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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

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3,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,956
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 434
Gots: 416 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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District of Columbia

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

This bottle as a gift from afdempse. Purchased from the brewery. Thanks Adam!

A: Clear and effervescent, the beer is a yellow / orange color. There is a massive head that leaves ample lacing all over the glass.

S: Hops, grapefruit, citrus - typical of the style. The aroma is fresh and inviting, though not as aromatic or "big" as I would like.

T: Really nice flavors here. A burst of fresh hops with just the right amount of malt to support the bouquet of citrus and grapefruit tang. There is a healthy amount of bitterness in every sip. Overall, very good.

M: Medium bodied, nice feel. Alcohol presence shows up in the finish.

D: I've wanted to try this beer for a while now, and I am so glad I finally had the opportunity. This is a very tasty beverage. I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 22:58:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flower Power pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface and leaves behind lots of clumps of lace on the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange/grapefruit citrus and pine hop notes. Perhaps there's a hint of sweet malt in there too, but I may be imagining things.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy, dry and lightly carbonated. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine and a touch of pepper. In the background is some malt sweetness. It's a bit bready with caramel malt notes. The malt does a pretty good job of taming the hop bitterness. That said, it finishes bitter and dry. Once gone the citrus hops and peppery spice lingers on the palate.

This is a beer for hop lovers. Tons of hop character without the face-puckering bitterness. It's an easy drinking beer that should be drunk fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:43:40 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to get around to this since I discovered it at a local bottle shop.

A. Pours a hazy orange with yellow highlights. A one and a half finger creamy white head rises and then dissipates leaving residual lacing on every bit of glass it touches.

S. Smells of orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel. As it warms those tropical hop flavors come out.

T. Taste strongly reflects the smell with a bit of caramel sweetness. The tropical flavors come out more in the nose, but a slightly evident on the tongue as well.

M. Medium body with a high level of biting carbonation.

D. A very refreshing IPA that is interesting, but not overly complex. I could see picking this up to celebrate a beautiful summer day, but a rainy late fall day is not exactly the right mood for this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:11:45 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati

poured from a bottle into my DFH glass

Pours a nice golden color with a creamy white 1 inch head

Smell--like you've been hit in the face with a grapefruit. I really can't get much past that, it's very refreshing.

Taste--ok...imagine you take a grapefruit, preferably the one you just smelled, and scoop out all of the fruit. Then you take the remaining liquid and slurp it up. It's that impressive and predominant.

M/D--I am not the world's biggest IPA fan; I'm slowly treading into that spectrum of the beer world, but if all good IPAs taste this good, I'll be picking up some more. I've got a Green Flash West Coast IPA that's up next.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 01:14:12 | More by CruisaC
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY on November 19, 2010.

I should also note that I have reviewed this in bottle form and given the difference, I think that bottle was either stale or off. More on that at the end of the review.

Served in a pint glass.

Look: bright, hazy golden honey color. It looks almost like some kind of pineapple juice and not a beer. I don't know what the haze is from since I can't really see any sediment floating around. The head is one finger and almost white. Its fluffy, retains reasonably well, becoming a thin layer of foam atop the beer that leaves behind some lacing along the sides.

Smell: like getting punched in the nose by hops. The website lists the hops used as Columbus, Cascade, and Ahtanum with Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial as dry hops. It also says that it is dry hopped 5 times. Well, lets just say it really shows. There's a serious citrus aroma with some pineapple and grapefruit flavors in there. Very bold for an East Coast IPA.

Taste: follows the nose well, so now its like I'm getting kicked in mouth by hops. Its not all that bitter at 75IBUs, but there's a lot of complexity to the hop flavors. I'm impressed by Ithaca's ability to get six hop strains to work well together. There's citrus flavors that were present in the nose, some apricot fruitiness, some orange zest, a little floral flavor though subdued and pine sap. Looking behind the hoppy goodness, there's some honey flavors along with some malt flavor slightly balancing it out but don't worry, this beer is all hops all the time.

Feel: medium bodied and very crisp with solid carbonation. The 7.5% ABV is hidden exceptionally well. My mouth is left watering at the end of each sip.

Drink: the crispness makes this a fairly refreshing IPA. I could drink quite a few of these.

