Another week, another IPA for “Eric’s Pick of the Week.” I’m not a huge hophead, so any time I try an IPA I’m a bit nervous. Add that to the fact that I’ve never tried anything from Ithaca Beer Company…this had potential disaster written all over. But I was talked into by my hophead buddy Ryan who seems to know my tastes better than I do at times. From the first sip I fell in love with this beer…balanced…juicy…delicious. A six pack will run you about $10-12, which in my opinion is a bargain considering the cost of many other popular IPAs.
Commercial description: Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously Punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.
Ithaca, founded by Dan Mitchell, began brewing its beers in the Finger Lakes region in 1998. They have quickly grown from a small local brewery that served the local market to a brewery that now distributes beers to six other states and is working to increase its distribution. Ithaca’s best year-round beer is the absolutely phenomenal Flower Power IPA. Although this sounds like a beer that hippies would love, this is not a beer about peace and love. It is more of a hoppy and bitter assault on your tastebuds. This 7.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) beer is loaded with hops. The hops provide a pleasant flavor of pineapple and grapefruit. It also has a nice sweet malt body, which makes the bitterness a pleasure. This IPA has garnered a lot of attention.