Hopstruck IPA
Throwback Brewery

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Throwback Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Jul 09, 2019
Aug 10, 2011
Hopstruck is a beautiful red IPA that manages to strike the perfect balance between caramel maltiness and citrusy, tea-like hops. With a delightful bouquet of jam and preserved fruit resulting from Munich & caramel malts combined with Sterling & Cascade hops, it’s no wonder Hopstruck is one of our most popular beers!

Pairing suggestions: Hopstruck is just bold enough to stand up to both spicy and rich foods like Thai, pork belly, juicy burgers, and blue cheese. Yet, it is citrusy and gentle enough to pair with lighter foods like salads and buttery soft cheeses.

72 IBU
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16oz can: this one pours a slightly hazy amber color. Pretty good sized light beige head on it. The aroma is mainly caramel malts and grapefruit hops. The taste is good. A bit of a bite, but not too much. Grapefruit, citrus and pine hops. Good malt body. No residual sweetness. A decent brew!
Jul 09, 2019
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Reviewed by nhdjinn from New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Dank murky red - almost no head retention
S - malt with a hint of hops

T - More like an ESB vs an IPA. malty with sweetness with a bitter finish on pale ale level. Hop finish is pine like with i hate to say but - sawdust .

M - Medium body almost pale like I had to check the ABV at 6.4
O - This was ok. did not like the sawdust/ sand finish

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May 24, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire

Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 3.64 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Dec 31, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
All their stuff tastes the same!
Oct 31, 2017
Rated: 3.42 by Maudrey from New Hampshire

Sep 28, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Sellen from Connecticut

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by IBUBrew from Vermont

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single 16 oz. can purchased from the brewery's booth at an Exeter NH farmer's market No date on the can but it is assumed it was fairly fresh.

a: Translucent ruby/copper with an inch thick white head which receded to a few spots of surface foam and lacing.

s: Caramel malt and dark fruit such as prunes.

t; Mild caramel malt with a light to moderate hop bite with peppery spice notes. Finish is both sweet and bitter.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A well balanced red IPA which pretty much fills the as-advertised bill, although citrus was not evident to us. The announced 72 IBUs also seemed a bit muted.
Jul 16, 2017
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Reviewed by edward_boumil from New York

4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L: This is an appealing looking beer. Monster, frothy head, like something you'd get if you lived in a cartoon world. Its an almost exaggeratedly frothy, messy head, tons of lace. Great retention. Beer is amber/mahogany colored, pretty clear, tons of carbonation visible.
S: Aroma comes off pretty faint, but what I get is strong peppery hops, almost like bell pepper. Flowery, spicy, herbal, maybe a touch earthy.
T: Malt bomb. Malts are superb here. Have a doppelbock like dark fruit flavor, though I will admit its faint. Otherwise, malts are toasty, grainy, like a nice lightly sweet toasted granola. Hops round this out though with a nice dry finish. Repeat the nose, very herbal and peppery. Bitterness is on the lower end.
F: Silky, frothy mouthfeel. I like this full yet light mouthfeel in an IPA, pairs nicely to balance out the astringent qualities of the hops, keeps the drinkability high.
O: Has a UK IPA feel to it, though it is definitely different. Malt, hops, everything is assertive yet balanced so well. Honestly my kind of IPA. Nothing blows you out of the water, its just well rounded and well executed. Something I will definitely be drinking more of. Can see this being hit or miss with some people as its not like a fruit bomb, hop bomb, piney bomb, whatever bomb, but works well for my palate
Mar 08, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by mkyer from Connecticut

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by direwolf00 from Rhode Island

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by Hendry from Vermont

Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by cjohns73 from Delaware

Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by papposilenus from New Hampshire

Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 3 by KGilmour from Vermont

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by 2ellas from New Hampshire

Jun 27, 2016
Hopstruck IPA from Throwback Brewery
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