Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower Power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a rather cloudy darker straw gold color and has a nice finger of slightly off white head. There is a good amount of lacing and the head sticks around for a bit. This beer was poured into my DFH signature glass.

Smell: This aroma is wonderful. I mean this is a very original smelling ipa. There is a great deal of flower and fruit. There is not as much of the traditional citrus fruit smell and I really can't detect any passion fruit which is a cool change. There is also a hint of pineyness. I am just very impressed with this aroma. Tropical is the best word to describe it.

Taste: I have a great deal of bitterness, which opens up to a tropical flavor that has a great deal of citrus flavor that is wasn't in the smell. Hiding behind the citrus flavor was a bit of the tropical flavor that is present in the smell, but it didn't exactly hit you with a two by four. The aroma was a good deal better than the taste in my opinion. The beer had a great deal of bitter finish, which was rather crisp otherwise.

Mouthfeel: This has a very creamy feel and definitely a nice medium body. The carbonation is really solid, but the bitter finish ruins the smoothness, which was really pleasing me.

Drinkability: This beer was exactly what I expect from an ipa. It was rather enjoyable and one of the better ipas I have had. I think I will get this pretty rarely, because the sixer was at least a couple bucks more than some other first rate ipa. It is rather easy drinking.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a clear, golden orange, typical IPA shade, nice 2 finger buildup of cream colored head, maintains a nice full topping throughout and leaves prodigious lace down the glass.

Hop profile in the nose is really unique. Super fresh smelling, floral, tropical fruits, apricot, tangerine, hints or orange zest - melded with a distinct pine smell. Tropical breeze meets forest.

Hope profile in the taste follows suit, add pineapple, but lacking some of the mean hop bite that would make this a kick-ass, world beater IPA. Just moderate bite, pretty sweet body meets the tropical flavors well, hint of pale malts hiding in the finish, enough so as not to be one-sided. Lovely carbonation, slightly syrupy body.

This is a really nice, unique, fresh IPA that has only a couple minor flaws keeping it from being amazing. Nice find, good price point, would gladly revisit.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA tumbler.

A - Pours a pale yellow orange with a fluffy whipped cream like 3 finger head that lasts forever. Beer has the slightest of haze to it. Good lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking IPA.

S - Tons of fresh grapefruit and pine in the nose. Joined by some lemon and pineapple aromas also. Some sweet bready malt lies in the background.

T - Pineapple and pine with citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemons). Fairly bitter and crisp, but hops have a much bigger flavor contribution. Not a lot of malt character is noticeable, but overall impression is of a hop focused, but well balanced IPA.

M - Light to medium bodied. Ample, but somewhat subdued and smooth carbonation. Doesn't stand out as outstanding of special, but absolutely nothing wrong either. Nice.

D - Finding it hard to believe this beer is 8%...very smooth and easy drinking. Tons of hop flavor - should make any hophead happy. Very good IPA, would love to have a couple more.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a righteous trade with Hopstoopid120. Thanks again man!
"Best Before: Oct" notched in the label.

Pours a dull goldish yellow color that is very cloudy, probably due to dry hopping. Huge lush white head formed about three fingers width worth of froth. Eventually the head settled to a small mound of foam with great lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of pine and citrus hops, with pine dominating. I am reviewing this back to back with Ithaca Cascazilla, and right away, I notice the pinier hops used here as opposed to the citrus-based formula for Cascazilla. Slight sweetness is also perceptible, but the pine prevails.

Taste is little odd to me. Unbalanced maybe. Very sweet comes to mind. Not enough bitterness in the finish for a solid IPA. There is a light sweet grapefruity flavor followed up by a very slight bitter finish. I also think the finish would benefit from being drier.

Mouthfeel is good with a medium sweet body that goes down smooth and moderate carbonation. Low astringency, yet some alcohol warming in the finish.

Drinkability is fairly good, but the IPA category is stacked with monster beers. Given a choice, I would go with many other IPAs before buying this one.

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Photo of BigMike
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light apricot pale tangerine color. Topped with a good amount of puffy cloudlike white head.

Smell is fruity. Citrus and bready. Fairly intense nose.

Taste is orange and grapefruit. Alot of delicious bitterness on the finish. I believe this one is brewed with simcoe hops which are a favorite of mine. Some tropical fruit and pine. Also a light touch of peach.

Nice carbonation leaves a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied and extremely easy to drink.

Listed at 7%abv. noticable alcohol warmth present on the finish. Overall this is a quality ipa that's above average.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Beertruth (thanks yo!). Poured into a pint glass. Notch says best by July, but I don't think that's right. I was told it was super fresh a few months ago.

