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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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3,937 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,937
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 432
Gots: 410 | FT: 21
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- burnt orange - a little darker than I expected
S - Very floral and hoppy, excited by the nose
T - different from the nose, more piney and resiny than it smells, not a bad thing though.
m - a lot more chewy than it looks.
o - a great IPA, With the name. Flower Power I expected it to be lighter and more citrusy. Once you adjust you realize that this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:01:49 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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atr2605

New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy yellow/orange color with average head retention
S-orange, peach, citrus, fresh greens, and pine
T- fruit sweetness in the beginning leads into tons of hop bitterness. The hops are piney and earthy but keeps some of the malt sweetness in the finish
M- medium bodied, still very drinkable
O- A nice IPA with a ton of flavor and bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer. The aroma draws you in and the flavor doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:53:12 | More by atr2605
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely exquisite IPA with an intensely floral and fragrant nose of citrus, nectar, and perfume. With the supple and elegant aroma, the flavors are to match, while offering a sensible drinkability that's almost dangerous.

Hazy golden in color, the beer carries a modest amber hue with finely knit carbonation taht coats the surface with foam and froath. Intricate pockets of fine lace adorns the glass in consistent and froathy fashion. A very solid IPA appearance.

Again, the perfumy nose puts on a show with citrus peel, grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, zesty corriander, tangerine, and mango. The citrus and tropical fruit descriptions can go on and on. Suble malt sweetness gives roundedness to the hop nose and provides a mouth-watering sensation without bringing about attention. This beer is all about the hops.

Flavors continue the hop dominance with a crisp and sharp flavor of citrus and tropical fruit zest and pulp that all fade into a clean and sharp bitterness in finish. Again, hop sweetness gives a slight roundness and caramel sweetness, but really only offer a background support for hops and never interfer with balance. Alcohol taste begins to resemble mild acetones but are disguised well by hop bitterness and flavor. Any esters are hard to detect beyond the fruity flavor offered up by hops.

Medium-full to start, the soft creaminess of carbonation gives a fuller texture. But as the carbonation subsides, the hop dryness set in at mid palate and usher in a bright and cleanly dry finish. A soft linger of malt accompany the fleeting hop bitterness and give a short lived impression in aftertaste.

There's a part of me that wants to detest the gimicky beer name. But the floral character makes 'Flower' relevent, and the 'Power' is understated but relevent. But this beer wins out regardless of the name.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 02:56:43 | More by BEERchitect
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MrOH

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey gold, white head, lots of lace.

Very tropical nose, mango, pineapple, underlying herbal quality, some caramel.

Taste doesn't follow the nose. Grapefruit pith, some more of the tropical flavor, slight earthiness in the middle. Caramel as it warms.

Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, clean finish.

Damn good IPA, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:05:47 | More by MrOH
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bristei

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Pours with small head, hazy, muted brown, dark mustard color

S: Zesty, ginger, oranges, lemons

T: Strong hop bitterness, hints of cirtus (mainly lemons), crisp and refreshing

M: Creamy (likely from higher alcohol), Intense hop bitterness on the attack, strong finish

O: This beer seems like the sum is better than the parts. Excellent true to style IPA with lots of hops. Great to enjoy on a cooler spring or summer day. Really enjoyable all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 22:16:50 | More by bristei
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy, pale straw yellow in appearance with a bubbly, one-finger head of bright white froth. A thin sheet of lacing coated the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was fantastically fruity and fragrant. Peaches, apricots and nectarines leapt from the glass. Lots of tropical fruit notes as well. Mango and pineapple were quite noticeable. Overall, sweet, yet not overly so. A touch of citrus was also detectable.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was super hoppy and balanced. Fortunately, the sweetness seemed to come from the fuitiness of the hops, rather than from an overload of caramel malts. Peaches and nectarines came through strong, along with some tropical fruits. Grapefruit pith appeared in the off-dry finish. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this drank like a charm.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. A bit thinner than anticipated. Smooth and creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Ithaca's Flower Power IPA. If you like your IPAs well balanced, yet not overly malty, and loaded with tons of peach and nectarine flavor, then look no further. Flower Power is the real deal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 04:31:39 | More by Damian
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

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

Best before August

A - murky copper body, small offwhite head with decent retention.

S - Intensely piny pungent-ness, some tropical fruits, some floral notes.

