T.L.A. IPA | Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our house I.P.A. - A fine array of hops in harmony with pale and Crystal malt. Intense hop flavor with a floral aroma. Dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Columbus.

Added by sraimondi on 09-03-2007

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 125
Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask. Hazy golden amber color, with a classic cask looking head. Big retention and nice lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus hops, bready malt. Flavor is nicely bitter and hoppy up front, more on the pine side, with plenty of biscuit-like malty backbone. A bit of citrus on the linger.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a pint of T.L.A. at American Flat Bread in a standard 16 oz. pint glass.
Color was a bit more amber than I might have expected. Nice.
Aroma was a bit softer and non-descript than I would have liked. Pleasant and hoppy but I had to work for it.
T.L.A. tasted nice. A mellow, not in your face I.P.A. Not overly bitter or hoppy.
Mouthfeel was solid with just the right level of carbonations.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer with my pizza. It was yummy and sessionable.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is amberish with a moderately-sized white head. Good lacing, decent retention.

Nice nose; fruity and citrusy. Orange and grapefruit, a bit of a tropical scent. I get a bubblegum aroma as well, which is odd but not unpleasant.

Nice hoppy flavour. Mainly citrus. orange and other fruits. Again, I get some bubblegum, in a way that reminds me of a hefeweizen. Not sure why or how. Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, pretty solid IPA. Nice to have a pint of it.

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Photo of neophilus
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper colored brew, halfway between opaque and clear. Thin white head on top. Served a little warm but with decent carbonation.

Some faint pine resin hop aroma, hints of citrus. Light cracker malt underneath.

Satisfying rough bite of hoppiness satisfies the palate. Good hoppy pine flavor, with adequate amount of citrus mixed in. Solid malt base underneath carries the hopping well.

Nice dry, clean aftertaste, pleasant finish. Very well rounded IPA for a brewpub, hopping does not fall short from the bittering through the flavor and aroma. Beer tastes bright, does not fall flat, and and finishes clean. Best microbrewed IPA in the Burlington area I've found.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 1/21/11.

A-Pours a clear, copper amber with a very thin white head that quickly vanishes.

S-Nice balance of malt and hops. Citrus hop notes and a good amount of bready malt.

T-Balanced like the nose. Starts off mildly sweet with a bit of caramel malt but mostly bready malt. Citrus hops are present in the finish, favorful but subdued.

M-Medium bodied with somewhat light carbonation.

D-A nicely drinkable IPA, well balanced and tasty.


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Photo of Cascade77
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite local IPA.

a - Golden yellow to almost burnt orange. A nice head that doesn't last too long.

s - Pine, citrus, weed, some caramel breadiness. A really nice hop aroma. So fresh smelling.

t - Lots o hops without being overpowering. Good maltiness that lends just a touch of sweet at the end. Citrus again, grapefruit with a real bite but manageable.

m - Medium carbonation and not too heavy despite a solid malt backbone.

d - Very. I usually have two at a sitting. After that the mouth starts to itch for a bit more malt.

Overall a geat beer. Not extreme but a very solid IPA. Consistently enjoyable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flatbread in Burlington.

A: Slightly hazy golden orange, little carbonation bubbles releasing to the top. One finger white head that dissipated quickly, decent lacing.

S: Some citrus and pine notes, but not in your face, much more on the subtle side.

T: More pine than citrus on the taste profile. There is a little bit of lemon rind though. Nice bready malt backbone.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crips, leaves a slight bitterness. Very drinkable, was a good beer to go with my pizza.

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Photo of joeland
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a copper color with two finger worth of head.

s a nice hoppy smell with hints of malt.

t a good mix of flora hops and malt taste very smooth drinking beer.

m: medium carbantion with medium body.

d: a very nice ipa that is easy drinking and wasn't to bitter

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8 oz glass at the brewpub. 5.8%

Pours a lightly hazy copper golden, very thick white head forms, settles down to a big chunky ring around the glass, tons of lace sticks.

