TheJester (2303) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Amber-orange with a small, short-lived, almost-white head. Tonnes of C-hops in the aroma, with maybe just a touch of malt underneath. Lots of hops in the flavour as well, but there is a very solid, slightly sweet, caramel and brown sugar backbone. Decent finish and body. Very nice IPA.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Cloudy copper pour with minimal white head. Aroma holds floral notes, pine, orange rind, a touch of grapefruit, and some caramel malt- quite nice on the nose. Flavor is heavy on the evergreen qualities, but with some really nice additional tastes of pollen and citrus in the background. Palate is smooth and quaffable, and lightly carbonated. Really quite a good IPA.
Rerate 2-16-12: goodness gracious did this beer deserve a rerate. Just got my hands on twelve bottles from their most recent batch, no more than 10 days old or so. Huge lively apricot and citrus character in the nose, and awesome floral/pine bitterness on the flavor. Outlandishly good. Upping from a 3.6 to a 4.1
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Sample at the 1st annual Columbus Beerfest on 05/28/10: This beer is a clear orange color with a medium thin and fluffy off-white head that recedes slowly. Sticky small patches of lacing. The aroma consists of citrusy hops and sweet malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character and flavors of fruit and malt. The finish is grassy hops and fruit with a bitterness that lingers a bit. Decent overall.
bluejacket74 (1673) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, best before June 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (oranges, apricots, tropical fruit), pine hops and honey. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the hops donít overpower the malty flavors (as the hops seem stronger in the aroma). With that being said, I think itís still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy. I think itís a good overall brew, Iíd buy this again and itís definitely worth a try if you havenít had this beer before.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 She pours a hazy orange-amber with a two finger white head that lasts nicely. Tight and foamy leaving a nice lacing behind. Hey , whatdíya know- that aroma is bursting with floral notes. Orchid, dank spruce, pine, grapefruit, and citrus prevail with a light balancing caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is resinous and full of evergreen notes. Slight floral, grassy, and herbal notes come though as well, though not as powerfully. The palate is caressing, smooth, and supple with low effervescence and a resinous sticky finish. A winner for sure.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Direct blend of orange and golden. Very transparent. 1.5 finger white crown with some retention and lacing.
Smell: Rather bland and dissappointing. Some wet grass, hay, a touch of malt...
Taste: Much nicer than the nose would let on. A nice bouquet of hops. Some earthy, some floral, and an underlying mandarin type citrus hop note. Fairly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, but crisp?
Drinkability: 8% abv doesnít show but slows you down from consuming lots of it. Mouthfeel could also use some work.
UPDATE: Had this one on tap at the Copper Mine Pub today (10/18/09) and found the hops to be much more pronounced. (Delicious! I have increased both my smell and taste scores by .5)
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-15-2009
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a clear light orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of resiny hops with some orange and grassy hop character as well. The flavor is resiny hops with a little bit of orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice IPA but nothing too special.
Travlr (18608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dull amber color, edge head. Aroma of pine sol. Tastes like licking the pine tar off an old baseball bat. Extreme resin. Difficult to drink. Nothing flowery about this one.
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, 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.