T - floral hops, pine, tropical fruits. Nice combination, but i think the balance isnt quite right.

M - aggressive, medium body, fairly light.

O (D) - A very nice IPA. Original, interesting. its good.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 00:30:02 | More by ColdPoncho
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Pine and floral hop resins up front. Clean fermentation character. Hops are the only item on this agenda. A touch of citrus and carmel as it warms but dominated by fresh American hop aroma.

Appearance: Cloudy amber colored pour with a thick and sudsy white head. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More floral and pine hop notes. A sweeter citrus-like undertoe that is dominated by fresh hop flavor. Balance is firmly hop driven but does not taste overly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Prickly carbonation on the tongue and palate. No alcohol characteristics noted.

Overall impression: A hop-forward, very drinkable IPA. Definitely in the East Coast style. This is a refreshing and enjoyable beer. Hops are in charge but well done so as not to impact the quaffability (is that a word??). Glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 18:04:07 | More by mattcrill
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tdawgydog

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's and easily one of my top 5 all time. Paid a visit to Ithaca Beer Company today and picked up a growler.

A - Pours a nice dark golden yellow maybe a slight orange tint to it. Great head on this beer no matter if you enjoy it fresh or from a bottle.

S - Maybe the best part of this beer. Fruity, Piney, Floral it's all in there. I could snort this stuff all day long.

T - Equally as good as the scent. An excellent IPA produced in BFE Upstate New York. This ranks right up there as one of the better IPAs being brewed.

M - Excellent body, excellent carbonation. I've enjoy it time after time.

O - This is simply a great beer. Maybe my favorite on the East Coast. Will be going back to the brewery to pick up a keg of this in the near future.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2011 00:30:55 | More by tdawgydog
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lnashsig

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to rageagainst123 for the chance to taste this one- I've been wanting to get my hands on this for awhile.

Bottle dated "best before August" 2011, don't know what that means for bottle date, but I'm guessing this one is pretty fresh. Poured in my dogfish head snifter, pours a dark transparent light amber color, with nice fluffy head that fills the glass. Wow. This is a beautiful looking IPA. Smell- this hit me the second I got the cap off. Hardcore citrus, orange peel, pine, tropical flavors. Pot? Yes, maybe this smells a little like pot. Awesome- this is maybe the best smelling single IPA I have ever smelled. Taste- big pine, hardcore bitterness from the hops, matched by a nice malt tropical fruits sweetness. The finish is crisp and bitter. Mouthfeel- nice, medium bodied, not syrupy at all, appropriate carbonation. Drinkability- the abv is there, but in a good way. I don't see being able to pound this (nor would you want to- it is to be savored), and ultimately I think this runs a very fine line between being a single or a double IPA. Overall it is just awesome. If I could, I would have it in my fridge year round.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 20:37:58 | More by lnashsig
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the cask @ the Union Brew House into a standard pint glass. A golden orange color with excellent clarity, I normally like my ipas a little more cloudy, but this is good. Small white cap but gives nice lacing.

Very hoppy in the smell, a pleasant tickle to your nose. Citrus hops dominate the smell but sight hints of pine. Lemon and grapefruit zest.

Taste is also very hoppy yet the malts are more detectable in the taste. Citrus zest again with slight hints of pine. Don't be fooled by all the mentions of hops, this is a well balanced ipa. Caramelized pale malts assist and balance this brew out.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Feels light, but well balanced. Obviously more bitter than sweet, but it doesn't bite too hard. Crazy drinkable, hardly had time to finish this.

First review from my phone, my wife is here meeting with a colleague while I did this.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2011 00:10:02 | More by AndyAvalanche
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a half pint tasting glass

Appearance : flower power has a hazy yellow color . Creamy off white head that lingers around and settles down to thin line. Lacing is present.

Smell : spicy and sweet flower power delivers an average aroma profile.

Taste : lots of quality hop bitterness going on . Not overwhelming though it tastes like it smells spicy and sweet.
This beer is a quality representative of I.P.A.

Mouthfeel : medium body win a decent amount of carbonation and finishes dry

Overall : A quality representative of I.P.A. I really enjoyed this beer and would try it again

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:43:19 | More by BUNZILLA
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy golden color with thick but airy head that laces well throughout the pint.

Flower power indeed! citrusy floral notes in the nose, with a crisp piney in the back.

