Monday, August 1, 2011

Class Five IPA

Today I'm drinking Class Five IPA brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina. This and three other beers from them are new here in South Florida. I believe this is the first beer I've had that these guys brewed for their own brand. What I mean by that is that I've had other beers Thomas Creek has brewed, but they were contracted to do so by other breweries. I believe they are one of the largest contract brewers out there. Contract brewing must be where they spend their spare time as it certainly wasn't on label design.

Bready and doughy aroma with a touch of citrus, pretty faint and muddled. Flavors are quite a bit stronger. You begin with a healthy dose of grapefruit and lemon citrus. An herbal and earthy and dirty balance come next and tone down the initial bitterness. In the middle, there is a strange mint, medicinal touch that is tough to figure out. Some light fruitiness is present, too. Carbonation is strong and good. A dry, bitter finish gives way to a strange aftertaste. OK but that's about it.

Up On Cripple Creek (2000 Digital Remaster)

The Brewers Association's Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery -- Ray Daniels

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