Perfect Tin Amber - Tin Roof Brewing Company

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Tin Roof Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: theboozecruise on 01-03-2011

IBU’s: 28
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Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was recently reminded of the old saw that goes, "People who say that I am difficult to shop for must simply not know where to buy beer." optimator13 had been hinting that CANs were upcoming in his neck of the woods and out of the blue, a sixer appeared! It pays to advertise, or at least make The CANQuest (TM) a household term. My thanks and I will be assembling a return package shortly.

From the CAN: "Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana"; "AmeriCAN Amber Ale With Hints of Toffee and Chocolate"; "Just like the rain falling on a tin roof, there's nothing more comforting than that first sip of Tin Roof beer. Brewed to perfection in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Tin Roof is our culture, our way, our beer."; and "Geaux Local. Drink Tin Roof Beer." Was the silhouette of the young woman meant to evoke the character of "Cat" in Tennessee Williams' play? I don't know, but that was my default position.

A most audible Crack & Glug, followed by two fingers of light-tan head with decent retention. Color was mahogany with NE-quality clarity and if that does not get your attention, seek medical attention as you may be dead! Nose smelled faintly of a wild admixture of grassy hops, toffee and milk chocolate, like a Heath bar dipped in hops. Shazam! Mouthfeel was downright silky smooth and it tasted like a slightly bitter Skor bar on the tongue. Nothing like truth in advertising, lemme tell ya. Finish tended more toward bitter than sweet and as a hophead, that was right up my alley. I am still loathe to drink exceptionally malty sweet beers, which are the standard bearers for the style and I am glad these guys did it their way. I am setting at least two CANs aside - one for Hula in the Coola Day and one for Mardi Gras and I suggest you do the same.

Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear deep amber, appearing practically copper, with an eggshell colored head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of hops with sweet malt. It has a bit of a grassy and nutty smell. The beer has a nice mildly sweet, bready malt backbone that takes on a nutty character. The hops bring nice balancing bitterness on the back end and leave a slight grassy aftertaste. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer and the product of a growing microbrewing landscape in Louisiana.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tin Roof Perfect Tin Amber has a thin, off-white head, with little lacing left behind, and a clear, dark brown (amber, under light) appearance with a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is caramel malt and bread, with a dash of hops. Taste is hop forward and spicy, but not in any way harsh. The caramel malts are present for sure, and the body is sweet and full. This beer finishes fairly crisp and most certainly refreshing. Even though it is not particularly complex, it is quite excellent in its simplicity. A bit of sourness showed up (on draft). They did a wonderful job with this one, and I highly recommend it.

RJT

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Nice copper, golden color with a beautiful, frothy off-white head.

Smell: Wonderful aroma of caramel, sweet toffee and nuts with a slight hoppy aroma.

Taste: Nice aggressive maltiness balanced well with a hint of hops. Toasted bread, caramel and honestly a slight tobacco(Red Man)flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic brew that will capture a wide drinking audience. Inoffensive yet still flavorful. It's important to do this in Louisiana especially in a college town(LSU) and Tin Roof has managed to do this well.

Photo of McNealc31
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a delightful aroma of caramel, toast, and citrus hops.

Sweet toffee is the foremost flavor with the grapefruity hops adding some bitterness at the back end. Rather big flavor and very full, round mouthfeel for an amber ale. Not terribly complex, but the toffee and roasted malt pair together nicely, with the hops adding a pleasant contrast at the end.

Good flavor, and clocking it at 4.5% ABV, a great all day beer here. Geaux get one!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Evan (optimator13) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark amber color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour from the can.

Smell – Some nice slight hops, caramel, a nuttiness, and slight charred/roasted malts.

Taste – Quite similar to the aroma. Slight floral hops hit the tongue first but fade to a nice mellow caramel and toasted malts (almost earthy). A hint on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, medium to a bit lower carbonation, finishes with just a slight dryness.

Overall – A darn quaffable beer. Easy to drink, not too many in your face flavors; nice and mellow. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red and clear, with a pretty good two finger head and fairly good lace, very nice to look at.

Smell is quite malty, caramel malts mostly, toffee and nuts accent.

Taste is quite the malt-bomb type of red, very classic red taste. It's darn good stuff with great caramel malt flavor, with just a tinge of hops.

Feel is nice, light and easy to drink with medium carbonation and a lightly toffee/caramel aftertaste.

Overall it's really nice and I love that it comes in cans!

Photo of jabergess
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always anxious to try new beers from new breweries. I lived in New Orleans a few years ago and recognized the need for good Louisiana craft beer. Looks like Tin Roof is trying hard to fill that need.

Now on to the beer review. An amber for me is an easy drinking beer and this one is no exception. I think it may be a little more hoppy than a typical amber, which is just fine with me. A nice caramel malt finish, but not too much. I think this is one most people can enjoy.

It isn't a big, complicated beer. But sometimes you just want simple and good.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/ruby with little head.

The smell is a fair balance of citrus hops and caramel malt.

