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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,546 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3546
Reviews: 1121
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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jdhowe

California

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before February.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with 1/2 finger of off-white colored head, dissipating to a spotty film.

S: Huge sweet and juicy grapefruit character from hops. A slight underlying earthiness and a bit of sweetness are evident, but mostly this is big, juicy hop aroma. Really quite nice.

T/M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A slight prickliness up front complements a light bitterness that swells over the palate throughout the sip. There is surprisingly little sweetness to this beer, and the hop character evident in the nose is throughout the beer. Finish is a lingering bitterness with only a slightly wheaty malt flavor to complement.

O: Very nice for an IPA -- lots of hop complexity and a really strong flavor. I would consider this an imperial IPA from the taste and the body of the beer, but I'm probably being fooled by the huge hop character. It's missing something to offset that huge hop character, but is not a bad beer at all. This won't become one of my favorites, but I'm really glad that I tried it. After a great aroma, the taste was a little bit of a let down, but this is definitely a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:49:53 | More by jdhowe
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TastefulNudity

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz poured cold in to Spiegelau Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange (lighter than usual) with a nice two finger lacy head that settles down to one finger. I have no idea if this IPA glass makes it taste better but it works wonders for head retention.

S: Wow. Shines here. Tropical fruit dominates with mango and pineapple. Resinous hops, strong pine. A little biscuity sweetness.

T: Comes in with sweetness on the front, strong pine and some tropical fruit in the middle, and dry hop bitterness at the end. This is good, but not as good as the nose.

M: Starts sweet and ends very dry. Can't complain.

O: This is a solid, solid every day beer. Living in California, I'm grateful to be able to try a NY brew. My only complaint is that the nose is much more inviting than the taste. Interpret my overall as a 4.33, I really can't decide which way to sway.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 08:36:26 | More by TastefulNudity
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose Pint. Fridge temp. Bottled this month apparently.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with one finger fluffy white head that sticks around for a while leaving great lacing.

Smell- Fruity floral hops.Tangerine, peaches, grass, hop flower aromas. Not much malt. Very fruit forward. Very pleasant.

Taste- Peaches and tangerines first, followed by grassy resinous hops. Very light malt backbone. Super floral and grassy with an awesome balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a medium resinous body. No booze heat and medium bitterness factor.

Overall- Damn fine IPA. Glad I got to finally try it, especially when it's so fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 17:09:31 | More by Seanniek91
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer is a nice bright orange color, quite hazy, and sports two fingers of fluffy white head that lasts quite a while. The nose is very fruity with citrus notes of fresh lemon, grapefruit, and sweet pineapple.

Medium-light body with a reasonably firm feel and a very pleasant, bitter flavor. The beer is slightly wheaty up front with a soda cracker-like graininess. The hops all complement this feel and flavor very well, bringing lemon, grapefruit, orange, and white pepper. The finish is dry and bitter with lingering citrus fruit flavors.

So happy this stuff finally came across my path. I was at one of my beer haunts in Ohio, and there it was. I can see why this is a classic American IPA. Lots of sharp, fresh, citrusy American hop flavor, but maintains its drinkability. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 20:03:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Sorcerer

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden Yellow Appearance Revealed, Carefully poured small head of foam, just a 1/4" thick, which dissipated in less than 30 seconds, and left almost no lacing on the sides of the small 8oz heavy crystal mug employed. Hazy!

Smell is grapefruit right up front. Upon opening the cap, a greeting of pine wafted this golden promise of good IPA.

Light, crisp, refreshing, lemon peel, birch bark, grass, combine with the hops overpowering the malt in that way a hop head like me desires.

Great carbonation attained for quick drinking. Last sips were flat, yet not a disappointment either. Good on the way down to flat, in that the flavors opened up as it warmed, with a bountiful warm hoppy yield.

Overall this ha got to be one of the finest sessionable IPAs I have ever had. It's winter now as the review goes, in a warm home. This reminds me of summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 04:03:46 | More by Sorcerer
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I get a good, nearly white head over an orange-yellow body. It retains a decent ring and really clings to the glass.

Pine and floral hops make up most of the very pleasant aroma. Searching, one can find a hint of buttery crackers and citrus.

