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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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Flatbread Burlington. Clear orange. Smells of bready malts, a little caramel, and some earthy hops. Tastes of earthy hops that turn to bitterness immediately. Bitter throughout. A little bit of bready malt. Slick mouthfeel. Solid bitter.

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3.95/5  rDev +7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DareOfTheHog
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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