Conehead Wheat IPA - Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 282
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NEhophead on 10-15-2007

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at the brewery.
Pours a nice slightly hazy honey blonde with two fingers of head.
Aromas are very much of mango citrus hoppiness, could be a little more aromatic.
Taste is in line with aromas, but sticky mango is very forward here and works well with the wheat in the mash.
Mouthfeel is really nice.
Overall, this is a very tasty IPA the belies its low ABV. (373 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/18/15, growler filled today

A: Lightly hazy, golden and hay-colored with a tinge of tangerine - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a small cap, leaves some nice lacing

S: Bright citrus and less wheat than I was expecting - fresh orange and grapefruit flesh - hints of mango and peach flesh - slight hint of lemon, lime - lightly dank - pale malts and a touch of wheat

T: Bright and fresh without being aggressive - citrus flesh and juice, with a lot of orange, grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit - touches of pineapple and mango flesh - hint of lime - medium level of bitterness that does not really linger - pale malts and some wheat, but not much - lighly earthy aftertaste, mostly clean and refreshing

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated, dry finish

O: Not brewed in France

I got a 32oz growler of this and it basically evaporated. This stuff is very, very easy to drink. It's not the most intense or exciting thing I've had from Vermont, but comparing this to the "Vermont IPA style" is not fair. Zero Gravity apparently decided to do their own thing. And I like it. This is a great summer beer. (1,130 characters)

Photo of clake
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Spiegelau glass. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a half finger of head dissipating to a nice tiny ring. Aroma is straight citrus of orange and grapefruit. Taste is exactly what you'd expect from its aroma with a hint of wheat in the end. Light bodied with light carbonation that fits nicely with this beer. Conehead is a solid hot summer afternoon beer that packs in a lot of refreshing flavor. (421 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz can poured into a nonic tasting glass.

A=Hazy straw colored, yellow, white head, head lasts and lacing swirls the glass.

S=I get some citrus and tropical notes along with a lot of grass and dry wheat.

T=Great, refreshing, citrus and hop flavors out front with tangy malt and wheat backing, nothing overpowering.

M=Has a pretty light body and moderate carbonation, goes down smooth.

O=Great overall, love the cans, have had at the brewery on tap and was not nearly as impressed. One of my new favorites for summer, crisp and easy to drink, great balanced flavor. (579 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at South End Kitchen. Pours a translucent yellowish gold with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus, wheat and floral hops. Grapefruit, orange and lemon. The taste is light lemon and grapefruit with a fair amount of spicy wheat. Finishes with some floral hops notes, grapefruit and wheat. Light body. Overall, a pretty decent Wheat IPA. (364 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Vermont Pie & Pasta in Derby. Nice, solid IPA. Citrus and flowers on the aroma, slightly more citrusy in the taste, great body for a wheat, dry, with perfect carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this IPA. (212 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler purchased at Waterbury's fantastic Beer Cellar and consumed 6 days later. Still perfectly carbonated.

Nice pour--filtered gold with a slight haze.

Smells fruity, but I honestly wouldn't have recognized it as Citra if I weren't looking for it. This is maybe the most restrained single hop Citra I've ever smelled, and it balances out nicely against the pale wheat nodes.

Tastes light and soft but still very flavorful. Mango nodes move into a smooth malt middle that's bready enough to assert itself but still mellow enough to let the citra shine.

Strange beast, this. It's doesn't either mould of an eastern US IPA--it's not loaded with nobel hops, and it also carry any trappings of hypercontemporary Xtremeness. It tastes, I dare say, like something out of the early aughts, only with Citra. And that's not at all a bad thing. It's actually quite a nice change of pace. (892 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike most of Vermont's top IPA's and Double IPA's (Alchemist Heady Topper, Lawson Double Sunshine, and Fiddlehead Second Fiddle) Zero Gravity's Conehead does not have that citrus taste. It is a straight up IPA; very hoppy, great lacing; nose is not over powering; taste is above average.
Got a half growler from my friend Matt at Woodstock Hops & Barley in Woodstock Vermont.
Glad Matt offered this up to me. Although it is not better than the above mentioned brews it is almost even par with them. Really a good brew and one that I had not had before. Conehead, along with others noted above, has changed me from a solid stout guy to more leaning to IPA.
But this is because you can drink more IPA than you can stouts. A Goose Island Proprietor or a Dark Lord will probably move me back to "The Dark Side". Cheers to you all..... (832 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a golden yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, wheat, and orange. Smells refreshing.

