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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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Reviews: 40
Hads: 206
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 02-01-2012

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 206
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Woo only 3 reviews (now 4) Curious to get at this local brew.

A: Pours a bold brownish red. Head is a fun corn color which i believe is made darker on account of the chocolate. A unique looking IPA.

S: Fruity but also some subtle chocolate notes.

T: What a strange taste! Definitely the first chocolate beer that actually tastes like chocolate rather than bitter grossness. The chocolate hits first then some bitter hops. I can dig it. The hops are a little dull which is not what I like in an IPA but a pretty good beer.

M: Sits perfect. The thickest IPA I have ever had with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer. The flavors sit very well together in the beer and are well defined. Unique but stays true to the style. A must try. (759 characters)

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Color is a darker brown with a slight redish/orange tint.

S: Strong smell of orange and slight smell chocolate sweetness, strong citrus hop smell light earthy undertone.

T: Similar to smell with a strong citrus/orange taste with very light chocolate, nice earthy and citrus hop back.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: A very good beer, something a little different for an IPA but good. Had this a lot already and will keep enjoying and definitely recommend others to try it. (618 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour was orange red in color, clear, and formed a thin head a little less than one finger tall. The smell was typical of an East Coast IPA, in the earthy, herbal, soothing quality. The taste was where the chocolate first revealed itself, as there was a splash of cocoa across the tip of the tongue before the hops overcame if with spicy pungency. There wasn't much orange peel flavor, except maybe a hint in the finish. This was certainly a good deal more complex than a run of the mill IPA. In fact I would on or to say that it was more a hoppy red ale, like the Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, than it was an IPA. The feel of the body was thicker than most IPA's, as there was a heft to it. I liked this experiment quite a bit. (729 characters)

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of ZorroZ
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of JDW4195
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of SampsonOfRaleigh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber garnett hue, with a frothy white head that laces the glass very well leaving LONG legs.

Very interesting orange citrus piney chocolate like aromas dominate a sweet caramel backbone.

Piney citrus goodness backed up by an orange chocolaty goodness that has a wonderful caramel sweet balance with just a touch of roasted grain .

medium body that dry's to the right point on an ipa.

Well done brew, that i know will be consumed regular. (455 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep brown color with a lovely orange hue. Head is creamy and thick, beige colored with nice retention and thick lacing.

S-Bakers chocolate, some orange zest, coriander, fresh baked bread, some raw honey sweetness, dry wheat

T-No chocolate here, as the name would imply. Orange zest, raw honey, raw wheat, a bit of a citrusy fruit bite, slightly tannic with a zesty, spiced boozy finish. Rather refreshing.

MF-Smooth. Very smooth for an IPA as it moves around my palate. It finishes with a bit of a dry hopped bite, though, with is very refreshing.

O-A solid IPA. The chocolate only contributes to the look, so do not expect any in the taste. A delicious brew that could be enjoyed on a summer day on the beach. (725 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of ThePopper
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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). (846 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of Hayden34
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First I would like to say that this was actual not a bad beer at all, it was actually quite good. But it was FAR from what it is advertised to be. The chocolate and orange were barely there at all. If I were expecting just an IPA I would have rated this beer higher, but I was very disappointed considering the lack of orange and chocolate flavors. (351 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours an interesting ruby/amber color with an off white head that hangs for quite a bit. Nice lacing throughout, sip after sip.

S- hints of citrus, a slight orange tone, with some hoppy notes

T- very subtle, but sweet chocolate on the front with a citrusy orange and bitter chocolate finish. Pretty impressive blend really. One of a kind.

M- a bit harsh up front with strong carbonation and Dryness from the hops that make my mouth pucker a bit. After swallowing and licking my lips I taste the slight chocolate presence with orange, but also delicious hops and biscuity malts.

O- very interesting beer. Definitely not a sessionable brew at 7.5% and with all the flavor it will do a number on your palette. Definitely worth trying! (766 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a thin brown ale with ruby edges and a one finger cream colored head. Aroma of orange peel and citrus hops, with some other spice aroma I assume is the chocolate. Flavor is toasty malts with a bitter--almost rye like--dry finish. Drinks like a black rye ipa. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Actually not half bad, but certainly not chocolatey by any means. (377 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a one finger beige head that recedes to a light cap and leaves some globs of lacing behind.

Aroma is big on the orange, the most prominent factor, other citrus such as grapefruit, somewhat floral and herbal, if you sniff it long enough you’ll start to pick up some hints of cocoa powder, but its subtle. Good strength overall.

Flavor is orange and grapefruit citrus up front, caramel, roasted malt and chocolate in the middle offering a hint of sweetness, finishes with strong citrusy bitterness and very mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with somewhat sharp carbonation.

A unique brew no doubt, and it’s actually pretty good stuff. Wasn’t sure going in but I thought it came together nicely. The chocolate is a bit subdued but is coming out more as it warms. Should be classified in the Black IPA category IMO, as this is quite dark, darker than any other regular IPA I’ve seen. (996 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from CBX. Poured into a DFH shaped pint glass...

A: Dark ruby / copper; light beige, one-finger head; nice retention, but not much lace; really dark.

S: Piney hops and citrus peel; not much else.

T: A little cocoa dances on the tongue, followed by some citrus hoppiness; finishes with some wet cardboard blandness.

M: Medium-full with high carbonation; pretty good feel.

O: Pretty good except for the blah (cardboard / paper / dirt) finish; not too much “chocolate” really.

*from notes (4/30/12) (518 characters)

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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.