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Throwback Donkey-Hote | Throwback Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Throwback Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
throwbackbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 02-28-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
45.77%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 80
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark and muddled, caramel brown with a beautiful head of tiny, slightly creamy, white bubbles. In body, the beer is dark and impenetrable to the eye, giving off a deep mahogany hue. On the nose, the beer smells like an old school IPA. Bitter, pithy grapefruit tangoes with pine and a beautiful underlying sweet caramel smell that gives just a touch of toffee and, unfortunately, cloying alcohol. It actually reminds me slightly of an amped up Harpoon IPA. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially caramel sweet, slowly working into a deep bitter flavor while never fully killing the sweetness. The mouth does fill with saliva from a slight acidity coming from the hops. In flavor the beer begins as rich molasses and caramel candy malts with nuances of toffee. This candy sweetness is eventually married with a growing citric grapefruit and bristling pine. The finish is an odd marriage of the two, with the candy sweetness again touching the tongue alongside slight breadiness. The aftertaste turns towards a more expected flavoring of bitter grapefruit and pine, with touches of medicinal bitters thrown in and a touch of wood. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body with a slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation puts a bit of a prickle to the tongue, but leaves no bite. The mouth is left bitter-dry except for where saliva pools to cancel out the acids. Overall, I’m not quite sure what to think of this beer. It is definitely closer in style to old school Double IPA’s, and has way more of a malt character than I normally like in my DIPA’s, but at the same time it is interesting, and really has a great malt quality to it that is simply balanced out by the big hops. I almost wish they would bump this ale up into the barleywine or American Strong Ale styles, if just to see more of the malts play through on the tongue. Alcohol is nicely hidden in the taste but comes through a bit on the nose. This is not what one normally looks for in a DIPA, but is tasty and interesting and worth trying. A nice shout-out to the past, and a great malt character.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy amber color with a small head. There was some nice lace.
Citrus and pine hops aroma. Some sweet malt.
Big grapefruit taste. A little pine. White bread.
Nicely hopped, good beer.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 16.9 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 18, 2014.

Cloudy, medium amber pour with a modest off-white head.

Check out those floral and perfume hop aromas on the nose. They're penetrating! Some buried roasted malt but mainly hops.

The body is in the medium range but it is also kind of chewy in texture.

The first couple of sips are hopped to the max. It does have 106 IBU's. But it seems to mellow as it goes along and warms up. But the hops penetrate the senses and the taste buds with the malt notes taking a distant second...or even third or fourth.

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Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Niebeendend
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 32oz growler poured 3 days ago.

Pours an amber color with a smallish head, large bubbles with only small bits of lacing.

Smell has a wet hop aroma with a light pine aroma, fairly strong caramel malt backing on the nose.

Taste is a fair mix of malt and piney hops, neither of which is overly strong but balanced, carbonation is on the low end but not flat, decent breadiness.

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Photo of Billybrewboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark gold with clingy, thin white head. Great lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus are mild, but present. Nose has a nice bready malt as well. Beginning of the sip is a nice big explosion of resin pine, never too harsh mid-sip, suddenly balanced by a nice malt backbone with a hint of sweetness in the smooth finish. Really enjoyable. I've also only got about 50 pages left in the also enjoyable namesake novel right now, so not coincidental i picked this up.

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Photo of smanson56
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MenardMa
1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

Photo of Dlipp603
1.74/5  rDev -54%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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Throwback Donkey-Hote from Throwback Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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