Overall, I'm glad I went back to this one. After reading some of the hype about getting this fresh, I saw it on tap at the bar, knew that it hadn't been on tap for very long at all, and realized that I had to give it a try fresh. It was definitely worth it. This is definitely one of the better East Coast IPAs that I've had and it can stand shoulder to shoulder with quite a few of the West Coast IPAs I've had (granted I haven't had Pliny the Younger or the Elder yet). If you're a hop head, you owe it to yourself to get this fresh. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 14:06:05 | More by SkunkWorks
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New Jersey

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

Wow. Hoptastic. I think I got a good fresh batch to sample. The smell---oh that smell! Pine mixed with tropical fruit. Really prominent. Pours a typical orange-amber with real nice head that settles to a lasting cap. Lacing is very nice. Taste is bitter with the pine and fruit coming through. The finish is lingering and long. I find the flavors balanced and quite harmonious Probably the best East Coast IPA I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 01:24:18 | More by DJED69
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New York

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Really hazy body with pillow white head. Getting a small amount of carbonation on the glass. Head sticks around rather long, and leads to some good lacing.

S: Wow, get the floral sent of hops right away. Some astringent notes and pine as well.

T/M: Hop bite hits the tongue first. Then some malty bread characters, then right back to the hop bite and some dryness. Great feel with good smoothness and wonderful flavors.

D: Love this beer. Taste is fantastic and the hops really scream out of this one. Easy drink with a good body and balance to it. Recommend to get a few of these and give them a go.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:57:09 | More by mbusster88
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazed deep golden with a towering white head that has great retention and good lacing down the glass. Not sure how this could look any better.

S - Great, unique combination of mangoes and tropical fruits, some floral notes, and a sweet honey-like caramel malt sweetness.

T - Starts out with big pine flavors, a solid caramel malt mid palate, finishes with pine and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finish leaves some hop oils in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate, and not out of control.

D - Drinks almost like a DIPA, which I like. Big, bold, balanced flavors without an insane bitterness make this a great IPA. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:19:22 | More by garuda
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured about a two inch thick soapy white heading. A very hazy light auburnish color with a mass amount of bubbles everywhere.Tremendous lacing.

This brew is all in the nose. Very heavy floral aroma's with some lighter yeasty fruiter notes on the back end.

Taste is a bit full. Starts out with that same nice green floralness that is present in the nose. In the middle a bit of that yeasty fruitiness I was talking about earlier.Then a bit of an odd tasting of burnt malts but is quickly covered of up by the green bitter hops.

Medium bodied with great carbonation. A bit buttery slickness on the palate.

I had this side by side with Jai Alai and so far subtle differences that would edge Jai Alai but this did well.

Simply good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:38:25 | More by TheFightfan1
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4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 14 November 2010.

Let sit out of fridge to warm up. Poured into Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, color is a cloudy deep apple-juice gold, poured gently with a foamy 3-finger head, beautiful spongy retention, average lacing. Aroma hops are wonderful, consisting of grapefruit, pineapple, fresh pine, and some light floral character. The aroma is so fresh, as if hops have been steeping in the beer immediately prior to drinking. Taste is lightly citrus, with fresh hops character, pine and tropical fruit. The bitterness is so intense at first, but disappears seconds after consumption. Very awesome.

Halfway down the glass, there is still 1-finger of head, and the lacing now sticks completely to the side of the glass. I'm glad I waited to judge the appearance. The bitterness gets heavier on the tongue towards the bottom, yet not overwhelming at all, and the hop taste seems to get fresher. I'm guessing cascade or citra hops. Finishing the last sip, there is lacing that is now drying on the glass. Beautiful, delicious beer for the price. I would allow this to represent the East Coast for IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 20:09:26 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 5/24/10*

Bottled on date: 5/11/10

Pours a hazy copper color, with a good 2 fingers of thick head and tons of lacing - great looking IPA. Huge hop aromas coming out of my pint glass, lots of fruits (apricot, grapefruit, mango) as well as some nice floral and pine scents. Taste is so fresh (it is only 2 weeks old), amazing citrus flavors as well as some earthiness, and just enough of a malt balance in the middle. Flower Power has a nice, crisp bitter (piney) finish that makes you keep coming back for more. I never miss an opportunity to pick up some flower power, especially when really fresh!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:28:56 | More by prdstmnky
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a substantial amount of frothy white head. leaves a decent amount of lacking in the glass

S: Strong citrusy smell reminiscent of grapefruit, strong hop presence

T: Very nice bitterness and citrus like taste that really wakes up the taste buds across the tongue. Citrus taste is not as strong as the smell would allude

M: Slight carbonation tingle, leaves a nice bitter note on the back of the tongue with the finish

D: Such a great tasting and smelling brew that it is a real chore to try not to guzzle down all of it in one go.