The taste is fairly bitter on the front with a big bready caramely malt on the back.

Overall a solid beer. Nothing out of the ballpark but not bad by any means.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazey deep amber with a good head. Nice malty aromas, slightly funky, hoppy, and sweet. Taste is deff funky, malty, slightly hop taste as well. A bit bitter but nice. Overall, a nice amber and much better amber than Abita and worth a try.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Talk about mastering an amber/brown ale without hopping the hell out of it. This is a really nice malty ale with not much hop presence. Drinks like a brown ale, very dark amber. Touch of caramel with more chocolate and roasty flavors. Well done. Nice big. Body for style. Poured a nice large white head and held good head retnetion.

Photo of cvm4
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: This was from a can poured into a glass.

Appearance: A deep copper/amber color with a well developed head on top.

Smell: Slighty hoppy smell with some caramel and nuts mixed in.

Taste: To me, this was a malt bomb. I loved it! It had the right amount of hops taste to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated. Was pleasant.

Overall: It seems to me this was not brewed for a niche market. They want to capture a large audience. For me it's a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of. It's not one that will make you stop and reminiscence about your day.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this a few times now and it seems as though the guys are really getting their recipe down.

It's a dark amber color, served on tap in a custom Tin Roof pint glass.

The smell is a nice blend of malty and hoppy, and the taste is a little on the hoppier side for an amber ale, but that's a good thing in my book.

Very drinkable, it's great to have new local beers to try!

Photo of firkinhophead
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at chickie wah wah.

pours a rich amber with a thin head.

aroma is slightly toasty and bready with some grassy hops.

taste has solid toasted malt flavors, with surprising complexity-nut, tobacco, and toffee. grassy, mildly floral hops balance nicely. dry finish with a lingering nuttiness on the tongue.

solid mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. rhis would make a fine cask ale.

very well done ale in a British style. borders on a brown, but could be considerwd an ESB. I could put back quite a few of these.

Photo of eclipse54
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can from optimator13; thank you very much! Poured into a Sweetwater pint glass...

The body is a translucent, dark ruby color with some amber and mahogany hues. About two finger’s breadth of foamy, frothy, cream-colored head develops and lingers for a bit. Scattered patches of lacing reside. It smells of a unique combination of toffee, chocolate, citrus, grassy hops, and grain. The taste really brings out the citrus and herbal flavor of the hops, where orange, lemon, and some earthy pine come though in the front. The malt takes over later, bringing the toffee, caramel, and hints of chocolate to the forefront. Some of the grassy and grain notes balance it out, though they are faint. Mouthfeel is as expected, light and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Its a bit thinner than anticipated, lacking some of that coveted, velvety texture, but it’s certainly not bad. Overall, a very good amber that I’d love to have more of.

Photo of LSUPT
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured to a Fantome tulip. Giving this one another shot, previous servings were on-tap, but this review comes from the new cans. Really like the clean design of the can, too.

Very aggressive pour is able to coax out a 3/4” beige head atop a light brown/amber body. Surprisingly good retention and the head leaves a nice, fine film of lace with few spots. Near perfect clarity with only a slight haze.

Smell is pretty mild with just a hint of roast malt and caramel. Taste is vastly improved from the other versions that I have had. Big roasted malt up front with a level of hop bitterness that still lingers but not cloying as it was in the past. The balance is this canned version is a much appreciated improvement. Low carbonation, medium bodied, and it goes down smooth. Extremely drinkable

In a market, where most of the consumers choose BMC or Abita Amber, Perfect Tin is an excellent alternative. It’s not going to satisfy the hop heads’ amber craving, but it’s a nice beer with marketability and flavor that could get the swill sipping populous turned on to better beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tin Roof "Perfect Tin Amber"
on tap at The Industry Bar, NOLA. 4/13/12

Appearance: Mostly clear amber. Appears more brown in the full pint. A short head of frothy light tan holds well. Average lacing. Big bubbled carbonation (probably a dirty glass with lots of nucleation points).

Aroma: Hoppy and malty with a bit of a nuttiness. Minor yeasty fruitiness. Some mild background chocolate too. Grassy.

Flavor: Malty. Hoppy. Solid beer. The distinctly bready, caramelish and toasted maltiness appears upfront, accented by some chocolate and nuttiness. Some fruitiness follows, and grassy highlights rise across the middle. A drying bitterness appears and lingers into the finish as the hops fade and the nuttiness returns.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Fairly impressive as it's not just another bland "run-of-the mill" amber ale... its maltiness almost hints at being a kind of a northern English brown ale. Nice.

Photo of Casedogg43
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bonefish grill:

Drinking as I type:

Fresh Amber pour with a decent head

Smell is nice and hoppy for a Amber.

Taste is refreshing! Just like it should be.
Some citrus, hops and malts as well.

Mouthfeel: as it should be.

Overall: like it. Not too much of the malts going on, which I prefer with a refreshing Amber. Like the additional hops and citrus.

