Zero Issue Dagger

Reviewed by on August 2, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Zero Issue Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 2, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged July 19, 2018

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

An ‘NE Pale Ale’, and one half of a recent twin release called Cloak & Dagger. Don’t ask me why I’m starting with this one.

This 473ml can pours a hazy, medium banana yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some random sudsy island chain pattern lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of dank pine resin, some edgy orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a muddled domestic citrus fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more floral, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its laid-back frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess seeping in once things warm up a tad at this particular point in the game.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and juicy citrus essences predominating.

Overall – this comes across as an affable enough version of the style, nice and frooty, with a balanced drinkability.  Not quite as potent as its moniker might suggest, but a fine tipple on yet another sunny and warm Alberta summer day.

Brady White

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