This PL Classic may be mid-strength, but it’s certainly no shrinking violet. Wielding a solid malt chassis and a swift hoppy kick, Throwback proves that an IPA doesn't need a big ABV to make an impact.
It pours with a striking orange hue, thanks to a blend of malted barley and wheat. Simcoe, Taiheke and Enigma hops supply dank and herbaceous aromas, while simultaneously generating a moreish bitter lift.
On the palate, citrus pairs with notes of biscuit and spice. There’s a resinous quality too, and a bright, textured mouthfeel. It doesn’t taste like a middy – and that has always been core to its charm.
Throwback IPA was one of the initial three beers to be released at the Gilbert Street Hotel alongside the Pale and IIPA in March, 2015. The can design was influenced by co-founder Red, and champions the colours of his grandfather's rugby jersey. This was a pioneering beer for the industry, proving that a mid-strength could be both hoppy and full flavoured, whilst still appealing to a wide variety of consumers. It even took out gold in a full-strength IPA competition. Not bad for a modest 3.5%...