The taste is akin to eating a citrus salad with flowers. There is a bit of pine in there as well. This is an excellent hoppy beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation doesn't make too much of itself. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 23:01:48 | More by CFHMagnet
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is golden yellow with a two finger head.
Aroma is sweet honey, citrus, and grapico?
Taste is also balanced bitterness and malt with the same delightful grapico like flavor.
Lots of citrus.
Mouthfeel is solid, not too creamy or oily. Flavor doesn't linger much.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 19:57:12 | More by zookerman182
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Haw River teku glass.

Lighter copper color, nice looking white head, bout an inch thick. Very aromatic smell with a lot of floral and fruity hops present. The taste isnt quite as hoppy as i would have expected from the nose...but maybe just because this isnt super fresh (though still in date.) again i get a lot of floral tones in the flavor. Not too sweet though, definitely get a nice bitter finish. A good amount of malt character too. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall a pretty good IPA. not quite in the "great" category, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 18:17:47 | More by Axnjxn
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brochamb

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA. Mouth feel was very light and airy. Color was an nice orange with white head. Smell had nice floral and slight citrus notes. Taste was fruity and flowery as described in the name. Got this because they were out of Maine Brewing Company Mo. I would get this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 01:47:55 | More by brochamb
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mhksuccess

California

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle pour into a snifter glass
had a nice golden color and great head about 1/4-1/2 inch
smell was nice fruity hops
it had been while since i had and noticed it was a bit more malty than i remember
mouthfeel was average for an ipa nothing special
i would give this a good rating not up in the top level of IPAs as there are so many good ones out now just was a bit on the malty side for me

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:51:36 | More by mhksuccess
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of sediment lies still in suspension in its apricot orange body. An inch of creamy, tightly knit white head sits perfectly on top. As it recedes, thick sticky legs of lace coat the glass.

Heaps of lemon peel and juicy mango and papaya stream out of the glass. There's some fresh orange in there as well. A sweet bready character comes through but it's easily trumped by the melange of fruits that compose the hop character. As it warms, it takes on a slightly sappy and resinous character.

A big zing of lemon peel and fresh grass clippings zips across the palate. The tropical fruits are underneath. The peak of bitterness comes just before the finish with a punch of pine and floral notes. The bitterness extends well past the finish, giving off a fresh leafy hop quality. I can pick up some biscuit at the edges of the beer but its presence is faint and short lived.

Like some of the best American IPA's I've had, the body on this is ultra clean, crisp, and rounded. The weight is more in the taste rather than the feel. Its dry finish makes it all the more refreshing.

This is a great representation of the style and highly sessionable at 7.5%. Thanks again Premier Gourmet!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 23:09:41 | More by ludachris
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jameswaldo

New York

4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am so glad to be an Ithacan when this beer's poured near my mouth! This has been my favorite brew for several years now, but I've been putting off the review as feelings of inadequacy block my brain, wondering how I can do it justice.

Swirled to stir gently in bottle, then poured high into a pint glass: the turbid bright SRM 4 raises a head that's stiff, ivory, persistent, leaves lacing like a mantilla sliding down. The brew's tiny particles raise tiny bubbles like the ale of your dreams

Smells of hay, grapefruit, pine needles, every good kind of hop just hopping.

Tastes like a drink I'd switch to when other beers aren't doing the job. Bitter nibbling fiercely, tanning the tongue, excellently tangy astringencies whapping the uvula like lightning-fast speedboxer on the way down, taste that reaches the back of the gullet and stays there, aftertaste that will make your bikeride home through snow a beautiful trip.

Mouthfeel perfectly tingling with carbonation, hop oils slick and sticky, makes me want to hawk up a phlegm chunk and even that tastes real good.

When an interesting new draft beer shows up at any of my favorite Ithaca bars, I'm always glad to try it for a change, but even gladder when this great IPA is on tap, as it nearly always tastes better than anything else I try. You non-Ithacans are so lucky we export this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 23:07:19 | More by jameswaldo
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Manfrombelmonty

Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving - 12oz bottle aggressively poured into a 16oz Mystic tulip

Appearance - 1inch head stays for a bit before fading to a frothy crown. Ale is bronzed and slightly glowing. Beautiful looking brew.

Smell - after tasting a few six packs of this it's finally hit home. Pine,citrus, flowery And grapefruit yes, but also wonderful smells of pineapple and mango. Touch of guava says the missus.

Taste - sharp and bitter to start, smooth tropical flavours follow. Crisp bite to finish. Tropical beer cocktail in a glass.

