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Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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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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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a cloudy deep orange with a finger of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is lemony with a hint orange peel. A bit like a wet sponge with a hint of tangerine thrown in as well. The sweetness is pretty sugary as well.

The taste is a bit citrusy but has a wash of dank flavor in the first sip. The second sip brings on some bitter flavor that accompanies the tangerine and orange flavor. Tangy and bitter almost at the same time. The tongue is left with a mild, bitter aftertaste

The feel is refreshing in a hoppy way. The bite of this beer does take a bit to get used to. Going down well, this beer just slides down leaving only a mild bitterness. Not a bad IPA.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best before Nov. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden copper color with about a finger of long-lasting white head. Great aroma, big citrus and flowery hops absolutely dominate. Taste is excellent. Floral hops dominate upfront but then segue nicely to citrusy and resiny hops. There is a touch of maltiness but that is quickly overwhelmed by the very solid hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good with a medium body and moderate+ bitterness. Drinkability is good as well with the 8% ABV quite well hidden. This beer has just what I want in a good IPA. There is a great variety of complex hops flavor, a good malt backbone and a solid hop bitterness.

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Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Lighter copper orange color, mild bubbles, but with a resilient head and pretty good all-around-the-glass white lacing.

Smell: Beautifully candied and caramel hops, but also with a pungent flowery and bouquet-like coupled bitterness with some grapefruit and orange. An overtake of the senses, and almost romantic in some ways, without being terribly sweet or overly flowerly. My wife said, "It smells pretty," and she usually isn't a fan of IPAs, aroma or taste.

Taste: The flower power name comes to the forefront initially, with some sweetness, candied hops, and the bouquet, but then the grapefruit and citrus rind-like bitterness is there not to overtake or curb, but to compliment and meld extremely well. This could've gone too sweet too quickly, but it ends up meshing in a pretty great way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and spritzy and medium-bodied without feeling full or overdone or underdone, and pretty close to that higher rating, but alas.

Drinkability: Is this seriously 8%? I'm blown away by knowing this now, after I had no idea. I wouldn't have guessed it was this strong at all, as it ends up drinking too easily and is almost too tasty, with no semblance of alcohol to let you know. I hope to be grabbing 6-packs of this when I can. One of my new go-to IPAs. Get your hands on some if you can.

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Photo of myost88
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into an Ithaca Pint glass straight from the source.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color. Not as Amber colored as many IPA's. 1 finger sudsy head that sticks around for a minute or two. T

Smell: Grapefruits and floral scents are dominant. Not as piney as a lot of IPAs.

Taste: Grapefruits again. Classic taste for an IPA. If you arent an IPA lover, you may still like this beer. It's got a strong malt character. If you do like IPA's, then you'll likely LOVE this beer. Classic bittersweet IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but it still goes down smooth. I'd say it's light bodied for the style. Refreshing is what I think of when I gulp this.

Drinkability: No question about it, even at 8% I'd down a few of these no problem. There is no trace of the alcohol in the taste and that for me is a + to drinkability when it comes to IPAs.

Overall: I had it first at the brewery in Ithaca. I loved it then, and I can honestly say it is just as good from the bottle. Really wish this was available in TX.

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Photo of mwa423
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a solid finger and a half of head, color is a very clear amber. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - Lots of fruity/pine hops, also lemon/citrus hop notes with a hint of sweet malt. Very pleasant, not overbearing and solid for style.

T - Good balance of floral hops and malt, this isn't an extreme beer at all but a perfect example of a well rounded IPA. Glad I picked up a bottle of this.

M/D - Exceptionally drinkable for the 8% abv, this could be a dangerous beer to have six of, because I would probably drink all six!

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

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a bright orange golden coloration. The head is bone white and is about an inch high. Great retention of the head is noted. Concentric rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is very floral. Apricot, grassy tones, and a bit of pine play peak a boo with the nose. Different from the heavy citrus IPAs about.

Taste: The taste of the beer mirrors the aroma. This isnt an IPA that will knock you upside the head with aggressive hops. This IPA is mellow and well balanced. At 8% this could be a boozey son of a bitch; however, I couldnt find hide nor hair of alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation levels work well with the beer. Overall a very smooth beer drinking experience. Alcohol is well hidden in the beer. This could easily be a beer to have more than one of in an evening.