Taste to match the nose, but with the piney notes more assertive, with a grapefruit flavor providing a touch of sweetness.

A good brew that I will continue to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:03:06 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Craft Ale House, served in a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Clear, golden body with some amber tones to it. Thick, rocky and fluffy white head that maintains a really nice cap and has some of the best lacing I've seen on a standard IPA.

S: Citrus and floral hop notes are immediately evident in the aroma. Pineapple and white grapefruit come through, along with some hibiscus and pine. A malt base seems to be here but it's kind of hard to tell with all the wonderful aromas from the hops coming through.

T: Complex and fruity - pineapple, peach, mango and some grassy notes are there through the mid palate. A bitter hop bite comes later but it's incredibly balanced by the citrusy nature of the hop flavors. Oily hop residue is left behind after swallow and well into the prolonged linger.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated, smooth and slippery around the palate. It's not as creamy as some other IPAs but it sure does stand on its own.

Flower Power is easily one of my favorite IPAs, and one unfortunately I only see around the spring time. It's more flavorful than many of the other ones on the market and achieves an almost picture perfect balance between bitterness and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 18:10:35 | More by ShanePB
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot of hype about this and after having quite a few underwhelming beers lately, I looked forward to seeing if this justified the buzz. Sure enough, this didn't last in my glass long and with all the IPA's on the market, there's no doubt that this one is a standout and its own niche in terms of taste and and mouthfeel.

Good pour to this as the beer had a slight haze to it and a light copper hue. There seemed to be just a tiny bit of sediment too that I had to swirl out from the bottom of the bottle. The head was good and the lacing could be seen in faint rings after each sip. Then we get to the taste and that's where this beer shines. Ruby red grapefruit and grass dominate up front followed by a very present and mellow dry-hopped earthiness in the back. There's just a hint of floral notes too and the mouthfeel is nicely balanced because of the carbonation and the amber tone of the beer. I mean that both in the appearance and in taste as this reminded me of honey in those regards. The dry-hopped aftertaste lingered for quite a while with just a hint of sugar and tangerine to keep things light. No glass of water needed with this, which is saying a lot given the style and strength of this beer!

The alcohol is sneaky in this as it can be felt but not tasted at all. This beer is easy to down in large quantities since it's so easygoing and nicely crafted for the style. It doesn't quite match up to its counterparts from California or the East Coast and that's not a bad thing since this stands out fine on its own. Those lucky enough to try this will certainly feel groovy for stumbling upon this beer that pairs wonderfully with Spring!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 16:56:56 | More by JerzDevl2000
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: September 2011

A: Pours a golden yellow with orangish highlights. About 1/2 an inch of head dissapates fairly quickly

S: A mix of freshly cut grass and flowers that have just started to bloom. Also get some citrusy notes in there. Pretty much an all-hop nose. Very nice

T: Follows the nose to the T, fairly bitter to start off but that goes away as quickly as it came. Hops are grassy and earthy, with a hint of citrus rinds. Sweet maltiness rounds things off nicely. Alcohol is barely present among all the hoppy goodness

M: Light-medium bodied with decent carbonation

O: Another easy drinking IPA. Great for spring and summer, and will most likely catch up on you quickly because of the well-hidden 7.5%

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:22:38 | More by BEERMILER12
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birdman200

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with ruby red red highlights. Has a 2 finger white head with very little lacing. Big aromas of grapefruit in the nose with hops jumping out of the glass. Very nicely balanced, with a hop bitterness that is not too overwhelming, that starts strong in the front and finishes a little easier. Dry taste, with little caramel notes. Bitter after taste. Very drinkable IPA, definitely a strong candidate for one to keep in the fridge on a regular basis.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2011 02:53:42 | More by birdman200
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at union jack's glenside

A: pours a translucent golden brown. It's not cloudy but I can't see through it. Good lacing left behind.

S: sweet aromas blend with a earthy grassy hop aroma. A flowery smell is also present as the name would imply. The aroma isn't the strongest I've smelled but I'm not sure how fresh it is.