Mouth - smooth and nicely carbonated. Creamy where needed

Overall - the first few I had I didn't get it. Tonight everything has clicked. Typical pine, grapefruit IPA with superb tropical flavours, a beautiful appearance and a nose I could spend all day with. Wonderful stuff

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:47:52 | More by Manfrombelmonty
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving - bottle poured into a Speiglau IPA Glass

Appearance - Pours a dark yellow with a one finger head and loaded with sediment.

Smell - Very nice smell. Piney with a strong citrus punch.

Taste - Taste follows the nose with a malty finish. Slightly bitter on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Full but not heavy. Very low carbonation.

Overall - despite it not being the most attractive looking beer I've seen, the smell is great and it is a very tasty beer. I would go out of my way to find it again and I am pleased to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:14:30 | More by PSU_Mike
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Rheaume17

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

A - Pours a beautiful golden/orange color with a generous inch of sudsy head.

S - Picking up on citrus fruits. Decent hop presence. Some herbal/floral notes.

T - The taste was not quite what I was expecting. Definitely citrus fruits on the forefront. Some floral hints as well as an slight oily taste. A yeast malt on the background.

M - Very smooth beer, almost creamy. Moderate carbonation. As expected, some good bitterness that sticks to mouth.

O - I finally got my hands on some of this and honestly was slightly disappointed. Not the hop presence that I was expecting. Good flavors nonetheless, but nothing that I am needing more of. Overall a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:22:48 | More by Rheaume17
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MattyBones

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this twice with mixed experiences. The first time I had it after hearing so much about it I was highly disappointed as it seemed the malts were dominate and nothing truly stood out. The second time I had it was the complete opposite with the hops stepping forward and a more balanced beer. I'm going to attribute my first experience to not having had tasted a fresh bottle and something that was sitting around for a while. So my review is based on the second tasting.

Appearance: Pores a nice golden, orangey color with some light carbonation present ending with a 1 finger head.

Smell: Now here is what truly stands out about this beer. It might just be t he most pleasant smelling IPA I've ever had. The nose is extremely floral. Smells like fresh cut flowers, a dandelion type smell to it, with some hops and citrus fruits .

Taste: A nice hop forward taste that matches the smell, a very floral tasting beer but you definitely get more of the citrus in the taste than in the smell. Some grapefruit and hints of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, smooth feel that coats the palate leaving a nice blend of the flavors hanging around a bit but doesn't destroy the palate. Very balanced.

Overall: I was extremely pleased the second time I tasted this, fresh was a beautifully blended brew with an AMAZING smell. The nose is the best part, and that's not a bad thing either. I rated it a little lower only because of my first experience. I will re-rate this when I get my hands on another taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 13:48:50 | More by MattyBones
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screamking

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours light apricot, with a thick two finger white head. Big tropical nose on this one, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit are slammed into here. Huge hops all around this beer. The taste is very bitter up front and I'm lovin it. Middle of the mouth gets a break with more of a tropical sweetness then bitterness. Followed by the finish with a very dry bitterness. My first Ithaca brew has me thinking I need to try more of their stuff immediately. Maybe a top five IPA? Maybe...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:35:01 | More by screamking
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jkburchfield

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - eye-catching orange/gold in color. Nice full bodied head although it dissipated shortly after pouring the beer into a pint glass.

S - spicy yet sweet hop aroma, also picked up floral aromas

T - definitely taste the hops right off the bat (typical of an IPA) yet not overpowering. I thought the beer was well balanced. Sweet/floral undertones - an slight lingering taste of alcohol on the tongue

M - a good dense beer, easy to drink. Not too carbonated, a smooth drinking beer

Overall - An awesome IPA. It is a hoppy beer but not overbearing in my opinion. Definitely in my top IPAs I have tried. Would buy this beer again

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:28:37 | More by jkburchfield
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T-34-85

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have always loved the Ithaca Flower Power. Great aromatic IPA.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish color. In the bottle it was more clear with suspended chunks throughout. These bottle always need to be stored upright and remain undisturbed prior to pouring to reduce the sediments.

S: Great floral hop aroma and slight alcohol smell.

T: Strong and persistent hop bitterness that sticks with your tongue. Accompanied by a nice hop flavor.

Overall: This is a good solid IPA for those who like a hoppy aromatic type of IPA. One negative of this beer is the apparent consistency and quality control. I feel that Flower Power used to be even better than it is now, but unfortunately I have commonly had consistency issues with one batch to the next. Some bottles have been very malt forward with little to no aroma, and it does not appear to be linked with the "best by" date, as it is often a relatively fresh bottle with a lot of time until the "expiration" date. Too bad since it's such a great beer when fresh.

