On Monday I wrote a review of a beer from Fore River Brewing out of Maine and discussed my excitement when breweries from other parts of New England extend their footprint into the Boston area. When I was writing my two part series on my favorite NEIPAs in every state in New England I realized how many amazing beers are being brewed in the region, and that a high percentage have very limited distribution. This is especially true in Vermont, the state has the highest number of breweries per capita in the US, but the vast majority are only sold in the state. There are way too many stand out Vermont breweries that I rarely try due to my limited time for trips up north, so I love to see more of those beers make the trip down to the Boston area. One standout Vermont brewery that has recently expanded distribution is Zero Gravity Brewing out of Burlington. A number of Zero Gravity beers have started to pop up in Metro Boston including Cone Head, a single hop wheat IPA showcasing Citra hops. Zero Gravity Cone Head is available year round on draft and in 12 oz cans.
Zero Gravity Cone Head IPA pours slightly hazy orange with a moderate white head. The aroma features a solid burst of hops, fruity and a little floral. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, pine and lemon along with a solid bitter bite. This is complemented by a light malt backbone, touches of wheat bread and whole grain. Cone Head IPA is very light bodied and super drinkable, not too boozy at 5.7% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with some lingering hop flavor and bite. This is a very good IPA, plenty of flavor, easy drinking and balanced. I’m happy to have Zero Gravity in Massachusetts and look forward to reviewing more of their beers in the near future. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.