Pluck a cheroot from the humidor and get ready for one of the best India Pale Ales ever brewed. We’re talking about taking a hit from a bottle of Flower Power India Pale Ale from the Ithaca Beer Company. Sure, it’s hard to imagine walking around with a hippie-labeled beer in one hand, a belvedere in the other. But try it; you will be turned-on.
This groovy, copper-colored beer smacks of grapefruit and pineapple. It’s practically out-of-sight on the alcohol scale at 7.5%. And it’s great to pass around a few with friends on a warm summer day.
The head, when poured righteously, is about a half-inch high. Aroma-wise, it is hopped-up; containing a buzz that will season the palette without giving you dry-mouth. Flower Power India Pale Ale keeps its balance without thinking it can fly. While there’s a hint of sweetness, this beer won’t run. When you reach the end of the bottle, you’ll experience peace as it remains a crisp, clear brew. The last drop of this IPA sets your taste buds free to enjoy another one. Just don’t overdo it. It packs a punch.
Another wonder of this beer is that it’s totally East Coast. But that doesn’t hold it back from standing-up to the older generation of West Coast ales like the Santa Rosan Pliny the Elder.
Pliny the Elder entered the scene in 1999, building a cult since it came out of the tank. But Pliny can be tough to find sometimes. Hook-up with Flower Power India Pale Ale one night and you may never go back to the Elder. The Ithaca beer flows like water along the Eastern seaboard.
By using Amarillo and Cascade hops, this brew clearly tastes like it was brewed in the U.S.A. You can get a six-pack for around 8-bucks. There’s no need to burn your draft cards, though. This beer allows you to drop-out by getting a mug from the spigot at your own local paradise lounge.
CH would like to thank Stan at Beertaps.com for the post!Shaken, Not Stirred: Flower Power India Pale Ale by David Sabot