Recommend getting this beer on tap at your local bar or restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:37:05 | More by T-34-85
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kylelenk

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A very bright sunrise in a glass. Golden hues with a paper white head that is frothy yet subsides quickly.

S: Lots of juicy citrus mixed with a mellow floral hop blend.

T: Very bright and citrusy. Nothing is overpowering which is one of the very finest strengths of this beer. A very bold IPA but doesn't bring that very sticky, viscous aftertaste.

M: Very mellow with a slight ting of alcohol coming through the back. Creamy and smooth.

O: I've never been a huge IPA fan but it's gems like this that make me appreciate and thirst the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:50:15 | More by kylelenk
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Flower Power into a wide mouth chalice.

A: beautiful golden haze. Moderate suspended carbonation and solids. 1 finger rocky wannabe head that dissipates to a leggy thin disk.

S: GRAPEFRUIT. Big alphas. hoppy as all get out. bitter melon, bitter fruit.

T: Follows nose. Huge bitter citrus. spicy yeast bread. Bright hop oils. Bitter orange at final swallow.

M: Creamy. A very nice medium-full bodied brew. Light bitter citrus. Bittering leaves hoppy dry finish. Outbreath leaves very slight booze burn. Very aromatic.

O: I am pleasantly shocked with this brew. Very world class. I really really like this.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:14:39 | More by Scrapss
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aaron72

New York

3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured hard from a bottle into a heavy pint glass.

poured a cloudy, deep yellow with sediment floating through the ale. it looks to be a live unfiltered style, kinda reminding me of a sierra nevada pale ale. it pours a white head of about 1/2" quickly fading into lacing on the glass.

the smell is a pure hop blast & bright sweetness of citrus fruit.

this ale taste like chewing a fresh hop flower. it is VERY bright & VERY bitter unlike any IPA ive ever tasted! hardcore hoppp fans will dig this ale! im tasting grapefruit... very citrus tasting.

the mouthfeel is bright & carbonated & the hop taste on my tongue is sharp.

overall, it's a bit too hoppy for my taste buds these days. a few years back i loved IPA 's & hoppy brews but now i favor a more balanced taste. this would be a nice ale for a beautiful, warm day. maybe a bright day that matches the bright tones of the look & taste of flower power. i might be able to drink 2 of these in one sitting... so, for me, not a session ale. still, for the style it's a damn good drink!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 21:51:21 | More by aaron72
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jhchan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While Flower Power may not smell especially flowery, in fact, it doesn't have much smell at all, it's color and distinctive taste will hit you immediately.

A hazy, golden orange color, it's a nice looking beer in a glass and has an immediate bite when it hits your tongue that lingers for quite a while. No extremely distinctive flavors which stand out, but the immediate bite is great and the beer is full-bodied, which I love.

Overall a good beer which I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:53:27 | More by jhchan
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle best by December 2013, generously given to me by Doug. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/23/2013. I have had a fresh six-pack of this beer last winter, and enjoyed it but this was before I started writing reviews on BA, so here goes.

Pours a beautiful somewhat hazy straw-orange body, with a substantial and fluffy 2cm white head that almost blew out of the snifter. Good retention, dissipates into a thick lace collar with a bubbly film on top of the brew. Good lacing as it goes down. Great looking IPA.

Smells incredibly floral with a nice bready malt background. So floral with a bit of citrus, balanced out well by the bready caramel malt. Very good, not pungent but very straightforward and nice.

Floral notes throughout, a bit grassy, balanced out by a nice straightforward malt sweetness reminding me of honey and biscuits. Fairly straightforward but enjoyable flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit resinous but not too much so. Dry finish, refreshing and easy to drink. No hint of ABV, no hint of having to work to drink this. Delicious.

Very nice floral IPA, lighter in intensity than Two-Hearted, easier to drink and just as delicious. Definitely worth trying out, and if local, then I'd keep this in the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 03:27:49 | More by Stevedore
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beerloserLI

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a straw hazy blonde. Really nice.

Major hops, and a very floral smell with plenty of citrus, pine, and resin tones.

Fruity sweet hops upfront with a smooth clean finish. A little bitter on the back end as it goes on. Still, easy drinking and yet full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 05:09:16 | More by beerloserLI
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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