Throwback originally brewed this beer as Dr Evil (see link to Throwback’s site below for the full story) and changed the name to Donkey-Hote. I grabbed what they call a “growlette” of this beer on my last trip to New Hampshire. A “growlette” is a 32 oz version of a growler perfect for one sitting.
As the brewer states in their description of this beer it is not your typical double IPA as it is not using the typical blend of hops. This comes through in both the nose and the taste. Appearance is nice pale orange with a thin white head. I had pour aggressively to get the inch or so in this photo. Aroma is mostly pine resin with a bit of sweet maltiness in there as well.
Taste is solid but nothing to exciting, plenty of piney hops and a slight bitterness. Only a touch of tropical fruit. Taste improves slightly as the beer warms so don’t be surprised if your last sip or second glass tastes better than the first. Overall an enjoyable beer and certainly worth trying. If you are at Throwback sample a few beers as they have some great offerings.
Pros: Appearance, Balance
Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 106
Brewers Website: Throwback Brewery
Brewers Description: It is brewed to style for a double IPA, but unlike many of the IPAs which use the newer West coast hops, we use ‘old school’ hops in it. The beer has a nice golden color and tastes slightly sweet, which balances the abundance of hops (106 IBUs!) Donkey-hote clocks in at 8.2% A.B.V, so it is more of a sipper than a guzzler.