Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
Impressive dense head that leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Settles in a rocky fashion. The color of the brew is gold with a definitive chill haze.
Floral hop bitterness to the nose. Some grapefruit and some spruce.
Bitter even by by IPA standards. Not much malt at the beginning. Smooth malt start--almost creamy. The swallow initiates the bitterness which lasts long into the aftertaste. The body is rich but the carbonation provides a good balance to the mouthfeel. Simply put, this is one of the better IPAs I've ever had.
11-12-2011 22:42:20 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head. No lace develops.
Smell: caramel, oranges, and floral hop bitterness is easy to detect and pleasant on the nose.
Taste: caramel, green grapes, grass, grapefruit, orange, and a floral bitterness. The bitterness provide a nice bite late as you swallow. Hint of alcohol here too.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.
Drinkability: a nice sessionable IPA. Easy to quaff. Worth giving this one a try.
11-25-2009 13:38:55 | More by Gavage
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
Best before April. Thanks to Schlimenhaumer for shipping this one to me from New York. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given its current ratings.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a two finger white colour head of okay thickness and good (~4+ minute) retention, but with a disappointing lack of cream. Body colour is a rather pale yellow-copper. Translucent and opaque. Somewhat vibrant. Yeast particles are visible in the bottom of the glass. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Standard fare for the style, but the head retention is notable.
Sm: Juicy, nectary, and piney. Fresh citrus; light grapefruit, maybe lush orange peel. A bit of clove perhaps. Floral hop character. Mango/tangerine. It's lush and balanced; I can't wait to try it. A refreshing inviting aroma with hop presence in all the right places. It's not generic and floral like many mundane offerings of the style; there's depth of flavour here. A lovely aroma of fair strength. Quite pleasant.
T: Lovely. Deep floral hop character up front giving way to more nectary oily piney hop character towards the finish. Juicy citrusy fruit throughout, without too much grapefruit - a common problem in IPAs. Refreshing and well balanced, though the finish does have a hint of bitterness and the flavour dies rather abruptly. Quite pleasant and enjoyable, but that finish is a definite flaw. In any case, it's a complex and subtly executed IPA; definitely amongst the best I've had - and packed with so much flavour. It rivals many Imperial IPAs in its depth of flavour. I'm impressed.
Mf: A bit buttery. Smooth and wet and oily - until the finish, where it dries up just a touch. Carbonation is a bit high, but it's forgivable. Luscious and refreshing, aiding the flavour profile and the fresh focus of the beer. It suits the flavour profile quite well.
Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could probably down it all night and be satisfied. It's definitely up there with Sculpin as a favourite IPA, but the problematic finish holds it back. Hides its ABV well.
02-25-2013 01:09:28 | More by kojevergas
3.6/5 rDev -15.3%
Cool looking name and bottle.. whats inside?, not so cool. An average IPA at best, a little too bitter for my liking making it quite unbalanced. This greatly affects the drinkability of this beer. Also, the alcohol flavor is way too prevalent and makes it tough to drink as well. There's better, there's worse, its decent.
10-05-2008 20:07:17 | More by oriolesfan4
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
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,
09-16-2009 00:39:09 | More by yourefragile
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
Had on tap at the East Village Tavern in Manhattan, at the recommendation of the bartender. "A really nice IPA," he called it, and he's right.
Pours a lovely hazed, but light golden colour, with a full and meringuey head of white. Lacing is solid and crunchy. Relatively light and supple body. Looks great.
Nose is just gorgeous. Fresh and hoppy, with big tropical fruit notes, hints of pineapple and mango, but with a touch of leafy herbal aromas as well. Clean, but fresh and complex. Just gorgeous. It's a phenomenal IPA nose, exactly what you want.
Taste is also great: smooth and light, with a crisp green hoppy bitterness throughout, but a cleansing sweetness and a fragrance on the finish almost like vanilla orchids. Smooth as hell, but with enough crispness and hoppiness to keep it strong and vibrant.
What a great IPA. I'm indebted to the guy for his recommendation. Looking at this beer next to my absolute favourite IPAs and it's on par with the best. Drinkable, fresh, flavoursome and complex. I didn't expect it, but this is definitely one of the best IPAs I think I've had.
08-04-2011 04:57:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.88/5 rDev -8.7%
Had a bottle at Mosaic in Astoria. Poured a slightly hazy orange. There was a wonderfully fruity citrus aroma that opens the flavor, but the beer gets a touch thin in the middle. A great clear grapefruit note that finishes the beer out. The hops character is clean and sticks with classic American flavors for a big, rich IPA.
12-03-2011 22:52:25 | More by tempest
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Poured a light golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap
S: Lots of floral notes, some fresh pineapple
T: Very clean and crisp, loads of floral notes, pineapple, tropical notes, a little booze feel and hop bite on the end
M: Medium body, tasty, nice feel
D: Very drinkable and one of the most flavorful single IPAs out there
10-10-2011 16:08:09 | More by barleywinefiend
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. This one is 10 days old.
A - Pours sunkist amber orange with a gigantic two and a half finger head leaving thick, sticky, lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of strong citric hops blast you in the face right off the bat. Quite grassy with a bit of pine toward the end. Some caramel malt sweetness is faint but is present and helps balance this one a bit. Very nice floral hop nose.
