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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,541 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3541
Reviews: 1121
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 7.5% abv.

Appearance- Pours a nice cloudy, dull, yellow-orange honey like hue. Two finger white head that dissipates somewhat quick.

Smell- Very sweet and inviting. Quite floral as the name suggests with hints of tropical fruit like mangos.

Taste- Zesty citrus sweetness early with notes of grapefruit. There is also a honey like essence mixed in as well. Even the malt is on the sweeter side as far as a hoppy beer goes. I can't forget to mention the prominent bitterness from the hops which starts in the middle of the profile and continues straight til the end. This makes for exceptional balance.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and in the middle of the road as far as body. Right where an IPA should be.

Overall- This reminded me much more of a DIPA than an IPA but is high on quality. Such a smooth example that is inviting on all levels. For how good it is the label needs some sprucing up like some commentary and actually listing the ABV but oh well. Appropriately named however since it is quite floral and sweet. A must try indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:57:04 | More by PA-hunter
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super hazy golden straw colored body hosts a fuzzy inch of off white foam. Head fades to a rocky skim in a couple of minutes. Some scattered lace is left behind.

Nose is where I really start to get interested. Vibrant and floral with notes of citrus, wild honey, graham crackers and dandelions. Nose is very complex and quite inviting.

The taste is citrus rind and fresh grassy hops. Malt plays well to balance with tones of graham like breadyness. Spice builds and becomes prickly as you drink, it is almost rye like.

Mouthfeel is smoothly bitter and pleasant throughout. This is not a harsh brew on any level, just mellow hop enjoyability and a great drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:03:40 | More by SPLITGRIN
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fields336

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: goldenrod, 1.5 fingers of head dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent lacing.

S: peaches, orange, herbal, slight bready/ caramel and toffee notes

T: nice big juicy citrus blast, grapefruit, slight herbal/minty taste. A little astringent on the finish

M: dry and easy drinking

O: a delicious beer. got a growler for $8, I'll take that every day of the week.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2014 00:01:19 | More by fields336
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Seanem44

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice, clean golden color. Looks almost like a Pilsner when poured. Nice white one finger head that lingers around leaving a nice foamy lace on the glass while the head turns to a smooth creamy foam.

S: Not the strongest smell, but very pleasing. Nice earthy overtones and a floral smell with a hint of citrus. closing my eyes and smelling with my door open on this nice spring day while hearing birds chirping just feels right.

T: The taste is a lot bolder than the smell. Again, very earthy dank taste. Quite nice. Bitter hops and grapefruit stand out. Very surprising taste for such a golden color and mild smell.

M: I really like how this feels in my mouth. It is smooth, rich and very fulfilling. It has no unpleasant after taste at all, and taste great all the way down. Almost a creamy taste, which is not surprising. As I drink it, the foam is left on the side in a nice lather all the way down.

O: This is a great offering. My local NoVa Wegman's got a pallet in and the beer guru there told me he used to live in NY and they would make special runs for this. Not hard to see why. a very good spring IPA. Pleasing to drink, pleasing to allow to linger in your mouth. I have been able to get my hands on some really good IPAs lately and this is one of them. If you find it, buy it and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 16:18:37 | More by Seanem44
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Review:
Definitely needed to revisit this one after reading my review from 2010. Bottle tagline "The Spirit Of The Finger Lakes":

First pour shows off a golden malt colored liquid. In the snifter a hazy medium golden liquid presents itself topped with a small light white head that recedes quickly. An aggressive swirl returns a smaller white head which fades equally as quick.

Sniff showcases earthy, grassy, with slight orange peel.

First sip is of a smooth slight acidic lemon which gives way to tantalizing mild sugars covered in orange zest leaving a dry tongue and slightly sweet throat.

A very smooth, easy to drink IPA that still uses an aggressive dry earthy hop approach. The difference 4 years of beer tasting makes.

2010 Review:
Ithaca came to RI for a month. 12oz bottle best before November 2010...

A: Clear honey colored with a 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Hmm, good name. It kind of smells like flowers. Very grassy earthy floral hop upfront with a kind of vegetable scent in the middle. Some citrus on the backend. Ok.

T: Hoppy citrus upfront with some grapefruit and orange peel mixed in the middle. Some sweet malts buried on the back. Good.

M: Good blend of carbonation and hops. Very good here.

D: Taste is a little awkward at first and hard to go down easy. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not much special going on here. Kind of a strange blend of flavors too. Not worth hunting or being your first go to at the beer store. Many better brews in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:08:50 | More by steve8robin
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VanStrokin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the sweet aroma when bringing it up, reminds me of spring. Which we are in desperate need of in upstate New York. The hoppy taste is great. Leaves that good after taste. Friend told me I HAD to try it. Found it available in a growler. Will be getting my card stamped and filled from this.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2014 18:39:47 | More by VanStrokin
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle best by May into New Belgium globe

A-Poured a nice hazy golden with 1 finger off white head. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is enormously peachy, with tons of tropical fruit, some citrus and a touch of caramel and malt.

T-Taste follows a similar suit, with not a huge bitterness but tons of hop flavour - again really fruity and juicy.

