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Thomas Creek Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Crisp and citrusy, this India Pale Ale derives its atypical dark copper brown color from malted chocolate wheat. Heavily hopped, the Chocolate Orange IPA’s bitterness blends with the dark chocolate flavors of the cocoa nibs added during fermentation. Those subtle chocolate notes rest behind a floral bouquet, enhanced by additions of bitter orange peel and dry hopping with Citra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2430) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2015
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 carbonation. O:A bitter-sweet Brown IPA with a touch of orange (peel) flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (889) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured in a reddish, darker shade of brown with a nice off white head and lots of nice looking lacing all over the glass. Aroma of malts (some roast to it), citrus fruit and some hops. Taste is sweet, some chocolate and some citrus fruit, slightly hoppy. Very interesting beer, definitely enjoyable and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
katrinaez (189) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Good for an ipa. But the flavors were not as described. Orange was kind of there. Sort of the bitter of the rind. Chocolate flavor not there, But may have smoothed the beer out. Rating this based on what it is claiming to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (3668) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. The smell was a mix of hops, chocolate and oranges. Similar taste. Nice blend of chocolate, malts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted and caramel, pine for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with chocolate, toffee, and orange in the background. Head is large, frothy turning rocky, beige with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is clear dark burgandy. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation. An odd IPA, but the added chocolate and orange stand out without being overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7627) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
12 oz bottle. (The Greenville Beer Exchange) Greenville, SC.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small light tan head. Chocolate, mild malt and mild fruitiness in the aroma. Closer to a stout than an IPA. The flavour is dark hops, moderate bitterness, mild chocolate and some maltiness. Completely flat, no carbonation whatsoever. A disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Tap takeover at Matthews Beer Temple. Better than I thought, for sure. This is not a fruit beer or specialty beer really, it’s a black IPA and the other flavors are pretty subdued. Definitely interesting and well done, and if you ever feel the need to put fruit and chocolate in your IPA I would look for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajtrupp (296) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Not really chocolatey, more of a roasted malt. Both that and the citrus are pretty tame. Which I guess is a good thing, if both were strong- along with this being an IPA- the beer would probably be a damn mess. It's tasty, but I was hoping for bolder flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2456) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2014
bottle @ Habersham Beverage / Savannah GA --- Clear dark ruby brown color, persistent 1/2" tan head, cobwebs of lace. Taste is chocolate malt with a bit of orange that turns to light hops in a very long finish. It’s more like a strong stout than an IPA. Pretty easy to quaff, big chewy taste, it works for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5857) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Medium to dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some orange citrus and chocolate notes in it, but the orange is fairly subtle. The flavor is similar. There is some chocolate, orange and pine as well as a low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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