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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPAThomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 02-01-2012

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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The curiosity is killing me...

A-dark brown with a sticky tan head.

S-orange creamy hops with just a hint of cocoa in the background. Pretty good strength.

T-comes in with a creamy taste of some cocoa but mostly orange. It has a good amount of bitterness more so than any hop flavor. It's a good unique drinkable flavor.

M-dry medium carbonation with a nice dry finish

O-a very drinkable beer. Definitely a black IPA more so than IPA. Sounds more interesting than it really is.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz purchased and consumed near the brewery.

A: Clear, very dark ruby-brown-orange with a weak, bubbly head.

Aroma: appealing and moderately complex. Hints of orange peel, orange liquor, brown bread and chocolate.

Flavor: Moderately bitter. Chocolate malts and bitter hops dominate. A modicum of orange feighs sweetness for a moment before turning to bitter orange peel and blending with the hops. Lingering flavor of bitter chocolate, orange peel and faint hops. Enough orange to be easily detected but certainly not overdone.

Feel: medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O:A bitter-sweet Brown IPA with a touch of orange (peel) flavor.

Photo of dowen17
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Maybe I pour harder than most people, but I got a big three finger tan head atop a brown/ruby clear colored beer. Looks pretty appetizing. Head recedes to 1 finger and leaves nice amounts of lacing as it falls.

First thing I pick up is orange/citrus. Hints of milk chocolate and some earthiness from the hops. No alcohol scent at all. Smells quite nice actually. When you hold the beer away and waft it you get more chocolate. I'm pleasantly surprised by the smell.

Again, very surprised by this beer. I'm usually not an IPA guy but this is a pretty well balanced beer. By reading some of the other reviews I feel maybe I have either a much older or a much fresher bottle than others? This is quite tasty and very refreshing. Some slight citrus on the nose. Bitterness on the finish from the hops and some earthy notes. Some pine also. I'm sure the chocolate is for looks in this beer because I don't pick any up in the taste. Slight alcohol warmth as it slides down your throat. Again, really nice.

Mouthfeel is nice. Mildly carbonated and refreshing. Leaves a nice little coating of bitterness after you swallow.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I'm extremely surprised because I'm not a huge fan of other Thomas Creek products but this beer is actually quite nice. I could definitely drink this again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from growler into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a deep ruby red-orange (sort of a brown hue) with a half finger off-white (touch of tan) head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, milk chocolate, powdered chocolate, citrus hop, grass, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, powdered chocolate, spices, citrus hop, citrus, grass, earth hop, orange peel, and subtle earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. They really did a good job incorporating the orange and chocolate flavors and aromas on this one. The citrus touch on this one was really quite nice as it helped to balance out the sweetness that the chocolate added. Probably one of the better IPAs to come out of Thomas Creek and definitely one of the most experimental. Looking forward to trying new things in the future.

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

if i could make this at home, i would never leave the house.

this beer tastes like a perfect homebrewed beer.
all of the flavors are up front and noticable.
the mouthfeel is crisp yet viscous.
a bit of roasted coffee and dark chocolate (hence the name).
sooo much straight citrus hop aroma and flavor (the rest of the name).

up the creek should smell/taste more like coipa.
i can't wait for them to make the next batch.
this limited brew is great...not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction.

Photo of Bung
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Grapevine. A very dark brown/red. Nice frothy white head, laced the glass just a bit.

Aroma, quite a bit of citrus. Lighter herbal, pine and toasted malt.

Taste, Toasted malt an some herbal hops. There is a good chocolate presence after, especially as it warms. Some citrus but it is pretty mild. Kind of a bitter cocoa finish. It is different, probably better classified as a black ale.

The mouthfeel is nearly creamy. A finer carbonation than most, it is nice drinking with little alcohol presence. This was the best part for me.
Really a nice attempt at something different.

Photo of n2185
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear chocolate brown with two fingers of eggshell head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Sweet nectarine-like hops up front with milk chocolate followed by earthy pine notes.

