Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA

South Carolina
United States
Thomas Creek Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Don’t let the name scare you. This hybrid IPA’s bitterness blends with the subtle dark chocolate flavors provided by cocoa nibs and chocolate malts. It is then enhanced by bitter orange peel additions and a dry hopping of Citra.

Profile

ABV: 
7.50%
IBUs: 
100
Served at: 
40° F
Hops: 
Citra, Magnum, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo
Malts: 
Chocolate Wheat, Honey, Two-Row, Black Patent
Judges Review 
Owen Ogletree's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This unusual ale smells of cocoa powder, orange zest, overripe figs and plums, slight earthy hops and bittersweet chocolate. With moderate carbonation and an off-white, slightly tan foam that settles quickly, this dark red ale seems quite atypical for an IPA. Flavors of slightly sweet chocolate linger into the finish, accompanied by mild fruity esters, orange peel and hop notes that seem a bit muddled. A moderate mouthfeel and malt sweetness is perceived as mildly creamy with a hint of slickness on the palate. The beer finishes lightly bitter with cocoa powder nuances. This cocoa-focused, gently hopped brew may have an identity crisis but still emerges as clean, amusing and drinkable.