A: Pours a crisp, orange/golden amber color. Very small head which dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet tropical hops with some pine. A little bit of pineapple and some flowery fragrance.

T: Pretty strong hops up front. A little bit of bite, but not too much. Not as tropical or as sweet as the smell would suggest. Pretty straight forward IPA in fact, not that's a bad thing. Also not much in the ways of malts presence. Good finish.

M: Medium body. Average carbonation for the style. A little sticky.

D: Goes down way too easy. The 8% ABV is barely noticeable.

I've become a huge fan of Ithaca Brewing Co. I don't think I've had a bad brew from them yet, and Flower Power doesn't disappoint. I've had it a number of times now and it's always a pleaser.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light, copper color. Fingers width of creamy white head. Left some lacing behind. Great clarity.

S- The front of nose has a nice floral structure with a bit of citrus. Along with the hops is a fair amount of malts, which produce a subtle sweetness in the aroma.

T- Much like the aroma. Semi-strong presence of floral hops, cut with bitter orange rinds, which last throughout. The back end mellows out with more of the sweet subtleties from the malt coming through.

M- Just wasn't feeling this aspect of the beer. A bit thin and left a watered down feel on the palate.

D- Pretty easy to put down, just wish the mouthfeel was a little better and that the flavors would be less balanced.

Overall, I don't mind hops bitterness, but this bitterness was more of like orange zest. Combine that with a more balanced, malty IPA and they don't exactly go together so well. I think this beer needed to be less balanced in order to cut the harsh bitterness.

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Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, bright, copper/orange color with golden highlights and a ┬╝" lightly off-white head that recedes soon to a ring of foam and a thick cap of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves some leggy lacing. Later on there are still very thin patches of foam with a respectable collar of foam and sipping leaves foam on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is floral hops with traces of fruit, including citrus zest, mostly orange and tangerine, some apricot thrown in for good measure. There is sweet caramel in the background.

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the flavor starts off with the citrus zest bitterness and some fruity apricot layered over a reasonable component of light, sweet caramel from the malt. The two flavors work well in a side by side relationship with the hops in the lead and the malt playing a close supporting and balancing role.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth, with light but consistent, long lasting carbonation that eventually shows primarily as a faint prickling on the tongue near the end of the beer. The finish is medium long and the hop bitterness remains in the staring role as both malt sweetness and hop bitterness fade slowly away to end in soft dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA, with a lot to recommend it as a regular treat. While it is not my favorite IPA it is a good solid, well made IPA worth sampling and drinking and I certainly won't hesitate drinking it again should the opportunity arise.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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,

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Photo of cavedave
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fifty-seven year old life long hippie I gotta say I love the name of this.

Pours cloudy and golden, topped only by a cap of beige foam that gives way to islands. A gentle swirl produces minimal lace.

Smell is a subtle, effervescent mix of citrus and bitter, rounded off by muted floral and earth notes.

The taste is a bright expansion (as in 'mind expansion') of citrus and floral. It starts this way, it builds this way, and it crests in a blizzard of brilliant American hop notes, almost fruity, into a finish of wonderful... flower power. I can't help it, this beer is well named, it finishes with a rush I can only describe, as Ithica does, as flower power. Not dry, not sweet, not super citrus, or astringent, just yummy and... florally potent. Looking for an IPA that isn't west coast IBUific, or east coast malty/bitter? Looking for a brew that is luscious in a different way, yet is potent and yummy? You found it. Man, this is a tasty brew! No wonder it won TAPS last year.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, perfect (low) carbonation, clean in the mouth, clingy not oily, clears well, could it get any better?

Drinkability? I could drink this non-stop until Planet X returns. Home run for Ithica.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very bright orange in the glass. Head is just slightly off white, nice and light consistency. Good looking, not standout however. Great lacing on the way down the glass.

Very floral aroma, but not of the usual hops. Grassy, lemony and almost a dry fruit on the nose. Smells pretty good and it is not too "in your face" like many other IPAs or DIPAs out there.

Taste is quite good as well. Big apricot flavor with bitter malt to follow. The large amount of hops upfront is rapidly refreshed by a nice malt backbone underneath. Crisp on the way down, with just a hint of toasted malt.

Good mouthfeel. Not really oily like some hoppy IPAs, in fact, the body balances on the lighter side. Good carbonation. Drinkability is quite high, as this is a very refreshing beer that doesnt knock out your tastebuds. I see why it is so popular!

