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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