Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA | Thomas Creek Brewery

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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
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the idea, but this is a pretty liberal use of the word ipa. I don't know if this is a little old or something and some of the hops have faded out in it, but to call this an ipa is a stretch I think. it looks like a murky brown ale, not much head or clarity, but it has a great nose. I love the dry cocoa in here, not at all sweet, and the citrus does come through as well, not too flavored, but unique for sure it seems. tastes great too, although I am again looking for the ipa. the chocolate and orange elements are proportioned excellently, they are both well defined but not dominant. its almost like the orange aspect could come from hops, although I don't think it does. maybe that's where the hops are getting lost a little, but I think they could have about doubled the hop factor in this in order to make it seem more like an ipa. chocolate and chocolate malt driven, absolutely not hop driven, but I still like the way it tastes more in a brown ale context, and think its nice around holiday time. my first from these guys is an interesting one, looks like they do a lot of curious flavored beers...

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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