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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Elegantly traditional and rich in its hop character, this India Pale Ale is thirst-quenching and soul-satisfying. Each sip delivers a bounty of herbal and floral hop character, balanced by the fruity signature of our house yeast.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1980) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
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 dont overpower the malty flavors (as the hops seem stronger in the aroma). With that being said, I think its still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, its smooth and goes down easy. I think its a good overall brew, Id buy this again and its definitely worth a try if you havent had this beer before.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2010
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 , whatdya 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
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 doesnt 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
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.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (23979) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2010
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 The hop is often referred to as a "flower" by beer geeks, although the actual hop plant doesnt look like your typical backyard flower, its 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 doesnt go overboard in any aspect. Its not quite among the absolute best of the best, but its 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. Its 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.

TASTE

Ive never tasted a flower but if I did Id 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: its a little tart but also thick and soft. As the beer finishes there is a strong hop bite and a rich piney aftertaste. Its 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. Its got the bitterness I expect from an IPA, but the pure arid dryness is a little stronger than I prefer. Theres also a honey-like sweetness that is present in the aftertaste. Its 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, its a really tasty beer with a lot to like.

DRINKABILITY

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 its 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 its best enjoyed on its own. Im not quite sure I would session this, but its hard to stop at just one.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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. Its not a perfect beer, but its damn close.

NOTE: watch the video version of this review at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehaAkjaQm

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TheHopHead (26) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2010
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 dont know If i got a bad batch or what, but this stuff tasted gross. I didnt even finish the glass and I gave the rest of the 6-pack away.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3055) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2010
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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Damn good ipa. Plenty of fresh hops, pine, grass clippings, and malt. Notes of pepper and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
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.


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