Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.25/5 rDev 0%
Bottle to NB snifter
From notes. Shared a while back with some excellent dudes one summer night in CO.
It should be noted this beer was used to cleanse my palate from the disaster that was Tenacious Cassis.
A: Golden yellow with tint of orange. 1.5+ (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.
S: Beautiful floral hops, sweet caramel malt, tropical fruitiness and very earthy (almost grass-like). The boutique here is lovely!
T: Mostly florally hop notes with a hint of tropical/citrus fruit. Sweetness from malt and combination of hops is done nicely. Quite tasty, indeed.
M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
O: A very nice, crisp IPA. The floral notes are just right and the balance of this beer is wonderful. A very enjoyable beer for sure!
02-16-2012 13:32:34 | More by spdyfire83
3.5/5 rDev -17.6%
Bottle courtesy of mjtiernan in BIF, thanks!
A: Pours a slightly hazed golden straw, average white head and substantial lacing.
S: Lots of pineapple, mango, flower power floral hops followed by some sweet toffee malt.
T: The flavor is surprisingly earthy, floral and pine focused considering the smell. There are very minimal fruity flavors, but there is some malt to add a bit of sweetness, though not enough to really balance the beer.
M: Solid body, with the malts providing the substance. This quickly gives way to a very drying, bitter finish. This is one of the more bitter IPAs I have had.
O: This is a well made beer, but certainly not my style of IPA. The hop profile is way too dry, floral and earthy for me (I suppose, hence the name?) While it is a solid beer and I can appreciate it, I probably would not have this one again.
02-16-2012 04:54:44 | More by doucmehu
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Hazy golden hue. Inch of head that laces as it drinks.
Floral and grapefruit hop wowsers! Some sweet bready malts to pair up with. Little bits of pine and grassiness.
Great bitterness with a floral hop punch. Nice citric juices; grapefruit, lemon/orange. Nice firm pine note in the finish. Fluffy bread malts taste biscuity. Unique.
Drinks smooth. Nice round body and slickness.
A northeastern gem. Great IPA.
02-15-2012 04:13:00 | More by thecheapies
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to cosmo4u for including this extra.
A - pours a medium golden copper with a finger of off white that dissipates quickly. Not brilliant but fairly clear. Moderate amount of lacing.
S - loaded up on tropical hops with lots of mango and pineapple and some grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Is smells like a fresh cut mango.
T - the aroma leads you right into the flavor. Hop forward with tons of tropical hops that bring in massive amounts of mango and pineapple for me. A malt backbone just big enough to carry some of the hops takes a back seat. A firm bitterness on the back end that is pretty clean and doesn't linger. The only complaint I have it it's kind of one dimensional with the tropical hops, while delicious, lacks any true complexity.
M - not as thin as it seems. medium-light bodied to stand up to the hops.
D - easy drinking - the lighter body and lack of a lingering bitterness get you going back for drink after drink.
Overall, it's been a few months since I had this beer and forgot how much I enjoy it. Very topical, full of flavor and easy to drink. An excellent American IPA I can't wait to break out on a warm spring or summer day. The major downside for me is its kind of one dimensional with the mango/tropical hops.
02-15-2012 02:31:27 | More by beesy
4.25/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle to tulip
Pours glowing orange with 2 fingers worth of head. The lacing on flower power is great.
Smells like "Five Alive". Anyone remember that stuff? Used to love that junk. Smell also reminds me of my grandmothers grapefruits sprinkled with sugar. This stuff smells phenomenal.
Tastes even better than it smells. I'm getting "Five Alive" with some nice hop bitterness. Full range of citrus flavors with a nice amount of hop punch. The overall taste of this beer is incredible.
Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is moderate.
This is one of my favorite IPA's. It has an amazing flavor that keeps me drinking without pause. Ive seen some unfavorable reviews lately and wonder how fresh those BA's servings were. If you see this stuff get it and then tell me where you got it cuz my source just ran out!!!
02-15-2012 02:28:04 | More by CTBeerPope
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured from the bottle into my Bell's tulip.
A: Pours a light orange with little head but absolutely fantastic lacing.
S: I love the nose on this beer. I get a good amount of citrus right up front.
T: This is my favorite part of the beer hands down. Lots of citrus up front and smoothed out by the piney notes on the backend. I'm really enjoying this one.
M: A little weak but still really nice. Great abv that really puts it in a unique spot between IPA and DIPA.
Overall: I'm really glad I got a chance to try this beer. It's a really nice IPA and a great first offering from this brewery.
02-15-2012 01:25:58 | More by Shagtastic
3.3/5 rDev -22.4%
Poured into a pint glass.
Appeared a see-through gold color with a slight amber tinge. Minimal head left behind very minimal lacing.
Smelled of strong hops - a bit of earthy-ness and some honey mixed in.
Taste is a bit watery, not much complexity, and not a very strong bitter kick to it. Very bland (for an ipa).
Mouthfeel was extremely thin. Carb. feels ok.
Overall this has let me down. I specifically hunted down a six pack to see what the hype was all about, and am glad that I didn't buy the case. I find this to be an average IPA, but it seems to lack depth to me. It tastes like water mixed with some hop bitterness. Will not drink again.
02-14-2012 23:37:35 | More by TWStandley
3.4/5 rDev -20%
a - poured a one finger thick bubbly eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left decent sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a hazy amber color.
s - big citrus aromas, mainly oranges with a hint of spice.
t - not as big a hop flavor as i would have liked. hints of orange but mostly a grainy and bready type flavor dominates.
m - medium bubbly thickness.
o - decent ipa but lacked a little bit of a hop punch.
02-14-2012 14:56:33 | More by GPHarris
4.95/5 rDev +16.5%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
a: About one finger of head, a medium golden color, not sparkling clear but considerably transparent.
s: Smell is always my real first impression, and this beer does not disappoint. If I were interviewing this beer for a job, and its smell was our handshake, I would hire this beer on the spot. Fantastic aroma hops, note of citrus fruit.
t: The exceptionally pleasant sweetness from the honey malt is exceeded only by its hop bill. Despite what I thought was an obvious ingredient, I was surprised to find out that this beer is not brewed with any citra hops. Regardless, notes of citrus and bright tangerine dominate.
m: Sweet and light, in some ways almost reminds me of Tang, for those of you who remember.
o: Hands down, one of my favorite IPA's and favorite beers for that matter. Floral, sweet and at 7.5%, it has knocked me over in more ways that one and raises the bar.
02-12-2012 17:37:21 | More by bennway
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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