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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 5,069
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 23
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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower Power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.
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Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, freshy fresh

Flower Power pours a brilliant orange color with a small, sticky snow white head. A booming bouquet of fresh, piney, slightly spicy, resinous hops greet the nose with a mild whiff of alcohol. Bright in the mouth and very well carbonated, a defined malt sweetness lay underneath an immense hop character. Weed, man...this offering is definitely, uh, inspired... Very drinkable for its size, honestly i had a couple last night and didn't even realize until now that this was 8%. Lingering bitterness leaves me wanting another sip constantly, not sessionable but 2 or 3 would suffice anyone's hop craving. New Jersey BA's...buy this quick its frrrresh.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following on the heels of their hopped-up Cascazilla amber, Ithaca does very well with their classical rendition of a floral-laden, high percentage ABV for this India Pale...
Floral notes stand out to the point of having an almost sweet lingering on the mouth... 8% alcohol by volume is difficult to detect...
Recommended...

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Photo of Kadonny
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass. I've had this beer a few times now from tap and it warrants my review. Please note, my previous growler review has proven to be a bit different from what I am tasting in this beer currently.

A: A medium copper goldish color with a fluffy one finger creamy white head. Nice full lacing left behind.

S: Hops, hops and....hops. Huge floral and citrus nose, with more citrus than before. Nice wafting caramel malt sneaks in.

T: The label is what this beer tastes like. A huge floral herbal hop character with an almost as large citrus hop bite. Flavors of orange, lemon, pineapple and grass accompany the floral hops to make this beer so stinkin hoppy. The sweet caramel malt holds things together but never has the opportunity to punch through the hops but provide a huge deepness to the beer. Finish is prickly with the floral citrus leading the way out. Bitterness comes out in the end with a drying aspect.

M: Smooth, herbal, clean, full and coating and bitter. 8% abv? Are you kidding me? Where??

D: Forget it, drinkability is off the charts good.

Overall this beer is so much better after having it a few times. I have truly come to appreciate how good it really is. This is an up and comer folks, this beer will rise the charts rapidly. Think this is an east coast style beer? Ha, this rivals the great west coasters. This is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine, and right now I believe this is my favorite IPA from the east coast, hands down. Sorry Smutty Finest Kind, Ithaca wins in a TKO.

Edit 1/18/2010. Purchased a keg for home. As I drink this more, the more I realize just how amazing it is. Freshness is the key which produces a nose that just pops with citrus and floral notes and a taste that follows. FYI, beer now is listed at 7.5%abv.

Edit: 11/5/2012 Keg purchased at home. This keg is really popping wih huge notes of pineapple and tropical fruits. It seems each time I drink this beer, I get new flavors. So complex.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap redbones oct 16/09.

pours hazy orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. orange and grapefruit. bit of pine. light caramel. white bread and cracker. light biscuit. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. resiny pine and grapefruit. medium-high bitterness level. light orange peel. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. white bread. bit of cracker. a bit powdery. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth.

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Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nearly clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger, whitish head that has decent retention and abundant lacing. Shows steady carbonation as well.
Smells of grapefruit & a hint of pineapple with a light, sweet malt following.
The taste is citrusy hops at first then some bitterness, though not a harsh bitterness. The finish has some light malt but it's not very distinct. It seems like there should be a bit more noticeable malt presence in this IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated throughout.
Drinkability is better than most. With a moderately high, yet unnoticed, ABV a couple of glasses would go down well.

I definitely thought this was a step above your run-of-the-mill IPA and woth a try for the IPA lover.

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Photo of david18
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't been a huge fan of this brewery but this is an aceptional India Pale Ale. The flavor is great and the alcohol by volume is very well hidden. Color is like most IPA's, nice copper. But the most oustanding characteristic was the aroma which was amazing. Get this beer if you can find it.

Had this beer a second time and now i'm upping a couple of the categories.

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Photo of wamu2000
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First stab at an Ithaca offering. Very Impressed. Being a Hop-Head this first taste was right up my ally. Hops flows through the nose at first, great but not overwhelming bite.

Smooth finish with a pleasing aftertaste. Similar in sweetness to Green Monsta, a bit more floral, hence the name i suppose.

Always a fan of high abv completely unnoticed, you get it here. High velocity hop aroma and flavor, instantly made my top 5 APA list.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from orcasteve... thanks Jeff!

Pours a honey color with a frothy three finger off white head with very good retention.

Grapefruit in the nose is most obvious... but there's a biscuity/bready smell there as well.

