London Calling | Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Vermont, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maltier and less bitter than an American pale ale, this true session ale is all about balance.

Added by Sammy on 05-16-2008

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 34
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

we need more session beers and milds, especially in the summer when all day drinking is the norm (don't judge me). this one pours a nice copper color, just a little hazy, with a receding off white head. the nose is a good mix of English malts and American hops, sort of the best of both worlds, and the taste agrees, with a breakfast cake malt body on the sweet side, and a crisp citric west coast hop without a ton of bitterness. my main complain here was the body, its a little too big to be an all day pounder in terms of body and weight. its heavy and filling, despite its low alcohol content. good balance though, and a nice crisp finish. cask would do this well, and it rocks with all the awesome pizzas. a good beer overall, but there are far more exciting beers on the menu at American flatbread.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask and dry hop with Glacier: Poured a slightly hazy dark orangey color ale with a small bubbly head. Aroma of fruity hops with light dry caramel malt is simple but refreshing. Taste is dominated by fruity hops with some light dry caramel malt notes is very refreshing. Body is light with good carbonation for a cask. This is one of the better mix between low ABV and flavours that I have tasted in along time.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I walked in to American Flatbread looking for a session beer and this one jumped out at me. The body was light and drinkable, with a barley character of doughy, toasty malt balanced by a mild spicy hop character. I'd love to try this one on cask, but my draft pint was plenty satisfying.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at American Flatbread, Burlington, VT

I think this was my first "session ale," as the style was just starting to get widespread recognition as a valid option in the US at the time. I was surprised at the full flavor and good quality of this ale, but then again, it's Zero Gravity, which is a high quality brewery, so...

Anyhow, this beer was served in a pint glass, a slightly hazed copper color with a small cap of white head that didn't linger too long. Aroma was very basic, dry, bready, malty sensation with a hint of earthiness. Similar on the tongue, with malt sweetness and a good breadiness, subtle notes of citrus zest and pith, and some mild earthy hops for a good balance. Light-bodied, and very mild overall, basic, but not at all dull or flavorless. A good introduction to the style, I believe.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub may 31/2010. the menu listed it at 3.6%.

pours slightly hazy pale amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves light spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. grainy. white bread and cracker. fruity. light herbal character. hint of alcohol. touch of DMS.

taste is nice. bit of grain. wheat bread and cracker. hint of alcohol. faint toasty character. herbal. just a touch of honey and caramel sweetness. a bit fruity.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. initially it was far too cold, hiding most of the flavour, but it really opened up as it warmed, becoming more balanced and showing a nice depth.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a coppery orange with a bright white, dense head; clarity was hazy. Nose was cereal grains and light malt. Taste was citrusy and biscuity - not much complexity here. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and creamy. For a 3.8% abv, this brew was both flavorful and refreshing. A great session brew.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap this English Pale Ale was a hazy gold color with some amber highlights. The one-finger head retained only moderately but left good lacing. The aroma was very dry and boozy with some herbal hops and citrus notes. The flavors were dry as well but the hops were better pronounced. I detected the herbal hops, some lightly tart notes of citrus, a little caramel and pale malt in the center with a piney finish that was bitter but not biting. The body was medium, the mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation a little foamy. As a stand-alone beer I thought it pretty good but it was more hazy than expected and the head did not retain as well as one would hope for the style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Pours a pale-amber color with a very thin head.

Aroma: Sweet and bready with a hint of hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Bready upfront with some malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Seems of the style. Wonder if they used fuggles?

Mouthfeel: Bready and sweet. Hop bitterness fades a bit.

Drinkability: Smooth and simple like Bass for example. I like it.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed copper. Topped by a thin, sudsy film of a head. The aroma is relatively light. There are hints of apple fruitiness and a juicy hop presence. There's a grainy, mineral yeast aroma.

Toasty, lightly sweet, caramel malts. Moves through to an apple-like character in the finish with some husky, hop bitterness and a light citric character. Light-bodied, moderately carbonated with a nice dryness in the finish.

Good balance with a dryness that keeps you drinking.

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Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"English style session pale ale"
Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber color with orange hues and a thin white head with bubbles continuously rising to the top. Tea like aromas, citrusy, mild malt and slightly floral. The hops and malts interact with each other well in this beer. Mostly hoppy flavor kept in check by the malt, citrusy up front leading to some spicy hops finishing with a bitter, tea like flavor. Medium bodied, light carbonation with a crisp finish. The great hop flavors are on display but are not overpowering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Golden yellow with nice soapy white head. Significant aromatic hop. Lacing was prevalent as I drank it. Not a great finish. Rather thinish, the hop flavour took it only so far. Weaker part of lineup, an experimental batch to try again.

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