I walked into my favorite beer store and my favorite beer guy says to me, "You like IPA's."
How cool is it that he knows what I like? That's why he's my favorite. :)
"Here, you'll like this." As he handed me a six pack of Flower Power brewed by Ithaca Beer Co. Okay, I'll give it a go. Who am I to argue?
Flower Power (7.5% ABV) is an American IPA. It pours a hazy golden color. Despite all the bubbling over when I popped the cap, the head was relatively thin.
The IPA's a prefer tend to be very citrusy leaning towards mouthwatering bitter grapefruit that the West Coast IPA's put out. Flower Power is a definite step back from that. It's interesting to point out that other reviews that I've read of this beer say it's insanely grapefruity. Odd that I didn't get that. Variance in batches, perhaps?
What I got was an aroma that was more floral in nature. The taste was deeply earthy and piney with hints of tropical fruit. The bite of the bitter hops balanced nicely with the sweetness of the malt and fruit. However, the bitterness prevails and takes over the finish.
Flower Power is dangerously drinkable; it goes down clean and easy. But watch out for the relatively high alcohol, it will kick your ass.
This is a very flavorful beer with loads of complex and yummy stuff going on inside the bottle. Overall - very good.
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