Beer Review: ITHACA FLOWER POWER IPA

Beer Review: ITHACA FLOWER POWER IPA

Ithaca Beer Company presents its Flower Power IPA in a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass, boasting a 7.5% alcohol by volume. This ale, courtesy of Ray in MA, offers a clover honey hue and a tropical nose that is both punchy and soothing. The brewing and fermentation process involves five different instances of hopping and dry-hopping, resulting in a beer with a substantial body and a finish that proudly showcases notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

Appearance:

The pour reveals a partially cloudy amber-orange liquid crowned with a foamy beige head. Ample lacing clings to the glass, adding to the overall visual appeal.

Aroma:

The aroma is an enticing mix of dank hops, with hints of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, and mango. The bouquet is captivating and sets the stage for the tasting experience.

Taste:

The flavor profile unfolds with peach and mango leading the way, accompanied by a citrus tartness harmonized by semi-sweet malt. As the journey continues, the palate encounters earthy yeast notes, culminating in a bitter hop finish that adds depth and complexity.

Mouthfeel:

This IPA presents a full-bodied experience that is slightly sticky on the palate, complemented by a prickly carbonation that adds a layer of texture to the overall drinking sensation.

Overall:

Without reservation, this Flower Power IPA stands out as the best East Coast IPA I’ve encountered, surpassing even the renowned offerings from Cigar City. The careful balance of flavors, the intricate layering of hops, and the overall craftsmanship make it a standout choice for those seeking a memorable and robust beer experience.