M-Mouthfeel is smooth and not too dry. Great carbonation!

O-very decent IPA had to go to DC to get it. Can't wait until it hits Md

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:30:24 | More by reebtaerG
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Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a medium white head, good lacing. Aroma and Taste is a rich floral citrus and pine hops aroma, fruity some mild orange peel essence balanced with some good caramel malt flavor on the end. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. This brew is very tasty and well balanced with some lingering hops and caramel malt on the end. A very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:02:22 | More by Samp01
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange, mostly transparent, with a near white head that forms and clears out quickly but leaves fairly elaborate lacing.

S - Strong hop resin, with pine and citrus. More orange than grapefruit. Some herbal and floral notes to round things out.

T - A range of hop fruit elements. First is a strong tropical thread, mango and passion-fruit. Second comes a line of orange. Also apricot and peach elements. There is a slight malt sweetness lurking around, but this is mostly a hop show. As we close, the inevitable turn to the bitter is significant and lingering.

M - The feel is a bit more drying than some beers working this territory, but not such that it poses a challenge. Decent carbonation ensures there isn't too much of a build as you make your way through a glass.

O - I had heard good things, so when I got to Ohio and had a chance, I picked a six-pack up. Glad I did - this is a great take on the IPA, and stands up nicely against Stone, Lagunitas and other standard-bearers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:14:35 | More by Tsar_Riga
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shadetree67

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Gold in color, much lighter than most IPAs. 1/2 finger of head. No lacing (3.75)

S. Floral hops and malt. Smells pretty good though not potent (4)

T. Grassy hops and a bitter finish. Sweet malts. Little to no citrus (3.75)

M. Low to medium carbonation. Thin mouthfeel. Dry finish. Some heat from the alcohol (3.5)

O. Kind of dissapointed by this one given the hype. The bottle has an expiration date 2 months from now. That said, it is hard to tell how old this is. Would try it again if I could find a fresh bottle since my rating is much lower than the average (3.75)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:27:30 | More by shadetree67
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a good head and lingered well.
Odor is hop citrus with grapefruit and maybe lemon. Some minor pine or green notes as well.
Taste was citrus upfront with a lot of grapefruit. Floral middle to end with a little green too. Taste was similar to smell. Finished with some nice hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is pretty decent body, but no heaviness. Good finish and nice on the palate.
Overall, and excellent IPA. Very balanced and maintains that throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:17:10 | More by dexterk1
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: easy pour into a 12 oz glass, hazey pale golden color, 0ne finger head with nice lacing.

S: aromas of pine, citrus and some cut grass.

T: upfront piney taste with a some grapefruit, lemon rind, with a slightly sweet malt bill and mildly bitter dry finish.

M: medium body with a nice resiny aftertaste.

O: Quality ipa worth revisiting when i can as it currently is not local to my area

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:47:03 | More by arlingtonjoe
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JohnCassillo

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Mostly translucent gold coloring with a very minimal head.

S: Some light pine and citrus hop aromas take over the glass pretty much immediately.

T: Pine and citrus are immediate, followed by a sticky hop finish that has you going right back in for another sip. The hop characteristics permeate every bit of the beer.

M: Crisp, clean finish with mild carbonation. Not overly heavy at all, despite a solid ABV (7.5%).

O: Flower Power is among my favorite beers, IPA or otherwise. It inhabits its own unique place in the East Coast IPA range (not being overly malty or hoppy) and would contend with the best from the opposite coast as well. Best of all, it's readily available in the Northeast. Drink as much as you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 04:31:06 | More by JohnCassillo
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Clemtunes

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is a 1st class IPA..high quality beer for sure..its not the strongest IPA out there which is a good thing..a drinking beer..the strength of taste and its a little fuzzy at the end...otherwise it would have a 5.0..we truley live in a wonder time when a beer like this is not perfect..back in the early 80's Bass,Sierra and the Sam Adams were the best we could do..which they are still good,save for the fact Bass is not from England anymore

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:32:52 | More by Clemtunes
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AngeloTheBartender

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give this beer a perfect 5 across the board. Ithaca really nailed it with this one. The name Flower Power speaks for itself. The honey orange glowing appearance calls out to you right from the pour. Less than a finger head that lingers around. The mouth feel on this beer is equal to the robust nose that it offers leaving no disappointments. Truthfully for the more experienced IPA drinker. FYI this beer will change your palate for the night so it will be tough to drink anything less in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 17:45:41 | More by AngeloTheBartender
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dank203

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours into a tulip orange, little white head, maybe a finger. aroma has fresh citrus, perfume, candy, pine. taste: balance of sweet and spicy. getting more earthy qualities, lots of pine. the lingering bitterness. overall pretty floral/herbal/earthy rather than citrusy

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 11:40:21 | More by dank203
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Flower Power into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a finger and a half of creamy white head.

S - You can smell the aroma as this baby is being poured. Heavy pine and grapefruit, some apricot and orange as well.

