Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by semihobo:
3.68/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Stolen out of a friend's mixed 12 ... does pilfered beer taste better? I've always felt it does.
Summer seasonal that is still hanging around in 12 packs, no best-by-date but I love the bottle. The idea of "Flower Power" is perfect for Ithaca with lots of hop flowers all over the hippie lettering.
Very clear light amber, a little orangey, tasteful pure white head that dies fast leaving nothing behind.
Nose is of piney, nose-tingling hops. IBC was probably aiming for "floral" hops (given the name of the brew) and they got em. Methinks Cascade. A little sweetness behind the hops, with some cloveish spices.
Mild taste for an IPA. The hops are pretty friendly and gentle, and there is a solid malt presence along with the same spices from the smell. Hops taste of pine and are herbal. Pretty well balanced, maybe even on the maltier side for an IPA (due to subdued hops, not lots of malt). Bitter hoppy finish.
Pretty light, almost thin-bodied, clean mouthfeel, the resinous hop oil finish adds something.
The brew itself is not mind-blowing, but remember, this is a summer seasonal. Sipping this while swimming and playing in a creek in the sun this summer was excellent. Very tame for an IPA, almost a "Light IPA" without being pejorative. Extremely sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2005 01:36:30 | More by semihobo
More User Reviews:
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.
A: Mostly translucent gold coloring with a very minimal head.
S: Some light pine and citrus hop aromas take over the glass pretty much immediately.
T: Pine and citrus are immediate, followed by a sticky hop finish that has you going right back in for another sip. The hop characteristics permeate every bit of the beer.
M: Crisp, clean finish with mild carbonation. Not overly heavy at all, despite a solid ABV (7.5%).
O: Flower Power is among my favorite beers, IPA or otherwise. It inhabits its own unique place in the East Coast IPA range (not being overly malty or hoppy) and would contend with the best from the opposite coast as well. Best of all, it's readily available in the Northeast. Drink as much as you can.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 04:31:06 | More by JohnCassillo
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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