Tailgate That Roller Coaster Thing Double IPA

For some reason, I always think that Tailgate is brewed somewhere else, but it's brewed right here in Nashville. I went from moving here and being told that Blackstone was my only option to finding little breweries left and right (and then seeing some of them go away entirely, much to my chagrin).

The beer is so murky that I would have suspected this to be a Bearded Iris brew, but it sure enough is Tailgate. There isn't a whole lot of off-white head on this amber-brown liquid, and I noticed that the bottom has chunks of... I assume hops or yeast or something. Never heard of a can-conditioned beer, but I guess there is a first for everything.

First sip is a delight. It's all sweet and cuddly with a creamy malt that is highlighted by lots of interesting tropical fruits. The fruits are meaty more than just juicy, and there is passion fruit, grapefruit, and possibly too many others to name, but they taste very nice.

Tip-in is absolutely meaty fruit edged with a bitterness I hadn't anticipated. The middle unfurls into a tart and bitter and somewhat caustic fruity acid that is not nearly as good as the sip was. The taste just isn't what I want to have, and I don't know who does. The finish is a little sweeter, but the fruit is still very heavy and still bitter.

Bottom Line: Rough. I expected more from both Tailgate and a DIPA.

1.5/5

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