while back and I know they have been tinkering with the recipe a bit to bottle it, so I thought I would give this one a good try first off. Grabbed it from the fridge and poured it into a pint glass. Decent pour with a nice and crystal clear dark amber coming through straight away. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom throughout the session, letting me know that this one was indeed alive. A nice two inch head of white froth formed on the top immediately and settled down gracefully into a thin pillow across the top which broke up into a crown and dropped a respectable amount of side glass lace. Not a bad look at all. I reached in for the smell though and it seemed a little muted to me. It was very bright, I will give it that, with some nice lemon and grapefruit aromas, a touch of light biscuit like malts, but everything was just a hair too light for me, and you really had to go searching for it. As it warmed it picked up a tad but never really did blow me away.

Went in for the taste and was surprised that it was actually quite nice. A touch light in the feel, though not thin or watery by any means, which was a very good sign that improvements are being made here. Nice carbonation profile left the mouth tingling. The flavor rushed through quickly with an unbalanced hop bite. Nice and sharp with a quick cutoff, the floral citrus bouquet hits you straight up. A touch tangy at first, but more calming as it warms, giving the grapefruit like bite away to a more subtle pine infused orange. The finish was quick, and very dry with not much of a lingering aftertaste, but still a drastic improvement over what I have seen in bottles from earlier runs. Very good drinkability as it was very easy to session and went down extremely smooth.

Overall I have to say that this was not bad at all. They are really making some nice strides down at TC and I cannot wait to be able to get the Double IPA in bottle and see how that has progressed. I would have to recommend giving this one a try and will be sending a few around to see what others are thinking of them. But they have moved their image up a bit in my opinion.

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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 InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of brandoman63
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has come a long way in beer quality oveer the last year or more. This IPA is a case in point. Well made and with a firm piney bitterness with some grapefruit rind as well. Pretty nice. Pours orange with a grainy head that fades to a thin cap. Smells grainy and quite hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit rind. Tastes similar, but perhaps slightly watery. Still, nice hop presence. Very little malt(perhaps not quite as much as it should), lots of hop bitterness, and a fairly thin finish. Keep working on those brews, they're getting better and better!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tropical fruit in it, with some papaya and mango notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same, with the papaya notes balanced out by the toffee malt to keep the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.84/5  rDev -15%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Mostly smelled roasted malt, with some hops and citrus. Not much like an IPA.

T: Tasted predominantly - like the smell - of roasted malt, with just a tinge of hops and citrus. Not bad tasting, just not at all in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but as I said, this one is not like an IPA.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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