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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPAThomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%


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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lewzer99

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:55:23 | More by lewzer99
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:57:51 | More by rajendra82
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 00:23:05 | More by Budinetz
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:26:20 | More by BMMillsy
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n2185

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 12:37:38 | More by n2185
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - From the look, I would suggest this to be a black IPA. It was a brownish black color with a slight white head.

Smell - The aroma showed the greatest hint of chocolate. I can't say whether it was more of a dark or mild chocolate, but the chocolate was an attention grabber.

Taste - At the front was a bitter chocolate taste. The citrus was more toward the back of the taste, but I would hesitate to call it orange. The taste grew progressively more bitter with a resiny aftertaste emerging.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was thick enough to be an American IPA and demonstrated modest carbonation.

Overall - As I see it, this is a decent black IPA, with little special about it. The idea of chocolate and orange is fairly misleading.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:31:08 | More by JohnnyHopps
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:28:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa, intrigued by the thought of having a IPA with chocolate and orange notes in it. While this was not a bad beer per se, those aspects of this were quite tough to pick up and this turned out to be a relatively generic dark IPA that was lacking in hops and bite, while still being relatively easygoing to drink. Thankfully, there were only 4 of these in the pack and this will serve as a weaker member of my late-Summer rotation.

The pour to this was a somewhat dark brown, with a moderately fluffy head and hardly any lacing to be seen. Surprisingly, there was a good amount of lacing as I made my way through this but the aroma wasn't really that strong to accompany that. At first, this tasted like a weak Scotch Ale since this was quite sticky with some hint of peat moss and stickiness to it. The only chocolate that I could taste here was the remnants of some bitter powder and the orange was the juiciness of the blood type. No citrus hops or bitterness could really be found here and some chocolate malt could have given this beer some more body and strength, even though the alcohol here was a bit higher than I anticipated.

While this was stronger than I would have liked it to have been, the alcohol wasn't so overpowering that the other flavors couldn't come through. It was just that the notes here weren't as pronounced as they should have been. This was something different and experimental that would have been an outstanding beer had everything been turned up a notch or to. As is, it was a relatively enjoyable beer that calls for a good valencia dessert pairing to enhance the attributes that this had, since this didn't quite stand up on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 09:06:29 | More by JerzDevl2000
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:16:43 | More by macrosmatic
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 04:58:18 | More by 57md
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dowen17

Alabama

3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 04:30:54 | More by dowen17
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 01:58:59 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:31:11 | More by metter98
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:30:55 | More by Jacurdy60
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 16:24:42 | More by mattkoon
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csparace

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:41:25 | More by csparace
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Zach136

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:35:38 | More by Zach136
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 07:45:46 | More by xShoWTeKx
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Daktah

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 19:04:59 | More by Daktah
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Bung

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 21:56:36 | More by Bung
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 22:48:09 | More by AdamBear
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unskinnyhop09

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2012 22:44:00 | More by unskinnyhop09
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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2012 00:53:21 | More by welldigger888
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20oz pour. Chestnut red/brown. Sudsy head with nice stick.

Citrus hops and a twangy malt backbone that conjures some toast and chocolate tones. Grapefruit, orange, pine, and roasted nuts.

Acidic hops at first, with a recognizable dark chocolate-covered orange finish. Definitive pine and citrus pith. The chocolate shows up late. So does a touch of booze.

Somewhat mellow, in that it's simple to drink. Everything is even keel. Feels good.

Strange, but a neat brew. I'm enjoying this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 01:47:59 | More by thecheapies
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2012 23:50:45 | More by elgiacomo
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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.