Analog Ready Paler One

Reviewed by on August 1, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Analog Brewing

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 1, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Super Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Edmonton’s newest brewery has released its first packaged product, also dubbed the ‘beta edition’ of a super session ale.  I must have missed out on the alpha one.  Great punny name, by the way.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent layered and streaky lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of grainy and doughy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, aged lemon juice, a touch of hard water flintiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of strange bar-top nuttiness, still rather hard to parse citrus and tropical fruit notes, a damp minerality, and more understated leafy, herbal, and grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly restrained in its palate-probing frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, as those added oats go the long mile in providing a subtle creaminess.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt pretty much running the lingering show.

Overall – this is certainly a brew tailored more for easy drinkability, than for excessive contemplation.  Simple, hardly bitter at all, and a pleasant quaff whilst I keep a vigilant watch for all those thunderstorms the Interwebs keep screaming about.

Brady White

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