Throwback is another small brewery in Hampton NH. If you make the trip across the border be sure to visit Earth Eagle, Throwback and Blue Lobster, lots of great beer being made by these three nano breweries.
In addition to making great beer Throwback is one of the few breweries offering these sweet stainless steel growlers. They are expensive but absolutely worth the money with a very classy look, great latching system and keep your beer fresh and cold. Throwback calls Hopstruck a Red IPA which explains its darker than normal coloring and off white head and leaves great lacing on the glass (see photo below).
Aroma has more malt than I expect from an IPA but I guess that is where the red comes into play. Taste is very well balanced with less hops than your typical IPA but still very tasty. This beer is not bitter at all and can be enjoyed by hop heads and others alike. Really like what Throwback is doing and need to try more of their beers.
Pros: Well balanced Cons: Hops are not dominant as they usually are in IPAs Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 72 Rating: Brewers Website: Throwback Brewers Description: Hopstruck is a red India Pale Ale that should appeal to the self-proclaimed “hop-heads” or IPA-lovers out there. With a beautiful dark red color, a crisp, citrus-y aroma, and a lingering hop finish, this beer is sure to please both your eyes and your palette!
Pairing: Pair this beer with grilled meats, salads with creamy cheeses (like goat and bleu), or a nice juicy burger.
Local ingredients include: 2-row, Crystal, & Munich malts grown organically at Qualey Farms (Benedicta, ME) & malted by Valley Malt in Hadley, MA. Willamette hops grown organically at Foothill Hops Farm (Madison County, NY).
Another “growlette” from Throwback Brewery and this one comes with a very nice rye pale ale. There is a great story behind this one and you can read it here. I met Amber Jansen (and her husband Sean) last weekend at the opening of Earth Eagle Brewings.
Rye beers seem to be very popular in the Northeast with many brewers including rye in their beer. I have tried many of these and I really enjoy the rye beers. This one is an excellent choice for any beer lover. The color is amber (no surprise there) with a nice off white head. Aroma has some spice to it from the rye and is very mild and pleasant. Taste is excellent, very well balanced and at just over 5% ABV easy to drink. This beer would pair well with a meal or on its own.
Really impressed with Throwback as everything I have had from them has been quality. Highly recommend anyone that is in Maine make the trip to Hampton, NH to check our Throwback.
Pros: Very drinkable
Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 35 Rating: Brewers Website: Throwback Brewery Brewers Description: About 20% of the grain bill is malted rye. For the beer nerds out there, Amber’s Amber clocks in at 5.2% ABV, 35 IBU. It is dry hopped with amarillo and cascade hops. The result is a nicely hopped up, beautiful amber-colored beer.
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
Cons: Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 106 Rating: 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.
Updated November 8th, 2012: Made another trip to Hampton, New Hampshire and stopped at Throwback. I was there early afternoon which is before their normal growler hours but they were nice to let us in for a couple of growlers. They were out of growlers but had plenty of growlettes – a 32 oz growler – and I ended up with an Amber’s Amber and a Donkey Hote – Double IPA.
Also the guy that helped us out gave me an update on the move out of the warehouse to the farmhouse. Apparently it is happening and they hope to move sometime next Summer. The brewery is certainly looking a little cramped so this move will be great for Throwback. Look for reviews of my 2 growlettes coming soon.
Original Post: While in Hampton New Hampshire checking out Blue Lobster I stopped by Throwback Brewery as they are just down the street. Throwback is currently located in an industrial park set back from Route 1. When I arrived shortly before 5:00 there were several people in the brewery enjoying some samples and getting growlers filled. There are a few tables setup near the growler fill station and they sell 4 oz pours for $1. They had 6 beers on tap and you can check the on-tap section of their website to see what they are pouring on any given day. I was able to get a growler of the Rhubarb Wit and also grabbed a bottle of their Hop Happy Hefeweizen. Throwback has a nice variety of beer including some pilsners, stouts, porters and they even have a beer that uses jalepenos in the brew process. If they have this next time I go I will certainly give it a try.
The owners and the assistant brewer are all women which is great in an industry that is predominantly male. Their goal is to move the brewery from the current location to a farm just down the road from the current brewery. Keep an eye on this brewery as they are doing some very interesting things.
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 Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 40 Rating: 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).
This is my second beer from Throwback and based on the first two I will have to start making regular trips to Hampton, New Hampshire. The Rhubarb Wit was excellent and I really enjoyed this hefeweizen. Hoping I can grab some Spicy Bohemian next time it is available.
A truly great looking beer with a thick head and light orange color. Plenty of spice and banana in the aroma which draws you into the beer. Taste has plenty of banana, some orange and spice as well and is extremely well done. The beer finished clean and very refreshing. One of the best hefeweizens I have sampled.
Pros: Appearance and taste Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 13.5 Rating: Brewers Website:Throwback Brewery Brewers Description: Hog Happy Hefeweizen is a full-flavored, traditional German-style wheat beer that tastes like it comes straight from Munich, but is made with wheat from local farms. The yeast used during fermentation gives this straw-colored beer the sweet flavor and aromas of banana & clove. Continue reading 310. Throwback Brewery Hog Happy Hefeweizen→
Visited Throwback Brewery a couple of weeks ago and was glad they still had the Rhubarb Wit on tap. The assistant brewery said the keg was almost empty and she was not sure if it would fill the growler but it did.
Beer pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Retention was great and also left a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet which I assume is the rhubarb but it has been years since I was around fresh rhubarb so I have forgotten what it smell like. Tastes follows with a sweet refreshing taste which lingers a bit but in an entirely good way. This beer is a great summer beer with a low ABV, refreshing taste and crisp clean finish. If you can find your way to Throwback hope they have this available.
Pros: Very refreshing and unique Cons: Seasonal and only available in NH Alcohol Content: 5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 15 Rating: Brewers Website:Throwback Brewery Brewers Description: Our Rhubarb Wit is a traditional Belgian White (or Wit) made with belgian ale yeast, orange peal, oats from Maine, wheat from Rollinsford, New Hampshire, and chamomile from Rye, NH. We then used 75lbs of New Hampshire rhubarb. The result is a really drinkable, summery beer with a very pleasant, citrusy / lemon flavors that come through at the end. Continue reading 297. Throwback Brewery Rhubarb Wit→
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