After trying the Rhubarb Wit and the Hog Happy Hefe I knew I needed to find Throwback’s Spicy Bohemian as I love spice and beer. Ended up grabbing 3 bottles at The Drinkery in Londonderry, New Hampshire a few weeks ago. I shared one bottle with a friend and opened another on my birthday. The third bottle was saved for this review.
This is a seasonal beer from Throwback only available in Summer/Fall so if you want to try it find a bottle soon or you will have to wait until next year. Beer pours a clean yellow with a thick white head, exactly what a pilsener should look like. Jalapenos are really strong in the aroma, no surprise there, however I was surprised at the freshness of the smell. The flavor has plenty of jalapeno taste but not too heavy on the spice. There is also a mild sweetness from the malts. Finish is clean with a mild heat.
I had no idea what to expect with this one as a chile beer is something entirely new for me but its no surprise that Throwback did a great job with this beer. The jalapeno is there in the aroma and taste but it works well with the beer. Throwback took a style of beer known to be bland and literally spiced it up.
Pros: Appearance aroma and taste
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Brewers Website: Throwback Brewery
Description: We took our pilsener and “dry-hopped” it with roasted jalapenos. The result is a well-balanced beer with a very intoxicating peppery-type aroma, great jalapeno flavor, and just a bit of lingering heat.
This is a seasonal beer, so watch for it from mid-Summer to early Fall.
Pairing: This beer pairs extremely well with sushi, any type of Mexican food, as well as hard cheeses.
Local ingredients include: Pilsen malt grown organically at Lake Shore Farms (St. David, ME) & malted by Valley Malt in Hadley, MA. Willamette hops grown organically at Foothill Hops Farm (Madison County, NY).