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

Pours a light golden amber in color with about an inch of white, frothy head forming on the pour.
Smell is absolutely wonderful very floral hops. Very perfumey, blooming flowery, hops.
Taste is balanced hops and malt. Very smooth and absolutely crushable to drink.
One of the most floral noses I've ever had in a beer, quite the experience and nice to experience something like this. Actually opens your eyes to what a beer can smell like/different.
Did I say this was drinkable?! Incredibly smooth and easy going.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i love ipa's that arent dominated by citrusy hops.

poured into a sam adams pint class,this bear is a clear tan/yellow.medium head that dissipated after awhile and left some decent lacing.

smell is of herbal/floral hops and biscuity sweet malt.

taste is very floral and herbal.i love ipa's that stray from the west coast citrus dominated flavors.while there is a slight amount of citrus,i find this beer to be incredibly floral and herbal,a good change of pace. a little bit of resiny type flavor as well.8%,where's the alcohol?

easy drinking despite the high abv. slight slick mouthfeel,overall pretty medium bodied with medium carbonation.

a good beer,worth checking out.

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Photo of maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jjayjaye for throwing two of these into a recent trade as extras. Nothing like getting a heretofore IPA tossed into the salad, one of my favorite styles.

One of the palest, most translucent brews I've ever poured, a yellow with almost no distorting qualities through the pint glass. There is more grapefruit smell coming out of that glass than your average farmer's market. Damn. Guess that would be the hops.

Flower Power boasts a sap-like texture of hops. The hops are so thick in here they're turning the liquid to hopple syrup. The deep grapefruit turns into this oily, bitter shock to the system. This isn't a palate killer, but it is definitely a biter. Yowza. Only two notes in this one for me, but they're good notes.

This is swiggable. At 8% ABV it shouldn't be, but I find I can't just take a sip, I have to take a long pull at one time. Despite the hop attack, this one goes down really, really easily.

Excellent brew. Ithaca is now 2-2 as of 8/6/09 in my book. I have one more. Can't wait to try it.

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Photo of BB1313
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! This is my first offering from Ithaca and I'm very impressed. This is truly a top notch American IPA in my opinion. The smell is very floral and the taste definitely matches. Lots of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime zest, and a touch of pine. Very juicy. Very smooth and easy drinking, the flavors and aromas make this one hard to stop drinking. Very sharp and well executed by Ithaca.

It's too bad this is a summer seasonal because I can definitely get use to this one. If you see this one and you like hoppy beers, this is definitely one to try!

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Photo of bwd110
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's Norristown, PA 8/3/09

Arrived at the bar in a standard pint glass, Dale's Pale glass to be exact...

A: Looks like a really refreshing ipa. Golden amber in color, with a tannish white billowy head, which dies off quickly leaving good lacing and suds down the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is where this beer shines. Big floral presence, backed up by citrus tones and a biscuity sweet caramel malt hidden in the background.

T: This is a stellar ipa. Floral hops dominate my palate but are complemented by some citrus and spicy flavors. The sweet caramel malt is just big enough to balance out the finish, amost a honey sweetness detected. This beer is also wonderfully bitter!

M: Resiny and coats the palate well. Light to medium body. The bittering hops help to clean up with a dry crisp finish.

D: Even though this is larger in abv, I love drinking this beer when it is uber fresh. Tongue smacking goodness!

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

Nothing too exciting about this beer. Nothing bad about it either. I could easily drink a few of these.

Nice golden coppery color with a nice head. Nothing too big. Smells big of citrus and less of pine. Tastes nice. Very smooth. Not over the top like some of the super hoppy beers, but not very sweet like the Dreadknaught or Hopslam either. Very light feeling beer in my mouth, but I could definitely drink several of these. I probably wouldn't search this beer out, but might buy it on a whim if the mood hit me in the store. I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, gorgeous copper color with a two finger of white head on top of it. Decent head retention that fades to a film, nice thin sheets of lacing left on the glass. Nose is of grapefruit citrus and piney homes with a slight bready malt presence. The taste is an extremely well balanced flavoring of strong floral and piney hops and a nice malt background. As the hops start to bite, the malts even it out so that the hops aren't too in your face. Enough bite to it to enjoy the IPA and well balanced malts that you aren't disappointed there isn't more bite. Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit oily up front but a crisp dry finish. I could easily sit with this one for a long time.

