Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by olmatty:
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance-Pours a tall soapy head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing. A slightly clouded orange amber beer.
Smell-Huge perfume of hops, citrus and pine. One of the best smelling IPAs.
Taste-Pine, citrus and spicy perfume hop flavors in equal proportion overlay a good malt background. While hop/alcohol/malt balance is reasonable the hops really steal the show here.
Mouthfeel-Moderately sticky mouthfeel from lots of hops. carbonation is on the lighter, smooth side.
Drinkability-So smooth and flavorful for a for a pretty high 7.5% ABV IPA. I could drink nothing but this beer if necessary. Very much a West Coast style IPA. Don't these guys know they're brewing in NY? An outstanding IPA.
12-29-2010 07:31:16 | More by olmatty
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.
10-17-2004 23:00:06 | More by oberon
4.34/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a pale, golden color, straw in some spots and light amber in others. Murky and translucent, then topped off with a white cap that settles to a quarter-inch and shows some decent staying power. Nice, drippy lacing is left near the top of the glass.
Flower Power, like the name might imply, is powerful and fruity - loaded with citrus, huge pineapples, apricots, and maybe some mango. Light hop resin sits in the background along with some light pine, but stays secondary to the citrus overload. I've heard people compare this beer to Zombie Dust, and I see where they're coming from. This citrus isn't quite as powerful here (and neither is the rest of the hop profile, for that matter), but it's drawing some slight resemblance.
Somewhat surprisingly, the first thing I notice on my palate are the hops, and they exhibit a mildly spicy, white-pepper flavor, something that I wasn't picking up on in the aroma at all. Some resinous flavors come through and the bitterness smacks your tongue quickly and all at once. Slightly oil and leafy. Lemon and orange zest play a big role in the flavor, as well as light apricot and pineapple. The palate isn't picking up the fruit as much as the nose, but it's definitely there, and certainly more noticeable in the latter half of the sip.
The bitterness is pretty powerful and probably helps tone down the fruit at first. Sweetness from the malt is there, giving off a light, sweet bread flavor. Other than being a backbone for the huge hop profile, it doesn't do much else. The aftertaste is full of a peppery bitterness, a little fruity pith, and some dry, bready malt. Maybe even a little ashy as the beer gets warmer. Medium bodied, a little stickier than expected, decent carbonation.
I can see why people might substitute this beer for Zombie Dust where it's more readily available. Similar in many ways - and although I prefer ZD much more, this beer is still pretty damn delicious. If it was available in my area, I'd probably drink it all the time. Goes down easy and gives you a nice fruit, bitter hop kick.
02-02-2013 21:26:58 | More by tectactoe
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
A: Golden with a somewhat good clarity. Produces a good head stand with a rocky, off-white head that has good retention.
S: It smells like a bag of hops with a strong hops aroma of citrus and tropical fruit being mostly lemon, lime and pineapple with some papaya. There is light malt sweetness and a light flower alcohol aroma as well. Some of that grassy, herbaceous aroma from the hops. One of the best smelling IPA on the market.
T: Great hop flavor dominates with a strong citrus and tropical fruit hops flavors and a very strong hops bitterness. The malt is there with a just enough to clean sweetness to support the hops. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness. The balance is fairly bitter but not as aggressive as some IPAs.
M: A medium-light body with moderately-strong carbonation.
O: Still one of my hands down favorite IPAs. The hops aroma and flavor is outstanding with a ton of West Coast citrus character and herbal notes. If I could take only one beer with me to a deserted island it would probably be Flower Power.
12-10-2012 01:04:00 | More by MadScientist
4/5 rDev -5.7%
A - Clear gold, moderate carbonation, nice white head.
S - True to name lots of floral hop aroma, but in addition some sweet fruity hop flavor, kind of like lychee like. Some sweet, light crystal malt comes through also.
T - Hops come on early and strong. More citrus to start, but the floral notes come on in the middle along with a nice biscuit/bread flavor. Ends with a nice bitter kick, but slightly more sweet than I would like.
M - American IPAs usually finish very clean and dry but this one has more of a moderate body. The body is almost more DIPA then IPA, but still good.
D - This is different than so many other American IPAs out there. Aggressively hopped, but with some different flavors (that Ahtanum isn't so common but it is good) and the bread flavors are a bit more like an English. Very solid IPA no matter how you look at it.
01-22-2011 00:56:37 | More by steelerguy
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours into my glass a brilliant golden amber hue with a solid two fingers of creamy foam that leaves some spotty lacing as it falls. Definitely makes me want to drink it! Aromas of bright, fresh hops shine through. Citric, floral and herbaceous they rule the show here. Smooth malty backbone. Lovely and pungent.
First sip is bright hops upfront with more resinous citric and floral flavors flowing across the palate. Fresh and vibrant with a well balanced caramel malt backbone. Not overly bitter - but there's a nice bite on the way down and lingering hops on the finish. Well balanced, super tasty IPA. Yum.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied - super refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, this is just a great IPA and I wish I could obtain it easier!! Very glad to have finally had the opportunity to try it, thanks Lum!
06-02-2011 02:14:34 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev -5.7%
The beer was a hazy copper color with a small white head. There was a lot of lace.
Caramel malt aroma. Pine and citrus hops.
A lot of caramel. Grapefruit and a bit of piney hops.
Nice beer. More malt than I expected, but still a very drinkable beer. Will look for this again.
07-13-2013 23:03:59 | More by lordofthewiens
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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