Taste is similar... a very even malt presence is here. Grapefruit skins, orange citrus right off the bat. Really nice carbonation but this doesn't finish as dry and crisp as I like my IPAs to. There's not a whole lot of bite here... hops have definitely faded some in this bottle.

All in all, this is a decent IPA that falls way short in the style. To be fair, this has a best by October etch on the label, but I don't think freshness would add a whole lot more to me enjoyment of this beer.

EDIT: Trying a fresh bottle of this and it KICKS ASS! There's a dry and crisp finish with some teeth-melting hop bite. Never again will I have an old IPA. It just isn't worth it. Old review score was 3.65.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from 6-pack poured into pint glass.
Thin, quickly dissipating head lies on top of opaque honey-orange liquid. Mild fruit, flower aroma with hints of caramel. Hop bitterness predominates, lingers, doing a fair job of masking the 8% ABV. Unfortunately that's the best that can be said for the flavor of this IPA. You could drink a couple of these if the alternative is a mass produced offering that boasts "triple hops", but with the plethora of IPA's now available, why?

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Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yet bright golden orange in color with a frothy white head, leaves some of the best lacing ive ever seen. Smell is of grapefruity hops, slight notes of other citrus, piney and floral hops. Some malt presence. Taste follows scent, but bolder, almost Double IPA like profile. Grapefruity hops upfront, nice spicey and piney back end. Medium bodied, a little less smooth and sticky than other full flavored IPAs. Very good IPA, although lacks a little punch to be full forced, but still not mellow enough to be drank in session.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capone's in Norristown PA, served chilled in a pint.

A - A lightly hazed golden amber w/ 2.5 fingers of rocky light khaki. Lots of lace, small beading and there is visible carbonation in the beer.

S - A very citrus and yes, floral hop smell w lots of c hops giving a citrus and grapefruit edge w/ a hint of herbs. A very strong hop presence w/ sweet notes in the back -great aroma

M - The feel is bittersweet, crisp w/ an astringent and bitter texture dominating w/ moderate carbonation and mellow resinous texture. An interesting citrus acidity with just enough malt to add to the layers of dry and bitter in the finish

T - The taste is very full of citrus and zest flavors w a grapefruit and lemon peel taste that is bitter w/ a hint of juicy herbal and mild pine elements. The malt flavor gives a light honey-like taste w/ gentle orange and mild bitterness in the taste carries on. The floral part of the beer is more felt in the resinous smooth way the beer sits on the palate and there is a tasty smooth lemon, mango, lime and orange blend even until the finish- packed with flavor.

D - A great Imperial IPA to me - at 8% it is above your normal Amerian IPA in my opinion. I find it smooth grant you and not intensely bitter, but it still makes the cut. The flavor is easy to drink while potent until the last taste. I will definitely have this again, it took 3 tastes to review this. I enjoyed this, but figure at 8.2% it has its limits.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a rather cloudy darker straw gold color and has a nice finger of slightly off white head. There is a good amount of lacing and the head sticks around for a bit. This beer was poured into my DFH signature glass.

Smell: This aroma is wonderful. I mean this is a very original smelling ipa. There is a great deal of flower and fruit. There is not as much of the traditional citrus fruit smell and I really can't detect any passion fruit which is a cool change. There is also a hint of pineyness. I am just very impressed with this aroma. Tropical is the best word to describe it.

Taste: I have a great deal of bitterness, which opens up to a tropical flavor that has a great deal of citrus flavor that is wasn't in the smell. Hiding behind the citrus flavor was a bit of the tropical flavor that is present in the smell, but it didn't exactly hit you with a two by four. The aroma was a good deal better than the taste in my opinion. The beer had a great deal of bitter finish, which was rather crisp otherwise.

Mouthfeel: This has a very creamy feel and definitely a nice medium body. The carbonation is really solid, but the bitter finish ruins the smoothness, which was really pleasing me.

Drinkability: This beer was exactly what I expect from an ipa. It was rather enjoyable and one of the better ipas I have had. I think I will get this pretty rarely, because the sixer was at least a couple bucks more than some other first rate ipa. It is rather easy drinking.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a clear, golden orange, typical IPA shade, nice 2 finger buildup of cream colored head, maintains a nice full topping throughout and leaves prodigious lace down the glass.

Hop profile in the nose is really unique. Super fresh smelling, floral, tropical fruits, apricot, tangerine, hints or orange zest - melded with a distinct pine smell. Tropical breeze meets forest.

Hope profile in the taste follows suit, add pineapple, but lacking some of the mean hop bite that would make this a kick-ass, world beater IPA. Just moderate bite, pretty sweet body meets the tropical flavors well, hint of pale malts hiding in the finish, enough so as not to be one-sided. Lovely carbonation, slightly syrupy body.

