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.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

High B

09/12/2016 impression:

One of the few IPAs with a tropical pineapple fruit emphasis that I can actually stand, Flower Power is a solid balanced brew but finishes a bit sweeter than it ought to. A bit more citrusy bite would help level out the hop profile, but its fruity floral vibe is nice as-is.

I remembered this being a lot better, but it's drinkable fare from Ithaca. Perhaps seasonal hop availability is a factor, or I just didn't parse the pungency of the pineapple in my earlier review.


09/16/2016 impression:

Standard off-white frothy head. Copper colour of average vibrance.

Aroma greets the drinker with a balanced profile of pale to amber malts and floral hops. Aromatic intensity is average.

Presents soft on the palate, ushering in a warm pineapple fruit emphasis along with subsidiary floral and fruity notes. Clean yet estery American ale (saccharomyces) yeast. Balanced, certainly.

Residual sweetness is a bit too high for an IPA, but all around it's definitely above average in terms of build.


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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not many superlatives left to describe this beer. Artfully crafted with a wonderful hop-foward profile but with a malt presence to keep it drinkable one after another. A nearly perfect beer for any hophead.

Perfect color & smell that begs to be drunk. Floral & citrus hops dance on the tongue in harmony. Finishes with a nice hop snap that lingers for a good minute.

My favorite east coast IPA (save for Heady Topper which I rarely can get).

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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