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Photo of deanhead
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny to golden colored with a nice with a nice crisp head. Lot's of small tightly laced bubbles . great lace on the glass

Mouthfeel. Beer is crisp and dry with a sticky, clingy lingering bitterness, spicy floral aroma

Taste is strong, hints of acetone and pineapple and hints of fresh hay.

Drinkability moderately drinkable, decent beer, awfully bitter and almost astringent in the finish. Bitterness seems slightly out of balance with the beer, not bad but not great.

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Photo of kels
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer pours from the bottle into my pint glass a hazy apricot brown. The initial 2 finger white fluffy head fades quickly to a well-retained bubbly skim. Stringy, sticky lacing hangs around the glass.

Smell: Really nice smell, and very characteristic of some of my favorite IPAs. The citrusy hops are accompanied by an almost too sweet malt presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is really sweet and bitter at once. The bitterness is reminiscent of citrus peel and there's a herbal, flowery note, kind of like cilantro strangely enough. The sweetness comes from toasty, caramelized malts. The feel is moderately fizzy with lots of stickiness.

Drinkability: Pretty darn high. This is definitely my favorite beer from Ithaca thus far (mind that I haven't tried that many).

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of floral hoppiness aroma, some dry malt. Thinner body than the alcohol would bespeak. Somewhat milder hop bitterness, some pine, but lots of flower. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable. Flavor is a bit milder and more tame than aroma would suggest.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy deep orange with a finger of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is lemony with a hint orange peel. A bit like a wet sponge with a hint of tangerine thrown in as well. The sweetness is pretty sugary as well.

The taste is a bit citrusy but has a wash of dank flavor in the first sip. The second sip brings on some bitter flavor that accompanies the tangerine and orange flavor. Tangy and bitter almost at the same time. The tongue is left with a mild, bitter aftertaste

The feel is refreshing in a hoppy way. The bite of this beer does take a bit to get used to. Going down well, this beer just slides down leaving only a mild bitterness. Not a bad IPA.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best before Nov. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden copper color with about a finger of long-lasting white head. Great aroma, big citrus and flowery hops absolutely dominate. Taste is excellent. Floral hops dominate upfront but then segue nicely to citrusy and resiny hops. There is a touch of maltiness but that is quickly overwhelmed by the very solid hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good with a medium body and moderate+ bitterness. Drinkability is good as well with the 8% ABV quite well hidden. This beer has just what I want in a good IPA. There is a great variety of complex hops flavor, a good malt backbone and a solid hop bitterness.

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Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Lighter copper orange color, mild bubbles, but with a resilient head and pretty good all-around-the-glass white lacing.

Smell: Beautifully candied and caramel hops, but also with a pungent flowery and bouquet-like coupled bitterness with some grapefruit and orange. An overtake of the senses, and almost romantic in some ways, without being terribly sweet or overly flowerly. My wife said, "It smells pretty," and she usually isn't a fan of IPAs, aroma or taste.

Taste: The flower power name comes to the forefront initially, with some sweetness, candied hops, and the bouquet, but then the grapefruit and citrus rind-like bitterness is there not to overtake or curb, but to compliment and meld extremely well. This could've gone too sweet too quickly, but it ends up meshing in a pretty great way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and spritzy and medium-bodied without feeling full or overdone or underdone, and pretty close to that higher rating, but alas.

Drinkability: Is this seriously 8%? I'm blown away by knowing this now, after I had no idea. I wouldn't have guessed it was this strong at all, as it ends up drinking too easily and is almost too tasty, with no semblance of alcohol to let you know. I hope to be grabbing 6-packs of this when I can. One of my new go-to IPAs. Get your hands on some if you can.

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Photo of myost88
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into an Ithaca Pint glass straight from the source.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color. Not as Amber colored as many IPA's. 1 finger sudsy head that sticks around for a minute or two. T

Smell: Grapefruits and floral scents are dominant. Not as piney as a lot of IPAs.

Taste: Grapefruits again. Classic taste for an IPA. If you arent an IPA lover, you may still like this beer. It's got a strong malt character. If you do like IPA's, then you'll likely LOVE this beer. Classic bittersweet IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but it still goes down smooth. I'd say it's light bodied for the style. Refreshing is what I think of when I gulp this.

Drinkability: No question about it, even at 8% I'd down a few of these no problem. There is no trace of the alcohol in the taste and that for me is a + to drinkability when it comes to IPAs.

Overall: I had it first at the brewery in Ithaca. I loved it then, and I can honestly say it is just as good from the bottle. Really wish this was available in TX.