T: Earthy pine notes here as well with some citrus rind. The finish is more chocolaty, leaving a bitter cocoa and hop finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer has an oily slick feel to it.

O: An enjoyable beer overall. There isn't much orange there, but a chocolaty IPA is an interesting and idea and mostly succeeds.

Photo of JDW4195
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, I'm not an IPA drinker. So, take it for what it's worth. When I read the name, I expected a dessert beer. The chocolate and orange are barely noticeable, but do help smooth out the hop. Pretty solid beer, good ABV. I suppose a Hop Head would enjoy it.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and very dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness but notes of chocolate are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This is an interesting beer that starts off smelling and tasting like a citrusy IPA but then finishes with chocolaty flavors.

Photo of SplitsAtoms
2.47/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good in theory ... This thing poured all head. Taste was like a black ipa but also a bit sour. Did not detect significant chocolate or orange notes. Despite that the flavor was decent with some hoppiness and general citrus. May have had an older bottle.

Photo of BeccaH
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

needs more chocolate

Photo of ThePopper
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lovely, dark mahogany, much darker than a typical IPA, likely due to the cocoa powder.

S: Muted hop aroma, tempered with a hint of chocolate. No noticeable orange present.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness, but more malt depth than might be expected, with very little of the citrusy high notes that characterize some IPAs. Moderate complexity, with just the slightest hint of cocoa but little orange.

M: Nicely balanced, but a bit flat and bland. Some of this could simply be the tap from which it was poured.

O: The promised chocolate and orange are very much in the background here (in my mind, a good thing). Overall, a nice change of pace from a classic IPA, a bit like a hoppy amber ale. That said, it is somewhat lacking in complexity and doesn’t live up to the taste profile of the best IPAs (or, for that matter, the richest ambers).

Photo of shamby
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Not a fan at all.

Photo of Daktah
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Updated my prior 'had' after buying a four pack this week. Poured a deep amber with a frothy off white head; good lacing left behind. Not as much in the nose or taste as I remember from the tap pour at Hickory Hops a year ago, but still pleasant. Roasted malt, subtle hops and definite chocolate powder. Taste is consistent as it warms and is overall solid. Nothing too sweet or chocolatey. A good beer, but not something I'll seek out again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thick patches of larger bubbles along with a moderate amount of very thin film covering about half of the remaining surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with moderate flavors of citrus/orange hops which impart moderate amounts of lingering bitterness. There is a light hint of chocolate in the finish as the beer warms up.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be interesting but not quite successful in my opinion - the combination of orange and chocolate is usually quite good but the chocolate is just a touch too subtle in this beer in my opinion.

Photo of ZorroZ
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very dark copper pour w/a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Hops and orange are prominent in the smell, but not much eles; certainly not chocolate.
Taste: Ah... there's the chocolate. Not heavily-chocolate, as with a chocolate stout, but definitely present. The orange blends nicely with the hops as well.
Feel: About what I'd expect from an IPA, maybe a just a touch creamier, although that could just be the chocolate taste fooling me.
Overall: This is another very good beer from Thomas Creek. Despite the chocolate, it's not a dessert beer, but definitely not one you'd want to session due to the ABV.

Photo of csparace
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Here we go again. Every time I have something from Thomas Creek, albeit only a couple times now, I feel like I'm walking into some sort of weird experiment. This one looks from the first second to live up to par.

Appearance – Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Matilda glass. Pours a thin but very dark reddish amber. Its almost as if someone has diluted a darker beer – but looks pretty attractive. Huge creamy head that measures up to almost 3 fingers. I had to stop pouring and wait for it to come down.

Smell – hmm. Smells like a cross between a stout and an IPA. There's the tell tale sign of hops, maybe simcoe or something pretty earthy. However, there's some dark stuff going on. Some vanilla is pretty obvious. Orange is quite faint

Taste – not doing much for me here. The hoppy flavor that you'd expect in an IPA is changed significantly. Its got a much darker complex – but not in that roasted/caramelized way you'd think. Its more like they've just been far beyond their prime. The hop taste really lingers quite nicely though. There's not a lot of dark flavors going on at all. Chocolate and orange are there only if you really search for them – not nearly as present as I'd like for a beer like this.

