Zero Issue Multiverse Pale Ale

Reviewed by on August 27, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Zero Issue Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 27, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Canadian Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Multiverse Pale ale is among the first packaged appearances of this nascent Cowtown brewery to arrive in our fair city to the north. I can’t tell whether this one reminds me more of Stargate, or more recently, Rick and Morty.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some random scattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it eventually sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus flesh, a touch of indistinct tropical fruitiness, some understated flinty notes, and more earthy, leafy, and dead floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery caramel malt, a lesser banal toffee sweetness, some plain orange, white grapefruit, and aged lemon citrus peel, an ephemeral yeastiness, minor wet stony essences, and a meek leafy, weedy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite mild in its milquetoast frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a minor oily creaminess creeping in as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the silken malt and fading hops the order of the lingering evening.

Overall, this is certainly an agreeable and enjoyable pale ale, one whose provenance lies somewhere between the American and English styles, so, as I’ve said many times before, that places it squarely in Canuck territory (chew on that, M. Foster), eh?  More malty than hoppy, in the end, which is a-ok by me, as sometimes that’s what this otherwise adamant hop-head wants.

Brady White

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