I finally got my hands on Tin Roof’s newest brew. Rougarou, a triple dry hopped IPA, is the first bottle release from Tin Roof. Let me start out by saying I’m really impressed by the design on the bottle, it looks great! Tin Roof, I’m not sure who your designer was for the bottle, but they did an amazing job. Here’s a somewhat artsy shot I took of one of my Rougarou bottles:
Here’s a bit of the story from the bottle:
I really like what they’ve done with the name, and the story in associating the dark creature to the dark, intense and hoppy ale. It’s a perfect fit! Let’s get started on checking this guy out, on to the pour!
Rougarou pours what looks like a solid black, but when the glass is held to a light, you can see the light faintly shining through. It is very dark amber in color. It has a nice one finger beige head, with great lacing and retention.
The nose on Rougarou is very stout-like, a dark roasted smell, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The hops are definitely there and somewhat citrusy, but they don’t come off as strong as the roasted malt. I’m guessing that will change with the taste since Rougarou advertises 108 IBUs (international bittering units), more on that in a minute.
Upon first sip, I’m met with hops, and they’re wonderful. The hops definitely shred my palate on the front end, but they quickly fade, and end with a pleasant dry roasted malt finish. There is a lot going on with the taste. I get coffee, chocolate, a hint of earthy pine, and a huge wallop of bitter hops. I was right about the hops coming through on the taste way more than they do in the smell. I think with the smell on this one, the roasted malt somewhat masks the hops.
The mouthfeel is medium, with a dry finish. I do get a good bit of alcohol on the back end, especially once it starts to warm, but that’s typical for an ale that’s 9.7% ABV.