Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint. Cost: $3. Also available in the Ithaca Brewing variety 12-Packs.
Appearance: Typical, lemony-yellow, cloudy IPA. Paler than most, but this is not a 9%+ ABV’er. Generated a loose, frothy, large-gauge white head that resolved down to a thin, patchy skim. Fine-grained carbonation.
Smell: Appropriately floral in character, with a resolutely, hoppy, herbaceous aroma. Very fresh-smelling, like a Spring day down at the Gorge.
Taste: For those of you die-hard hop-heads, this will seem pretty mild; but it is an excellent session IPA. The taste, like the aroma, is very floral, with definite hop notes balanced by a sweet fruitiness. Doesn’t exhibit the strong, citrus characteristics of many IPA’s. Has a very refreshing flavor profile. The draught version is meatier, with more complex herbal notes and a longer, fuller finish; although the bottled version is nice as well. Several people came up to me at the fraternity’s Reunion cocktail party to specifically comment on how good the Flower Power was (it ran out first). One brother specifically came up to me and said, “Wow, this is a hoppy beer! I like it!”
Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth, cool, and satisfying. Finely carbonated. Light-bodied. The bottled version is on the thin side, robbing it of some of its charm.
Drinkability: Frightfully drinkable. Somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA, this beer should have a very wide appeal to BA’s and novices alike. Not very strong (either ABV or hoppiness), it is particularly enjoyable when fresh on draught.
This beer really surprised me. While impressed by Ithaca’s Nut Brown and the Pale Ale, I didn’t expect the Flower Power to be as complex and intriguing as it was. It really cries out to be made available year-round as their flagship brew. While not on the level of a Dreadnaught or HopDevil, it defines its own niche as a "mild" IPA, with a smooth, sweet character. Extremely inexpensive, this is a great Summer beer for quaffing in copious quantities. Flower Power is a beer that proves the aphorism that, “When in Rome…” Like the super-fresh, simple wines one might try in Italy or France, that never seem to travel well, Ithaca Flower Power IPA really shines, especially when fresh.
Bottom Line: If this had been available at The Chapter House (or even on tap in the house) when I was in college, I still wouldn’t have graduated!
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2003 14:34:57 | More by Dantes
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