We've spoken before of Baton Rouge's only craft brewery, Tin Roof, and I've always been a bit critical. But, on the suggestion of a couple of friends I decided to give a few of their selections a second look.
This week I gave their blonde ale a try, and I have to say it was a pleasant surprise.
Tin Roof Blonde Ale is a light-bodied, crisp American Blonde Ale with a wonderfully refreshing finish. This beer is easy-drinking and perfect for any occasion. Pairs well with virtually everything. You name it...pizza, crawfish, poboys, etc. If the food is good, Tin Roof Blonde Ale will enhance it. If it isn't good, we still recommend drinking a TinRoof Blonde Ale.
This one's fairly readily available on draft anywhere that carries any kind of local beers, and is also available in six-pack cans. At 4.5 percent ABV it's pretty sessionable and a nice day-drinking beer. It would also work well for tailgating.
Like I said, this is a really good session beer. Smooth. The bouquet is heavy with the maltiness you would expect of an ale, and its an honest smell that the opening of the beer backs up. Just a consistent malty flavor throughout, with just a hint of hoppy spiciness at the end. Not a true bitterness, just a bit of a spike to breakup the sweetness. Gives a bit of complexity without clobbering you over the head. Easy to enjoy, and I give it a solid 3.5 out of five stars.