Beer Review: Zero Gravity Conehead IPA


Beer:  Conehead IPA
Brewer: Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments:

The Burlington, Vermont-brewed IPA is a nice bit of craft beer goodness.  The beer is golden and hazy with not much of a head when poured.  The aroma is grainy with hints of citrus.  As one would expect from an IPA, the hop flavor is strong, but not overpowering, and a fresh maltiness washes it away in the aftertaste.  The mouthfeel is medium, and the beer leaves light lacing behind on the glass.  All and all, this is a very easy beer to drink.

This is a palatable IPA for people who don’t like IPAs.

Beer Review: Peak Organic IPA Evergreen 


Beer: Evergreen IPA
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: Can
Rating: *** (7.7 of 10)
Comments: A cloudy golden/orange in color, this beer offers an appropriately piney aroma.  The flavor is grassy with hints of spice and a hop aftertaste.  It’s basically a liquid Christmas tree, and a like it.

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Beer Review: Victory Hop Devil


Beer: Hop Devil IPA
Brewer:  Victory Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating:  * (5.6 of 10)
Comments:

This beer is copper-colored, and pours out with no head and kind of a flat appearance.  There’s a sweet toffee aroma and despite the name a rather malty and piney taste, before a mildly bitter aftertaste.  There’s light lacing and a medium mouthfeel.  Kind of a boring beer with no complexity.

Beer Reviews: Whetstone WIPA Snappa


Beer: WIPA Snappa
BrewerWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Source:  Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: The first of a couple of beers from this experimental brewpub in Brattleboro, VT.  It’s a cloudy, straw-colored beer with light carbonation and a thin head.  The aroma is a mix of grapefruit and sweet pastry, while the flavor includes lemon drops and rye bread.  It has a thin mouthfeel and leaves whispy lace on the glass.  Whatever it is, it works!

 

 

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA


BeerSamuel Adams Rebel IPA 
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)
Comments: Rebel IPA is amber-colored with a good-looking head, but not much visible carbonation.  The aroma is piney, and the flavor offers spicy grapefruit with an apricot aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel.  The beer leaves lovely lacing on the glass.  I’m not a fan of overly hoppy beers, and there seems to be an arms race to make the most bitter beer these days, but Samuel Adams has done a great job of extracting the best from the hops in this nicely balanced beer.

Beer Review: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA


Beer: Sculpin IPA
Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Source: 12 fl. oz. can
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)
Comments: Poured from a can into a jam jar (not your usual presentation), this beer appears cloudy orange with a thick, big bubble head.  The aroma is a musty apricot, with apricot, mango, peach and other fruit flavors balancing out the typical IPA bitterness.  A nice, well-rounded beer

Beer Review: CBC Big Man IPA


Beer: Big Man IPA
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments: Not a big IPA fan, so take that into account.  This beer poured out with no head and an ice tea brown color.  There’s a sort of sweet, caramel malt aroma with hints of floral hops.  The hops packed a bitter wallop up front followed by a clean finish.  This seems like a real meat & potatoes kind of beer.

 

Beer Review: Long Trail Seaport Honey Ginger IPA


Beer: Seaport Honey Ginger IPA
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co.
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: Like a jar of honey, this beer is golden and sparkling with a finger-width head.  It gives off a scent that is, yup, ginger and honey.  True to its name, the flavor is also ginger with a hint of honey sweetness.  The beer leaves nice stratigraphic levels of lace on the side of glass.  This beer is yummy, assuming that you like ginger.

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Latitude 48


Beer: Samuel Adams Latitude 48
Brewer: Boston Beer Co.
Source: 12 Fl. Oz.
Rating: *** (7.0 of 10)
Comments: It’s a pretty beer, copper-colored with a thick, yeasty head.  The scent is not strong, but there’s a whiff of sweet caramel and bready hops.  For a beer dedicated to hops (Latitude 48 is where many hops-growing regions fall around the world) it has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with caramel & citrus preceding the hoppy aftertaste.  The head dissipates quickly with little lacing but the color is still attractive.  This is a good beer and a worthy addition to the craft of my local brewery.