This is a really nice, unique, fresh IPA that has only a couple minor flaws keeping it from being amazing. Nice find, good price point, would gladly revisit.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA tumbler.

A - Pours a pale yellow orange with a fluffy whipped cream like 3 finger head that lasts forever. Beer has the slightest of haze to it. Good lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking IPA.

S - Tons of fresh grapefruit and pine in the nose. Joined by some lemon and pineapple aromas also. Some sweet bready malt lies in the background.

T - Pineapple and pine with citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemons). Fairly bitter and crisp, but hops have a much bigger flavor contribution. Not a lot of malt character is noticeable, but overall impression is of a hop focused, but well balanced IPA.

M - Light to medium bodied. Ample, but somewhat subdued and smooth carbonation. Doesn't stand out as outstanding of special, but absolutely nothing wrong either. Nice.

D - Finding it hard to believe this beer is 8%...very smooth and easy drinking. Tons of hop flavor - should make any hophead happy. Very good IPA, would love to have a couple more.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a righteous trade with Hopstoopid120. Thanks again man!
"Best Before: Oct" notched in the label.

Pours a dull goldish yellow color that is very cloudy, probably due to dry hopping. Huge lush white head formed about three fingers width worth of froth. Eventually the head settled to a small mound of foam with great lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of pine and citrus hops, with pine dominating. I am reviewing this back to back with Ithaca Cascazilla, and right away, I notice the pinier hops used here as opposed to the citrus-based formula for Cascazilla. Slight sweetness is also perceptible, but the pine prevails.

Taste is little odd to me. Unbalanced maybe. Very sweet comes to mind. Not enough bitterness in the finish for a solid IPA. There is a light sweet grapefruity flavor followed up by a very slight bitter finish. I also think the finish would benefit from being drier.

Mouthfeel is good with a medium sweet body that goes down smooth and moderate carbonation. Low astringency, yet some alcohol warming in the finish.

Drinkability is fairly good, but the IPA category is stacked with monster beers. Given a choice, I would go with many other IPAs before buying this one.

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Photo of BigMike
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light apricot pale tangerine color. Topped with a good amount of puffy cloudlike white head.

Smell is fruity. Citrus and bready. Fairly intense nose.

Taste is orange and grapefruit. Alot of delicious bitterness on the finish. I believe this one is brewed with simcoe hops which are a favorite of mine. Some tropical fruit and pine. Also a light touch of peach.

Nice carbonation leaves a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied and extremely easy to drink.

Listed at 7%abv. noticable alcohol warmth present on the finish. Overall this is a quality ipa that's above average.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Beertruth (thanks yo!). Poured into a pint glass. Notch says best by July, but I don't think that's right. I was told it was super fresh a few months ago.

A: Pours a crisp, orange/golden amber color. Very small head which dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet tropical hops with some pine. A little bit of pineapple and some flowery fragrance.

T: Pretty strong hops up front. A little bit of bite, but not too much. Not as tropical or as sweet as the smell would suggest. Pretty straight forward IPA in fact, not that's a bad thing. Also not much in the ways of malts presence. Good finish.

M: Medium body. Average carbonation for the style. A little sticky.

D: Goes down way too easy. The 8% ABV is barely noticeable.

I've become a huge fan of Ithaca Brewing Co. I don't think I've had a bad brew from them yet, and Flower Power doesn't disappoint. I've had it a number of times now and it's always a pleaser.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light, copper color. Fingers width of creamy white head. Left some lacing behind. Great clarity.

S- The front of nose has a nice floral structure with a bit of citrus. Along with the hops is a fair amount of malts, which produce a subtle sweetness in the aroma.

T- Much like the aroma. Semi-strong presence of floral hops, cut with bitter orange rinds, which last throughout. The back end mellows out with more of the sweet subtleties from the malt coming through.

M- Just wasn't feeling this aspect of the beer. A bit thin and left a watered down feel on the palate.

D- Pretty easy to put down, just wish the mouthfeel was a little better and that the flavors would be less balanced.

Overall, I don't mind hops bitterness, but this bitterness was more of like orange zest. Combine that with a more balanced, malty IPA and they don't exactly go together so well. I think this beer needed to be less balanced in order to cut the harsh bitterness.

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Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, bright, copper/orange color with golden highlights and a ¼" lightly off-white head that recedes soon to a ring of foam and a thick cap of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves some leggy lacing. Later on there are still very thin patches of foam with a respectable collar of foam and sipping leaves foam on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is floral hops with traces of fruit, including citrus zest, mostly orange and tangerine, some apricot thrown in for good measure. There is sweet caramel in the background.