The taste is similar. It doesn't quite knock you over with excitement, but it's tasty and refreshing anyway. Could drink a ton of this on a hot day. Some pine and wheat bitterness, grapefruit and orange hop flavors, with no real malt flavors that I can discern.

This beer is fairly light bodied, with a moderate to high amount of carbonation, and a crisp, clean, and slightly bitter mouthfeel.

This seems to be on tap basically everywhere in the area, finally tried it, it's pretty damn tasty. (675 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

The aroma offers bright citrus and orange peel.

The flavor has lots of grapefruit flavor, pine, a light biscuit malt and some wheat flavor. A medium plus bitterness.

Highly drinkable and refreshing. (201 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

we need more beer like this, less belgian, less coriander, more hops! finally a wheat beer hopped like an ipa but not corrupted by the same generic belgian stuff they all seem to be now. its not a hoppy wit, its an ipa! love it. this is light in color with not as much cloudiness as expected for a wheat brew. the nose has a lot of hops on it, citrusy but mild, cascade type alpha acid, and a sturdy dry hop on this i suspect. flavor has plenty of bitterness all the way through it, no doubt about it being an ipa, and my critique is oddly that there isnt much malt flavor to this. i want more wheat malt popping this off. its too light in body, i want some grit from the wheat. its too passive there for me, but they got the important part right i think. close to being amazing. mouthfeel is nice, a little light in body, but there is some hop oils swirling around and a lot of bubbles. fun stuff, nice for summer. (915 characters)

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Wheat IPA from Zero Gravity- unfortunately there is no BA category for the style. Enjoyed on tap at Hen of the Wood in Burlington. Beautiful hazy good with perfect head ringing the glass. Nice balance of fruity wheat character and hops; the wheat character is less noticeable in the aroma though this is not unusual. Hops linger nicely on the finish. Tasty- this beer has to compete on the taplist with Hill Farmstead and is certainly able to do so. (459 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap served chilled in a pint at Mad Taco.

The color is golden with hazedbody and frothy white head with average bead. The smell has a strong nelson character with tropical fruit quality with vinous white grape element. The feel is very good with tangy grape-like fruitiness with mild sweetness and lots of resins from the hop medium light carbonation and juicy tropical quality with sweetness in the residual taste and hop acidity lingers in the finish

This IPA is very flavorful, lots of Nelson Sauvin in the flavor which is great -almost more than any other Nelson wheat combination I tried... the freshness is key with light grape-like tangy juicy and tropical quality that is very enjoyable even if the wheat is mild in the flavor. Overall a very drinkable hop forward wheat - fantastic drinkability based on the Nelson dominance in the taste w/ mild malt balance and just extremely fresh and vibrant-Highly recommended! (942 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ACBF sample

A-Pours a hazy, light orange color. The tiny pour still gives births to a rather tall head. Very frothy.

S-Tropical and citrusy with some grassiness as well. Dry wheat.

T-The hoppiness is yummy. There is an exotic fruit element to it and a good amount of citrus - specifically tangerines. The wheat is a bit tangy and the rest of the maltiness is crackery and slightly sweet.

M-Relatively light in body. Medium bitterness. Well carbonated.

O-A tasty wheat IPA. I like the name, too. The hoppiness could stand to be a bit more intense but the flavor the hops give off are quite yummy, (601 characters)

Photo of Rheaume17
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at the Mule Bar in Winooski, VT.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A solid inch of thick head.

S - Very faint smell of citrus, picking up on more of a malty profile. Nothing really standing out too much.

T - Similar to the smell; I am getting very slight hints of citrus fruits, but the wheaty malt really stands out and overpowers everything else.

M - Good balanced carbonation, with a grainy feel to it.

