Zero Issue Brewing Venom (Issue 11) – Black IPA at 6% ABV

Zero Issue Brewing Venom (Issue 11) Black IPA at 6% ABV (C$3.82 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 20-Dec-2018, acquired 15-Jan-2019, reviewed 24-Jan-2019)

Appearance: clear deep cola brown with two fingers of fluffy beige head, excellent retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: crusty rye bread, citrus, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter mildly spicy finish. (4/5)

On the one hand, I’d like this to have a much more pronounced rye bite. (It certainly doesn’t live up to the venomous name!) On the other hand, it’s pretty easy drinking and refreshing, especially for a Rye IPA, and there’s a bit of lingering spice in the finish. All in all, a decent example of the style. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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