The Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale from Tin Roof Brewing is as it claims, an American Pale Ale. "Generously hopped, this brew draws on pale, honey and caramel malts to provide the perfect balance between bitterness, aroma, and malt character. Pairs well with anything spicy…especially crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya." Amazingly this will be the first Tin Roof beer to make it on Feature Beer Friday!, but I doubt it will be the last.
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (BiteandBooze.com), Charles Pierce (Me And My Big Mouth podcast), Brenton Day (The Ale Runner.com), and Ross Marcotte.
Serving: 12 oz. can.
Appearance: Dark amber, decent head with good rentention.
Aroma: Hoppy with a nice malt base, Brenton and Jay both picked up some citrus notes in the hops and Charles thought it had a slight syrup aroma, which makes sense considering this beer uses Steen's cane syrup in the brew process.
Taste: I thought it was a pretty solid hop-forward pale ale. It has a nice balance of citrus hops and malty syrupy sweetness. Brenton described it as "pleasingly bitter" which is a great thing in a pale ale.
Mouthfeel: A little lingering bitterness, but that's not a bad thing. Decent body too, good mouthfeel for the style.
Overall: This is better than I remembered and I really commend Tin Roof for improving their recipe and making this isn't a really well-rounded APA. Available in cans all over Baton Rouge, I can see myself drinking plenty of this over the Summer.
Overall Rating: 77.2
My Rating: 72