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Photo of mwa423
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a solid finger and a half of head, color is a very clear amber. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - Lots of fruity/pine hops, also lemon/citrus hop notes with a hint of sweet malt. Very pleasant, not overbearing and solid for style.

T - Good balance of floral hops and malt, this isn't an extreme beer at all but a perfect example of a well rounded IPA. Glad I picked up a bottle of this.

M/D - Exceptionally drinkable for the 8% abv, this could be a dangerous beer to have six of, because I would probably drink all six!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a bright orange golden coloration. The head is bone white and is about an inch high. Great retention of the head is noted. Concentric rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is very floral. Apricot, grassy tones, and a bit of pine play peak a boo with the nose. Different from the heavy citrus IPAs about.

Taste: The taste of the beer mirrors the aroma. This isnt an IPA that will knock you upside the head with aggressive hops. This IPA is mellow and well balanced. At 8% this could be a boozey son of a bitch; however, I couldnt find hide nor hair of alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation levels work well with the beer. Overall a very smooth beer drinking experience. Alcohol is well hidden in the beer. This could easily be a beer to have more than one of in an evening.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber in color with about an inch of white, frothy head forming on the pour.
Smell is absolutely wonderful very floral hops. Very perfumey, blooming flowery, hops.
Taste is balanced hops and malt. Very smooth and absolutely crushable to drink.
One of the most floral noses I've ever had in a beer, quite the experience and nice to experience something like this. Actually opens your eyes to what a beer can smell like/different.
Did I say this was drinkable?! Incredibly smooth and easy going.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i love ipa's that arent dominated by citrusy hops.

poured into a sam adams pint class,this bear is a clear tan/yellow.medium head that dissipated after awhile and left some decent lacing.

smell is of herbal/floral hops and biscuity sweet malt.

taste is very floral and herbal.i love ipa's that stray from the west coast citrus dominated flavors.while there is a slight amount of citrus,i find this beer to be incredibly floral and herbal,a good change of pace. a little bit of resiny type flavor as well.8%,where's the alcohol?

easy drinking despite the high abv. slight slick mouthfeel,overall pretty medium bodied with medium carbonation.

a good beer,worth checking out.

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Photo of maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jjayjaye for throwing two of these into a recent trade as extras. Nothing like getting a heretofore IPA tossed into the salad, one of my favorite styles.

One of the palest, most translucent brews I've ever poured, a yellow with almost no distorting qualities through the pint glass. There is more grapefruit smell coming out of that glass than your average farmer's market. Damn. Guess that would be the hops.

Flower Power boasts a sap-like texture of hops. The hops are so thick in here they're turning the liquid to hopple syrup. The deep grapefruit turns into this oily, bitter shock to the system. This isn't a palate killer, but it is definitely a biter. Yowza. Only two notes in this one for me, but they're good notes.

This is swiggable. At 8% ABV it shouldn't be, but I find I can't just take a sip, I have to take a long pull at one time. Despite the hop attack, this one goes down really, really easily.

Excellent brew. Ithaca is now 2-2 as of 8/6/09 in my book. I have one more. Can't wait to try it.

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Photo of BB1313
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! This is my first offering from Ithaca and I'm very impressed. This is truly a top notch American IPA in my opinion. The smell is very floral and the taste definitely matches. Lots of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime zest, and a touch of pine. Very juicy. Very smooth and easy drinking, the flavors and aromas make this one hard to stop drinking. Very sharp and well executed by Ithaca.

It's too bad this is a summer seasonal because I can definitely get use to this one. If you see this one and you like hoppy beers, this is definitely one to try!

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Photo of bwd110
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's Norristown, PA 8/3/09

Arrived at the bar in a standard pint glass, Dale's Pale glass to be exact...

A: Looks like a really refreshing ipa. Golden amber in color, with a tannish white billowy head, which dies off quickly leaving good lacing and suds down the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is where this beer shines. Big floral presence, backed up by citrus tones and a biscuity sweet caramel malt hidden in the background.

T: This is a stellar ipa. Floral hops dominate my palate but are complemented by some citrus and spicy flavors. The sweet caramel malt is just big enough to balance out the finish, amost a honey sweetness detected. This beer is also wonderfully bitter!

M: Resiny and coats the palate well. Light to medium body. The bittering hops help to clean up with a dry crisp finish.

D: Even though this is larger in abv, I love drinking this beer when it is uber fresh. Tongue smacking goodness!

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 5,187 ratings.
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