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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ithaca Beer Company - Dry Hopped Flower Power - 32oz mini-growler
Hendry hooked me up with this hidden New York gem a few days after it was bottled.
Look - Pours a hazy pale golden with an amber tinge. Minimal head but carbonation in the body. Despite a large head, there was sliding lacing present.
Smell - Here I gathered a sweet sugary smell, similar to honey, most likely a combination of the lighter malts and the dry hopping mixed together. Floral and pine hops are in front. I found the aroma to be surprisingly sweet but appetizing nonetheless.
Taste - This brew shines here. Snappy malts are almost instantaneously overridden by super bitter piney/floral hops. Super smooth, quite a unique flavor overall, the dry hopping is likely to have added to this enhancement but I wonder if there is a trade-off.
Mouthfeel - In the feel, the dry hopping seems to take away a bit. Super bitter hops here kills whatever is left of the smoothness, leaving only the dry hops with no real complexity left. It is still good, but I was enjoying the smoothness of the taste. Might have to grab the original to compare. Booziness is slight, nothing bad there.
Overall - Good solid brew, I would like to try it out without it having been dry-hopped, just to see if it retains the smoothness in the taste right down to the mouthfeel. Even still, this is a good brew.
Serving type: growler
05-15-2013 13:02:30 |
More by JMScowcroft
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Growler purchased from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland,NY at a tasting event put on by Ithica Beer Company. Flower Power dry hopped with ahtanum hops and poured into a 32 oz. growler for $12.99. Sampled two days after growler fill.
Pours the color of honey but cloudy. The carbonation almost seems to be in a state of suspended animation, but not uncommon for a growler fill. An aggressive pour yielded a half inch of white soapy foam that reduced to a permanent tight cap down to the bottom of the glass and the lacing was respectable.
Nose is pungent and dank, loads of piney hops with generous amounts of juicy grapefruit in there. I suspect the dry hopping plays a part in the bright and bouncy aroma which draws you into the first sip with mouth watering.
Flavors mirror the dank aroma: plenty of piney citrus in the grapefruit vein. This is a very juicy and well rounded IPA. The understated malt contribution really helps highlight the contribution of the zesty, piney & citrus type hops. Aftertaste is bitter and long, not necessarily drying. This one is loaded with juicy flavors.
Mouthfeel is heavy medium and the carbonation is quite good despite not being able to see it. Slightly slick and oily, the hops are chewy, very satisfying well rounded drinkability.
Not having a baseline for judging from the standard issue Flower Power in 12 oz six packs, I'd have to say this dry hopped special event growler was very enjoyable and solid through and through. Hopheads should find this version quite satisfying, and if you get the chance to grab a growler or two, you won't be sorry.
Serving type: growler
05-14-2013 02:58:12 |
More by Hendry
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ithaca tasting day this afternoon at Westmere Beverage in Guilderland. They had a cask of this - the sign said it was double dry-hopped with Ahtanum hops. I got a growler (cost me $19.99); consuming it 8 hours later. . . .
A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is clear golden amber. An aggressive pour results in very little head, but plenty of bubbles swarming around in the glass. Some splotches of lacing on the glass.
S: Floral hops with some generic citrus. Also something sweeter - reminds me of sugar-cookie-dough for some reason.
T: Reminds me of a wet-hopped, harvest-style ale. Juicy hops are there, of the florally, citrus kind. Slight spiciness too. Finishes with a still-wet, juicy semi-sweet hoppiness. Lingering lemony bitterness in the aftertaste, but the overall impression is that this is "juicier" than regular flower power. Sweeter too, and not as dry and bitter.
M: You get that nice cask feel - semi-flat and modestly creamy - but I think that adds to the juicy impression. Doesn't quite cross over into being what I'd call "slick" but it comes close.
O: Good. I don't think the dry-hopping with Ahtanum hops and the cask serving improves on the original, however.
Serving type: cask
05-20-2012 01:12:20 |
More by Kendo
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a dry-hopped version of Flower Power that is in a gravity-poured cask. It's noticeably different than normal Flower Power (which was on-tap side-by-side), so I decided to add it.
The body is a clear, golden-yellow color with a few lazy bubbles moving around. The head is this and wispy looking, but it still manages to have good retention and leave some very nice lacing around.
The aroma is very floral and grassy, with notes of citrus and pine playing a role as well. No malt in the nose; all aromatic hops. The nose, unsurprisingly, is the area that is most improved by the dry hopping.
The flavor is packed with citrus and grapefruit like the original, but I think the combination of the cask serving and the dry hopping have also added a good bit of hop flavor while cutting down on the bitterness as well. In addition to the citrus, the floral and grass notes really carry over into the flavor, with almost a fresh-hop taste of flavor to it (not quite, but almost). The bitterness is certainly there, but this one seems to be a lot smoother than the Flower Powers I have encountered in the past. The pale malt makes a cameo at best, providing a well-hidden backbone.
The mouthfeel is great. Low carbonation and warm, but not flat or dead. This cask came straight from the brewery to the bar, so it was well-treated.
Honestly, this one is a lot different than other Flower Power experience I've had, and think it is a combination of the dry-hopping and the cask serving. This beer is smoother than the original, less bitter, and if possible, more floral. This is a great beer.
Serving type: cask
02-17-2012 17:54:04 |
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