Experimentation in beer is great and all, but sometimes you find a recipe that you just can’t let go. Such was the case for Zero Gravity Craft Brewery and its Conehead IPA. The beer began as part of the brewery’s annual I.P.April series, a month-long celebration of hoppy brews that spotlights a different hop variety each year—and then Zero Gravity decided to gave Citra hops a try. The brewers were immediately hooked, and they've been brewing Conehead with Citra ever since.
Appearance and Aroma
Conehead IPA’s can art is simple yet vivid. A turquoise background sets the stage for a stained glass-like hop cone illustration, with Zero Gravity’s hummingbird logo on the opposing side. When poured, Conehead pours a hazy, beautiful straw-colored, lemony gold with a creamy foam that lasts. Strong aromas of mango, papaya, orange, and sweet flora fill the glass.
One word: Amazing.”
The flavors of Conehead are bright, bold, and juciy. Upon first sip, Zero Gravity’s unique choice of pilsner and wheat malts as the malt base delivers a sweet, bready flavor. This is followed by tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya, and orange. Conehead finishes clean with a full, creamy mouthful. A light tinge of citrus and herbal bitterness follows.
One word: Amazing. I really don’t think you can go wrong with a beer hopped with 100% Citra hops. (Full disclosure: I’m a Citra fiend.) In my very biased opinion, this popular hop variety just has a way of making nearly any beer exceptionally better. On the Conehead label, Zero Gravity says, “This beer might just be your Rushmore.” I have to agree. If it were more readily available in my zip code, I’d be drinking this fruity, hop-forward, sweet nectar more regularly than I should probably admit.