Throwin’ Shade is a New England IPA that’s brewed by Due South Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. can.
What You Need to Know
Throwin’ Shade is a New England-style IPA that showcases Azacca and Pekko hop varietals. So how is it? Let’s get to the review.
This New England-style brew pours nearly opaque with a color of marigold. It’s topped by a thick cap of puffy off-white foam that shows excellent retention. A few droplets remain on the glass following the head’s reduction.
The aroma is bright with a scent of sweet pineapple and citrus.
This hop-forward palate is led by a bite of grapefruit that is then joined by a squeeze of lemon. There’s a touch of hoppy pine as well and the tasting only mellows slightly with sweet tropical fruit. A bready malt base ties the palate together.
The ale has a smooth draw with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Its finish is mostly dry, a touch acidic, and has a shade under moderate astringency.
Throwin’ Shade definitely looks very much like a New Englander with its hazy appearance. The aroma is initially strong and pleasant but it isn’t too persistent. The palate has enough juiciness but in reality, the brew is just too bitter for a NEIPA. Overall, as your typical American IPA, Throwin’ Shade works just fine. Otherwise, this brew really doesn’t compare to the better New Englanders out there.