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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 02-01-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

needs more chocolate

BeccaH, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of npendres
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

npendres, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color - almost enough to be considered a black IPA, actually. The head is a finger high, with a light khaki shade. Retention is fairly good, with a semi-creamy texture. Not much lacing is left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: I pick up a nice variety of notes in this. At first, I get a touch of citrusy hops, along with another touch of actual orange character. After a while, some toasted caramel malts appear. As a disappointment, I'm not getting much of the chocolate. In addition, the aroma is generally too mild to be great. (3)

Taste: I can definitely taste the darker malts at work here. It starts and finishes with touches of roasted coffee, brown sugar, and (yes) chocolate. The chocolate takes on a bitter-sweet tone here - those looking for a melted Hershey bar with citrusy hops, look elsewhere. Hops help to dry out the back end of any additional sweetness (in fact, it's quite bitter). Citrus peel also comes through on the finish. All in all, it doesn't work 100%, but it DOES work. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The combination of roasted malt and healthy bitterness makes it very dry. Having said that, it has a fuller body than most standard IPAs. Carbonation is slightly subdued. (3.5)

Overall: Call it a brown IPA. While the chocolate and orange characteristics are too restrained, it somewhat compensates by successfully combining the dry bite of an IPA with the richer malt of a brown ale. I'd definitely drink it again, but I wouldn't go after it all the time. (3.25)

3.34/5: Fairly solid brown IPA, enough said

ThisWangsChung, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

DrMindbender, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Roxie_B
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: Big fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention. Color is a deep dark amber brown, not quite black. Certainly opaque.
Smell: Straight big citrus up front in the form of orange zest and tangerine. A few earthy and pine notes but this is mostly over powered by that citrus.
Taste: Citrus zest, faint hint of earthiness then a bit of floral then a big pop of mandarin orange. Towards the back a bit of cocoa nibs.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, light, crisp, airy. Aqueous.
Overall: A drinkable IPA with super strong citrus. Overall I found the citrus a bit overwhelming. It was pleasant but the big orange ran over the gentle
chocolate and earthy complexity that I find lurking here. Perhaps it will balance out as it warms up a wee bit.

Roxie_B, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

LoveStout, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

acurtis, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of SampsonOfRaleigh
4.01/5  rDev +12%
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.

SampsonOfRaleigh, Jul 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

TBRich, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

bendukes86, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

tdm168, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mpalestino, Jun 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Durandal_777, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

AngusOg, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

crowsnest, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of lewzer99
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

lewzer99, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

canawler, Apr 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

nobodyhadthis, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

BrewerDawg, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of rajendra82
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

rajendra82, Mar 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

hopsolutely, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

JohnParadee, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

buzzy, Mar 03, 2014
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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.