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Photo of bryanbrick
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower Power, usually I hate hippies but I was willing to give this a shot. Sent to me in two separate trades one by kennyo and another by DrDogBeer. Thanks gents for the solid hookup. This came to me in a 12oz bottle, actually more than a few of them came to me, and I promptly shared them with a tasting I was hosting at my shop. Pass on the love, or some hippie shit like that!

Pours a perky head that likes to stick around, is never fully goes away bunching at the edges of the glass and leaving more than a smear behind on the glass as it goes. A warm hued, tan-ish, mandarin color, hazy but without and solids or yeast apparent, this is a pretty beer to look at, certainly better than all those dreadlocked street hippies on Telegraph.

The nose here is a bit disappointing and leads you in the overall direction of the beer. The high level of biscuit malts are very distracting from the hop bill and all but washes away whatever pleasing floral/citrus/earthy aromas that were once trying to develop. In thinking about this I looked for any freshness dating and behold the notched label stating "Best Before:" June. So I missed it by a month. But I've tasted many other IPAs, tasted not reviewed, and plenty of them held up better than this.

The flavors are again more flexed to the malt side, which I love, but not in IPA unless there is a shitload of hops to counterbalance the sweet malt flavors. There is some dried twig, decomposing grapefruit and burnt sugar tones left here on this past-prime IPA.

The mouth is nice with a sort of drying nature. The malt never builds enough to become sweet and if this had the hops I think it once did I think they would have the balance just right.

Yes I could drink this, I've had plenty worse certainly, but right now it is just an ol' tired bottle, kind of like the skin of hippies spending too many days lost in the sun of their permanent acid trip.

I would love a fresher sample to taste. I think this beer warrants a higher score for sure. I remember this being much more enjoyable in the tasting mentioned earlier. Chalk this one up to having too much beer to taste and not getting to it sooner. Have to prioritize better in the future!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I have tried before and liked, but after grabbing a growler of it at the brewery today, I decided that this fresh from Ithaca growler deserved its own review.

A crystal clear, golden colored body with about three fingers of off-white head. A nice ring of head sits on top of the body throughout the entire duration of the glass, which means Flower Power has some good retention. Some decent lacing forms in rings also.

The nose is where this beer shines. "Flower" Power is a good name because the aroma is filled with floral hops. A bit of bitter grapefruit aroma in there too. Basically, this one is beating your nose with hops.

A bit of light biscuit, maybe cracker flavored malts greets me. Then the hops kick in, and that malt backbone is history. A ton of bitterness that features cascade hops and a good grapefruit flavor dominate this beer by far. Very bitter, and I like it. It might be melting my mouth. The finish and after taste are all grapefruit.

Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, and hops that will terrorize you. I feel numb; my tongue is fighting a war with the hops and the hops are dominating.

Pretty drinkable despite the bitterness, I like it.

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Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a high polished coppery amber. A bit over a finger worth of nearly pearl white head the holds for a bit before falling to a thick skim. Pretty decent lacing, too.

S: BIG Centennial hop profile, very similar to Two Hearted. Good pine and oily resins, with a forefront of acidic fruits. Some sweet malts to balance with a bit of biscuit and some nutty and buttery notes, that aren't off putting at all.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. The malts rush in and sweep most of it away but leaves a pleasantly sweet flavor along with the biscuit, some caramel, and more of the nutty and buttery notes. The hops are big Centennial and something else pretty big, maybe Chinook or Nugget? Body is medium with smooth but consistent carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. 8% is very surprising, I would have never guessed.

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Photo of BeerReed
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell drew me in, very floral with subtle backround malt. Very intriguing aroma.
Nice tan head on top with very good foam formation and retention. Good lacing, glass was not perfectly clean, however.
Taste of juicy bittersweetness.
Highly recommend.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.