O - This was my first beer from Zero Gravity. A decent beer that is easy to drink. I feel that a lot of the flavors are hidden behind the amount of wheat; but I guess that is why it is a wheat IPA! Like I said, a solid offering, but nothing amazing in my eyes. (688 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on-tap at American Flatbread, Burlington Hearth about a week ago. Zero Gravity brews have always struck me as reliably good yet often underwhelming, but I gave this unique style a try while dining there. Seemed to be a 12oz pour.

A: Cloudy orange, very well done and attractive.

S: Fruity, citrusy, very pleasant. I believe there was an emphasis on Citra hops.

T: Significant citrus hop profile with a background of adequate, yet not overpowering hops. Extremely pleasant, hoppy, and drinkable.

M: Spot on for an AIPA.

O: I like Zero Gravity's R. Prime IPA but, compared to this, it can't stand up. Conehead is one of the better AIPAs I've had outside of Hill's Susan and I will undoubtedly return to grab a $9 growler of this while it lasts. Try it if you can. (775 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy light amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-citrus, light malt, herbal, wheat

T-wheat, citrus, orange, herbal, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and balanced

O-enjoyed the Citra hops in this ale, easy summer beer (271 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three Penny. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Big white head that doesn't last. Some lacing and minimal surface foam.

Smell - Bright citrus hop. Lots of orange. And then wheat takes over. Really strong wheat smell.

Taste - Bright hop. Citrusy again. Fades to a hint of sugar, but grain is strong again. Lots of grainy wheat. Very slight bitterness and a grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - It's really grainy. Detracts from the smoothness of the finish. Medium body otherwise.

Overall - Tasty hops masked by wheat. Otherwise quite good. (567 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at American Flatbread on 6/11/11.

A - Extremely pale, hazy golden wheat-colored liquid with a thin white cap that receded, leaving behind a bevy of thick, lacy designs around the glass.

S - Citrus and wheat bread notes mingle together nicely, giving the aroma a light, juicy quality. A hint of wildflowers and toasted grains rounds out the aroma.

T - Flavor is really fresh and juicy with lots of citrus character as well as floral notes akin to wildflowers on the side of the road. Malt is sweet and doesn't prevent the hops from shining through here. With that said, Conehead isn't terribly bitter. This is light, flavorful and juicy.

M - Light bodied with a hint of dryness on the palate and a crisp, refreshing moderately hoppy finish.

D - Conehead reminds me of Shut the Hell Up! that I just had at The Alchemist, although not quite the hop bomb. I found this to be light, refreshing and poundable. Good stuff! (928 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap this beer was a cloudy, banana yellow color with a pure whitehead. The one-finger of foam displayed very good retention, especially as a collar and left lacing in thin bands. The aroma was 'bright' with notes of wheat, floral and citrus hops and mildly musty malt. The flavors were very dry and bitter. Lots of wheat twang, hints of citrus hops, orange rind in the middle, some root-like bitterness and herbal notes and a lightly sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation excellent. Though it as a good effort the high acidity and bitter elements took away from this one a little. (633 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at Flatbread, I also took the time to sample this beer out of curiosity. Poured a very light, pale color, almost yellow-gold with a decent amount of head. Aroma was nice and hoppy upfront with hints of wheat as well. I've never had anything like this before so it's hard to describe at first. The taste was hoppy upfront with a nice wheat finish. Dry aftertaste. Not too bitter and definitely not overwhelmed by the wheat.

I could see a beer like this being perfect for a hot day. It combines the best characteristics of both an IPA and hefe/witbier into one drinkable potion. (584 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the pub on 10.13.07; served in a tumbler.

Pale wheat/light copper in color beneath a porous white head. Thin, ringed lacing with decent strength. Aromas of bright citrus, stiff astringent wheat, and a brief solvency. Flavors begin with a bright citrus quality: lemon, orange, yeast-filled grapefruit. Astringent and musty; the hop character's bottom falls out and the pale wheat character presents itself: watery, stiff wheat with a noticeable astringency. Off-bitterness with a weak, musty aftertaste. Light, medium in body with a carbonated feel. A strange concoction of a Pale Wheat Ale and a light IPA that translates more like a Pale Wheat with a touch of added hops. It also equals a brew that I won't be returning to. (737 characters)

Conehead Wheat IPA from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.