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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA - Thomas Creek Brewery

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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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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

rprinz22, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

aasher, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ThePopper
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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).

ThePopper, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

Jamesthebrit, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of jpro
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

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)

jpro, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Daktah
3.4/5  rDev -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.

Daktah, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

carrollmel7, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

thagr81us, Jun 07, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: Clouded, rich mahogany-hued body with a thin, sputtering, white head.

Smell: Hewn grasses and a heavy-handed lemon scent -- the juice, pith, and peel. The modest toasted malt base and chocolate powder struggles to be noticed underneath the fragrant hops.

Taste: Only a light, fleeting sweetness in the fore along with tastes of toast, (faint) roast, and a little milk chocolate, assumably from the utilized malts as well as the added chocolate powder. Tang of lemon and palpably grassy with a moderate bitterness. One last nibble of toast. Dry, still firmly grassy, and still quite bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: You know, it's okay. Some of those "hey, look at all the IBUs" beers can be fairly harsh and, well, a bit distasteful overall. I want to thank and attribute this to the chocolate powder trying to smooth over the jagged hoppiness.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 01, 2012
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Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.