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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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 FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep bronzed orange color with an above average, frothy, dense, off-white head. About average retention with a thin layer of lace left.

S - A little light on the aroma. Has a good amount of earthy and herbal hops with just a hint of citrus. A pretty strong showing of sweet caramel malt is also present. Slight bready/biscuit aroma. Kind of somewhere inbetween an American and an English IPA with a healthy does of malt.

T - Pretty similar to the nose only with a bit of a floral hop kick in there. Earthy and floral hops are strongest and start it off with a bit of a citrus kick coming mid sip. Faint pine taste, but this is more of an afterthought. Like the nose it has a fairly pronounced malt presence. Not as faint as the nose suggested, but not a kick you in the teeth IPA.

M - Lighter side of medium body with slightly above average carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and pretty well balanced (although for an American IPA it is a little on the malty side). Flavors are nice and it is pretty refreshing. I could drink a couple and be happy, although I would probably not want to have one after another.

Notes: Meh, nothing off putting about this and it is a solid beer, but nothing really makes me want to drink it. Thought it was kind of lost inbetween an American and an English IPA but didn't really capture either one. Might be a nice intro to IPAs for someone that isn't a big fan of hoppiness or bitterness.

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

Poured this into my favorite glass.

The nose was rather non evident. Some hops or citrus.

Taste is creamy with a little malt and a little citrus. Not a real strong flavored beer. A pretty good malt finish.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation and medium body. Easy to drink but not flavorful enough for me.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber. Tan head holds very well, and leaves some great patches of lace on the glass.

Citrusy, and herbal hop aroma. A suggestion of a toffee, caramel malt base. Just a bit spicy as well, blending with the herbal qualities. Other fruity notes floating about.

Lots of caramel and tofee malt. A few fruity notes. Hops come in more herbal than citrusy. Dries out a lot at the end.

Medium body, a good amount of carbonation. Seems more like a pale ale than an ipa. Decent.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/13/10

A:Pours a deep copper color with a fingers worth of head that falls fairly quickly,
Spotty lacing left down the glass

S:Average smell on the nose. A little bit of citrus/pine hops along with some toffee
malt as well

T:Somewhat better than nose detects. Toffee malt up front followed up by the citrus hops.
Backend has a linger of bitterness that sticks around on the palate for a while.

M:Medium body to this one with a small amount of carbonation, palate is left a little dry

D:This is my first brew from Thomas Creek so I didn't really know what to expect, it
ended up being just slightly above average for me. Appearance was decent but nothing
really coming thru on the nose, taste was fairly enjoyable but nothing great. Good to try but probably won't pick up again.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-glowing transparent red color with orange edges, a thinner creamy off white head.

S-the nose is quite strong and very balanced. it actually leans towards the malt side with lots of caramel and toasted biscuit. the hops are piney and resignous, oily dankness in back.

T-the malt presence is right up front and still pretty strong. slightly burnt caramel and brown sugar stand out, the biscuity flavors are more subdued but definitely still present. again, very oily and piney, a dank herbal hop presence with plenty of bitterness in the finish the ends ubruptly.

M-medium to light body, a little thin actually, with a syrupy texture and plenty of carbonation with a crisp clean finish.

D-this is a very malty IPA. maybe the hops have faded a little but it doesn't seem to have. I think this is a malt forward brew with a lighter hop presence. still nicely balanced and pretty tasty.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a decent aroma that is hoppy and a little malty. It pours a pretty coppery-amber with an average off-white head. Flavor is somewhat hoppy with a fruity undertone, a tiny bit of bitterness and a touch of sweetness. Texture is tingly and lively and a little thick. Not too shabby.

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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 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 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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Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 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 PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Body is a dark see-thru amber/orange. 1 finger tan head that reduces to a skim after a minute. Minimal drippy lacing.

Robust malty (roasty/toasty, not too sweet) bouquet with some pine, some earthiness, a bit of citrus, and a tanginess reminiscent of fermenting apples.

A big dose of pine sap, earthiness and burnt wood hits the tongue right away. The malts are nutty, toasty and mildly sweet. Some grapefruit establishes itself mid-swallow. Toward the finish, a peppery spiciness gives way to lingering pine and toasted wood. Medium bodied with pretty vigorous carbonation.

Overall impression: Bitter and aggressive- good stuff.

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Thomas Creek Class Five IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
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