Overall, i absolutely loved this brew. I have had it before and was not as impressed but this time around it blew my socks off

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 00:47:49 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bogie's in Beverly, finally got a hold of a sixer of Flower Power. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Looks a plain yellow color, with suprisingly little cloudiness for such a hoppy offering. Good head retention throughout.

Smell is fairly strong, with a representative aroma of the flavor. As for taste, it's mostly floral with a touch of citrus. This beer is super-dry, which lets a little alcohol warmth through. But it's not off-putting. Malt is non-existant (as my brother said, it tastes like hops and water). All together, it's a fairly unique flavor combination.

The mouthfeel is really nice. It's an almost buttery feel, and coats the palette nicely. It gets even more dense as it warms, which adds a bit of depth to the flavors. Don't drink this one super-chilled.

Drinkability is quite good. If you can find it, treat yourself.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:27:56 | More by stonermouse
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass.
Hazy orange-gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Perfumy hop and flower notes. Interesting aroma.
Taste-Orange-rind/apricot, fresh hop flavor and bite, grapefruit-rind bitterness in the finish. Great body and character as well as a bit of a diffeent flavor profile for an IPA. A great match for hot wings or spicy tacos.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 17:55:35 | More by hosehead83
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured as a golden yellow color. About one finger white head. The aroma was very tropical with a very fruity smell of orange, pineapple, and perhaps other tropical fruits such as grapefruit. There was also an aroma of pine similar to Pliny the elder from Russian River brewing company. This beer was quite hoppy and it was very crisp. It had a clean and smooth unique taste and was very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 04:08:25 | More by Chincino
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange golden color with a tightly packed and whipped looking head that is slightly off-white. The head leaves gobs of lace on the glass and has a great staying power.

This beer smells delicious. Bursting with Pacific Northwest hops, it smells potently of pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Super zesty with some nice floral character as well. If you are a hophead this nose will not disappoint. The malt character in the aroma is sugary sweet, accenting the tropical fruit character of the smell.

After such a great nose, the flavor does not disappoint either. It is a full on hop blast with the same citrus and pineapple characteristics as the nose, but with some nice pine flavors as well. The hop character is zesty and fresh, with a bit of floralness to it as well. The malt profile is quite sweet, and perhaps lacking a bit of what it takes to balance out a huge hop load like this, but at the end a bit of toastyness fades in and makes me forget about my complaint. This might be the most west coast like IPA that I have had from an east coast brewery.

The body of this beer is squarely medium with a very nice smoothness to it. Despite having an impressive bitterness, it finishes extremely well for a highly hopped IPA, and is neither cloying nor tacky. Skunky hops linger on my palate after swallowing.

This beer is pretty darn drinkable if you love hops. The well tempered finish really helps in this aspect. I had heard good things and bad things about this beer, and I am here to say that if you are a hophead and see a fresh sixer of this on the shelf of your local beer store, you need to buy it immediately.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 18:11:31 | More by zoso1967
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks darker than expected. More like a DIPA than an IPA in color with a half inch of head.

S - First smell - grapefruit hops and boy it it citrus-licious! The smell is strong and fruity so hopefully the taste will be equal.

T - Hmm it is smooth but really muted. I expected an assault of hop-itude but got a smooth IPA which is very drinkable but not as expected. It is pretty nice to see such sweetness in such a high ABV IPA with a slight hops giving the bang for your buck. I am confused...

M - I would expect it to be around 6 percent so this recipe is awesome.

D - Well money talks and I haven't seen the case prices for it but I can already tell I can get Southern Tier 2xIPA for cheaper and I liked it the same. This is still one great IPA and if you can get your hands on it cheaper than most IPA's go for it. For me I have little options and it really wasn't worth the four dollar single. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:28:09 | More by DrDemento456
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Gusher warning, not on opening but pouring major spillage here. Pours a nice looking gold with a hint of orange. A really nice fully tope head, super fluffy, great lacing as well...A pine hop aroma with a hint of flowers, perfect strength not too much hop to turn me off...The taste seems like it should be stronger and more hoppy based on the aroma, but its not. The sadly muted hops show through with a little pine and too much alcohol making me think this is a weak dipa.