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the flavor starts off with the citrus zest bitterness and some fruity apricot layered over a reasonable component of light, sweet caramel from the malt. The two flavors work well in a side by side relationship with the hops in the lead and the malt playing a close supporting and balancing role.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth, with light but consistent, long lasting carbonation that eventually shows primarily as a faint prickling on the tongue near the end of the beer. The finish is medium long and the hop bitterness remains in the staring role as both malt sweetness and hop bitterness fade slowly away to end in soft dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA, with a lot to recommend it as a regular treat. While it is not my favorite IPA it is a good solid, well made IPA worth sampling and drinking and I certainly won't hesitate drinking it again should the opportunity arise.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Relatively clear, filtered orange/gold body with frothy white head that leaves one big ring of lacing. Aroma is fairly strong, hoppy grass and grapefruit with a little grain and malt background. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy, with mild carbonation and a light hop bite in the finish, very pleasant. Flavor has a fairly strong malt backbone, sweet and caramel with a pungent citrus and grassy hop aftertaste that lingers for a very long time. 8% ABV is also very well hidden. Not a hop bomb but just a nice, well balanced "easy" drinking IPA,

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Photo of cavedave
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fifty-seven year old life long hippie I gotta say I love the name of this.

Pours cloudy and golden, topped only by a cap of beige foam that gives way to islands. A gentle swirl produces minimal lace.

Smell is a subtle, effervescent mix of citrus and bitter, rounded off by muted floral and earth notes.

The taste is a bright expansion (as in 'mind expansion') of citrus and floral. It starts this way, it builds this way, and it crests in a blizzard of brilliant American hop notes, almost fruity, into a finish of wonderful... flower power. I can't help it, this beer is well named, it finishes with a rush I can only describe, as Ithica does, as flower power. Not dry, not sweet, not super citrus, or astringent, just yummy and... florally potent. Looking for an IPA that isn't west coast IBUific, or east coast malty/bitter? Looking for a brew that is luscious in a different way, yet is potent and yummy? You found it. Man, this is a tasty brew! No wonder it won TAPS last year.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, perfect (low) carbonation, clean in the mouth, clingy not oily, clears well, could it get any better?

Drinkability? I could drink this non-stop until Planet X returns. Home run for Ithica.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very bright orange in the glass. Head is just slightly off white, nice and light consistency. Good looking, not standout however. Great lacing on the way down the glass.

Very floral aroma, but not of the usual hops. Grassy, lemony and almost a dry fruit on the nose. Smells pretty good and it is not too "in your face" like many other IPAs or DIPAs out there.

Taste is quite good as well. Big apricot flavor with bitter malt to follow. The large amount of hops upfront is rapidly refreshed by a nice malt backbone underneath. Crisp on the way down, with just a hint of toasted malt.

Good mouthfeel. Not really oily like some hoppy IPAs, in fact, the body balances on the lighter side. Good carbonation. Drinkability is quite high, as this is a very refreshing beer that doesnt knock out your tastebuds. I see why it is so popular!

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Photo of deanhead
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny to golden colored with a nice with a nice crisp head. Lot's of small tightly laced bubbles . great lace on the glass

Mouthfeel. Beer is crisp and dry with a sticky, clingy lingering bitterness, spicy floral aroma

Taste is strong, hints of acetone and pineapple and hints of fresh hay.

Drinkability moderately drinkable, decent beer, awfully bitter and almost astringent in the finish. Bitterness seems slightly out of balance with the beer, not bad but not great.

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Photo of kels
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer pours from the bottle into my pint glass a hazy apricot brown. The initial 2 finger white fluffy head fades quickly to a well-retained bubbly skim. Stringy, sticky lacing hangs around the glass.

Smell: Really nice smell, and very characteristic of some of my favorite IPAs. The citrusy hops are accompanied by an almost too sweet malt presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is really sweet and bitter at once. The bitterness is reminiscent of citrus peel and there's a herbal, flowery note, kind of like cilantro strangely enough. The sweetness comes from toasty, caramelized malts. The feel is moderately fizzy with lots of stickiness.

Drinkability: Pretty darn high. This is definitely my favorite beer from Ithaca thus far (mind that I haven't tried that many).

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of floral hoppiness aroma, some dry malt. Thinner body than the alcohol would bespeak. Somewhat milder hop bitterness, some pine, but lots of flower. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable. Flavor is a bit milder and more tame than aroma would suggest.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.