Mouthfeel – this is a little boozy. Leaves me with a warm feeling in the back. The carbonation levels are actually pretty good. Kinda sour.

Overall – The more I have of this beer the less I like it. There are a lot of odd things going on and I don't think they work well. The chocolate and orange are not something that come out nearly enough, and even if they did, I don't know if they would work well in this style.

Photo of 57md
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On one hand, there is no way that I can pass up a beer called “Chocolate Orange IPA” when I see it in my favorite beer store. On the other hand, I had a sinking feeling that I was going to be disappointed the moment I bought it. True!

This baby poured brownish with orange edges and a finger of beige head. The nose had hop notes, but no chocolate or orange essence was present. No orange or chocolate was upfront in the flavor profile either. There was a trace of bittersweet chocolate on the finish along with the hop bitterness, but that was hardly enough to satisfy my need for a cocoa fix.

Photo of SampsonOfRaleigh
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as thick and syrupy as another IPA of theirs called Up the Creek. But more drinkable and no less delicious. Based on the two Thomas Creek IPA's I've had, the brewers go low on hops and carbonation compared to most IPA's. When I saw "Orange" and particularly the word "Chocolate" I thought a one-and-done dessert beer. It probably is a good dessert beer but it's not heavy like a stout. So if your palate is functioning properly you'll want more than one to be sure.

Photo of Zach136
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown. Thing white head and very little lacing. Nose is cocoa and caramel, touch of orange peel is definitely present, but hops seem to be lacking. Chocolate comes out much more on the palate. Bitter orange peel with a touch of piney hops and roasted coffee also make an appearance.

Overall a very interesting take on a hop-forward beer.

Photo of tjcapture
2.37/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I really like other Thomas Creek brews and I'm not a regular IPA drinker, so keep that in mind. Unable to pick up any chocolate or orange taste, it was all hops, no balance.

Photo of lewzer99
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very dark amber with a bubbly thin gray head that dissipates quickly

S: Strong citrus as well as sweet apple and passion fruits, with a hint of chocolate malt at the end

T: Dark chocolate with a malty sweetness. There is a tartness and coffee like acidity, but no citrus flavors

M: keeps a lot of the crispness of an IPA, but is a bit thicker feeling

O: pretty good. Finds a good balance between Chocolatey sweetness and the refreshing nature of an IPA. Could use more citrus.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours nearly clear, medium to dark brown. Forms a good 1 1/2 finger's worth of tan head that lasts for quite awhile. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Some pine and orange citrus hops and brown roasted maltiness. There isn't much chocolate on the nose that I can find.

T: Bitter orange and a touch of resinous hops, a somewhat biting acidity, and toasted malts with hints of light chocolate. Moderate resin bitterness in the hang.

M: Thin body and a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Average carbonation sensation and moderate alcohol presence given the high-end ABV for style.

O: This sounded like an adventurous take on a common style. But in the end, one that just didn't work. Flavorless hop bitterness too prominent, and the promised chocolate and orange were not present in an amount to warrant mention on the label. It just didn't deliver.

Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i was pretty interested to try a chocolate orange ipa. i dont think that i have ever came across such a thing. it pours a very interesting orange/black- with a thick head. smells hoppy with hints of dark malt. the taste is pretty hoppy with a dark bitter finish, the orange flavor is faint- probably more orange peel flavor than sweet citrus. but thats ok- there is a marrige of 3 bitters here the dark chocolate, hops and orange peel that go pretty good together. this isnt a bad beer. a very interesting blend for fans of bitter.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Orange IPA? That makes no sense, but I am game.

Pours quite like a brown ale. Flavor is unique, of course. Earthy and rustic. I don't really get any chocolate and I don't really get any orange. If it is there, it's collided with the IPA character and given this rustic offering that I now am trying. An okay beer, I guess. Could/should carry more unique character, imo.

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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
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