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Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Castaway Chocolate Orange IPACastaway Chocolate Orange IPA
BA SCORE
3.55/5
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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:
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Added by ChainGangGuy on 02-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,650
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
220
pDev:
12.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 47
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4.59/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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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4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very dark copper pour w/a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Hops and orange are prominent in the smell, but not much eles; certainly not chocolate.
Taste: Ah... there's the chocolate. Not heavily-chocolate, as with a chocolate stout, but definitely present. The orange blends nicely with the hops as well.
Feel: About what I'd expect from an IPA, maybe a just a touch creamier, although that could just be the chocolate taste fooling me.
Overall: This is another very good beer from Thomas Creek. Despite the chocolate, it's not a dessert beer, but definitely not one you'd want to session due to the ABV.

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4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, I'm not an IPA drinker. So, take it for what it's worth. When I read the name, I expected a dessert beer. The chocolate and orange are barely noticeable, but do help smooth out the hop. Pretty solid beer, good ABV. I suppose a Hop Head would enjoy it.

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

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4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 220 ratings
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