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).
Another option from Sixpoint purchased at Tully’s in Wells, ME. This one is probably my least favorite from Sixpoint so far however it probably has more to do with the style than the beer itself. I really do not enjoy pilsners but will continue to try them to see if there is something out there that will change my mind.
Beer pours a pale yellow with very thin head and lacing. Aroma is almost non-existent with only a very light cut grass smell. The beer is light and well carbonated with some sweet malt and light citrus. Ends with a fair amount of bitterness. Certainly drinkable as I did finish the 4-pack over the weekend but not something I would purchase again. I just do not get too excited about pilsners but if they are your thing you will enjoy this one from Sixpoint.
Clean and crisp
Its a pilsner
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior… The original Sehr Crisp from Sixpoint. Brewed with noble hops for indelible sehr crisp flavor.