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Flower Power India Pale Ale by Ithaca Beer Company
American IPA
7.50 % ABV

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Review by orbitalr0x on 06/01/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 2011
Pours into my glass a brilliant golden amber hue with a solid two fingers of creamy foam that leaves some spotty lacing as it falls. Definitely makes me want to drink it! Aromas of bright, fresh hops shine through. Citric, floral and herbaceous they rule the show here. Smooth malty backbone. Lovely and pungent.

First sip is bright hops upfront with more resinous citric and floral flavors flowing across the palate. Fresh and vibrant with a well balanced caramel malt backbone. Not overly bitter - but there's a nice bite on the way down and lingering hops on the finish. Well balanced, super tasty IPA. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied - super refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, this is just a great IPA and I wish I could obtain it easier!! Very glad to have finally had the opportunity to try it, thanks Lum!

Served In: Snifter

Review by James Kitchens on 03/13/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 15 5 8 0
Growler of unfiltered Flower Power sent to me by some guy named "Bakes".

Appearance is all IPA, golden/amber color. Smell is REALLY nice, with hops, fruit, citrus, floral, etc. The taste, however, has much more bitterness than the smell leads me to believe. It's really good, but the finish is quite bitter. Maybe it's the "unfiltered" part. Not sure, since this is my first experience with this one.

Overall, this one is good but somewhat overwhelming with the hops bitterness. Again, not sure where I get that from since most of the other reviews either failed to mention this or said otherwise. I'll chalk it up to my trying to put a dent into a growler on my own and having not enough help with it.

Served In: Mug

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to the great LUM!! Poured into a DFH shaped pint (wierd considering below).

A: Poured a light amber color that is crystal clear. Got a good finger of off white head that receeded to a thin ring with no foam in the middle. Lacing is very sticky, leaving rings that notch your level in the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Serious resin scent pouring out of the glass. Citrus, floral and herbal aromas all ring true. Caramel malt is present on the backbone of the aroma with just a touch of brown sugar.

T: Hops yet again. They are there but not amazingly or mind blowing bitter. The flavor profile is yet again flowery and citrus sweetness with just a tinge of herbal. Caramel malt is tries to level out the brew, but still hoppiness rules this ship. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied with an oily consistency. Carbonation is just enough to make this brew slightly crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is only of malty sweetness with tinge of citrus. ABV is very subtle.

D: This beer is good all around and amazingly drinkable. I could kill this sixer tonight if I allowed myself. Smooth and tasty. You can't miss with this beer and Lum is on to something here. Worth pimping and totally worth drinking . . . in mass amounts. Don't drive though, kids.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-06-2008 04:23:25

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mr. furley on 03/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
this is what i hope for in an IPA. clean, hoppy but not terribly bitter. very very smooth. nice meaty mouthfeel but very drinkable. this would be a great beer on the golf course.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle

Best Before: 11/08

A big thanks goes out to Lum for throwing a couple Flower Powers in as extras on a recent trade, thanks Paul! Flower Power is an exceptionally clear polished copper. I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer; each fingerprint can be read through the glass without a problem. The large carbonation bubbles rise in streams to the surface. Two fingers of creamy bone white head rose on the pour and left perfect history lines after each drink along with sheet lacing in between. The smallest the head receded to throughout was one finger. This is an exceptional looking beer.

The hops aren't smack you in the face huge but do contain all the qualities I like in IPAs. Orange oils, a slight floral even honey like quality, and resins shine through front to back. Caramel is laced throughout thanks to the malt backbone. Some rich graininess comes along as well with the caramel dampening it down quite a bit. The orange oils grow as the beer warms and throws off all kinds of sweet citric qualities.

The flavor follows the aroma closely with the sweet orange oils leading the way. The hop resins seem to fall back slightly but the floral, and somewhat sweet, honey qualities take over on the finish. All of this is layered over the top of a solid caramel malty backbone. There's spicy alcohol coming through in the flavor that wasn't there in the aroma that adds more depth then distracts but does get in the way just a little bit. The flavor overall is fairly well balanced and easily drinkable.

The mouthfeel is right on point; medium bodied with a silky smooth creaminess that glides through at its own pace. Mild alcohol fumes rise through the throat to add a little warmth. The body of this beer is incredibly soft on the tongue.

The balance of this beer makes it insanely drinkable. I've been drinking this one a little to fast and can feel the alcohol working. After checking Ithaca's website I'm surprised at the BIG 8% I wouldn't have guessed it.

This is an all around tasty IPA from Ithaca. Easily sessionable if you watch out for the 8%. I have been thoroughly impressed with everything I've had from Ithaca and I believe this to be an underrated IPA. Thanks for another good beer Paul!

Reviewed: 10/1/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Clear, copper color. Nice two finger, off-white head. Lacing is impressive.

Aroma of hops, followed strongly by apricot & tangerine. Flowery!!! Very pleasant.

On the tongue, hops, pine and grapefruit. Good malt taste comes through. A little sweet. Nice clean taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is very nice - moderate. A bit dry, overall... I like it.

This is a very easy drinking IPA, and one of my faves. 8% ABV, according to the guys at IBC, so beware, it will getcha. I absolutely love it!Highly Recommended!!
BTW, you really have to experience Ithaca to dig the label...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 10/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
Fresh growler of unfiltered Flower Power straight from the brewery, this batch is 7.5%.

A brilliant warm golden nectar enters the glass, with a white head rolling quickly to the top where it sits like a crown before slowwwly receding to a fine lace atop the brew for the rest of the pint. The aroma fairly reeks of catty, piney, bitter grapefruit hops, underlain by a slightly toasty, apricot malt note.

Deep sip. A toasty slightly sweet maltiness tries to get the first jab in before a vast hop haymaker comes through - bitter, leafy, bracing, with faint apricot and caramel behind the resinous autumn-leaf spiciness (you know that smell when you rake dry leaves, that spiciness that gets in your nose? That.), grapefruit rind and faint pine... all beautifully integrated. A Phil Spector Wall of Sound of an IPA in its flavor profile. Alcohol is well hidden. Very clean, moderate mouthfeel lends it an insane degree of drinkability. Lingering grapefruit rind and slightly floral apricot malt aftertaste is all on the rear sides of the tongue.

A brew that, since its major tweaking a couple of years ago, has gone from "OK IPA" to a fine example of the style, and has become a long term favorite that I will generally keep a growler or two of handy at all times. The unfiltered version just adds to the depth of hop character in this brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 7 14 4 8 0
Review from 11/17/06

A - Crystal clear, I mean really clean looking, golden body. Small white head made of varying size bubbles.

S - Sweet and floral. Grassy. Strawberries and pears. I don't get a whole lot of malt on this one.

T - Very sweet and fruity. Apple, strawberry, pear and the tiniest bit of orange peel. Malt is here, but way in the background. Doesn't really taste like an IPA, more of a Pale Ale.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation that is prickly on the tongue.

D - Super easy to drink. Could easily down a 12 pack in a few hours on a hot summer day.

Served In: Pint Glass

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