T - Tons of strong, grassy, citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of sweetness from the malt and sticky pine resin that lingers long into the finish. Alcohol is hidden quite well but does come out a bit in the finish. Fairly well balanced until the finish when the sweetness begins to overpower it a bit. Very nice, but not the best I have had.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel that helps blend all the flavors together. A touch too resiny in the finish for my liking.
D - Pretty high. I knocked it back VERY quickly. How can you go wrong with a hoppy monster on cask? Oh right, you can't. One of the best cask IPA's I have ever had. Great stuff.
01-15-2011 20:30:41 | More by orangesol
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours orangy amber, moderate head, leads to a thin tiny buble film and some lacing. Piney, hop nose. Bready malt base, pleasant,but not overpowering hopping rate here. Fruity,and citric. Soft and well balanced IPA, actually seems British in style. This one will not to it for you if your looking for something wildly hoppy, but its a pleasant IPA/sessioner
08-29-2004 20:13:22 | More by Billolick
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Had this on-tap at the surprisingly good local tap-list at our hotel in Rye Brook, New York. So good that I ignored the rest of the list and had a second. A very well balanced IPA with citrus and pine, a touch of sweetness reminiscent of honeycomb, and a satisfyingly crisp finish. Very fresh tasting and full bodied while also being thirst quenching. I could drink this all of the time if it were local.
05-06-2014 03:23:58 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Fresh, on-tap at Al's.
A: The IPA is a golden amber color, a little dark but strikingly clear. No head comes along, making it look like a cask pour even though it isn't.
S: The stickiest of the icky, the beer is wickedly dank. The hoppiness has citrus and plenty of it, along with a resiny thickness. What a hoppy delight to linger on.
T: For as hoppy as it is, its caramel base isn't shy. Standing out through each sip, it adds balance and support for the dark, dirty hops. As the hops bloom, which they do often, the ale becomes a resiny swirl of citrus bitterness. Grapefruit and orange rind are strong, fresh and vibrant. The strength of the ale is slow to materialize but at a certain point it hits. Even after that point, the hops are deliciously strong. A floral dose of intensity.
M: Resiny and thick, coating my tastebuds anew on each sip. Dank is the word of the day, a dark hoppy melange of flowers and citrus. Fresh this IPA is tough to top.
Mouth smackingly good, bitter and focused with a true bite. Amongst a line-up that included Mongo, Big A, Hopsickle and Idiot IPA, this one stood out (I did grab a mongo growler to go).
04-22-2011 17:13:19 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
On tap, served in a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears a golden copper color with a creamy topping of off-white froth. The cap maintains fairly well and leaves a webby pattern of lacing effect on the glass.
The smell is juicy with citrus character from the good. Rindy almost like orange zest and grapefruit. A bit of herbal aspect gets grassy towards the back with some dank, weedy character that is lightly cheesy. Lightly fruity again as it starts to warm up.
The taste is oily with resinous hops that are moderately bitter. A touch of caramel to toffee tasting malt is present. Grapefruit zest and bitter rinds mix with some herbal component, grass and dank aspects just like the aroma indicated. There is a light musty quality about this brew as it warms up.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is oily in the feel but contains a pleasant blend of hop character that kept me interested throughout the entire experience. Easy drinking with a low alcohol impact, I would have this again.
12-06-2011 15:14:34 | More by stakem
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces by about 50% but the remainder is retained. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Lots of floral hops aromas with some more subtle hints of citrus and pine.
T: Slightly light in the flavor but there are a lot of floral hints and some notes of the citrus and pine hops as well. I would describe the flavor as refreshing.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Extremely easy to drink and very refreshing - definitely a session beer and one that we all often get when we go out and want something easy to find and dependable.
03-12-2012 03:05:46 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev -5.9%
(Served in an American pint glass) best before Feb year?
A- This beer has an orange body with a very slight hazy and a slight red tint to it. There is a beige creamy bubbly head that had a good carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The fresh floral hops with good pine notes and a soft perfumy pine resin note to the hop finish.
T- This beer has a nice malt flavor slightly sweet with a green herbal full pine hops flavor finishing with a pungent hop flavor. M- This bee has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a nice full forward hop flavor making this a nice solid IPA.
01-14-2010 15:17:22 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass
Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of slightly beige head. No carbonation bubbles. Decent head retention, leaving some splattered lace. Color is a golden sunset orange.
Aroma: Fresh floral and earthy hops. Caramel and bready malts. Some citrus fruits. A hint like DFH 12 Minute Ipa.
Taste: Sweet floral hops. Citrus fruits. Caramel and bready malts again. A big surgery taste. The more I drink it, the more it reminds me of DFH 120 Minute IPA, just not as boozy.
Mouthfeel: Sweet and bitter. Medium bodied. Low amount of carbonation. Ends with a super sweet and hoppy aftertaste.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but eventually, the sweetness got to be a little to much here. This would be a one and done for me. Initially good, but 1/4 of the way through it, it took a turn for the worse.
EDIT: Just noticed this was 8%, so I can somewhat imagine why it was reminding me a little of DFH 120 Minute.
07-23-2009 01:14:05 | More by mothman
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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