Zero Issue Innsmouth

Reviewed by on October 13, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Zero Issue Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 13, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged October 3, 2018

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Sour Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

What we have here is a ‘mango-passionfruit sour’.  The name is an apparent allusion to a Japanese anime cartoon, which is way, way out of my wheelhouse.  Whatever floats (or sinks) yer boat, I suppose.  Anyway.

This 473ml can pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves absolutely nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of a muddled tropical fruitiness, bready and grainy cereal malt, a faintly funky yeastiness, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and crackery pale malt, dried mangoes, indistinct dark exotic fruity notes, some sour and estery yeast, and more well-understated leafy, herbal, and grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, once one gets acclimatized to the mild acridity endemic here, that is.  It finishes trending dry, the generic tartness seeing to that little eventuality.

Overall – this comes across as a competently-rendered (kettle?) sour offering, with the two guest ingredients sort of meshing into a singular frooty essence, which is definitely ok.  Flavourful, and not too sour, so the enamel on my teeth gets to live to fight another day!

Brady White

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