Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery
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3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
07-27-2014 22:29:24 | More by Roxie_B
4.01/5 rDev +12%
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.
07-14-2014 20:53:10 | More by SampsonOfRaleigh
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
04-15-2014 00:55:23 | More by lewzer99
4.34/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
03-13-2014 03:57:51 | More by rajendra82
Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.