T: bitterness dominates the pallette. tastes of dirt and grass, but in a good way. Sweetness is present to balance but lingering bitterness prevails

M: this beer has a medium body with a bit more carbonation than I would like

D: I prefer citrus flavored hop more than earthy flavors but this beer is enjoyable and I could drink a few in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 16:36:01 | More by spartanfan
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a brilliant golden amber hue with a solid two fingers of creamy foam that leaves some spotty lacing as it falls. Definitely makes me want to drink it! Aromas of bright, fresh hops shine through. Citric, floral and herbaceous they rule the show here. Smooth malty backbone. Lovely and pungent.

First sip is bright hops upfront with more resinous citric and floral flavors flowing across the palate. Fresh and vibrant with a well balanced caramel malt backbone. Not overly bitter - but there's a nice bite on the way down and lingering hops on the finish. Well balanced, super tasty IPA. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied - super refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, this is just a great IPA and I wish I could obtain it easier!! Very glad to have finally had the opportunity to try it, thanks Lum!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:14:34 | More by orbitalr0x
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: June (I beat that by only a few days!). The body was a pale golden color with a brief cloudiness. The white, pithy head left a cap throughout, but no lacing.

The smell was intensely floral - no surprise there. Herbaceous. Very nice.

The taste was of grapefruit peel and pineapple. Brass bitterness but with enough juicy sweetness to keep it interesting. Hard candy sweetness in the middle drops off and finishes spicy and bitter. Very tasty and interesting. One of my new favorites.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation (helped by the etched glass). I would pick this one up frequently if it were distributed in my area.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 13:12:12 | More by Cresant
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Orange/Red with a 2 inch off white head. Slowly dissipates to a nice film and some nice lacing.

Smell-Huge floral hops. citrus and pine hops are there as well, but the floral hops really masks the aroma. Definitely a great representation of floral hops.

Taste-Follows smell, big time floral hops and some light malts. Some peppery flavor as well. Very bitter in the forefront but no unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Pretty smooth, slightly prickly on tongue. Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.

Overall-Ithaca nailed this one. Big floral aroma and taste. Too bad I can't get these in Tx, but will be drinking more of these tonight at my stag.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 15:29:53 | More by SWMeyer4141
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Krakistophales

California

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

A: Pours red with a finger's worth of white head that recedes into a bubble film

S: Plenty of floral hops, with a slight layer of citrus and piny hops in the background. A touch of caramel malts, though it's faint.

T: The first taste is of the array of floral hops, followed by a slight toffee malt, finished with grassy/citrusy hops.

M: This one is surprisingly thick, resiny, sticky, but drinks well.

O: I love the aroma, but the taste is a slight step behind. Still, a great DIPA. However, it doesn't change my top 5 DIPA list.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 04:32:18 | More by Krakistophales
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vande

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ a deep, hazy golden hue with a very light lace floating..to the point where it looks like a light snowflake dissipating on top of the beer..

S ~ Citrus hops, a bit floral in the back... but a very good lemoney-lime with a bit of pine..tanginess is present

T ~ I love when a beer follows the nose. Bitter bite on the finish after you get that throw of hops onto your taste buds.

M ~ Light to medium bodied IPA. Tasty, easy drinking. Perfect for the summer.

0 ~ Yummy!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:40:20 | More by vande
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Yagman3000

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6 pack of bottles and poured into a snifter. Hadn't had this in a bit and wanted to give it a try again.

Appearance is nice. Light orange with a small head remaining on type and some hop oils firming Belgian lace.

Smells nice. Hoppy, piney, and a sweet undertone of tropical fruits.

Taste is good. Hops and fruit seem to mix pretty evenly together without a sweet > bitterness or the reverse pattern.

Mouthfeel is one ofbuts best attributes. Thick, resinous, and oily from the hops. Quite pleasurable.

Overall well done but always better fresh from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:27:47 | More by Yagman3000
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Spider889 for tossing this in for our IP trade.

A: Poured into my DFH signature glass, the beer is a clear orange with a large foamy, white head. The overly large head wasn't surprising since the beer fizzed up upon opening it. Decent head retention and sticky lacing.

S: Lots of floral and citrus hops, some orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of pineapple. There is also some light pine.

T: Lots of oily hops, mostly citrus with nice tropical fruit flavors similar to the aroma - grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of orange rind. There is a touch of grainy malt to balance things out with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth with good carbonation. Has an oily slickness.

O: Second time I have had this beer and wish I could get it around here. A solid IPA that doesn't really have any flaws, solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:28:02 | More by mdaschaf
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,937 ratings.