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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 FosterJM
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1143rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from Total Wine Tampa for $1.79

App- A very curiously dark orange with some gold notes on e bottom. Spotty head but some nice slow moving bubbles flood upward. Good cling on this.

Smell- A ton of caramel and sweet malts. Smells decidedly like a old ale or a brown ale.

Taste- For an IPA this is one big malt bomb. Tiny amounts of bitter on the flavor, with the caramel and sweetness for days.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with more caramel and more malty brown ale notes.

Drink- It's just okay. Probably won't come back to this one.

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Photo of shand
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Judging from the ABV, I'm expecting something closer to an American Pale branded with the ever-trendy IPA label. The second "IPA" I've had from them that actually isn't an IPA at all? Let's see.

The pour is right, an amber color with a smaller head and plenty of visible carbonation. The aroma consists of bready malts as well as citrus and pine hops. The taste, as expected, skews closer to an APA. The hops are very restrained and kept in check by caramel malt. There is a dry, piney finish that'll remind you of an IPA, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly drying, and the drinkability is pretty good. Overall it's a pretty good beer, don't come here looking for a hop fix. Maybe one day these guys will actually brew an IPA, instead of Barleywines and APAs they call IPAs.

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 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 ChrisSimpson1968
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with some initial but diminishing head. Aroma of citrus and pine with a strong malt nose. Robust malt caramel flavor on top of the citrusy hops. Overall, the hops doesn’t shine at all and it is just an average IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 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 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 iadler
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy dark amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. No sign of lacing.

S- Bold pine, grass and grapefruit hops with a nice caramel malt.

T- A blend of pine, grass and citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit and orange followed by some caramel malt and has a sharp bitter finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a slight oily mouthfeel.

O- A nice IPA with a surprisingly bitter presence. As it warmed up, the caramel malt was more present in the taste. Not a bad brew, but nothing really stands out.

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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 RockyTopHeel
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly-hazy brown-amber with a short white head. Aroma of piney hops and a slight whiff of whiskey. Bitter and clean on the tongue, with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Muted tones of pine, citrus, and caramel malt.

Not overly complex, but enjoyable enough.

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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 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 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 CliffBrake
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color with good head and excellent lacing.

A bit of herbal hops on the nose backed with a bit of caramel and crackers. Citrus hops flavor yields to a meaty, brothy sort of flavor that wasn't quie expected. Shows a sweet finish with mild bitterness.

Medium body.

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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 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 MayLattimore
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured for a bottle with a white head. The smell was hoppy and citrusy. Taste is good with a little malt and citrus notes. It wasn't that strong which was kind of nice. Mouthfeel is good with carbonation. Easy to drink could have maybe used a little more flavor.

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Photo of jabergess
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Taco Mac in a 20 oz mug.

Great deep copper color with small tight bubbles. Some lacing.

Smell is spicy resiny hops. There is some sweetness also detectable.

First taste and the hops are right there. Cascade maybe? There is an underlying spicyness as well. Noble hops? Then there is the sweet, thick malt taste that coats the tongue after the hops have faded. I sense very little finish hop bitterness, at least for my palate.

I think it is a decent IPA. I've had several better but many more, worse than this one.

I could drink it all day.

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Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is red with a tint of amber; the liquid is clear. The three finger head is pale brown. Lots of thick lacing.

American hops dominates the smell. Citric fruits and cream. It is strong and a bit chemical with some sour notes.

The taste is quite bitter with a fat note of cream and margarine. Some raspberry syrup and a light sweetness. Medium body. Hints of beef stock in the short aftertaste, some roasted notes and more bitter citric fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong, large short-lived bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

A bit too much of those broth-flavours...

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