Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA | Thomas Creek Brewery

Castaway Chocolate Orange IPACastaway Chocolate Orange IPA
BA SCORE
34.5%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 220 ratings
Castaway Chocolate Orange IPACastaway Chocolate Orange IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ChainGangGuy on 02-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,091
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
220
Liked:
76
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
12.68%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by woodychandler:
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3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone77, for this bottle! I am in the midst of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & this is my second Thomas Creek bottle in as many days.

From the bottle: "Sink the Status Quo."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a moderate pour since I was using a smaller glass than usual & I did not want it overflowing. It actually evinced a pseudo-cascade that quickly formed just under a two-finger cap of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & closer to 17. The nose had a light citrusiness along with a breadiness and a light sweetness that I probably would not have readily identified as chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of odd - hoppy, but with a citrusiness that was more like orange than the standard grapefruit. The bitterness was okay for the style, no complaints there, but it just did not strike me as what I think of as an AIPA. It was on the finish that I got the subtle chocolate-orange flavors mentioned on the label. It was a very subtle distinction, though. Finish was dry, more because of the hops than anything else. It was an interesting interlude, but I feel satiated for the time being.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boxerjay
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz purchased and consumed near the brewery.

A: Clear, very dark ruby-brown-orange with a weak, bubbly head.

Aroma: appealing and moderately complex. Hints of orange peel, orange liquor, brown bread and chocolate.

Flavor: Moderately bitter. Chocolate malts and bitter hops dominate. A modicum of orange feighs sweetness for a moment before turning to bitter orange peel and blending with the hops. Lingering flavor of bitter chocolate, orange peel and faint hops. Enough orange to be easily detected but certainly not overdone.

Feel: medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O:A bitter-sweet Brown IPA with a touch of orange (peel) flavor.

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Photo of richkrull
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ltdantheman
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dowen17
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark brown with orange highlights and a small white head. The aroma is oranges, chocolate and some yeasty bread. The taste is chocolate malt with some hops at the end.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oops
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Lugenbeast
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of vancean2
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of Keene
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

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Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 34.5% out of 100 with 220 ratings
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