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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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good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-29-2013 17:48:49 | More by Rojada1988
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bhudlow23

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-29-2013 02:06:55 | More by bhudlow23
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-28-2013 15:51:18 | More by bigfnjoe
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n2185

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-23-2013 04:27:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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redclaybrewer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

09-22-2013 14:55:03 | More by redclaybrewer
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swimfire

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-22-2013 04:01:23 | More by swimfire
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-15-2013 14:57:55 | More by tommyguz
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tgraven

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-15-2013 04:18:48 | More by tgraven
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +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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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-06-2013 22:56:10 | More by Soto
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jagada

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-05-2013 01:19:44 | More by jagada
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-04-2013 22:06:53 | More by buckyp
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carterbt

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-03-2013 03:47:18 | More by carterbt
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oldvines

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-02-2013 22:35:20 | More by oldvines
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LouDogg114

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-31-2013 14:40:50 | More by LouDogg114
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -11.2%
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 -5.6%
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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hopkrid

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-17-2013 01:42:59 | More by hopkrid
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jaywes754

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-11-2013 18:18:09 | More by jaywes754
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-10-2013 21:34:55 | More by TKEbeerman
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rturkaly

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-10-2013 16:45:32 | More by rturkaly
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-09-2013 15:19:54 | More by Wrigfen
Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
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