Chad9976 (1356) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 The hop is often referred to as a "flower" by beer geeks, although the actual hop plant doesnít look like your typical backyard flower, itís cone-shaped. Beers made with a lot of hop character are often described as having a citrus or pine aroma and flavor but there are a few that could best be described as flowery. The Ithaca Brewing Co. decided to take that theme and run with it with their Flower Power India Pale Ale. This is a beer that is pure hops through and through, but it doesnít go overboard in any aspect. Itís not quite among the absolute best of the best, but itís tasty and highly drinkable.
APPEARANCE AND AROMA
I poured a 12oz bottle in a tumbler. Right away Flower Power was a very appealing beer with a standard orange color, but just the slightest bit hazy. It formed a generous, frothy, almost marshmallow-like head which never dissipated and left generous lacing all the way down the glass.
The aroma was exactly what the name indicates: floral. Itís sweet and inviting but also noticeably citrusy (orange) with a distinct bitterness in the nose as well. I love IPAs that smell this good because they cry out to be drank.
Iíve never tasted a flower but if I did Iíd imagine Ithaca Flower Power IPA is probably what they would taste like. With a refreshing floral and slight citrus taste, this is a beer with a delectable, satisfying palate. Up front and in the middle I get an orange juice-like flavor: itís a little tart but also thick and soft. As the beer finishes there is a strong hop bite and a rich piney aftertaste. Itís rare an IPA has all three flavors of citrus, floral and pine - but that just goes to show the craftsmanship of Flower Power.
The only caveat to this beer is the dryness on the end seems to be a bit too dry. Itís got the bitterness I expect from an IPA, but the pure arid dryness is a little stronger than I prefer. Thereís also a honey-like sweetness that is present in the aftertaste. Itís a lighter, candy-like sweetness, which complements the dry finish, but I think a richer, more caramel-like sweetness would have rounded out the palate perfectly. Still, itís a really tasty beer with a lot to like.
Some beers are so light-bodied they can be slugged down regardless of how they taste, others are so robust they can only be sipped, but Ithaca Flower Power falls somewhere in between. This beer might be the epitome of a medium-bodied beer. Sure the palate is robust, but the palette itself is smooth and the body has the perfect weight that itís not too heavy.
At 75 IBUs and 7.5% ABV, Flower Power IPA is in that weird void between standard and imperial beers. It would pair easily with a spicy dish, but I think itís best enjoyed on its own. Iím not quite sure I would session this, but itís hard to stop at just one.
As much I love citrusy, juicy IPAs, a beer like Ithaca Flower Power IPA reminds me how enjoyable a straight-up floral beer can be. Itís not a perfect beer, but itís damn close.
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TheHopHead (26) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
6-pack poured into a shaker. Nice amber/golden color with two finger white head. Aroma: floral hops. Taste: hops + some unidentifiable chemical taste. I donít know If i got a bad batch or what, but this stuff tasted gross. I didnít even finish the glass and I gave the rest of the 6-pack away.
dchmela (2785) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours orange brown with a thick off white head. Huge pine, citrus, fresh orange hop aroma. Big hoppy bite, nice malt balance with notes of citrus and pine. Well done!
AndyReynolds (1037) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn good ipa. Plenty of fresh hops, pine, grass clippings, and malt. Notes of pepper and caramel.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz tulip @ Jose Pistolas
Poured a hazy orange with a small one-finger head. Nose was a strong orange/mango and hops but with a piney backbone. Taste was initally sweet - orange, grapefruit and mango with some pine and malt. Finish was with some mild and pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and a little sticky. Carbonation was good. I had tried this from a bottle before and this is SO much better. I am anxious to try a bottle again to see if it comes close to this, which is a VERY good left-coast style IPA.
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 BB Jul 10 12oz - Floral nose, watery mouthfeel. Hops at end with a dusty, dirt note preceeding. Nice ale.
mansquito (3976) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
American Beer Distro: Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, slightly off-white head. Strong floral aroma along with citrus, substantiated by floral and earthy hops. In the mouth it begins with a full frontal hop attack sustained by a thorough bitterness throughout, coupled with sweet citrus and floral elements. Overall, a rather good IPA. I wonder if it is really 8% alcohol... doesnít seem like it is...
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this is a beautiful looking beer to me. Itís cloudy, golden honey appearance is just mesmerizing to look at. Itís nose is overwhelmingly grapefruit followed by perfume. And just beyond that, is cookie. It is heavily bitter from beginning to end. I am not a hop head, and my palate was quickly exhausted, but Iíd recommend this to anyone even remotely interested in IPAís!
jtclockwork (10432) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastes like a mashed up barley swig. Copper pour. Very substandard in my opinion. Rated 4/19/10
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Sweet citrus nose, color is amber, white head, flavor of grapefruit, hops, grass, medium bitter finish. Decent.