In today's BiR, two breweries are making their site debuts! Let's see who's here!
Leading off is Ithaca Beer Company and Flower Power IPA. Flower Power pours an amber to gold color, and is quite bitey--we'll get to that bit in a moment. A delightful flavor profile leads with a sweetness that reminds me of gummy orange slices, perhaps with the sweetness dialed down just a hair (though, still plenty of sweetness to be found). Further on, piney hops and a great deal of floral aromatics donate the senses. The mouthfeel can be a bit prickly, with perhaps almost too much carbonation. The only real downpoint for me was a hop bite that gradually builds while drinking and even after drinking the beer. It's completely tolerable for one beer, but this would probably not be a session, or even just "I'll have another", option.
Next is a beer from Fish Brewing Company, under their Fish Tale Organic series. Their Organic IPA is an orange-bronze color, and I was impressed by the malt/hop balance in this IPA. Initially, a malty sweetness leads off the drinking experience, shortly leading to citrus and pine hop notes with a minimal amount of bitterness. In addtion, there were also some spicy notes present in the back end of the drinking experience. This IPA features what is, essentially, my perfect flavor profile.
Finally, from two newbies to a fairly common brewery, Redhook Ale Brewery and their ESB. A pale orange to copper color, I first noticed the beer's creamy mouthfeel. A mildly sweet caramel maltiness was the first flavor I picked up, along with some earthy and bready notes, almost like a dense wheat or darker bread. There is also a very slight hop bitterness that mostly comes out in the aftertaste. Despite this now being a Budweiser product, I find this to be a decent little ESB, especially for what is usually a fairly affordable price point.