Smell is nice, tons of citrus, big grapefruit character, lemons, oranges, some caramel and toast, a bit of floral, perfumy, pretty solid nose on this one.

Taste is similar, big citrus character up front, grapefruit, caramel maltiness, some biscuit, floral, orange peel, very fresh hoppiness, nicely balanced, solid herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. A bit spritzy, but a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second bier on my 11APR10 visit with Alewife. Got this in a shaker pint glass for $4.00.

TLA is a medium golden color, with a touch of haze. A thin, creamy white head tops things off, the fine, tight bubbles leaving good lacing. There's a decent amount of hops in the aroma, with grapefruit and pithiness present. A solid medium, TLA has a touch of bubbliness on the tongue, though it's not a distraction.

Lightly bready at first, TLA soon ventures into the realm of being quite pithy and rindy, with lots of bitterness. Grapefruit rules here, and lingers fairly well. A solid American IPA. Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of UA8
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours the classic amber color with a just a touch of pale white foamy head. Scents of citrus are predominant on the nose with a nice backing of smooth malt. The palate echoes the nose with smooth citrus hops a balancing malt character adding just a touch of sweetness and a finish with just a bit of hop bitterness. Overall the beer hits right on the mark for what a good easy drinking american ipa should be. Plenty of flavor and just enough bitterness to keep things interesting.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 5th Anniversary TLA at their celebration, and it was great. The aroma of this is just crazy, it smells like a bag of fresh hops, and you can really taste all the complexity of it. It's got a amber to almost reddish color to it and it holds a nice decent head for a while. I'm not sure if they just called it the 5th anniversary or if it was different from their normal one, but it was really great. Something about it was just so good!

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Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.
This version has been mixed with some of the Sim City IPA that was previously on tap.

Pours a cloudy orange/gold color with a one finger white head that leaves medium lacing. Hoppy aromas of grapefruit and pine. There is a light pine flavor up front that mellows into a smooth grapefruit finish with no bitter aftertaste. Light bodied, medium carbonation, this IPA leaves a very clean mouthfeel. The smooth, balanced finish leaves you craving another sip to taste those delicious hops.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Mild copper color with a decent two-finger head.

Aroma: Nice and hoppy on the nose. Malt underneath.

Taste: Smooth and hoppy. Floral, grassy notes. Malt backbone is present.Bready. Almost more hoppy than malty.

Mouthfeel: Decent, lingering hop bitterness. Smooth and drinkable.

Verdict: A very nice IPA to start off the spring. It will fit in nicely with IPA month in April.

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Photo of Bobzilla
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap March 15th, 2008

Very nice IPA! The hop mix seemed to bring out some nice mixtures of fruit and bitterness. The floral nose was a nice change after the stout at an earlier pub. Very nice golden color, with a mild white head. It seemed to be well carbonated, but not overly so. A very drinkable beer, with a clean finish.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub on 02.28.2007; Served in a tumbler.

Pours a slightly hazy golden in color with noticeable carbonation. Porous, white head that fades after a moment leaving some condensed lacing down the glass. Citrus and pine-scented hop aromas; nothing over-the-top, but clean and bright. Spruce and pine flavors initially amidst a lightly breaded malt character. Clean citrus: lemon, green apple, pear. The bitterness is moderate, but not dark or overpowering. A light, medium in body. Crisp, but a bit overly active and thin. A very quaffable, lighter IPA. Definitely a sessionable version of the style.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one last Thursday on the way back from Montreal.

Cloudy, light amber color, seems to be an APA color. Some pine and citrus in the nose, but pretty subtle. The taste is quite interesting. It starts out being very balanced ith little hop bite. At the middle, hop bite escalates significantly with an oily finish. Nice prickly carbonation with an overall full mouthfeel. Good drinkability, could down a few of these in a session.

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T.L.A. IPA from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
4.03 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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