What’s this? Another beer review? Holy moly! Seriously, I’m going to try to do this on a much more regular basis.
So, let’s talk about the new offering from Tin Roof Brewing, Gameday IPA. According to the brewery, “The Tin Roof Gameday Session IPA is nice and easy, perfect for hours of tailgating. It has a wonderfully balanced malt profile and is full of Amarillo, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Warrior hops. This hop blend gives a full range of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, and piney flavors; making it a whirlwind of classic American hops.”
Tin Roof hosted a release/tailgate party at the brewery back in mid-August that I missed. I tried it on tap the next evening in less than ideal circumstances, but then grabbed a six pack of cans to try. The cans were dated 8/14, so the batch was fresh. However, the beer really missed the mark for me. It poured a hazy straw color, with little hop aroma and tasted very malty for a session IPA. The flavors were primarly bready with some muddled hops. I didn’t enjoy it at all. I heard similar sentiments from others as well, with the underlying theme being “bready.”
I passed along my thoughts to one of the brewery’s employees, and late last week was told that there was a new batch of cans that I should try. Those cans appeared to be dated 8/23 (the date stamp on the bottom of the cans is often times hard to read). I still had some cans of the previous batch, so naturally I had to try them side by side. The clarity on the new batch was much greater, and you can see for yourself in the pic below. The newer batch is on the left, while the older one is on the right.
The hops are much more prevalent on the nose, with notes of mango and apricot coming through. The hops are brighter in this batch and the taste is fortunately much less bready than the previous one, with a cleaner finish. This batch is no doubt what Tin Roof was going for. It tastes much more like a session IPA than the previous one. I can see this being a nice tailgating option for those people who want to sip on beer for a while, yet who don’t want to settle for light lagers. I still would have liked even more hop presence, but this batch is still miles better than the first one.
I don’t pretend to know what happened with the first batch, but in my opinion, it shouldn’t have been released. Unfortunately, the saying rings true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Hopefully for their sake, people will give this beer a second chance. I wouldn’t have, had I not been contacted to try the new batch. But many people aren’t as fortunate. If you are looking to try Tin Roof’s Gameday IPA, my advice is to make sure you look at the canning date on the bottom of the can and grab the cans labeled 8/23 or later. This batch should be available for purchase in the brewery’s taproom, but I don’t know when it will hit stores. Draft is an even bigger unknown, because you never know when the beer you ordered was kegged.