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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