T - Smack in the face pine needles. Mid palate getting grapefruit and hop resin. It has a touch of citrus in there too. On the aftertaste I'm getting more hops and pine.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - This was my valentines day gift from the better half. Nice choice, very well done brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:11:34 | More by fitrock2112
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The final brew from the Ithaca IPA variety pack. Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, slightly dense looking, head is bright white, dense, fine bubbles, presents 1/2 inch thick and lingers well, some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is all hop, not overpowering at first, but the hop notes express themselves well as it warms: mainly citrus and big grapefruit and lemon peel, some more subtle earthy and pine notes mixed in.

Taste is very well done, nice clean malt flavors, a touch of sweetness and some light biscuit, otherwise its all hop floral, citrus and bitterness. Hop specifics are tilted towards grapefruit and lemon peel, similar to the nose the earthy flavors are subtle.

Mouthfeel is great on this brew, the touch of sweetness aids in letting some malt and hop flavors linger before the hop bittering qualities take over and dry this brew out, very dry on the tongue but sweeter flavors tend to linger on the cheeks.

Overall, a great IPA, my preference with a nice dry finish, clean malt profile and great floral, citrusy hop aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 23:42:15 | More by mvanaskie13
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Elprico

Texas

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Relatively clear for an IPA, but it still has a great golden color. Thick head quickly reduces to a one inch lacing. Appears to be heavy on the carbonation.

S-As the label indicates, it's very floral. There's a great resin scent with citrus under tones that really makes this beer stand out.

T-The taste is slightly more citrus than floral at the beginning, but finishes with a great, pine aftertaste. It's floral, but not overpowering, making it very drinkable but not an outstanding IPA.

M-The carbonation is not as heavy as previously noted, but not necessarily a bad thing. It's light and crisp without being overly harsh on the palate.

O-Do not get me wrong. It's a damn good beer, however when compared to others, it doesn't coat the tongue like other fantastic IPAs. It's a definite try and while I wish I could get more out here in Texas, I'll be okay sticking to other IPAs that are easier to find that make me equally happy.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 21:26:18 | More by Elprico
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IPAs_4_me

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving - 12oz bottle poured slowly into a 16oz glass

Appearance -light and golden. looks lighter than many IPAs but still good looking.

Smell - fruity and flowery like name indicates.

Taste - sharp, refreshing and light, smooth tropical flavors follow. Crisp to finish. Would be great summer time drink although not a wimpy IPA.

Mouth - smooth and slightly C=creamy

Overall - refreshing and not over powering IPA. I could spend all day drinking this stuff. Only had one drink and need to get more.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:38:48 | More by IPAs_4_me
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mlhyatt

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- pours a a nice gold color with an inch head that turns into a nice thin lace.

S- floral hops and citrus. A little pineapple and lemon.

T- same as nose. Citrusy but more florally. Like there's some pine mixed in there. A pretty bitter aftertaste too.

M- pretty carbonated. Not as smooth as other acclaimed IPAs.

O- its ok. I think i may have gotten a bottle past its prime. The notch was on the J for january so this leads me to believe that it is outdated. I want to visit this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:03:47 | More by mlhyatt
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a good beer.. BUT for this beer to be rated over the Maine MO surprises me... Each time I've had this beer it always had a great smell and a good hoppy punch to it.. Good beer.. Groovy label! Taste better on tap then bottle but that's not saying much.. Good overall beer..

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:24:37 | More by Guess2814
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad i got to try this fresh on tap, as last time I had it I am pretty sure the bottles were old because I was not impressed.

A- This had a nice hazy orange appearance with a small head that hung around for awhile.

S- Huge citrus smell with slight resiny pine smell in the background. The citrus was really overpowering those though.

T- really hop forward with a nice grapefruit taste to it. Exactly as I hoped it would taste judging from the smell. Glad I gave this another shot.

M- really well put together, the hop tastes lingered awhile in the mouth right until the last sip.

This was great, on tap was a lot better than I remember from the bottle. This is definitely something you need to have fresh to see how good of a beer it is.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 20:42:03 | More by ChrisChagnon
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stewart124

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at senate.

Hazy orange with white head that lingers we'll.

There is no mistaking the citrusy aromas from the hops. Some pine and zesty herbal notes too.

Medium mouthfeel with a nice punch from the hops. Chewy bread characters from the malt bill. Great hop complexity adds dimension to this IPA. It feels layered with hop character; more floral zesty notes, lemon zest, grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Very nicely done. I enjoyed this until the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 12:11:39 | More by stewart124
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Dormbrewer

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am in a meadow. The grass grows wildly, rising up past my knee, and I do not recall how I arrived here. I only know that I am looking for something. Someone?

There are flowers. Flowers everywhere. White, red, gold. The air is thick with their scent. To breathe is a heady, wonderful thing.

It's a girl, I'm seeking. In the distance, a cherry tree. She must be sitting there.

Then I lower the glass, and it's all gone.

This is a delightful beer with LOADS of hop scent, they must have just dryhopped with all the flowers they had, but it works--the malt balances it out pleasantly. Not very bitter. There's a bunch of alcohol in there but you'll be too focused on the flowers, and taking the next sip. To see if you can find her this time.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 18:18:30 | More by Dormbrewer
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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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