Style: American Double IPA
Malt: 2-Row, Honey Malt
Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Ahtannum, Centennial
Dry-Hop: Simcoe, Amarillo, Chinook
A fresh shipment of Flower Power came in to a local store near me, and I couldn’t help but pick it up for a review. Everyone seems to always be raving about this beer, and I do hope it lives up to the hype. I’m a little iffy on everyone’s decision to define this beer as a normal IPA, though, seeing as how its 7.5%, and to me that denotes double or imperial status… Oh well, though, that’s just semantics. The bottle has a funky hippy swirling text displaying the beer’s name, but the company’s name is even bigger and kind of takes the focus away from the cool text design. The label’s coloring and hop garlands are both nice, but overall the bottle is cluttered, and I think the box has comic sans style font on its handle, which is not classy at all, and a little disappointing. In fact, the style indicator on the bottom of the label also appears to be comic sans. This label is too cluttered, and has some serious graphic flaws (i.e. comic sans). I hate to hate so heavily on font choice, but it really does take away from the label. You might consider this for scrapbooking, but this bottle is not worthy of your shelf.
The beer pours a clean yellowed orange, almost like butterscotch, with a nice finger width rocky white soap bubble head on it. The beer’s body has a light haze to it, but displays a steady stream of bubbles racing to the head, and is really quite translucent. The beer’s lacing is not very noticeable with light to medium sticky clouds. On the nose, this beer is big from the minute you crack the lid. Even as it sits on the table in front of you, you should be picking up light wafts of orange citrus and pine. When you stick your nose in it, the beer smells like sweet pulpy orange juice with a touch of pine and a light caramel malt ghosting in the background. Hints of mango and passion fruit can also be picked up. On the tongue the beer tastes beautifully bitter and orange citrus. The beer begins with light malty notes before the bitters grasp the tongue and slowly ring juicy, pulpy, bitter orange juice onto the tongue, while a touch of pine works its way in. The finish is light with citrus and bitters and a touch of aspirin. The taste also displays lightly herbal saltiness, which is interesting and cool, reminiscent (to me) of the Floral IPA from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp, though it gives the herbal flavor far better than the Floral IPA. On the mouth, this beer feels clean and medium bodied on the tongue. It is extremely drinkable for its alcohol percentage, and leaves the mouth with a light bitter dry pucker that is just enough to encourage you to keep drinking. Overall, this is a delicious IPA that gives me my proper bitter bite, while smelling amazing and giving superb orange juice flavors, which isn’t as common of a thing in IPA’s. Definitely worth a try for the hop lover, and then worthy of a couple re-tries to boot!