Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.58/5 rDev +8%
Poured into a MJ tasting glass.
Pours a cloudy, orange hue with an off white creamy head of about a finger and a half. Head drops slowly, leaving a nice lacing.
Aromas of big grapefruit, citrus, resiny hops. Malt sweetness hides in there, but you can find it if you look.
First sip is of a bracing, citrusy bitterness. Big grapefruit flavor. A hint of malt sweetness, but this is all about the hops. Long bitter grapefruit finish. Any carbonic bite is hidden by the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a big resinousy coating of alpha acids. Slight pucker at the cheeks, not quite astringent. Very dry.
Very drinkable. Nice representation of the style. Although the flavors are big and aggressive, they do not cause palate fatigue. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting. Too bad I only bought one.
01-23-2011 03:02:29 | More by JamnesCameron
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Thanks to Tanger for sending me this one.
It pours a hazy blonde with a white bubly had that builds and fades quickly leaving a ton of sticky lacing.
The nose is extremely big on the citrus, grapefruit and strawberry as well as some fresh cut grass and a hay like smell.
The taste is fresh grass, tangy citrus, grapefruit, lemon and something I can't quite put my finger on that is different for an IPA.
It's got a good sticky feel with a light to medium body. A very good IPA.
11-08-2011 02:54:05 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Pours a hazy orange with one finger of foam that doesn't leave much lacing. Smell is in your face with abundant notes of grapefruit and citrus. Smells wonderful.
This IPA is on the malty side, with a full, sweet body. However, it is backed up with a huge hop flavor and refreshing bitterness. The fruity hop flavors really steal the show, leaving no doubt that this is an IPA.
The carbonation is light, leading to a smooth feeling on the palate. The lingering bitterness is present, but not overpowering... just about right.
All in all this is a damn fine IPA, and at 7.5% ABV, this one will sneak up on you!
EDIT: I've had this again on 2/6/11, and I have to bump up the smell to perfect. This beer smells top-notch. such a huge hoppy aroma.
02-20-2010 03:23:06 | More by FickleBeast
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured into McDonald's collector's glass (I'm...away from my glassware at the moment). Effervescent golden orange, with a medium-thin fizzy white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smell is very nice, big floral notes (as the name suggests) with some sweet citrus fruit as well, and just a hint of more bitter herbal scents. Taste is perfect IPA taste; smooth crackery malts start out but are quickly obliterated by huge citrusey and bitter hops; lots of sweetness is left behind, but not so much that it destroys the beer. This is a perfect benchmark American IPA, floral, fruity, bitter, and dangerously drinkable at 7.5%. Mouthfeel is pleasantly a bit fuller than expected.
Ithaca has been slightly hit or miss with me, but after this I'd love to see what they can do with a DIPA.
07-11-2013 22:16:29 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
2.95/5 rDev -30.4%
Ithicas flower power is interesting. I've heard some great reviews so I decided to vice it a go.
A. The look of the beer it great. Nice cloudy, rich golden hue. Small white head with a little lacing.
S. The scent is very strong and complex. The pineyness of the hops kicks your senses first with a sweet tickle of flowers to back it up.
T. Same as smell but much more overpowering. Hops cover your palette immediately with a slight sweet after taste
M. The body is not the fullest but has some carbonation to it. As soon as you fill your mouth, the fizz dies down quickly.
O. Not bad overall. Would I get it again, maybe. But if you like IPAs, give it a try if you have not yet.
Served in recommended pint glass.
08-29-2013 23:45:19 | More by mikefuski17
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Sometimes you have an IPA that reminds you how wonderful hops are, and how a lot of IPAs have hop bitterness, but sacrifice hop flavors. Ithaca's Flower Power IPA captures the essence of hops.
It pours a very nice, hazed, orange-copper color, and is topped by a thick, creamy, off-white head that fades, leaving the side of the glass coated with lace. The aroma is intensely hoppy. There are floral and citric notes, as well as a pungent, resiny bite. This really smells like sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Swirling the beer brings out the malts, which are predominantly bready and biscuity.
There's a mild malty sweetness upfront that's bready and sugary. The hops begin to assert themselves in the center, first with favors of citrus and grass, and then a strong resiny bitterness appears in the finish. The hops oils are evident on the palate, but are balanced by the crisp carbonation.
Overall I thought that this was a fantastic IPA. It really showcased both the hops bitterness and flavors.
10-24-2010 17:51:03 | More by EPICAC
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with low carbonation. About 1" of white head forms, which has okay retention and lacing.
Smell: Pale and caramel malts are detected up front, but easily the most prominent smell is an incredible dankness. Sweet, perfume-like grassiness and florals. Extremely nice.
Taste: Similar to smell. Big sweet dankness. A touch of alcohol. Doesn't lend itself quite as well to the taste, but still outstanding. Alcohol grows a bit more prevalent as the beer warms.
Overall: Light bodied with low carbonation. Pretty nice feel. Overall, a great IPA. Smell is world class, and the rest of the beer is very good.
11-22-2011 02:50:29 | More by zhanson88
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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