Baton Rouge has got something here!

Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried one of these on a recent trip to New Orleans; brought a couple more back to enjoy at home. 12 oz. can poured to a pint. Bought at Stein's Market, no date on the can.

Simple label design, some text superimposed on white and pale orange (for a brewery hailing from Baton Rouge, I expect 'Tiger' purple & gold, not 'Tennessee Vol' colors). :)

'Geaux Local. Drink Tin Roof Beer.'

A: Caramel brown with fiery reddish tint at its core. Sturdy head tops out at a finger, ivory-tan cream ebbs slowly. Lace is good, not great - splintered bands and waning sticking foam. A fine misty haze with ample, not overly abundant, carbonation.

S: Grassy and a whiff of musty hay. Very 'nutty' scent amidst cereal grains. At times sweeter, then a little earthy. Strength is fine.

T: First sip or two I wasn't sure about this. Toasted malt is strong: dry chocolate, burnt nutshells, spiced bread (rye?). Hops follow, hinting at orange and lemon zest, kinda tangy. Caramel/toffee asserts itself more with some warming, once the tastes become more familiar, but the balanced bitterness remains start to finish.

M: Creamy feel, a soothing mouthfeel until hop oils grab hold of the tongue. After a few sips, this seems 'juicy' - I'm salivating before the next one. Carbonation is on the mellow side, but there's a sharper bite in the finish. Some stickier malts loiter a while.

O: Pretty likable. Ambers aren't a style I'm drawn to much anymore, but i've had plenty over the years and this compares favorably. Pulls no punches flavor-wise by showing a surprising hop/malt balance and lasting bitterness. Glad to have bought a few, sad to have just one left.

Good job, Tin Roof

Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, dirty white head. Settles, and craters slowly and unevenly leaving lots of dry, sticky residue in its wake. Plenty of spider web lacing remains.

S: Grainy, with hints of butterscotch, and milk chocolate.

T: Woody with a bit a hop bite. Very earthy tone, with little sourdough.

M: Full flavored and hearty. A bit of rubbery, lingering aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy for a smooth, satisfying brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great appearance including a great persistent head (which is my favorite type of head), and a lot of lacing. Nose is grainy with some sweet notes. Earthy flavor with a dash of sourdough bread pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a crystal clear red color with a thick cap of tan head. Nice retention and lacing...a very pretty looking beer.

Nose is caramel, toffee, nuts and papaya. Interesting and decently bold. Nothing spectacular, but smells solid.

Taste has a nice nutty aspect with moderate sweetness while toast and toffee make up the majority of the malt flavor. A grassy, bitter bite on the finish cleans things up nicely. The mouthfeel might be the best part about this one, it really has a creamy, dense feel to it going down the hatch. It does nothing fantastically, but everything solid...its a well-built beer that is an easy choice for something tasty and can-portable while hanging out in Louisiana (CenLa in my case as I found this tasty treat in Alexandria).

Photo of Mikecap
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with two fingers of whitish head that fade quickly, not too much lacing left on glass.

Smell: Caramel malt and some citrus along with a nutty character. Pretty sweet and inviting, typical of an amber.

Taste: Quite malty with a bit of citrus fruit and some piney hop bitterness. More earthy than I expected but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very easy drinking, not too filling with a bit of creaminess. Not too bitter, pretty sweet on the tongue.

Overall: Pretty good amber here from TIn Roof. Maybe a bit better than Abita Amber but a similarly decent session ale.

Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: malt sweetness and a hint of bread comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, light bread and biscuit flavors, some ripe dark fruits, and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an average amber ale that won't overly excite but hits the spot for the style.

Photo of amphion1065
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a CBC pint glass. Another canned local from htomsirveaux. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really deep, red copper. Wonderful clarity, the body of this beer is gorgeous. The head, unfortunately is not. Just a quarter-finger of foam, it lasts less than 30 seconds. Unremarkable lacing.

The aroma isn't particularly complex, but it's pleasant. Plenty of sweet amber malts. There's a touch of grassy hops in the aroma for balance. Some lemons add a nice citrus note.

Really, really malty taste. This is sweet, almost like toffee and caramel combined. The hop profile that was present in the aroma plays a very minor role in the taste. There's sort of a barleywine-esque aftertaste. I suppose just reading that description makes this beer sound like an out of date amber ale, but it's actually pretty tasty. There's a slightly distracting medicinal aftertaste.

Carbonation is a little low, but I like that the body is on the fuller side. Due to the sweetness, this isn't the most drinkable amber ale, but it still seems fairly easy to put back.

Though less hoppy than my ideal, I can appreciate that this is a different take on the style. I've been really impressed with this brewery, though this isn't their best offering.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, no freshness date. Poured into a snifter. Light tan head, moderate retention on a clear, dark copper body. Aroma includes caramel malt, butterscotch slight brown sugar and molasses and some nuttiness and a slight roast. Taste follows suit. Quite sessionable and not bad at all.

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Perfect Tin Amber from Tin Roof Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.