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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of longlasting dense white head.

S: The aroma certainly lives up to the name - tons of floral hops in this aroma. The hops are also quite tropical in nature. The two aromas work quite well together. I get a bit of sweetness, but it's mostly fruity.

T: The taste is a bit more floral and piney than the aroma, also much more subdued. It's certainly still a nice hop flavor, just a bit disappointing. Hop bitterness is moderate and balanced by a light sweetness, the bitterness and sweetness is about perfect. I find the floral aspect of hops come off a bit odd in the flavor of IPAs, and it's the most apparent flavor in this beer.

M: Medium thickness with low, appropriate carbonation. The carbonation in this beer seems to allow more hop flavor to come through.

O: This is a great IPA. The aroma is incredible, the taste is solid. It's certainly a floral-forward beer, a bit odd in the taste, but quite nice.

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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually buy growlers, because they don't seem like a deal on the one hand, and they don't seem to be better quality all the time either (quality depends on too many factors to get into here) but today is a special day - end of the semester - so eff it. The color is a yellow-straw color resembling a good lager, but more orangey. Good herbal, flowery, hoppy smell, but it is the taste that astounds. A wallop of citrus--grapefruit particularly. Pleasant hoppy bitterness. Excellent lacing throughout. Average mouthfeel. (I like a little more oiliness.) Dry finish. No discernible alcohol kick.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance: A Clear amber-honey color. Thick, frothy, dense, white head. Moderate head retention (could have been a bit better). Once the head dissipated, it left a thick, white half-circle of lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Bitter hops dominated the aroma. It smelled floral, and citrusy (especially grapefruitI), with a bit of pine. Their were also slight bready notes from the malt.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness dominated the flavor. Stong tastes of citrus fruits, especially grapefruit.. Floral and piney notes were also present.
Though it was dominated by the hops, the malt presence was noticeable, with a slightly sweet, bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: It wasn't thick or syrupy, however, it was full-bodied. Good amount of carbonation, a bit higher than medium. Excellent texture.

Overall: An excellent brew and possibly my favorite of style. A perfect representation of an American IPA. There was a bit of malt presence to balance out the aroma and taste, however, hops definitely dominated this brew. Body and carbonation were spot on and the citrusy and floral characteristics of the aroma and taste were awesome! The only complaint I have was with the appearance. Head retention could have been a bit better, ane the lacing was a bit lackluster.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. 9 days past best by date.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger cream colored head with fair retention. Very hazy gold; haziest IPA I've seen. Minus points for haze and the head retention could be better.
S: Floral and herbal hops with some honey. Slight ester dominance once it warms brings the points down.
T: Sweet bread with a dose of honey. Bright hops are floral and herbal with a dash of citrus. Very tasty and perfectly balanced. No ester booze in the taste.
M: Sweet to start and bitterness grows with passing sips. Dry finish.
O: I'd love another and would be glad to buy 6 more. A great AIPA in the West Coast vein.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden with a somewhat good clarity. Produces a good head stand with a rocky, off-white head that has good retention.

S: It smells like a bag of hops with a strong hops aroma of citrus and tropical fruit being mostly lemon, lime and pineapple with some papaya. There is light malt sweetness and a light flower alcohol aroma as well. Some of that grassy, herbaceous aroma from the hops. One of the best smelling IPA on the market.

T: Great hop flavor dominates with a strong citrus and tropical fruit hops flavors and a very strong hops bitterness. The malt is there with a just enough to clean sweetness to support the hops. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness. The balance is fairly bitter but not as aggressive as some IPAs.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: Still one of my hands down favorite IPAs. The hops aroma and flavor is outstanding with a ton of West Coast citrus character and herbal notes. If I could take only one beer with me to a deserted island it would probably be Flower Power.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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