As I drink it starts to grow on me, a decent ipa that I would pick up occasionally if it was local. A nice extra.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:37:32 | More by jrallen34
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper in color with a half inch of foamy head. The aroma is of huge hops. It starts out piney, then turns citrusy and finishes with a light tropical fruit and flower. The flavor follows the aromas through their progression, finishing both surprisingly light, yet bracingly bitter at the same time. If you are a hophead who likes American IPA's you should like this good example.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:15:00 | More by cpolking
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/29/10

A:Pours a nice orange color with a white head that falls fairly quickly, sticky lacing
is left down the glass as the brew is drank down

S:A very intoxicating aroma is let off into the nose with a mixture of tropical mango and pineapple juicy hops. It makes me just want to sniff it all night long

T:Just as the nose leads you to believe the drink on this is filled intense flavor of juicy
hops only being balanced for a moment before it takes hold of the palate again for another
hit of bite on the backend

M:Body on this one is a little thin with nice carbonation, palate is left a little dry from
the alcohol.

D:This is another one of those brews that I could drink all the time if it was available in
my area. Reminds me a lot of a West Coast IPA version , big hops with no apologies
for your palate. This one is a hop lovers dream.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 18:29:14 | More by SuperNova777
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Half Time Beverages in NY.

Best by December is notched.

It pours a golden colour, 2 finger head of foam, with good lacing. And the foam remains...deep into the session.

It has a mostly bitter smell to it, grapefruit mostly and sincerely, slight note of pine, no malt that I can detect.

The taste has the grapefruit, light on some pine, some caramel malt sweetness in the background that gives it *some* balance. A little bit of bread when I swish the beer in my mouth. An *excellent* East coast IPA that does as well in the bottle as it did from the Growler sample I got in a past trade. Super drinkable beer and I'd recommend to grab some if you see some!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:04:55 | More by Bitterbill
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New York

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

I have been searching for this beer for a while now after I had it on tap here in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Amber colored with a slight haze.

Smell: This is the reason I sought out this beer, you can smell it from a mile away. Citrus with a slight hint of pine. Fresh cut grass. There is actually a gnat flying around this beer right after we opened it, it smells that good.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit with a bit of sweetness balanced by a nice hop finish. Incredibly well-balanced and nuanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. Medium body. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers, a great example of an IPA. At 7.5% ABV, this is a dangerous beer to have around.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:06:16 | More by kylers
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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange with a low off white cap that settles out slowly and leaves light rings of lace around the glass. Fresh aroma of tangerine and floral and pine.

Initial flavor of citrusy hops, tangerine and orange rind, some pine. Honey malt rides beneath, well balanced but firm hops. Pine sap lingers. Even mouthfeel, a tad slick. Tasty and drinkable, good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 20:44:26 | More by far333
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I almost never found this beer, but it turns out my girlfriend is awesome. As we were driving out of Ithaca after a nice lunch, we passed by the brewery. She had had a brown ale from the brewery at lunch and enjoyed it, so she said, "Hey, we should stop." I was surprised, but of course immediately turned right and into the parking lot. We sat down and tasted a few samples and were very impressed. I never would have guessed it, but across the board Ithaca was fantastic, so we had to bring squeeze a variety 12-pack into the car. Very glad we did.

APPEARANCE: Poured a brilliant golden color from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Almost a full inch of light, fluffy head that remained seated on top of the glass for a good three to four minutes. Fairly solid lacing, but not as much as I would have expected given the impressive and long-lasting head.

SMELL: You can smell this beer from afar as soon as it is poured. Amazing and powerful floral scent - true to the name. This is going to be a sweet, hoppy bomb.

TASTE: Despite the sweet smell, a bitter undertone is noticeable with as soon as the Flower Power hit's the tongue. The nose does come through, however, and a wave of sweet crests mid-sip before receding to let the bitter flavor close the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and clean, yet still somehow a bit heavy. Lively bubbles also seemed to cleanse the tongue, but like apple juice, rather than quench my thirst, it left me wanting another sip.

OVERALL: This is a flat-out outstanding beer. However, being a bit on the rich side and at 7.5%, it may be tough to down more than two or three of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:45:37 | More by StoneTSR
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pale yellow not too heady pour. aptly named, as the floral aroma is astounding! thick, nectarlike but clears easily. hop bitterness is crisp at the end, doesn't linger too long. by far the most fragrant of IPA's, and not your typical litchi fruit nose...loved it!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 06:03:13 | More by stuartn
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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